Project Manager




The Global Coffee Platform (GCP) is an inclusive multi-stakeholder sustainability platform that convenes coffee stakeholders, priorities sustainability issues and catalyzes local action and progress measurement in collaboration with country platforms to create a thriving and sustainable coffee sector. The members of the Global Coffee Platform include farmers and farmer organizations, trade (exporters and importers), industry (coffee roasters and retailers), other supply chain actors, civil society, coffee associations and others.

GCP Member Initiatives (MI) optimize sustainability investments and multiply impact through pooling resources, knowledge, and networks to collectively address country specific sustainability gaps. By partnering with GCP, participants of an MI support the coffee sector to identify and address complex issues through a structured and collaborative approach.

GCP Vietnam developed a proposal for a 5-year MI on effective and sustainable management and use of agro-inputs in Vietnam, which focuses on addressing the sustainable and responsible use of agro-inputs (especially herbicides) in the coffee sector in Vietnam by improving the enabling environment and sector policies, providing support and training to farmers and stakeholders in the Central Highlands and conducting research to gather and document best practices and lessons learned. Results of the MI will be shared with Vietnamese and international coffee sector stakeholders in order to upscale best practices.

The MI has raised commitments from roasters, including Nestlé, JDE and Tchibo as well as IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative. Additional interested actors are actively invited to participate in this initiative.

The MI is expected to be launched in Vietnam in May 2020. Therefore, GCP is looking for a Project Manager to be based in the Central Highlands to manage and coordinate the daily implementation of this initiative.


The MI Project Manager is responsible for planning and overseeing the implementation of the Member Initiative at national and at field level, ensuring the smooth operation of the project, working closely with the local implementing partners, collaborating with coffee actors and engaging more members and partners for the initiative. The Project Manager will report to the GCP Country Manager Vietnam and the MI Steering Committee (SC).

Key responsibilities include:

  • Being the key focal point of the MI Agro-Inputs in liaising with international funding partners, implementing partners and local partners during the implementation of the MI at the national and local levels;
  • Being responsible for the daily management, coordination and monitoring of the implementation and reporting of all MI activities in Vietnam at national and at field level by the implementing partners;
  • Working closely with implementing partners to develop annual detailed implementation plans, review activity plans, manage contracts and monitor their implementations;
  • Working closely with the Technical Advisory Team and GCP Program Manager to provide input and advice to the implementing partners and make any timely changes if necessary;
  • Reporting in the Management Unit meetings monthly and to the Steering Committee meetings quarterly;
  • Line-managing a Project Officer;
  • Being responsible for developing financial and narrative bi-annual and annual reports to be submitted to the Steering Committee and GCP Secretariat;
  • Contributing significantly to the further detailed development of activities and outcomes of the MI 2nd phase;
  • Establishing, maintaining and developing networking with key coffee actors, both public and private sector, and representing MI and GCP Vietnam at relevant meetings and conferences;
  • Identifying potential organizations and private sector to join and contribute to the MI, particularly for the 2nd phase in close collaboration with the GCP Secretariat;
  • Being responsible for the day-to-day management of the Admin/Finance/Monitoring & Evaluation Officer in the MI team, who is based in the Central Highlands;
  • Contributing to the development of GCP Vietnam country strategy, annual plans and other activities including communications and fundraising;
  • Contributing and supporting other tasks as required.


The strong candidate for this position is expected to possess these qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in agricultural chemistry, agronomy, plant protection, rural development or related field;
  • At least 15 years of work experience in the agricultural sector with a minimum of 8 years of experience in managing large-scale coffee/agricultural/rural development programs;
  • Project management skills with the ability to manage several tasks simultaneously;
  • Credibility and broad networking with the Vietnamese coffee sector, public and private sectors and key international institutions working in sustainable coffee;
  • Solid knowledge of agricultural/coffee/agro-chemicals policies and experience in policy advocacy at national and provincial levels;
  • Ability and track record to effectively guide and support complex change processes involving people and organizations from public and private sectors;
  • Connection to key international and Vietnamese stakeholders and experience and proven track record in building alliances and initiatives between them;
  • Excellent representation skills and ability to interpret and communicate the principles of sustainability to multicultural audiences and stakeholder groups;
  • Good written and verbal communication skills in Vietnamese and English;
  • Experience in Monitoring & Evaluation, impact analysis and sustainability measurement;
  • Experience in management and coaching of a team ;
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Power Point, Excel, Office 365);
  • Willing to live full-time in the Central Highlands and flexible to travel nationally and internationally if needed;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team towards defined objectives and goals;
  • Results-oriented approach, positive thinking and good teamwork spirit;
  • Strong passion for coffee and sustainable development of coffee.


GCP offers a collaborative and dynamic environment and competitive salary to the qualified candidate.

  • Contract: Full-time position (40 hours/week) with 30-day annual leave; a 3-year contract with the possibility of extension, 3-month probation period. An attractive salary to be negotiated based on her/hisskills and qualifications, embedded in the GCP internal salary structure.
  • Provision of technical equipment.
  • Starting date: May 2020.
  • Location: Central Highlands with frequent travel to Hanoi.


Interested candidates can send their application in English (Cover letter and Curriculum Vitae) with likely starting date and salary indication by email to Ms. Nhung at [email protected] by 6 April 2020.

Please refer to “MI Agro-Inputs Project Manager” in the subject line of your email. All applications will be treated with all due discretion.

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Job Details
Organisation Name: 
Central Highlands
Application Deadline: 
Mon, 2020-04-06