Project Officer – “ENERGY in FABRIC”


As a federal enterprise, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ currently provides advisory services to the Government of Viet Nam in three priority areas: Vocational training, environmental policy and sustainable use of natural resources, and energy. For further information, please visit

The regional project “Promoting sustainability in the textile and garment industry in Asia (FABRIC)” works to improve production and working conditions in the Asian textile and garment industry in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Pakistan, Myanmar and is in the process of expanding its activities to Viet Nam. The project identifies common interests among the partner countries and promotes cooperation and a common understanding among producer countries for improved sustainability in the sector. To this end, the project engages decision-makers and change agents with the aim of supporting the implementation of measures in selected priority areas in the partner countries.

To date, Vietnam has attracted over 6,000 textile manufacturing companies that are supplying to international brands and employ some 3.5 million people. But for an industry notorious for environmental impacts, such as waste and water pollution, and an unpleasant sweatshop image, the sector is seeing major growth at a time when sustainable development is rising in importance. COVID-19 has hit the industry and revealed the need for more sustainable business models. Industry stakeholders in Vietnam have recognized this trend and follow the ambition to work towards a more socially and environmentally sustainable industry.

FABRIC works with local factories, business associations, relevant ministries, trade unions, civil society and international fashion brands to jointly improve social, environmental and economic conditions in the industry by focusing on five outputs: 1. Regional dialogue and knowledge sharing; 2. Cooperation with the private sector (international fashion brands); 3. Social and labour standards; 4. Gender equality; 5. Environment.

Output 5 (Environment) is of key relevance for the FABRIC country activities in Vietnam. It aims at the improvement of capacities for sustainable operational environmental and resource management. Especially in the areas of energy, water and chemicals management, there is a great potential to contribute to an improvement of environmental performance of factories. FABRIC’s target is to support 100 textile mills and garment companies in the region to achieve an improvement of 10% in scoring systems for the sustainable management of water, energy or chemicals?.

The project is looking for a qualified national candidate to fill the position of:

Project Officer “ENERGY in FABRIC”

Duty station: Ha Noi or HCMC (depending on preference of the candidate), Viet Nam

Duration: May 2021 until March 2023 (with possibility for extension)

Main responsibilities:

The Project Officer co-designs and implements projects activities that align with FABRIC’s objectives, especially in the area of energy. The Project Officer works as part of a local and international team, with a high degree of personal responsibility. Depending on the duty station, travel to Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi, and potentially the wider region may occur on a regular basis.

The Project Officer will assume the following main tasks:

Project Management

  • Manage and develop activities, with a focus on environment, and especially energy.
    • Preparation, coordination, and implementation of project activities and technically instructing and controlling of service providers and assuming responsibility for the quality of work (for example training on GHG reduction and energy efficiency training)
    • Cooperation with partners of FABRIC in the implementation of cooperation and facilitate the implementation of interventions
    • Identification of potential collaboration areas and partners for project interventions, including international fashion brands
  • Engage in management related to other outputs of FABRIC, also with a view to regional activities taking place in Viet Nam
  • Responsible for provision of information/data on activities, objectives and results to the project`s internal monitoring and evaluation system
  • Provide inputs for preparation of promotional and public relations (PR) materials (presentation slides, factsheets, etc.) to present the project and its results and impacts to different external audiences
  • Document project results in the project´s knowledge management system

Communication and networking

  • Develop and maintain networks with relevant stakeholders in the private and public sectors and ensure effective communication and collaboration between the project and stakeholders
  • Represent GIZ/FABRIC at local stakeholder events, conferences, steering committee meetings, etc.

Minimum requirements:

  • University degree in engineering, environmental management, international business administration, economics, textile engineering, or another relevant field of expertise
  • At least 6 years of professional experience in energy consultancy and/or textile & garment industries’ environmental/energy management.
  • Strong project management skills and experience with the initiation, planning, budgeting, execution, monitoring of projects and other project management tasks
  • Strong networking capability
  • Experience in working with the private sector
  • Established network in the textile, garment and footwear sector is considered a strong asset
  • Experience in working on capacity development of garment and textile production facilities and working with service providers is considered an asset
  • Expertise of regulatory framework (e.g. environmental laws, emission control acts, sectoral guidelines with respect to environmental practices) as well as governance mechanism and institutions involved in its enforcement; understanding Environmental Management Systems and scoring systems, challenges and barriers for adoption of resource efficiency is an asset
  • Pro-active and self-driven individual
  • Ability to work individually as well as in a team; ability to work together with people from different sectors (e.g. private sector, ministries, international experts) and cultural backgrounds, in a sensitive context
  • High-level proficiency of oral and written English and Vietnamese
  • Solid computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Office)
  • Strong critical, analytical thinking and structured working abilities. Strong work ethic.

Successful candidates will enjoy good working conditions, competitive benefits and compensation and good policies of training and development.

How to apply

Interested qualified candidates are invited to send the GIZ Application Form in English, copies of relevant certificates and references, either by email (to or by post (to GIZ Office Hanoi, 6th Floor Hanoi Towers, 49 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hanoi, Vietnam) before 27th April 2021.

Note: Please state “Application for a Project Officer – FABRIC/Energy” in the subject line or on the envelope. The short-listed candidates will be contacted within 4 weeks after the deadline. Telephone contact is not encouraged.

Please complete all the information in GIZ Application form with link download here:


Candidates have to confirm having received the recruitment information through the recruiting channel NGO Recruitment in the application letter for this position

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