Provincial Project Coordinator (Savannakhet province)
Application deadline 10 months ago: Thursday 17 Mar 2022 at 22:59 UTCOpen application form
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 (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.
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 European Union, Germany, Belgium, and Sweden.
The Provincial Project Coordinator reports to National Project Coordinator and Operations Specialist of FAO in Lao PDR. The Coordinator will also work in close collaboration with the Programme Development Specialist
The Provincial Project Coordinator will undertake the overall management of the project at the provincial level, including but not limited to planning, budgeting, implementation and assessment of the project achievements against its objectives. The position holder will ensure a strong coordination and partnership with government institutions and stakeholders as well as the beneficiaries.
Tasks and responsibilities
- In close collaboration with the National Project Coordinator, manage day-to-day project activities at the provincial level, 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 in compliance with FAO administrative and financial rules and regulations.
- Coordinate with government institutions especially the Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Office (PAFO), provincial Department of Labor and Social Welfare (DoLSW), and the Provincial Office of Natural Resources and Environment (PoNRE) for the implementation of the project in the province.
- Support the implementation of the anticipatory actions at the target locations.
- Facilitate/lead the implementation of relevant studies and assessments in close collaboration with provincial, district authorities and village heads within the province.
- Lead the organization and facilitation of provincial meetings, workshops and training sessions related to the project.
- Supervise field team and provide technical support in the implementation of activities at the district and village levels.
- Support project team to prepare project delivery arrangements including preparation of Letters of Agreement (LOAs), training packages, and specific technical support needed for the different project outputs.
- Support National Project Coordinator for the preparation of project reports, concept notes, proposals and briefing documents and other documents as required.
- Support the development of communication materials and visibility for advocacy and to donors with particular emphasis on success/human stories.
- Contribute to the further development of FAO’s resilience building programme and resource mobilization in Lao PDR.
- Contribute to the preparation of Project Final Report.
- Perform other duties when required.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
- University degree in social sciences, international development, natural resource management, disaster risk management, social work, humanitarian aid, business administration or other related fields.
- At least 3 years of relevant work experience and have experience working with international organizations including INGOs, bilateral or multi-lateral agencies, and with UN agencies is desirable.
- Good working knowledge of English
- Be Lao Nationals.
FAO Core Competencies
- Results Focus
- Building Effective Relationships
- Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
- Good foundation in project formulation, planning, implementation, management, evaluation, and partnership
- Good communication, presentation and reporting 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 http://www.whed.net/
- For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/