Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
Working under the supervision of the GP Manager, with the guidance of the Water GP Coordinator in the Hanoi office, and in direct collaboration with specified Task Team Leaders (TTLs), the successful candidate will support the Water team’s work across the investment cycle by:
• Contributing to project preparation as necessary, including a variety of operational tasks, including but not limited to technical analyses, participation in the design and development of specific project components, defining project implementation arrangements, coordinating inputs into project documentation and processing as well as participating in loan negotiations;
• Participating in project supervision, including day to day monitoring, field supervision, review of procurement plans, assessing progress with meeting key project outcomes and indicators and contributing to supervision documentation, Trust Fund status reports, Implementation Status Report (ISR) and Implementation Completion Reports (ICR);
• Reviewing detailed engineering designs, costs and procurement documents and drafting no objection letters to clients based on the outcomes of the review;
• Contributing to the promotion of appropriate technologies with low costs in the water/sanitation sector;
• Developing terms of reference for consultancy services for a range of tasks related to projects and analytical work;
• Supporting the preparation of AAA/TA and knowledge deliverables in the water/ sanitation sectors, through research, analysis and writing;
• Providing technical support to the task teams, as needed. Liaising closely and coordinating the water/sanitation activities with other GPs and Vietnam Country Management Unit (CMU) as well with bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors and international institutions to further strengthen partnerships;
The candidate should hold at least an Engineer degree in water supply and sanitation and a Masters’ Degree from an internationally recognized university in a field pertaining to one or more of the key areas: (1) project management; (2) civil/municipal/ environmental engineering; (3) water supply and sanitation engineering; and (4) urban environmental management. An undergraduate degree in engineering combined with a Master’s in business, economics or finance would also be acceptable.
• The selected candidate should have at least 5 years of experience in designing and managing water and sanitation project.
• Significant experience of working with the international donors in Vietnam.
• Strong knowledge and experience of the requirements for project planning, approval, implementation and procurement;.
• Proven engineering skills including the ability to review and approve detailed technical designs and project cost estimates.
• Ability to work well within integrated teams and with other work groups, to foster and build productive relationships with the Bank’s clients. He/ she will take personal responsibility and accountability for timely response to the daily needs, queries and request from the clients.
• Fluency in English in addition to a native command of Vietnamese, with excellent verbal and written communication skills including report writing, is essential.