Laos nationals: WASH/GESI Advisor

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation

Vientiane, Laos 🇱🇦

Company Description

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation that makes a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty by helping them raise incomes and access basic services. We focus on three sectors – agriculture, energy, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) – and have a long-term, local presence in 24 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Our team of approximately 1,300 people is the backbone of SNV. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organisation that uses project financing to implement our mission. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence.

SNV’s 2030 strategy aims to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through effective programme delivery and influencing, with a central focus on transforming agri-food, energy, and water systems to enable sustainable and more equitable lives for all. We position ourselves as a learning organisation striving for excellence and invest in making knowledge flow to and from the frontline.

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Project Background

Climate Resilient Rural WASH (CRWASH), Water for Women (WfW) Project is a project funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and implemented by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation. The goal of the project is to contribute to improved health, gender equality, social inclusion and well-being of 230,000 people in 3 districts of Savannakhet Province by equitably increasing access and use of safe sanitation and hygiene, for all via building capacity of governments and other key stakeholders to achieve these outcomes.

The second phase of the project will concentrate efforts on building climate resilience into existing improvements in sanitation and water systems, whilst enhancing efforts towards gender equity, disability and social inclusion (GESI). Activities will centre on building the capacity of local governments and/or key stakeholders to deliver outputs in communities, schools and health care facilities.

Objective of this position:

The WASH/GESI Advisor will assist the day-to-day implementation of the WASH activities in line with the annual plan, plus provide technical support and guidance to the team in Savannakhet on WASH and GESI project activities as well as liaising with national level key stakeholders under Ministry of Health.

Job Description

  • Coordinate with field staff to develop, document (Lao and English) and deliver to the Water Sector Leader and relevant authorities a monthly work plan
  • Coordinate with field staff to develop, document (Lao and English) and deliver to the Water Sector Leader and relevant authorities monthly project monitoring datasets
  • Assist in the compilation of monthly technical reports, program documents and budgets
  • Prepare activity advances and settlements
  • Provide technical guidance, training and support on WASH and GESI components to field staff
  • Assist communications team in delivering relevant summaries for external publication (eg social media, etc)
  • Supervise and contribute to the success of WASH activities implementation and perform any other duties as requested by Water Sector Leader


Education: Bachelor’s degree in WASH, public health, GESI, engineering or a similar relevant field.

Experience and Skills:

  • At least 3 years’ experience working in donor funded projects
  • Previous experience in community-based water, sanitation programs
  • Knowledge and experience in sub-national coordination mechanisms, governance, and policy dialogues
  • Pro-active attitude and results orientation but also patience and ability to work well in cross-cultural teams
  • Excellent coordination, organisation/prioritisation ability, and focused results-focused
  • Strong teamwork and coaching orientation
  • Good English language (spoken and written)
  • Ability to write clear, effective project reports
  • Good computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)

Additional Information

Reporting: The WASH/GESI Advisor reports to the Water Sector Leader and works in close collaboration with the CRWASH project team, government stakeholders and other relevant project stakeholders.

Assignment Location: The WASH/GESI Advisor shall be based in Vientiane with potential frequent travel to SNV project locations, and potentially elsewhere in the country.

Contract Duration     : Initial 1 year with possibility of extension

Contract Type            : National Employment Contract

Duty Station               : Vientiane Capital, Laos

Working at SNV : SNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and diverse working environment. Our staff benefit from, and contribute to, an internal global network of WATER Sector experts.

How to Apply:

If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV and letter of motivation indicating salary expectations by clicking on the “I’m interested” button before February 19, 2023

SNV is a global organisation committed to bringing together different people, ideas, and perspectives different. We especially invite women to submit their applications to increase the number of women in SNV leadership positions.  

We will require that you provide us with the full details of three people who are willing to act as a reference. We will not contact these references without your explicit permission.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

All information will be in the strictest confidence. 

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