Job Descriptions

The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer.  We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow. Job Category   Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles) Job Subcategory   Economic and Prosperity Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

The Newton Fund (www.newtonfund.ac.uk) is a and innovation partnership programme between the UK Government and partner countries including Vietnam, lasting for 7 years from 2014 till 2021. The Programme consists of three components: People (capacity building for individuals), Research and Translation, and focuses on five thematic priorities in Vietnam: Health and Life Sciences; Agriculture; Environment and Energy; Urbanisation; and Digital innovation and creativity

  • This is a new and exciting position to oversee the day to day of the Newton Fund Vietnam’s established activities. The jobholder will work closely with the Research and Innovation Programme Manager to ensure an effective delivery and raise the profile of the Programme as a whole
  • S/he will interact regularly with senior UK officials and scientists, and a wide range of contacts in government, academia and the industry in Vietnam. S/he will also be working with other teams in the Embassy and with the regional Science and Innovation team. The jobholder will be responsible for ensuring that the partnership makes a significant contribution to Vietnam’s development whilst also strengthening the bilateral relationship with the UK

Programme Management

  • Lead on overseeing the implementation of a broad range of established activities under the Newton Fund’s ‘People strand’. The ‘People strand’ of activities involves all activities that focus in capacity building such as PhD scholarships, mobility grants and fellowships, Professional Development and Engagement, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. This task includes liaising with both UK and Vietnamese Delivery Partners, maintaining relationships, offering support and facilitating further negotiations and where necessary to agree activities in future years

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Ongoing monitoring of all the Fund’s programme activities including gathering examples of impact, identifying and drafting case studies. Data gathering and analytical support to the Fund’s external evaluators where necessary


  • Lead on the collation of all reporting material for the Fund in Vietnam, both qualitative and financial. This includes gathering together the relevant information, identifying examples of impact, progress and communicating fluently with UK stakeholders. Financial reporting includes the internal reporting of expenses, travel, subsistence and other costs incurred by the in-country team


  • Support the communications to raise visibility of the Fund including drafting blog posts, case studies of impact and newsletters. Respond to day to day communications such as promotions for open calls, guidance for prospective applicants and regular Fund enquiries. Provide updates for accounts

Event Planning and Management

  • Lead on the logistical coordination for Newton Fund events including high level planning meetings, partner visits and promotional events and workshops

Strategic Development

  • Support the Research and Innovation Programme Manager with relevant information to feed into the strategic direction of the Fund in Vietnam. Contribute to in-country strategic plans by identifying opportunities for collaboration and synergies amongst activities

Job Requirements 

  • At least 2-3 years work experience, preferably in a development project management role
  • Experience in managing programme finances
  • Excellent written and spoken English and Vietnamese enabling effective communications materials and coordination of activities with UK and local partners
  • Professional approach and demeanour, high work standards and ability to meet deadlines

Desirable qualifications and experience

  • A relevant degree level qualification and proven understanding of science and innovation activities in Vietnam
  • Experience of working with Vietnamese government bodies, agencies and ministries
  • Understanding of the contribution that research and innovation can make to socio-economic growth
  • Good IT skills and proficiency in using standard office applications

Required competencies

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leading and Communicating
  • Collaborating and Partnering
  • Delivering Value for Money
  • Delivering at Pace

Work Location: Ha Noi

Deadline: 4 September 2016

Working hours per week: 17.5 hours (excluding lunch hours)

Starting monthly salary (VND): 14,001,000 (part time)

Start Date: 1 November 2016 – End Date: 31 October 2017

Other benefits and conditions of employment  

  • The British Embassy offers a competitive remuneration package including salary, leave entitlement, flexible working patterns, medical package for staff and dependants, and opportunities for learning and development
  • This position is being advertised as a fixed term, part-time contract for 1 year linked to the British Embassy’s Local Staff B3 grade. Candidates are expected to report from Monday to Friday approximately 3 – 4 hours a day depending on schedule arrangement with Line Manager
  • Employment offers are subject to the successful clearance of pre-employment checks
  • Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy Hanoi is subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law

Additional information

  • All applications must be received on or before 04 September 2016 (Sunday) at 1700 Hanoi Time
  • Interviews are expected to take place on the last week of September or in the 1st week of October. We regret to advise that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Only those applications completed on our Recruitment System will be processed



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