Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Ministry of Industry and Commerce
Second Trade Development Facility
Project ID No: P130512
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
National Trade Facilitation Specialist
1. Background to the assignment
The Second Trade Development Facility (TDF-2) is a multi-donor program financed by Australia, the European Union, Germany, Ireland 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 ansd competitiveness; and,
(c) mainstreaming aid for trade.
The appraised value of the project is US$ 14.0 million, with implementation to take place over a period of four years, starting in April 2013. Technical responsibility for implementation of the Trade Development Facility lies with the National Implementation Unit (NIU), based within the Planning and Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
2. Objective of the assignment
The objective of the assignment for the National Trade Facilitation Analyst is to support the National Trade Facilitation Secretariat of the TDF-2 of the Lao PDR Ministry of Industry and Commerce. The main responsibilities of the consultants include:
3. Key qualification requirements
This assignment is designed for a full-time engagement over a period of 2 years with annual contract extensions subject to satisfactory performance. There is an initial probation period of three (3) months. The majority of inputs will be delivered in Vientiane, Lao PDR, working alongside government officials. The expected commencement of services is expected as soon as possible. The full text of the ToR can be accessed at the NIU’s website: www.t4dlaos.org
The NIU now invites interested eligible consultants to provide information indicating that you are qualified to perform the services (curriculum vitae with expression of interest and references). Interested consultants may obtain further information at the address below. Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by 31st July 2017, 16:00 o’clock.
Attn: Mr. Phouvieng Phongsa, NIU Director, CC: 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: email@example.com Note: Only Short-listed candidates will be contacted.
 Fuller details on the scope of the TDF-2 are outlined in the Project Appraisal Document, November 1, 2012.
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.