Project Coordinator

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations(FAOLA)

128 Phonxay Road Phonxay Saysettha Vientiane Capital


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Issued on: 5 September 2019
vacancy announcement No: 1902251 Deadline For Application: 24 SEPTEMBER 2019
Job Title:Project Coordinator Type of requisition: NPP
  Duty Station: Vientiane, Laos
Organizational Unit: FAO Representation in Laos Duration: 12 months with possible extension
FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

Qualified female applicants and qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member countries are encouraged to apply.

Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Organizational Setting 

The main aim of FAO Country Offices, headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner. FAO Lao PDR assists the Government to develop policies, programmes and projects to address the root causes of hunger and malnutrition, to develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors and to use environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner. FAO participates in the development and implementation of field projects in the sectors of food security, agriculture and rural development. This requires the integration within the broader framework of sustainable food and agriculture that aims at increasing production and productivity, addressing climate change, and managing natural resources; and enhance rural livelihoods.

The project entitled “Strengthening AMR/AMU Surveillance in the animal health sector of Lao PDR” under the FAO-LAO programme is dedicated to working with the government in developing capacities and enhance antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance.

Reporting Lines 

The national project coordinator will report directly to the Assistant FAOR (Programme) under the operational guidance of the Operations Specialist, technical guidance of the Lead Technical Officer (LTO) based in FAO Regional Office of Asian and Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand (FAORAP) and the overall administrative and functional guidance of the FAO Representative in Lao PDR. The incumbent will closely collaborate with project assistant, FAO technical staff as well as with government counterparts at national and provincial level and other implementing partners and stakeholders.

Technical Focus

Field project implementation and technical expertise on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)/ Antimicrobial Usage (AMU), livestock production, basic epidemiology or veterinary sciences.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Provide support to Department of Livestock and Fishery (DLF) and relevant partners to implement activities related to AMR surveillance planning, sampling, testing, and technical trainings.
  • Support engagement, coordination and communication between DLF, the National Animal Health Laboratory, and Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Offices (PAFO) for smooth implementation of the AMR surveillance plan;
  • Support the laboratory assessments as well as surveillance database development.
  • Facilitate coordination with the DLF for arrangement of missions and overall project implementation. 
  • Work closely with Department of Livestock and Fishery (DLF) to perform its function in the AMR Technical Working Group of Lao PDR in coordination with agencies from other sectors, in liaison with FAO technical staff
  • Facilitate the information sharing among animal health and human health sectors in relation to antimicrobial resistance and associated risks.   
  • Assist DLF in coordinating on AMR related matters in Lao PDR;
  • Provide inputs on stakeholders' awareness on appropriate use of antimicrobials and associated risks;
  • Advocate with relevant stakeholders on uptake of regulations/ policies related to antimicrobial resistance;
  • Monitor progress against the FAO workplan activities and targets; and report periodically as per donor’s requirement;
  • Work closely with the FAO Country Team to keep abreast of overall livestock production and health status in Lao PDR
  • Provide inputs for FAO and donor reports;
  • Participate in and provide inputs to annual FAO project planning activities;
  • Report to AMR LTO for coordination and harmonization of surveillance approaches with regional and technical AMU/AMR leads and external experts
  • Perform other duties as required. 


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced University degree in veterinary medicine, animal husbandry, epidemiology or closely related subjects;
  • At least 10 years of relevant professional experience
  • Experience in antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial use
  • Experience in project coordination/management
  • Working knowledge of English
  • Nationality of Laos 

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement 

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in managing and implementing development projects
  • Experience in training development and database management.
  • Proficient in word and excel,
  • Extent and relevance of experience in project implementation among diversified culture team members as well as with the government counterparts would be an asset.
Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All, Integrity and Transparency.


  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing).
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help, or have queries, please contact: iRecruitment@fao.org
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
  • For other issues, visit the FAO employment website: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/
  • For further information on categories, contract duration and honoraria, please refer to the Conditions page.


To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile.

Or send your application to:  

                                        FAO Representation Office

                                        128 Phonxay Road, Phonxay Village

                                        Saysettha District, Vientiane, Lao PDR

                                        Tel: +856-21 413205, 414503

Or email to                         FAO-LA-Vacancies@fao.org

Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.

Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile.

Vacancies will be removed from the recruitment portal at 23:59 Central European Time (CET) on the deadline for applications date. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

If you need help, or have queries, please contact: iRecruitment@fao.org


  • job summary
  • Post Date 11 September 2019
  • Prefered Language English
  • Job Level Senior
  • Job Function Others
  • Job Location Vientiane Capital
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations(FAOLA)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations(FAOLA)

128 Phonxay Road Phonxay Saysettha Vientiane Capital

Email : FAO-LA-Vacancies@fao.org;Manola.Soukhavath@fao.org;Souphavady.Xousavanthong@fao.org
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