Australian Embassy
Vietnam
Embassy address: 8 Dao Tan Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi - Telephone: 3774 0100 - Fax: 3774 0111

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

The Australian Embassy in Hanoi is seeking applications to fill the following positions within its South East Asia Regional Hub Aid Effectiveness Team, Development Cooperation Section of the Australian Embassy in Hanoi. For more information about the Australian aid program, please visit Department of Foreign Affairs website: http://aid.dfat.gov.au/Pages/home.aspx

• Design & Risk Manager, South East Asia Regional Hub
• Evaluation Manager, South East Asia Regional Hub

The successful candidates for these positions will be located at the Australian Embassy in Hanoi and are required to be available for domestic and international travel.

Please see below for full details of the position descriptions, selection criteria and instructions on how to apply for these positions

THE AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
 

Design and Risk Manager, South East Asia Regional Hub
Agency: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Position Number: 11651
Title: Design and Risk Manager, South East Asia Regional Hub
Classification: LE6
Division/Post/Section: South East Asia Mainland & Regional
Reports to (title): First Secretary, Aid Effectiveness
About the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

The role of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is to advance the interests of Australia and Australians internationally. This involves strengthening Australia’s security, enhancing Australia’s prosperity, delivering an effective and high quality overseas aid program and helping Australian travellers and Australians overseas.
The Department provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the Australian Government. DFAT also works with other Australian government agencies to drive coordination of Australia’s pursuit of global, regional and bilateral interests.
Australia and Vietnam have an effective development partnership that is boosting economic growth and tackling poverty, improving health and education outcomes, and strengthening democracy, justice and governance.

About the section

The South East Asia Regional Hub provides support to the bilateral and regional programs in the Mekong (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar). The team provides a range of advisory and support services to help posts effectively and efficiently deliver their development assistance programs.

About the position

Under limited direction, the Design and Risk Manager, South East Asia Regional Hub will be responsible for providing expert advice to support DFAT Mekong aid programs establish a high quality portfolio of aid investments.
The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
• provide advice and support to Mekong programs for the development of investment concepts, investment designs, quality assurance and risk management processes, results reporting, partner engagement, and performance assessment;
• participate in selected design processes and missions;
• provide technical advice in relation to design planning and pipeline planning including identification of possible scaling up opportunities;
• liaise with internal stakeholders, including South East Asia Regional Hub sectoral specialists, review and appraise concept and design documentation for consideration by senior management;
• participate in annual program and investment assessments and support review processes for non-performing investments as required;
• analyse and compile regular management information for senior management in the Mekong portfolio;
• provide expert advice to Program Managers on effective risk management within program designs and during program implementation;
• focal point for supporting corporate aid management training associated with planning, design and program management
• provide quality assurance and case review of design documents, risk management strategies and program performance assessments;
• review the professional practice of peers in the fields of aid program design and risk management;
• conduct research and analysis to enable cross learning on effective aid approaches and instruments
• maintain information base on Mekong and Regional design and contracting experiences including consultant registry.

Qualifications/Experience

• Strong analytical skills and an understanding of development issues in Vietnam and the Mekong region
• Relevant tertiary qualification in a development aid related discipline required
• At least 5 years’ experience in aid program evaluation and design required.

Selection Criteria

Important: The Selection Criteria are used to assess an applicant’s suitability for a position. Applicants must provide a statement of claims, not exceeding two pages, addressing the selection criteria below. Statements should detail suitability to perform the duties of the position including personal qualities, experience, skills and knowledge relative to the selection criteria
1. At least 5 years’ experience in aid program evaluation and design, particularly experience in contributing towards the formulation of recognized high quality designs for bilateral and/or multilateral aid agencies and awareness of a range of different aid instruments;
2. Applied knowledge of results based management, including clear program logic/theory of change, risk management, partnership management and supportive M&E and reporting systems;
3. Understanding of socio-economic development, including the role of development assistance, of one or more countries of the Mekong region;
4. Analytical skills and ability to analyse and interpret policies and develop innovative solutions to complex issues;
5. Capacity to think strategically and strong judgement for making sound decisions on tasks/assignments with considerable complexity and sensitivity under limited direction;
6. High level communication and influencing skills with the ability to write clearly and quickly and convey technical information to a variety of audiences in a cross-cultural context.

 

 

How to apply

Those interested in this position should lodge:
• A covering letter;
• A Curriculum Vitae (CV) of no more than 3 pages;
• A statement (no more than half a page per criterion) in support of their application, using the provided selection criteria as headings; and
• Updated contact details of two referees.
and email jobs.ahc.hanoi@dfat.gov.au , by 5:00pm (Hanoi Time) 14 September, 2014. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further process.
 

 
Evaluation Manager – South East Asia Regional Hub
Agency: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Position Number: 11652
Title: Evaluation Manager, South East Asia Regional Hub
Classification: LE6
Division/Post/Section: South-East Asia Mainland and Regional
Reports to (title): First Secretary, Aid Effectiveness
About the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

The role of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is to advance the interests of Australia and Australians internationally. This involves strengthening Australia’s security, enhancing Australia’s prosperity, delivering an effective and high quality overseas aid program and helping Australian travellers and Australians overseas.
The Department provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the Australian Government. DFAT also works with other Australian government agencies to drive coordination of Australia’s pursuit of global, regional and bilateral interests.
Australia and Vietnam have an effective development partnership that is boosting economic growth and tackling poverty, improving health and education outcomes, and strengthening democracy, justice and governance.

About the section

The South East Asia Regional Hub provides support to the bilateral and regional programs in the Mekong (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar). The team provides a range of advisory and support services to help posts effectively and efficiently deliver their development assistance programs.

About the position

Under limited direction the Evaluation Manager, South East Asia Regional Hub is responsible for providing expert advice to support DFAT Mekong aid programs establish a high quality portfolio of aid investments.
The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
• provide advice and support to Mekong programs in the development of annual evaluation plans and develop and manage the implementation of an annual evaluation plan for Mekong programs, including coordinating technical inputs from DFAT Hub sector specialists;
• provide expert advice and support in the preparation, conducting, and dissemination of reviews and evaluations including preparation of Terms of Reference;
• contribute to selected review and evaluation missions;
• liaise with internal stakeholders , including Mekong sectoral specialists, on evaluations and reviews (including those related to aid effectiveness and risk);
• provide expert advice on evaluation program requirements and the types of evaluation methods review and appraise concept and design documentation to be considered by senior management;
• provide expert advice to support programs on the collection of baseline data and other data during mobilisation/implementation, including supporting data systems and monitoring/management processes;
• focal point for supporting corporate aid management cycle training associated with evaluations;
• establish and manage a communication strategy to enable cross learning on evaluation findings (internal and external);
• develop and manage an information base on Mekong and Regional evaluation experiences including consultant performance;
• conduct research and analysis to enable peer learning on effective evaluation;
• provide quality assurance and case review of evaluation frameworks in aid programs;
• review professional practice of peers in the field of evaluation processes and frameworks and their implementation throughout the program;
• maintain links with the Office of Development Effectiveness and key international institutions and bodies associated with evaluations;

Qualifications/Experience

• Strong analytical skills and an understanding of development issues in Vietnam and the Mekong region.
• Relevant tertiary qualification in a development aid related discipline required
• At least 5 years’ experience in aid program evaluation and design required

Selection Criteria

Important: The Selection Criteria are used to assess an applicant’s suitability for a position. Applicants must provide a statement of claims, not exceeding two pages, addressing the selection criteria below. Statements should detail suitability to perform the duties of the position including personal qualities, experience, skills and knowledge relative to the selection criteria
1. At least 5 year experience in aid program evaluation and design, particularly experience in identifying necessary design and data requirements for evaluations at investment design/mobilisation stage; contributing towards the formulation of recognized high quality evaluations for bilateral and/or multilateral aid agencies;
2. Significant knowledge and skills in research, monitoring and evaluations (different types, approaches, methodologies, techniques) and knowledge on good practices in evaluations in various thematic areas;
3. Understanding of socio-economic development, including the role of development assistance, of one or more countries of the Mekong region;
4. Analytical skills and ability to analyse and interpret policies and develop innovative solutions to complex issues;
5. Capacity to think strategically and strong judgement for making sound decisions on tasks/assignments with considerable complexity and sensitivity under limited direction;
6. High level communication and influencing skills with the ability to write clearly and quickly and convey technical information to a variety of audiences in a cross-cultural context;

 

 

 

 

How to apply

Those interested in this position should lodge:
• A covering letter;
• A Curriculum Vitae (CV) of no more than 3 pages;
• A statement (no more than half a page per criterion) in support of their application, using the provided selection criteria as headings; and
• Updated contact details of two referees.
and email jobs.ahc.hanoi@dfat.gov.au , by 5:00pm (Hanoi Time) 14 September, 2014. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further process.