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Netherlands Development Organisation hiring Country Director for Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam, 15 September 2016

Founded in the Netherlands in 1965, SNV has built a long-term, local presence in many of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. SNV's global team of local and international advisors work with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.

In 2015, SNV improved the lives of over 8.2 million people, and from 2016 to 2018 we will improve the quality of life for over 20 million. SNV uses its technical knowledge, 50 plus years of experience, passionate staff, extensive local presence and global footprint, to make a lasting difference in people’s lives.

SNV has been working in Vietnam since 1995, and currently has over 80 national and international staff. Vietnam has become a middle income country, however pockets of poverty still remain, mostly in ethnic minority communities. Increasing urbanisation has also created new pockets of poverty in and around the cities. 

Our team works hand-in-hand with communities, government agencies and businesses, in some of the remotest and poorest areas of the country to design and implement market based solutions to overcome poverty in the Agriculture, Energy and WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) sectors addressing cross cutting topics such as of gender, climate change and inclusive business. SNV Vietnam operates from a head office in Hanoi and project offices in Ho Chi Minh City, Ca Mau, Lao Cai, Dak Lak, Thanh Hoa and Nghe An provinces.

Overview of the position

The Country Director is responsible for leading and driving the country programme. It is a multi-faceted role, focused on securing adequate funding to sustain operations, upscale and strategically strengthen the country programmeme, while ensuring high quality delivery. It will require you to be well informed about and engage with national and international development priorities and steer the sectors in response to these priorities. You will forge partnerships and alliances between SNV and important national and international actors, and stimulate collaboration for impact in SNV sectors. You will be the face of SNV in the country and ensure a positive image and visibility.

You will lead, coach and support the team to perform at their best to meet and exceed client, donor and SNV corporate expectations. In addition, you will be a key member of our global senior management team, making meaningful contributions to help shape the future of SNV.


  • Strategic leadership of the programme (including multi-country efforts and potentially managing projects in other countries) within the overall parameters of SNV’s global strategy;

  • Business development to grow the country programmeme, ensure financial sustainability of SNV in Vietnam and ensure high quality project design.

  • Oversight and quality assurance of project implementation ensuring the delivery of impact to the satisfaction of key stakeholders and following SNV’s and the donor’s financial standards and monitoring protocols;

  • Leadership and management of the country team: creating and nurturing an environment that supports high performance, learning and teamwork;

  • Representation and profiling: building partnerships and maintaining excellent relationships with donors, partners, local governments, businesses, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders;

  • Collaboration with other SNV countries to effectively exploit opportunities for synergy, deliver at scale (including multi-country projects), exchange knowledge and strengthen SNV’s position;

  • In addition, Country Directors foster innovation of SNV products and services: facilitate learning, documentation and evidence based knowledge development in collaboration with SNV’s global team and partners; ensure collaboration with renowned knowledge institutes and networks.

Contract Duration: 2 years with possibility of extension

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