RECOFTC Job Vacancy: Project Coordinator – Bangkok, Thailand

Posting Job


November 19, 2018

Expired Job


June 26, 2019



The Center for People and
Forests (RECOFTC) holds a unique and important place in the world of
forestry. It is the only international not-for-profit organization that
specializes in capacity development for community forestry and devolved
forest management whilst taking a landscape approach to natural resource
management. The Center engages in strategic networks and effective
partnerships with governments, nongovernment organizations, civil
society, the private sector, local people, and research and educational
institutes throughout the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. With over 30
years of international experience and a dynamic approach to capacity
development—involving research, analysis and synthesis; strategic
communication; training and learning networks; and piloting and
demonstrating – The Center delivers innovative solutions for people and
To address the needs and challenges of the Asia-Pacific
region, the Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) has developed an
innovative new strategy (2018-2023) to help local people find solutions
together with government, the private sector, development partners,
local institutes, academia, media and others. Building on its previous
strategic phases, the 2018–2023 Strategic Plan puts people at the center
of change, by empowering communities, governments and the private
sector with rights, opportunities for dialogue, networking, technical
expertise, tools and knowledge. The Center’s results will help nearly 5
million people in and near forest landscapes live more equitably, with
dignity and greater empowerment to protect themselves from the
injustices of poverty and environmental degradation.
Non State Actors’ (NSA) voices for improved forest governance in the
Mekong region (also known as Voice for Mekong Forests – V4MF) – a five
year (2017-2021) project funded by European Union (EU) aligns well with
the new strategic plan of the Center. In partnership with WWF, NEPCon,
EWMI-ODI as well as NGO Forum (Cambodia), LBA (Lao PDR), MERN (Myanmar),
Raks Thai (Thailand) and PanNature (Viet Nam) the project aims to
strengthen the capacity of NSAs for improved forest governance in the
Mekong region. Besides these national and partners, the project also
coordinates with affiliate partners –EFI, FAO, ADPC’s SERVIR-Mekong,
The project is soon entering into its third year of implementation beginning January 2019.
overarching rationale of the project is that for forests to be
sustained, forest landscape governance must be based on principles of
inclusivity, requiring effective participation of NSAs. The project
recognizes that many initiatives from sub-national to the global level
offer opportunities for NSAs to become actively involved in
government-led forest landscape dialogues and decision-making processes.
The project therefore leverages and contributes to these initiatives,
particularly the European Union’s Forest Law Enforcement Governance and
Trade – Voluntary Partnership Agreements (FLEGT-VPA) and Reducing
Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+), by helping
to ensure they are built on multi-stakeholder processes, and that NSAs,
particularly civil society have the capacity to effectively engage on
issues, present their concerns to policy makers, and organize themselves
to share information and strengthen negotiating positions.
project is working on regional, national and landscape levels,
recognizing that efforts to address the challenges facing forest
governance in the region need to take a holistic approach. The
trans-boundary focus of the project covers three landscapes across five
countries. These landscapes are home to many forest dependent
communities, and among the most biodiverse in the region, providing a
range of ecosystem services. Aligning with the Center’s new strategic
plan (2018-23), V4MF project is one of the organization’s most important
projects that is aimed to contribute substantially to achieve the
targets set under all four strategic goals of the plan – Goal 1:
Landscape Collaboration in Changing Climate; Goal 2: Governance and
Conflict Transformation; Goal 3: Private Sector Engagement and
Enterprising Communities and Goal 4: Social Inclusion, Gender Equity and
Public Action. Below listed transboundary landscapes of the project are
the key landscapes where the Center has planned for its programmatic
activities under these strategic goals of the new strategic plan:
  • Dawna Tenasserim Transboundary Landscape (DTL) – covering Tanintharyi
    Nature Reserve (Myanmar) and Western Forest Complex (Thailand)
  • Northern Thailand – Lao PDR Transboundary Landscape (NTLL) – covering
    DoiPhuKha National Park (Thailand) and Bokeo and Xayabury provinces (Lao

  • Viet Nam – Lao PDR – Cambodia Transboundary Landscape (VLCL)
    – covering: a) Eastern Plains Landscape (Cambodia bordering with Viet
    Nam); b) Quang Nam province, Central Annamites; Kon Tum province,
    Central Highlands (Viet Nam bordering Cambodia and Lao PDR); and c)
    XePian and Dong Amphan National Biodiversity Conservation Areas (Lao

The Center is currently seeking a qualified dynamic candidate
with proven leadership, experience with financial and project management
oversight to work as the Project Coordinator, directly reporting to the
Director of Program Coordination and Technical Services (PCTS) Unit.
The successful applicant will be based at the Center for People and
Forests’ regional office in Bangkok, Thailand with frequent travels to
the Mekong Countries. The project is entering into its third year and
assuming that delivery goes according to plan, project funding is
secured through the end of 2021.
Project Coordinator will work closely with program staff from other
units, including Corporate Services, PCTS, Monitoring, Evaluation and
Learning (ME&L) and Knowledge Management and Strategic
Communications (KMSC). The Project Coordinator is responsible for the
overall planning and management, performance, including fiscal
efficiency of the project, and progress reporting to the project’s donor
The main tasks of the Project Coordinator will include but not limited to the following:

Project Management and Leadership
  • With technical support from regional program staff and Director of PCTS
    unit, provide leadership and guidance to project implementing
    consortium in each country to achieve project’s outcomes and outputs,
    especially using financial controls to incentivize actions;
  • Identify project coordination challenges and effectively address them in
    a timely manner to avoid any delays in project delivery and ensure
    fiscal efficiency;
  • Provide leadership to country offices and
    partners to organize regular coordination meetings among themselves and
    regularly update representatives from states and EU delegates in the
    country about the progress of the project;
  • Coordination, including
    providing timely guidance to project teams at national level and
    regional partners for developing annual work plans and quarterly budgets
    for project implementation and monitor the disbursement of the project
    funds and their efficient utilization by country program teams and
    partner organizations;
  • Support the PCTS Unit Director to mobilize
    technical support for the project from RECOFTC staff and partner
    organizations in order to ensure quality delivery of the project’s
    outputs and activities;
  • Liaise with program and project teams
    within the Center to ensure that V4MF project’s outputs and activities
    are synergized and aligned to contribute to achieving the Center’s
    strategic goals;
  • Work closely with the Senior Strategic Advisor of
    the Center and ensure his support for the project to effectively
    coordinate with each of the Advisory Groups that are coordinating the
    achievement of the Center’s Strategic Goals;
Fiscal Controls and Management
  • Work closely with Center’s Corporate Service team at the regional
    office and Administrative and Finance Officers of the country program
    offices and partner organizations to monitor the fiscal operations of
    the project and provide immediate support in case of any deviations in
    the fiscal operations of the project;
  • Regularly liaise with donor
    organization and its representative to ensure compliance with all
    financial regulations and reporting requirements of the project;

  • Ensure timely reporting from country offices and partner organizations
    in order to submit annual narrative and fiscal progress reports to donor
    organization without delay;

Knowledge Management and Strategic Communication
  • Supervise the execution of communication plan for the project in close coordination with the KMSC Unit; 
  • Provide guidance for documenting best practices learned from the
    project and inputs for planning and designing the knowledge management
    system of the project through learning interventions and relevant
    communication tools;

  • Support the V4MF Communication Officer to
    coordinate closely with other project leads of the Center. Liaise with
    country program staff and partner organizations to develop, produce, and
    disseminate a series of knowledge products both in English and the five
    local languages for the project to effectively disseminate products to
    larger audiences;

Strengthening Partnerships
  • Strengthen
    partnerships with national and regional partner organizations of the
    project to support and amplify the project’s on the ground achievements
    and impacts;
  • Guide development of capacity development programs for
    NSAs and oversee its execution to ensure sustainability of the improved
    forest governance in project countries;

  • Engage with other relevant
    project and program partners in the region, including project
    affiliates, and project countries to ensure synergies and strengthen
    sustainability potential of the project;

The Project Coordinator will have the following essential and desirable qualifications and experience:
  • Master in international development and relationships, or business administration
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in implementing and monitoring budgets on
    multi-country projects preferably on natural resource management,
    including FLEGT, REDD+, climate change and related topics in Asia
    Pacific region
  • Proven track record in project management, including
    planning and funding/financial management and monitoring with strong
    work ethics
  • Strong team building, leadership, and networking abilities
  • Fluent written and spoken English.
  • Willingness to work in the Center’s regional office in Bangkok with
    frequent travel throughout the five Mekong countries for project
    coordination and fiscal oversight with RECOFTC offices and implementing
  • Experience in natural resource management especially in the Mekong Sub-region.
  • Good facilitation and training skills.
  • Knowledge of one or more regional languages, especially those of Mekong countries.
  • Good understanding of the role for Private Sector Engagement in Sustainable Forest Management
  • Awareness on importance of gender equity and social inclusion in natural resource management and development sector
addition to job specific skills and experience, the applicant should
possess the following characteristics (including attitudes and skills)
  • Interpersonal communication skills, individually and in-groups, with an
    ability to work as an active member of teams. This implies flexibility
    and open-mindedness
  • Possess leadership personality, and able to take on and solve problems quickly and efficiently;
  • Hands-on experience and able to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Initiative and ability to make informed independent judgments which is consistent with an overall team approach
  • Ability to work in a variety of cultural and institutional contexts
candidates are requested to submit CV and a cover letter indicating why
they are suitable for this position along with salary requirements and
current contact details of three referees, including recent supervisors
to Please quote the position title in the subject line
of the email. Only short-listed candidates will be notified. The Center
has a competitive compensation package. However, offers shall be based
on salary history, relevant experience and qualifications of the
selected candidate.
shall not be discriminated due to ethnicity, religion, age,
nationality, physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity,
color, marital status, medical condition, or any other classification
protected by RECOFTC’s values and code of conduct. Reasonable
accommodation may be made so that qualified disabled applicants can
partake in the application process. Women are strongly encouraged to
apply. Please inform the Center’s Human Resources Office in writing of
any special needs at the time of application.

The Center for People
and Forests (RECOFTC) is an equal opportunity employer and the
successful candidate will be selected based on merit.
The Center
retains the right to offer this position at a job grade relevant to the
qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.
Closing Date: 10 December 2018
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