17 Sep 2012


The Agro-Biodiversity Initiative (TABI) – Posted by LAO JOBS VACANCYVientiane, Vientiane Prefecture, Laos

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The Agro-Biodiversity Initiative (TABI)
Department of Planning, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Swiss Development Cooperation
Vacancy Announcement for Lao nationals
The Agro Bio Diversity Initiative (TABI) is a joint project of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) and the Swiss Development Corporation (SDC). The projects’ goal is to contribute to poverty alleviation and improved livelihoods of upland communities through sustainable management and use of Agro Bio Diversity (ABD) in multi-functional landscapes. TABI Phase 2 covers the period 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2016, and is managed by the central Coordination Unit/Support Office (CU/SO) in Vientiane and Provincial Coordination and Support offices (PCOs) in the PAFOs of Luang Prabang and Xieng Khouang,
The focus of project activities includes:
– Forest and land use planning aimed at stabilizing and developing forest and agricultural land use;
– Supporting ABD-linked livelihoods activities to enhance the role of ABD in livelihoods and development;
– Supporting and facilitating a policy environment supportive of indigenous ABD in development processes.
Communication Officer
TABI is a learning endeavor, and its SPAs and Forest and Land Use Planning activities develop, test, and demonstrate various approaches to Agro Bio Diversity based livelihood improvement. Successful results and lessons learned are documented and analyzed, and then need to be disseminated via information exchange and learning media and networks.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Working under the supervision of the CTA/team leader, MAFs Coordinator and CAFRI, and in close liaison with Provincial Co-coordinators and Facilitators, the Communications Officer (CO) will be responsible for the systematic compilation and wide dissemination in different formats and forums of the lessons learned in TABI, as well as ABD linked information in general. The CO will help establish and facilitate knowledge sharing and learning networks to foster discussion and collaboration about “ABD in development” among diverse stakeholders.
Specific tasks will include:
i. Understanding all aspects of TABI to a sufficient level to be able to coherently discuss, explain and report to persons not directly involved in TABI;
ii. Assist in maintaining key Project documents such as AWP, ARs, D/P SEDP, all relevant legal documents, Ministerial strategies, reports of all TA, the “SPA Portfolio”, etc;
iii. Produce adequate communication material with lessons learned and “best practices” and proactively feed into respective forums and channels
iv. Responsible for elaboration and dissemination of quarterly TABI ABD newsletter
v. Elaboration of various communication products (e.g. videos, posters etc)
vi. Write articles for mass media
vii. Proactively manage and update of the content on the TABI website (with assistance from CDE);
viii. Facilitate ABD exchange and learning platforms on provincial and national level;
Required skills and experience
The successful applicant will be a Lao national, and have the following profile:
– Bachelor degree or higher in field development communication, journalism, or agriculture, forestry, development study or similar with respective profession experience in communications
– At least 5-10 years successful experience in development communication
– Some understanding of and experience in, and an interest in. AgroBioDiversity.
– Demonstrated record in developing communication products (newsletter, briefs, webpage, videos)
– Demonstrated ability to facilitate multi-stakeholder exchange and learning platforms and events
– Good interpersonal and communication skills – with a wide range of persons from central to village level,
– Good computer skill, expertise with managing web content preferable,
– Reasonable oral and written proficiency in English
Duty Station: Based in Vientiane, with frequent trips to Luang Prabang and Xieng Khouang Provinces
Duration: Initially 6 months full time expected to start October/November 2012, thereafter on part time under conditions to be agreed.

How to Apply

Applications, including a CV, full contact details, and at least 2 references, and explaining how the applicant meets the requirements, should be delivered to NIRAS Natura AB office in Sihom Commercial Centre latest by 26th September 2012 or sent to NIRAS Natura AB, P.O. Box 4298, Vientiane or sent by email to Mr. Carl Mossberg, NIRAS Country Representative in Lao PDR under email address
For more information and detailed ToRs please contact:
TABI CTA - Chris Flint: Email chris.flint@tabi.la Mobile 020 55505002
TABI National Coordinator - Pheng Souvanthong: Email pheng.souvanthong@tabi.la Mobile 020 22443254

Job Categories: COMMUNICATION. Job Types: Full-Time.

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