World Renew, an agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America has a full-time position opening for Program Advisor, based in Laos, Asia.
This position will be based in Phonthong district and will work under the supervision of and be supported by the World Renew Laos Country Director who will provide coaching and mentoring. The Program Advisor will be responsible for building the capacity of staff as they work with village development committees to support communities to advance their health, education and agriculture objectives. This is achieved using integrated initiatives such as the diversification and improvement of agricultural production and increases in income from cash crops, improved livestock production, nutrition training and health and hygiene promotion, as determined by village priorities. The Program Advisor works closely with the Project Manager to achieve these goals.
A detailed description is below. For consideration, complete an on-line application attaching a current cover letter and resume by October 24, 2020.
1. Project Responsibilities
a. Work with World Renew program staff on the integrated project in Phonthong district:
i. Work as a trainer/capacity builder/coach for all Lao project staff to improve the quality of outcomes and impact across all project activities.
ii. Visit village work regularly, at least for one week a month, with project staff from different sectors. This will require using motorcycles and staying overnight in remote villages.
iii. Assist in community-level project monitoring and evaluation that supports further improvements to the participatory village planning and organizing process, including integrating how communities assess their own community capacity indicators.
iv. Provide support as needed to develop the monitoring and evaluation, planning and reporting requirements of multiple project donors. This will include implementation of our Core Humanitarian Standard commitments.
v. Develop the process of transformational values dialogue; form and pilot test various approaches with the staff.
vi. Provide input in the area of behavior change and communication for all sectors.
vii. Provide leadership and expertise in all the agriculture related activities with a focus on supporting staff in working with farmers to learn the experimental process to test options for improving farming systems.
viii. Work with the project team to identify creative solutions for working in ethnic minority villages where Lao language is limited especially among women, including a deepening understanding of worldview, culture and traditional arts.
2. Team Activities
a. Provide Agricultural technical expertise for the entire program Area including linkages to health and strengthened livelihoods.
b. Providing input including advice and trainings, to other projects when requested.
c. Contribute to and engage with the Country Management Team (CMT+) in terms of responding to relevant emails, preparing and facilitating sessions at CMT+ meetings, etc.
3. Organizational Activities
a. Finalize plans, reports and narratives in English as required to meet various donor requirements and also with a focus on doing this with the World Renew-Laos staff so that staff capacity is built-up in the areas of collecting and analyzing data and report writing.
b. Set one’s own performance goals and review one’s own progress towards those goals on a six-month basis in consultation and support by one’s supervisor.
c. Facilitate visits by donor representatives and/or home office staff and constituents as needed.
d. Support implementation and functioning of an effective complaints handling procedure which may include sitting on a national complaints handling committee.
e. Contribute to the Asia Management Team roles as requested by the Country Director and Regional Director.
4. Resource Development
a. Writing stories of transformation and involvement in other World Renew fund raising efforts as required.
5. Other Activities
a. Perform miscellaneous tasks necessary for functioning in country (e.g. vehicle and computer maintenance, keeping travel visas current and so forth).
b. Perform other duties as assigned.
While this position will not have direct decision-making responsibility over project activities and staff, it will be responsible for contributing to improving development programs, systems and functionality
1. Membership in a Christian church and agreement with the doctrine of the CRC signified by signing a covenant statement.
2. Demonstrated commitment to contribute to and promote a work environment that values diversity, inclusion and equity.
3. Demonstrated commitment to working towards gender equality, equity and justice in all aspects of programming, plans, policies and organizational structure.
4. A commitment to the Core Humanitarian Standard and the implementation of its nine principles.
5. Compassionate, respectful of other cultures with a curiosity to learn and understand very different cultures and worldviews that may be antagonistic to one’s own beliefs and values. Within this context, be a catalyst both respecting the cultural differences of others while also being able to provoke critical reflection on aspects of the others’ culture that are not in conformity with Biblical values.
6. Commitment to core development and relief concepts, models and values.
7. Proactive and able to work with minimal supervision after work-plan goals have been discussed and agreed.
8. Demonstrated ability to implement, improve and integrate Gender transformative community development programs through consultation, coaching and mentoring.
9. Able and willing to work in a team setting; able to develop team skills in others in a harmonious way as this is a high value in the Lao culture.
10. Competence in Microsoft Word and Excel is required. Knowledge and experience of use with remote, electronic data collection and analysis tools like Comcare and PowerBi would be a significant advantage.
1. A bachelor’s degree is required, specializing in agriculture or international development.
2. At least two years of cross-cultural or community development experience required.
3. Prior group and process facilitation and adult education skills, is a definite asset.
1. Must be willing and able to develop Lao language skills.
2. Fluent in English with strong writing skills and effective verbal communication.
Work is challenging, diversified and requires the frequent application of a high degree of independent thinking in a complex context to develop and implement interventions, responses or innovations within the parameters of a broad conceptual outline.
1. Living and travel conditions with unreliable access to water and electricity and increased exposure to illness
2. Stress of travel in a developing country. Stress of visiting and staying in remote communities for periods of time
3. Stress of visiting and staying in remote communities for periods of time.
4. Periodic international and/or regional travel