Programme Officer – Laos

The total package for this position is £27,996 per annum (c. USD $37,350) including salary and all allowances

About the Laos programme

Laos has the unenviable title of being the most bombed country in the world per capita. For nearly a decade, Laos was subjected to heavy US bombing as part of the wider war in Indochina. US bombing records show that at least two million metric tonnes of ordnance was dropped between 1964 and 1973.

Working across Xieng Khouang and Khammouane provinces since 1994, MAG has directly helped more than 900,000 people to live safer lives, free from danger and fear. Another 2.1 million men, women and children have benefitted indirectly. Our teams have cleared more than 58,000,000 square metres of land in Laos, removing and destroying more than 211,000 items of UXO, including nearly 90,000 cluster sub munitions.  In addition, MAG has given more than 2,900 risk education sessions to around 194,000 people, helping them to stay safe until land is cleared.

About the role

In this role you will undertake a wide range of activities including proposal writing, grant monitoring, report writing for donors and assisting the Country Director in ensuring the programme meets its contractual requirements.  You will also help to develop and coordinate our communications and visibility strategy in country by managing the national Communications Manager, along with our two Visitor Information Centres. Therefore effective written and verbal communication skills with internal and external stakeholders, as well as creative and graphic design skills, are essential to this role. You will be based in Vientiane, supporting the whole programme and will be expected to occasionally travel to operational areas if required.

About you

The successful candidate will need experience working overseas in international aid or development, ideally in Laos, and be able to demonstrate the ability to work independently. The ability to work in dynamic teams of national and international staff and produce written material of the highest quality is essential. Ideally, the successful candidate will be able to communicate effectively and have experience writing reports and proposals for a range of institutional donors. In addition, you must be able to prioritise your workload to meet deadlines. You will also need to be able to demonstrate awareness of personal security, cultural sensitivities and a diplomatic manner.


MAG staff are rewarded with generous benefits:

  • Salary: The starting salary package for this position is £27,996 per annum (c. USD $37,350) and this increase with service. Please see the general information for full terms and conditions related to this.
  • Accommodation: MAG will provide accommodation in-country.
  • Leave: We recognise our staff work hard and need the appropriate time out to stay motivated. You'll have a minimum of six weeks out of the programme per year, rising to 8 weeks with service.
  • Flights: MAG may provides three international flights home per year, depending on post holder circumstances.
  • Insurance: All international staff are automatically covered by MAG's comprehensive insurance package including: Personal accident and medical expenses insurance; Death by natural causes insurance and access to 24-hour medical assistance including evacuation and repatriation.

How to apply

For further information about this opportunity, as well as the application form, please download the application pack, below:

MAG – Programme Officer, Laos Application Pack

Please return the Application form to  Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so we encourage interested candidates to apply as soon as possible.

Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we are not able to respond to every application. If you have not heard back from us within 3 weeks of applying, it means that your application has not been successful.