Few years back, I actually consider moving back to work in Laos. Unfortunately, nothing really pans out and I found a job here in the States. Now there are more foreign companies operating in Laos and demands for qualify workers are much higher. I came across this opening listing, I was somewhat shock to see the starting pay. If this job was available back when I was looking to move back, I would of made the move and probably still be living in Laos.
This would be an ideal job for me because I can speaks the native language. The pay is not all that bad for working only for 8 months. I am thinking about submitting my resume, if I get hire on then I probably consider taking a leave of absence for a year. This way if I don’t really like it in Laos, I can always move back to the States.
Community Liaison Manager, Lao PRD (fixed term, 8 months)
Job type: Contract Salary: $40.000 – $50.000
Organisation: MAG (Mines Advisory Group)
MAG has worked in Lao PDR since 1994 and currently conducts unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance in the provinces of Xieng Khouang and Khammouane, During 2011 MAG Lao is participating in a national project led by the National Regulatory Authority (NRA) for the UXO/Mine Action Sector in Lao PDR, to develop and trial a district focused approach to UXO survey. This survey aims to define the UXO threat and impact in the most severely affected districts, leading to the development of an informed clearance plan linked to district and village development needs. MAG Lao will initially pilot the survey approach in one district in Khammouane province, with the likelihood that the survey will then be expanded to two additional districts in Khammouane and one district in Xieng Khouang.
We are currently seeking a Community Liaison Manager to join our programme in Lao PRD and to support the development and implementation of the survey. Reporting to the Technical Operations Manager, and supported by our Regional CL Managers, the successful candidate will be responsible for supporting the implementation of the pilot survey in UXO contaminated areas in the country and for providing formal and on-the-job training to the national survey teams. The role will involve close liaison and coordination with national and local authorities and other UXO operators, and regular monitoring and quality assurance. .
The successful candidate will have experience of conducting non-technical survey and well developed data collection skills including interviewing, observation and participatory approaches such as focus groups and community mapping. They will be familiar with working in an advisory role, mentoring and coaching field teams and undertaking regular monitoring and quality assurance. They will also have the ability to collect, review and manage large amounts of data.
This is an exciting opportunity to join one of MAG’s longest running programmes, in a role where your work will support the life-saving operations that MAG carries out in Laos.
Previous experience of working in Lao PRD and a basic level of competence with the Lao language is desirable, but is not essential.
for further information about this role, and details of how to apply, please visit our website at www.maginternational.org by the closing date of 20 February.