Government Liaison and Policy Analyst, WWF-Laos

In support of our WWF-Laos 2021-2025 Strategic Plan, we are expanding our conservation efforts through targeted corporate engagement and partnerships with key government stakeholders in the areas of Sustainable Infrastructure, Sustainable Financing, Renewable Energy, Plastics and Waste management, and Nature-base and Bankable solutions, therefore WWF-Laos is looking for a qualified person to fill the below new position:

Position: Government Liaison and Policy Analyst.   
Based in: Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR.
Gross monthly salary: WWF-Laos offers competitive salary and benefits. 

Main roles and Responsibilities:

  • The Government Liaison and Policy Analyst supports the Country office in developing and strengthening effective partnerships with key government stakeholders of Lao PDR.;
  • Monitor and analyze government decrees, legislation, and projects that may impact WWF-Laos conservation work, and help formulate strategic responses if required;
  • Lead conservation policy and advisory efforts on behalf of WWF-Laos and ensured reports and results are appropriately shared with government stakeholders;
  • He/she helps draft policy gap reports, identify opportunities and implement strategies that are consistent with the goals of WWF and the Government of Laos;
  • Lead negotiation and communication efforts to help progress project implementation challenges;
  • Attending and representing WWF-Laos at government stakeholder meetings;
  • Provide high-level ad-hoc interpretation and document translation for non-Lao speaking staff;
  • Support and coach WWF staff when working with government counterparts;
  • With support from WWF Network experts, prepare a review of the infrastructure and private sector threats for each of WWF Laos Priority Sites and identify potential engagement points;
  • Oversee the Quality Assurance and streamlining of government communications e.g. MOU and MOA submissions, project reporting & presentation templates;
  • Review and provide input into communication products and campaigns, input into grant proposals;
  • Project management of small grants and ensuring project activities comply with WWF and donor financial policies, procurement guidelines and reporting requirements;
  • Periodically be on staff recruitment and procurement assessment panels;
  • This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organizational needs.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in International Relations, Public Affairs, Project Management, Business Administration or equivalent working experience;
  • Qualification in natural resources management, environmental or conservation management, and development studies an advantage;
  • At least 10 years of practical experience working in a similar role;
  • At least 5 years in project or programme management, of which at least 1 should be in the field of conservation, environment management or social development;
  • Thorough understanding of socio-economic, conservation, and development issues in Laos;
  • Knowledge of the policy/institutional context related to conservation and government agencies, development partners, donor institutions, and the not-for-profit sector in Laos;
  • Understanding of government procedures and processes and ability to navigate to minimise delays. Proven ability to liaise with Government counterparts on behalf of the organization;
  • Strong and confident negotiation skills;
  • Ability to learn fast and adapt to different working environments. Ability to work under limited supervision and take initiative through a problem-solving approach;
  • Willing to learn and continue to learn; Willingness to understand conservation issues and contribute with new ideas and strategies;
  • Professional communication skills, ability to convey key messages verbally and in writing, to different stakeholders;
  • Fluent Lao language skills and Professional working-level English.
WWF-Laos offer you a one-year contract duration with a possible extension.

How to Apply:

If you have the skills, experience and are interested in this position, please email your cover letter and CV in English to citing in the subject line the position that you applied for. 
Deadline for applications: 27 November 2022.
Thank you for being interested to be part of our panda family. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not been contacted within six weeks of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful for this role.
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.


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