National Consultant (Lao nationality only) to support mission on Business Plan development for National Social Protection Fund



Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Vientiane, LAO PDR
Application Deadline :29-Jun-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
22-Jun-2020
Duration of Initial Contract :June to December 2020
Expected Duration of Assignment :30 working days

Background

UNCDF IN LAO PDR

UNCDF, the UN capital investment agency for the 48 least developed countries, provides seed capital and technical assistance to test new modalities of public and private financing for local development. These investments are designed to leverage innovative financial flows from the private sector, national governments and development partners, for maximum impact towards inducing sustainable growth and transformative impact via the localization of the SDGs. UNCDF discreetly operates two inter-connecting practice areas of; (1) inclusive finance, and (2) local development finance. The goals of UNCDFs local development finance practice is to; (i) support effective Public Financial Management Policy and Regulation, (ii) create effective and sustainable inter-governmental fiscal transfer systems and (iii) assist subnational governments to develop productive infrastructures and provide quality services that contribute towards transforming the economic structures of local economies and improving the quality of life of citizens. 

UNCDF is currently implementing a project that is developing financing solutions for supply side capital to enable the Government of Laos to efficiently deliver on their social protection commitments as outlined within the National Social Protection Policy (NSPP).  This project is funded by the UN Secretary General Sustainable Development Goals Fund (UN-SDGF) providing focus for social protection through SDG acceleration and attainment of SDG targets.

Historically UNCDF have designed and implemented local development initiatives in a majority of the ASEAN member states both at national and sub-national levels. In particular, in alignment to its mandate, UNCDF has mainly operated in the Least Developed Countries, of the ASEAN region including (1) Cambodia, (2) Lao PDR, and (3) Myanmar.

In Lao PDR UNCDF has been engaged extensively in the government’s decentralization process through the National Governance and Public Administration Reform Programme (NGPAR). The NGPAR process has supported the enhancement of inclusive service delivery and local development via the strengthening public administrations, fostering of inclusive dialogue, and facilitating dialogue between citizens and state for more effective, transparent, accountable and responsive service delivery.

Lao PDR is currently implementing an austerity regime in terms of public sector finance. The government is embarked on a broad consolidation of the public budget that is minimizing expenditure, optimizing revenues whilst at the same time still delivering and maintaining public services. The consolidation is following a strict monetary and fiscal policy that is aimed at reducing budget defects to less than 4% that will enable the government to maintain macro-economic stability and meet existing debt service obligations.  

PROJECT BACKGROUND:

UNCDF is working directly with the MoF within the sphere of the Public Finance Management Reform initiative that is following on from the 2019 National Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) assessment. UNCDF is also working in partnership with the World Bank, the European Union and other Development Partners with the introduction of an IPSAS compliant CoA and a robust IFMIS that is under procurement.

Leveraging this positioning and work, UNCDF is supporting the SDG Fund UNJP “Leaving no one behind: Establishing the basis for social protection floors in Lao PDR” that is supporting the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare to implement the social protection strategy. This strategy envisions the development of an inclusive social protection system that includes a continually capitalized fund to ensure timely payments are made to all groups covered by the strategy. UNCDF is assisting MoLSW and MoF to establish and capitalize the fund through various technical inputs.

The consultancy opportunity is funded through the above mention project and aims at developing a business plan and fund scenario for the National Social Protection Fund (NSPF) as outlined in the governments National Social Protection Strategy (NSPS). The consultancy will be implemented through a mix of activities to be carried out in Lao PDR working directly with the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (MoLSW), the Ministry of Finance (MoF). In addition, the mission will work closely with the SDG Fund UNJP partners ILO and UNICEF for technical reference, NSPP data, and policy advisory.

 


Duties and Responsibilities

OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE OF CONSULTANCY:

The main objective of the assignment is to support MoLSW and MoF to develop a selection of fund scenarios, gain MoLSW consensus and further develop the NSPF scenario into a quality business plan. The scenario building will include but not be limited to the inclusion of  various options such as; (i) entity location (internal or as an external entity), (i) use of the funds capital to undertake market investments to sustain the fund, (iii) external or government management and (iv) revenue structures. The business plan will follow a standard approach that provides but is not limited to; (i) fund description and mandate, (ii) fund size and structure to enable sustainability, (iii) financial modelling, (iv) fund management principles, (v) end – user products and (vi) operational legality including jurisdiction of the NSPF, the latter being Social Protection coverage limitations. The consultancy will develop a marketing prospectus for the fund in collaboration with MoLSW, ILO and other relevant development partners applying the general findings of the capital markets assessment that will be completed by UNCDF commissioned consultancy in relation to capitalization of the NSPF.

Within the framework of the project, the following UNCDF information are available as reference materials for this consultancy; (i) UN joint project document; (ii) National Social Protection Strategy; (iii) Capital Markets Appetite Assessment for capitalization of the NSPF; and (iv) A legal scan of the investment laws in Lao PDR. ILO will provide technical inputs in terms of the scope of the NSPF intended beneficiaries, standard unit payment costs, and suggested cap of the NSPF. 

The consultancy mission will be led by one international consultant responsible for finalizing all related documents and the final report and supported by one national consultant who will provide technical inputs as required and logistics and administrative support including data collection, coordination and arrangements of meetings and translation of final products from English to Lao.

Total of working days:     30 working days including Saturdays intermittently (during June - Dec 2020).

SCHEDULE AND TIMEFRAME:

The total duration of the consultancy will be 30 working days including Saturdays during June - December 2020) according to the following indicative plan (actual starting date dependent upon availability of the international consultant and contract award). Full 30 working days will be spent to support and works with the international consultant during the in-country missions, including Saturdays and on intermittently basis (to be arranged with the international consultant):

EXPECTED RESULTS AND DELIVERABLES:

The national consultant will contribute and support the international consultant to jointly deliver the following deliverables within the framework of the mission:

  1. Submission or work plan indicating timebound milestone deliverables and list of required meetings and consultation to enable the work to be completed;
  2. A short report illustrating the options (scenarios) for the NSPF consisting of a maximum of 10 pages which is presented through a workshop / dialogue event;
  3. A comprehensive business plan (investor standard) for the NSPF comprising at a minimum but not limited to the following sections; (i) Executive Summary, (ii) Opportunity (Policy, Service Delivery, SDGs, and life enhancing benefits), (iii) End-User Markets (include employers, employees, and citizens to be covered under the NSPF), (iv) Execution, (v) Management Structures, (vi) Financial Model, (vii) annexes i.e. legal drafts etc. NOTE – the NSPF Business Plan must be succinct and developed in plain English to enable translation to Lao language. (20-page document approx.) annexes to support the business plan will be provided.
  4. Generate an Investment Prospectus (English and Lao Languages) for the NSPF that is suitable for print (4 pages). The investment prospectus need be developed on the basis of the NSPF business plan being inclusive of info-graphics related to SP beneficiaries and the financial model. Present the NSPF Business Plan and Prospectus through workshop event
  5. Provide UNCDF a mission completion report (4 pages)

PAYMENT SCHDULE (Upon approval of agreed deliverables and submission of CoP and invoices):

 

%

Milestone

30%

Deliverable 1: Mission Planning

50%

Deliverable 2: Technical Reviews of Government Debt Financing

20%

Deliverable 3: Policy Advisory for NSPF Capitalization and Fund Structure

     *Note: No travel will be required for this assignment.

TEAM COMPOSITION

The consultancy team will be composed of 1 International and 1 national consultants. The international consultant will act as a team leader who will finalize all reports and other related documents. The national consultant will be a team member who will support the international consultant and assist all aspects of the mission during the in-country mission including logistics, meeting arrangements and translation work and other duties assigned by the international consultant. The consultants selected should not be the persons who involved in the project design/implementation and should not have conflict of interests with project related activities.


Competencies

  • Possess a comprehensive knowledge of fund and business development with especial focus on business plan development;
  • Ability to develop and formulate financial models and risk assessments in the context of either funds or businesses;
  • Has general understanding and capacity to enable the sustainable structuring of funds that use blending options for recurrent costs and capitalization; 
  • Able to undertake peer reviews and analysis of business plans and finance models;
  • Ability to contribute to the preparation of fund structure that possibly blends the following; public sector budget, GO bond issue, ODA, and an investor grade tranche;
  • Ability to contribute to the development of standardised policy papers (short version) for government consumption;
  • Has a proven understanding of generation of policy drafts or briefs to government.


Required Skills and Experience

  • Advanced University’s Degree in Finance related area/Public Finance/MBA or related fields;
  • Experiences Minimum 7 years of professional experience with at least 5 years working within a business development environment preferably within a banking sector (investments and business loans) with funds or with business/fund start-ups;
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of capital markets financing, capital markets and investors in ASEAN +3 is mandatory;
  • Good professional track record related to business development planning is mandatory;
  • Sound knowledge and experiences working with government and its working culture in Lao context;
  • Good communication skills; sensitivity and willingness/flexibility to respond to client’s needs;
  • Full command of English and Lao language is required

Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:

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

 (i)      Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable for the work;

  1. P11 Form or CV including past experience in similar project and contact reference of at least 3 references for whom you have rendered preferably the similar services;
  2. Financial proposals, please use the template attached, OFFEROR’S LETTER _ Annex III

Instructions for on-line submissions:

  1. Step 1:  Please prepare all required documents electronically;
  2. 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;
  3. 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.

Please kindly refer to the  TOR  and the Long notice for detailed information on:

Project’s background

Scope of work and Responsibilities

Deliverables

Requirements for Experience and Qualifications

Note:  Any request for clarification must be sent in writing to the following e-mail: surith.sengsavang@undp.org and copy thilaphong.oudomsine@uncdf.org.


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