Background information:

Project VIE/029 “Technical Assistance” (TA) towards “Developing Business with the Rural Poor in Cao Bang” started on 16 November 2009 with the arrival of the CTA. This TA is to support the implementation by Department of Planning and Investment (DPI) province-wide programme in the Cao Bang province, northern Vietnam. This programme is predominantly designed by- and financed through- loan support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The overall IFAD programme amounts to approximately 26 million USD spread over a six-year period which has been cut into two phases (Phase I : 2008-2011 and Phase II : 2011-2013).
The purpose of IFAD’s provincial programme, which already started in 2008, is to empower poor households in targeted rural communities to organise themselves for profitable market participation along value chains, in a socially equitable and environmentally sustainable manner. Enabling policy environment, increased private investment and provision of business development services would be essential instruments for achieving this objective.

A large share of scope, content and financial support by Luxembourg’s involvement through Lux-Development relates to the organisation and management of TA and training and corresponding to the three major programme components described in IFAD’s Appraisal Report:

1.Improving Business and Investment Environment
a.Raising Provincial Competitiveness
b.Improving Efficiency and Impact of Equitised Enterprises
c.Environmental Planning

2.Rural Business Development Services
a.Value Chain Development Services
b.Farm productivity Improvement Services
c.Rural Finance

3.Amplification of Market Access for the Rural Poor
a.Enhancing Common Interest Groups (CIGs)
b.Participatory Planning and Investment Prioritisation
c.Commune Investments

IFAD’s three “components” are supposed to lead to the specific objective of “rural poor people empowered” to benefit from an enhanced market participation in Cao Bang province.Since the IFAD programme is situated at provincial level, the leading actor is the Provincial People’s Committee (PPC) while the core-implementing actor is the Department of Planning and Investment (DPI), which will be in charge of project coordination.

The Luxembourg TA support to this programme will have a clear focus on strengthening the local actors in terms of coordination, planning, budgeting and implementation, and the provision of specific complementary TA where necessary towards the local institutions in order to achieve objectives and results in a most efficient and effective manner. In other words, the implementation of TA under the programme will be hands-on, practical, proactive, demand-responsive and flexible. The key role of the Lux Development TA is to recognise what knowledge, skills and attitude needs to be transferred to the PPMU enabling this management unit to implement Phase II of the project with certainly less TA support than Phase I. A request for extension until Q2 2014 is currently pending.

Management structure:

The coordination and implementation of the support is the responsibility of Department of Planning and Investment (DPI) – in practice this is effected by the establishment of a Provincial Program Management Unit (PPMU) that is based on the premises of the DPI. In terms of TA, the core PPMU team will be supervised by the Lux-CTA w[email protected]ith its major responsibility to capacitate the PPMU to implement the IFAD project. Relevant line agencies (e.g. DARD, DONRE, DOI, Women’s Union, Farmers’ Union, etc), support the PPMU in planning and implementing the program. Cao Bang DBRP Project’s archievements, succesful stories, lesson learned should be shared through mass media, DBRP website and the project quarterly newsletter. So provicial line agecies, each component of PPMU, staff of DPMOs as managers and M&E staff must take responsibilities for this together to write their achievements and lessons learnt for sharing every month. Up to now, because lack of skills in writing so only a few staff has taken that responsibility. So a training course to improve capacity for Project staff at provicial and district levels and line agencies on skills in writing news and articles is necessary to be conducted.

We are looking for the consultancy on KM writing skill training.The proposal is made in English and Vietnamese with one original and two copies each  respectively. Deadline of proposal submission is by 09h00, Thursday 21 February 2013. The proposals must be sent to the following address:

Pham Truong Ky
Project VIE/029, Department of Planning and Investment of Cao Bang province,
No. 30 Xuan Truong Street, Hop Giang Ward, Cao Bang Town.
(Telephone: (84-26)3956 786/Fax: (84-26)3956 788 & Email: [email protected])
Commencement date and period of completion: From 01 March to 31 March, 2013;


Job Details
Organisation Name: 
Project VIE/029, Department of Planning and Investment of Cao Bang province
Application Deadline: 
Thu, 2013-02-21