Lao CSO Platform

GDA Project Officer

Organization Background

The Gender and Development Association (GDA) formerly the Gender and Development Group (GDG) and the Women in Development (WID) network, was formed in 1991. A collaboration of the Lao Women’s Union (LWU), UNICEF, with International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs), the WID network focused on women and gender development issues in Lao PDR.

In 1996 the name of WID changed to the “Gender and Development Group (GDG)” in order to more accurately reflect the goals of the network. This includes focusing on both women and men in the area of development.

The new network required that an international organization provide GDG with an umbrella partnership to guide its development. This role has been undertaken by: World Education – from 1996 to 2000; CUSO Lao PDR –from 2000 to 2005 – and Concern Worldwide – from 2000 to 2007.

In 2012 GDG became the Gender and Development Association (GDA) as NPA in Laos PDR and operation permit issued on 12th January 2021, No 06/MoHA. Our current international umbrella partner role has been filled by Oxfam-Novib since 2008.


A lead and facilitation body for pursuing gender equality base on non-violence and gender-based discrimination to all area of development work in Laos’s society In collaboration with development partners, GDA will provide professional support and information on gender, and enhance cooperation with development partners toward gender equality


Gender and disability Inclusion, Law and Education, WASH and Nutrition, Agriculture and NTFP, Disaster and Climate Change Adaptation, Migration and Social Protection, Social Media, Community Development and Human Rights


Women, Children, Youth, People Living with Disability, HIV/AIDs, LGBT, Ethnic groups, Rural women and men


To provide professional support and information on gender development, and enhance cooperation with development partners toward gender equality.

Job Description

GDA Project Officer

Job Opening: Project Officer

Location: Vientiane Capital with frequent travel to project sites

Reports to: GDA Management Team

Organization: The Gender Development Association (GDA) is a non-profit organization that has been at the forefront of promoting gender rights in Laos since 1991. GDA’s mission is to empower women, men, adolescent girls, and children, fostering gender equity through collective action, knowledge-sharing, and the elimination of gender-based violence and discrimination. GDA places a strong focus on the rights of vulnerable groups, particularly women in rural communities throughout Laos. We also collaborate with a network of national and international partners.

Job Purpose: The Project Officer closely collaborates with the team to ensure the efficient implementation of projects and the timely delivery of GDA’s activities and interventions. The officer coordinates with all project stakeholders and liaises with relevant government agencies at the district, provincial, and community levels, as well as the national level when necessary. They will also work in close partnership with local government counterparts to ensure the successful achievement of project outcomes.

Key Responsibilities:

–       Conduct and facilitate gender training in line with the project’s action plan.

–       Collaborate with the Women’s Parliamentarian Caucus, Provincial People’s Assembly, and other government partners.

–       Collaborate with organizations such as Lao Women’s Union, Sub-CAW, INGOs, NPAs, etc.

–       Support the effective monitoring and evaluation of projects to meet donor requirements.

–       Assist in preparing project progress and final reports as required by donors and the Director.

–       Attend meetings and events as required.

–       Engage in other tasks as needed.

Skills and Qualifications:

–       Hold a diploma degree or equivalent in law, community development, or related areas.

–       Possess a minimum of 2 years of professional working experience in the field of study or related fields, including community-level experience.

–       Previous experience working with INGOs or NPAs, and experience in teamwork, remote, and isolated communities, among other areas.

–       Demonstrated understanding of the gender context in Laos.

–       Proven ability to work as part of a team and build relationships with diverse stakeholders, communities, and ethnic groups.

–       Proficiency in the English language, both written and oral.

How to Apply:

Submit your complete application with the heading “Job Application,” including:

  1. Curriculum Vitae.
  2. Letter of Interest.
  3. Two References.

by sending it to the email address: no later than 4PM on Wednesday, November 15th, 2023. Only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.