Project officer

TOR for Project officer

Helen Keller International (HKI) is an international non-governmental organization. Its mission is to save and improve the sight and lives of the world’s vulnerable by combatting the causes and consequences of blindness, poor health and malnutrition. We do this by establishing programs grounded in evidence-based research in eye health and nutrition.

HKI has been implementing the Enhanced Homestead Food Production (EHFP) project in Son La since 2013 to increase food availability, diversity and consumption among women and children and positively impact nutrition and food security among participant households. The EHFP model’s ultimate goal is to improve the nutrition and micronutrient status of mothers and children under two years of age via: behavior change communication, nutrition education and agricultural training, and the production and consumption of micronutrient rich foods by establishing homestead food production. With the continued support from Irish Aid, the four-year project “Scaling up Improved Household Food Security and Nutrition through Enhanced Homestead Food Production,” from 2017 to 2021 will be implemented in Hoa Binh and Lai Chau Provinces. The project’s goal of improved food security and nutrition will be achieved by pursuing the following key objectives:

  • To improve year-round production of safe and micronutrient-rich foods among target households.
  • To improve consumption of micronutrient rich foods by households, particularly women of reproductive age and children aged 6-23 months.
  • To improve optimal maternal and child nutrition practices.
  • To empower participating women to contribute to the improved nutrition and well-being of their families and in their communities through selling surplus from EHFP produce.
  • To improve income of households from sale of excess EHFP products through access to small-scale food processing facilities and to markets.
  • To strengthen coordination for nutrition and food security at the national and local levels with a focus on equitable inclusion of disadvantaged groups.

We are currently seeking one Project Officer for this project.


The Project Officer (PO) will be based in Hanoi and is required to help the Project Manager to coordinate and implement field activities.  This position will be required to conduct regular M&E visits to monitor the progress and the quality of the fields activities and provide recommendations needed to improve the EHFP program.  

Report to:             Project Manager
Collaborate with:    Finance /Administrative team and other program staff
Duty station:                           Hanoi with 50% time travelling to the fields.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist the project manager to make the plan and budget for project activities
  • Provide technical supports to field staff to implement field activities that meet the standards of EHFP model and time frame as planned
  • Coordinate and supervise the implementation of the EHFP program in Hoa Binh and Lai Chau provinces in collaboration with local partners;
  • Develop and strengthen partnerships with local partner and key stakeholders, maintaining relationships with relevant authorities;
  • Travel monthly regular field visits to monitor the progress and quality of the program activities and raise solutions for the problem raised from field visits  
  • Report to the Project Manager, liaise with the Finance Administrator;
  • Produce monthly and activities reports consisting of observations and documentation of work in the field while making recommendations to improve the program;
  • Assist with project budget forecast, disbursement and reporting.
  • Assist to update monthly data into M&E frame for reporting to the donors
  • Prepare some administrative papers related to project activities.

Contract duration: 01 year contract with possible extension based on work performance


  • Vietnamese citizen;
  • At least 5 years working experience, preferably in public health/nutrition, agriculture
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
  • University degree (degree in public health/nutrition is an advantage);
  • Working experience in development sector, especially NGOs and community groups;
  • Background knowledge of nutrition/agriculture in Vietnam is preferred;
  • Has skills in project management, presentation and communication;
  • Have demonstrated an ability to develop analysis plans for survey data and analyze survey and monitoring data to support programmatic decision making’.
  • Experience working with local partners to facilitate filed activities and build local organizational capacity
  • Understanding of and sensitivity to poverty-related development and gender issues;
  • Good knowledge of spoken and written Vietnamese and English;
  • Ability to work in a team environment without direct formal hierarchy;
  • Demonstrates flexibility, adaptability and initiative;
  • Motivated team player who can manage his/her own project and provide support to team;
  • Agree with HKI’s mission and want to contribute to improving nutrition in Vietnam.
  • Willingness to make regular travel to project sites, estimated time for travel to the field 60%


  • Have clear understanding of and experience with M&E framework, tools, process, sampling, data collection frequencies and data sources monitoring and evaluation of programs related to public health
  • Experience in quantitative and qualitative research, sampling methodology and data analysis is desirable.
  • Established track record of achieving results within difficult working environments is required e,g ability to multi-task and work under pressure and tight deadlines and with a team of colleagues;
  • Possess good analytical and report writing skills with proven command of English and Vietnamese.
  • Familiarity with electronic data collection methods;
  • Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • Experience using the DHIS2 information system will be a plus


  • Essential Character:
    • Analytical thinking
    • Results Orientated
    • Independent thinking
    • Managing Impact
  • Essential Skills:
    • Relationship building
    • Planning and organising
    • SPSS/Stata
    • Understanding others
  • Preferred competencies:
    • Writing
    • Flexibility
    • Development Orientation
    • Thoroughness

HKI offers competitive salary and benefits.

The interested candidate should submit: A letter of interest; CV; and Supporting documents (as appropriate).

To: Helen Keller International Vietnam
Room 305-306, A2 building, Van Phuc Diplomatic Compound,
298 Kim Ma, Hanoi, Vietnam
Email: [email protected]; and Cc: [email protected] and [email protected]

The deadline for submitting applications is 15th December 2017.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted

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