REQUEST FOR EXPRESS OF INTEREST (INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANTS)
LAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC
MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE
National Implementation Unit
Small and Medium Enterprise Access to Finance Project
Credit No. 5471-LA, Grant No. H958-LA
International Consultant to carry out a Feasibility Study for the Establishment of a Specialized Financial Institution for MSMEs
The Government of Lao PDR has received funding from the World Bank Group for the Small and Medium Enterprises Access to Finance Project (US$20 million). The objective of the Project is to provide long-term funding sources for commercial banks to provide long-term credit to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The Project includes two components: (i) A Line of Credit (LOC) channeled through Participating Financial Intermediaries (PFIs) for on-lending to SMEs; and (ii) Technical Assistance (TA) for DOSMEP, PFIs and SMEs. The implementation of the project is coordinated by the Department of Planning and Cooperation through the National Implementation Unit (NIU) in its capacity as main coordination and supervision body for the implementation of the Lao Trade and Private Sector Development Program, and the Department of SME Promotion (DoSMEP) is responsible for the technical implementation of project components, and for day-to-day execution of activities as stated in work plans.
The NIU is now looking for an International Consultant to carry out a Feasibility Study for the Establishment of a Specialized Financial Institution for MSMEs Development Master Plan 2016-2020. This assignment with estimated input 3 man-months (i.e. 66 working days or 13 main weeks) of consultancy to be provided over a period of 7 months. The assignment is to start as soon as possible. It is expected that the majority of inputs will be delivered in Vientiane, Lao PDR working alongside government officials. The Consultant will be supported by the DOSMEP’s team during his assignment in Vientiane Capital and in the provinces. 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 or download from NIU’s Website: http://t4dlaos.org/index.php/en/work-with-us/forms.
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 August 22, 2018, 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,
As a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Lao People’s Democratic Republic joined the Single Market of the ASEAN Economic Com-munity (AEC) as of 2015. The single market comprises amongst others the free flow of goods, services and investments in Southeast Asia. It is highly relevant for the development of the country. In 2013, trade with ASEAN Member States accounted for more than half of Laos’ total foreign trade. The AEC offers Laos many different opportunities. Measured by the size of the population (6.6 million) and purchasing power (annual per capita income of US-$ 1.700), Laos is a relatively small country. Improved access to sales markets in neighboring countries will enable companies to produce larger quantities, which cuts average production costs.