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11th National Health Research Forum

 

From the 23th to the 25th of October 2017 the National Institute of Public Health (NIOPH) in Lao PDR, hosted a series of events at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Vientiane. MCNV Lao PDR supported the NIOPH through the Lao Equity through policy Analysis and Research Networks (LEARN) program.

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MCNV Laos is looking for a Country Director

Re-advertisement COUNTRY DIRECTOR (CD) LAO PDR

MCNV is a Dutch INGO with the mission to support sustainable development in S.E. Asia. We are working as an international network organisation working on health, social inclusion, livelihoods & climate change and entrepreneurship & value chains. MCNV works from offices in Vietnam, Lao PDR and The Netherlands. All activities of MCNV aim at sustainable improvement of the situation of disadvantaged groups in society. In Lao PDR, we undertake integrated rural development activities with a focus on nutrition and mother and child healthcare. At a national level MCNV supports health research activities in collaboration with Lao Public Health institutes via the EU-funded LEARN Program. MCNV Laos has currently 2 offices and about 10 employees. MCNV aims to grow its activities in Lao PDR in the coming years. The CD reports to the General Director MCNV and is based in Vientiane Capital.

Key Responsibilities
The CD is responsible and accountable for implementing MCNV’s strategy in Lao PDR to create positive and inclusive change in Lao PDR’s society. The CD is responsible for coaching and co-working with the colleagues and partners, ensuring that the programs are adequately resourced and deliver successful outcomes. He or she has representational and influencing skills, and can engage effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders (program beneficiaries, government officials, institutional and private donors, business leaders and other NGO’s). The CD creates new leads for funding and co-develops proposals.

Tasks

  • Management of the staff and offices in Lao PDR;
  • Take final responsibility (for the delegation of responsibilities to staff) in the areas of policy, finance, HRM, communication, fundraising, reporting and quality;
  • Responsible for a timely and accurate reporting cycle of the programs, which run in Lao PDR and for overall MCNV Lao PDR quarterly reporting;
  • Ensure that the programs are implemented effectively and efficiently, in accordance with policies and procedures of donors and MCNV;
  • Support and contribute to generating financial resources for MCNV;
  • Contribute to MCNV’s strategic development;
  • Ensure and promote the visibility and good name of MCNV;
  • Liaise with key stakeholders to support and position MCNV well and to develop MCNV’s network;
  • Represent MCNV at (high-level) meetings or seminars;
  • Contribute to activities of the organisation as a whole, ensuring smooth functioning.

Qualification

  • Affinity with the aims and culture of MCNV;
  • At minimum, a Master’s degree in a relevant field, with a strong preference for public health/ food security plus 7 years’ experience in a senior management position, preferably within an (I)NGO environment;
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in leadership, staff management, organisational development, program development and management, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Demonstrated ability to generate program funding including donor cultivation and grant writing;
  • A motivating and coaching style of working with natural leadership;
  • Committed to teambuilding and able to develop and support other team members;
  • Excellent problem solving skills and ability to resolve ambiguity and conflict;
  • Flexible, and able to manage multiple tasks and conflicting priorities within tight deadlines;
  • Able to communicate well in multicultural settings and at different levels;
  • Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written);
  • Experience working within Lao PDR is preferred; within SE Asia development context is a plus.

To Apply
Further details can be found at our website mcnv.org. Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume in English to kannika.keohavong@mcnv.la noting the job title in the subject line. The closing date for applications is 23 November 2017. The first round of interviews will be held in week of 4 December 2017. MCNV is an equal opportunities employer. The salary package is in line with the goals and non-profit status of the foundation. The position is initially offered for one year, with the intention of extension.

 

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THE FILM HANDOVER CEREMONY BETWEEN MCNV, THE EUROPEAN FOUNDATION JORIS IVENS AND THE VIETNAM FILM INSTITUTE

On October 19 2017, the Vietnam Film Institute (VFI) and stakeholders organized the official ceremony to receive historic documentary films and materials from MCNV and the European Foundation Joris Ivens (EFJI). The ceremony took place in a formal and moving atmosphere.

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WORKSHOP ON SURVEY RESULTS OF MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN QUANG TRI

On September 8 2017, MCNV cooperated with the Department of Education and Training – Quang Tri province to organize the workshop on “Survey results of mental health conditions of high school students in Quang Tri”.

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RETROSPECTIVE STUDY ON INTERVENTIONS OF MALNUTRITION IN CHILDREN AGE UNDER FIVE

Between September 25 and October 12 2017, MCNV and the Athena Research Institute, Vrije Amsterdam University, the Netherlands, conducted a retrospective study on the status of nutrition in children age under 5 in four villages, Ky Du, Phu Son, Xi Thoai, and Ha Rai of Xuan Quang 2 and Xuan Lanh communes, Dong Xuan district, Phu Yen province.

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Publication Mission Inclusion

Everyone agrees that inclusion is hard, that reaching the poorest and most marginalised is difficult. The layers and reinforcing cycles of exclusion defy the conventional development project approach. Something else, something qualitatively different is needed.

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BOOK INTRODUCTION WORKSHOP: EDUCATION IN SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

On morning of September 9 2017 in Dien Bien Phu city, the Medical Committee Netherlands-Vietnam (MCNV) cooperated with the Department of Education and Training (DOET) of Dien Bien province organized a workshop to introduce the new book “Education in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for high school students”. The workshop gathered representatives who were teachers and officials of 31 high schools in Dien Bien.

With the aim of helping high school teachers to educate their students about SRHR, the book provided teachers with important, practical, and useful knowledge about gender and sexuality; friendship, love among teenagers; contraceptive methods and possible ways to prevent unwanted pregnancies; prevention of sexually transmitted diseases; the problem of sexual abuse among teenagers; personal hygiene; child marriage and early marriage…

Mr. Anh Quoc Nguyen, MCNV’s Coordinator was giving a prize at the workshop

The book was one activity in the project “Enhancing communication in SRHR education for high school students in the mountainous area of Dien Bien”, which was supported by MCNV. The book compiling and production were made in one and a half year, with the contribution of five high school teachers in Dien Bien, two staff members of MCNV; and a doctor from the Hanoi National University of Education. The ultimate goal of the project was to improve teachers’ awareness on SRHS, help them understand more correctly about the issue and then can teach their students better, especially ethnic minority school girls.

According to Dr. Thanh Xuan Nguyen, deputy director of the Ministry of Education and Training, Dien Bien province, the book was a pioneer in the SRHR field, which contained much good knowledge on SRHR for high school students at ages 15 to 18.

The document also had its scientific value, which could be used as a source of reference for researchers, educators, and teachers who care about SRHR. On this special occasion, more than 400 copies of the book were given to high school teachers in Dien Bien.

In three years, from 2015 to 2017, the project has also developed many activities, including building capacity in SRHR for high school teachers, improve students’ kowledge about SRHR, and running the club “Our Ages” which is a platform for students to share their stories and experience of SRHR.

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MCNV and Phu Yen Community Development Funds visit PwC office in HCMC seeking technical CSR support

On September 12, representatives from 7 MCNV funded community development funds in Phu Yen province together with MCNV staff visited and worked with the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) team in Ho Chi Minh city. This meeting was the first step in which MCNV seek PwC’s expertise on financial management and legal consultation to help MCNV funded microfinance funds in Ben Tre, Quang Tri and Phu Yen province improve their technical and legal capacity to be self-sustained in development.

MCNV has been supporting social inclusion and health programs in these provinces for a long time and in each program, the microfinance component has been a glue and catalyst to connect target groups to participate and commit more to program objectives and at the same time, improve financial inclusion. MCNC’s target in the near future is to make these microfinance components to be independent funds to sustain themselves and continue to support the poor with minimum support from MCNV.

PwC is a renowned company in legal and financial consulting field. PwC had supported MCNV with CSR (corporate social responsibility) grants to improve education for children with disability. This time, PwC is interested to support this microfinance sector to make use of their in-depth expertise and also create opportunities for PwC staff to develop their capacity in a more challenging community microfinance environment.

MCNV and PwC will organize more discussions on cooperation in the coming time.

Working with PwC Sept 12 2017

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WORKSHOP: ENHANCING MENTAL HEALTH CARE IN COMMUNITY

On August 28 2017, MCNV cooperating with the Quang Tri Department of Health held the workshop ‘Enhancing mental health care in community’. More than 30 representatives from the Department of Public Health, Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs and nine districts, six hamlet health executives of Vinh Son commune and Vinh Tu commune of Vinh Linh District participated in the workshop.

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Supporting Ethnic Minority Adolescent Girls: Project Kickoff in Huong Hoa

On August 29th 2017, MCNV collaborated with the Village Health Workers’ Association of Quang Tri Province and the Youth Union of Huong Hoa District to organize a kickoff workshop for MCNV’s new project “Supporting Ethnic Minority Adolescent Girls”. Participating in the event were representatives of the Provincial Health Department, Provincial Sexual and Reproductive Health Centre, Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs and the authority and relevant parties of the district, including People’s Committee, Health Department, Health Centre, Centre for Population and Family Planning, Department of Training and Education, Department of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Women’s Union and Youth Union, as well as international non-governmental organisations Plan and World Vision.

An assessment carried out by MCNV in collaboration with the Provincial Sexual and Reproductive Health Centre in the first half of 2017 has shown that ethnic minority adolescent girls in Huong Hoa are facing serious health, education and social problems. To evidence, in 2016 in Huong Hoa there were 301 girls out of totally 483 cases who became pregnant at adolescence (counted for 62.3% of the total number of pregnant adolescent girls in the province), 120 cases of child marriage, and 30% of adolescent girls under 15 years old and 50% under 16 started having sex. The ethnic minority adolescent girls lack knowledge and skills in SRHR, face difficulties in accessing quality health and education services, and are affected by local cultural customs and limited awareness of the community.

In 2017 and 2018, the project will be implemented in 6 communes in the border area Vietnam – Laos, including Huong Lap, Huong Phung, Huong Viet, Lao Bao, Tan Long and Tan Thanh. The project’s general objective is to reduce the rates of unwanted pregnancy and child marriage among adolescent girls. Key interventions will focus on (i) building capacity and creating opportunity for personal development for adolescent girls; (ii) improving the access to health, education and social services for adolescent girls; (iii) raising the local authority’s and people’s awareness about the issues related to adolescent girls. A wide range of activities have been planned, including a social marketing campaign for behaviour change communication, setting up clubs and groups of adolescent girls, checking up and counselling on SRH, providing scholarships and vocational trainings for disadvantaged adolescent girls, and improving SRH knowledge and skills for adolescent girls, thus contributing to ending unwanted pregnancy and child marriage among adolescent girls.

*Photo: Ms. Phan Thi Lien, Chair of the Village Health Association, Quang Tri province, was presenting the image and symbol of the project named Mun Arai.

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