Project Officer (Bread for the World)
Job Title: Project Officer 1 (for Project No. N-LAO-19-006)
Location: Vientiane Capital, with travel to project sites
Report to: Program Manager and Director of GDA
Organization: Gender Development Association, GDA, is a leading Gender Rights Non-Profit Association, working throughout Lao PDR since 1991. GDA works to empower women and men to achieve gender equity through joint action, knowledge sharing and ending gender-based violence and discrimination. GDA team is based in Vientiane Capital, and works in rural communities throughout Laos, as well as with our network of international partners.
The Project Officer is required to deliver the effective and timely results of GDA’s programs and activities. This will be done by using a project management approach; ongoing collaboration with donors, partners and stakeholders; supervising project staff and focusing on project outcomes and sustainability.
- Manage the project implementation and Integrate project management approaches of GDA’s programs to achieve the sets of project’s expected results and outcomes.
- Ensure the project activities are aligned with the aims of the wider program including the monitoring and evaluation as well as support and supervise project staff on technical and managerial project activities taking into account the gender sensitivity, particularly, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT).
- Prepare regular project reports in Lao and English for the GDA Director and donor organizations.
- Provide the GDA Director and donors an updated information and/or recommendation including key issues and best practices arising from project activities.
- Liaise and coordinate with government agencies concerned at national and sub-national levels (e.g.: Ministry of Education and Sports, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfares, National Commission for the Advancement of Women, Mothers and Children (NCAWMC), Lao Women’s Union (LWU).
- Ensure a good coordination with development partners and collaborate with donors regarding program development, funding applications and progress reports.
- Lead the project implementation and ensure all activities are implemented as plans.
- Work closely with the project team and government counterparts to prepare and update the project activity work plans and oversee the logistical matters for project implementation.
- Support and supervise project staff in their day-to-day activities, particularly, focusing on the project implementation; identifying barriers of their work and resolving the challenges.
- Conduct monthly meeting with the project staff to report the project progress, challenges, lessons learned, and solutions to problems. Attend meetings/events and do additional tasks as required.
- Liaise with the government counterparts and Gov’t line agencies at all level to ensure the smooth implementation and collaborate with the Lao Women’s Union, Lao-NCAW, Sub-CAW and other government partners regarding the development of new projects and programs to respond to the needs of LGBT, women and girls in Lao PDR.
- Participate in GDA staff meetings to share best practices, project management skills and other knowledge obtained from the project and support other GDA activities.
- Collaborate and coordinate with the GDA Communication Officer to prepare materials for project activities and publish the visibility materials for the projects and GDA.
- Draft funding applications in English for the Director’s consideration.
- Support project staff to use new and innovative approaches in their work, focusing on work with young people in villages and gender transformation.
- Coordination with donors to report the project progress, achievement, challenges and liaise with IOs, INGOs, Lao NPAs when required.
- Prepare the Project Manager’s quarterly work plan for the Director’s approval;
- Write activity report, based on the work plan, and submit to the Director at the end of each month;
- Meet with the Director once a month to discuss issues arising from GDA’s projects and programs, with the aim to resolve any problems and strengthen outcomes.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- At least a bachelor degree in community development, program management, education, public health, gender studies, international development etc., or equivalent fields/experiences;
- Strong inter-personality and excellent skills in coordinating, communicating, facilitating and convincing groups/audiences;
- Experience and knowledge of project cycle management approaches;
- Demonstration of experience in developing and managing projects;
- Knowledge of gender issues and participatory rural development;
- Experience in working with a team and in supporting staff;
- Very good English expression both orally and in writing;
- Good skills in drafting reports and other documents;
- Experience in working with NPAs;
- Understanding a local language (e.g. Hmong or Khmu) is highly regarded.
The closing date 13 January 2020. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.
Women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.