Country Program Coordinator

Vacancy Announcement

Viet Nam Country Program

Application Deadline: 5th July 2017

RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests holds a unique and important place in the world of forestry. It is the only international not?for?profit organization that specializes in capacity building for community forestry and devolved forest management. With 30 years of international experience and a dynamic approach to capacity development - involving research, analysis and synthesis, strategic communication, training and learning networks; and piloting and demonstrating - RECOFTC delivers innovative solutions for people and forests.

In recent years, the organization has established Country Programs in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand and Viet Nam, with its headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand. The Center’s work focuses its programmatic activities to develop capacities for community forestry at all levels through its interlinked thematic focuses ? securing community forestry; enhancing livelihoods and markets; people, forests and climate change; and transforming forest conflict. RECOFTC’s current five year Strategic Plan (2013?18) will be coming to an end in September 2018, and therefore RECOFTC is now in the process of developing a new strategic plan for 2018?23.

In Viet Nam, RECOFTC has been engaged to build the capacity of village (community) forestry stakeholders for last many years primarily through capacity development programs and strategic engagement with key partners and stakeholders. RECOFTC has Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with VN Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST) for strategic partnership and collaborative activities. In recent years, RECOFTC has implemented a number of projects, cutting across our key thematic areas. RECOFTC is currently seeking a Country Program Coordinator for its Viet Nam Country Program. The successful applicant will be based at Viet Nam Country Program Office in Ha Noi, with frequent travel to country program activities implementation sites and in the region, mainly to RECOFTC headquarters in Bangkok. The contract period will be for 24 months with possibility of extension. This position is open to Vietnamese candidates only.

Position Summary

The Country Program Coordinator (CPC) is responsible for the leading of RECOFTC’s Viet Nam Country Program operation and administration, communication and information management, the direction and supervision of employees, and the design, implementation, monitoring & evaluation and reporting of program and project activities. CPC will report to Program Coordination and Operations (PROCO) Unit Manager of RECOFTC, based in RECOFTC headquarters Bangkok, Thailand.

Responsibilities and Duties

1. Business development (25%)

  • Develop Viet Nam Country Program business development and fundraising strategy with support from Senior Business Development Officer, PROCO Unit Manager and other relevant staff based at RECOFTC headquarters; Provide business intelligence to generate financial resources, to develop and diversify project portfolio and thus ensure financial sustainability of VCP;

  • Represent RECOFTC at the highest levels with donors, partners and relevant stakeholders at multilateral and bilateral meetings, conferences and donor events in the country;

  • Work with communication team to develop corporate communication and advocacy strategy based on Viet Nam Country Program engagement strategy; communicate RECOFTC’s achievements to donors and act as a spokesperson at RECOFTC events;

  • Identify strategic opportunities and promote an organization?wide culture of fundraising and business awareness to support country program implementation in focal landscapes and beyond;

2. Program management and delivery (40%)

  • Manage the country program portfolio in order to achieve strategic and intermediate outcomes of RECOFTC;

  • Contribute to RECOFTC overall strategy and take lead to implement the country engagement strategy, including development annual work plan for VCP, timely submission of program activity planning on a monthly and quarterly basis and half yearly and annual progress reporting;

  • Contribute and manage research and study in related topics to support innovation and knowledge management for country program design and implementation;

  • Coordinate monitoring of project portfolio from various donors/funders from national and international agencies in order to ensure that project deliverables meet the timeline and the quality;

  • Work with Project Coordinators of multi?country projects being implemented by RECOFTC headquarters that have components in Viet Nam to ensure effective implementation and integration of projects into programmatic strategy to help achieve strategic outcomes of RECOFTC;

  • Oversee technical content of RECOFTC Viet Nam Country Program communication tools and channels, including report writing, and translation of communication products in national language and vice?versa;

  • Support the development of training modules and delivery of training programs, when needed;

3. Stakeholder networking and relationship building (20%)

  • Develop and foster effective working relationship with Government from national to grassroots level. Engage with policy makers and National Community Forestry Network/ Working group regarding opportunities and challenges facing Community Forestry in Viet Nam and make practical evidence based recommendations for improvements to regulatory frameworks;

  • Establish, develop and maintain strategic partners and collaborators (Vietnamese Government, other NGOs, CBOs, INGOs and Private Sector) to explore area for collaboration and expanding RECOFTC program activities and impacts in the country;

  • Actively engage and collaborate with CF networks and relevant organizations to help identify and share insights among communities and implementation partners, promote best practices for CF and to monitor overall progress in the CF sector;

  • Represent RECOFTC in events/meetings/conferences at various levels from national to international;

4. Monitoring and evaluation (5%)

  • Work closely with RECOFTC headquarters based Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Program Officer to coordinate and supervise data inputs from various program and project activities in the country and generate evidences for reporting on strategic and intermediate outcomes;

  • Responsible for progress reports to be submitted to program and project donors;

  • Support analysis of M&E data to generate communication products to enhance VCP outreach;

5. Governance of VCP office (5%)

  • Make effective use of Country Program Operations Manual to ensure smooth delivery of program activities. Ensure that the rules, regulations and practices in the country office comply with the country laws and regulations;

  • Ensure compliance with RECOFTC policies and procedures for program and project operations;

  • Ensure transparency in all financial transactions related with project and program activities;

  • Ensure timely update of financial expenditure records into RECOFTC systems from country program and project activities;

6. Human resource development and management (5%)

  • Manage program and project staff, including oversight of program administration and human resources;

  • Develop Job Description for and facilitate recruitment of program and project staff and interns, as per the need as well undertaking regular performance appraisal according to RECOFTC’s policy;

  • Create atmosphere for organizational learning, provide coaching and result?oriented leadership to the country program staff and interns;

  • Stimulate individual staff performance and lead overall team development Source and manage appropriate experienced consultants when required;

  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Unit Manager, Program Coordination and Operations

Qualification and Experience


  • At least 10 years of experience in managing program and project portfolio and fund raising in natural resource management sector, preferably on community forestry;

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in forestry, natural resource management, social sciences, economics or a relevant field;

  • Familiarity with forestry context in RECOFTC’s focal countries;

  • Strong experience in managing international donor?funded program and projects and CF policy development;

  • Strong leadership and networking abilities;

  • Strong organization, management and problem solving skills;

  • Demonstrate proposal and report writing ability;

  • Experience in natural resources capacity building and/or participatory training and curriculum development;

  • Fluent written and spoken English and Vietnamese;

  • Willingness to travel frequently to field sites, and occasionally to RECOFTC headquarters in Thailand.


In addition to job specific skills and experience, the applicant should possess the following characteristics (including attitudes and skills):

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, individually and in?groups, with an ability to work as an active member of teams. This implies flexibility and open?mindedness.

  • Initiative and ability to make informed independent judgments (which is not inconsistent with an overall team approach)

  • Ability to work in a variety of cultural and institutional contexts.

Interested candidates are requested to submit a CV and cover letter indicating why they are suitable for this position along with salary expectations and current contact details of three referees, including recent supervisors to [email protected]. Women are strongly encouraged to apply. RECOFTC is an equal opportunity employer and the successful candidate will be selected based on merit.

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RECOFTC retains the right to offer this position at a job grade relevant to the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.

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Wed, 2017-07-05