This position will be located in Laos and work under the supervision of and be supported by the World Renew Laos Country Representative who will provide coaching and mentoring input. As the advisor to either the Xieng Khouang or Phongsaly integrated rural community development projects, the incumbent will also function as the supervisor to about 20 Lao staff, including the project manager. The focus of the position will be building the capacity of village development committees, support communities to advance health (e.g. nutrition training, health and hygiene promotion, training of village health volunteers and so forth) initiatives and assist with education and agriculture objectives such as diversification of income from cash crops, improved livestock production and so forth, as set by villagers.
As a Program Advisor, this position is responsible to ensure that the position priorities and the in-country strategies are in alignment with World Renew’s Long-Range Plan.
Work with World Renew program staff on an integrated project in either Xieng Khouang or Phongsaly:
Work as a trainer/capacity builder/coach of Lao project staff to improve the quality and quantity of outcomes and impact
Visit village work regularly with project staff, doing this effectively requires learning the Lao language and culture so that our work engages the community members. This also requires using motorcycles and staying overnight in remote villages for a minimum of one week per month
Assist in community-level project monitoring and evaluation that supports further improvements to the participatory village planning and organizing process, including integrating how communities assess their own community capacity indicators
Provide support as needed to develop the monitoring and evaluation, planning and reporting requirements of multiple project donors
Develop the process of transformational values dialogue; form and pilot test various approaches with the staff
Provide expertise in the area of behavior change and communication for all sectors
Provide leadership and expertise in one of the specific project sectors of agriculture or health or community capacity building
Work with the project team to identify creative solutions for working in ethnic minority villages where Lao language is limited especially among women, including deepening understanding of worldview, culture and traditional arts
Providing input including advice and trainings, to other projects when requested. This includes spending approximately 2 weeks every two months with staff at project locations
Finalize plans, reports and narratives as required with a focus on doing this with the World Renew-Laos staff so that staff capacity is built-up in the areas of collecting and analyzing data and report writing
Set one’s own performance goals and review one’s own progress towards those goals on a six month basis in consultation and support by one’s supervisor
Facilitate visits by donor representatives and/or home office staff and constituents as needed
While this position will not have direct decision-making responsibility over project activities, it will be responsible for contributing to improving development programs. Influence will depend on an ability to build trust cross-culturally.
Mature Christian committed to serving Jesus Christ and able to maintain close faith ties with the Lord though small group Bible study-worship groups, and by personal devotions. There are not large, established Christian churches
Compassionate, respectful of other cultures and emotionally stable. Having a curiosity to learn and understand very different cultures and worldviews that may be antagonistic to one’s own beliefs and values. Within this context, be a catalyst both respecting the cultural differences of others while also being able to provoke critical reflection on aspects of the others’ culture that are not in conformity with Biblical values