REQUEST FOR EXPRESS OF INTEREST
LAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC
MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE
National Implementation Unit
Small and Medium Enterprises Access to Finance Project
Credit No. 5471-LA, Grant No. H958-LA
Capacity Building for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Participating Financial Institutions (PFIs) and other Stakeholders
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 Department of SME Promotion (DOSMEP) at the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC) is the Implementing Agency for the project. The Planning and Cooperation Department (DPC) is the core technical and fiduciary implementing unit for the project. The National implementation Unit (NIU) under DPC will be responsible for coordinating with DOSMEP, managing activities of both components at the technical level, facilitating the work planning process, coordinating progress and financial reporting at the project level. The NIU will also be responsible for providing financial management and procurement services to DOSMEP.
The NIU is seeking a dynamic and experienced full-time national consultant to fill the position of National Coordinator to assist and support the international firms under the guidance of the Team Leaders and DOSMEP to implement technical assistance programs for the SMEs and PFIs. It is anticipated that the selected national consultant will be stationed in Vientiane to provide services on a full-time basis during the 1 year period, with travel to provinces as and when required. The assignment is expected to be for a total of 12 months. Initially, there will be a probation period for 3 months. The full text of the ToR can be accessed at the NIU’s website: http://t4dlaos.org/
In order to qualify for this position, the candidates shall meet the following experience and competence requirements:
The Consultant will be selected in accordance with the World Bank’s Guidelines “Selection and Employment of Consultants”, Individual Consultants (IC) selection method, January 2011. 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 (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.
In order to apply for the position, the interested applicants shall request the Application Form from the NIU, which can be sent via e-mail or download from NIU’s Website: http://t4dlaos.org/. The interested applicants should submit the Application form and provide information indicating that you are qualified to perform the services (curriculum vitae with expressions of interest and references). Expressions of interest must be delivered to the address below or no later than December 13, 2019, 16:00 o’clock (submissions via email are also acceptable). Only Short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Attn: Mr. Phouvieng Phongsa, NIU Program Director
CC: Ms. Sonevilay Pheangthavanh, Procurement Coordinator
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,
The NIU is the anchor unit within the Ministry of Industry and Commerce for a sector wide approach on trade in the Lao PDR and is responsible for coordinating trade-related assistance to the country. Based in the Foreign Aid Division of the Planning and Cooperation Departmant, the NIU has been implementing the Trade Development Facility (TDF) multi-donor trust Fund. The TDF supports the Lao Government’s National Socio-economic Development Plan (NSEDP) in its aims to reduce poverty and sustain economic development by facilitating trade and cross-border movement of goods, and by increasing capacity of the Government to undertake specific tasks related to regional and global economic integration.