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 in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry since the late 1980’s and opened the country programme office in Vientiane in 2001. Since then, our team has grown to over 40 Lao and international staff, with offices in Vientiane, Savannakhet, Champassak, Salavan and Sekong provinces. WWF-Laos is part of the Regional Office of Asia-Pacific and works closely with the other countries in the Greater Mekong region (Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia).
WWF’s interventions in Savannakhet are supported by two projects: 1/ Prosperous Mekong Communities Through Fisheries Co-management That Protects River Biodiversity, funded by the UK Government and targeting remote villages along the on the Xebanghien River and 2/ the Lao Thai Fisheries Project phase 2, funded by WWF Switzerland and WWF Singapore, along the Mekong River and in partnership with WWF Thailand. Both projects focus on the protection and improvement of freshwater resources in the Middle Mekong. To this end, jointly managed Fish Conservation Zones are to be established, the livelihood of the population is to be secured through higher fish stocks and alternative sources of income, and research on specific species is to be carried out.
What does the Project Officer, Savannakhet Fisheries do?
The Project Officer is the representative of the project in Savannakhet province. She/He main duties are:
- Working in close cooperation with the PAFO’s Fisheries Section and coordinating with local government counterparts;
- Supporting the Project Manager and the Freshwater Coordinator in all aspects of project implementation in Savannakhet, including administrative and financial documentation (e.g.: monitor project expenditures and contracts with project partners and counterparts) and ensuring the compliance with operations systems, policies and procedures of WWF-Laos;
- Implementing all project activities (with a main focus on livelihoods diversification) following the work plans and hand-in-hand with the other field staff and the Fisheries Section of Savannakhet Province, including:
- Livelihood diversification activities,
- Village baseline surveys,
- Setting up of Fish Conservation Zones,
- Research activities (e.g. village surveys),
- Conducting awareness raising sessions in target villages,
- Recording M&E data, keeping track of the progress and documenting all the projects’ activities in a way that is organised and available to the team at all times. Ensuring that the projects’ data are submitted to the Project Manager and the Freshwater Coordinator after each activities, monthly, 6-monthly and yearly;
- Following the instruction of the Project Manager and cooperating fully with all projects’ team members to support them to complete their duty with harmony and efficiency;
- Documenting the lessons learned to improve as an individual and as a team;
Desired profile of applicants:
- 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;
- Experience of working with local communities and knowledge in facilitations techniques and tools;
- Experience with transboundary projects is preferable;
- Experience in conducting surveys, studies and coordinating research activities;
- Capacity to work remotely, under minimal supervision but keeping on work plan target;
- Excellent intra-team communication skills;
- Adhere to WWF’s values: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging;
- Essential WWF behaviours: strive for impact, listen deeply, collaboration openly and innovation fearlessly.
Interested candidates should apply by sending a cover letter and CV, in English language, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants are requested to mention the name of the position applied for in the email subject.
Closing date: 3 July 2020. 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.