REQUEST FOR EXPRESS OF INTEREST (INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANTS)
LAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC
MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE
National Implementation Unit
Second Trade Development Facility Project No. P130512
Assignment Title: International Consultant to review Policy Measures for Maintaining Price Stability of Key Sensitive Products in Lao PDR
The Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC) of the Government of Lao PDR has received funding from a multi-donor program financed by Australia, the European Union, Germany, Ireland, USAID, and the World Bank toward the cost of the Second Trade Development Facility (TDF-2), and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services. 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 Planning and Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MOIC).
The objective of this consultancy is to review the scope, objectives, mechanisms, effectiveness, unintended impacts, and shortcomings of existing instruments/mechanisms employed by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce aimed at maintaining price stability of key sensitive consumer products. Based on this review, the objective is to suggest effective options for alternative or improved policy/legal instruments consistent with broad government policy objectives of maintaining price stability and the objectives of limiting market distortions. Such recommendations will follow international good practice and be discussed in consultations with key economic policy making bodies in the Lao public sector as well as selected private businesses from agribusiness and distribution sectors.
In this regard, NIU is seeking to recruit a part-time International Consultant to review Policy Measures for Maintaining Price Stability of Key Sensitive Products in Lao PDR. The assignment is expected to take approximately 60 working days (over 06 months) to complete on a part time basis before end of August 2018, and the selected expert will be expected to start as soon as possible. While most tasks are to be done in Vientiane capital, It is expected that the majority of inputs will be delivered in Vientiane, Lao PDR working alongside government officials, specifically Department of Domestic Trade under the Ministry of Industry and Commerce. During the remaining time the consultant will ensure periodic contacts with her/his counterparts in Lao PDR and continued supervision and monitoring of the work program by distance.
Full ToR can be accessed at the NIU’s website: http://t4dlaos.org/index.php/en/work-with-us/available-vacancies
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. 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 December 28, 2017, 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: Mr. Oudorn Phanekham, 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,
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.