National program officer

Swiss Cooperation Office for the Mekong Region Lao PDR

N/A N/A N/A Vientiane Capital



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The Swiss Cooperation Office in Vientiane designs and steers the Government of Switzerland’s bilateral development programme in Lao PDR. We support the Lao Government to reduce poverty and to reach the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) gives priority to sustainable and equitable development, especially in rural areas where ethnic minorities live, to governance reforms favouring the poor and disadvantaged, to gender equity, and to social justice. We are a Swiss-Lao team of highly motivated professionals looking for a dynamic Lao National to reinforce our expertise in the Vientiane Office, to fill the position of:

National program officer

Start of work: August 1, 2017

SDC has a comprehensive project portfolio both in Lao PDR and on Regional level (focus on CLMV countries), in the thematic domains of Agriculture and Food Security, Governance and Skills development. A new strategy for the Mekong region is currently being elaborated and will start by January 2018. We are looking for a professional with:  sound experience in project management; expertise on questions of inclusion, in particular gender and ethnic minorities; knowledge on the Sustainable Development Goals / agenda 2030; broad understanding of regional challenges; extensive experience in development cooperation work.   

The incumbent will be taking the position as a national program officer, and will be covering the following tasks:

  • Project Management: monitors assigned projects (in Lao PDR and on regional level) of the portfolio, supporting project cycles and controlling both operational and financial performance, represents SDC in dialogues and negotiations with implementing partners, government institutions and international technical assistance.
  • Partner and Policy Dialogue: takes part in thematic discussions and policy dialogue in assigned thematic fields (multi sectoral).
  • Sector Development : analyses trends and  opportunities related  to sectors of relevance to the SDC portfolio and  produces high quality inputs both in content and language for decision making processes;
  • Strategy implementation: takes part in the SDC internal annual monitoring and planning processes and produces relevant and good quality English language inputs; supports the communication plan and prepares relevant key messages.
  • Regular project visits (both in Lao PDR and in the region)

Would this be a worthwhile challenge for you? Do you have:

  • a master in economics or related discipline?
  • well-developed social skills and willingness to work in a team?
  • strong analytical skills and high intrinsic motivation to excel?
  • very good English language skills, both verbal and written?
  • experience in working in development cooperation and/ or with the private sector?
  • Interest to travel both in Laos and internationally?

SDC is a value based equal opportunities employer, appointing on merits by open competition. We highly encourage women and persons from ethnic minority backgrounds to apply. Please send Curriculum Vitae (incl. references, certificates and expected salary) and an application letter (not more than one page) explaining why we should consider you to be the ideal candidate for the position. Please send your application to:

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

Vacancy  “National program officer / NPO”  

Swiss Cooperation Office for the Mekong Region – Lao PDR

House 192 / 1 Sibounheuang Road

Chanthabouly District, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR

P.O Box 5666

You can send a copy electronically to: vientiane@eda.admin.ch

For more information about SDC and our programmes please visit: www.eda.admin.ch/mekong

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SwissCooperationMekong

Closing date for applications is Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview. SDC does not return application files.

Swiss Cooperation Office for the Mekong Region Lao PDR

Swiss Cooperation Office for the Mekong Region Lao PDR

N/A N/A N/A Vientiane Capital

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