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Field Coordinator (Viet Nam), Mangroves and Climate Change (MCC)

Vacancy #:   635
Unit:   Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City Project Office
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Vietnam Country Office, Hanoi, Viet Nam
Reporting to:   Mekong Delta Program Manager
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   15 September 2013
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months)
Closing date:   15 September 2013
Mangroves for the Future (MFF) is a partnership-based initiative promoting investment in coastal ecosystems for sustainable development. With a vision of a healthier, more prosperous and secure future for all coastal communities MFF provides a collaborative platform to help countries, sectors and agencies in the MFF region tackle the growing challenges to coastal sustainability.
Since August 2012, MFF has been supported by DANIDA to implement a 3-year project in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Vietnam with the objective to realize the potential of mangroves and other coastal vegetation for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the MFF Region. And in Vietnam, the project will support activities in Ben Tre and Tra Vinh.

Under the supervision of the Project Manager (PM), effectively coordinate, monitor, and report on the implementation of project activities in Ben Tre and Tra Vinh;.
Under the supervision of the MFF Small Grant Facility Manager, organize PCM training, site visits to small grant projects, and organize MLE visits to ensure that results and lessons learned are captured;
Provide logistical support to IUCN staff and consultants engaged in this project in Vietnam;
Coordinate with other IUCN projects in with similar geographic or thematic areas to maximize synergies and avoid duplication, and ensure smooth working relations with project partners, notably provincial departments, GIZ, Oxfam, and WFF etc


Project Implementation, Management and Administration
Coordinate and provide input to all MCC field activities in Ben Tre and Tra Vinh;
Liaise regularly with provincial authorities and identify and responds to specific requests for information and technical assistance;
Visit field sites and grantees on a regular basis to review and assist project activities;
Ensure compliance with all project management requirements including timely submission of work plans, budgets, internal agreements, contracts, and progress reports;
Contribute to 4-month project reports and other donor reports as required.

Grants Management and Monitoring
Help plan and participate in project monitoring and evaluation to ensure timely completion of tasks and for their quality assurance;
Support the PM and MFF SGF Manager in implementation of SGF projects in Vietnam.

Networking, Relationship Building and Communications
Ensure smooth working relations with GIZ, Oxfam, and WWF and other relevant projects and institutions;
Provide stories, photos, and other materials for use in project communications and outreach products and activities in close collaboration with the MFF Knowledge Management and Communication team;
Assist the PM with distillation of learning from SGF and research studies for preparation of communication material for dissemination of the project activities and results;


Carry out other relevant duties that may be assigned from time to time and as required to ensure the effective and efficient operations of the MCC project in Vietnam.
  • Bachelor degree in environmental science or a related field (coastal/marine management, natural resource management, protected areas, etc).

• At least three years of experience working in the field of environmental sciences/natural resource management, ideally in Mekong Delta.

• Experience working with a diverse range of partners such as international organizations, NGOs, and government departments.

• Willingness to be based in Ben Tre, Ho Chi Minh.

• Excellent English communication skills.

Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button.

Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

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