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- BY Nicole Pelette
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Job Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Job Subcategory: Economic and Prosperity
Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)
Main purpose of job:
The UK government Prosperity Fund (PF) was established with the primary aim of supporting growth in recipient countries and thereby reducing poverty. The Fund uniquely focuses on promoting growth in ODA-eligible middle income countries, which are home to around 60% of the world’s poor and where the development challenges remain significant, but at the same time are important business partners and drivers of prosperity. By delivering high impact, strategic multi-year programmes, across high opportunity countries, regions and sectors, the Fund will help create opportunities for international business, including UK companies.
Working across the six biggest SE Asian countries until 2023, the Fund’s official development assistance (ODA) programmes aim to reduce poverty in the region and create opportunities for international business, including for UK companies. We are recruiting a Head of Prosperity Fund in Vietnam to provide strategic support and direction to the portfolio of programmes.
In Vietnam, the Prosperity Fund is planning to deliver programmes on economic reform, low carbon energy, health, future cities, infrastructure, anti-corruption, trade and business environment. For more information, see the Prosperity Fund Annual Report 2017/18. These are a combination of regional programmes led by the team in the Singapore Programme Office and programmes led by UK Government departments in London (primarily Foreign and Commonwealth Office). Programmes are being delivered predominantly by commercial partners or multilateral organisations, working with a dedicated programme manager resource within the Embassy, and the Singapore regional PF Programme Hub.
The Prosperity Fund has two flagship programmes in South East Asia (including Vietnam) – low carbon energy and economic reform – these are in the inception phase and will be shortly be moving to implementation. The low carbon energy programme will focus on green finance and energy efficiency. The economic reform programme will work on the overarching business environment (e.g. intellectual property, regulatory reform, transparency) and financial services. Other programmes will focus on transport and flood resilience in Ho Chi Minh City, digital health and health education, Building Information Modelling (BIM), market access barriers to trade and integration of local SMEs into global value chains.
To succeed in delivering on the Prosperity Fund’s aims, it will be essential to ensure these programmes are well managed, including through continuous assessment of impacts and value for money. Strong oversight will be crucial as much of the programmes’ delivery will be undertaken by external suppliers and sub-contractors.
The successful candidate will build senior-level relationships and work closely with delivery partners, businesses, beneficiary agencies, NGOs and other external stakeholders to ensure successful delivery. S/he will work to the Head of Prosperity at the British Embassy in Hanoi and will coordinate, the regional Prosperity Fund Programme Office in the British High Commission in Singapore, other Posts in the region and government colleagues in the UK to achieve UK policy objectives and to ensure that programmes comply with OECD rules for ODA. S/he will manage numerous PF Programme Managers in the British Embassy in Hanoi and Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, as well as draw expertise from a wider array of policy and communications officers. An important aspect of the job will be working with Department of International Trade colleagues in Vietnam and in London to unlock the opportunities created by the Programmes’ interventions for increased inward trade and investment, particularly for UK companies.
This is a challenging and exciting opportunity to play an influential role in a high-profile and strategic development initiative in South East Asia, which aims to have a positive impact on economic development and trade, as well as strengthening the relationship between the UK and the Vietnam.
Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve?
We are looking for an individual who will proactively engage at a senior level and has a passion for delivering development impacts. The job holder will have three main responsibilities: oversight of portfolio delivery, including managing the Programme Managers; stakeholder engagement and co-ordination; and ensuring programmes contribute to the delivery of UK Government prosperity and trade objectives.
Driving Successful Portfolio Delivery (30%)
The jobholder will be responsible for strategically managing the portfolio of Prosperity Fund programmes operating in Vietnam to ensure programmes deliver on FCO and wider UK Government policy objectives and Vietnam’s development needs by:
Managing the Prosperity Fund Team (50%)
The jobholder will be responsible for managing the team of Prosperity Fund Programme Managers, including through:
Using Prosperity Fund programmes to help deliver UK Government prosperity and trade strategies (20%)
Drawing in the whole of the embassy and other stakeholders in support of delivering the Prosperity Fund programmes and cementing their long term impact:
Staff: Line management responsibility for at least three (C4L) Programme Managers, covering Economic Reform, Trade, Future Cities, Infrastructure and Health. Team management and leadership experience is essential given the job holder will be responsible for ensuring strategic direction of the portfolio as a whole which will involve leading and negotiating with others. Experience of managing teams across a network is desirable (PF staff are based both in the Embassy in Hanoi and Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City).
Essential qualifications, skills and experience
Desirable qualifications, skills and experience
Experience/knowledge of UK ODA programmes: Knowledge of programme sectors.
Required competencies: Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering Value for Money