The Mekong Migration Network is looking for a PROJECT COORDINATOR (Roles of Countries of Origin Project) to join our team. Please see the job announcement below.

The Mekong Migration Network in coordination with the Foundation for Migrants from the Mekong Neighbourhood (MMN Foundation) is looking for a full-time PROJECT COORDINATOR (Roles of Countries of Origin Project). The successful applicant will be based at the MMN Secretariat office in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and work for 5 days a week. The position requires the successful applicant to travel to Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam frequently. There is no special support (i.e. support for relocation costs, etc.) for people applying for this position from overseas or other provinces. This initial contract is for one year which is renewable depending on job performance and funding availability.

Deadline for application: 15 June 2020

Reports to: Regional Coordinator
Job location: 
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Salary and Benefits: 
Local NGO rate subject to qualifications and experience.
Start Date: 
1 July 2020 (negotiable)
Contract Duration:
 One year contract (subject to 119 days probation at the beginning of contract); renewable depending on work performance and funding availability.

About the Mekong Migration Network

MMN is a sub-regional network of civil society organizations and research institutes working on migration issues in Mekong countries. MMN’s joint areas of work include advocacy, information monitoring, research, capacity building and networking. Please visit our website: for further information about MMN.

Overview of the Project:

Since its foundation in 2003, MMN has carried out various collaborative research and advocacy projects looking at policies and issues affecting migrants not only in destination countries but also in their countries of origin. In 2015, MMN launched a new project titled Roles of Countries of Origin in Protecting Migrants’ Rights and started renewed efforts in highlighting the roles that countries of origin must play in protecting their national migrating abroad. The findings of the study were published in a report titled Safe from the Start: Roles of Countries of Origin in Protecting Migrants. Please find below a link to the PDF:

From 20-21 July 2017, MMN organised a Policy Dialogue on Roles of Countries of Origin in Yangon, Myanmar. Representatives of the Cambodian and Myanmar governments, along with representatives from the Philippine Embassy in Yangon, private recruitment agencies, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and CSOs from Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and the Philippines, gathered to hear the research findings and recommendations. The Policy Dialogue also provided space for various stakeholders to discuss the roles countries of origin could increasingly play in protecting their nationals migrating abroad.

During the Policy Dialogue Governments of Cambodia and Myanmar agreed to meet again to discuss a common country of origin agenda, and expressed their hope that other countries of origin in the Mekong will join in discussion in the future. To learn more about the Policy Dialogue, please find below a link to the PDF of the proceedings:

Following this success, MMN has carried out the second phase of the project. The second phase of the project focused on the roles played by countries of origin in enabling their citizens to benefit from social protection schemes while abroad and upon return. The findings of the collaborative research was published as the Social Protection Across Borders: Roles of Mekong Countries of Origin in Protecting Migrants’ Rights.

Please find below a link to the PDF:

Furthermore, in light of the growing trend in migration from Mekong countries to destination countries beyond the GMS and the evident gap in knowledge and limited support systems for migrants in these countries, the scope of the second phase of the project was expanded to investigate roles of countries of origin in protecting migrants in the following migration corridors:

  • Cambodia, Myanmar, and Lao PDR to Thailand;
  • Myanmar to Singapore;
  • Cambodia, Myanmar, and Vietnam to Japan;
  • Cambodia, Myanmar, and Vietnam to Malaysia; and
  • Cambodia and Myanmar to Hong Kong.

Following the success of the Phase 1 and 2, MMN’s Roles of Countries of Origin Project has entered into the 3rd Phase. The goal of the 3rd Phase, scheduled for 2020 to 2022, is to further strengthen the roles that the Mekong countries of origin, namely Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam, play in protecting migrants’ rights. In particular, the project will strategically focus on the roles of countries of origin in protecting migrants’ right to social protection, to take advantage of the momentum created during the previous phase of our Roles of Countries of Origin project. To achieve this goal, the proposed project will combine the following interventions: i) Advocacy with key stakeholders such as ministries of labour and recruitment agencies of respective countries and possibly with ASEAN; ii) Capacity building of civil society organisations (CSOs) in order for them to gain stronger understanding on social protection and roles of countries of origin, and to be able to carry out more effective advocacy; iii) Policy monitoring and information dissemination, to equip MMN and its project partners with the most up-to-date information concerning roles of countries of origin; and iv) research and awareness raising, to present the details of migrants’ experiences throughout the migration cycle, from recruitment process to deployment.

Moreover, MMN has recently organised a series of multi stakeholder consultation meetings on labour migration from Myanmar, Cambodia, and Vietnam, to Japan. Given the growing trend of labour migration to Japan, MMN is working on capacity building of the CSOs in respective Mekong countries of origin who are assisting migrants going to Japan, production of a film to raise awareness and developing an advocacy paper.

The Project Coordinator will play a key role in ensuring the timely implementation of the project in consultation with MMN project partners. The Project Coordinator will directly report to the MMN Regional Coordinator. The Project Coordinator will also oversee the work carried out by her/his subordinates, interns and volunteers for the project.

Roles and responsibilities:

1. Project coordination

*Coordinate the implementation of the MMN’s Roles of Countries of Origin project under the guidance of the Regional Coordinator.

*Assist the Regional Coordinator in managing the overall project budget.

*Ensure that expenses for the respective activities are reported on time and in accordance with MMN policies and requirement.

*Alert the Regional Coordinator if/when the project encounters challenges (in relation to time, finance, political environment, personnel etc)

*Undertake travel relating to project implementation such as for the purpose of following up with project partners, carrying out key informant interviews, and organizing consultation meetings, as required.

2. Research and advocacy

*Carry out research on migration policies in migrants’ countries of origin such as Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam and ensure MMN has up-to-date information.

*Monitor development of relevant migration and recruitment policies and practices, including those of destination countries that are applicable to this project. 

*Monitor development of ASEAN policies with special focus on roles of countries of origin.

*Develop concrete research plans following discussion during the project consultation meetings. This includes, but is not limited to, developing an overall research design, and formulating questionnaires for interviews.

*Actively follow up with research partners and provide clarification and/or advice as necessary.

*Provide guidance and/or orientation to research partners where necessary to ensure the research carried out by the partners is done in accordance with the plan and is of high quality.

*Alert MMN members and the Secretariat when there are urgent issues to which MMN should respond, to enable MMN to carry out timely advocacy work.

*Draft relevant articles, position papers, or press releases that are necessary to carry out advocacy on roles of countries of origin.

3. Organising meetings and workshop

*Organise meetings and workshops as required by the project.

*Assist the Regional Coordinator in ensuring that the objectives of respective meetings and workshop are efficiently met.

*Ensure proceedings and meetings minutes are recorded appropriately by staff designated for the task.

*Ensure timely publication/announcement of the meeting outcome on the MMN Webpage and/or circulation of the agreement arising from respective internal meetings with participants.

4. Capacity building of CSOs

*Coordinate the development of training modules for a regional training program, in consultation with the Regional Coordinator, Consultants and MMN project partners.

*Coordinate the development of a handbook for CSOs in the countries of origin.

*Organise the training programs.

*Ensure documentation of the program is done appropriately by staff designated for the task.

*Actively follow up with the participants of the training for sustained collaboration.

5. MMN Webpage and Social Media

*Regularly update a section on the MMN webpage specially dedicated to the project on Roles of Countries of Origin.

*Use other social media such as Facebook, Twitter etc, to effectively promote the achievement of the project and key advocacy points.

6. Film production

*Assist production of a short film, by coordinating logistics, organizing preparatory meetings, taking minutes of discussion etc.

7. Coordination and management of MMN partnerships and media contacts

*Regularly communicate with MMN members and follow up with them to ensure that MMN Secretariat has most updated contact information of respective members.

*Regularly update the MMN membership database to ensure smooth communication with members.

*Regularly update the MMN media contact list.

7. Reporting

*Prepare concise narrative reports on the outcome of respective project activities and submit them to the Regional Coordinator in a timely manner.

*Assist the Regional Coordinator in preparing the interim and final project reports to the donors.

8. Other tasks

*As a member of the MMN Secretariat, assist tasks related to other MMN projects and the overall work of MMN. These may include, but are not limited to, assisting in the organization of meetings and various activities for other projects, representing MMN in various events, and being a part of MMN team to organize regional events, etc.

*as assigned

S/he will work as a part of our multi-cultural team and report directly to the Regional Coordinator. The working language of MMN is English. As an employee of the sub-regional network, the job involves frequent travel. 

Qualifications and Experience


*A Master’s degree or equivalent experience in a relevant field, such as development studies, migration studies, gender studies, international relations or law;

*Minimum of 2 year of relevant work experience in a field related to human rights, migration, gender or development;

*Fluency in speaking and strong written in English

*Strong public speaking skills

*Strong research skills

*Strong commitment to and understanding of migration issues in Mekong countries

*Ability to work independently and as part of a team

*Ability to work in a diverse linguistic and cultural environment

*Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines

*Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

*Excellent attention to detail

*Proven computer literacy (Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint)

*Commitment to MMN’s approach and values

*Ability to travel


*Speaking and writing skills in Burmese, Khmer or Vietnamese

*Experience in carrying out collaborative projects

*Experience in developing training modules

*Experience doing national and regional-level advocacy

*Some experience on website and database management

*Experience using social media (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, etc.) for awareness raising


For those interested, please email your CV and a cover letter along with a list of two referees’ contact details and a writing sample in English for the attention of MMN Regional Coordinator, Ms. Reiko Harima at by 15 June 2020.  Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.