Consultancy: GHG Inventory Expert (Lao PDR)

Our project office in Vientiane, Lao PDR is looking for an individual consultant (Lao national) or firm (can be local or international with relevant background work in Lao PDR) to conduct community-level greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory for the cities of Kaysone Phomvihane and Pakse, Lao PDR.


UN-Habitat and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability are jointly implementing the Urban-LEDS II project: Accelerating climate action through the promotion of Urban Low Emission Development Strategies in more than 60 cities worldwide in the Urban-LEDS II project, using a multilevel governance approach to urban climate action. The project is funded by the European Union.

Through the Urban-LEDS II project, the local governments of selected cities are guided to create community-scale Urban Low Emissions Development Strategies (Urban LEDS) that also address climate resilience. These will be aligned to and ideally inform the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), and implementation of these plans will start in the project lifetime.

Further, local governments will be supported to develop pilot projects and finance models for their Urban LEDS implementation. The overall Urban-LEDS II project aims to strengthen cooperation and information sharing across national and local governments, offering an integrated Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) concept and guidance on multilevel governance, to support all levels of government to better understand the contribution of local level developments to support achieving national and global climate and sustainability goals. The project runs from April 2017 till March 2021.


The conduct of community-level GHG emissions inventory aims to address the following objectives:

  • Establish a baseline to understand the GHG emissions attributed to the cities’ activities consistent with international guidelines and standards;
  • Understand the current GHG emission sources of the two model cities of Kaysone Phomvihane and Pakse;
  • Establish initial data sets to monitor and assess local mitigation actions;
  • Provide an informed basis for assessing mitigation opportunities (e.g. policies, initiatives, technologies) to reduce emissions or enhance sinks; and
  • Serve as basis for developing local low emission development strategies (Urban LEDS action plan) for the two model cities.

Key Duties

The GHG emissions inventory specialist shall conduct the following activities:

1. Conduct preliminary research and data gathering:

  • Conduct scoping of relevant national and local policies on the conduct of GHG inventory and/or other pertinent documents and ongoing initiatives in the two model cities crucial in the conduct of the GHG inventory.
  • Coordinate with relevant national ministries, city government departments, academe, private sector, and other data providers to facilitate data gathering for key and relevant activity data and emission factors.
  • Compile and organize all activity data and emission factors gathered.
  • Calculate city-level emissions using available and appropriate calculation tools (e.g. ClearPath, HEAT+) that are consistent with international standards and guidelines (i.e. IPCC Guidelines) or as endorsed by the national government.

2. Adapt the Global Protocol for Community-Scale GHG Emission Inventory (GPC) and other relevant tools in the development of the GHG inventory.

3. Facilitate knowledge and skill transfer to the city governments through provision of technical support and training to the technical staff of both the model and satellite cities of the Urban-LEDS II project.

  • Design and deliver technical assistance on capacity building activities (training/workshop), in consultation with ICLEI and UN-Habitat, for both relevant national government agencies and local governments (model and satellite cities) leading to the development of a Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) document for the model cities.
  • Provide training on data collection for both model and satellite cities, as well as relevant stakeholders to ensure accountability, accuracy and suitability of data.

4. Present the results of the city-wide GHG inventories to relevant city staff and stakeholders for the cities of Kaysone Phomvihane and Pakse through face-to-face discussions/validation workshops. Narrative reports and presentations should be packages in two languages, Lao and English.

5. Produce a final report documenting the outputs of the consultancy work in two languages (English and Lao).



  • Advanced degree (MA or MSc) in Climate Change, Environmental Science, Environmental Management and Policy, Urban Planning, or other related fields is required.
  • At least 5-7 years of professional experience in conducting GHG emissions inventory and reporting, climate action planning, scenario modelling, and low emission development, preferably in a local organization or NGO or local-based scientific/research organization. Local NGOs and scientific research organizations can apply.
  • Proficiency in using GHG software (e.g. ClearPath, HEAT+, etc.) and GPC is a must.
  • Good knowledge of local, provincial, and national government systems in Laos.
  • Experience in conducting workshops with a wide variety of different stakeholders is a plus.
  • Experience in conducting fieldwork is a plus.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, email programs.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English.
  • Excellent writing, presentation, communication, and facilitation skills.
  • Able and willing to travel domestically.
  • Familiarity with Lao context is desirable.


  • Proven experience in conducting GHG emissions inventory and reporting, climate action planning, scenario modelling and low emission development.


The consultant will directly report to ICLEI-Lao PDR Project Officer Mr. Phouvannasinh Phongsa ( Main contact person at ICLEI SEAS is Ms. Joy Camille Baldo, Senior Project Officer (

General Terms

The consultancy is expected to cover a maximum of 65 man-days spread across 6 months from October 2019 to March 2020. The consultant will be paid upon submission of payment milestones. The consultancy is a lump sum contract inclusive of taxes and other government fees and charges which means that all direct costs should be considered.

Direct costs shall cover round-trip economy flight or ground transport to Kaysone Phomvihane and Pakse, accommodation, travel insurance, and per diem (meals and incidentals during field visit). Taxes and other government fees should also be included in the financial proposal. Workshop logistics (meals and meeting venue) shall be borne by ICLEI-Lao PDR Project Office.

Application Process

Interested candidates are requested to apply by sending the following documents through e-mail with subject “VA ULEDS2 – [name/organization]” no later than 18.00 Laos time (GMT+7)on Monday/ 23 September 2019, to with copy to

  • Expression of interest and confirmation of availability for the consultancy’s duration;
  • Latest CV; and
  • Technical and financial proposal. Financial proposal should outline professional fee (day rate in USD) and breakdown of direct costs.

All documents must be under one file name and must be filed as “GHG ULEDS2 – [name/organization]”. Please use English for all communications. Only successful candidates will be contacted. For more information about ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat, visit

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