Project Field Facilitator (Savannakhet Province)

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Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through its Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems, and through four Betters (Better production, Better nutrition, a Better environment and a Better life) and leaving no one behind.

FAO, through the DG European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) partnership, developed a regional project for increasing capacities and scale for Anticipatory Action including through Social Protection systems. The project is being implemented in five countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including Bangladesh, Pakistan, Philippines, Lao PDR, Viet Nam. In Lao PDR, in addition to implementing the project with relevant ministries at the national level, the primary targets at the sub-national level are the provinces of Luang Prabang and Savannakhet. Target districts will be identified after completing the feasibility study and upon the agreement by government.

The project has four main objectives: (i) establishing Anticipatory Action Protocols (AAPs) to be tested and documented in close collaboration with humanitarian and national partners; (ii) exploring and studying how Social Protection systems can be adapted to anticipate crises; (iii) implementing anticipatory actions to protect vulnerable livelihoods against shocks; and (iv) gathering evidence, learning and advocacy on the effectiveness of anticipating crises as a key complement to the existing humanitarian response model.

The Anticipatory Action and Shock-Responsive Social Protection (SRSP) is a growing portfolio agenda in the country. Anticipatory Action and SRSP are innovative approaches designed to protect families, their lives, well-being, livelihoods and assets ahead of a hazard. Cash transfers have further been identified as key modalities to be implemented through or beside existing Social Protection mechanisms. Acting before a disaster is crucial – it can safeguard lives and livelihoods, build resilience to future shocks, and ease pressure on strained humanitarian resources. This initiative is supported by several resource partners including the DG ECHO, Germany, Belgium, and Sweden.

Reporting Lines

The Project Field Facilitator reports to Provincial Project Coordinator. The Facilitator will also work in close collaboration with the National Project Coordinator and Programme Development Specialist.

Technical Focus

The position holder will be primarily responsible for the effective implementation of activities at the district and village levels by undertaking the following tasks and duties:

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Manage day-to-day technical and administrative project activities at the district and village levels, including preparation of the project work-plan, implementation, and monitoring the progress of the project implementation.
  • Ensure high quality & timely delivery of planned project activities, and perform administrative tasks including preparation of budget planning and reporting of payments that occurred in the assigned district(s) in compliance with FAO administrative and financial rules and regulations.
  • Coordinate with government counterparts especially the District Agriculture and Forestry Office (DAFO), District Office of Labour and Social Welfare (DoLSW), and the District Office of Natural Resources and Environment (DoNRE) for the implementation of the project in the district.
  • Facilitate the implementation of relevant studies and assessments in close collaboration with district authorities and village heads in the district.
  • Facilitate the organization of district and village-level meetings, workshops and training sessions related to the project.
  • Be responsible for project data management including the beneficiary data in his/her responsible district and villages, and support the development of communication materials and visibility for advocacy and to donors with particular emphasis on success/human stories.
  • Assist Provincial Project Coordinator for the preparation of project reports, concept notes, briefing documents and other documents as required.
  • Contribute to the preparation of project progress report and completion report.
  • Perform other duties when required.


Minimum Requirements

  • Diploma, or preferably university degree, in agriculture, forestry, social sciences, sociology, geography, natural resource management, disaster risk management, social work, humanitarian aid, business administration or other related fields.
  • At least 3 years of relevant work experience, preferably with international organizations including INGOs, bilateral or multi-lateral agencies, and with UN agencies is desirable.
  • Basic working knowledge of English
  • Nationality of Lao

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Experience in project implementation and administrative support.
  • Experience in working with the government counterpart at the district and community levels.
  • Good communication and facilitation skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office package
  • Speaking of local language(s) in the areas of projects is an asset.


  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help please contact: [email protected]
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at
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