Climate Change Program Officer (Winrock International)

Job Description

  • Location: Hanoi, Vietnam, with periodic travel to the project’s target sites as required fo project activities
  • Project: USAID Climate Resilient Agriculture in the Mekong Delta (CRM)
  • Deadline for CV submision: 20 November, 2023


The USAID Climate Resilient Agriculture in the Mekong Delta (CRM) project is a five-year project working to enhance the resilience of the Mekong Delta’s communities, ecosystems, and livelihoods. Working across five provinces of Dong Thap, Kien Giang, Ca Mau, Soc Trang, and Tra Vinh, CRM will further strengthen the effective partnership between USAID and the Government of Vietnam (GVN) to support Vietnam’s development goals and contribute to U.S. government strategies and targets. CRM activities are organized within three interconnected objectives:
  • Objective 1: Strengthen climate change resilience of the most vulnerable populations. CRM will engage stakeholders to assess and address vulnerability through enhanced climate information services, resilient livelihood and safety net models, improved provincial plans, and increased access to finance.
  • Objective 2: Strengthen management and restoration of natural ecosystems to provide ecosystem goods and services. CRM will take an inclusive participatory approach to identify entry points to support evidence-based transformation of legal and governance frameworks, improve management capacity, and incentivize natural resource conservation.
  • Objective 3: Reduce methane emissions through low-emission and sustainable agriculture practices. CRM will work with GVN and stakeholders across value chains to assess gaps and opportunities and harness payment for environmental services schemes and other results-based finance mechanisms to reduce intensive rice farming and GHG emissions and drive transformation through a market systems approach.

Position description

The Climate Change Program Officer will play an important role in the CRM project team by supporting team leaders and project managers on a range of activities and tasks as the project moves through its initial startup and project approval stage, and eventually begins implementation in its target provinces. The Climate Change Program Officer will use their basic understanding of issues related to climate change, nature-based solutions, ecosystem management, and/or local agricultural livelihoods to work with colleagues from the CRM project staff, GVN counterparts, and other partners to establish the foundation for project approval and start-up, so that the project can move effectively into the implementation phase.
S/he will be based in Hanoi, with periodic travel to the project’s target sites as required for project activities.


Support project start-up and project approval procedures
  • Support CRM project managers to complete project preparation procedures, including participating in meetings with CRM staff, GVN counterparts, and/or project partners and helping to prepare documents related to project design and preparation.
  • Conduct research on related activities in the Mekong Delta, including from other donors and private sector partners to help complete stakeholder mapping efforts.
  • Participate in relevant workshops and events to learn more about opportunities for CRM to engage with relevant projects and share information with project staff and managers.
Support preparation and implementation of project events and activities
  • Coordinate with CRM staff and partners to prepare concept notes and agendas for project events and activities.
  • Work with CRM operations staff to prepare logistics plans and ensure effective preparation for events, including workshops, meetings, and field activities.
  • Support project team and local partners to coordinate on local procedures for project activity preparation.
  • Support the project team in events and workshops as appropriate, including helping with facilitation, note taking, and other event tasks as needed.
Support communications and reporting of project activities
  • Contribute to drafting and design of basic communications materials used to promote the CRM project in public events and other outreach.
  • Contribute to quarterly reporting, annual reports, annual work plans and other deliverables and reports.
  • Travel domestically to support project activities.
  • Other support to the project team as required, potentially including translation and interpretation support for related project documents and meetings.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor/University degree in agriculture, natural resource management, environmental studies, social science, or related field. A postgraduate degree is an advantage.
  • At least five years of general working experience, including at least three years of working experience working on projects related to climate change, natural resource management, agricultural development, and/or local livelihoods.
  • Understanding of climate change issues, and experience working on climate change and natural resource management projects is an advantage.
  • Experience developing and monitoring workplans and related planning procedures.
  • Familiarity with the USAID Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) framework, tools and approaches is an advantage.
  • Strong teamwork skills and commitment to collaborate with other staff.
  • Willingness to work on a range of tasks from technical tasks to operational tasks, to networking and communication tasks.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well in a team setting.
  • Creativity and enthusiasm to tackle new challenges.
  • Able and willing to undertake periodic field travel.
  • Strong experience working with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required.
  • Strong English speaking and writing skills are required.


The Climate Change Program Officer’s reporting line will be confirmed based on new staff onboarding.

How to apply

Interested candidates with the required qualifications and experience are invited to send a letter of interest and a full CV in English to with subject line of “Your full name – CRM Climate Change Program Officer” no later than November 20th, 2023.
We would like to thank all applicants for their interest but only candidates who meet requisite criteria and are shortlisted will be contacted.
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