Programme Manager Nature-based Solutions for Adaptation in Agriculture (SNV)

Company Description

SNV is a mission-driven global development partner working in more than 20 countries across Africa and Asia. Building on 60 years of experience and grounded in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we work on the core themes of gender equality and social inclusion, climate adaptation and mitigation, and strong institutions and effective governance.  Together with our team of over 1,600 people, our mission is to strengthen capacities and catalyse partnerships that transform the agri-food, energy, and water systems, which enable sustainable and more equitable lives for all.

Our core values of people-centeredness and respect, equity and equality, and diversity and inclusion, are fundamental to who we are, and what we do. This is reflected in our vision and mission, and strategy, which sets out our aspirations and commitments as our compass towards 2030.

Job Description 

Overview of project

Viet Nam Nature-based Solutions for Adaptation in Agriculture through Private Sector Transformation (VN-ADAPT) is a 5-year, €15m national programme that focuses on two key climate vulnerable landscapes in Viet Nam to be implemented 2023-28. The programme is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV). SNV Viet Nam has been selected to lead the preparation and implementation of the programme in consortium with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Centre for Environmental Management (ICEM). The VN-ADAPT programme design has been prepared and is currently pending approval by the IKI. It is expected to be approved by May 2023. Upon approval, SNV will work with the relevant ministries and provinces to mobilise secure the approval of the programme by the Government of Viet Nam prior to full implementation of activities on the ground.

VN-ADAPT aims to improve institutional capacity & strengthen partnerships to channel private innovation & investment towards accelerated adoption of nature-based solutions in the agriculture sector with a focus on two key climate vulnerable landscapes - the Mekong Delta & Central Highland regions. This will be realised through four inter-related work packages, namely: i) Building multi-stakeholder consensus for Nature-based solutions for adaptation in Agriculture (NbSA); ii) Strengthening the enabling legal and policy framework for NbSA and the conservation of biodiversity in production landscapes (including the development of legal guidance for the establishment and implementation of Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs); iii) Mobilising public and private innovation and investment in NbSA; iv) Communications, knowledge management and monitoring and evaluation.

Overview of the Position

The Programme Manager (PM) is responsible for overall management of the upcoming programme which includes: efficient management of financial resources; review and approval of implementation plans, budgets and monitoring expenditures; supervision of field operations & implementation; supervision of procurement; supervision of monitoring and evaluation; coordination with project implementing partners and ensuring quality control and timeliness of all deliverables as required. S/he will ensure full compliance with the donor contract and regulations and will oversee the programme reporting process to the donor. S/he will oversee performance management of all SNV project staff working in the project (including staff based out of regional offices in Ho Chi Minh City and the Central Highlands). In addition to performing the programme management role, the PM is expected to provide strategic and technical guidance on programme approaches and inputs to key deliverables and outputs (e.g. technical reports, communications and knowledge products, legal guidance documents). The position is based in Ha Noi.

Key Responsibilities

  • Execute overall programme management;
  • Guide the programme set-up, including project staff recruitment, developing work plans, budgets and competence table with financial responsibilities and mandates;
  • Provision of strategic and technical leadership, particularly with respect to approaches that mobilise private sector engagement, innovation and investment in NbSA in the agriculture sector.
  • Lead and steer the programme implementation team and participate in the Project Steering Committee meetings with the donor and government partner agencies
  • Build, strengthen and manage partnerships with governments, key partners, institutions and stakeholders;
  • Manage sub-contractors and coordinate project consortium partners;
  • Manage donor relations and lead on reporting to the donor;
  • Overall management of all human, physical resources related to the project;
  • Ensure proper control and management of financial resources of the project, including the matching grant facility;
  • Monitor performance of the project management team to ensure all milestones set in the work plan are met, develop mitigation plans to reduce risks and take corrective actions to remedy any deviation from the work plans;
  • Account and report to SNV and the donor on project performance;
  • Guide knowledge development, documentation and communication and branding in close collaboration with the donor;
  • Present results and represent the programme in relevant national, regional and international fora.


Minimum requirements:

  • A relevant advanced academic qualification (e.g. MSc or PhD in Agricultural Economics, Development Studies, Environmental Science);
  • Minimum of ten years of progressively responsible work experience in managing and implementing multi-faceted projects in sectors, e.g. Climate-Smart Agriculture, Agri-Business;
  • Solid and demonstrated experience in project management and demonstrated ability to manage complex institutional coordination arrangements and multiple political and political partners;
  • Background in/understanding of agribusiness/private sector engagement in key agricultural sectors, value chain development and climate smart agriculture/climate change adaptation;
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English.

Preferred requirements:

  • Prior knowledge and experience of the Viet Nam context is highly desirable;
  • Able to strategically lead, inspire and energise project teams;
  • Experience in Monitoring and Evaluation;
  • Excellent social and networking skills, ability to engage with the private sector, civil society and governments;
  • Highly-motivated self-starter with strong organizational skills who takes individual accountability seriously;
  • Strong strategic decision-making and excellent communication skills (written and oral) including reporting and presentation skills;
  • Willingness to travel to all project locations.

Additional information

  • Contract Type: Full-Time contract
  • Duty Station: Ha Noi, Viet Nam
  • Contract Duration: 2 years with the possibility of extension
  • Expected Start Date: June/July
  • Travel: up to 30 %
  • Salary: Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a competitive secondary benefit package          

How to Apply

If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV and a letter of motivation before/on the 20th of March 2023. Please submit your application only via Smart Recruiters. All information will be in the strictest confidence.

If we see that your experience and skills match the requirements of the position, we will contact you to advise you of the next steps in the recruitment process. Should SNV wish to proceed with your application, two interviews with a Selection Committee will take place.

SNV is an equal opportunities employer and female candidates are encouraged to apply THIS LINK.

Working at SNV 

SNV offers a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and diverse working environment. Our staff benefit from, and contribute to, an internal and global network of experts.

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