The Strengthening Capacity and Effectiveness of the People’s Assemblies System in Laos (STEPS) Project is a five-year initiative (2022-2026) implemented by UNDP, together with the National and Provincial People’s Assemblies, with financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The overall goal of STEPS is to strengthen capacity of the legislature in Laos to effectively represent, engage and respond to citizen’s needs. The project will support the national and provincial assemblies (members, technical committees and staff) in enhancing their mandates and ability to revise and approve legislation, monitor implementation of the country socio-economic development plan and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), better analyse societal concerns and communicate with citizens, and enhance the overall accountability and transparency system.


The objective of this assignment is to produce a common roadmap for ICT in the People’s Provincial Assemblies (PPAs) that can serve as the basis for their individual ICT development strategies.

Specifically, the assignment will aim to:

  • Comprehensively assess the state of ICT at the PPAs
  • Produce an overall ICT Development Strategy for the PPAs, identifying options for ICT development and potential synergies and areas for cooperation among PPAs, and between the PPAs and the National Assembly (NA)


Duties and Responsibilities


The ICT Assessment team will comprise an international ICT Development Expert and two national Associate ICT Experts to conduct the Assessment.  The Associate ICT Experts will be responsible for:

  • Providing inputs and insights for the international expert (based on the socio-economic context of the PPAs)
  • Arranging and participating in meetings with stakeholders, primarily members and staff of the PPAs and NA.
  • Providing support and assistance to finalize the field mission agenda, meetings logistics and required visits
  • Providing inputs towards the deliverables outlined below
  • Providing interpretation and translation between Lao and English during meetings and as required.


The assessment team is expected to produce the following outputs:

Task 1: Conduct an ICT survey as the basis for the ICT Assessment of the PPAs.

  • Provide inputs for the international ICT Expert into the design of an (electronic and/or paper-based) ICT survey of all 18 PPAs.
  • As directed by the ICT Expert, assess the Lao PDR ICT market, focusing on the ICT infrastructure connectivity and hosting services

Task 2: Conduct an ICT Assessment (field mission).

  • With the ICT Expert, develop an ICT Assessment schedule and sample visit agenda
  • Conduct interviews with senior staff of all PPAs (DDG, heads of departments/units responsible for legislative information management, public communications, research, library and archives) regarding: 1. current state of ICT; 2. ICT vision; 3. gap analysis, and 4. short-medium-long term ICT development priorities 
  • Together with the ICT Expert, conduct field visits to 4 PPAs to survey ICT conditions in detail
  • The consultant will produce a database of interview notes and provide update briefings as necessary to UNDP on progress.  Any gaps in data sources will be identified and supplementary data gathering undertaken as required and as agreed with UNDP
  • Provide inputs for the ICT Expert to present the preliminary assessment results to senior staff of the PPAs, most likely in Vientiane and online.


Task 3: Develop an ICT assessment report

Provide inputs for the ICT Expert to develop the ICT assessment report, which will include: a first section on the background, rationale and approach to the ICT assessment; a section detailing the findings of the ICT Assessment itself (the state of ICT in the PPAs, True Cost of Ownership, assessment of the various parliamentary information services for the plenary, legislative documentation, public information, parliamentary library and research; the ICT readiness of the PPAs), and; recommendations for the way forward.


Task 4: Develop an ICT Development Strategy for the PPAs (field mission)

This document is effectively a proposed ICT development plan for the PPAs as a whole and is structured as follows:  a first part provides an assessment of the current state of ICT in the PPAs.  This is followed by a description of the future state of the use of ICT, based on an analysis of the current state including external and internal factors, and inputs from the field visit.  The third part presents the actual ICT development roadmap, and the fourth part outlines key implementation principles.  The ICT Development Strategy could be presented online or in person.


  • Good facilitation and coordination skills
  • Result oriented, patient, and hands-on with good teamwork skills
  • Excellent computer skills (word, excel, power-point, internet, and other related matters)
  • Strong data collection and analytical skills

Required Skills and Experience

  • A Master’s degree in ICT, or a relevant social science.   
  • Alternatively, a Bachelor’s degree is acceptable with an additional two years’ relevant experience.
  • Minimum 4 years of designing and delivering ICT solutions in government sector and/or private sector
  • Experience of assessing ICT capacities in government sector and/or private sector.

Language :  

  • Native speaker of Lao language.
  • A good level of fluency in English language is required.

Requirements for submission of proposals 

All interested and qualified International or National Individual Consultants should apply online using the following links: 

UNDP Lao PDR Country Office website at

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 


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; 

            (ii)  Providing a brief methodology on how you will approach and conduct the work including the work 

                  schedule for the delivery of outputs/deliverable; 

        2. 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; 

        3. Financial proposal:  Detailed financial proposal: Lump sum offer with clear cost breakdown against each deliverable. Please use this template  Offerors Letter to UNDP


Instructions for online submissions: 

  • Step 1:  Please prepare all required documents electronically; 



  • 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: