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Civil Society Project Manager
WWF-Laos is looking for an experienced person to fill the position of Civil Society Project Manager based in Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR.
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. 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, Cambodi, and Laos. Find out more at www.wwf.org.la
The civil society project supports WWF Laos’ activities in engaging civil society organizations and community-based organizations to strengthen their capacity so they can fully exercise their environmental rights and are enabled to influence decision-making to promote sustainable use and equitable benefit sharing of natural capital and the ecosystem services derived therefrom.
The project helps to establish an enabling environment for civil society organizations to actively participate in natural resources management processes. The capacity building activities raise civil society organizations and community-based organizations’ skills not only to exhibit quality participation but also to monitor those processes and contribute through relevant channels whenever necessary.
The Civil Society Project Manager supports the planning and management of project activities in SIDA-supported projects and leads the monitoring and reporting of project activities in support of all SIDA-supported projects. Tasks also include overall supervision of financial and administrative aspects of the project. He/she organizes project execution in line with programmatic objectives, engaging national counterparts and building a reputation for quality design and reliable delivery. He/she is accountable for all project deliverables. He/she is also the Focal Point of the WWF International Governance Practice in Laos.
- Manage project activities, project budget and create synergies for effective management and report to the Conservation Director;
- Together with the project managers of SIDA-supported projects, and with support from the Southern Provinces Coordinator and Forest Programme Officer, prepare annual project implementation plans with project partners;
- Develop, monitor, review and update projects’ activities work plan to ensure that the project attains its objectives as cost-effectively and efficiently as possible;
- Prepare monthly monitoring reports (MMR), 6-months and yearly technical reports against the approved work plan and budget plan, as per donor and Government counterpart requirements;
- Monitor and review the monthly, quarterly and annual budget expenditure reports; provide recommendations/feedback. Based on that report, together with the finance department, prepare expenditure reports vs projects’ achievement for project managers of SIDA-supported projects and Government counterparts;
- Manage, build and maintain networks and partnerships on biodiversity conservation and civil society with relevant agencies, NGO partners, local authorities and local communities;
- Provide inputs to communications products and campaigns when required to ensure accurate information will be published to promote WWF activities;
- Participate in the recruitment and selection of staff under supervision and consultants;
- Be the focal point of the SIDA-supported Greater Mekong Civil Society Programme in Laos and coordinate, consult and report on programme implementation on a regular basis with the Regional Programme Coordinator;
- Be the Focal Point of the WWF International Governance Practice in Laos and participate in its relevant coordination mechanisms.
- Master’s degree in development or social studies, natural resources management, environmental or conservation management, or in relevant fields;
- Qualification in project management and/or in monitoring and evaluation;
- Qualification in civil society development studies an advantage.
- 5 years of practical experience in managing, supporting and/or advising forestry-related projects or civil-society projects in either international NGOs or the United Nations or bilateral development agencies;
- Experience of working with Government officials, local communities and donor representatives;
- Experience in coordinating multiple projects or separate project components;
- Experience in working in a multicultural environment and regional projects;
- Essential WWF behavior for such a position: Strive for impact, Listen deeply, Collaborate openly and Innovate fearlessly.
Closing date: 22 January 2019
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 (Re-Advertise)
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.
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.
- 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 (see the PDF file on the right under "Job Description" 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: 27 December 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
Technical Advisor, Stop Illegal Wildlife Trade
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.
- 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;
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.