Senior Project Officer


Senior Project Officer  (220008P6)

The role

We are currently looking for Senior Project Officer based in Meun District, Vientiane Province

Role Purpose

The Senior Project Officer (Senior PO) is based at district level and is responsible for leading a small team of Project Officers (POs) to implement USAID Learn to Read reading improvement activities for Pre-Primary, Grade 1 and Grade 2 across all schools in the district. S/he serves as the main contact with the DESB office of MoES, as well as coordinating the work of the POs with school principals, village leaders and school teachers at schools in their respective areas. The Senior PO works closely with the Provincial Manager and POs to ensure adherence to the project design, and demonstrate a solution oriented approach to challenges encountered in the district. The Senior PO collaborates with the Professional Development Coordinator and Community Engagement Coordinator to serve as a technical resource for literacy improvement and community engagement, and collaborates with DESB technical staff and POs to provide trainings to teachers and school principals. The Senior PO reports to the Provincial Manager of the Learn to Read project.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.


Child Safeguarding

  • Ensure they and their team fully understand the provisions of the Child Safeguarding Policy, the Code of Conduct and Local/Country Procedures.
  • Conduct themselves and ensure their team conduct themselves in accordance with the rules of the Child Safeguarding Policy, in their personal and professional lives – which includes reporting suspicions of child abuse.
  • That child safeguarding is integrated and given a “voice” in all management processes including recruitment, induction, performance management, team meetings, annual planning processes, field level monitoring, etc.

Management, Planning and Coordination

  • Lead and monitor the ongoing implementation of Learn to Read reading improvement activities across the district, ensuring timely, efficient and well-planned implementation of activities in coordination with MoES DESB technical staff.
  • Lead and monitor the district Learn to Read budget expenditure and ensuring all the advances/claims issue and clearance in timely, efficient and well-planned laisoning with Admin and Finance Officer at provincial level.
  • Lead the district Project Officers (POs) to prepare and submit required monthly project reports to the Provincial Manager in combined with the government report.
  • Lead POs in activity implementation and provide coaching support to POs on a monthly basis or more frequently as needed.
  • Act as primary liaison between Provincial Manager, Professional Development Coordinator, Community Engagement Coordinator at the province, as well as the DESB technical staff in the district office and other local government counterparts as needed, to communicate project updates, delays, changes, and concerns.
  • Lead and facilitate the Project Officers in monthly meetings to review the progress against plans, find the solutions to the problems, share lessons learnt, exchange expertise across the programs, and to motivate and encourage teamwork.
  • Participate in 1:1 meetings with supervisor. Conduct 1:1 meeting with POs and conduct performance review with POs.
  • Participate in quarterly meetings, semi-annual meetings and annual meetings with the district and provincial government education officials, including discussions on sustainability.
  • Work with POs to collect success stories and photos for donor reporting.
  • Participate in program capacity building as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Provincial Manager.

Technical Support

  • Spend approximately 30% of working hours travelling with DESB technical staff and POs to conduct school visits to support, observe, demonstrate, and coach the school principals, PP, G1 and G2 teachers to ensure they understand & apply the components of Learn to Read’s reading support.
  • Participate in Learn to Read meetings, trainings, workshops, literacy events, parent meeting, community activities and other events.
  • Support DESB technical staff and POs to facilitate trainings to Pre-Primary, G1 and G2 teachers and school principals.
  • Give regular to support school principals, in collaboration with DESB technical staff and POs, to coach them on ways to maintain support for students’ reading improvement, ensuring longer term sustainability of Learn to Read outcomes within schools in the district.

MEAL Support

  • Collaborate with the Provincial Manager to ensure POs follow the agreed MEAL protocols for completing, checking, collecting and submitting all monitoring forms in a timely manner.
  • Work with MEAL team to act as point of contact for follow-up of expected forms and queries
  • Act as site manager for MEAL forms during trainings or meetings at district level, coordinating with the Provincial Manager to submit attendance forms to MEAL staff as agreed.
  • Support on tracking and coordinating with DESB to manage the materials distribution and ensuring schools receive books and classroom materials at the appropriate time.

Dual mandate:

  • During an emergency, contribute to rapid assessment and response as needed.


  • Bachelor degree in Education, development management or related field

Experience and Skills


  • Minimum of 3 years work experience with in development project, preferably in education.
  • Experience in MEAL systems with in development project
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively in team situations
  • Good training and facilitation skills
  • Good written and communication skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills and a team player.
  • Ability to travel to target schools in agreed district.
  • Good computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel and internet-related applications;


  • Teaching experience well preferred.
  • Prior experience working with schools, teachers, administrators and government officials, particularly at pre-primary and primary school level.
  • Strong knowledge of approaches to language and reading education.
  • Good computer use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Effectiveness in working or volunteering in a non-profit organization that is focused on maintaining high quality work and low overhead.

Contract length: Fixed term

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Interested candidates please submit a full application using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document including contact details of three professional referees (current and last line managers and HR department). Please also include details of your salary expectations and a copy of your ID card. Please note that we will require a copy of your Criminal Records (ໃບແຈ້ງໂທດ) later.

Closing date for applications is: 8 December 2022. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Save the Children International is a child-rights based organization. Safe recruitment is central to the safeguarding of children and young people that we come into contact with, and support through our programmes.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Save the children is an equal opportunities employer, qualified females, persons with disability and candidates from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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: Vientiane Province

Employee Status

: Fixed Term

Closing Date

: Nov 26, 2022