Khun Yuam, Khun Yuam District
Voluntary - the candidate will receive a local stipend of 15,000 Thai Baht a month whilst based in Khun Yuam, Thailand
Voluntary, Fulltime
Job description

Organisation Overview

The Karen Hilltribes Trust (KHT) has worked in Northern Thailand for the past three decades. Our mission is to partner with Karen communities to improve their health, livelihoods, and access to education. By taking a holistic approach to the complex socio-economic issues at hand, we aim to achieve sustainable change by empowering Karen communities to improve their own lives.

As a community-led organisation, KHT’s model starts and finishes with the Karen People of Northern Thailand. Our unique approach is based on the expressed needs of target communities and involves their local knowledge in all stages of our projects, including design, implementation, maintenance, and evaluation. Projects are focussed on promoting self-reliance leading to improved well-being, whilst helping Karen communities retain their unique identity and culture. Not only does this approach guarantee projects have a positive impact in the community, but also ensures community ownership and supports long-term sustainability.

Since 1986, KHT has transformed the health and well-being of over 55,643 people through providing clean drinking water, improved sanitation facilities and hygiene education; secured agriculture as a sustainable livelihood for more 18,901 farmers through the construction of flood-resistant irrigation systems; and increased access to education for 17,693 children and young people through the provision of school meals, transport and accommodation, and higher education scholarships.

Role Overview

Job Title: Education & Livelihoods Programmes Officer

Location: Khun Yuam, Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand

Although the role will predominantly be based in KHT's field office in Thailand, please be aware that the successful candidate will be expected to be home-based for the initial three months. Only after successfully passing the probation period, and subject to COVID-19 restrictions, will the successful candidate be expected to relocate to the Thailand field office, where they will be based for the remaining nine months of the agreement.

Salary: This position is voluntary, the candidate will receive a local stipend of 15,000 THB a month whilst based in Thailand to support living expenses.

Benefits: A contribution to international flights, up to £600, and health insurance, up to £400, will be provided, as well as basic accommodation in Khun Yuam.

Contract: One Year (possibility of extension) 

Probation: Three months

Expected Start Date: To be agreed

Main Purpose of the Post

The Education & Livelihoods Programmes Officer (ELPO) will work closely with the Thai-Karen team and Director to provide support to projects in KHT’s sustainable livelihoods and access to education programmes. The role will involve both desk and field-based work and the successful candidate will be directly responsible for:

  • Writing timely reports on the organisation's projects for donors and the public
  • Compiling and recording project information, including planning and budgeting
  • Monitoring and evaluating project impact for donors and supporters
  • Publicising the work of the charity to the wider audience

Main Duties and Responsibilties

The ELPO will be responsible for the following duties:

  1. Prepare timely, accurate and high-quality project reports for donors, stakeholders and the wider public.
  2. Maintain a systematic and practical monitoring and evaluation system and ensure that accurate project information and data is available for distribution to donors and wider audiences.
  3. Work closely with the Thai-Karen team to successfully manage project activities and ensure projects are implemented in line with donor conditions and project agreements.
  4. Conduct research into areas relevant to the Sustainable Livelihoods and Access to Education Programmes, including data, statistics, and international best practice.
  5. Assist with project planning and budgeting when proposals are being designed, and grants are being received.
  6. Support the development of current projects and new project ideas that relate to the Sustainable Livelihoods and Access to Education Programmes.
  7. Provide support to the Director in writing grant applications.
  8. Work closely with the Thai-Karen team to build capacity and share skills.
  9. Produce social media and website content relevant to programmes and manage KHT’s social media sites and website with support from the Director.
  10. Recruit, support and manage KHT short-term volunteers.
  11. Represent KHT as and when required and perform other such duties as may be required by the Director and Trustees, which are consistent with the responsibilities of the post.

Person Specification


  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant field; or sufficient experience in a relevant role.
  • Demonstrate a clear knowledge and interest in international development; previous experience of livelihoods, rural development, or access to education would be advantageous.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to adapt communications for an array of different audiences.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of data collection and research skills, and the ability to analyse data, particularly with regards to monitoring and evaluating project activities and outcomes.
  • Capable of working within different cultures and with teams from different economic and cultural backgrounds, where English might not be the first language.
  • High level of computer literacy; design skills would be advantageous.
  • Confidence to present the work of the charity to donors and supporters.
  • Well organised, able to prioritise effectively to meet deadlines.
  • Have a flexible and patient attitude.
  • Be enthusiastic about the work of KHT.
  • Willing to live, work and travel in a remote area.


  • Relevant experience in project management or monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience of volunteering/working in the international development sector.
  • Proficiency in Thai and/or Karen.

To apply, please send your CV and a two-page cover letter, addressing how you meet the person specification before the closing date. The closing date for applications is 8pm (UTC+07:00), Monday 31st May  2021.

Interviews will be held on a rolling basis as and when applications are received and will be conduct remotely via video conference, so make sure to get your applications in early.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you do not hear from us within three weeks of the closing date, then unfortunately your application has not been successful.

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Posted on: 13 May 2021
Closed date: 31 May 2021
Tags: Intl Development, Project Management

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