Manager, Community Outreach and Conservation Awareness (COCA) 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 effective functioning of the Community Outreach and Conservation Awareness (COCA) Section/Unit.
The Community Outreach and Conservation Awareness (COCA) Section/Unit aims to:
- Actively involve local people in activities that positively impact local communities, wildlife and ecosystems;
- Build passion and compassion for wildlife and support the development of a group of young educators who are enthusiastic about creating a literacy-rich environment;
- To engage the next generation in local wildlife conservation;
- To increase environmental awareness and stewardship, encourage critical thinking, and develop responsible communities.
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 COCA 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 COCA 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 COCA Section/Unit;
- Develop work plans with and contract/sub-contract activities (if appropriate) to implementing partners;
- Facilitate and work closely with central and local level governments and neighbours in the development and dissemination of all WMPA components and conservation programs to a variety of target audiences in the NNT NPA and NT2 Watershed Area, PIZ villages and Lao-Vietnam Border Regions;
- Identify Technical Assistance (TA) needs of the Section/Unit, a Terms of Reference (ToR) and suggested plan for TA inputs;
- Monitor the work of staff of the Section/Unit, suggesting improvements required in a timely manner, or inform the Director’s cabinet of irresolvable deficiencies in staff ability or activities;
- Conduct annual staff evaluations with Director’s cabinet;
- Design, manage and assist in the implementation of targeted outreach programs and activities with a clear purpose, message and target audience;
- Monitor and evaluate program and activity implementation and effectiveness;
- Delegate duties and responsibilities to staff where appropriate;
- Perform any other duties consistent with the Authority’s objectives and work plans, or as directed and authorised by the Director’s cabinet of the Secretariat.
Duty Station: Nakai District-WMPA Secretariat Office
With regular field work in and around the NT2 Watershed/NNT NPA/PIZ Villages
Duration: 2 year contract with possibility for renewal, based on performance review
Special Conditions of Service:
Whilst this position is at the level of Section/Unit Head, the successful applicant will be familiar with forest and village level activities. The successful applicant must work as a part of their team, which will include travelling to and staying in the villages and forests of the area, and becoming physically involved in daily work for a significant number of days per year.
- University (Bachelor’s) Degree, or higher, in Conservation Biology, Forestry, Agriculture, Natural Resource Management or other relevant disciplines;
- Post graduate training in PICAD/CEF based NPA management or other relevant disciplines;
Experience and Skills required:
- At least 5 years’ experience in community outreach and conservation awareness activities, with excellent program management and coordination skills;
- Excellent inter-personnel skills and the ability to work effectively with all partners;
- Experience in PICAD/CEF based NPA management preferred;
- Ability to conceptualise and implement activities and programs to affect behavioural and attitudinal change in a range of target audiences
- Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships and work effectively with rural villagers;
- Strong knowledge on Biodiversity, Ecology and Natural Resources Management issues
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Excellent computer skills and experience with office software packages
- Working level English
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
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.
Closing date for application is: 25 August 2019
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.