Aug 242016

Organization: Belgian Development Agency
Country: Viet Nam
Closing date: 28 Aug 2016

In view of the further development of its activities BTC is currently looking for a (m/f):

INTERNATIONAL TECHNICAL ASSISTANT – Support to Capacity Development for Planning Reform (CDPR)


Ref: VIE/12/048-1C

Location: Hanoi, with an important part of field work in the provinces

Duration of the contract: until April 2019

Probable starting date: as soon as possible

Monthly salary package: between 5.088,91 euro and 7.245,50 euro. The salary will be calculated in function of the number of years of relevant experience. Meal vouchers, hospitalisation/healthcare insurance, group retirement savings plan, 24h/24h ETHIAS-Assistance, 13th month, double holiday allowance.


As stated in the Socio-economic and Development Strategy 2011-2020 Vietnam aspires to become a “modern-oriented industrialized nation” by 2020. This requires substantial structural changes in state organization, infrastructure development as well as human capacities. Among these institutional changes, reforming the planning system appears essential to draw the socio-economic benefits of Vietnams’ (still recent) transition towards a market economy.

The Vietnamese planning system has continuously evolved over the last decades in order to respond to changes introduced by the economic and political renovation (Doi Moi). Yet important structural and operational challenges remain to make planning practices of all public sector agencies more strategic, participatory, resources-linked and result-oriented. Main issues are the improvement of the preparation of the national and sub-national components of the 5-years Socio Economic development Plans (SEDP), their monitoring and evaluation through performance indicators, and their linking to annual (investment) budgets through multi-year investment programming instruments. These improvements are expected to result in both: (i )a more effective and efficient allocation and use of the resources of the central and provincial administrations, including more robust forms of regional coordination of provincial plans and investment programs, as well as (ii) the additional mobilization and better use of resources for the promotion of local development by District/Commune administrations

In this context, the Vietnam-Belgium cooperation started in 2014 a second phase of support to the Planning reform at the central and decentralised level, the “Support to Capacity Development for Planning Reform” (CDPR) project which amounts € 4 million for a duration of 4 years. . Under the responsibility of the Ministry of Planning the project aims at strengthening the capacity of central ,provincial level and some selected local authorities in the preparation, monitoring and evaluation of planning and budgeting processes. It does so through supporting improvement of the legal framework, training of trainers, training of selected central ministries and key planning staff at provincial level, continued learning and sharing information on international planning experiences and practice, as well as more in depth capacity building activities for selected sub-provincial authorities. The project started mid-2014.The Specific Objective (SO) of the CDPR project is: “ To strengthen the capacity of (selected) national and sub-national governments in improved planning and budgeting”. The CDPR project is expected to obtain the following results :

(i) “The legal framework for the planning reform is improved”. (ii) “*The capacity of MPI to support capacity development of sub-national authorities in the area of planning, and M&E is strengthened* (iii) “The capacity of provincial authorities and 2-3 line ministries to develop, adopt and implement improved planning and M&E systems is increased.” (iv) “The capacity of selected local (districts and communes) authorities to develop, adopt and implement improved planning and M&E systems is increased. ”

The CDPR project shall support MPI to look for complementarity and synergy with other initiatives to implement the reform process. In this way the project will build upon a decade of Belgian cooperation support to the planning reform at central and provincial level. It will also collaborate with other Planning Reform programs at central and provincial level, financed through ODA (e.g. UNICEF, JICA, SDC, AusAid, CIDA, OXFAM,…) as well as the World Bank’s support to the Public Investment Reform.

The CDPR capacity development approach for planning reform will be based on capacity assessments as well as on lessons learned from pilot initiatives of capacity development (at provincial level on the one hand and with a limited number of line ministries, on the other ) to planning. CDPR will support MPI in systematically reviewing and assessing such experiments and apply lessons learned in the development of the national guidelines. In turn, once the guidelines are developed, efforts should be made (promoted and monitored by MPI under the CDPR program) to align externally supported practices and institutionalize them as statutory local/provincial planning processes.


The International Technical Advisor (ITA) will support the project Director in the implementation of the project and will provide technical input and support in the area of planning reform and capacity development. The ITA will assure that reporting requirements of BTC are fulfilled, assure that the M&E and auditing processes are timely performed according to the BTC requirements.

The ITA will report to the BTC Resident Representative (RR).

On request, the ITA can also represent BTC and provide technical support to other Belgian supported projects in the area of planning. He will liaise with the BTC representation and with other experts who provide inputs in the projects, will participate in coordination meetings for BTC projects/programmes and will participate in meetings with donors.

The ITA should not only give technical advices but also support capacity building within the Vietnamese public sector and act as a change facilitator.


More specifically, but not exhaustively, the ITA will perform the following tasks, in collaboration with the project coordinator:

  • Support the project director in the daily management of the project;

  • Follow-up the project activities under the direction of the project director;

  • Assure drafting and submission of progress and annual reports including workplans;

  • Assure the secretariat of the Project steering Committee;

  • Coordinate and facilitate financial audits for the Belgian contribution;

  • Contribute to the capitalization and dissemination of the lessons learned of the project;

  • Contribute to project Monitoring

  • Provide technical input in the preparation of the regulatory framework of planning reform;

  • Provide technical input in the preparation of the implementation and M&E framework of planning reform;

  • Follow-up and assess capacity development support to planning in Vietnam;

  • Ensure that the capacity development approaches and tools are known and appropriated by key stakeholders, support the monitoring of capacity development strategies and plans

  • Participate in field visits for stocktaking on planning and M&E;

  • Facilitate workshops and training activities of the project and act as a resource person;

  • Develop ToR, guide and review outputs of short term consultants and technical backstopping;

  • Develop the network on planning and budgeting in Vietnam, in particular with other donors;

  • Ensure linkages between planning and budgeting by closely following up the work on fiscal decentralization of Ministry of Finance

  • Ensure linkages with the Belgian supported projects with regard to institutionalization of planning practices and with the climate change program for the ‘spatial development framework’ piloting approach;

  • Ensure linkages with the “Responsive and Accountable Local Governments projects” (RALG) supported by Belgium cooperation in 3 provinces, and especially the project in Nghe An province that will work on a citizens sensitive SEDP


Qualifications and required experience

  • Master degree in public administration or related field

  • Fifteen years of experience in working with the public sector (at central and subnational level) in the areas of capacity building & local government reform of which a substantial part in low or middle income countries

  • Proven expertise and experience of planning and budgeting reforms at central and decentralised level

  • Sound knowledge and experience of capacity development approaches and tools, including conducting capacity assessments, change management approaches, monitoring change processes , etc

  • Working experience in Vietnam is required

Required knowledge and skills

  • Strong skills in dealing with complex and sensitive working environments

  • Strong negotiation skills

  • Strong oral and written English

  • Flexibility and adaptability


    Please apply no later than 28th of August 2016 included with your CV and a motivational letter through our website:

    If you have any further question, please contact us at 02/505 18 65.

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