Health Poverty Action Vacancy: Rural Livelihoods Program Manager - Savannakhet Province
Rural Livelihoods Program Manager (International position)
Based in Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR

Health Poverty Action (HPA) is an international NGO (UK Registered Charity Number 290535) which has been working in Laos since 1994. Prior to 2011 we were operating under the name Health Unlimited.

The Rural Livelihoods Program Manager will lead and steer the implementation of the Social Protection Activity (SPA) and Livelihoods for the Poor activities in Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR. The Programme is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The Program Manager will play an instrumental role in managing and motivating the project team and ensuring timely and quality implementation of the program. The overall purpose of the program is to provide enhanced livelihood opportunities for vulnerable families in rural areas through the provision of productive assets, increased access to markets and access to financial literacy training. The Rural Livelihoods Program Manager reports directly to the HPA Country Director and will have management and oversight responsibilities for the Deputy Program Manager, Operations Manager, Administrator, Senior Facilitators and Facilitators.

The position will be based in the provincial capital of Kaysonphonvihan, Savannakhet Province with frequent travel to the HPA Phin District office and the HPA head office in Vientiane.

Roles and Responsibilities
  • Managing the effective and efficient delivery of project outcomes that meet beneficiaries’ needs and comply with program guidelines
  • Effective monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the SPA activities; managing all components of program effectiveness
  • Management and oversight of implementation teams and  the provision of support for the Operations Manager
  • Ensure appropriate coordination with the Managing Contractor, including the provision of technical support for quality assurance
  • Managing and developing the project team, including recruiting, training, performance appraisal
  • Monitor project progress against agreed project objectives and activities using appropriate tools, especially the work plans
  • Any other responsibilities as requested by the Country Director
Job Requirements
Essential Requirements:
  • At least 5 years of experience of project management in rural livelihoods, income generation, social protection and development programs
  • Extensive knowledge and skills in project cycle management
  • The ability to develop people and provide oversight for implementation teams
  • The ability to plan, monitor and report on project activities
  • Representational skills, diplomacy and the ability to communicate and negotiate at all levels
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Willingness to live and work in remote areas
Desirable Requirements:
  • Masters level diploma in relative discipline
  • Sound Experience in project management in Laos or countries in South East Asia;
  • Proven management and supervisory experience in motivating and leading multi-disciplinary teams and stakeholders 
  • Proven analytical writing skills, demonstrated leadership, management and coordination skills;
  • Experience working in Lao PDR and the ability to understand and speak Lao is a significant advantage
The salary range for the post is from GBP 25,347 to GBP 28,348 per annum, based on experience and profile of the selected candidate.

Please note that ONLY applications received using the standard HPA Application Form will be considered and applicants must at minimum fulfill the essential person specification requirements and demonstrate the relevance of their previous experience to the Specific Responsibilities as stated in the full Job Description.

The attached Application Form should be sent via e-mail at the following addresses:
The closing date for applications is 1st September 2014

Only short-listed candidates will be notified.