Lao PDR: PLUP consultant

Application Deadline: Open until filled (Latest post date Mar 01, 2011)


Country: Laos

Organization: Lao Extension for Agriculture Project (LEAP)

LEAP is seeking a short-term advisor to guide participatory land use planning (PLUP) activities in several districts across the north. It will consist of only ten days over the course of eight or nine months.
Please see the TOR below, and if interested, respond to the project e-mail address:


LEAP is focusing field support on five districts in five Northern provinces (hotspots). We will fund implementation of PLUP, following the official GoL manual for such published in March 2010, in at least one of these districts, to be implemented in at least one kumbaan. NAFES is prepared to support this effort with expertise from the PLUP team within the shifting cultivation stabilization division; LEAP will financially enable this support.


While there is an official manual adopted by MAF and NLMA, the exact process for carrying out PLUP remains unclear with various options presenting. These procedural options combine with significant opportunity for interpretation and adjustment of the PLUP process as designed, to create the potential for effective adaptation to specific circumstances.
Throughout the Lao P.D.R., including within the hotspots, there is a mixed history of efforts to support rural land use planning. Some of these efforts have better organized resource use or secured access to appropriate resources, resulting in improved opportunities for villagers to maintain viable livelihoods. Some of these efforts have not had these positive results for villagers. LEAP will support implementation of the process that will improve the likelihood of positive impact on farmer livelihoods. Use of land for commercial purposes, forest protection, environmental sustainability, water management, and wildlife protection may all be considered within the planning, but must remain subservient to the goal of supporting improved livelihoods opportunities for local village residents within the affected areas.


LEAP will use this process as a test to see if DAFO/PAFES officials, with direct support provided only from NAFES, can carry out PLUP in a way that improves livelihoods for small holder farmers, men and women alike.


The consultant will advise project leadership and the NAFES PLUP team on how best to support implementation of PLUP in one hotspot, increasing the likelihood of implementation that leads to improved livelihood opportunities, and evaluate the appropriateness of the process carried out.



  • Support and backstop the NAFES PLUP team in their support of implementation of PLUP in at least one hotspot
  • Support LEAP in planning for and evaluating the PLUP process as carried out in at least one hotspot
  • Recommend improvements to the PLUP process.



  • Consider the various alternative arrangements for carrying out PLUP, and review these with project leadership and the NAFES PLUP team
  • Review and suggest improvements to specific concepts and work plan supporting PLUP within the hotspot(s)
  • Backstop the NAFES PLUP team with needed technical advice or assistance when necessary
  • Develop evaluation criteria against which to measure the results of the PLUP (in collaboration with LEAP leadership
  • Evaluate the PLUP as carried out in the hotspot
  • Present results and make recommendations for improvements to NAFES for how to best carry-out PLUP in the future.


The consultant will work directly with the PLUP team within the shifting cultivation stabilization division at NAFES, and collaborate closely with the LEAP leadership, primarily the CTA.



  • The consultant is expected to offer guidance that will directly result in a workable plan for supporting PLUP in at least one hotspot
  • The consultant will produce a review of the work completed with recommendations for improvements.



  • Comments to the work plan for the NAFES PLUP team to support the hotspot
  • Criteria to be used to evaluate the PLUP process
  • Evaluation and final recommendations for improvements.


Time Frame
Advising of the NAFES PLUP team will begin in late February, and will continue through the period of implementation. The PLUP process is expected to be completed in one group of villages in one hotspot by the end of 2011. The review can then take place and the final report should be provided by the end of January 2012.
The consultancy will be for a maximum of ten billable working days.


The consultant will have intimate knowledge and understanding of the workings of the NAFES PLUP team, will have working familiarity with the implementation of PLUP and other models of land use planning employed in Laos, and the technical skill to advise and backstop implementation of PLUP. The consultant will have oral Lao language skills and be fluent in written and spoken English, with a proven history of producing high quality written reports.
The consultant will have the right to work in Lao P.D.R., and will cover his or he own insurance and Vientiane living arrangements.


The project will cover in-country transportation costs and any up-country room and board expenses at standard Helvetas-Laos rates.


Interested consultants may bid for this assignment by submitting a C.V. and cover letter responding to the qualifications listed above. The bid should include requirements such as transportation and state time availability during the time frame mentioned above.

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