Team Leader, Laos Australia Connectivity Partnership

Location: Laos
Deadline: May 10, 2024
Type: Regular employment

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives and expanding opportunities across Asia and the Pacific. Informed by 70 years of experience and deep local knowledge, our work is focused on governance, climate action, gender equality, education and leadership, inclusive growth, and international cooperation. We work in more than 20 countries through our 17 permanent country offices and programs across Asia and the Pacific, supported by a headquarters in San Francisco and an office in Washington, DC. Our funding comes from a diverse array of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals.

The leadership of the Laos-Australia Connectivity Partnership (LACP) assists with the design of logistics facilities in Laos’ northern economic corridor. Once developed, these facilities will enhance access to markets for local communities and businesses and act as a hub to manage better the efficient transportation, handling, and storage of goods. LACP is also working with the MPWT to develop Laos’ first Multi-Modal Transport Strategy. This has the potential to transform Laos’ approach to transport policy and planning, including better prioritizing projects and investments and creating an enabling environment for a more competitive logistics sector. LACP will deliver activities to strengthen national and provincial government capacity to implement this strategy and to develop integrated transport regulations and policies for more inclusive and resilient infrastructure.

LACP complements the World Bank-funded Southeast Asia Regional Economic Corridor and Connectivity (SEARECC) project, which seeks to support the Government of Laos (GoL) in improving regional and domestic transport connectivity, the efficiency of logistics and cross-border trade, and the capacity to manage multi-modal transport. Five provinces in northern Laos, Oudomxay, Luang Namtha, Phongsaly, Luang Prabang, and Xayabouly, in addition to the capital Vientiane, are engaged in SEARECC and LACP activities.

The team leader will be responsible for the overall leadership of the LACP. The role will operate as a member of P4I’s One Team, working closely with the P4I Head Office in Bangkok and with P4I staff from across the consortium based in Southeast Asia and Australia. The team leader will report to the Foundation’s country representative in Laos on a daily basis, working closely with the P4I deputy head of Regional Engagement based in Bangkok and collaborating closely with EY and Adam Smith International.

LACP is a two-year program delivered by P4I in partnership with the Government of Laos that seeks to improve transport connectivity and infrastructure governance practices through various service modalities, including technical advice and capacity development. LACP will be implemented alongside and in close collaboration with a significant World Bank-led financing initiative, the Southeast Asia Regional Economic Corridor and Connectivity (SEARECC) project. It is anticipated that five provinces in northern Laos—Oudomxay, Luang Namtha, Phongsaly, Luang Prabang, and Xayabouly, in addition to Vientiane Capital—will be engaged in SEARECC and LACP activities.

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