Terms of Reference
Manager, Livelihood Development for Conservation (LDC) Section/Unit
Responsible to: Deputy Executive Director of the Secretariat
The Nam Theun 2 (NT2) Watershed Management Protection Authority’s (WMPA) mandate is to work with local communities and implementing agencies to ensure sustainability of biological diversity and living condition and welfare of watershed inhabitants.
The WMPA Secretariat is a permanent executive office to the Board, in charge of day to day execution of all activities and has the rights and duties to coordinate with all concerned sectors and organisations, domestic and international, local and central levels as authorized by the Board.
Directly responsible for:
- The management of the Livelihood Development for Conservation (LDC) Section/Unit;
- The management of the Eco-tourism Support Unit/Sub-unit;
- Maintaining close liaison with relevant partners and stakeholders including district offices, and provincial divisions, other implementing partners, organisations and projects;
- Facilitating the development of environmentally sustainable and culturally appropriate forms of livelihood development for local communities within the NT2 Watershed/NNT NPA and in the PIZ.
Principal Accountabilities/Main Tasks:
- In consultation with partners and stakeholders, develop, plan, supervise and lead the implementation and reporting of plans and programs for the LDC Section/Unit;
- Manage the preparation and/or development of annual work/budget plans based on project activities and monitor implementation;
- Oversee the implementation of the LDC Section/Unit of the Secretariat and any of its implementing partners;
- Manage the preparation and/or development of monthly, quarterly and annual progress reports based on project activities of the LDC Section/Unit;
- Develop plans with and contract/sub-contract activities (if appropriate) with implementing partners;
- Identify Technical Assistance (TA) needs of the LDC Section/Unit and a Terms of Reference (ToR) for the same, and suggest plan for their inputs;
- Monitor the work of staff and TA of the Section/Unit, suggesting improvements required in a timely manner, or inform the Directors cabinet of irresolvable deficiencies in staff and TA ability or activities;
- Facilitate and monitor the implementation of baseline and follow up socio-economic surveys and data collection in all enclave villages and in the PIZ;
- Conduct with Directors cabinet annual staff and TA evaluations;
- Facilitate and monitor the progressive implementation of the PICAD/CEF approach in all enclave villages and in the PIZ;
- Take the lead to ensure the collection of data gathered into a database is structured, formatted and updated in a timely manner;
- Ensure the quality and timely procurement of goods and services required for district offices and village development;
- Perform any other duties consistent with the Authority’s objectives and work plans, or as directed and authorised by the Director cabinet of the Secretariat.
Duty Station: Nakai District-WMPA Secretariat Office
Field work in and around the NT2 Watershed/NNT NPA
Special Conditions of Service:
While this position is at the level of Section/Unit Head, the incumbent must gain experience in, and continue to be familiar with the forest and village level activities. Thus, he/she must travel to and stay in the villages and forest areas, and become physically involved in daily work for a significant number of days per year.
Duration: 1 year contract, may be renewed based on performance
- University (Bachelor’s) Degree, or higher, in Agriculture, Forestry, integrated rural development, community development, social sciences or related discipline.
- Post graduate training in relevant fields.
Experience and Skills required:
- At least 5 years’ experience in the planning and implementation of villager livelihood and community development projects and programs, preferably including indigenous groups;
- Demonstrated experience in planning and implementation of rural development projects and programs;
- Knowledge and understanding of the PICAD/CEF approach to Protected Area Management, combining participatory biodiversity conservation and livelihood and community development;
- Experience and demonstrated ability in staff management;
- Experience and demonstrated ability in the management and administration of a budget and financial procedures;
- Good knowledge of Lao market and market linkage;
- Excellent computer skills and experience with office software packages
- Working level English
Closing date for application is 1st March 2020.
Interested candidates may apply by sending a cover letter and a recent CV by email to: email@example.com. Please enter the position title in the subject line of your email.
Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight on the date indicated, Lao PDR local time. Due to the high volume of applications we may receive, only candidates who reach the short list will be personally contacted.