Project Officer

Background WWF was one of the first International non-government organizations working in Vietnam. In 1985, WWF began working on a national conservation strategy and since then has worked closely with the Vietnamese Government on a diverse range of environment issues and implemented field activities across the country. Find out more at WWF recognizes that its employees are its most important asset. A competent workforce, thoroughly trained, properly motivated, and bound together by mutual trust and common objectives is crucial to the success of WWF Marine Litter, and especially plastic waste, has been identified as a major environmental issue during the last few years. A major share of this amount is originating in the countries of Southeast Asia, half of the worldwide amount of plastic waste entering the oceans is coming from China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Rivers are an important source of marine litter, because they transport waste dumped into rivers or released from dumpsites by flooding. The Mekong River belongs to the 10 most important river sources of marine litter. The root causes of marine litter are insufficient waste management systems inland in combination with increasing sales of single-use plastic products, mainly packaging. Improving the financial sustainability of waste management systems and introducing systems of waste prevention, collection, sorting and recycling is key to improve the situation. As part of its global commitment to the conservation of natural resources and biodiversity, WWF wants to demonstrate in a pilot project how the causes of marine littering can be combated in less developed countries by improving the waste management practises. The project shall be carried out in the Long An Province, Vietnam in the Mekong Delta. To prepare the project, the WWF has commissioned a feasibility study in which various alternatives for waste management in Long An Province have been analysed. The intensive recycling and utilization of the waste was found to be the most suitable option under both ecological and economic criteria. The central basis of the recommended waste management concept is the segregation at source and separate collection of waste. In order to secure the planning assumptions and to develop a model adapted to the local framework conditions, pilot tests shall be carried out. The selected area for carrying out the pilot project is Ward 3 in Tan An City, the capitol of Long An Province. I. Major Functions The Project Officer is technically in charge of the field implementation of ctivities in relation to the Pilot Project on Solid Waste Management project in Long An “Reduction of Marine Litter by better Waste Management & Recycling in the Mekong Area” that started in 2019. He/she will be responsible for the project coordination and supervision of activities on site. A special focus lies in the monitoring of the waste separation at source. He/she coordinates the activities of the project partners and stakeholders involved and ensures that work plans and agreed targets are met timely while complying with cost limits. II. Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Work closely with the local Project Management Unit (PMU) and other  stakeholders for planning, implementation and M&E of the projects/ programme assigned;
  • Accountable for the overall coordination, evaluation, management of project implementation in Long An;
  • Provide technical inputs, support to the planning and implementation of the projects/ programme activities in an objective-oriented manner, including quality assurance;
  • Organize the day to day management and deployment of the project activities in Tan An city;
  • Provide technical and logistical (including authorizations to travel to field) support to consultants assigned to this project, notably access to data, reports and relevant stakeholders (local authorities, gov technical agencies, ....)
  • Ensure timely preparation of training programmes designed for stakeholder’s, with respect to project review cycle;
  • Ensure timely preparation and submission of inception report, project annual work plans, progress reports, etc;
  • Ensure timely follow up implementation and report progress to the project manager/team;
  • Provide timely for reports in the project cycle and ad hoc reply upon demand from project donors;
  • Attend training courses, workshops as representative for the project managers when required;
  • Assist to and co-work with the supervising Project Managers (and others relevant staff) in planning and monitoring (financial and technical), facilitating the implementation in compliance with donor’s and WWF’s requirements/ policies and in line with work plans;
  • Contribute to the Freshwater as well as Conservation strategies, workplan, program development, and other relevant activities as needed;
  • Other tasks assigned by supervisors as appropriate.
III. Profile Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor degree or preferably Master degree or higher in fields related to environmental enginerring, Civil Engineering, environment, solid waste management, solid waste treatment, ...
  • Experience in solid waste management and treatment;
  • At least 5 years of practical experience in areas related to the above-mentioned areas;
  • Proven experiences in planning and implementation of GO and NGO’s projects;
  • Experiences in working or liaison with GO and NGO bodies (e.g protected area, national park), and working in multi-stakeholders settings;
  • Good understanding of the Mekong Delta and issues related to: solid waste, plastic, conservation, climate change, and communication for changes.
Required skills and Competencies
  • Can-do attitude and result-oriented communication mind-set;
  • Organizing/ planning and problem-solving skills;
  • Research, presentation, training skills, report writing skills;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Demonstrates WWF behaviours in ways of working: strive for impact, listen deeply, collaborate openly and innovate fearlessly;
  • Adheres to WWF’s values, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.
IV. WORKING RELATIONSHIP Internal: work in close collaboration with project staff, finance team of WWF Viet Nam and other regional staff, other GMPO Country Programmes. Engage with and support WWF Viet Nam staff. External: liaise and work with Government agencies, donors, communities, partners, private sectors, consultants and international and local NGOs. This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organizational needs. Interested candidates should email a cover letter, curriculum vitae in English and scan/photo of diplomas/certificates to, stating the position title in the subject line of the email, by 25 December 2019.  

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