VVAF first returned to Vietnam in 1981 when the first of many delegations arrived to engage discussions with the government of Vietnam on issues of common concern, and to begin the long slow road to healing and reconciliation. In 1994, with the lifting of the US embargo against Vietnam, VVAF quickly established a representative office in Hanoi, and have been active in humanitarian assistance programs continuously since that time. Their involvement has grown substantially since then, and by mid 2009, VVAF have been active in 18 provinces with a variety of assistance programs. Since 1994 VVAF has been working in partnership with the Ministry of Health providing support for orthotic rehabilitation and skills training to provide orthotic devices and other solutions for those whose mobility is impaired and recently another support for mental health issues.
"Promoting Community-based Mental Health Care” is an Atlantic Philanthropies funded program executed by the Vietnam Veterans of American Foundation (VVAF) for about the three and a half years from January 2009 to June 2012. The overall objective of this program is to improve the mental health care system for the Da Nang and Khanh Hoa provinces of Vietnam. Through the introduction of the collaborative stepped care model into primary health care system, this program will achieve the specific objectives of increased availability of mental health resources and improved utilization of community mental health care services for management of common mental health disorders. This program will also provide the framework for future national mental health initiatives. They are now seeking motivated and qualified candidate to fill the Program Coordinator Position for this Mental Health Program.
Duty Station: Hanoi with significant travel to project provinces of Da Nang and Khanh Hoa
Duration of Assignment: 01 Year
Duties and responsibilities:
- The Program Coordinator will directly assist Program Director in coordinating different program components, resources, and stakeholders to ensure the coherence in implementing activities of different components, to ensure the efficient use of different resources, and ensure the effective collaborations among stakeholders for achieving the common goals of the program.
- Act as a focal point for planning, monitoring, supervision and evaluation of the program
- Facilitate the implementation of the program M&E system
- Coordinate and participate in the regular and ad-hoc monitoring and supervision field visits as well as prepares feedback reports with recommendations
- Identify other needs of the direct beneficiary in the community for immediate intervention or future support;
- Maintain good communication channels with all program stakeholders, especially with local implementing partners, to ensure any issues is addressed on a timely fashion
- Assist in maintaining effectively all correspondence and a digital archiving system related to program activities
- Assist in making the progress and final reports to be submitted to the donor, responsible for providing program updates following the specific requirement
- Identify any problems and/or risks that might jeopardize the quality and performance of program at provincial level and to report those problems/risks to the CPMU for analysis and appropriate response
- Facilitate the smoothly and timely information sharing within the program
- University degree in medical science or other relevant social sciences. Post graduate degree in public health is an advantage.
- At least 5 years working experience in the health sector or health projects, and proven experience in coordination of health related project.
- Proven success in previous position(s)
- Wide relationship with the health agencies at central and provincial levels is preferred
- Knowledge of donor financed projects and experience in management of donor-financed project.
- Professional knowledge of English and Vietnamese and the ability to clearly communicate and report in these languages
- Willingness to spend most of the time traveling among project provinces
- Ability to analyze complex situations; to identify problems/risks; and to propose proper solutions
- Ability to motivate others to meet the deadline of tasks
- Ability to work in a diverse cultural environment
Applicants should send a CV and letter of interest written in English and clearly stating the position applied for to:
Ms. Dong Thi Thanh Ha, Admin Manager
Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation,
20 Ha Hoi, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Deadline: 31st May, 2010.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
VVAF is an equal opportunity employer.