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Southern Laos Food & Nutrition Security and Market Linkages Programme (FNML)

Southern Laos Food & Nutrition Security and Market Linkages Programme (FNML)

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  • Programme Assistant Lao People’s Democratic RepublicSouthern Laos Food & Nutrition Security and Market Linkages Programme (FNML) –Smallholder Adaptation to Climate Change Component (SACCC)IFAD Grant No. G-I-DSF8117 LAVACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT (Lao National only)Programme Assistant based at District Agriculture and Forestry Office – 5 positions based at Phouvong, Sanxay, Dakcheung, Ta’Oy and Samouay respectively.Duration – 1 Year with possibility of extensionThe Southern Laos Food and Nutrition Security and Market Linkages Programme (FNML) is executed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Government of Lao PDR, with funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Lao PDR. The programme became effective on 13 September 2013 and is scheduled to be completed in on 30 September 2019, the   financial closing date of the project is 31 March 2020. Out of 18.86 Million USD IFAD grant is 9.72 million USD, IFAD-ASAP grant of 6.56 million USD and rest is being contributed by Lao government and private sector. FNML plans to target 12,000 households with a total of 70,500 beneficiaries who will be benefited by the programmes intervention in 3 targeted province of Attapeu, Salavanh and Sekong.Terms of reference include but not limited to: Provide operational support and assistance to the programme in accordance with implementing the activities at district level, responsible for programme activities and all processes related to FNML programme and SACCC; Co-ordinate and follow up on administrative, financial and monitoring matters, and provide assistance as required; Liaise with the government and implementing agencies and other involved parties and agencies; Prepare and update all work plans related to programme activities at district level; Coordinate activities related to climate change and nutrition promotion; Designs and develop databases to support project activities and collect statistical information as required; Assist the DAFO to select suitably qualified persons from amongst the local community to work as kumban facilitators and provide training in programme’s implementation methodology and monitor the work of kumban facilitators with a view to strengthening the participatory approaches to VDP and targeting; Follow up with the implementing partners and government agencies for progress report, submission of reports and recent data on programme target villages and other information material; Draft and edit meeting minutes and reports; Manages the logistics of and coordinating content development for meetings, conferences, trainings, and other project-related activities; Coordinating TA and Training activities for DAFO, Kum ban, line agency and government  staff in accordance with component policies and procedures; Contribute to the development of quarterly and annual progress, monitoring reports and AWPB; Assists in arranging program for in-coming and out-going official missions, make appointments with project stakeholders, including logistical arrangements and assistance; Supervise and verify the quality of programme related services delivered by field staff contracted by the PRCO; Perform any other task assigned by the Project Director/ PMA that would contribute to the realization of the programme objectives.Experience and Qualifications Bachelor in an area of community development, agriculture, food security, environment protection, watershed management etc.; Prior experience in international organizations or donor funded projects is preferred; Prior work experience in a similar position is preferred; Experience in programme administration and ability to work independently and as a team member; Experience of working in rural development specially with the farmers and district staff; Knowledge of participatory approaches for capacity building; Good computer literacy with Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and/or Access and good communication and report writing skills; Ability to work in a challenging environment as well as a flexible and pro-active approach; Good judgment and strategic awareness  to get the best use of resources and identify opportunities for improvement and provide solutions; Good social communication skills and experience of working effectively with local authorities and ethnic minorities; Fluency in English and knowledge of Southern Laos Ethnic languages would be an asset.The FNML programme encourages women and people from ethnic group to apply for this position, these candidate will have a special consideration.All interested candidates should submit their application consists of the letter of interest, newest updated CV and supporting documents consisting of certificate of the most recent employment, certificates of qualification/graduation, a list of at least three referees from most recent employer to FNML’s Director Mrs. Khamvay Nanthavong at kvnanthavong@gmail.com with CC to phetvilay.m@gmail.com and fnml.saccc@gmail.com no later than 27th April 2017. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.For any more details please visit our website at www.fnml.gov.la  
  • Assistant to Senior Rural Finance advisor Lao People’s Democratic RepublicSouthern Laos Food & Nutrition Security and Market Linkages Programme (FNML)IFAD Grant No. G-I-DSF8117 LAVACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT (Lao National only)Assistant to Senior Rural Finance advisor (Lao national only)– 1 position based at Attapeu province.Duration – 1 Year with possibility of extensionThe Southern Laos Food and Nutrition Security and Market Linkages Programme (FNML) is executed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Government of Lao PDR, with funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Lao PDR. The programme became effective on 13 September 2013 and is scheduled to be completed in on 30 September 2019, the   financial closing date of the project is 31 March 2020. Out of 18.86 Million USD IFAD grant is 9.72 million USD, IFAD-ASAP grant of 6.56 million USD and rest is being contributed by Lao government and private sector. FNML plans to target 12,000 households with a total of 70,500 beneficiaries who will be benefited by the programmes intervention in 3 targeted province of Attapeu, Salavanh and Sekong.Terms of reference include but not limited to: Assist the Senior RFA in coordinating with the district line agencies and partner for the implementation of activities related to rural finance and managing the district rural finance staff and line agencies; Assist in managing the project direct hired rural finance staff in accordance with management principles and guidelines to promote a sense of corporate identity and assisting the staff to carry out tasks independently; Assist in field monitoring, supervision and ensuring that the district RF staff provide cost-effective services;  Assist the RFA in organizing and conducting technical capacity buildings cum trainings and field supervision of the district staff and conducting annual staff assessment to improve staff performances; Assist in setting up the communication system to help the RF staff members having regular talk and exchange opinions, experiences via meetings and reporting; Assist the RF staff in fulfilling their assignments that reflect their knowledge, skills, motivation and experience; Assist the RFA and the district line agencies in setup and capacitation of APG Support Teams in the districts; Work closely with the district authorities and the APG Support Teams in the process of developing farm production/business plans; Support the PRCO and the district APG Support Team in the process of screening the proposals and awarding the Matching Grants; Ensures that all VFGs are trained to function, and serviced regularly and with good quality; Monitor developments in the VFGs – especially Portfolio at Risk data, growth of membership, savings and loan portfolio – and coordinates measures to improve developments; Perform any other task assigned by the Project Director that would contribute to the realization of the programme objectives.Experience and Qualifications Degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Statistics or related field; Comprehensive work experience in  rural/micro finance or service provider to rural finance or other financial institutions; Should have rural microfinance training and technical assistance experience; Experience of working in rural development specially with the farmers and banking sector; Comprehensive knowledge of VFGs best practices, especially with regard to the provision of financial services in rural areas for agricultural and non-agricultural activities; Good understanding of rural finance sector development principles and approaches, the different types of financial institutions and their services; Knowledge of participatory approaches for capacity building; Excellent report writing and communication skills in Lao and English; Ability to work in a multicultural setting; Good social communication skills and experience of working effectively with local authorities and ethnic minorities; Fluency in English and knowledge of Southern Laos Ethnic languages would be an asset.The FNML programme encourages women and people from ethnic group to apply for this position, these candidate will have a special consideration.All interested candidates should submit their application consists of the letter of interest, newest updated CV and supporting documents consisting of certificate of the most recent employment, certificates of qualification/graduation, a list of at least three referees from most recent employer to FNML’s Director Mrs. Khamvay Nanthavong at kvnanthavong@gmail.com with CC to phetvilay.m@gmail.com and fnml.saccc@gmail.com no later than 27th April 2017. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.For any more details please visit our website at www.fnml.gov.la
  • Senior Rural Finance advisor Lao People’s Democratic RepublicSouthern Laos Food & Nutrition Security and Market Linkages Programme (FNML)IFAD Grant No. G-I-DSF8117 LAVACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT Senior  Rural Finance advisor (Lao national only) – 1 position based at Attapeu province.Duration – 1 Year with possibility of extensionThe Southern Laos Food and Nutrition Security and Market Linkages Programme (FNML) is executed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Government of Lao PDR, with funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Lao PDR. The programme became effective on 13 September 2013 and is scheduled to be completed in on 30 September 2019, the   financial closing date of the project is 31 March 2020. Out of 18.86 Million USD IFAD grant is 9.72 million USD, IFAD-ASAP grant of 6.56 million USD and rest is being contributed by Lao government and private sector. FNML plans to target 12,000 households with a total of 70,500 beneficiaries who will be benefited by the programmes intervention in 3 targeted province of Attapeu, Salavanh and Sekong.Terms of reference include but not limited to: Experience with national or international financial institutions, or international cooperation for development of financing rural programs; Identify and engage national implementing partners and line agencies with sound capacities in order to execute the responsibilities of the rural finance component, namely Village Fund Groups (VFGs), Matching grant scheme, and related financial arrangements, etc.; Monitors developments in the VFGs – especially Portfolio at Risk data, growth of membership, savings and loan portfolio – and coordinates measures to improve developments; The consultant will assist the PMA of FNML, to support the creation of a platform for inclusion through provision of rural finance, manages staff in accordance with management principles and guidelines to promote a sense of corporate identity, enable employees to carry out tasks independently and create scope for developing creativity and innovation; Monitor and supervise the development and performance of implementation partners and beneficiaries of the component, trains the district staff systematically and contributes to annual staff assessment and development talks with staff members who report to him; Be responsible for rural finance related reporting from implementation partners to the DAFOs, PAFOs, Project Regional Coordination Office (PRCO) and to the funding partner; Support and assist implementation partners in the execution of their duties and responsibilities under the rural finance component; Monitor the timely execution of project related activities of the implementation partners and provide timely guidance, advice and feed back to project management in case of implementation challenges or delays; Supervises the setup and capacitation of APG Support Teams in the districts, work with the APG Support Teams and coaches them in the process of developing farm production/business plans and support the APG Matching Grants delivery process; Contribute to the overall project work and budget planning, monitoring and evaluation, assessing results, communication and visibility; Oversee and provide guidance and capacity building trainings to distirct level rural finance staff deployed by the project; Provide technical advice to the project team, implementing and strategic partners, as required; and Perform any other task assigned by the Project Director that would contribute to the realization of the programme objectives.Experience and Qualifications Master of Science (MSc.) in Accounting, Finance, Economics or area that is related to the project objectives, with a focus on a rural microfinance or village banking; At least 10 years’ professional experience, with at least 5 years’ professional experience with developing and running rural finance and microfinance in rural and agricultural settings, and in facilitation of agricultural investments at farmer level; Senior Rural finance advisor should have rural microfinance training and technical assistance experience and proven technical expertise in all facets of rural finance development; Very good working knowledge of ITC technologies (related software, phone, fax, email, the internet) and computer applications; Proven track record in a managerial position; Experience of working in rural development specially with the farmers and banking sector; Comprehensive knowledge of VFGs best practices, especially with regard to the provision of financial services in rural areas for agricultural and non-agricultural activities; Good understanding of rural finance sector development principles and approaches, the different types of financial institutions and their services; Knowledge of participatory approaches for capacity building; Understanding of gender mainstreaming is preferred; Excellent report writing and communication skills in Lao and English; Ability to work in a multicultural setting; Good social communication skills and experience of working effectively with local authorities and ethnic minorities; Fluency in English and knowledge of Southern Laos Ethnic languages would be an asset.The FNML programme encourages women and people from ethnic group to apply for this position, these candidate will have a special consideration.All interested candidates should submit their application consists of the letter of interest, newest updated CV and supporting documents consisting of certificate of the most recent employment, certificates of qualification/graduation, a list of at least three referees from most recent employer to FNML’s director Mrs. Khamvay Nanthavong at kvnanthavong@gmail.com with CC to phetvilay.m@gmail.com and fnml.saccc@gmail.com no later than 27th April 2017. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.For any more details please visit our website at www.fnml.gov.la 
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