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  • Civil Engineers to support on WASH activities Vacancy Announcement Civil Engineers to support on WASH activitiesVientiane/Houaphanh, LaosFull-timeContract type: Consultancy contractSNV Laos seeks two Civil Engineers to support on WASH activities of the ENUFF project (2 positions).  One position will be based in Vientiane and another position in Houaphan Province with frequent travel to ENUFF project locations. About SNVSNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation that applies practical knowledge to make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty. We use our extensive and long-term in-country presence to apply and adapt our top-notch expertise in agriculture, energy and WASH to local contexts. SNV has over 1250 staff in more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organisation that uses project financing to implement our mission. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence.In its new Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV will more explicitly aim for structural change and scale in its programmes, as well as bringing knowledge and initiatives from different programmes together at country level to contribute to systems’ change. We will continue to position ourselves as a learning organisation striving for excellence and invest in making knowledge flow to and from the frontline. For more information on SNV, visit our website: www.snv.orgProject BackgroundEnhancing Nutrition of Upland Farming Families (ENUFF) is a project funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and implemented by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation. The goal of the project is to improve family and child nutrition in remote and ethnically diverse upland farming communities through improved feeding, caregiving and dietary practices, reduced incidence of WASH related diseases linked to malnutrition, improved availability and accessibility of diverse nutritious foods, and a conducive institutional framework at the sub-national level.The second phase of the project is being implemented in two districts in Houaphan and in two districts in Oudomxay provinces from July 2020 to June 2024. ENUFF Phase I has implemented a series of interventions in nutrition sensitive agriculture and social behaviour change and communication in nutrition and WASH through District Nutrition Teams and Village Nutrition Teams.  The phase II of the project will give continuation to these interventions with higher focus on improving nutrition of women and children. Additionally, the project will give special attention in improving WASH in schools and health centres in this phase.Objective of the positionThe ENUFF project is committed to improve water schemes and sanitation status in household and community in project target villages, including Health Centres and Schools to ensure that all community members have access to safe water, improved hygiene, improve health and wellbeing of their families and the community.In phase I of the project, ENUFF undertook assessment of the water schemes in 40 villages, rehabilitated the Gravity Fed Water System (GFWS) in 16 villages followed by training on water management in these villages. The rehabilitation of water schemes aimed to support the villagers to get access to enough water for domestic use including dry season, especially for cooking, cleaning toilet, hand washing with soap and other personal hygiene activities. Thirty-three villages have been declared Open Defecation Free in the 4 target districts of the two provinces.In this context, SNV Laos is recruiting two civil engineers with WASH background to improve water and sanitation in the target villages with special focus on schools and health centres. One position will be based in Vientiane and one in Houaphanh Province.  The position based in Vientiane, will also be responsible for activities in Oudomxay province.Job descriptionThe civil engineers will be responsible for survey, design and overseeing construction of the water schemes, improving access to water, improving toilet and hand washing stations and providing training on water management to the community, Health Centre and School based on the ENUFF project priorities. The civil engineers will be responsible to coordinate with Provincial and district Namsaat Offices to conduct the technical survey-design and supervise the construction.A total of 12 months will be allocated for the contract period. The WASH activities will be conducted in Nga and Beng district of Oudomxay Province and Viengxay and Xiengkhor Distrtct of Houaphan province. The WASH activities will be rolled out in 60 target villages.The interventions should help community members improve their water and sanitation status.The following are the key responsibilities of the civil engineers.Conduct detailed assessment of all schools and health centres to design and estimate investment to improve access to water, toilets, and handwashing stations in line with national norms.Develop and coordinate sanitation improvement plan in the schools and health centres.Facilitate signing of agreement of cooperation with the school, health centre, village, and district authorities to implement the improvement plan including construction of facilities.Coordinate awareness raising campaign in WASH in schools and health centres.Facilitate development of BOQ, procurement and transportation of material to the sites.Supervise quality control of the construction/rehabilitation of gravity fed water systems, storage facilities, handwashing stations and toilets in line with (inter) national norms.Provide training to teacher, health centre staff, community members on Operation & Maintenance.follow up on operation and maintenance of water system and facilities.Participate in team meetings.Deliverables:Technical design -BOQ of water schemes in Community, Health Centre and Schools based on project objectives.Technical design - BOQ of toilets and Hand Washing Stations in Health Centre and Schools.Budget planning that related with WASH activities.Involve for procurement and bidding for WASH construction materials.Overall supervision of the construction of the water schemes, toilets, and hand washing stations.Training tools / hand out related with WASH activities.Training of Trainers on WASH, especially for Operation and Maintenance of water schemes, hygiene and sanitation promotion in Health Centres and Schools.Coaching to Village Nutrition Team-WASH, Health Centre staff and Teachers.Monitoring and follow up of WASH activities in Health centres and schools.Work with ENUFF / SNV team to document and share the information Progress reportsQualification Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from a recognized University.Five years’ work experience in construction including survey, design, BOQ and supervision.Experience in implementing WASH activities in community, schools, and health centers.Knowledge of and experience in farmer training on water management including operation and maintenance of water schemes.Demonstrable capacity to design and implements contextual interventions in improving WASH in community, schools and health centers including construction of water reserve tanks to be used in dry season.Pro-active attitude and results oriented but also patient and have the ability to work well in cross-cultural teams.Good English language (spoken and written).Ability to write clear, effective project reports.Good computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)Terms of AppointmentOne position is based in Houaphanh province with frequent travel to target villages in Viengxay and Xiegkhor Districts.One position is initially based in Vientiane including responsibility for the activities in Oudomxay and Houaphan provinces.Each position is for one-year period with the possibility of renewal based on performance.Reporting lineThe civil engineers will report to Provincial Coordinator, Component Leader and Project manager or delegated ENUFF staff member by the project manager.The civil engineers will be the key contact person for this assignment and will be responsible for defining scope of work, agreeing upon plan of action, and checking that the deliverables are in line with the quality required by SNV.How to ApplyIf you are interested in this position, please send a letter of motivation and a copy of your CV in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to Beunh Sayaphimphone​ by email: ​bsayaphimphone@snv.org before 20th May 2021. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.Should SNV wish to proceed with your application, interviews with the Selection Committee will take place. SNV is an equal opportunities employer and female candidates are encouraged to apply.- We do not appreciate third-party mediation based on this advertisement -
  • Local NPA specializing Gender Vacancy Announcement Local NPA specializing GenderVientiane Capital, LaosFull-timeContract type: Consultancy contractSNV Laos seeks a Local NPA specializing in Gender to support Gender Equality and Social Inclusion activities of the ENUFF project (1 position). The position will be based in Vientiane with frequent travel to ENUFF project locations. About SNVSNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation that applies practical knowledge to make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty. We use our extensive and long-term in-country presence to apply and adapt our top-notch expertise in agriculture, energy and WASH to local contexts. SNV has over 1250 staff in more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organisation that uses project financing to implement our mission. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence.In its new Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV will more explicitly aim for structural change and scale in its programmes, as well as bringing knowledge and initiatives from different programmes together at country level to contribute to systems’ change. We will continue to position ourselves as a learning organisation striving for excellence and invest in making knowledge flow to and from the frontline. For more information on SNV, visit our website: www.snv.orgProject BackgroundEnhancing Nutrition of Upland Farming Families (ENUFF) is a project funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and implemented by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation. The goal of the project is to improve family and child nutrition in remote and ethnically diverse upland farming communities through improved feeding, caregiving and dietary practices, reduced incidence of WASH related diseases in CU2 linked to malnutrition, improved availability and accessibility of diverse nutritious foods, and conducive institutional framework at the sub-national level.The second phase of the project is scheduled to implement in four districts in Houaphan and Oudomxay provinces from July 2020 to June 2024. ENUFF Phase I has implemented a series of interventions in nutrition sensitive agriculture and social behavior change and communication in nutrition and WASH through District Nutrition Teams and Village Nutrition Teams.  The phase II of the project will give continuation of these interventions with higher focus on improving nutrition of women and children.Objective of the position:The ENUFF project is committed to mainstreaming gender equality and social inclusion (GESI), to ensure that women and men have equal access and control over resources, leadership roles and decision-making to improve the health and wellbeing of their families and the community.In 2020 ENUFF undertook a gender and social inclusion (GESI) study in the two provinces of Huaphanh and Oudomxai to analyse the relationship between gender roles and nutritional outcomes for women of reproductive age and children under 5. The analysis highlighted that in these two Provinces people who may be most disadvantaged include people with disabilities, female headed households, households with family violence, regular drug users, chronic disease, and orphans.  Addressing these issues with a system strengthening approach will require technical support through both mainstream and targeted initiatives.Within the context of the above, a local organisation, preferably a non-profit association (NPA) specializing in Gender is required to implement GESI activities in the field for enhanced gender equality and social inclusion outcomes in the Nutrition, WASH and Agriculture sector.1. Activities:The local organisation (NPA) will be responsible to design the training tools based on the ENUFF project priorities. Once approved the NPA will be responsible for providing ToT to the District and Village Nutrition Teams and monitoring of activities at the community level. A total of 30 days will be allocated for the contract period. The trainings will be conducted in Nga and Beng district of Oudomxai Province and Viengxay and Xiengkho Distrtct of Houaphan province. The gender sessions will be rolled out in 60 target villages. The interventions should help community members tackle underlying social norms and behaviours that perpetuate gender inequalities. The approaches used should aim to improve intra-household decision making and workload sharing that help improve the gender dynamics and nutrition outcomes of the family.2. Deliverables:Training tools based on project objectivesTraining of Trainers in the ENUFF target districts with District LWUOn the field coaching of trainersMonitor and follow up of activities.Work with Gender Advisor to document successful cases3. Evaluation Criteria:Years of relevant experience in implementing and monitoring gender projects including development of training toolsProven experience in carrying out similar activities for other projectsProven experience of team leader and team members in conducting participatory gender trainingsRelevance and quality of the approaches used by the service provider4. Reporting line: The Service provider will report to the Project manager or delegated ENUFF staff member by the project manager.The Nutrition and Gender Advisor will be the key contact person for this assignment and will be responsible for defining scope of work, agreeing upon plan of action, and checking that the deliverables are in line with the quality required by SNV5. Payment Terms:Actual number of chargeable dates will be based on the approved time-sheet and completion of deliverables at the end of the month.6. Level of effort:A maximum of 30 days per trainer can be claimed to complete the work over the contract period.7. Time frame:The period of the assignment is from May 2021 to December 2021 with possibility of extension.How to ApplyIf you are interested in this position, please send a letter of motivation and a copy of your CV in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation such as: Capability statement including approaches, Project references (Annex 1), C.Vs of trainers and Rates of trainers by email to: bsayaphimphone@snv.org before 17th May 2021. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application. Only shortlisted NPA’s will be asked to submit a detailed proposal.SNV is an equal opportunities employer and female candidates are encouraged to apply.- We do not appreciate third-party mediation based on this advertisement -
  • Value Chain Development Advisor Vacancy AnnouncementValue Chain Development AdvisorVientiane Capital, LaosFull-timeContract type: Consultancy contractSNV Laos seeks a Value Chain Development Advisor to support activities of the ENUFF project (1 position). The position will be based in Vientiane with frequent travel to ENUFF project locations.  About SNVSNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation that applies practical knowledge to make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty. We use our extensive and long-term in-country presence to apply and adapt our top-notch expertise in agriculture, energy and WASH to local contexts. SNV has over 1250 staff in more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organisation that uses project financing to implement our mission. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence.In its new Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV will more explicitly aim for structural change and scale in its programmes, as well as bringing knowledge and initiatives from different programmes together at country level to contribute to systems’ change. We will continue to position ourselves as a learning organisation striving for excellence and invest in making knowledge flow to and from the frontline. For more information on SNV, visit our website: www.snv.orgProject BackgroundEnhancing Nutrition of Upland Farming Families (ENUFF) is a project funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and implemented by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation. The goal of the project is to improve family and child nutrition in remote and ethnically diverse upland farming communities through improved feeding, caregiving and dietary practices, reduced incidence of WASH related diseases linked to malnutrition, improved availability and accessibility of diverse nutritious foods, and a conducive institutional framework at the sub-national level.The second phase of the project is being implemented in two districts in Houaphanh and in two districts in Oudomxay provinces from July 2020 to June 2024. ENUFF Phase I has implemented a series of interventions in nutrition sensitive agriculture and social behaviour change and communication in nutrition and WASH through District Nutrition Teams and Village Nutrition Teams.  The phase II of the project will give continuation to these interventions with higher focus on improving nutrition of women and children.Objective of the positionENUFF project aims to support farmers at family level to improve their agricultural production through technical trainings in five production systems – legumes and nuts, Vitamin A rich fruits and vegetables, other fruits and vegetables, and small livestock in order to improve nutrition status of families, in particular women and children. The implementation and the follow up of these activities are done by agriculture provincial team and local government staff. The Project also aims to build capacity of the households to buy nutritious food through increasing their incomes.  In phase I, the project has formed producer groups in livestock, fruits, vegetables, seed banks etc.  Some of these producer groups have also received training on fruit/food processing and linked to a food processing company – Xoaban Company. Two market stalls for selling vegetable market stalls have been established in Xiengkhor and Nga Districts for the vegetable producer groups.1. Objective of the positionThe main purpose of this position is to build capacity of the field staffs in realising the project outcome. The specific objectives of this position are:To revisit and assess the market feasibility of the selected value chains and develop a concrete plan of action for value chain development of the selected commodities based on a constraints and opportunity assessment.To support formation and strengthening of producer groups.To identify potential micro, small and medium enterprises that can trade with target communities/producer groups and support establishing equitable trading relations with the producer groupsTo identify processing opportunities and technologies in order to upgrade the value chain for increased income for the producers and enterprises and to provide support in their implementationTo identify and support in setting up rural sales outlets for the producersTo facilitate establishment of farmer network or cooperatives2.  Expected outputIn order to achieve the above mentioned objectives, the advisor will work closely with technical staff and ENUFF team to achieve the following outputs:Strengthen existing producer groups and establish new producer groups, seeds banks and veterinary pharmacies under the management of producers’ groupsEstablish fair trading linkages between producer groups and traders/processorsIdentify opportunities for household-based processing and innovative technologiesDeliver post-harvest training and improve conservation of nutritious foodsIdentify agriculture SMEs in a given province and support their involvement in commercial activities with given villagesCooperative models have been promoted in the communities and result in functional farmers’ network in a given district / province3.  Deliverables:The following are the key deliverables of this position. These deliverables will be done in coordination with the lead partner per outcome and activities. The Partner Organization will provide all the data needed for the completion of these deliverables:Monthly and Quarterly action planQuarterly progress reportsTraining completion reports for each cycle of training conductedList of participants with gender disaggregated data for village trainingsMonitoring of household agricultural commercializationDocumentation of successful and interesting cases as a learning material4.  QualificationBachelor’s degree in agriculture, agribusiness, marketing from a recognized University.At least 5 years of demonstrated experience in value chain development and market access related, and/or analysis/research of agribusiness and/or socio-economic development projects.Practical experience supporting the development of farmers’ and farmers’ enterprises.Experience in linking producers to the market.Good understanding of issues and development in the agriculture sector, especially value chain development in Laos, particularly with the situation in northern upland provinces.Pro-active attitude and results orientation but also patience and ability to work well in cross-cultural teams.Good understanding of issues and development in marketing, value chain in Laos, particularly with the situation in northern upland provinces.Good English language (spoken and written).Ability to write clear, effective project reports.Good computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)5.  Terms of AppointmentThe position is based in Vientiane with frequent travel to Houaphanh and Oudomxay provinces.The position is for one-year period with the possibility of renewal based on performance (from 2021 until 2024).6.  Reporting lineThe Value Chain Development Advisor will report to Provincial Coordinator, Component Leader and Project manager or delegated ENUFF staff member by the project manager.The Value Chain Development Advisor will be the key contact person for this assignment and will be responsible for defining scope of work, agreeing upon plan of action, and checking that the deliverables are in line with the quality required by SNV.How to ApplyIf you are interested in this position, please send a letter of motivation and a copy of your CV in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to Beunh Sayaphimphone by email; bsayaphimphone@snv.org before 23 May 2021. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.SNV is an equal opportunities employer and female candidates are encouraged to apply.- We do not appreciate third-party mediation based on this advertisement -
  • Video Recording/filming Consultant Vacancy Announcement  Video Recording/filming Consultant Savannakhet, LaosFull-timeContract type: Consultancy contractSNV Laos seeks a Video Recording/filming Consultant to support the Sanitation and Hygiene and Social Inclusion activities of the WASH project (1 position). The position will be based in Savannakhet with frequent travel to project locations in Champhone, Phalanxay and Atsaphone districts. OrganisationSNV Netherlands Development OrganisationProjectPart of Beyond the Finish Line - Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene for AllAssignment  Filming support to tell the story of (formal and informal) women leaders in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) sector who are in the middle of responding to the COVID-19 crisis and/or are planning preventative measures to strengthen the resilience of WASH systems in the face of emergencies and unforeseen events.LocationLao PDRDurationMonth of May 2021Reporting to/working withAnjani Abella, WASH Global Communications Advisor, The HagueStarting dateAs soon as possible (target start date)1 About SNVSNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation that makes a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty by helping them raise incomes and access basic services. Focusing on three sectors – Agriculture, Energy, and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) –SNV has a long-term, local presence in over 25 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.2 Project backgroundIn the face of the COVID crisis, the effectiveness and efficacy of leaders have been placed under greater public scrutiny. How leaders are responding to COVID, the priorities they are setting, with whom and how they are consulting people, and whose interests they are serving, all have an impact on the lives of their constituents. The quality of their responses and the manner by which they arrive at these collective decisions are particularly important to deliver to the promise of equitable and inclusive development, i.e., to respond to the needs and rights of groups who have been traditionally marginalised, under-represented, and disproportionately affected by crises and economic shocks.Women leaders – in formal and informal settings – are part of these leadership formations. In this video project, SNV and ISF-UTS will feature the stories of women leaders who are responding to COVID and mapping out preventative measures for a more resilient future.3 Assignment overview3.1 AimsThe video aims to build a case to integrate women’s leadership strengthening and gender transformative approaches in WASH development programming. The video shall,showcase the specific contributions women leaders are making in COVID-19 responses,present the immediate results or potential impacts their contributions are making to transform gender relations and inequitable access to (WASH) development, andunderscore the importance of transformative leadership – that transforms gender roles – in building more resilient societies that do not leave any group behind.3.2 Target audiencePrimary: WASH decision-makers, policymakers, and practitioners to prioritise gender transformative approaches in WASH leadershipSecondary: Non-WASH development practitioners to raise awareness about women’s transformative leadership efforts in practice3.3 Scope of worksThe filming agency will travel to one or two sites in Savannakhet, Lao PDR to film selected woman leaders in their home and work environs, record their key messages, and take additional footage of landscape and facilities for the film’s B-roll.The filming agency (or professional) is expected to film, in 4k where possible (or the highest possible quality resolution), and submit all raw video footage to SNV. Additionally, they are expected to take high-resolution photos of video subjects (in portrait and landscape), in no less than 300 dpi.The quality, content, and technical requirement of the footage shall comply with the project brief/guidance that SNV will share before filming commences.The filming agency will be responsible for the following:logistical arrangements (equipment, travel, board and lodging [if needed], etc), in consultation with SNV,directing the technical shoot and video subjects, and ensuring proper lighting and audio (no sound interference) quality,taking photos of video subjects and their environs,gathering written or recorded consent from all people who appear on the footage,completing pertinent information/details about people filmed, locations, etc., and filing footage accordingly,sending packaged footage with all details to SNV by WeTransfer or similar tech, andother works discussed and agreed upon during the project briefing phase.3.4 Work principlesThe health and well-being of everyone involved in this video project are paramount. Throughout the project, the agency is expected to comply with WHO COVID-19 precautionary measures, making sure that agency staff, SNV staff, and all video subjects practise safety protocols at all times.Dates of filming are flexible and may change depending on government-issued COVID-19 measures and restrictions. Should a video subject be unavailable due to health concerns, the agency shall agree to rescheduling the shoot.All footage shall comply with international standards of child protection, and the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).All video subjects shall be treated and featured with utmost dignity and respect. Before filming, film maker is expected to introduce themselves, the project, and how footage will be used by SNV. All footage shall show video subjects’ authentic selves, realities, and environs, in a dignified and respectful manner.Copyright and intellectual property rights: By entering into a contractual agreement with SNV on this project, it is understood that SNV will retain exclusive concomitant copyrights on all video formats (and photos) delivered as part of this assignment, in all media, in perpetuity.As stated in Clause 3.3 above, the quality, content, and technical requirement of the footage shall comply with the project brief/guidance that SNV will share before filming commences. All footage submitted will need to be presented to SNV for review, comment, and approval. Three to five review rounds are planned. Additional review rounds may be added to achieve the desired standard. Footage that do not meet the quality and standards of the project brief/guidance will require re-filming at the cost of the agency.3.5 Deliverablesall raw footage, filmed in 4k (or equivalent highest possible quality resolution)separate audio recording (video subject narration) – to be confirmedat least 15 high-resolution images of video subjects (portrait and landscape), in different backgrounds/settings, in no less than 300 dpiaccompanying consent forms (or video recording files)4 QualificationsAt least five (5) years of demonstrable professional experience in film making.Possesses an extensive and specialist range of (portable) video and audio equipment.Availability to travel to (and around) districts selected by SNV.Availability throughout the duration of the project is a must.Excellent coordination and communication skills.Experience in filming for development a plus.5 Timeline and durationThe assignment is estimated to cover a maximum of three (3) working days for project briefing briefing and communications, travel to and fro sites, actual filming, review rounds for approval, and management/submission of all raw footage to SNV.All footages are due for submission to SNV and the video’s project manager on or before June 2021.All footages shall be reviewed by SNV for compliance with the project brief. SNV’s feedback on the footage will be communicated within one week of SNV’s receipt of all footages.6 Application requirementsInterested parties are requested to submit the following to Le Huong – WASH Sector leader (lhuong@snv.org and; bsayaphimphone@snv.org)curriculum vitae,portfolio (link to website preferred),three samples of their most recent short films: samples with a development focus are highly encouraged, andproposed day rate.Deadline for applications is Tuesday 25th May 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.SNV is an equal opportunities employer and female candidates are encouraged to apply.- We do not appreciate third-party mediation based on this advertisement -
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