Position: Community Engagement Officer
Reports to: The WCS Savannakhet Program Manager with additional supervision by the Savannakhet Program Director
Location: This position is based in Kaysone Phomvihan City, Savannakhet province
Country Program/Sector: GCP/WCS Lao Program
Position Type: Full-Time
Working Schedule: Office work hours will be Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with a 1.5-hour break for lunch.
Expected travel: Periodic travel to work in other work locations, districts, and provinces as required.
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a US non-profit, tax-exempt, private organization established in 1895 that saves wildlife and wild places by understanding critical issues, crafting science-based solutions, and taking conservation actions that benefit nature and humanity. With more than a century of experience, long-term commitments in dozens of landscapes, presence in more than 60 nations, and experience helping to establish over 150 protected areas across the globe, WCS has amassed the biological knowledge, cultural understanding and partnerships to ensure that vibrant, wild places and wildlife thrive alongside local communities. Working with local communities and organizations, that knowledge is applied to address species, habitat and ecosystem management issues critical to improving the quality of life of poor rural people whose livelihoods depend on the direct utilization of natural resources.
Lao Program Overview:
The WCS Lao PDR program was established in 1993 and currently has 50 staff. During the last 22 years WCS has successfully implemented 23 projects with the Government of Lao PDR (GoL) supported by more than 30 donors. A core thematic intervention to support the vision is protection of biodiversity values through Collaboration with local communities through participatory approaches to land use planning and natural resource management. WCS Lao PDR has worked for more than 15 years in the Greater Xe Champhone Wetlands Complex of Savannakhet Province. Working on diverse components of the development of Participatory Land Use Plans (PLUP), Water User Groups (WUAs), and Community Conservation Agreements (CCAs).
The primary purpose of this position is to lead the Savannakhet landscape program’s works related to livelihoods and community engagement as part of the landscape team’s objective to develop community-based strategies that benefit community livelihoods, natural habitats, and biodiversity. This will be best achieved through participatory land use planning and community conservation agreements with partner villages across the Greater Xe Champhone Wetlands Complex landscape.
Minimum of Diploma or Bachelor degree in an environment or agricultural/rural development related field
Working knowledge of general conservation principles
Knowledge of conservation and natural resource management issues in Laos and Savannakhet Province (desired)
Knowledge of Lao laws related to land use planning, wetlands, conservation, natural resource management, and wildlife and how they are applied community resource planning and protected areas.
At least 2 years experience working with international NGO’s or the private sector
At least 2 years experience working with communities and government in Lao PDR related to agriculture, natural resources, and/or conservation
Experience working on land use planning in Savannakhet Province (desired)
Experience working on issues related to irrigation (desired)
Excellent Lao language skills both written and verbal
Good English language skills and the ability to produce draft reports in English
Computer literacy, particularly proficiency using Microsoft Office products
Ability to work as part of a developing team
Ability to learn quickly and adapt management of activities
Ability to administer component and activity level budgets
Ability to use GPS and collect mapping information in the field
Willingness to be based in Kaysone Phomvihan City, Savannakhet province
Willingness to spend extended periods of time working and staying at field site (Champhone, Songkhone, Xonnabouly and Xaibouly districts)
Willingness to travel to Vientiane capital for meetings
Willingness to learn and apply new skills
Good people skills
Interested candidates, who meet the above qualifications should apply by emailing an application letter and CV together to: firstname.lastname@example.org (Palina Souliyadeth – HR Officer) latest by (21 July 2020) deadline. Please include the Community Engagement Officer in the subject line of your email.
WCS is an equal opportunity employer and the organization complies with all employment and labor laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in hiring and ensures that candidates from all backgrounds are fairly and consistently considered during the recruitment process. We are dedicated to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment and look for future team members who share that same value. The organization provides equal employment opportunities for all qualified candidates. The organization does not discriminate for employment based on age, color, disability, gender identify, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by laws and regulations