REQUEST FOR EXPRESS OF INTEREST
LAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC
MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE
Small and Medium Enterprises Access to Finance Project
Credit No. 5471-LA, Grant No. H958-LA
National Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
The Government of Lao PDR (GOL) has received support from the World Bank Group, specifically the International Development Association (IDA) to address access to finance constraints by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through the Small and Medium Enterprises Access to Finance Project (SMEAFP, the Project). The IDA has provided US$20 million equivalent to the Ministry of Finance (MOF) of the Lao PDR; 50 percent of the funding as grant and 50 percent as soft credit. The Project is being technical implemented by the Department of SME Promotion (DOSMEP) at the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MOIC) and National Implementation Unit under Department of Planning and Cooperation of MOIC is core executing and coordinating of Trade related ODA of MOIC. Other agencies involved in project implementation include the Participating Financial Institutions (PFIs).
The objective of the Project is to provide long-term funding sources for banks to provide long-term credit to small and medium enterprises. This PDO will be achieved by increasing the supply of long-term finance provided by commercial banks and by strengthening the capability of MoIC to formulate and implement public policies that promote access to finance for SMEs.
The Project has two Components: (1) Provision of a line of credit (LOC) facility to Participating Financial Institutions for extending long-term local currency loans to SMEs for the implementation of specific Sub-projects; and (2) Provision of technical assistance to 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.
This will be a full-time position for a period of up to 34 months, based on the annual contracts with yearly extensions subject to satisfactory performance. Initially, there will be a probation period or 3 months. The workplace will be at DOSMEP, Ministry of Industry and Commerce. Contractual aspects of the Consultant will be handled by NIU//DPC The full text of the ToR can be accessed at the NIU’s website: http://t4dlaos.org/index.php/en/work-with-us/vacancies
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 March 31, 2017, 16:00 o’clock (submissions via email are also acceptable). Only Short-listed candidates will be contacted.
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,
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.