World Vision International

Job Opportunities in Laos

Since 2004, World Vision has been implementing multi-sector development programs called Area Development Programs (ADPs). These ADPs are district level partnerships with the Government of Laos, targeting villages in districts where children are suffering from the impacts of poverty.


In FY17 World Vision Laos has around 170 staff and operates ADPs in 17 districts spread over five provinces. These programs target 10-15 of the poorest villages per district depending on the program focus agreed with the government.


These ADPs are funded through World Vision offices in other countries including Australia, Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada and Taiwan. Examples of ADP activities include support the improvement of education program through teacher training and improvement of education facilities; support the local farmers with improved farming and animal raising technique; behavior change programs focus in sanitation and access to clean water; ensure children and mother have access health services and well nourished. All programs are designed to ensure the improvement of child well being in the target areas.


World Vision also has other important programs focused on specific threats or hazards to the well being of Lao children, such as combating trafficking of children, disaster and emergency preparedness and relief.
The focus of all World Vision programs is improving child well being carried out through participatory partnerships with children, caregivers, communities, government, donor, and other organizations.

Current Opportunities

Technical Project Coordinator - Building Secure Livelihood

WORK LOCATION- PHALANXAY DISTRICT, SAVANNAKHET PROVINCE

POSITION TITLE – TECHNICAL PROJECT COORDINATOR (BUILDING SECURE LIVELIHOOD)

Position purpose:

This position is to plan and implement the technical program models to contribute to achieving the Project outcomes.

Position Context/background:

World Vision International – LAO country strategy FY2019-2021focuses on key ministry priorities for child well-being namely Nutrition, Education. The Technical Specials and Provincial TP manager aim to ensure that technical support is brought closer to the field operations implementing programmes.

Technical Programmes are national or sub-regional level programmes implemented by World Vision in multiple geographic locations within a country. TPs are comprised of evidence-based practices and models previously identified, defined and prioritised through a strategic process and documented in a Technical Program (TP). TPs are designed to ensure National Offices (NOs) achieve World Vision’s mission, and the NO strategy, which includes the highest impact for the well-being of children, in accordance with relevant TP and NO strategic objectives and integration of relevant supporting approaches (SA).

The Technical Project Coordinator (TPC) is responsible for the implementation of the Technical Programme Models. H/She will be working with Provincial TP Manager to establish and maintain the programme quality. This person will be representing WVI-LAO to technical networks at district level and engaging in advocacy relevant to TP objectives, using credible M&E and evidence from TP implementation, and providing capacity building of TDF and partners.

Key Objectives of Job: The position is accountable for the following:

1. Plan and implement the technical project model log-frame and LEAP budget following the TP quality standards and requirements.

2. Provide technical capacity building and coaching/mentoring to project partners and relevant stakeholders.

3. Represent of WVI-L in advocacy and external engagement as leading organization technical programs at district level.

Major Responsibilities of Job:

1. Technical Project Model Adaptation & Implementation

Work with Provincial Team and Project Partners to adapt the technical project implementation to community context.

Implement the technical project log-frame within the agreed design and budget.

Develop, review and update annual, semi-annual and monthly budget and detail implementation plan.

Work with CE Coordinator and TDF to identify and mitigate risks/issues to ensure quality implementation of technical project models.

Work with TDF to organize training and ongoing coaching/mentoring on technical project model/curriculum to project partners.

Lead reflection and learning of technical project models implementation for ongoing feedback and improvement.

Coordinate and participate in WVI-L technical program/project learning networks to share experiences and lessons learnt with the evidence.

2. Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting

Work with DME team and TDF team to develop a monitoring plan; conduct spot-checks, reflect the project models implementation and carrying out the plan.

Organize TP baseline

Use standardized TP monitoring tool and its appropriate assurance.

Analyse and disaggregate data in order to track the progresses on working with MVC.

Train and engage project partners and key stakeholders in project monitoring and learning.

Track technical project model spending and variance explanation against budget plan.

Provide monthly, semi and annual progresses report to Provincial TP manager, Technical Specialist and CE Coordinator.

Prepare and compile project model data for child well-being report.

Prepare documentation of relevant technical project model as requested.

3. Advocacy and External Representation

Represent WVI-L at District/village levels to promote technical model and strengthen collaborative relationship.

Implement TP’s advocacy components to influence local policy implementers/decision makers at district and/or village levels through use of the evidence-based.

Participate in implementing TP Advocacy components at provincial/District level

4. Team Work and Integration

Actively participate as a member in learning, training and spiritual nurture.

Orient/train TDF’s on technical project model.

Share plan and integrate/synergize technical project activities.

EDUCATION: Degree in Public health, Nutrition, Agriculture/Food Security.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

Good understanding nutrition status in community context.

Technical knowledge in maternal, child health, food security/ nutrition.

Clear understanding on Nutrition Program including Nutrition models and approaches.

Basic knowledge on nutrition data collection and analysis.

Knowledge of community participatory advocacy models

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EXPERIENCES

2 years’ experience in the technical area of Nutrition, Food Security, Maternal and Child health.

Experience in working with community based approaches and models: CIMCI, BFCI, IYCF, CMAM, Savings Group (SG), LVCD, BSL.

Experience conducting and assisting nutrition/food security surveys

Strong experience in project implementation and Design Monitoring and Evaluation.

Experience managing project across a large geographic area within district.

Experience building and maintaining relationships with local government and NGO partners and stakeholders

Experience nutrition related advocacy campaigns and activities

Experience in working on behavioral change and communications

Proven experience in project coordination, including financial management and monitoring and evaluation.

Experience in handling training and workshops for groups and communities( including coaching and mentoring)

Common Knowledge and Skills across Technical Project Coordinators:

Willingness to learn and be pro-active about personal professional development

Good organizational and coordinating skills

Ability to pro-actively influence, network, and collaborate with local level government and NGOs

Good communication skills in Lao and English (written and verbal)

Ability to demonstrate problem solving, interpersonal and communication skills (including facilitation)

Thorough knowledge and ability of MS Office

Ability to demonstrate project management and foster a collaborative, team oriented atmosphere

Integrity, honesty, and accountability to both the team and the community

Work Environment: Willingness to stay in the communities.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a COVER LETTER and CV to the address below. Please indicate the POSITION TITLE. Deadline for application is 28 September 2020, however applicants are encouraged to apply early as applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and the position will close early if a suitable candidate is found.

Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Mail: People and Culture Department

P.O. Box 312 Vientiane 01005

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.wvi.org/laos

Director, Financial Planning, Reporting & Analysis

*Please submit your CV in English.

PURPOSE OF THE POSITION:

The Director, Financial Planning, Reporting & Analysis – Global Centre leads a team that is responsible for the financial aspects of financial planning, reporting and analysis for the WVI Global Centre. This is a critical role that supports the Senior Director, Corporate Accounting, Financial Planning, Reporting and Analysis and works closely with the Chief Financial Officer to ensure the budgeting processes, reporting and analysis for the Global Centre is timely, accurate and supports strategic conversations regarding resource allocation in line with Our Promise.

To achieve this, the position is responsible for:

  • Leading the team.

  • Overseeing timely and accurate financial reporting and analysis to the Chief Financial Officer, the Executive Leadership Team, senior leaders and managers in the Global Centre.

  • Building strategic reporting and analysis capability that facilitates strategic resource allocation decisions of the Global Centre allowing leaders to invest in activities to deliver of Our Promise.

  • Driving a customer focused culture, ensuring staff develop a deep understanding of the business units of the Global Centre from the perspective of Executive Leadership and Partnership Leaders, and cost centre managers.

  • Leading and oversee projects to continuously improve reporting and analytics by utilizing new technology capability and working with the Director, Data, Systems and Services to drive new capabilities.

  • Working closely with peers to understand the end-to-end Support Office/Global Centre/Field Office financial eco-system and ensuring budgeting, financial reporting and analysis is consistent and aligned.

  • Working closely with peers to ensure financial systems and processes are seamless from a customer perspective.

  • Advising on issues related to partnership budgeting, reporting, compliance, internal controls, liquidity, and systems.

  • Initiating and participating in global and departmental initiatives.

  • Being a thought leader on broader Partnership financial management.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Partner with the business to leverage accurate, timely and insightful reporting and analysis and achieve business outcomes.

Design and continuously improve a reporting framework for the Global Centre to ensure reports are streamlined, timely, clear, provide actionable insights, inform decision making and meet customer needs.

This involves:

  • Thinking forward and pre-empting and identifying key decision and reporting needs of stakeholders in future years (possibly before they even ask), driven primarily from the vision articulated in Our Promise and from deep knowledge of stakeholders.

  • Identifying appropriate sources of data that need to be captured and design solutions for capturing data in systems, utilizing systems thinking skills, technology developments, internal controls and quality control.

  • Be the business owner for the Finance systems projects designed and implemented as a result of needing to capture the new data, engaging stakeholders and driving the Finance Data, Systems and Services team and IT to deliver an appropriate technological solution.

  • Design and oversee the implementation of new reporting and analysis that can be created as a result of the new data available.

  • Review the existing reports and analysis to identify their appropriateness of need for update and rebuild as a result of the new data and technology available.

  • Seek feedback from customers and iterate reporting and analysis to be fit for purpose.

  • Oversee the production of regular reports and analysis to stakeholders (monthly, quarterly, annually, key meetings) to ensure decision makers are empowered with accurate and timely information to support their activities, including cost centre reporting.

  • Be a trusted advisor to the Senior Director, Corporate Accounting, Financial Planning, Reporting and Analysis and Chief Financial Officer, ensuring they have appropriate information and insights for decision making.

  • Manage a team of trusted Finance Business Partners to work closely with Executive Leaders, Partnership Leaders and cost centre managers on business cases and other financial analysis to support their decisions.

  • Ensure integration and alignment with the activities of peers to build a seamless customer experience.

Lead the Global Centre annual cycle from planning through to year end.

Collaborate with peers to ensure alignment and integration of processes and activity of the annual financial cycle from planning to year-end close, in particular:

  • Lead the Global Centre annual and multi-year planning and budgeting process, by:

  • Designing the process for the upcoming fiscal year, ensuring alignment with all aspects of the global planning process;

  • Leading the preparation of financial information for the Chief Financial Officer as they facilitate high-level resource negotiations and planning parameters with the Executive Leadership Team at the start of the process;

  • Overseeing the production of tools, templates and communications to execute the process;

  • Leading the execution of the process across all Global Centre departments, supported by a team of Finance Business Partners and analysts;

  • Being an escalation point for issues identified by Finance Business Partners during the process and negotiating resource allocation with Executive Leaders, Partnership Leaders and cost centre managers to ensure compliance with approved budget parameters;

  • Preparing reports and analysis of the submitted budget for review and approval by the Senior Director, Corporate Accounting, Financial Planning, Reporting & Analysis and the Chief Financial Officer, identifying opportunities and issues for consideration;

  • Preparing Board pre-reads and presentations regarding the Global Centre budget for the WVI Stewardship Committee and WVI Board for their approval;

  • Ensuring stakeholders from across the Global Centre are appropriately engaged during and after the process and that decisions are clearly communicated;

Leading a post implementation review with stakeholders, identifying opportunities for improvement.

Lead the annual Chargeback setting process, by:

  • Designing the process for the upcoming fiscal planning period, ensuring that it connects appropriate to the timelines for the Field Office and Support Office planning processes.

  • Overseeing the production of tools, templates and communications to execute the process.

  • Convening the Chargeback Committee, delivering a process that has clear recommendations to the Chief Financial Officer for approval that are in line with principles.

  • Ensuring stakeholders from across the Partnership (including Field Offices and Support Offices) are appropriately engaged during and after the process and that decisions are clearly communicated.

  • Leading a post implementation review with stakeholders, identifying opportunities for improvement.

Lead the Global Centre forecast process throughout the fiscal year, by:

  • Designing the process.

  • Overseeing the production of tools, templates and communications to execute the process.

  • Executing the process at key points during the year through a team of Finance Business Partners and Financial Analysts.

  • Overseeing the review of business cases submitted by departments seeking redistribution of resources and negotiating resource allocation with Executive Leaders, Partnership Leaders and cost centre managers to ensure compliance with approved budget parameters.

  • Identifying opportunities for strategic realignment of resources to ensure key organizational priorities have appropriate resources for delivery and presenting this information to the Senor Director, Corporate Accounting, Financial Planning, Reporting & Analysis and the Chief Financial Officer for consideration and approval.

  • Communicating outcomes of the process to stakeholders.

Lead a component of the Global Centre year-end processes, by:

  • Ensuring that costs are recorded in the appropriate period and cost centre.

  • Reviewing actual expenditure against budget and identifying issues and ensuring corrections prior to the general ledger close.

  • Negotiating carry forward of savings from the current year to the next fiscal year (with approval from the Chief Financial Officer).

  • Working with the Director of Corporate Accounting to ensure year-end adjustments are minimized through effective monitoring and identification of issues and corrections well prior to the end of the fiscal year.

Leadership and Management:

  • Management responsibilities, including cost centre management, people management and strategic planning for the team.

  • Oversee continuous improvement initiatives that will support the Group’s business plan and objectives.

Other duties as requested:

  • Perform other duties as requested by Senior Director, Corporate Accounting, Financial Planning, Reporting and Analysis, including, but not limited to, participation in organizational projects as a representative of GC Finance and the interests of the Global Centre and broader team leadership and management responsibilities.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Accounting / Finance.

  • Extensive knowledge in Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and audit and/or internal controls.

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in financial planning, budgeting, forecasting, financial analysis and performance management in large, global organizations.

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in managing teams, projects and performing finance functions in a corporation, financial institution or non-profit organization.

  • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing financial best practices, work-flow, and procedures for a large global organization.

  • Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Accountant or equivalent.

  • Effective in written and verbal communication in English.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • MBA preferred.

  • Superior organization, prioritization, and self-motivation skills.

  • Strong computer skills and knowledge in MS Office Suite, SunSystems and PowerBI.

  • High level of working knowledge related to automated accounting / financial systems.

  • Excellent stakeholder management skills.

  • Excellent project management skills.

  • Ability to translate technical information into common language so that non-financial individuals can readily understand the information.

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience leading large global team of financial analysts across multiple countries and regions.

  • Ability to translate or communicate complex finance and accounting principles into common language so that non-finance people or finance staff with very basic knowledge in finance can readily understand the information.

  • Experience working with senior leadership teams, with demonstrable ability to communicate and engage effectively.

  • Experience in developing and implementing process improvement initiatives.

  • Cost centre management.

  • Experience managing and developing people, including hiring, talent and succession planning and performance management.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 25% of the year.

TECHNICAL SPECIALIST - NUTRITION AND HEALTH

FOR LAO NATIONAL ONLY

PURPOSE OF THE POSITION

The Nutrition and WASH Specialist is a leader who supports WV Lao PDR’s strategic goal to bring change in the lives of children in Laos, particularly to increase the number of children and mothers that are healthy and well nourished. This role has a strong focus on strengthening WVL’s evidence based Nutrition, Health and WASH and hygiene promotion programming and ensuring that the intervention are in line with WV partnership and humanitarian industry global standards. This position is critical particularly to provide technical support to our COVID 19 response and recovery interventions. In addition, this role also provide technical support to the Area Programmes AND GRANT PROJECTs which are part of the Technical Program (reduce malnutrition and childhood illness) implementation process, training the Area Programmes AND GRANT PROJECTS teams on implementing Technical Programme to ensure that the frontline workers are fully trained to deliver the Technical Programme outcomes. Closely monitor the activities to ensure its quality and effectiveness at the community level. Network with the respective departments at the Province and District level, support the team in drafting concept for Area Programmes and Grant Projects and proposals for fund raising purposes and conduct need based studies to showcase the relevance of the programs. Specific responsibilities include the following:

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Strengthen Evidence Based Programs:

  • Ensure that WVL has sufficient support and understanding of program logic related to WVL strategic objective 1.1: Children and their mothers are healthy and well nourished.

  • Lead, coordinate and disseminate Health and Nutrition strategy, program logic (Theory of Change), models and best practices.

  • Work with Provincial Managers, coordinators and officers to filter Health and Nutrition intervention related partnership initiatives and contextualize for Laos context. This includes coordination of the collection, documentation and dissemination of World Vision TTC, Nutrition, Health, COVID and WASH and hygiene programming experience and best practice.

  • Ensure that program and project designs are aligned with Health and Nutrition strategic priorities.

  • Analyze and summarize LEAP AND GRANT PROJECTS reports/report from TPCs; and prepare a report reflecting on lessons learnt and best practice examples.

  • Provide annual planning so that "best practices, lessons learned etc." are integrated into technically sound business plans and services are coordinated.

  • Promote action learning Programme through regular Sector Working Group meetings and training of others to take leadership of structured reflection.

  • Assist in ensuring that the voices of children are heard in WVL’s programming and most vulnerable children are priority of project.

  • Develop and contribute to improving Health and Nutrition related Government of Lao national policies

  • Provide information and data about Health and Nutrition as requested and ensure that lessons learnt from our implementation are periodically shared within the team and at the district level.

  • Ensure that the APs AND GRANT PROJECTS are able to have evidence base for all the programs.

  • Periodically attend the review meetings at the APs AND GRANT PROJECTS/Province/NO and share the progress of TP at the respective APs AND GRANT PROJECTs.

  • Timely feedback on micro project proposal, Monthly Progress report of APs AND GRANT PROJECTs and ensure the recommendations are followed up.

  • Provide Technical inputs and support to Resource acquisition team during project proposal development.

  1. Project Management

Support the APs AND GRANT PROJECTs in developing the Annual plan and the LEAP AND GRANT PROJECTS budget template with proper planning and sequencing the activities.

  • Develop a mechanism to regularly track on outcomes and outputs level in a National stop light report system. Including the financial utilization of the APs AND GRANT PROJECTS against the activities planned and ensure timely completion of all the activities

  • Review the existing monitoring tools during the field visits/ joint field visits to ensure that the programs implemented by the APs AND GRANT PROJECTs are technically APs and Grant Projects appropriate.

  • Technically APs and Grant Projects approve and endorse all LEAP AND GRANT PROJECT documents (e.g. health baselines, designs, proposals, evaluations) as per the agreed business process.

  • Organize the development, pre-testing and production of culturally relevant communication materials to ensure effective and efficient program delivery, including facilitating behavior change, where necessary.

  • Assist donor visits and participate in donor visits when necessary.

  • In times of emergency, provide technical support to disaster responses as directed by line management.

  • Contribute to advocacy campaigns as directed by line management.

  1. Provision of Technical Support to the Technical Project Coordinators and Government Counterparts:

  • Build the capacity of APs and Grant Projects of the APs and GRANT PROJECTs staffs and also provide technical support and project model to the counterparts and WVIL staffs(TPCs) to strengthen assessment, design, baseline and end line surveys and implementation of TTC, Nutrition, Health, COVID and WASH and hygiene interventions through trainings, awareness raising, communications, etc. This includes support of monitoring of planned project activities and development of checklists and mechanisms for supervision.

  • Develop and deliver curriculum (ToT) training to TPC/Government counterpart staff to enable staff to deliver accountable, evidence based, quality ministry that brings sustained improvements to well-being of children.

  • Conduct monitoring support visits to APs AND GRANT PROJECTs implementing TTC, Nutrition, Health, COVID and WASH and hygiene Projects and provide in the field technical consultation as requested, to ensure quality of Nutrition and WASH activities implemented.

  • Provide assistance as needed to WVL in the preparation of Detailed Implementation Plans (DIP), budgets, monthly cash flows and Semiannual and Annual Management Reports.

  • Enhance the knowledge and skills of the frontline workers and volunteers in the community on maternal and child health nutrition.

  1. Collaboration and Coordination

  • Develop dynamic relationships with the Ministry of Health and other relevant institutions at National level; support WVL staff to do the same at Provincial levels.

  • Liaise with key non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UN-agencies for shared learning, joint implementation and leveraging similar TTC, Nutrition, Health, COVID and WASH and hygiene interventions.

  • Liaise and build strong partnerships with Lao Civil Society Organizations working in the TTC, Nutrition, Health, COVID and WASH and hygiene

  • Contribute as an active member to World Vision International's Community of Practice for Health.

  • Develop the linkages with the block/district level officials and have working agreements in place to implement our programs in all the APs AND GRANT PROJECTs.

  • Identify potential partners to work together and scale up certain initiatives.

  • Co-lead/facilitate district/level networks and advocacy campaigns related to the TP

  • Formation of consortiums at the Province level with the support of the TPM.

  • Position the Organisation by representation in such networks and actively contributing and sharing about our programs.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  1. Bachelor’s/ Master’s degree (Public Health, Nutrition)

  2. Technical training in Nutrition, Health sector, with focus on child and maternal health preferred. WASH and hygiene promotion programming is strongly desirable.

  3. Practicing medical doctor / nurse can apply too.

  4. At least 2 yearsexperience in Public Health or community development with a focus on Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition

  5. Minimum of four years in demonstrated competency in providing management level support

  6. Knowledge of development work, including program logic, theory of change, and community empowerment

  7. Demonstrated knowledge on Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition

  8. Good understanding of Lao Government policies, laws, and institutions and ability to work together with various stakeholders

  9. Ability to identify and plan work strategically and to work to deadlines

  10. Project management knowledge and skills

  11. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Lao

  12. Ability to train others, ability to provide technical guidance and support to Zonal/ADP staff

  13. Possess strong organizational, computer, and writing skills

  14. Ability to function efficiently and effectively with little day-to-day supervision

  15. Willingness to travel to the provinces and districts on a frequent basis

  16. Experience supporting health activities in NGO context

Interested candidates are invited to submit a COVER LETTERand CV to the address below. Please indicate the POSITION TITLE. Deadline for application is 30 September 2020, however applicants areencouraged to apply early as applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and the position will close early if a suitable candidate is found.

Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Mail: People and Culture Department

P.O. Box 312 Vientiane 01005

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.wvi.org/laos