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Position: Chief of Party

Job Order ID: 1854Country: Vietnam
City: Hanoi
Number of position: 1 
Function Note:

Nathan Associates is seeking a Chief of Party for an upcoming USAID-funded trade facilitation project in Vietnam. The five-year project will build government capacity at the central and regional levels to implement commitments under bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, including the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation. The project will also increase SME understanding of these agreements, boost local company participation in global trade and strengthen public-private dialogue. The position will be based in Hanoi and candidates should be available by third quarter of 2018.


As the project’s key point of contact with USAID, Government of Vietnam, and other stakeholders, the Chief of Party will coordinate technical assistance activities with field staff, short-term consultants, and Nathan home office personnel. The COP may also be responsible for the implementation of specific technical tasks within the project (to be determined according to needs and expertise). The Chief of Party will oversee overall project operations including project management, administration, oversight, reporting, financial and contractual obligations, contractor progress, and performance monitoring and evaluation.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


Supervision and Provision of Technical Expertise

  • Support the planning, design and implementation of technical activities in Vietnam, including the drafting of work plans and terms of reference, organization and participation in technical working group meetings;
  • Liaise with the Vietnamese government, civil society organizations and other donors to coordinate activities and achieve the goals and objectives of the activity; and
  • Monitor and, in some cases, carry out technical activities (in coordination with Nathan home office), including review of deliverables and reports for USAID;
  • Provide summaries of working group meetings, workshops and trainings and identify next steps;
  • Coordinate the planning of technical activities involving Nathan’s partners with the Nathan headquarters project team to ensure that planned activities are in line with budgets and subcontracts;
  • Liaise with the project team at the Nathan Headquarters office to recruit technical experts as required;
  • Other related technical and management tasks requested by USAID (and in coordination with the Nathan Home Office Team), in accordance with the scope of the activity.

Program Management

  • Manage and supervise the field office team, with appropriate delegation of duties to other staff members on the activity;
  • Supervise the recruitment and engagement of technical experts, business partners and administrative staff, as appropriate;
  • Ensure that the activity is implemented in accordance with the rules and regulations of USAID and Nathan Associates;
  • Report regularly to the Nathan headquarters project team on project activities, deliverables and events, key issues requiring approval from the headquarters office
  • Review all accounting statements submitted to the home office and time sheets of local consultants, if applicable; and
  • Provide contributions to the quarterly and annual project reports

Requirement Note:
  • Master's degrees or higher in trade policy, trade facilitation, development economics, or similar field;
  • Minimum 10 years of experience managing programs of a similar focus and complexity, on topics such as regulatory reform, customs modernization, trade policy and trade facilitation, regional integration;
  • Proven knowledge and deep understanding of the World Trade Organization and member commitments under the Trade Facilitation Agreement and other agreements;
  • Proven ability to work effectively with USAID mission staff, host country counterparts, and international donors; with strong emphasis placed on experience developing and maintaining working relationships across a multi-stakeholder environment
  • Demonstrated leadership in teambuilding and integrity in project management;
  • Strong written, oral, and presentation skills;
  • Solid understanding of USAID rules and regulations governing project compliance, procurement, and financial management preferred;
  • Experience working Southeast Asia, in-country (Vietnam) experience a plus
  • Ability to travel extensively throughout Vietnam and Southeast Asia