Research Assistant

Research Assistant
Special Study on Vietnam Forest and Deltas Program (Task # 4.022)
Location: Hanoi, Nam Dinh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, and Long An, Vietnam

USAID/Vietnam Learns Contract
Hanoi, Vietnam

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About Social Impact

Social Impact (SI) is a global development management consulting firm which provides monitoring, evaluation, strategic planning, and capacity building services to advance development effectiveness. In Vietnam, SI is implementing the USAID Learns program to support USAID staff and partners to implement more efficient, effective, and transparent programs.  Today, SI seeks a qualified consultant to support a study on the implementation of the Vietnam Forests and Deltas Program.

**Please Note: This is a local position. Only Vietnamese citizens will be eligible to apply**

Study Background

The USAID Vietnam Forests and Deltas (VFD) Program (2012 – 2021) supports Vietnam’s transition to more resilient and sustainable development. The first phase of the program (2012-2018) helped put national policies and strategies into practice to respond to climate change, with a focus on the forestry and agriculture sectors, disaster risk reduction, and strengthening rural livelihoods. Since 2018, the program’s second phase has focused on supporting the Government of Vietnam (GVN) to ensure that the payment for forest environmental services (PFES) system—a critical mechanism helping to conserve Vietnam’s forests is an effective tool in accomplishing the country’s environmental and socio-economic goals.

USAID Learns is conducting a special study to collect feedback from local stakeholders on the implementation of the program to inform new USAID-funded activities.

Activity Objectives

Based on relevant document review, interviews with Key Informants, this study will seek to answer the following key questions, from the perspective of program stakeholders:

  • What have been the most significant changes as a result of the program?
  • What have been the key challenges of program implementation? What lessons can be drawn from these challenges?
  • What are the contributing factors to the successes and challenges of the program?
  • How has the program contributed to policy change and implementation in Vietnam?
  • Key lessons learned and recommendations?

Position Description


SI is seeking a consultant to act as a Research Assistant for the Special Study on Vietnam Forest and Deltas Program study, with specific activities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Provide logistics and coordination support for fieldwork arrangement (including meetings with stakeholders, interviews, focus group discussions in the project sites and at central level).
  2. Participate in meetings and fieldwork activities, take notes, entry and clean data

Desired deliverables:

  1. Detail timeline of the research activities produced
  2. Detail schedule of meetings, interviews, fieldwork activities produced and followed up
  3. Meetings, interviews, fieldwork activities followed up and coordinated smoothly with the support from the project management unit
  4. Notes from meetings, interviews, focus group discussion, and clean data submitted

Qualifications: Research assistant for Vietnam Forest and Deltas Program Review

  • At least Bachelor Degree on relevant field is required
  • At least five years of experience in coordinating and assisting research/assessment/evaluation for development projects, and familiarity with related compliance.
  • Must have experience with fieldwork activities, especially at project sites.
  • Experience in coordinating activities with GVN.
  • Must have experience Fluency in Vietnamese required.
  • Fluency in English with demonstrated good writing skills are required.

Expected timeline: Late Jan, 2021 – April 30, 2021

LOE:                       up to15 days and expected to start as soon as possible

The closing date for application: January 14, 2021. Selection and interview will be performed on a rolling basis, and interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

To apply, please merge both your CV and a cover letter into one word/pdf file and submit it through the online portal.

To learn more about Social Impact, please visit our website:

SI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please, no phone calls.

Job Details
Organisation Name: USAID Learns – Social Impact
Location: Hanoi, Nam Dinh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, and Long An
Application Deadline: Thu, 2021-01-14
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