Aug 022017

Organization: Chemonics
Country: Viet Nam
Closing date: 22 Aug 2017

Chemonics seeks a director of governance and accountability to support USAID’s Governance for Inclusive Growth (GIG) program. GIG aims to assist the government of Vietnam to achieve sustainable and equitable economic growth by working with the private sector and civil society organizations to maintain momentum in expanding market reforms, institutional modernization, and global integration in trade. The program strives to ensure that growth reaches all segments of Vietnam’s population by implementing targeted initiatives to address the unique challenges faced by historically disadvantaged and vulnerable groups; such initiatives include work to empower women. GIG provides technical assistance and training to the government of Vietnam, under the lead of the Ministry of Justice and in coordination with other government counterparts, including the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Planning and Investment, State Audit Office of Vietnam, and the National Assembly to strengthen policy-making, implementation, oversight, performance management, and other accountability mechanisms. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide strategic leadership for the implementation of GIG’s expected result 2: accountability of public institutions improved
  • Provide technical guidance, as directed, in support of programmatic reforms in governance and accountability, in collaboration with teams focused on expected results 1 and 3
  • Lead appropriate reforms in governance and accountability, integrating this work with that of other program teams supporting improvements in trade, legal and regulatory reforms, and inclusive growth
  • Coordinate among counterparts in the government of Vietnam and the private sector
  • Manage the governance and accountability team to develop, propose, negotiate, implement, and report on activities to meet GIG results and strengthen the government oversight process
  • Identify innovative approaches to advance the accountability of public institutions
  • Cooperate with government of Vietnam counterparts, who lead in managing and implementing action plans, and encourage close consultation with relevant public and private sector stakeholders
  • With support from GIG’s strategic communications team, assist the government of Vietnam to host strategic public fora and communications events on the process and achievement of milestones and targets
  • Develop and implement programs promoting financial and institutional integrity, including management and policy-related work pertaining to the state budget, interagency coordination, public procurement, investment, and other matters of public finance management
  • Contribute to direct technical assistance and program reporting, including with research, consultations, and capacity building activities, as well as with progress reports, post-activity reports, and status updates to GIG program counterparts


  • A bachelor’s degree in law, economics, public administration, development management, business administration, or a related field. A master’s degree or higher, or comparable experience, is preferred
  • At least five years of experience in support of legal and regulatory reforms in Vietnam is required, and 10 years of relevant work experience is preferred
  • Solid practical knowledge of Vietnam’s systems and opportunities to improve governance and accountability
  • Ability to manage complex and interwoven technical requirements of reforms in laws and regulations, governance, and inclusive growth
  • Ability to work in Hanoi, Vietnam. Travel inside Vietnam is expected, as required by program activities and in compliance with GIG and USAID policies and procedures
  • Experience engaging effectively with government counterparts, organizations, and other donors and projects
  • Proven skill collaborating effectively with other staff, and providing technical and management support in a professional manner and with clear regard for each staff member’s responsibilities and contributions
  • Management experience as a component lead on projects of similar scope or scale preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Excellent written and spoken English and Vietnamese

How to apply:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled. Early applications by August 21, 2017 are encouraged. To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV only to Other supporting documents are not required until the final round of interview. Please include the position title in the subject line of the email following this format: Application – Name of position – Your full name. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No telephone inquiries please.

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