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Technical Advisor Teaching Quality and Employment

Job title

Technical Advisor Teaching Quality and Employment

Short description

HELVETAS Laos is looking for a Lao National to work with the “Support to the Reform of the Luang Prabang Agriculture and Forestry College” (SURAFCO) Project funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). SURAFCO supports the sector-specific “Strategy for Reform in the Agriculture and Forestry Colleges towards 2020 in Lao PDR” of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) in Laos, with the goal to improve the mid and high-level diploma college education.


Luang Prabang, with frequent travel to 4 Agriculture and Forestry Colleges under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) in Thangon, Bolikhamxay, Savannakhet, Champasak.

Duration of contract

4 years

Date of entry

As soon as possible


The project officer will support planning and implementation of SURAFCO project activities in close collaboration with the 5 Agriculture and Forestry Colleges of MAF, the MAF roadmap taskforce in Vientiane, and the SURAFCO team. Main fields of work include:


1)   Support strengthening of teaching quality, teaching methods and didactics, and curriculum, and linking the teaching and learning to the labour market: Work closely with all colleges, in the development of didactical teams to strengthen teaching methods, mentoring of new or junior teachers, teaching observations and feedback sharing. Strengthen capacities of teaching staff for the implementation of practical teaching, student centered and skills based teaching, and methodology for theoretical/practical exams. Help develop and strengthen teaching contents. 


2)   Support Career Counselling activities and help prepare rollout of approaches and tools: Coach and support Career Counselling Units to implement employment and labor market related activities. Review and help strengthen guidance material for students on how to write a CV, conduct job interviews, on job application processes, how to establish an own business, and access to finance. Work closely with CCU teams to establish network of potential employers, implement job fairs at the colleges, and conduct tracer studies.


The Technical Advisor will regularly work with teachers and staff from the Norther Agriculture and Forestry College in Luang Prabang to prepare the roll out of methods and tools to the other 4 colleges, implement and facilitate workshops and trainings sessions, and monitor progress with all colleges and provide coaching support where necessary. The Advisor will also closely work with the Division of College Management at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Lao-English-Lao translation will be regularly required during workshops with external partners or non Lao speaking contributors.



-      Bachelor in Education, Social Sciences, Agriculture and Forestry or other relevant field, with at least 8 years relevant experience; Master Degree preferred.

-      Min 8 years working experience in the fields of Education, Human Resource or Business, Agriculture & Forestry or similar, of which 3 years in development projects.

-      Very good language skills in Lao and English (spoken and written).

-      Experience in adult education, training, curriculum development.

-      Knowledge of didactics and teaching methods, especially student centered teaching.

-      Sound understanding of the job market in Agriculture & Forestry in Laos.

-      Work experience in coordination and collaboration with Government authorities.

-      Experience in facilitation of workshops and trainings.

-      Self-directed, reliable, accountable, professional; effective coordination & good communication; Honest, approachable, committed & dynamic worker, high team spirit.



-      Work experience in iNGO/local NGO environment; Work experience in private sector, or in small business development; Experience in job counselling services would be a clear advantage.

Application address

Please submit your electronic application with a short letter of interest and a CV (2 pages maximum) by email to


23 November 2016


Detailed job description; Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview; Attractive salary and benefit package for the right candidate as per the HELVETAS Laos Policies and Procedures

HELVETAS is a gender, culture, race, creed, political and religion neutral organization, promoting inclusion and tolerance, respect and fair treatment for and between all employees, partners, contributors, participants and beneficiaries. Women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Nov 23rd 2016

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