National Consultant to Develop Investment Opportunity in Laos Handbook

Location : Vientiane, LAO PDR
Application Deadline :31-Oct-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :90 working days in 6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :November 2021 - April 2022

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.


The Lao PDR Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) has been designed to support the central, provincial and district authorities in the effective promotion, regulation and enforcement of foreign, domestic and public investments. Main target areas include governance of natural resources (SDG 15), poverty reduction (SDG 1), enhancing development of human capital (SDG 8), minimizing impact on the environment (SDG 15), adapting to climate change (SDG13), promoting clean energy investment (SDG7), supporting a diversified economy and providing a fair distribution of benefits to the population (SDG 5), and promoting partnership through knowledge exchange (SDG17).
Initiated in 2009, the PEI programme has transformed into what the government now calls the “PEI approach” that addresses poverty reduction and environmental protection by supporting the Government’s national socio-economic planning and strategy formulation processes. The programme also focused on building investment regulatory tools and the knowledge to assess, measure and enforce financial, social and environmental obligations of developers. Another aspect includes strengthening Lao PDR’s National Assembly’s ability to deliver their constitutional oversight role on investment quality.
The Improving Quality Investment for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals in Lao PDR (September 2018 – August 2022) will build on the package of tools already established by the PEI Programme while further expanding the PEI’s Approach and tools to other important institutions that play a role in investment regulatory compliance. The objective of the project is to strengthen coordination of government’s regulatory capacity to coordinate and promote higher quality investment, improvement the ease-of-doing business, transparency, accountability, and effectiveness of investment management for achieving the sustainable development goals in Lao PDR.
In 2021, PEA supports IPD develop investment promotion tool to attract more quality investors into the country. Thus, PEA and IPD is looking for a qualified consultant to support the development of Investment Opportunity in Laos Handbook to present outstanding local resource, goods and productions that can attract more quality investment. This handbook aims to provide basic information regarding potential investment opportunities in each province in Laos.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Director General of IPD, PEA consultant and UNDP, the consultant will perform the following tasks:
- Reviews existing national and provincial socio-economic development plans and other relevant documents to understand the national investment promotion policy and investment potentials in each province of Laos;
- Conduct research/desk review of similar investment promotion tools from other countries to provide recommendations for the format of the Investment Opportunity Handbook that applicable for Lao context;
- Develop the data table/template for collecting data from provincial authorities, National Statistics Bureau and other available sources. With the support from IPD, coordinate with the provincial Departments of Planning and Investment and other relevant agencies to collect necessary data;
- Develop Investment Opportunity Handbook to present the data in logical, creative and informative way;
- Develop the short form of provincial investment opportunity information for publishing into the IPD’s website;
- Develop the short video script for developing the infographic video to present the investment potentials and opportunities of each province.
- Provides advices/inputs for design the Handbook into printable version.
The consultant is expected to deliver the followings products in Lao and English.
- Final Investment Opportunity in Laos Handbook
- Investment Opportunity in Laos information version for IPD’s Website.
- Investment Opportunity in Laos information version (script) for infographic video


  • Proven creativity in writing and other communication pieces;
  • Proven strong research and analytical skills
  • Strong communication, reading and writing skills in Lao and English.

Required Skills and Experience

The successful applicant should have the following expertise and qualifications:

  • University degree in economics, business administration, communication, and other related fields;
  • At least 3 years of relevant and progressive experience and knowledge in economic research, communication materials development such as guideline, handbooks and etc, experience in data management and other relevant working experience;
  • Experience with the Government of Laos, especially provincial level would be considered important asset


- The consultant will report to the National Project Director as necessary against the deliverable progress for administrative purpose.
- The consultant is also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under
- The consultant will be given access to relevant information necessary for execution of the tasks under this assignment;
- The consultant is responsible for providing their own laptop computers and mobile phones for use during this assignment; the consultant must have access to reliable internet connection
- Payments will be made upon submission of a detailed time sheet and certification of payment form, and acceptance and confirmation by the supervisor


- The consultant will be home-based, and partially work at PEA office at Investment Promotion Department (IPD) for data collections and consultations. He/she will closely work with assigned government officers at IPD and PEA team to carry out the works.
- In case of travelling to other provinces related to this assignment, the project will support the consultant separately according to NIM SOP rules and regulations.


Deliverables No.Deliverable SchedulesTimelinesNumbers of Working Days
140% upon submission satisfactory Final Investment Potential in Laos Guidebook (Lao version)January 202250 Work Days
240% upon submission satisfactory Investment Potential in Laos Guidebook (English version)March 202225 Wrok Days

20% upon submission of satisfactory the outputs below: 

- Final Investment Potential in Laos information version for IPD’s Website.
- Final Investment Potential in Laos information version (script) for infographic video

April 2022 


Requirements for submission of proposals:

All interested and qualified National Individual Consultant should apply on-line using the following links:

UNDP Lao PDR Country Office website at  or

In order to make your submission, please read the relevant documents available at the links below:

  1. TOR (Annex I)
  2. IC General Terms and Conditions _ Annex II;
  4. P11 Form

Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  1. Technical Proposal

            (i)  Explaining why you are the most suitable for the work;

  1. P11 Form  Education and work experience, including past experience in similar projects and contact references of at least 3 references for whom you have rendered preferably the similar services;
  2. Financial proposal:  Detailed financial proposal: Lump sum offer with clear cost breakdown against each deliverable. Please use this template OFFEROR’S LETTER TO UNDP CONFIRMING INTEREST AND AVAILABILITY _ Annex III

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:                        with copy to 



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