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
National Project Coordinator to Support the Capacity Building for Small and Medium Enterprises and Other
Stakeholder in Lao PDR
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). This will be achieved by increasing the supply of long-term finance provided by commercial banks and by strengthening the capability of Department of SME Promotion (DOSMEP), within the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC) to formulate and implement public policies that promote access to finance for 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 a National Consultant to support the international institution / firm, which is to be selected under a separate TOR to provide technical assistance to Small and Medium Enterprises. The National Project Coordinator shall assist DOSMEP in monitoring the implementation of assignment by the international institution / firm and be a liaison person between the Project’s and the Consultant’s teams. It is anticipated that the selected National Consultant will be stationed in Vientiane to provide services during the 07 months period, with travel to provinces, as and when required. There is a possibility that based on the Consultant’s performance and project requirements, the services may be extended. 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:
- Minimum Bachelor degree in Economics, Trade, Public Administration or Business Management or related field from a recognized university or educational institution;
- Minimum 5 years of related work experience in the SME sector; such experience with public sector institutions of Lao PDR or donor funded projects is a strong asset;
- Demonstrated knowledge and hands on experience in the field of Business Development Services and Access to Finance for SMEs, SMEs development issues and related legislation;
- Good understanding of Lao PDR’s economic, political, institutional and cultural context would be an advantage;
- Some prior practical experience in translation and interpretation is required;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Lao are required.
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 December 20, 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: Ms. Vanlaty Siphom, National 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,