Research and Evaluation Adviser

  • Mid-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 19 November 2019

Job Description

  • Position Type: Locally engaged long term adviser (national or international)
  • Location: Vientiane, Lao PDR
  • Input: Full-time until 30 June 2020, with possibility of extension until June 2021

1. The Laos-Australia Learning Development Facility
Established in January 2014, The Laos-Australia Development Learning Facility (LADLF) supports the Australian Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to deliver effective and efficient aid investments in Laos PDR. The Facility works at the leading edge of performance management and is representative of DFAT’s emerging approach to ensuring high-quality oversight of aid programming in key recipient countries. It focuses on generating, synthesizing and disseminating performance information to support decision making around the design and delivery of Australian aid in Lao PDR. LADLF activities are primarily intended to serve DFAT needs and interests and are multifaceted, including studies, training sessions, process facilitation, and/or helpdesk advice. Its services include:

  • Provision of contextual analysis around current and new aid investments.
  • Assessment of the performance of past and current aid investments.
  • Advice on strategy and design for future aid investments.

2. Role and responsibilities
LADLF seeks to recruit a full-time Research and Evaluation Adviser (REA) to be based in the LADLF Office in Vientiane, and work in a small multidisciplinary team under the supervision of LADLF Director. The REA will be responsible for designing, leading and/or managing analytical activities, such as research and evaluation studies, training sessions, monitoring visits and dissemination workshops. They will play a key role in overseeing LADLF studies; ensuring that they are effectively designed, commissioned, implemented, synthesized and communicated. In so doing, the REA will ensure that activities are appropriately managed and that outputs are delivered to a high quality and on time.

The REA will report to the LADLF Director and be required to work closely with various stakeholders involved in the delivery of Australian aid in Laos PDR. These include Australian Embassy staff in Vientiane, Government of Laos Ministries and Departments staff, DFAT implementing partners, and local and international consultants.

Under the guidance of the LADLF Director, the Research and Evaluation Adviser will have the following core responsibilities:

  1. Manage and/or oversee analytical activities such as investment designs and large-scale evaluation studies. This includes responsibility for: the recruitment, mobilisation and training of service providers (e.g. firms and consultants); coordination and supervision of data collection and analysis; the drafting and quality assurance of reports; and the dissemination of analytical products.
  2. Assist in the delivery and dissemination of analytical findings through responsive engagement with the Embassy and its stakeholders, and the development of communication products such as presentations, workshops and policy briefs.
  3. Manage relationships with DFAT and key stakeholders through effective co-ordination, liaison and communication.
  4. Support the Facility Director in his technical and policy advice duties.

3. Required skills and expertise

  • An advanced university degree, Masters or above in any relevant field including, but not limited to: social science, political science, M&E or international development.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing analytical activities such as research and evaluation studies in Lao PDR and/or in the Greater Mekong Region.
  • Ability to manage research-related tasks across various sectors and themes, and understanding of research constraints in Laos PDR.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills, including experience in and knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods for research and evaluation purpose in a lower income country context.
  • Demonstrated report writing skills on topics of social and economic development
  • Demonstrated communications skills suited for donor clients and experience in disseminating research findings (including data visualisation and presentations).
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team and to work independently to a deadline.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
  • An understanding of the Australian Government aid program is desirable.
  • An understanding of written and spoken Lao is desirable.

4. Application Process
Interested candidates should submit a CV and a Cover Letter (max. 4 pages) that address the position requirements. Applications should be sent to Ms. Sengchan Phachoomphon,, no later than 04 December 2019.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Shortlisted applicants will be requested to participate in an interview process as well as undertake a background check in line with LADLF recruitment policies and procedures.

LADLF is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or age.

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