Job title: Program Officer
Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Contract period: One year with a possibility of renewal
Start: As soon as possible after the candidate’s selection
The spillover of infectious agents from animals to humans in recent decades has had a significant impact on the health of humans, animals, and our environment. To minimize the impact of future pandemic threats, the Southeast Asia One Health University Network (SEAOHUN) was established in 2011 to develop skillful and competent One Health (OH) workforce with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development and its One Health Workforce – Next Generation (OHW-NG) project.
Since its establishment, SEAOHUN has expanded network membership from 10 universities in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam to 95 universities in eight countries, including the four founding countries plus Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and the Philippines. The expansion was made possible with the support of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), U.S. Department of State (DOS) through its Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI), and USAID. Our university members come from multiple disciplines connected to the health of humans, animals, and the environment.
Our educational programs promote and facilitate collaborative activities and projects among the countries with an emphasis on improving One Health workforce capacity with cross-sectoral competencies to effectively prevent, detect, and respond to all hazards and emerging threats. Examples of our educational initiatives include the development of One Health core and technical competencies, curriculum development and strengthening, introducing innovative teaching methodologies such as One Health problem-based learning cases, building research capacity to provide an evidence-base for One Health advocacy, One Health student clubs, and scholarship and fellowship programs to support long-term capacity development.
The SEAOHUN Secretariat based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, is the coordinating body for all the country networks. The Secretariat manages subawards with the country networks, facilitates SEAOHUN Executive Board meetings and regional activities, strengthens One Health university networks in Southeast Asia through capacity building activities, and partners with national, international and non-governmental organizations to build the next generation of One Health leaders. The Secretariat represents interests of its country networks at regional meetings/conferences/forums of Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Detect 1 and Detect 5 packages, ASEAN+3 Field Epidemiology Training Network (FETN), the Tripartite (FAO/OIE/WHO), among the others. SEAOHUN has partnered with Pfizer Thailand to address the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Thailand, and with Chevron to strengthen One Health education in Southeast Asia.
For more information, you may visit https://www.seaohun.org/ and http://facebook.com/seaohun
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the overall supervision of the Program Manager, the Program Officer will primarily be responsible for SEAOHUN regional programs and will assist the other team members to organize other activities of the Secretariat. S/he will undertake the following tasks:
• Lead the development and implementation of SEAOHUN regional programs such as scholarship program and student-related programs/activities.
• Serve as a focal person in preparation of work plan and budget, write-up of activity reports as related to SEAOHUN regional programs.
• Support Senior MEL Officer in implementing monitoring and evaluation activities, consolidation of program outputs, outcomes, and impact, including verification of submitted supporting documents.
• Establish good working relationships with SEAOHUN program partners and One Health University Networks in 8 member countries.
• Coordinate and organize webinars and trainings related to the regional programs.
• Collaborate with Senior Public Engagement Officer to document, and communicate program results to donors, partners, and other stakeholders.
• Ensure that program documents are properly kept, organized, and stored in physical and electronic formats in accordance with the SEAOHUN and funders’ standards and procedures.
• Perform other tasks as assigned and needed for successful program implementation.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
• Bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university. Master’s degree is preferred.
• At least three years’ work experience (Master’s) or five years’ work experience (Bachelor’s) in program coordination/management.
• Experience working with government agencies, intergovernmental agencies, academic universities, or NGOs is required. Experience working in Southeast Asian countries is preferred.
• Experience with USAID-funded projects is highly desirable.
• Experience in One Health is an asset.
• Proven effective communication skills in English, both in written and oral. This includes networking, negotiation, and diplomatic skills.
• Self-starting, ability to take initiatives and work with minimal supervision are required.
• Ability to work both independently and in a team in a multicultural environment is necessary.
• Skills in Microsoft Office/Google, email, and social media applications and Internet navigation are required.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates are invited to send an application letter, a resume or curriculum vitae in PDF format, and state a current and expected salary to email@example.com using the subject line “Apply for Program Officer”. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until filled with the first round of reviews on 9 April 2022. The candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. SEAOHUN reserves its rights to offer a Program Assistant position to candidates with less experience. The salary for this position will depend on qualifications and experience and in line with projects funds.
SEAOHUN is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, language, religion, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation and gender identity. While we respect all applications, only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.