Extension of date for advertise - Youth Employment Solutions (YES) Technical Specialist Consultant Terms of ReferenceYouth Employment Solutions (YES)Technical Specialist Consultancy1. PurposePlan, one of the world’s largest children’s INGOs, started operations in Laos in 2007. In Laos, Plan maintains field presence in 3 provinces; Bokeo, Oudomxay and Saravane, and actively engages in coordination and policy and technical discussion with the Government of Laos, Lao civil society and Development Partners at local and national levels. Under the country strategic plan, Plan Laos implements four major sector programs – 1) Early Childhood Care and Development and Basic Education Program (BEP); 2) Integrated Public Health Program that covers Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), and Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health and Nutrition (MNCHN); 3) Adolescent program and 4) Youth Economic Empowerment (including associated with employment). The areas of Child Protection and Gender Equality and Social Inclusion are cutting across all the programs and internal policies. Gender transformative programming and influencing is the global approach used in every country office, including Plan Laos, to apply to their work that helps achieve its ambitions of gender equality and girl’s rights.The purpose of this consultancy is to support the detailed operational design of the Youth Employment Solutions (YES) and development of the Project concept document. The YES concept envisions the provision of partial subsidies to private sector firms to contribute to the salary costs of interns recruited from specific target groups (long term unemployed and returned migrants between the ages of 16 and 30) who would be recruited by such firms and have the opportunity to learn new skills and potentially gain full time employment from these firms. The project will also seek to link participating firms to the Business Assistance Facility through which they can access subsidized technical assistance to improve their competitiveness. YES operational design will result in a detailed, step-by-step Operations Manual being produced that will guide the implementation team in implementing the activity. The Consultant will be guided on a regular basis by the Consultant in the design and implementation of their work. Overall they will report to the Head of YEE program. Consultation processes with target population groups, potential partner companies, government institutional partners and the Business Assistance Facility will need to be designed, implemented, results assessed and used to test feasibility and design operational steps and processes.The YES pilot is designed to test the approach and rigorously evaluate results. As such part of the role is to formulate the research questions and undertake a high level design of research processes that will be required. The feasibility and operational design will need to be completed by 20th December 2021. The Technical Specialist (‘the consultant’) will work to support the YES Design Consultant in undertaking the feasibility and operational design process and will play the coordination role in consulting with intended key stakeholders – unemployed youth and participating firms with guidance on consultation processes. The technical specialist will be based in the Plan Laos Country Office in Vientiane Capital. The position will play a key role in supporting the feasibility assessment of the YES concept and its subsequent operational design. The Consultant will need to coordinate closely with Government partner agencies in undertaking feasibility assessment and in making key operational design decisions. They will also need to work with Plan operations departments, including finance, in determining how best to establish systems and processes that meet Plan requirements and also are operationally viable for YES.The consultant will be required to have completed the assignment by 20th December 2021. 2. Overall TasksKey support role in YES feasibility and operational design processes.Works under technical guidance of the YES Feasibility and Operational Design Consultant.Works with assigned staff from government partner agencies in undertaking the feasibility assessment and making key operational design decisions under guidance of the consultant.Ensure that commitments to gender and child protection are met, including gender transformative programming, and closely coordinate with and seek inputs from Plan International’s gender and child protection advisors as required.Manages a small budget for meetings and field work.Reports to the Head of YEE and ensures their engagement in key processes associated with the feasibility assessment and operational design.Able to support negotiation effectively with government partners in favor of project design as needed.3. Specific Tasks 3.1 Support for Program ManagementAssist the Head of YEE and YES Consultant implement the activities in the YES Feasibility and Design work plan.Ensure the high quality delivery of research and consultation processes undertaken as part of the feasibility and design process and document such.3.2 Research, Consultation and Technical SupportWith the YES Consultant identify and provide required research training to partner staff.Lead field work for consultation with unemployed youth and potential participating companies to test YES feasibility and inform operational design in line with guidance provided by the YES Consultant.Lead consultation meetings with Government partners and other YES stakeholders as part of information gathering required for operational design in line with guidance provided by the YES Consultant.Lead internal meetings with Plan departments to ensure that Operational design is informed by realities of Plan system requirements and determine approaches to minimize associated workloads in line with guidance provided by the YES Consultant.Provide technical input to consultation and design processes.Develop research and consultation solutions to program implementation issues.3.3 Monitoring and Evaluation Work with the YES Consultant in the design of the YES M&E framework.Support the YES consultant in the design of the YES research partner TOR and the costing of such a partnership.Identify potential providers of required research services.3.4 Finance and Resources ManagementLearn Plan finance systems to enable timely expenditure of project budget on required activities.Develop monthly forecasts for travel and training for the positionManage expenditure and Plan finance processes for spending funds on meetings, research and travel.4. OutputsThe Technical Specialist consultant will contribute to completion of keys tasks as outlined in Section 2 and 3 of this TOR. Outputs to be expected are as detailed below however due to the nature of the assignment, there may be additional outputs not yet listed here. Submit a monthly timesheet (to accompany invoice)Assignment work plan aligned with the YES Design Consultant.Letters to Government and other relevant correspondence to partnersActivity and budget plans for specific steps in the design workshopSupport the achievement of deliverables for the YES Design namely:Feasibility study – a 5-10 page document outlining consultation processes held, outputs and conclusions on feasibility and design implications.Operations Manual – a detailed step-by-step how-to operational manual including all internal and external steps including all required forms and document formats.Research Terms of Reference – a detailed TOR for subcontracted research services to assess impact of the YES pilot including key research questions and methodological approach.Detailed Operational Budget – detailed costing for the operations of the YES pilot over a 2 -3 year period including outline staffing structure and costs covering all actions in the Operations manual.5. Selection CriteriaThe consultant will be selected based on the following key selection criteria:Degree in relevant subject, business, economics etc.At least 5 years’ experience in project management, design or assessment.At least 2 years’ experience in one of the key project areas- employment creation, or business management.Experience of working in a medium or large scale business and familiarity with business drivers in the Lao PDR is highly desired.Ideally experience in Human Resource management in a commercial context.Good knowledge of data collection methods, analysis and interpretationVery Good written and spoken English and Lao language skills.Skills conducting consultation and operational design processes.Skills in talking as a trusted peer to business owners.Capacity building skills working with government counterparts gained through experienceKnowledge and Skills in PRA and similar methodologies;Very Good computer skills in Office applications 6. TimeframeThis consultancy agreement and terms of reference a period of 5 months (20th July – 20th December 2021), 22 days per month. The assignment needs to be completed by December 20th 2021.7. ApplicationsInterested consultants should apply by 16th July to “PlanLaos.JobVacancies@plan-international.org” and cc’d to “email@example.com” providing:A 2 page cover letter addressing the selection criteria.A full detailed CV with at least 2 references.A full quotation for the work to be undertaken. Please note that Plan will not provide a Per Diem in addition to the fees.It may be possible for this assignment to be undertaken on a remote basis, if proposing this the applicant should propose how this would be structured and goals achieved.8. Supporting documentsThe successful consultant will be provided with the following documentation:YES concept note.
Re-adv Project Coordinator based in Houayxai District, Bokeo ProvinceWe are looking for enthusiastic, dedicated development professionals interested in long term careers with a major international children’s NGO.Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children. Plan, one of the world’s largest children’s INGOs, works with children and poor communities in 50 countries.Currently we work in Bokeo, Oudomxay and Saravan Provinces, in basic education, early childhood development, health and nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, and adolescence. 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.Plan Laos is looking for position:Re-adv Project Coordinator based in Houayxai District, Bokeo ProvinceResponsibilities: Provide overall coordination between project management team and local partners (government offices and CSO and private sectors).Coordinate and assist in preparing monthly, quarterly, bi-annual and annual plan and report on the project implementation.Assist and support in finance and project administration.Tasks: Coordination and LiaisonSet up and maintain an effective working relationship with project implementing partner (MHP) and Government offices at provincial and district level.Provide consistent support to strengthen the Project Implementing Partner coordination systems (between PIL, MHP, government offices, private sectors and target villages) for effective planning, implementation and monitoring.Set up and maintain effective working relationships with potential partners from the private sector.Technical SupportCoordinate and assist in preparing monthly, quarterly, bi-annual and annual plan and report on the project implementation that includes the following:Participatory innovative farming learning, piloting and result scaling up on forage technology and cattle fattening, off-season pineapple cultivation, NTFP cultivation/domestication and direct dry-seeded rice (DDR).Facilitating farmer’s value chain assessment for agricultural products.Supporting farmers in conducting seasonal network meetings and dialogue/negotiation with traders.Facilitating in farmer groups capacity building on establishment, functions and basic trading skills.Facilitating the integration of Gender Action Learning System (GALS) in farmer groups.Facilitating the integration of Linking Agriculture, Nutrition and Natural Resource (LANN) in farmer groups and introducing and demonstrating the FALUPAM land-use planning method for GoL offices and farmer groups.Review of local trade and shipping practice of the local agricultural products, and conducting the annual review workshops on trade and shipping practice and dialogues.Capacity building on financial system and M&E for MHP.Facilitating the study trip on the technical topics relevant to the above-mentioned activities and capacity building on gender-sensitive administration and management for the local authorities.Support in conducting baseline, end-line, M&E, mid-term and final evaluation of the project.Finance and Administration SupportAssist the Project Manager in developing and providing technical support strategy for the project and program unit (PU) office.Support the PU office in maintaining and strengthening collaboration and coordination with the local government offices by regularly updating the office on REAL project implementation and progress and the budget invested to date in Bokeo province.Assist in preparing monthly, quarterly and annual cashflow forecast and report and review of the 4-year cost plan with the Project and Finance Managers (from Plan Laos and MHP).Assist and support in logistics and other administrative work required by project management (CO and UP office) relevant to the REAL project implementation and management.Additional AssignmentAdditional assignment related to job functions will be requested and acknowledged by Plan management.Requirements: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in agriculture or related field.At least five (5) years’ working experience in providing management assistance at a district or provincial project office.Experience in providing technical extension on livestock, cash crops, NTFP domestication and related income generation and land-use planning and value chain is an advantage.Proven experience in working with provincial and district government offices, in particular, PAFO and DAFO.Pro-active attitude and results orientation but also patience and ability to work well in cross-cultural teams.Very good communication in English (spoken and written).Ability to write clear, effective project reports.Good computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)FOR ALL PLAN POSITIONS:We strongly encourage equally qualified female candidates to applyStrong 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: 12th August 2021TO 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.orgPlease state in cover letter how you learned about the job – through emails, INGO Directory, 108 Jobs, or friends.