Mekong Region Land Governance (MRLG) Project – Land Tenure Adviser

Mekong Region Land Governance (MRLG) Project 
Position: Land Tenure Adviser 

Project Background

The Mekong Region Land Governance (MRLG) Project funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), with support from the Governments of Germany and Luxembourg, is jointly implemented by Land Equity International (LEI) and GRET - Professionals for Fair Development. The overarching goal of the MRLG project is to ensure that smallholder farmers in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam (CLMV countries), especially those belonging to ethnic minorities, have secure and equitable access to and control over agricultural land, forest and fisheries. The Project aims to improve land governance policy and practice by engaging strategically at a sub-national, national and regional level, working through alliances of reform actors. Support shall be directed using evidence-based options for efficient and effective policy and practice change utilising the most appropriate dialogue channels across various influential stakeholder groups.

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MRLG seeks a Land Tenure Adviser, to be based in the one of the CLMV countries and with frequent travels to the other CLMV countries, including to the regional office in Vientiane.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Deputy Team Leader within the Knowledge Management Unit and working closely with the Team Leader, the Land Tenure Adviser will be responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of the project strategy related to promoting the recognition and protection of the customary tenure rights of local communities in policy and practice. This responsibility will include the following activities:

1.   Strategic management and coordination of alliances and regional workstreams on Customary Tenure

  • Analyse policy environment, challenges and opportunities for change at national and regional level;
  • Coordinate regional activities together with partner organisations, including civil society, NGO, academia, government and private sector, manage and build alliance at regional level;
  • Manage the workstream strategic development, implementation and monitoring at regional and national levels;
  • Provide technical support to all alliances relating to the theme at national and regional levels;
  • Liaise with regional/ global coalitions and reform actors working on the theme;
  • Identify opportunities to work regionally, especially with ASEAN and UNFAO Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of land, Fisheries and Forests.

2.   Knowledge management and capacity building on land tenure, customary tenure and related themes

  • Identify, collect, synthesize and disseminate relevant existing material / information amongst reform actors;
  • Support the production of focussed studies and evidence based, policy relevant knowledge, ensure the quality of the final product and its dissemination;
  • Lead the production of learning materials based on the lessons learned in project led-activities and by alliance partners;
  • Support the development of research networks;
  • Support the organisation of seminars/ learning exchanges/ capacity development activities;
  • Support the Deputy Team Leader in the knowledge management activities in general

3.   General team contribution:

  • Technical support to and training of MRLG staff on land and customary tenure;
  • Promote a harmonious work environment within the team and the LEI and GRET values

 Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in land management and administration, natural resource management, agronomy, forestry and/or a related field. Or Bachelor’s Degree and additional two more years of work experience.


  • At least five years of work experience in rural development domain including at least three years in the land sector in the region is required.
  • A good knowledge of issues related to customary tenure and land and natural resource tenure and work experience in relation to these issues is required.
  • Experience in producing quality knowledge products.
  • Specific academic experience in the land sector is desirable.
  • Experience of working with civil society organisations and government stakeholders is preferred.


  • Excellent analytical and synthesis skills.
  • Candidate must speak and write fluently in English.
  • Knowledge of any of the four CMLV country languages/dialects is desirable.
  • Advanced working knowledge of MS Office.
  • He/she should be able to work independently, with minimum supervision and guidance from supervisors.

Start date: December 2018
Contract duration: 2 years with possible extensions
Location: One of the CLMV country and/or MRLG Regional Office, Vientiane, Lao PDR

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter that demonstrates they meet the responsibilities and qualification requirements, a CV and at least 2 referees contact details. Submit your application with
attention to John Meadows,, no later than the 8th November 2018.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.

MRLG promotes an inclusive workforce with respect to gender and ethnic diversity.