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International Consultant for Developing UNDP UXO Project Document (2022-2026)
|Location :||Home-Based, LAO PDR|
|Application Deadline :||19-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Climate & Disaster Resilience|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||20 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||October - November 2021|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
Lao PDR is among the most heavily bombed countries per capita in the world, with over two million tons of munitions dropped on it during the Indochina War (1964-1973). This includes 270 million sub-munitions from cluster bombs, up to 30% of which failed to detonate.
The exact total extent and location of contamination in the country is currently unknown. Although Lao PDR’s ratification of the Convention of Cluster Munitions obliges the country to clear known UXO contamination by 2020, without a clear baseline it is difficult to plan properly and to indicate timeframes for clearance throughout the country. Survey activities are underway to establish the extent of known contamination for clearance and to establish a national baseline.
The national baseline of contamination will allow the prioritisation and management of all remaining clearance tasks. The 9th National Socio-Economic Development Plan (NSEDP) includes an independent output for addressing the UXO issue by 2025, and Lao PDR has its own national Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 18, Lives Safe from UXO, by 2030 to remove the UXO obstacle to national development. The National Regulatory Authority for the UXO/Mine Action Sector (NRA) has also approved a UXO Sector Five Year Work Plan, with targets relating to UXO survey and clearance, reduced casualties and victim assistance. These goals align with Lao PDR’s Sustainable Development Goals, as well as obligations contained under the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM).
The UXO sector in Lao PDR consists of the National Regulatory Authority (NRA), Lao national Unexploded Ordnance Programme (UXO Lao), humanitarian NGOs, several accredited commercial companies providing UXO services, and humanitarian clearance teams within the Lao People’s Army. The overall coordination/lead from the Government side is mandated to rest with the Ministry of Labour & Social Welfare (MLSW) and the Minister is also the Chairperson of the NRA Board.
The NRA has successfully regulated and coordinated a transition of the humanitarian operators from request-based to evidence-based land clearance. UXO Lao remains the largest clearance operator in Lao PDR and currently operates in 9 of the most heavily contaminated provinces. With the transition to evidence-based land clearance, UXO Lao has shown their ability to adapt to the change in methodology and have highlighted the need for a comprehensive review of all historical data when conducting non-technical survey.
UNDP has been one of the leading development partners supporting the UXO sector in Lao PDR since the mid-1990s. UNDP with other partners have helped create the two key state institutions in the UXO sector - UXO Lao and the NRA - and have been supporting the capacity development of these institutions from the beginning. UNDP serves as Co-Chair of the UXO Sector Working Group, together with the MLSW and the United States. The Government of Lao PDR and UNDP are in the process of developing and finalising new long-term sector strategies, including the next 10-Year Sector Strategy, Safe Path Forward III (SPF III, 2021-2030) and associated implementation/work plan (two 5-year plans) and the 5-Year Victim Assistance Framework (2021-2025).
In this context, the Consultant, working under the direct supervision of the UXO Portfolio Team Leader, is responsible for providing drafting support and technical guidance for the new phase of the project for 2022-26. In this process, the Consultant will also work in very close coordination with the heads of NRA & UXO Lao.
To develop this Project Document (2022-26), the UNDP Laos Country Office (CO) is looking for an international consultant with expertise in project development and programme implementation in UXO or mine action-related issues.
Duties and Responsibilities
The overall objective of the consultancy is to support the design, development and drafting of the UNDP and Government of Lao PDR (GoL) UXO Project Document 2022-26, including the M&E results framework and with Annexes (if necessary).
Under direct supervision of the Deputy Resident Representative of the UNDP Lao PDR, s/he will work closely with UNDP CO staff, government counterparts, and technical advisors in UNDP to formulate the Project Document and ensure it is fully compliant with UNDP rules and procedures.
During this consultancy, the following must be achieved:
Required Skills and Experience
Requirements for submission of proposals:
All interested and qualified International Consultant should apply on-line using the following links:
UNDP Lao PDR Country Office website at https://www.la.undp.org/content/lao_pdr/en/home/jobs.html or
In order to make your submission, please read the relevant documents available at the links below:
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
(i) Explaining why you are the most suitable for the work;
(ii) Providing a brief methodology on how you will approach and conduct the work including the work
schedule for the delivery of outputs/deliverable;
Instructions for on-line submissions:
Step 1:Please prepare all required documents electronically;
Step 2: Combine all documents in ONE SINGLE FILE (preferably in PDF. However Word format can be also accepted) and upload to the UNDP Jobs using the links above;
Step 3: After that you will receive an auto reply from the UNDP jobs if your offer is received successfully.
Incomplete proposals or proposals received after the deadline will be rejected.
Note: Any request for clarification must be sent in writing before the submission deadline to the following emails:
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