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Technical Advisor, Stop Illegal Wildlife Trade

WWF-Laos is looking for an experienced person to fill the position of Technical Advisor, Stop Illegal Wildlife Trade based in Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR.
WWF has been working in Laos since the late 1980s in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Our country programme office was first established in Vientiane in 2001. Since then, our team has grown to over 40 Lao and international staff and volunteers working on over 10 projects countrywide, with offices in Vientiane, Champassak, Salavan and Sekong provinces. WWF-Laos is part of WWF-Greater Mekong Programme Office, which operates in 5 countries: Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos.

WWF has been a strong, credible and recognized global force in the world of conservation for the past half-century as we have strived to deliver on our mission of building a world where people thrive in harmony with nature. With our new 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, we aim at increasing our conservation impact by focusing on direct threats to wildlife, forests, and water ecosystems, and by increasing our influence and credibility in the Lao PDR.

The IWT Technical Advisor leads the anti-IWT efforts of WWF in Laos, including strategies to deal with wildlife crimes at source, curtailing wildlife trafficking, and demand reduction in Laos. He/she also leads the implementation of the action plan developed under the WWF Ivory HII initiative for closing down ivory markets in Lao PDR.

The Technical Advisor is responsible for the technical supervision and strategic management of all WWF anti-IWT projects in Laos, supervising Project Managers who directly implement grants and other agreements with Government and non-Government counterparts. Additionally, the Technical Advisor supports WWF Laos’ fundraising efforts for IWT strategies. 
  • Supervise IWT Project Managers and Officers;
  • Provide technical guidance and support to WWF Laos staff in programme and project implementation related to Ivory & IWT, as determined by project activities and work plans;
  • Lead policy advocacy activities against ivory and illegal wildlife trade in the Lao PDR, in coordination with the relevant teams in WWF-Laos and in the region;
  • Lead implementation of the action plan developed under the Ivory HII initiative for closing down the ivory markets in Lao PDR;
  • Provide direct technical support to Lao PDR Government counterparts agencies where and when needed;
  • Represent WWF Laos in relevant meetings, networks, stakeholders’ engagement, and partnership dialogues;
  • Support communication of outcomes of Ivory & IWT activities in Laos through the WWF Network and external channels;
  • Maintain a working knowledge of political, legislative, environmental, social and economic frameworks relevant to Ivory & IWT in Laos, and support engagement of WWF teams in relevant dialogues and meetings;
  • Proactively support the fundraising efforts of WWF Laos for Ivory & IWT strategies;
  • Coordinates with GMPO IWT and Wildlife Crime leads on effective strategies and synergies, coordinates with the WWF regional and global Ivory HII coordinators, and interfaces with the Wildlife Crime Initiative of WWF network on its Wildlife Crime Prevention Framework;
  • Other tasks aligned with WWF Laos’ anti-IWT programme as assigned by the Conservation Director.

Qualification required
  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in forestry and/or natural resources management, law enforcement or in relevant fields;
  • At least 5 years of working experience in forestry or in wildlife trade issues, in particular focused on policy advocacy and law enforcement;
  • Extensive experience in project management;
  • Extensive experience working in partnership with Government officials in southeast Asia; familiarity with Laos an advantage;
  • Ability to learn fast and adapt to different working environments, including with international partners;
  • Ability to work under limited supervision while keeping to set workplan; applying adaptive management where needed;
  • Excellent written and spoken English. Lao language and/or Mandarin language an advantage;
The detailed job description is posted on and available upon request.   Interested candidates should apply by sending a cover letter and CV in English, mentioning the position you are applying for to:      
Closing date: 05 October 2018

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
WWF does not charge or accept a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.

Fisheries Project Officer

WWF-Laos is looking for the experienced national person to fill in the position of Fisheries Project Officer base in Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR. 


WWF-Laos is part of the WWF Greater Mekong, one of the biologically richest places on the planet, which works on environmental issues across Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. WWF-Laos established its presence in Laos starting in 2001 and in partnership with the government, has been implementing several projects in the areas of conservation of wildlife and natural resources; improvement of livelihoods/income generation and other relevant activities contributing to sustainable management of natural resources.

The Project “Prosperous Mekong Communities Through Fisheries Co-management That Protects River Biodiversity”, is part of the Darwin Initiative, funded by the UK Government. It starts in July 2018 and runs for 2 years. The project focuses on the Xebanghien River in Savannakhet Province. The main objectives of the project are to increase and improve the stock of aquatic resources through the establishment of fisheries co-management structures and to support the improvement of local livelihoods.
The Project Officer will be based in Savannakhet at the local Fisheries Section office and will work in close coordination with the Project Manager based in Vientiane so that project activities are implemented timely and with good quality, including local stakeholder’s capacity building and monitoring of all project activities.

Major Functions

The Project Officer is the representative of the project in Savannakhet province. He/she works in close cooperation with the PAFO’s Fisheries Section. He/she provides assistance to the implementation of all project activities i.e. the setting up of fish conservation zones, livelihoods diversification and research. He also prepares documentation in support of administration and finance to the Project Manager and other project staff to ensure compliance with operations systems, policies and procedures of WWF-Laos.

  • Support the Project Manager in all aspects of project implementation in Savannakhet, including administration and finance documentation i.e. monitor project expenditures and contracts with project partners and counterparts;

  • Provide input to the development and revision of project annual work plan;

  • Support the project manager in organizing yearly and 6-monthly meetings;

  • Implement, in partnership with the Fisheries Section of Savannakhet Province, the work plan of the project, including: Village baseline surveys, Setting up of Fish Conservation Zones, Livelihood diversification activities, Research activities (e.g. village surveys), Conducting awareness raising sessions in target villages, Others as required by Project Manager.

  • Coordinate the monitoring of implementation of the project work plan, and ensure that data for the project monthly monitoring report, as well as for 6-monthly and yearly reports, is submitted on time to the Project Manager.

Qualification required

  • Bachelor’s degree in either fisheries, conservation, natural resources management, or in other relevant fields;
  • Qualification in Project Management is preferred.
  • 3 years of practical experience in fisheries and/or livelihood development projects;Experience of working with Government officials and local communities; experience with transboundary issues preferable;
  • Experience in conducting studies and coordinating research activities;
  • Capacity to work remotely, under minimal supervision but keeping on work plan target;
  • Excellent intra-team communication skills;

The detailed job description can be downloaded and available upon the request.   


Interested candidates should apply by sending covering letter and CV with mention a position you apply for, submit your application in English to      


Closing date: 1 Aug 2018


Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

WWF does not charge or accept a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a

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Rattan and Bamboo Project Officer

WWF-Laos is looking for the experienced person to fill in the position of Project Officer for Rattan and Bamboo Project base in Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR. 


WWF- Rattan and Bamboo Project (Phase 1, 2, 3 and 4) (2006-2017) set-up best practices, which were applied to the rattan supply chain in 3 countries, Lao PDR, Vietnam, and Cambodia.  In 2017, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the WWF-IKEA international partners have agreed to continue supporting the project from September 2017 to August 2020 for rattan and bamboo production and forest management, rattan FSC certification and sustainable rattan supply chain, including the strengthening of rattan SMEs in the Lao PDR.


The Project Officer – Rattan and bamboo Project provides support to the Rattan-Bamboo Project Manager in the planning, management, implementation, monitoring and reporting of Project activities to ensure compliance with the Project Document and WWF’s contractual obligations and ensure close collaboration between the project management, partners and other relevant stakeholders in the project sites.

  • Support the development and implementation of annual project work plans related to rattan and bamboo forest management, FSC–CoC certification, rattan, and bamboo production and its market linkage with both internal and external markets;
  • Assist rattan SMEs and villager handicraft groups in developing rattan business and market links, analyzing cost structure of rattan products and also develop and adapt the existing FSC-CoC guidelines to help Lao rattan SME to become CoC certified and strengthened in rattan FSC production. 
  • Monitor the timely implementation, by CoC-certified SMEs, of the rattan production plan, and compliance with the production line for FSC rattan production; 
  • Gather data from DAFO and PAFO for monitoring the progress against the activity work plan to ensure that the project attains its objectives as cost-effectively and efficiently as possible;
  • Assist in the preparation of six-monthly and yearly progress reports to monitor all technical, financial and administrative aspects on the utilization and impact of all resources made available to the project.

Qualification required

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, natural resource management, or in relevant fields;
  • Additional courses on project management and business and marketing an advantage;
  • Basic knowledge of environmental and conservation issues in Lao PDR especially in rattan, bamboo, and community based natural resource management3 years of practical experience as Project Officer, and related fields
  • 3 years of practical experience as Project Officer, and related fields
  • Experience of working INGOs or the United Nations or bilateral development agencies is an advantage; 
  • Experience for working with environmental planning, policy, and regulations will be preferred.

The detailed job description is posted on and available upon the request.    

Interested candidates should apply by sending covering letter and CV with mention a position you apply for, with submit your application in English to          

Closing date:
2nd August 2018


Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

WWF does not charge or accept a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.  

We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.