Mekong Institute Vacancy: Program Specialist (SME Development and Trade Facilitation) - Khon Kaen, Thailand

Mekong Institute Vacancy: Program Specialist (SME Development and Trade Facilitation) - Khon Kaen, Thailand
Mekong Institute, GMS Inter Governmental organization located in Khon Kaen, Thailand wishes to appoint one Program Specialist (SME Development & Trade Facilitation) in its Trade and Investment Facilitation Department.

Interested candidates may submit applications and updated CV to and copy to The last date for receiving applications is 12 July 2014. For detailed Terms of Reference (ToR) for this positions, please visit
Trade Facilitation
Position Title: Program Specialist (SME Development and Trade Facilitation)

Reporting to: Trade and Investment Program Manager

Supervise:      Assigned Program Facilitators and other assigned support staff

Location: Khon Kaen, Thailand

Primary Responsibility:
The Program Specialist is responsible for designing, planning, managing and follow up Programs/Projects under his/her designated thematic area (SME development and Trade facilitation) and deputizing T&I Program Manager. MI carryout capacity building for regional cooperation programs in three interrelated models: Learning Program, Research and Policy Dialogue.

  • Advanced Degree or PhD in Economics, Business or Trade.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience preferably in capacity building and training and/or research in SME development and Trade facilitation. 
  • Good understanding of issues related to SME development, WTO, Trade agreements, Trade Policy and GMS economy.
  • Proven experience in SME, Trade capacity building and research.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills in written and verbal English. 
  • Preference will be given to nationals of the GMS countries (Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam)
Key Tasks:

  • Plan, lead and coordinate learning programs, workshops, structured learning visits and seminar under his/her assigned thematic area. 
  • Develop/Formulate new SME development and Trade facilitation program concept, proposals and budget
  • Deputize Program Manager in all administrative matters and automatically become Officer-in-Charge of the T&I Department during the absence of the Manager 
  • Make continuous improvement of all training packages under Trade facilitation  program; design and coordinate program delivery specifications to ensure that high quality training contents and methodologies are delivered together with qualified resource persons (session planning, resource persons, field visits sites, facilitators, on-line training packages, etc.)
  • As team leader/lead facilitator, facilitate all training sessions under his/her thematic area. This includes working with resource persons in preparing session plan and training materials, facilitating learning activities and making synthesis/evaluation of each training session/module. 
  • In collaboration with MI local partners, conduct research on emerging issues related to his/her thematic area and develop case studies to be used in his/her training program.
  • In coordination with M&E officer, design evaluation form, administer pre-test, post-test and on-line evaluation system.
  • In coordination with Information and Knowledge Management Program, complete alumni database and consultant database.
  • Make project completion report, evaluation report and post training follow up activities in accordance with MI standard and/or as required by development partners.
  • Establish and maintain good relationship with MI Coordinating Agents in the GMS countries and concerned development partners and collaborating agencies. 
  • Write trade related information for MI website and contribute to MI publication (Mekong Connection, Course Design Statement, Brochures, etc) 
  • Other related tasks as assigned by T&I Program Manager or MI Director
Salary: MI Offers competitive salary package and benefits.

How to apply:

  • Interested candidates may submit application along with updated CV and samples of relevant research publications to with copy to The last date for receiving applications is 12-07-2014.