Component leader (m/f/d) “Support to the Lao-EU FLEGT process”

5 October 2018 Jobs

Component leader (m/f/d) “Support to the Lao-EU FLEGT process”

within the project "Protection and Sustainable Use of Forest Ecosystems and Biodiversity" in Laos

As a federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.

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  • Assignment period:
    12/01/2018 - 03/31/2021
  • Field:
    Forestry, Biodiversity, Oceans
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  • Application deadline:

Job description

The project “Protection and Sustainable Use of Forest Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Laos (ProFEB)” promotes good forest governance and effective management of protected areas, with the aim to curb drivers for deforestation and loss of biodiversity. The project develops solutions for reducing illegal logging as well as illegal timber trade and associated forest degradation and conversion, and to prevent timber smuggling and poaching in protected areas. The knowledge and awareness of government officials and the population in target areas with respect to the protection and sustainable management of natural resources and a fundamental change in the value systems are being fostered. Cornerstone of the programme is the effort to increase and improve collaboration between government authorities and non-state actors in order to protect and sustainably use forest ecosystems and biodiversity by institutionalizing models of cooperation between different stakeholders. The FLEGT component focusses on strengthening forest governance and transparency regarding the management of natural forest resources through the support of the Lao-EU FLEGT process. To that end, dialogue processes between different stakeholders (government, civil society, wood-processing industry) in Laos and the political negotiations between the European Commission and the Lao side are being supported.

Your tasks

  • Implementation responsibility for the component
  • Disciplinary supervision of international and national staff as well as development advisors
  • Technical, conceptual and organizational implementation of activities
  • Organisation of capacity building measures for partner organisations
  • Design, management and monitoring of activities
  • Organisation and implementation of project events
  • Public relations, communication and knowledge management

Your profile

  • Degree in Forestry, Wood Engineering or another relevant field
  • Business-fluent English skills (C2). Business-fluent German skills are an asset
  • At least 4 years of work experience in project management within the context of international development cooperation
  • At least 4 years of work experience in the field of forest governance, ideally FLEGT, in Asia if possible
  • At least 10 years of work experience; management and leadership experience in complex projects are an asset
  • Profound communication skills; political sensitivity, experience and diplomatic skills when interacting with political decision-makers
  • Intercultural competence and sensitivity, conceptual and process-oriented thinking
  • Proven organizational, coordination and leadership competency

Location information

In general, living and working in Laos is safe. Petty crime in bigger cities such as Vientiane and Luang Prabang, and in highly frequented, touristy places such as Vang Vieng is on the rise.

Medical care is good. International hospitals are accessible in Thailand. Good international school available in Vientiane.


The willingness to travel to project districts is a prerequisite.

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GIZ would like to increase the proportion of employees with disability, both in Germany and abroad. Applications from persons with disabilities are most welcome.

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