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The Australian Embassy in Hanoi is seeking applicants to fill the Locally Engaged Staff (LES) position of Senior Program Manager, Economic Integration within its Development Cooperation Section, Australian Embassy in Hanoi. For more information about DFAT and the Australian aid program, please visit: http://aid.dfat.gov.au/Pages/home.aspx
The successful applicant will initially be employed on a full-time contract for 12 months with the possibility of an extension.
Please see below for full details of the position description, selection criteria and instructions on how to apply for this position.
Deadline for application: 19 October, 2014
Position number: 11634
Title: Senior Program Manager, Economic Ingegration
Section: Development Cooperation
Reports to (title) First Secretary Economic Integration
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’s aid program to Vietnam is centred on priorities that have been jointly agreed with the Government of Vietnam, building on our past experience and where our resources can most effectively and efficiently be deployed. The Vietnam country strategy for the 2010 – 2015 period is focussed on economic integration (economic reform and infrastructure); human resource development; and environmental sustainability (water and sanitation and climate change). These areas are considered as critical in helping Vietnam to reduce poverty and navigate the challenges of its middle income years as it strives to become an industrialised country. A new country strategy covering the period post-2015 will commence development in late 2014.
The Aid Program has policy and programmatic linkages at Post with DFAT, AFP, AEI, Austrade and DIAC. ACIAR is a close partner.
About the position
Under limited direction, the Senior Program Manager has responsibility for effective planning, delivery and day-to-day management of assigned components of DFAT’s Aid Program in economic integration.
The key responsibilities of this position include:
- Working with DFAT Canberra, the Vietnamese Government and other development partners, contribute to setting the strategic direction and objectives for DFAT’s economic integration programs and in particular the Restructuring for a More Competitive Vietnam (RCV) program in Hanoi.
- Monitoring the development of Vietnamese Government, DFAT and other development partners’ policies and program performance relating to the areas of responsibility; identifying and developing links to DFAT funded activities.
- Managing selected initiatives under the economic integration program in Vietnam, including input to designs, monitoring implementation, participating in reviews, reporting on activity progress and outcomes and ensuring that these programs meet DFAT’s policy requirements and quality assurances criteria.
- Contract and financial administration (including using DFAT’s financial management system, AidWorks), drafting contracts, managing contract variations and contractor performance, maintaining accurate and up-to-date records and ensuring that DFAT meets its administrative, financial, regulatory and legal obligations.
- Planning and implementing performance and quality assurance processes needed for effective management of economic integration programs; identifying development, fraud and other program risks and working with counterparts and the First Secretary Economic Integration to manage these risks.
- Preparing high quality advice and evidence-based input to the reporting requirements at the program level
- Assisting DFAT Hanoi Post manage its relationship with key stakeholders at the national level by: representing DFAT Hanoi Post in governance, economic integration and hardship reduction related forums and meetings; and, negotiating at senior levels concerning the formulation and implementation of relevant programs within Vietnam and the region.
- Complying with DFAT Financial Management and Aid Management systems and procedures.
The following Selection Criteria are used to assess an applicant’s suitability for a position. Applicants must provide a statement of claims 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.
Key selection criteria
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience of implementing economic reform programs for poverty reduction in Vietnam’s development context;
- Experience in leading and/or contributing towards program designs; monitoring implementation; participating in reviews; reporting on activity progress and outcomes; managing resources including external partners and contractors; and financial administration;
- Demonstrated capacity to work independently and as part of a team and to meet deadlines within a fast-paced environment;
- Excellent verbal and written communication in a cross-cultural context (in both English and Vietnamese), including policy dialogue, networking and negotiation skills; and
- Analytical skills, sound judgement and the capacity to think strategically.
Eligibility / Other Requirements
- At least 7 year experience working in development;
- Tertiary qualifications in international development or a related field;
- Willingness to travel (national and international); and
- Experience working in a donor agency and/or with the non-government or private sector is preferable.
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 email@example.com by 5:00pm (Hanoi Time) 11 October 2014. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further process.
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