Plan International is growing! We are looking for enthusiastic, dedicated development professionals interested in long term careers with a major international children’s NGO.Plan, one of the world’s largest children’s INGOs, works with children and poor communities in 50 countries. In Laos, Plan works in Bokeo, Oudomxay and Saravan Provinces, in basic education, early childhood development, health and nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, and promotion of children’s rights. Plan has no religious or political aims or affiliations. Visit www.plan-international.org for more information.Plan is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, members of ethnic groups and people with disabilities. Plan offers competitive salaries and long-term employment opportunities for all posts.Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance (SUN CSA) Coordinator, based Vientiane Reporting to: SUN CSA Project Steering Committee (technical and strategic) and Plan International EU NSA Project Manager in Lao PDR (administrative, contractual and operational management)Role of the SUN CSA CoordinatorThe Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) global movement  is led by countries, and based on the principle that all people have the right to good food and nutrition. It recognizes that partnerships, and a collective effort, is required to sustainably improve nutrition and food security, and unites governments, donors, civil society, and the private sector in action. The SUN movement has a core focus on empowering women. Lao PDR joined the SUN mov0065ment as an “early riser” in 2011.Accessing funds from the SUN multi-partner trust fund the SUN Civil Society Alliance (CSA) was established in Lao PDR in late 2013, and with a staffed secretariat in early 2014. The secretariat consists of a Manager and Communications Coordinator, and is co-located with the INGO Network and hosted by Plan International. In 2015-16 additional small funds are being provided by several INGOs, as well as the SUN Multi Partner Trust Fund.The SUN CSA in Lao PDR is led by a management committee, currently chaired by the Country Director of PSI. The committee meets monthly and provides strategic and operational direction.The SUN CSA Coordinator leads the SUN CSA Secretariat staff, who are responsible for the development and implementation of the SUN CSA strategy and annual work plan.The SUN CSA Coordinator is responsible for representing the SUN CSA at various meetings and other events, implementing SUN CSA activities as defined in the annual work plan, including knowledge management. The SUN CSA will act as a facilitator and coordinator that brings members and other stakeholders together. The individual holding this role will need to be flexible and adjust to developments in the work context; new roles and responsibilities not listed below may therefore arise. The SUN CSA has focused on gender and inclusion of ethnic groups in nutrition programming, and developing local civil society engagement in the nutrition sector.Duties and responsibilitiesRepresentation and coordination with key government counterparts and partners, in particular the SUN Focal Point and National Nutrition Centre in the Ministry of Health, with also with other line ministries.Representation and coordination with Development Partners working in the nutrition and food security sector.Manage communications, learning, knowledge management and information sharing within the SUN CSA, and with development partners. Establish and maintain systems and processes to support the same.Coordinate NPAs and INGOs to increase coordination with government and development partners.Coordinate with other NGO and inter-agency working groups (eg WASH, Education, Land Issues, Gender, Health & Nutrition, Agriculture).Implement activities relevant to communications, learning and M&E as in the SUN CSA project.Manage the SUN CSA in Lao PDR website, and ensure sound knowledge managementFacilitate NPA and INGO coordination and engagement with government and development partners as related to the SUN CSA within the context of the SUN Movement.With support from SUN CSA steering committee, manage government relationships, including with the National Nutrition Committee, to ensure a positive relationship is established between the SUN CSA and government.Engage with the global SUN Movement, regional initiatives and learn from similar initiatives in other countries in the region.Ensure Lao and English language are used in communications materials.Qualifications, experienceDemonstrated understanding and commitment to civil society engagementDemonstrated experience supporting workshops and training.Commitment to gender mainstreaming and inclusion in programs.A personal commitment to improving nutrition and food security in Laos.A demonstrated understanding of the issues of inclusion and ethnicity, and their impacts on nutrition and food security.Excellent verbal and written Lao and English language skills. FOR ALL PLAN POSITIONS:Strong commitment to the equal rights and participation of girls and women is essentialStrong commitment to the Rights of the Child is essentialPlan does not tolerate child abuse. All Plan staff are selected and employed in line with the conditions of Plan’s Child Protection Policy. These include appropriate reference and background checks.Applications will not be acknowledged. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No correspondence or telephone calls will be entered into.Short listed candidates will be required to attend panel interviews and other selection procedures.CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 26th Sep 2019TO APPLY FOR THIS POST: Send your resume/CV, and cover letter. In the cover letter please state on a separate page your preferred start date, names and contact details of three referees and your salary expectations for each position, to Plan International Laos, PO Box 6026, Vientiane, Lao PDR, or to PlanLaos.JobVacancies@plan-international.org,Please state in cover letter how you learned about the job – through emails, INGO Directory, 108 Jobs, or friends.
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