Field Programme Officer

Embassy of Switzerland

Biratnagar, Nepal
Experience: More than or equals to 2 years
Source: Kantipur Newspaper

Field Programme Officer

Basic Job Information

Job Category: General Mgmt. / Administration / Operations
Job Level: Mid Level
No. of Vacancy/s: [ 1 ]
Employment Type: Contract
Apply Before(Deadline): Aug. 9, 2019, 5 p.m. (3 months ago)

Field Programme Officer

The Embassy of Switzerland offers a competitive salary and benefit package as well as a stimulating team and working environment. We are looking for a young, energetic Nepali National (female candidates are encouraged to apply) for the following position of a 2 years fixed term contract with possibility of extension:

As a member of the Swiss Embassy programme team and under the supervision of the Programme Management Specialist (Team Leader), the Field Programme Officer (FPO) shall be responsible for:

  • Maintaining regular dialogue with State? Government (including OCMCM, other ministries, Municipalities and Palikas) and find space to advise them to implement its reform agenda and in particular to assist the government in developing the capacities required for the implementation of their Master Plan and Periodic Plan and the alignment of SDC projects in these plan, including the deep and comprehensive understanding of the functioning of the provincial and local government as per the constitutional provisions
  • Maintaining regular contacts and dialogues with the local governments of State 1 assisting them in their functioning and upon request provide support/coach them as necessary
  • Maintaining regular contacts and dialogues with the Provincial Council and State Coordination Council (SCC) and state chapters of local governments associations (NARMIN and MUAN) in its functioning and advice in the implementation of its decisions
  • Proactively obtaining information, monitoring, reviewing and critically analyzing current context and trends in the functioning of the local governments, implementation of federalisation evolution of political and inclusive development matters, work out background analysis (including transversal themes: Gender and Social Inclusion and Human Rights Based Approach) and inform responsible collaborators in the Embassy/SDC Kathmandu
  • Contributing in achieving the over-arching outcome of SWISS strategy especially in the field of federal state building

Required Technical Competence:

  • Master's degree in Public Policy or Law
  • Political Science, Sociology, Economics, Development Studies or other relevant fields
  • At least 2 years experience in practical development work in the areas of decentralization and local governance including extensive field exposure
  • High Proficiency in spoken and written English and Nepali
  • In-depth understanding of current issues related to political transformation, poverty, inequity and social and economic challenges in Nepal, constitutional provisions in the functioning of the country, especially that of the State Governme and Local government

Required Methodological and Social Competence:

  • High levels of energy, initiative and flexibility in quickly adjusting to changing work programme requirements
  • Ability to juggle numerous competing demands and priorities, respond quickly to internal and external client requests, and set priorities
  • Very pronounced analytical and conceptual thinking and the ability to capture it in clearly and logically in writing
  • Keen aptitude to learn Proven facilitation, moderation and presentation skills
  • Able to define clear objectives & priorities
  • Able to work independently and under pressure and willing to take initiatives & accept a wide spectrum of tasks
  • Have demonstrated leadership and managerial competencies
  • Capable to work in a multicultural team
  • Sensitive in areas of gender and social inclusion
  • Able to deal wit criticism and conflict; have client-orientation and able to network & negotiate
  • Have a good understanding of the national context


  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
  • The Embassy reserves the right to reject any or all applications without assigning any reasons
  • The Embassy of Switzerland in Nepal promotes workforce diversity and applies positive discrimination to candidates from discriminated groups (women and candidates from Dalit, Janajati, Madhesi/Terai, and other minority community}

Applying Procedure

Application in English with immediate contact address and a telephone number, an updated bio- data, copies of citizenship certificate and academic credentials and reference from former employer(s) should reach at the latest by 17:00 hrs on 9th August 2019 through post or through email as attachment (please do not provide a link to google drive or any other cloud server) at Please clearly mark “Application for Field Programme Officer” respectively on the envelope / subject of the email

Personnel and Administration (Chancery)
P.O. Box: 113
Kathmandu, Nepal

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