Working in 50 developing countries across Asia, Africa and the Americas, Plan aims to reach as many children as possible, particularly those who are excluded or marginalized with high quality programs that deliver long lasting benefits by increasing its income, working in partnership with others and operating effectively.
Plan has been working in Laos since 2007, and is delivering programs in Bokeo, Oudomxay and Saravane Province. Plan’s focus in Laos is supporting children to access their rights to basic health care, clean water and sanitation and education. Disaster risk reduction is integrated in all the work we do, and Plan is committed to providing disaster response support in case of humanitarian disaster. Plan Laos is a leading INGO in the education and public health sectors in Laos, and leads and participates in a number of civil society and government sectoral working groups.
SUSTOUR is an EU SWITCH financed project designed to promote sustainable consumption and production within the important Lao tourism sector. The project will support Lao tourism companies and their value chains obtain and adhere to Travel Life certification as promoted by the European Centre for Ecological and Agricultural Tourism (ECEAT). The project will be implemented through a partnership between ECEAT, The Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI) and Plan International with Plan Germany as the contract holder with the EU.
The Management support consultant of SUSTOUR will lead this consortium project, and be based in the LNCCI in Vientiane Capital. He/she will be responsible for the delivery of the overall project, coordinating with LNCCI, ECEAT and the EU The Project Manager will play a central role in project start up during an inception period and then lead the project implementation. The project has three outcome areas:
Outcome 1: The Lao tourism supply chain is more sustainable having adopted and replicated Travelife certified SCP practices among tourism SMEs by developing greener products for local supplier MSMEs, as well as sustainable settings for host communities.
Outcome 2: The economic and environmental value of sustainable tourism in Laos is promoted and consumer awareness is raised creating competitive advantages and incentives for Lao tourism SMEs applying SCP practices
Outcome 3: Sustainable Consumption and Production in the tourism sector is advocated by leveraging existing institutions and structures in Laos as well as relevant regional networks and outbound tour operatorsWorking in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, Plan International aims to reach as many children as possible, particularly those who are excluded or marginalised with high quality programs that deliver long lasting benefits. by increasing its income, working in partnership with others and operating effectively.
· Leads the SUSTOUR project in Lao PDR, including start up during the inception period and establishment of all partner / consortium arrangements and project MOU.
· Directly reports to the Country Director of Plan International in Lao PDR
· Coordinates inputs, implementation activities and associated research and monitoring systems of key partners.
· Directly supervises the SUSTOUR staff.
· Coordinates and monitors implementation of activities and shared learning by consortium members.
· Leadership in policy advocacy as relevant to the project.
· Supervises all consortium contracts, and ensures contract compliance with donor and Plan standards and reporting requirements.
· High level engagement with other development partners in the tourism sector to ensure coherence and avoidance of duplication.
· High level engagement with the LNCCI to ensure project activities provide the evidence base for policy decision making.
· Budget management responsibility for the project.
· Experience in working on sustainable tourism in the Laos context.
· Knowledge on monitoring, evaluation and similar levels of experience in implementation.
· Familiarity with the international body of knowledge on sustainable tourism
· Experience in working with the project partners considered an advantage.
· Proven coordination, contract management and supervision skills
· High level conceptual, program implementation and analytical skills
· Planning, budgeting and monitoring experience
· Training and facilitation skills
· Experience of managing/working within multi-stakeholder consortia
· Highly developed partnership brokering skills
· Relevant university degree or higher education in development, social sciences or tourism.
· Proven skills in capacity building of local staff and partners
· Fluent written and spoken English. Lao language skills an advantage.
Period of 4 years employment with anticipated start date of 1st May 2020.