International Consultant to support Istanbul Programme of Action

Location : Vientiane, LAO PDR
Application Deadline :26-Sep-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :October 2019 - November 2019
Expected Duration of Assignment :20 working days


The Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) adopted at the Fourth UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Istanbul, Turkey in May 2011, constitutes an ambitious policy agenda agreed by the international community to address the challenges faced by the LDCs, based on the fundamental tenets of mutual accountability and enhanced international cooperation.

The overarching goal of the IPoA is to overcome the structural challenges faced by the LDCs in order to eradicate poverty, achieve internationally agreed development goals and enable them for graduation from the LDC category. It also recognizes that the LDCs represent an enormous potential for world economic growth, stability and prosperity.

Towards the end of the decade-long programme, all participating countries are expected to prepare a national report highlighting the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action by the LDCs and their development partners for the decade 2011 - 2020. It will share best practices and lessons learned and identify obstacles, constraints and actions and initiatives needed to overcome them, as well as new challenges and emerging issues. The report has been requested by the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) no later than 30 November 2019.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Economics Advisor, the individual consultant(s) will write a report assessing Lao PDR’s progress, obstacles, constraints, actions and measures necessary to further the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the LDCs for the decade 2011-2020. The consultant will assist in the preparation of the national report which will serve as an input to the substantive preparations for the end-of-decade review.

Deliverables and Timelines:

  • The consultant is expected to deliver a report using the annotated outline for the National Reports. This can be accessed through the following link: 
  • The report will reflect the progress made on the implementation of IPOA at the national level, as well as to reveal the coherence and linkage between the 2030 Agenda, IPOA, and the current National Social-Economic Development Plan (NSEDP) of Lao PDR.
  • The entire exercise, including consultation with government and UNDP will be completed by the end of November 2019.


Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness by modelling UN values and ethical standards;
  • Demonstrates professional competence and is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • Displays cultural, gender, nationality, religion and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • High sense of relational skills, including cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability, with a demonstrated ability to work in a multidisciplinary team.

Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent analytical and writing skills in an engaging and succinct manner;

Good knowledge and understanding of the UN system; familiarity with UNDP’s mandate an asset.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree in Economics, developmental studies or related subject areas.


  • Relevant work experience of at least 10 years in development, economic policy analysis, or governance;
  • Familiarity with latest practices and experiences in the focus areas, especially related to Lao PDR or similar contexts;
  • Experience (with evidence) of similar works;
  • Experience in quantitative and qualitative data collection methods and analysis, including: surveys, focus group discussions, key informant interviews etc.


  • Proficiency in English.

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.

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