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  • Renewable Energy Advisor (REA) Vacancy Announcement (Re-advertisement)  Renewable Energy Advisor (REA), national position SNV Laos seeks a Renewable Energy Advisor (1 position). Duty station: Vientiane Capital  1. BackgroundSNV Netherlands Development Organisation is a not-for-profit international development organization founded in the Netherlands in 1965. SNV has built a long-term local presence in more than 30 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. SNV’s mission is to make a lasting difference in the lives of millions of people living in poverty. By sharing specialist expertise in Agriculture, Energy and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, SNV contribute to solving some of the leading problems facing the world today – helping to find local solutions to global challenges and sowing the seeds of lasting change. SNV started supporting development initiatives in Lao PDR since 1993, and established a formal country office in 2004. SNV operates under an agreed framework with the Government of Lao PDR, and is well positioned within the 'National Socio-Economic Development Plan' and the 'National Growth and Poverty Eradication Strategy'.SNV Laos is seeking to recruit a Renewable Energy Advisor (REA) to support the implementation of various RE projects in general and Advanced Biomass Cookstove (ABC)/Improved Cooking Stoves (ICS) project in particular. This position will play important role in project cycle management of ABC project which aims at providing clean cooking energy solutions to rural population in the country. To that extent, the REA will work intensively with the SNV Laos team members, project implementing partners and other stakeholders. This position is based in Vientiane and reports to the Energy Sector Leader.2. Responsibilities and main activities:2.1 GeneralSupport Project Manager to implement EnDev funded ABC/ICS project by (i) formulating yearly, half yearly and monthly calendar of events, (ii) ensuring timely implementation of the planned activities, and (iii) preparing monthly progress reports. 2.2 Training and Capacity Building Carry out training needs assessment of ABC/ICS producers, distributors, retailers; plan and implement training and capacity building activities; identify appropriate partners for organising and conducting technical trainings.Prepare/fine-tune training manuals and other training materials including drawings, fabrication procedure and operation manuals.Organise and conduct technical trainings at various levels for different clients. Monitor training activities conducted by partners/consultants to ABC/ICS producers, distributors, retailers and users. Make sure that the training programs are conducted as per agreed methodology and to the best of professional practices.Carry out field visits to supervise and monitor capacity building activities. Conduct routine on-the-job and follow-up (refresher) trainings on as and when needed basis.Formulate, update and maintain database on number of personnel trained. 2.3 Quality AssuranceEnforce quality standards for production and after-sale-services related to ABC/ICS. Internalise quality control framework and mechanisms including methods of sampling, field investigation, data and information management as well as follow-up mechanisms.Work with producers to clearly explain them the production procedures, methods, selection of good quality materials and to properly read the technical drawings of ABC/ICS.Visit randomly sampled ABC/ICS households for sales verification and operational status of ABC/ICS.Check and validate data and information received from implementing partners. Compile information and act upon the findings wherever is needed.Report progress and problems at the filed level.Update and maintain database on ABC/ICS installation; and publish periodic reports on status of ABC/ICS dissemination.2.4 Research and DevelopmentIn consultation with REMI, conduct routine testing of sampled ABC/ICS to assess efficiency, emissions, and other technical parameters as per ISO standard testing protocol. Share test results with stove producers and advise them on follow-up actions.Support the establishment of a ICS production workshop in Luang Prabang and provide needed technical supports to produce quality ICSs.Identify potential R&D initiatives and ensure that such initiatives result in wider application of the results at the field level to maximise benefits from ABC/ICS installations and/or sharing/transfer of knowledge and information with wider audiences to further promote/facilitate technology dissemination.Learning and Teamwork Support and coach the project team and stakeholders at various levels on the implementation of the project;Create and facilitate continuous learning conditions for clients, stakeholders and project team;Promote learning and sharing of best practices related to ABC/ICS project;Facilitate and stimulate capacity building product development. Positioning and networking Facilitate and coordinate a sector-wide multi-stakeholders analysis and processes related to ABC/ICS practice area in LaosActively explores market and product development within the practice area;Actively identifies and facilitates the cooperation with government; (new) local capacity builders, partners and clients in the practice area;Ensures effective liaison and professional relationship between stakeholders;Knowledge management/development Ensure proper documentation of activities, approaches and achievements;Ensure that best practices are published and disseminated;Create and/or facilitates knowledge networks/partnershipsStimulate and facilitate presentations on national fora.2.8  MiscellaneousRepresent the ABC/ICS Project in various forums and demonstrate impeccable moral conduct as the project’s representative in these forums.Prepare monthly, half yearly and yearly progress reports.Coordinate/collaborate with other SNV supported projects to integrate ABC/ICS wherever is possible.Perform other duties as required and as instructed by the senior staff members. 3. Qualification, Work Experience and Professional SkillsUniversity degree on Environmental/Natural Resources Management or Renewable Energy Technologies or Management and Social Sciences or Engineering.At least five years experiences in promotion and extension of New and Renewable Energy Technologies. Preferences will be given to those with experience in ICS/ABC.Proven experience of sales and marketing, capacity building of partners, networking and building relationships with partners and stakeholders.Knowledge on dissemination of a new product in new markets, especially in rural areasFormal training or hands on experience on Database ManagementPlanning and reporting skillsInnovative and analytical skills4. PersonalityA good Team playerAble to work with minimum supervisionAble to work closely with communities, private enterprises and government officials in a multi-stakeholder platformWilling to travel to rural and difficult areas in the country on a regular basis and enjoy working frequently in rural areasGood interpersonal and communication skillsReady to work in odd hours and under the pressure of deadlines5. Key Relationships Internally: Project Manager/Energy Sector Leader, Finance and Admin TeamsExternally: Government counterparts, Implementing Partner, ARMI, REMI, LWU.6. Terms of Employment Duration of Contract: 2 years with possibility of extensionSalary and benefits: As per SNV’s Terms of Employment for Local StaffHOW TO APPLYInterested applicants meeting the above requirements should submit their application letter and curriculum by email before 21st June 2019 to bsayaphimphone@snv.org. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.
  • Behaviour Change Communication Advisor cum Provincial Coordinator Vacancy Announcement  Behaviour Change Communication Advisor cumProvincial Coordinator (For the “Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene for All - SSH4A” Project)SNV Laos seeks a Behaviour Change Communication Advisor cum Provincial Coordinator (1 position). Duty station: Savannakhet Province  1. BACKGROUND SNV is a not-for-profit international development organization working in Agriculture, Energy and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). Founded in the Netherlands in 1965, we have built a long-term local presence in more than 30 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors works with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development. We have strong commitments to gender equality and social inclusion principles and practiceSNV Laos is looking for a qualified and motivated Behaviour Change Communication Advisor cum project provincial coordinator (based in Savannakhet) to join the team for the implementation of the Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene for All (SSH4A) Project.The project is funded by the Australian government (DFAT) for the period of four years (2018–2022). The project aims to improve health, gender equality and social inclusion, and wellbeing of 200,000 people in three districts (Atsaphone, Champhone and Xonbuli) of Savannakhet Province by 2022 by equitably increasing access and use of safe sanitation and hygiene for all.The project strengthens capacities of the provincial government and three districts through 4 interrelated and mutually reinforced components (i) inclusive WASH governance, (ii)  behaviour change communication (BCC), (iii) sanitation demand creation (adapted to the local context) and  (iv) sanitation and hygiene supply chains and marketing. The process brings together multiple government departments at provincial and district with a pool of expertise, knowledge and experience.The advisor will join a team based in Vientiane and Savannakhet, and will work in partnership with CARE Laos and 03 selected district governments to strengthen the capacity of the district teams to institutionalise BCC in WASH in community, schools and health care facilities. The project places a strong focus on mainstreaming Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) and climate change resilience in the design and implementation.The project works in close collaboration with key stakeholders to develop and pre-test sustainable and practical models and approaches to achieve universal sanitation coverage in the project districts that can subsequently be replicated by other districts within Savannakhet as well as other provinces in Laos2.    RESPONSIBILITIES Behaviour Change Communication Advisor cum Provincial Coordinator 2.1  Overview of the position The Advisor will take the lead roles in two main functions:BCC advisor: provide technical support to provincial and district teams in  designing, delivering and monitoring evidence-based interventions for the Behaviour Change Communication;Provincial Coordinator:  Provide technical support to the Provincial and the district teams and ensure smooth coordination between the project team; government partners and local stakeholders. As a Social Behavior Change Communication Advisor Review current BCC tools and approaches and assess their applicability and effectivenessTake a lead role in designing and conducting the Formative Research on Behaviour Change to identify key focused areas of interventions (in communities, schools and health centres)Work with creative companies to design and pre-test BCC campaign and tools with targed messages for different target groups, especially those that are most likely marginalised and vunerableDevelop and pilot SBCC strategy for scale-upWork in collaboration with the SNV advisors, the provincial and District team to develop tools and materials to translate the SBCC strategy into concrete plan of actions in the project areasWork in collaboration with SNV advisors and provincial/district teams to identify key issues/challenges in the implementation, identify and document best practices and lessons learnt to share with broader audienceAs a Provincial Coordinator Ensure strong linkages between the national, provincial and district levels through engagement in events, workshops, meetings or field activity learnings and visits.Coordinate with provincial and district officials for project related activities to ensure clear communication and smooth coordination of the project planned activities and results Work in collaboration with the SNV team of advisors to develop project’s work plan and budgetProvide inputs and technical support to the provincial and district team to develop a WASH 5-year work plan and budget in 3 districts to be included in the national development plan (2019 – 2024)Work in collaboration with the field teams to identify challenges and opportunities to translate the Universal WASH coverage plan into actionsDocument best practices and lessons learnt from 3 pilot districts to share nationwide and globally3.    Candidate ProfileUniversity  degree in WASH, public health, social development; marketing or a related fieldGood command of written and oral communication in both English and LaoMinimum  8 years of  experience especially in areas of social marketing and SBCC approaches to WASH/Health service deliveryExperience in working with Government at all level and be able to develop strong relationship with key stakeholdersCommitment to gender and social inclusion, and experience in translating it into practical actionsExperience with community mobilisation and facilitation;Experience working with health/hygiene research and creative agenciesExperience and good understanding of the Laos’ WASH sector, with international experience is an asset.Experience and ability to work with diverse groups, including people of different social/economic background, ethnic minority, people with disabilities, etc.Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to plan and conduct participatory training activitiesDemonstrated ability to document activities and workshopsAnalytical thinking abilitiesOrganised and able to meet deadlinesStrong interpersonal and teamwork skillsAlready live in or be prepared to move to Savannakhet 4. Additional information Contract type: National Contract duration: Two years with possible extension for another two years.Start date: 15th August 2019We offer a challenging working environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to strengthen your capacity and skills in a fulfilling and diverse working environment. Advisors benefit from, and contribute to, a global network of WASH experts and regular learning events across Asia and Africa regions. For more information, please visit our website: www.snvworld.orgRemuneration is based on the experience and expertise of the candidate. How to apply?Interested applicants should submit a cover letter with an updated CV and preference of position location before 28th June 2019 to bsayaphimphone@snv.org. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interviews.
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