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Vacancy #:   5709
Unit:   Lao PDR Country Office
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Lao PDR Country Office, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic
Reporting to:   Water & Wetlands Programme Officer
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   I
Expected start date:   05 August 2021
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (4 months)
Closing date:   28 July 2021
This is a local search of young talent and only nationals or individuals holding the appropriate visa of the duty station (Lao PDR) are eligible to apply.

This internship aims to offer students undergoing graduate or post-graduate studies a meaningful work experience by supplementing their learning through a practical and on-the-job training approach. In doing so, the intern’s knowledge is supplemented through a practical learning experience while IUCN derives some level of advantage from the young professional’s services as well as the possibility of gaining new perspectives from the intern.
The intern will be based in the Country Program Office in Vientiane Capital, with frequent travel to the provinces. He/she will work closely with the Water & Wetlands Program Officer on CEPF and McConnel projects, BEC core team and Head of Office on supporting technical tasks and local partners’ coordination. He/she will be responsible for supporting coordination and implementing field activities under the Biodiversity, Environment & Communities core program area of IUCN Lao PDR and other technical tasks as required.

The main responsibilities are:

1. Supporting coordination with local partners on CEPF and McConnel projects on small grants as required
2. Implementing other technical tasks as requested by the Head of Office and BEC core team


Technical and projects delivery of the Biodiversity, Environment and Communities Programme

1. Providing implementation support to project partners where required.
2. Assist in preparing detailed activity plans for project field activities.
3. Assist visits by the project coordinator, government officials and consultants in their studies, meetings and program activities including translating, interpreting, where necessary.
4. Following formal procedures within IUCN and to meet government requirements in order to implement field activities.
5. Translating project outputs from English to Lao and vice versa as required.
6. Conduct other activities including joint delivery of outputs with other project staff as required to meet the project objectives.
7. Deliver technical support to our project partners and relevant stakeholders
8. Carry out desk-based research and literature review on relevant technical project based activities

Technical support in Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting

1. Assist W&W Programme Officer in regular communication with partners to identify project support needs and support on reporting project progress.
2. Assist in resolving issues and problems as they arise and seek support from higher management and team as necessary
3. Support BEC core team in drafting technical reports, studies and obtaining relevant information from local partners
4. Follow up with local partners to ensure timely delivery of BEC projects, particularly for CEPF and McConnel projects
5. Assist Head of Office in compiling & drafting technical reports from IUCN team members for monthly technical progress reports

Institutional tasks

1. Ensure that project office and field operations are conducted to a high level of health, safety, integrity, environmental good practice and cultural sensitivity. This includes ensuring that field medical kits are in good order and taken out on every field trip
2. Ensure that IUCN policies and guidelines are followed within the implementation of project activities.


1. Undertake any other tasks as may be assigned by, and mutually agreed with the line manager


• Facilitate the project activities of UCN Laos through the preparation of detailed activity planning, communicating with partners, government officials, and consultants.
• Project support needs are identified, issues or problems arisen can be managed properly using effective solutions
• Project technical reports drafted and reviewed
• Monthly technical reports prepared by IUCN teams are collected and submitted to HO in a timely manner
• Relevant workshops and meetings attended and reports prepared
• Project activities implemented as required by supervisor
• IUCN policies and guidelines and government requirements are followed within the implementation of project activities
  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate university programme (e.g., Bachelors or its equivalent) and not have graduated from it; or be enrolled in a graduate university programme and not have graduated from it. Be in a “gap year” between studies with a clear goal of returning to complete or initiate studies at the end of the “gap year/period”.

• Good understanding of IUCN’s mission;

• Ability of preparing draft technical report;

• Personal flexibility and high motivation;

• Good command of English and Lao;

• Good skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button.

Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

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