Jul 042017

Organization: Tra Vinh University
Country: Viet Nam
Closing date: 16 Jul 2017

Position: International Collaboration Officer

TVU is a young and fast-growing university in the Mekong Delta, 3 hours from Ho Chi Minh City. It has 33 000 students in 12 faculties, which include Economics & Law, Agri- & Aquaculture, Science & Technology, Khmer Studies, Foreign Languages and Medicine. TVU is aiming to expand its impact in the region through development projects and its research scope through international collaborations.

Reporting to: Mr. Diep Thanh Tung, Ph.D., Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Law, Tra Vinh University and Vice-Chair for International Collaboration

In close collaboration with: Mr. Pham Vu Bang, Project Promotion Officer

Grant Writing Responsibilities:

  • Carefully examine potential research and/or development grants from donors such as the European Commission, USAID, the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, UN agencies, etc. and consider the eligibility for TVU;

  • Discuss the workload, deadline and financial implications with Mr. Bang and present options to Mr. Tung;

  • Assist other staff with corrections or write first draft before sending to others

  • Draft logical frameworks and budgets

  • Build a database of websites and other sources for potential grants (including LinkedIn, Newsletters, etc.)

  • Develop several good background information drafts on topics like climate change, SDG-topics & economics, consumption & production improvements, simulations for students, etc.

  • Develop procedures and checklists

  • Help establish a routine and culture of the newly founded Project Promotion Working Group, which includes Deans and Vice-Deans of several faculties

Secondary activities (only when time):

  • Assist with corrections of English papers (of students and/or research staff)

  • Give an occasional guest lecture (with assistance from the lecturer)

Expected qualities:

  • The International Collaboration Officer is expected to show initiative and to be able to work independently when studying potential grants;

  • Teamwork and a meticulous eye for detail and language is expected when drafting proposals.

  • Experience with grant writing is an asset

  • Native English speaker or equivalent


  • Initial contract of 1 year, starting as soon as possible. The visa application can take 3 to 6 weeks, depending on your nationality.

  • Working time is 40 hours a week

  • 13 days off per year plus several official holidays

  • 450 USD gross salary, paid at the beginning of each month, in VND (according to the State Bank of Viet Nam exchange rate from the date of signing the employment contract). The cost of living in the Mekong Delta region is significantly cheaper than this.

  • Obligatory deduction of 1,5% of the salary for comprehensive medical insurance

  • Free housing, electricity, gas, internet and access to a bicycle on Campus 1 of TVU in Tra Vinh City

  • Pick up and drop off from Ho Chi Minh City airport (SGN) provided by the university

  • Flights, passport or visa-costs are not covered by the university

  • 1 month notice for any changes or termination of the contract

How to apply:

  • Please send your CV of maximum 3 pages and a cover letter of maximum 1 page in 1 PDF-document to lierman [at] and cc international [at] and dttung [at] before 16 July 2017. Only shortlisted candidates will receive an invitation for a Skype interview.

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