Senior Governance Advisor and Knowledge Broker

Oxfam in Vietnam vacancy


Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.

That means we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves, and for others. We take on issues like land rights, climate change and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty.

Oxfam is a confederation of 20 organizations working together in more than 90 countries. We are part of a global movement for change, empowering people to create a future that is secure, just, and free from poverty.

Oxfam in Vietnam is working to seek transformative changes in policies, practices and beliefs in ways that will fundamentally improve the lives of poor and marginalized women and men and ensure that all citizens have the same opportunity to enjoy their rights. Oxfam in Vietnam current country strategy contributes to shaping the debate on extreme inequality in Vietnam and globally, our four-programme includes women rights’, building resilience to disaster, climate risks and emergency response, sustainable food and fair sharing of natural resources, and good governance.

All our work is led by three core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness. To read more about our values please click here

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

The Role

To provide specialist knowledge to the strategy development and implementation of Oxfam’s Governance and civic space Programme in Vietnam that is aimed at achieving policy, attitude and practice change towards good governance, social accountability and civil society development; and, broker  and facilitate exchange of related knowledge in Oxfam network for Asia Civic space Working Group and Oxfam global Knowledge Hub Governance & Citizenship. 


Fixed term, two-year contract with possible extension

Reporting to:

Country director


This vacancy is open to national candidates, and international candidates who are already established in Vietnam

Based in:

Hanoi with frequent travel

Key responsibilities and Accountabilities:

On governance programming and research

  • Contribute to the strategy development for Oxfam’s Governance Programme in Vietnam giving strategic input on programme development; Contribute to the process of planning and designing activities based on the overall project framework;
  • Deliver technical assistance and provide specialist advice to the programme and partners for specific needs and outputs such as policy research and analysis on advocacy;
  • Contribute to the overall quality assurance and risk management of the programme by regularly maintaining and monitoring risk matrix and quality checklist;
  • Contribute to the delivery, MEL process of the programme towards achievement of agreed objectives;
  • Engage in discussions with project partners and stakeholders to develop programmes that can foster external funding opportunities, contribute to fund-raising activities;
  • Support effective cooperation between partners and other strategic actors including related government agencies, donors, civil society organisations, media and research institutions inside and outside Vietnam;
  • Co-ordinate drafting reports, review and edit annual work plans and other materials.

On knowledge brokering

  • Lead and co-create spaces for learning exchange and knowledge reflection, online and offline such as regional or global learning events, peer to peer exchanges, webinars etc;
  • Supporting country teams in Asia to contribute to and take on board insights from the co-created learning agenda on civic space in the region;
  • Providing hands on support to country teams on research methodology and research development;
  • Connecting to cross country and cross regional learning on civic space;
  • Writing case studies, adapting tools and resources, curating content on civic space and active citizenship and other materials;
  • Nurture peer-to-peer learning network among programme and campaign staff in country teams and partner organisations;
  • Engage with Oxfam Knowledge Hub Governance & Active citizenship Core Team in sharing learning across core topics, supporting and communicating with the wider network.

Technical Skills, Experience & Knowledge:

  • Qualified to at least Master degree in relevant field with proven track record in technical advisory role in governance programme and related research topics;
  • Minimum 10 years of work experience working on governance & active citizenship, social accountability;
  • Substantial knowledge of political/social/economic development, good understanding of policy making and monitoring processes in Vietnam and/or in Asia;
  • Substantial experience of conducting and managing evidence-based research for policy advocacy and influencing;
  • Strong conceptual, analytical and strategic thinking; ability to analyse development context and driving factors; Ability to ‘think politically’ by understanding motivations, pressures and challenges faced by different actors;
  • Capacity to facilitate and support exchange across peer networks;
  • Evidence of strong communication skills and ability to reach different audiences, with strong writing and editing skills;
  • Proven experience and skills in strategic planning in development context;
  • Sound experience in managing and monitoring development projects, including partnership management;
  • Sound experience in capacity building and good facilitation skills;
  • Good analytical thinking skills and abilities to influence others;
  • Outstanding social and intercultural skills;
  • Ability to demonstrate an openness and willingness to learn about the application of Oxfam gender mainstreaming framework, women's rights, and diversity to all aspects of development work;
  • Have a record of publications in the related field(s) is a plus;
  • High level of written and spoken English;
  • Fluency in Vietnamese; and, other Asian languages is a plus;
  • Good computer skills and experienced in using online tools for brokering of knowledge and learning networks;
  • Willingness to travel to remote areas of Vietnam, with regular travels internationally.

Key qualities

  • Flexibility of attitude and approach, aptitude to adapt and learn by doing and experimenting new approaches and ways of working with others;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, pro-active networking, collaborative and sense of initiative) and demonstrated ability to work in multi-cultural teams;
  • Ability to think conceptually and translate concepts into practical solutions and innovative ideas;
  • Experience of managing a network of relationships at a distance;
  • Strong understanding of gender equality issues and respect for diversity;
  • Manages own workload and meets organisational and external deadlines;
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

How to apply:

Interested candidates can send your application including motivation letter and curriculum vitae and mentioning reference number SGA200802 to [email protected].

The closing date for application:  13th September 2020

We regret that only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Oxfam is an equal opportunity employer

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Sun, 2020-09-13