Cord is an international peace-building NGO with headquarters in the UK, and with programs in Africa and Asia. Cord builds peace through working in partnership with both civil society and governments in conflictual development contexts, resulting in the increased capacity of individuals, organisations and societies to further their economic and social development and address human development needs. Cord has had a presence in Laos since 2010.
Cord Laos is seeking an external Consultant to be assigned on an EU-funded project (CONNECT) that will run until June 2021. The project is managed as a multi-partner consortium involving Cord, Helvetas, PADETC, and LDA. The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the capacity and conditions through which civil society organisations and local authorities can contribute to the achievement of Laos’ national development goals. The project approach has three elements: firstly, to improve the capacity of CSOs to manage themselves and represent themselves to stakeholders, secondly to enlarge the safe space within which CSOs can come alongside and support one another, and thirdly to increase collaboration between CSOs and Laos. The third component includes a small grants scheme with 6 – 8 small grants in total aimed at demonstrating improved education and/or nutrition outcomes for rural communities. The project is being delivered in four provinces in Lao PDR, with learning and good practice shared at a national level.
The consultant is required to ensure that activities related to the small grant scheme given to third parties are well implemented and to support the local partners and staff assigned to conduct those micro-project activities in a timely and efficient manner.
The consultant is expected to work closely with the (CONNECT) project partners, especially the Field Officers, and will need to maintain good relationships with Cord team members and partners as well as with other civil society organisations, local government and project beneficiaries (communities). He/she is expected to support the Cord Programme Manager in the coordination and implementation of activities related to the small grants, including monitoring and evaluation (M&E) to ensure that progress towards the project’s outcomes are effectively and efficiently measured and documented.
The consultant is expected to be experienced in a range of small grant mechanism (under 30,000 EUR value) and capable of sound diagnosis, critical thinking and analysis, and be flexible, supportive and responsive in service delivery.
2. Location The consultant will be based at Cord Laos office in Vientiane with regular travel to the project provinces.
He/she is responsible for supporting the effective and efficient planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the small grant related activities and ensuring the effective use of the small grants in accordance with the small grant contracts and the CONNECT Project.
5. Conditions and timeframeThe period of the consultation will run from January to August 2020. The consultant is required to work for two to three days per week, with a minimum of 10 days per month. Specific days of the week can be arranged. The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Cord Laos Programme Manager.
6. Fees and paymentTravel outside Vientiane, other administrative costs, and logistical aspects related to travel occurring as part of the consultancy will be arranged with the support of Cord. All other envisaged communication, accommodation, travel costs must be included in the financial proposal and are the consultant’s own responsibility. The payment for the services provided by the Consultant will be made on a monthly basis, as per contract deliverables, upon acceptance by the Programme Manager of monthly reports.
7. Performance evaluationThe Consultant’s performance will be evaluated against criteria including timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. As this is an urgent position, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis therefore, interested candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.