Deputy Country Representative

The Asia Foundation



In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Asia plays a crucial global role. Would you be excited at the prospect of employing your knowledge and skills to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across this dynamic region? 

You could have this opportunity at The Asia Foundation. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, we address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century: governance and law, economic development, women's empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.  

The Asia Foundation’s Vietnam office in Hanoi is seeking a Deputy Country Representative. This position is a member of the senior management team of The Asia Foundation (Foundation) in Vietnam and supports all programs, operations, and external relations in accordance with Foundation strategies and policy guidelines. The Deputy Country Representative is responsible for supporting the management of all aspects of the Foundation’s work in Vietnam, including new program development; the design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of program activities; and the development of effective working relationships with the host government, donors, partner agencies, diplomatic missions, national and international institutions, and the media. This position also supports oversight of financial and grant management, and administration; human resources, including the recruitment, guidance, and appraisal of office staff; and fundraising and the diversification of donor support. Additionally, the Deputy Country Representative works with other Asia Foundation offices on multi-country programs, events, and/or exchanges on issues of regional and international importance. The Deputy Country Representative is based in Hanoi and reports to the Country Representative/ Vietnam.


  • Minimum 13 years of experience managing international development programs, offices, or organizations, preferably in Asia.
  • Successful record in fundraising from ODA sources (experience in proposal writing, managing proposal teams, building, and maintaining relationships with donors, etc.).
  • Demonstrated experience managing diverse agreements (contracts, cooperative agreements, grants, partnerships, and other bilateral/multilateral contractual arrangements) from public and private donors.
  • Strong program management skills and experience, including designing new programs, establishing monitoring and reporting systems, ensuring compliance with donor regulations, coordinating across multiple programs, and identifying solutions to implementation challenges.
  • Deep technical knowledge in at least one of the office’s key programming areas: Energy and Climate Action; Digital Economy and Transformation; Economic Governance and Inclusion; and Migration and Labor.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively with the private sector, more specifically with domestic and international businesses in Vietnam.
  • Deep understanding of the complex political, economic and administrative processes and environment in Vietnam; significant experience working in Vietnam and knowledge of key institutions and government stakeholders, as well as capacity to build collaborations with the government and business communities.
  • Strong skills in supervising, motivating, and building the capacity of multicultural staff and teams in order to cultivate a culture of innovation and accountability.
  • Excellent financial management skills including effective budget oversight.
  • Experience with implementation of IT-based compliance systems.
  • Good representational and diplomatic skills; as well as interpersonal and intercultural competence.
  • Demonstrable decision-making capacity and good judgment.
  • Record of recruiting, retaining, and developing top, diverse talent.
  • Demonstrable analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent English-language written communication skills, including proposal writing and report editing.

Education and Technical Expertise

  • Master's degree or higher in a relevant field, such as political science, public policy, or international development.


  • Minimum of 8 years of professional experience in Vietnam.
  • Ability to deploy quickly to Vietnam.

Applications should be submitted to Ms. Nguyen Hai Ha at [email protected].  

The application deadline is July 17, 2022

The Foundation offers excellent benefits and salary commensurate with experience. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply. No phone calls please. Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview.


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Sun, 2022-07-17