Project Coordinator

About Mekong Institute

Mekong Institute (MI) is an intergovernmental organization owned and operated by the six countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, as well as Yunnan Province and Guangxi Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China) to promote regional development, cooperation, and integration through capacity development programs and projects in the areas of Agriculture Development and Commercialization; Trade and Investment Facilitation; and Innovation and Technological Connectivity.

Work Background

MI with support from the Mekong-Republic of Korea Cooperation Fund (MCKF) will be implementing a three-year project on “Sustainable and Smart Tourism Development in the Mekong Region.” The project intends to promote human resource development to manage growing inbound tourism markets through the adoption of sustainable and smart tourism practices in the Mekong countries namely Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand.

The objective of the project is to introduce smart tourism and shared economy concepts through the innovative and efficient use of endogenous cultural and natural resources, as well as existing human capital. More specifically, the project aims to enhance capacities of tourism-related organizations in government, private sector, and the academe to promote sustainable practices on smart tourism by introducing tools and techniques and facilitating knowledge exchanges, structured learning visits, information-sharing activities, and adaption of best practices.

Specifically, the project seeks to:

  1. create a pool of local experts to train public sector officials responsible for tourism management and other staff in hospitality enterprises
  2. deepen cooperation among communities at the business, social, and personal levels by creating joint tourism niches between towns or municipalities from the Mekong Region countries and Korea
  3. raise public sector official tourism management skills at the municipal, provincial, and national levels
  4. promote exchanges and collaborations to preserve and/or conserve cultural and historic sites through the signing of Memorandums of Understanding or Agreement for twin city development between Mekong Region countries and Korea to implement best practices, as well as to identify and initiate private-public partnership models
  5. stimulate use of Information Communication Technology in the tourism sector and adapt current business models that reflect latest marketing and service trends


The three-year project will deliver four key components:

  1. Korea-Mekong Hospitality Training and Mentoring
  2. Twinning of historical/cultural tourist sites or towns between Korea and Mekong countries
  3. Facilitate Smart Tourism Development in Mekong countries
  4. Monitoring and Evaluation

Scope of Work

MI’s Trade and Investment Facilitation (TIF) Department is seeking a Project Coordinator to assist the TIF team in the implementation of the “Sustainable and Smart Tourism Development in the Mekong Region” project. He/She will work under the direct supervision of the TIF Director to deliver project activities that must be completed in collaboration with the Korean implementation partner.

Primary Responsibilities

The Project Coordinator will assist the TIF team in coordinating research studies, trainings, meetings, field visits, and other activities related to the project. He/She will work closely with the Korean project partner and stakeholders from the Mekong countries.

Specific Duties

  1. Liaise with relevant agencies and other project stakeholders in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand to implement project activities
  2. Coordinate with the TIF team, project consultants, and resource persons in delivering capacity building project activities
  3. Assist the TIF team in organizing the Project Technical Working Group meetings and training programs
  4. Follow up on training participants’ implementation of their action plans and liaise with Mekong country stakeholders for the smooth implementation of project activities
  5. Organize training participants’ travel arrangements, including the scheduling of transportation and accommodation, as well as the facilitation of visa procurement and provision of financial service support (e.g., refund)
  6. Work closely with the MI Finance Department on the financial reporting/progress of the project
  7. Coordinate the arrangement of training facilities (e.g., room, equipment, materials)
  8. Prepare program proceedings such as workshop reports, minutes of the meetings, photo documentation, among others and disseminate these to participants and partner organizations
  9. Ensure that training notes, readings, and course documents are filed accurately for MI records
  10. Coordinate with the Communication and Knowledge Management Department on the dissemination of project activities and outputs through the MI intranet, E-Learning site, alumni database, and other publicity materials
  11. Prepare activity budgets, completion and evaluation reports, and post-training follow up activities in accordance with MI standards and other documents required by the project’s development partners
  12. Establish and maintain good relations with MKCF focal points at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and Korea, as well as other project partners
  13. Perform other related tasks as assigned by the MI Executive Director and TIF Director

Period of Engagement

The duration of the position is three years. The annual contract arrangement is co-terminus with the project duration. The selected candidate will be under probation for three months. Upon the successful completion of the period, the service contract will be confirmed for nine months. The possibility of contract extension will be based on the performance of the Program Coordinator and fund availability. The contract may be terminated by MI and the Program Coordinator through the formal submission of a one-month notice.

Reporting

The Project Coordinator will be assigned to the TIF Department. He/She will report directly to the TIF Director.

Salary

MI offers a competitive salary package. The staff is not entitled to MI benefits which are applicable to MI regular employees only. However, official travel will be paid and official holidays will be observed as per MI rules under SSA contract. Non-Thai MI employees are exempted from Thai income tax.

Qualifications

The selected candidate must have:

  1. A Master’s Degree in tourism, economics, management, international studies, or any other related field
  2. Strong English writing and speaking skills
  3. Experience in the implementation of tourism-related projects and the coordination of capacity building activities
  4. A minimum of five years of work experience in international project planning, implementation, and monitoring, particularly in the facilitation of trainings, the conduct of research studies, and the coordination with high-level government and international development partner representatives
  5. A team-oriented character with experience in working in a multi-cultural environment
  6. Analytical skills and demonstrated interest in learning and self-improvement
  7. Advanced computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Office Package/Microsoft Project)

How to Apply

Interested candidates are requested to submit his/her (1) letter of interest, (2) updated CV that highlights work experience in tourism development projects, and (3) recent photograph by March 22, 2020 at hr@mekonginstitute.org.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview and the written test.