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Project Manager (MKCF Project), Trade and Investment Facilitation (TIF) Department, Mekong Institute, Khon Kaen, Thailand

Vacancy – Project Manager (MKCF Project), Trade and Investment Facilitation (TIF) Department, Mekong Institute, Khon Kaen, Thailand

 

 

Mekong Institute

 

MI is an intergovernmental organization that contributes to regional cooperation and integration through capacity development, dialogue, and advocacy for the acceleration of sustainable socioeconomic development and poverty alleviation in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS).

Founded and represented by Cambodia, P.R. China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, MI’s strategies are aligned with the core tenets of the GMS Cooperation Program Strategic Framework 2030, ASEAN Economic Community, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. MI supports these frameworks through the implementation of projects across the areas of Agricultural Development and Commercialization, Trade and Investment Facilitation, and Sustainable Energy and Environment, while addressing issues of social inclusion and vulnerability, digital economy and innovation, and labor mobility to cement holistic and sustainable development impacts in the subregion and beyond.

Mekong Korea Cooperation Fund (MKCF)

 

Following the launch of the Mekong - ROK partnership in 2011, the MKCF was established in 2013 to encourage and support cooperation in six priority areas outlined in the Han River Declaration of 2011. It was agreed among five Mekong countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam and Thailand) and the ROK that the MKCF will be financed through an annual contribution from the ROK to MI which will be managed by MI in accordance with the Terms of Reference (TOR) adopted at the 3rd Mekong – ROK Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in July 2013. Mekong Institute (MI) serves as the coordinator of the Mekong-Korea Cooperation Fund (MKCF) and the MKCF financed by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea (MOFA ROK).

 

ROK provides financial contributions to the MI on a yearly basis, subject to the availability of resources and in accordance with its national laws and regulations, to support the implementation of cooperative activities such as projects initiated by the ROK and the Mekong countries. In this role, MI is responsible for collecting proposals for MKCF-funded projects from the Governments of the Mekong countries and the ROK, screening the proposals and circulating shortlisted proposals to the Senior Officials’ Meetings (SOM) for review and approval,  disbursing funds from the MKCF to the approved projects, monitor and review the implementation of the MKCF-funded projects  and communicating the progress and results of the implementation of MKCF-funded projects with the Mekong countries and the ROK.

 

In order to manage the MKCF projects effectively, MI is currently designing to propose a three-year project to MOFA ROK on “Regional Development Project Management” which consist of the components e.g. one stop online platform development for managing the MKCF projects, capacity building on regional project management and monitoring of MKCF funded projects.

 

Upon approval of the project by MOFA ROK, MI is looking for a Project manager with strong project management background, familiar with project management, sound knowledge and experience in international development, regional cooperation, and capacity development, especially in the Mekong region to support the day to day activities of the project and work closely with the project task team in MI, and effectively coordinate with project stakeholders under the direction of Departmental Director, Trade and Investment Facilitation Department (TIF)/MKCF Coordinator. Knowledge of Geographic Information System (GIS) and its use for project management is preferable.

 

Project Manager (MKCF Project), Trade and Investment Facilitation (TIF) Department

 

We are seeking a Project Manager for MKCF Project under Trade and Investment Facilitation (TIF) Department. The position is based at Mekong Institute, located on Khon Kaen University campus, Northeast Thailand. Khon Kaen, a growing city, is the commerce and political center of Northeastern Thailand and an important gateway to other GMS countries.

 

Reporting to the Director of Trade and Investment Facilitation (TIF), the Project Manager is to support the day to day activities of the project and work closely with the project task team in MI, and effectively coordinate with project stakeholders.

 

Key Deliverables

  • MKCF web-based grant/project management system complemented with GIS   database system;
  • Delivered capacity building program on regional project management and accountability mechanism i.e. training on the introduction of the MKCF web-based grant/project management system, training on data input, process, retrieval, report generation, etc;
  • Conducted roundtable meetings with MKCF project implementing agencies;
  • MKCF website and its social media sites;
  • Develop and share MKCF projects updates at the website and its social media channels include reports, case studies/stories, video, photos, etc.

 

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Prepare work plan for the project activities, and implement the work plan in cooperation with the team in TIF Department;
  • Develop Concept Notes, Curriculum Design Statement (CDS) for studies, workshops, web-based M&E application development, training programs, field visits, and associated events;
  • Liaise with the MI MKCF secretariat/unit for any issues related with the project implementation;
  • Developing partnerships and identifying opportunities for continual improvement in the field of regional development project management in Mekong countries and ROK;
  • Establish and maintain excellent working contacts at an operational level with relevant authorities and experts for each activity;
  • Develop Terms of References (ToR) and manage national and/or international consultants/subject matter experts;
  • Identify implementation arrangements and needed resources to implement the project work and ensure proper management of the project budget in compliance with MI policies and procedures as well as the MKCF;
  • Provide strategic inputs to the project implementation, e.g. inputs to application development, study, training programs, priority areas, etc;
  • Prepare the project reports (quarterly, progress, annual, and completion reports), and other reports that may be required by TIF Director/MKCF Coordinator;
  • Represent the project team to attend the project meetings and events;
  • Contribute to information releases on thematic area for MKCF and/or MI website and contribute to MKCF and MI publications;
  • Contribute and provide support for research processes undertaken in collaboration with MI, MKCF secretariat/unit, MKCF PIAs on emerging issues related to the thematic area for preparing case studies and dialogue;
  • Manage project resources efficiently and effectively;
  • Other reasonable tasks requested by MKCF secretariat/unit and management. 

 

Qualifications

  • At least 7 years of leading/implementing development projects
  • Master degree in Project Management, Information System, International Development, Administration, Economics, International Relation, or related field
  • Proven knowledge on grant/project management system
  • Proven experience, knowledge and skills in GIS-based grant/project management database system
  • Understanding of technical concepts related to project management such as logical frameworks, theory of changes, results-based management, risk management, evidence-based advocacy, and research methodology
  • Proven skills and experience in delivering capacity building activities-training, workshops, forums etc,
  • Proven ability to communicate in English language in written and spoken form.
  • Good negotiation and interpersonal skills
  • Proven ability to work in a team and coordinate with others
  • Proficient user of all Microsoft Office applications

 

The salary for this fixed term project position is USD 3,750 per month and benefits include relocation expenses, family group health insurance, annual leave, sick leave.

 

If you have the skills and experience to exceed in this position, and are passionate about equitable and inclusive economic growth in GMS, please send your CV, cover letter with recent photos and contact details of two referees, to recruitment@mekonginstitute.org by December 4, 2022 titled ‘MKCF Project Manager’.

 

Please note that only applications successful in progressing to the next stage will be responded to.

    

Contact : recruitment@mekonginstitute.org


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