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Sustainable Hydropower in the Mekong Region


Lao PDR: Good Practice Guideline on [Rapid] Cumulative Impact Assessment and Management for Hydropower Projects in Lao PDR


The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, through its Sustainability Framework is committed to sustainable development. The Framework includes IFC’s Policy on Environmental and Social Sustainability and its corresponding, comprehensive set of eight Performance Standards that define IFC clients’ responsibilities for managing their environmental and social impacts and risks. Performance Standard 1: Assessment and Management of Environmental and Social Risks and Impacts recognizes that because of the increasing significance of basin wide risk factors, cumulative impact assessment and management (CIAM) is an essential framework for risk management.


The Government of Lao PDR approved a Ministerial Instruction on Environmental and Social Impact Assessments of Investment Projects and Activities on 17 December 2013 which indicates that the project owner shall conduct the cumulative impact assessment in addition to the normal Environmental and Social Impact Assessment in case any investment projects and activities are predicted to cause social and environmental impact cumulatively with other Investment Projects and Activities located in the adjacent areas; provided that such cumulative impact assessment shall be conducted pursuant to the relevant technical guidelines.


In light of the new Ministerial Instruction, the Department of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, has requested IFC to provide support for the development of a set of technical guidelines for a Rapid CIA (RCIA) taking into consideration the Lao context for hydropower development and related regulatory framework.


Key aspects of this consultancy are to:

  1. Produce a technical guideline on cumulative impact assessment and management for the hydropower sector in Lao PDR including annexes of (i) TOR for the Government of Lao PDR to provide to hydropower companies to carry out a RCIA in Lao PDR and (ii) a Check-lists for government to review RCIA reports and determine cumulative impacts of projects.
  2. Prepare, participate in, present and report on the meetings and consultations of the draft technical guidelines with government, private sector and other stakeholders.
  3. Develop training materials and carry out training on the RCIA guidelines.



Interested candidates are expected to have:

  • Master's degree or higher in environmental studies or environmental and social impact assessment and management or related field.
  • At least 10-15 years of relevant experience in conducing or reviewing ESIAs, SEAs, and CIAs in the hydropower sector in developing countries, preferably Southeast Asia.
  • Familiarity with issues of hydropower development in Lao PDR.
  • Good understanding of the operations of the government and its structure and knowledge of development issues in Lao PDR.
  • Familiarity of Lao PDR regulations on environmental and social issues.
  • Strong analytical skills with experience in developing technical guidelines.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and capacity to network and work with a wide range of stakeholders, including businesses, local business support institutions, government, and international organizations.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and to work effectively in stressful situations independently or in a team environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Computer proficiency.


Terms and Conditions

The initial consultancy will be up to 25 working days from 6 January 2016 to 30 June 2016. Interested candidates may review the complete job description and apply online at: and access Business Opportunities, Selection #  1206319


For more information on the program see:


The closing for applicants is 10 December 2015


All applications will be treated with strict confidentiality. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.


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