Training & Extension Director


ACDI/VOCA is a non-profit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy for 45 years and in 145 countries. In Vietnam, with funding from USAID, ACDI/VOCA is implementing the Sustainable Cocoa Farmers project. To date, ACDI/VOCA has introduced cocoa best agricultural practices to over 22,000 smallholder farmers in 6 provinces in the South and Central Highlands of Vietnam. We are seeking an experienced person to work as the Training & Extension Director for the ACDI/VOCA Vietnam Office. The estimated start date for this position is May, 2013 to work through March 30, 2014 with a possibility of extension based on the availability of funding.


The Training and Extension Director (TED) role entails managing and supervising progress of all the Alliance’s Field training activities in all provinces that project are conducted. This will also include and liaising with the project partners in provinces and other partners of the project regarding to training activities. The TED’s role extends to managing all aspects of logistical support for the training activities, as well as updating training materials and developing new training units.  Specifically, he/she will assist to identify areas of expansion and development for the project, ensure ACDI/VOCA gender strategy is implemented


Training and Extension Responsibilities

The TED’s role entails monitoring and supervising the implementation of Training of Trainers (ToT) and In-Service Training (IST) activities in all provinces where the project is active. In addition to regular TOT/IST, the TED will propose trainings that are essential to ensure the success of the project such as local human resource development purpose or new techniques/new approaches.

The TED will also be responsible for developing and revising training and Agricultural Extension materials. On an ongoing basis, s/he will collect, identify, and analyze cocoa farmer’s training needs to  provide technical guidance and training supports to project partners in planning and implementation of TOT, IST and  farmer field school (FFS) activities as well as the other agricultural extension activities.

Monitoring Responsibilities

The TED will travel to all provinces as needed to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the project’s training activities and to address any training issues. In cooperation with the M&E Coordinator, review and summarize main points from the quarterly performance reports of PMBs before submitting them to the Chief of Party.

In cooperation with M&E Coordinator, collect and compile success stories of the project in connection with project partners and project beneficiaries.

Reporting Responsibilities

The TED will report directly to the Chief of Party and will write and/or contribute to project reports as necessary.


Ho Chi Minh City, with frequent travel to project sites


- Bachelor’s Degree or Master Degree in related fields of agriculture development.
- At least 10 years’ experiences in agriculture (perennial crops preferred).
- At least 5 years of experiences foreign funded development projects and program in which 3 years is at team leader position.
- Knowledge and experience in agricultural extension, farmer group approach, participatory trainings, monitoring and evaluation.
- Fluency in written and spoken English.
- Ability to travel frequently to project sites.
- Good computer skills.
- Good teamwork, interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.

How to apply

Application in English must include a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and full contact details. Please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this position and that applications will be reviewed on a regular basis. Given the necessity to fill this position as soon as possible, they may offer this post before the closing date. Interested applicants please send your application by COB Apr 15th, 2013 to:

Unit D.2, Ground Floor, 40 Ba Huyen Thanh Quan St., Dist. 3, Ho Chi Minh City.
Tel: (84 8) 3930 5689 - Fax: (84 8) 3930 2783 - Email: [email protected]

Job Details
Organisation Name: 
Ho Chi Minh
Application Deadline: 
Mon, 2013-04-15