Technical Officer

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International Union for Conservation of Nature




IUCN started working in Lao PDR in 1988 and opened an office in 1992. IUCN works mainly in two key programmatic areas: Species & Protected Areas, and Water and Wetlands.

The IUCN Lao PDR Country Programme facilitates International and Local Civil Society Organizations to access international funds to implement a various of activities for conserving biodiversity and promoting sustainable natural resource management by strengthening civil society in the Lao PDR.

The Technical Officer will coordinate the following Projects:

  • Lao Ecology Small Grant Project (LESGP), which aims to conserve biodiversity and improve natural resource management by strengthening local civil society organizations (60%).
  • Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) in Lao PDR, which aims to engage civil society in biodiversity conservation in the Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot (40%).

The position may be required to provide support to other projects as needed:

  • This is a local recruitment; only Lao nationals may apply. The remuneration and benefits package for this position is established with reference to the local labour market and in line with the IUCN Policies.
  • Based at IUCN Office in Lao PDR, the Technical Officer, under the guidance of Head of Office and Senior Programme Officer, Species/Programme Coordinator will provide technical inputs, coordinate, and implement project activities and reporting in accordance with yearly workplans. The position’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Project Coordination and Delivery:

  • Provide technical input and coordinate project implementation in line with prepared work plans and budgets.
  • Work closely with grantees, National Advisory Committee (NAC) members, and government partners institutions, as well with external consultants as required to implement project activities.
  • Document and maintain records of all grantees and stakeholder engagement activities.
  • Provide implementation support to project partners where required.
  • Identify and develop opportunities for partnerships with local stakeholders to meet project outcomes.
  • Facilitate and assist visits by donors, government officials and consultants as needed.
  • Organize and lead meetings with local project partners and stakeholders.
  • Ensure that lessons learnt in relevant projects are documented and internalized in the current and future work of the projects and IUCN Lao PDR.
  • Ensure strong links between communications/knowledge management and programme coordination and delivery.
  • As necessary, act as a primary representative of IUCN Lao PDR for identified projects.
  • Translating project outputs from English to Lao and vice versa as required.

Project Planning, Monitoring and Reporting:

  • Prepare project work plans and budgets for project activities
  • Manage project funds for activities as required and taking responsibility for expenditures of project funds and reporting field expenditures.
  • Prepare progress reports, and coordinate with the relevant finance units to prepare financial reports for internal and external audiences.

Capacity Development:

  • Identify needs for technical support and recommend to the Head of Office on how these may be met.
  • Undertake specific capacity building measures and exercises (training, mentoring, facilitating) as necessary.

Other Duties:

  • Carry out other relevant tasks assigned by, and mutually agreed with, the line manager.

Requirements :

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in conservation biology, natural resources management, environmental sciences, forestry, international development or a relevant field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in coordinating and implementing international development projects in partnership with the Government of Lao PDR.
  • Familiarity with grant making processes.
  • Competence in inclusive approaches to stakeholder engagement.
  • Understanding of the institutional and governance structures of Lao PDR.
  • Capable of drafting technical reports and communication materials.
  • Adept at monitoring and evaluating activities.
  • Willing and able to undertake extended periods of field-based activities.
  • Fluent in English and Lao.
  • Proficient in using computer software applications such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and email.





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