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Project Coordinator - Voices for Mekong and Forest (V4MF) Project, Thailand Country Program


Organization : The Center for People and Forests
Type : Nonprofits / องค์กรไม่แสวงหาผลกำไร
Date : 7 May 2019
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Deadline : 21 / May / 2019

The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) holds a unique and important place in the world of forestry. It is the only international not‐for‐profit organization that specializes in capacity development for community forestry and devolved forest management whilst taking a landscape approach to natural resource management. The Center engages in strategic networks and effective partnerships with governments, nongovernment organizations, civil society, the private sector, local people, and research and educational institutes throughout the Asia‐Pacific region and beyond. With over 30 years of international experience and a dynamic approach to capacity development—involving research, analysis and synthesis; strategic communication; training and learning networks; and piloting and demonstrating - The Center delivers innovative solutions for people and forests.


To address the needs and challenges of the Asia‐Pacific region, The Center for People and Forest (RECOFTC) has developed an innovative new strategy (2018-2023) to help local people find solutions together with government, the private sector, development partners, local institutes, academia, media and others. Building on its previous strategic phases, the 2018–2023 Strategic Plan puts people at the center of change, by empowering communities, governments and the private sector with rights, opportunities for dialogue, networking, technical expertise, tools and knowledge. The Center’s results will help nearly 5 million people in and near forest landscapes live more equitably, with dignity and greater empowerment to protect themselves from the injustices of poverty and environmental degradation.


The Center is currently seeking a qualified candidate to work as Project Coordinator under Thailand Country Program for The Voices for Mekong Forests (V4MF) Project. The successful applicant will be based at the regional office in Bangkok, Thailand. The contract duration is for 12 months with a possibility of extension subject to the satisfactory performance and project funding availability.



The Voices for Mekong Forests (V4MF) Project is an European Union (EU) funded project. The overarching rationale of the project is that for forests to be sustainably managed, Non State Actors (NSA) must have the capacity to organize themselves to share information, strengthen their negotiating positions and effectively present their concerns and solutions to policy-makers. The project contributes to the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade - Voluntary Partnership Agreements (FLEGT-VPA) initiative and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), by helping to ensure they are built on multi-stakeholder processes. The overall objective of the five-year (2017-2021) project is that by 2021, empowered and networked NSAs in three transboundary landscapes among five countries in the Mekong Sub-Region assess, monitor and respond appropriately to strengthen forest governance, particularly in FLEGT-VPA and REDD+, and effectively engage in policy processes.








The Project Coordinator will work under supervision of Director, Thailand Country Program in collaboration with the regional V4MF Project Coordinator. His/her main role is to coordinate and take the lead in designing and implementing the project activities according to the project’s scope by focusing on: (i) planning, monitoring and reporting of activities; (ii) leading in key event facilitation; (iii) coordinating with national partners and key stakeholders in the Western Forest Complex (Dawna Tenasserim Transboundary Landscape between Thailand and Myanmar) and the Northern Thailand - Lao PDR Transboundary Landscape; (iv) implementing national activities with the project partners to ensure that the project’s expected results are effectively achieved within the agreed timeline; and (v) managing the project budget according to the donor’s requirements.


The main tasks of the Project Coordinator will include but not be limited to the following:


1)  Project management and coordination

  • Take the lead in developing project annual work plan, quarterly reviews and monthly work plans to ensure that the project implementation leads to the expected results;
  • Supervise the implementation of assignments by the RECOFTC’s teams in two transboundary landscapes and at national level;
  • Line-manage, strengthen the capacity and coach Project Officer(s) according to expected roles and responsibilities;
  • Coordinate and support the implementation of activities and key events with concerned project stakeholders, both at the landscape and national levels;
  • Build beneficial relationships and coordinate with project Partners (incl. Government Counterparts, Affiliates and implementing Partners), relevant national networks and RECOFTC’s Regional Office for the effective and efficient implementation of project activities according to plans;
  • Develop and supervise the implementation of specific TORs.

2)  Fiscal efficiency

  • Develop annual budgets and quarterly Costed Work Plans (CWPs) and verify the accuracy of related expenditures on a monthly basis;
  • Develop and supervise partnership agreements (incl. TORs and Budget) with implementing project partners;
  • Verify and approve budget allocations and related expenditures according to RECOFTC’s procedures and Donor requirements;
  • Enforce RECOFTC’s fiscal policy and practices to maintain transparency and integrity;
  • Enforce RECOFTC’s operation policies and procedures.

3)  Reflective learning, monitoring and reporting

  • Revise and ensure that the project information, database, and activity records are regularly and accurately updated into the respective tracking system;
  • Manage the online monitoring and evaluation systems (EMS-V4MF) in collaboration with the Project Officers;
  • Lead and facilitate project monitoring (incl. progress on results indicators), reflective learning, evaluation and reporting (according to agreed schedules and donor requirements);
  • Ensure required visibility of RECOFTC and the Donor (EU) throughout the project implementation (according to approved Visibility Plan);
  • Represent RECOFTC at national and landscape levels during relevant V4MF events.

4)  Performance enhancement

  • Communicate project implementation issues with the the Thailand Country Program Director and the regional V4MF Project Coordinator (when applicable) in a timely manner;
  • Proactively encourage RECOFTC’s Core Values in staff behaviors and attitudes;
  • Create a strong team environment where members respect each other's differences;
  • Conduct staff bi-annual performance appraisals/reviews within an environment where feedback is valued, acted upon and monitored.


5)  Technical support

  • Design and lead the piloting of the Forest Governance Monitoring System (FGMS), including the baseline data collection and regular updates;
  • In collaboration with the Project team and with support by RECOFTC’s Regional Office (when required), develop agenda and design sessions for meetings, workshops and training;
  • Monitor and analyze trends in forest governance, NSA’s role/space and related national context/policy relevant for the project implementation and the achievement of the expected results;
  • Contribute to required project documentation (including situation analysis, country papers, articles and training materials);
  • Facilitate meetings and training for national and local NSAs on Forest Governance Monitoring System (FGMS);
  • Assist other project activities and duties as needed.



The Project Coordinator will have the following qualifications and experience:



  • A Bachelor Degree in Natural Resource Management, Social Sciences or related fields;
  • Minimum (5) five years of relevant working experience in field of community forestry, research or capacity development;
  • Strong project management and partnership coordination skills;
  • Excellent knowledge and experience working on forest governance, community forestry, other related conservation or development issues;
  • Experience in facilitation of training and multi-stakeholder meeting;
  • Experience in capacity building, mentoring and training of staff;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English and Thai language;
  • Ability to organize and prioritize workload to meet deadlines, often under pressure;
  • Good research and analytical skills;
  • Strong IT skills;
  • Thai nationality



  • Proven understanding of forestry laws and skills in using land use mapping and GIS;
  • Knowledgeable about REDD+ and FLEGT-VPA frameworks;
  • Ability to build strong relations with local and national government and networking with other stakeholders (e.g. NSA actors);
  • Output and outcome/result oriented;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as an active team member and with multiple stakeholders and strategic partners. This implies creativity, flexibility and open‐mindedness;
  • Punctual, efficient, positive attitude, willingness to demonstrate initiative;
  • High level of attention to academic integrity, detail and conscientiousness;
  • Strong commitment, sense of accountability and motivation;
  • Willingness to learn and travel;



In addition to job specific skills and experience, the applicant should possess the following characteristics (including attitudes and skills)

  • Possess leadership personality, and able to take on and solve problems quickly and efficiently;
  • Initiative and ability to make informed independent judgments which is consistent with an overall team approach;
  • Have good understanding on and attitudes towards SIGE elements in the workplace and in performing tasks;
  • Ability to work effectively in a multicultural work environment with colleagues of different nationalities and cultures.


Interested candidates are requested to submit CV and a cover letter indicating why they are suitable for this position along with salary requirements and current contact details of three referees, including recent supervisors to Please quote the position title in the subject line of the email. Only short-listed candidates will be notified. The Center has a competitive compensation package. However, offers shall be based on salary history, relevant experience and qualifications of the selected candidate.

To learn more about RECOFTC, please visit our website

Applicants shall not be discriminated due to ethnicity, religion, age, nationality, physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by RECOFTC’s values and code of conduct. Reasonable accommodation may be made so that qualified disabled applicants can partake in the application process. Women are strongly encouraged to apply. Please inform the Center’s Human Resources Office in writing of any special needs at the time of application.

The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) is an equal opportunity employer and the successful candidate will be selected based on merit.


The Center retains the right to offer this position at a job grade relevant to the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.

Contact :

ผู้ประสานงาน / Coordinator


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