Small And Growing Businesses Portfolio Manager

Position: SGB Portfolio Manager

Location: Hanoi

Deadline: 17:00 27/12/2021

About the role 

The SGB Portfolio Manager will work full-time within the Improving Private Sector Competitiveness (IPS-C) project.  This USAID-funded project seeks to increase the competitiveness of small and growing businesses with up to 500  employees, including those led by women and members of vulnerable populations1.  Through technical assistance,  training, and information exchange, the IPS-C project will: (i) strengthen foundational business management skills of  SGB managers and owners, (ii) encourage the adoption of productivity-enhancing technology by SGBs, (iii) facilitate  business-to-business networking for access to business opportunities and policy advocacy, and (iv) support national  and provincial governments to implement policy reforms conducive to inclusive private sector growth and  competitiveness. The implementation of IPS-C is led by Deloitte Consulting LLP, with CARE being the sub-contractor.  

The SGB Portfolio Manager will contribute to achieving the project goals of the provision of technical assistance to  5,000 SGBs, of which at least 300 SGBs will participate in regional and international markets, while 60 SGBs will benefit  from specific technical assistance packages to bring Made by Vietnam products to regional and international markets. 

This position is based in Hanoi, with travel required to other sites. 

Key responsibilities 

  • Manage a portfolio of approved SGBs being supported by the project and grow the portfolio by expanding  existing customer relationships;  
  • Take a leading role in identification, screening and selection of additional SGBs potentially eligible for project  support based on the project selection criteria, including businesses led by members of vulnerable  populations, Pioneering Enterprises (PEs) and Business Supporting Organisations (BSOs);  
  • Collaborate with Skills Training Specialist to undertake Training Needs Analysis for selected SGBs, consulting  with them to identify their capacity improvement priorities; 
  • Provide input in development of Scope of works/Request for proposals to select appropriately qualified  providers to deliver technical assistance (TA) for selected SGBs; 
  • Support the conduct of Diagnostic Assessment of potential PEs and the implementation of approved,  customized TA plans based on the Diagnostic Report for selected PEs;  
  • Supervise selected training providers to design and deliver TA packages to address capacity improvement  requirements and ensure efficient and effective implementation of project activities; 
  • Support development and refinement of a self-assessment toolkit to enable SGBs to improve business  performance through adaptive and innovative business strategies;  
  • Arrange periodic meetings with SGBs, PEs and BDSPs/BSOs to monitor project support and address any  emerging issues; 
  • Support coordination and expansion of the coaching and mentorship network for SGBs; Contribute actively to the development of the Annual Work Plan and other relevant documents as assigned  by the Objective 1 Team Lead;  

*1 Vulnerable populations are defined as women, ethnic minorities, youth, victims of trafficking in persons, and people with  disabilities.

  • With MEL Manager, coordinate the monitoring and reporting of SGBs and PEs TA progress, milestones,  achievements and challenges; 
  • Build positive professional relationships with the project stakeholders and maintain high ethical standards,  avoiding any actual or perceived conflicts of interest; and 
  • Undertake other tasks as may be assigned by the Objective 1 Team Lead or project senior leaders to contribute  to the achievement of Project goals and objectives. 

Ideally you will have: 

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Business Administration or related field and/or minimum 8 years of full-time professional experience; 
  • Proven experience working on private sector development, particularly with SMEs;  
  • Proven experience in designing capacity building and technical assistance programs for SMEs;  Proven experience in effective strategic planning and direction setting, with strong conceptual and analytical  skills; 
  • Practical understanding and experience of social inclusion, gender equity and women’s empowerment; Proven experience in leading and managing a multi-faceted, technically complex programme including the  ability to manage workflow and balance competing priorities to ensure deadlines are met, with minimal  supervision; 
  • Demonstrated capacity for strong leadership, decision making and conflict resolution; Strong representational, negotiation, networking and influencing skills; 
  • Fluent in oral and written communication, in both in Vietnamese and English; and 
  • Fully conversant with Microsoft Office suite and having high level numeracy skills. 

Why you should apply: 

  • Ongoing professional and personal development 
  • A dynamic and innovative environment 
  • Supportive teams 
  • A comprehensive benefit package 

Application Deadline: 17:00 pm 27 December 2021 


We invite Vietnamese candidate to submit expressions of interest to join our team. Please click the Apply button  and complete online application form linked to the vacancy on our careers page Please ensure you attach your CV and cover letter in English language before submitting. 

CARE International in Vietnam (CVN) is a creative and dynamic organisation, which has worked with Vietnamese, and  international partner organisations since 1989 in over 300 projects. We recognise that the key to achieving equitable  development outcomes lies in addressing deeply rooted, structural underlying causes of poverty and injustices which  contribute to the exclusion and vulnerability of particular groupsin society. Our long term programme goals in Vietnam  are that poor and marginalised ethnic minority and urban people of all genders, particularly women, equitably benefit  from development, are resilient to changing circumstances and have a legitimate voice. To learn more,  visit 

CARE is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. Women, ethnic minorities, and people  with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Thanks for your interest in CARE! We are committed to each other and to the protection of the people we serve. We  do not tolerate sexual misconduct within or external to our organisation and imbed child protection in all we  do. Protection from sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse and child protection are fundamental to our  relationships, including employment; and our recruitment practices are designed to ensure we only recruit people who 

are suitable to work with other staff and the people we serve. In addition to pre-employment checks, we will use the  recruitment and reference process to ensure potential new staff understand and are aligned with these  expectations. To find out more, please contact the Human Resources Team Leader.

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