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MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE (NATIONAL IMPLEMENTATION UNIT)

MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE (NATIONAL IMPLEMENTATION UNIT)

Phonxay Xaysettha

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  • Public Relations Associate Lao People’s Democratic RepublicMinistry of Industry and CommerceSecond Trade Development Facility – Additional FinancingProject ID No: P130512REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTERESTPublic Relations Associate Background:The Second Trade Development Facility (TDF-2) is a multi-donor program financed by Australia, the European Union, Germany, Ireland, USAID and the World Bank focusing on improving trade and private sector development in Lao PDR. The development objective of the TDF-2, which is implemented by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, is to support the implementation of government’s trade and integration priorities outlined in the 2012 Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) Roadmap, and in particular to contribute to improved competitiveness and diversification, focusing outside the natural resource sectors. TDF-2 has three main components:(a) trade facilitation, trade policy and regulations;(b) diversification and competitiveness; and,(c) mainstreaming aid for trade.The appraised value of the project is US$ 16.5 million, with implementation to take place over a period of five and a half years, starting in April 2013. Technical responsibility for implementation of the Trade Development Facility lies with the National Implementation Unit (NIU), based within the Department of Planning and Cooperation of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.One of the TDF II Components focuses on building stronger technical capacity on trade and private sector development policy within the NIU to support more effective implementation of activities not just financed under TDF-2, but more widely as part of a movement towards a program based approach. To this end, the project is financing technical assistance to support technical implementation of activities, donor coordination and assistance to the operation of the Trade and Private Sector Working Group as well as Project Review Committee Meetings and Annual Program Executive Committee meetings.This shall be a full-time assignment for a period of 12 months with possibility for extension, including 03 months’ probation. The position is subject to annual performance evaluation and will be based in Vientiane, NIU/DPC, MOIC, starting July 2017. The full detailed ToR is available at the NIU’s website: http://t4dlaos.org/index.php/en/work-with-us/vacancies2. Qualifications and Experience Requirement: Minimum Bachelor degree in journalism, public relations, economics, business administration or related field; Experience in (or interest in learning) public relations, event planning, video production, writing, social media, media pitching, and have an interest in trade and private sector development; Excellent verbal and written communications skills in English and Lao; Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain relationships and communications with stakeholders; Ability and organizational skills to take initiative, meet short deadlines reliably, and achieve agreed-upon results; Ability to clearly communicate and present complex issues in easily accessible language to a broad audience; Strong attention to detail, with the ability to manage multiple projects with competing demands effectively and simultaneously.The Consultant will be selected in accordance with the World Bank’s Guidelines “Selection and Employment of Consultants”, Individual Consultants (IC) selection method. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers, January 2011 and revised June, 2014 (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest. In order to apply for the position, the candidates shall request the Application Form from the NIU, which can be sent via e-mail.The NIU now invites interested applicants to provide information indicating that you are qualified to perform the services (application form, curriculum vitae with expressions of interest and references). Interested Applicants may obtain further information at the address below. Expressions of interest must be delivered to the address below or no later than 30 June 2017, 16:00 o’clock (submissions via email are also acceptable). Only Short-listed candidates will be contacted.National Implementation Unit (NIU)Ministry of Industry and Commerce   Ban Phonxay, Xaysettha District, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDRTel: +856(21) 41 39 16 – 45 39 82; Fax: +856(21) 41 39 16Attention: Mr. Phouvieng Phongsa, NIU DirectorE-mail:  to keophouthone.in@laosaft.org and procurement@laosaft.org
  • Project Coordinator LAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICMINISTRY OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCESmall and Medium Enterprises Access to Finance ProjectCredit No. 5471-LA, Grant No. H958-LAREQUEST FOR EXPRESS OF INTERESTProject Coordinator The Government of Lao PDR is receiving support from the World Bank Group for improving access to finance by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through the Small and Medium Enterprises Access to Finance Project (the Project). The objectiveof the Project is to provide long-term funding sources for banks to provide long-term credit to small and medium enterprises. This will be achieved by increasing the supply of long-term finance provided by commercial banks and by strengthening the capability of DOSMEP to formulate and implement public policies that promote access to finance for SMEs. The Project includes three components: 1) A Line of Credit Facility; 2) A Risk Sharing Facility; and 3) Technical Assistance.As part of the Component 3 above, the DOSMEP is looking for a dynamic and experienced Full Time National Consultant to fill the position of the above position to assist DOSMEP in the management and coordination of the SME Access to Finance Project.The Consultant is expected to be hired for the 22 months period and will be called upon to assist DOSMEP as per the scope of work. The contract duration may be adjusted up or down if required at the sole discretion of DOSMEP.  The full text of the ToR can be accessed at the NIU’s website: http://t4dlaos.org/index.php/en/work-with-us/vacancies.In order to qualify for this position, the candidates shall meet the following experience and competence requirements: Minimum Bachelor Degrees in Economics, Finance, Business Administration, Engineering, Science or related field Minimum 5 years of working experience with Lao national development projects funded by international donors Work experience under WB financed projects is highly preferable At least 2 years of experience in a project management unit of donor funded projects Good understanding of the government policy with respect to SME development Knowledge and experience related to SMEs promotion and SME banking services will be desirable English language fluency in reading, writing and speaking is mandatory High degree of computer literacy, and intermediate to advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and internet Sound project management skills with a strong focus on attention to detail and deadlines, coordination and working with a diverse group of staff and consultants and other stakeholdersThe Consultant will be selected in accordance with the World Bank’s Guidelines “Selection and Employment of Consultants”, Individual Consultant (IC) selection method, January 2011.The NIU now invites interested eligible consultants to provide information indicating that you are qualified to perform the services (curriculum vitae with expressions of interest and references). Interested consultants may obtain further information at the address below. Expressions of interest must be delivered to the address below or no later than July 7, 2017, 16:00 o’clock (submissions via email are also acceptable).To: Mr. Keophouthone Inthivong, Procurement Officer, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, National Implementation Unit (NIU), Ban Phonxay, Xaysettha District, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR, Tel: +856 (21) 41 39 16 – 45 39 82; Fax: +856(21) 41 39 16, E-mail: keophouthone.in@laosaft.org; Attn: Mr. Phouvieng Phongsa, NIU Director.Noted: Only Short-listed candidates will be contacted for the interview.
  • National Project Analyst REQUEST FOR EXPRESS OF INTERESTLAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICMINISTRY OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCESmall and Medium Enterprises Access to Finance ProjectCredit No. 5471-LA, Grant No. H958-LANational Project Analyst Background:The Government of Lao PDR is receiving US$20 million financing from the World Bank Group’s International Development Association (IDA) for the Small and Medium Enterprise Access to Finance Project (SME A2F). The Project’s development objective is to provide long-term funding sources for banks to provide long-term credit to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The project will support the growth of privately-owned SMEs by increasing the supply of long-term finance provided by commercial banks and by strengthening the capability of Department of SME Promotion to formulate and implement public policies that promote access to finance for SMEs. The project has two components as described below.Component 1: A Line of Credit (LoC) designed to improve SMEs’ access to investment capital, especially long term finance through provision of long-term funding to financially-sound and well administered commercial banks for extending long term loans up to 2-7 years maturity to SMEs, enabling them to carry out long term capital investments that increase their business operations and enhance their productivity.Component 2: Technical Assistance (TA) to: (i) DOSMEP and other relevant agencies to strengthen their capacity to formulate and implement strategies, policies, instruments and other activities related to the promotion of SMEs in Lao PDR, and to implement, monitor and evaluate the Project; (ii) Participating Financial Institutions and other relevant financial institutions to improve their SME banking strategies, products and practices, including their compliance with environmental and social due diligence and safeguard requirements; and (iii) SMEs to build capacity in business development, administration and financial management, etc.This shall be a full-time assignment for a period of 25 months, including 03 months’ probation. The position is subject to annual performance evaluation and will be based in Vientiane, NIU/DPC, MOIC, starting July 2017. The full text of the ToR can be accessed at the NIU’s website: http://t4dlaos.org/index.php/en/work-with-us/vacanciesQualifications and Experience Requirement: Minimum Master degree in international trade, development economics, private sector development, business administration or related field; Minimum 02 year of experience working in a business management of business development role in the private sector or working for a private-sector related development project. Experience in working with Government organizations or International Organizations is an advantage. Demonstrated knowledge and skills in project management. Experience with preparing regular progress reports for activity implementation would be an asset; Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with stakeholders; Ability and organizational skills to take initiative, motivate colleagues, meet short deadlines reliably, and achieve agreed-upon results Computer literate (Microsoft Office package). Fluent speaking and writing in both English and Lao languages; Excellent skills in analytical and problem solving, good interpersonal skills and result orientation.The Consultant will be selected in accordance with the World Bank’s Guidelines “Selection and Employment of Consultants”, Individual Consultants (IC) selection method. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers, January 2011 and revised June, 2014 (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.The NIU now invites interested applicants to provide information indicating that you are qualified to perform the services (curriculum vitae with expressions of interest and references). Interested Applicants may obtain further information at the address below. Expressions of interest must be delivered to the address below or no later than July 14, 2017, 16:00 o’clock (submissions via email are also acceptable). Only Short-listed candidates will be contacted.Attn: Mr. Phouvieng Phongsa, NIU DirectorCC: Mr. Keophouthone Inthivong, Procurement OfficerMinistry of Industry and Commerce, National Implementation Unit (NIU)Ban Phonxay, Xaysettha District, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDRTel: +856 (21) 41 39 16 – 45 39 82; Fax: +856 (21) 41 39 16,E-mail: keophouthone.in@laosaft.org; procurement@laosaft.orgAny private sector experience? I have tried to make this clearer, but please review.
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