Climate Change Working Group/Disaster Management Working Group Coordinator

CARE in Vietnam is looking for an experienced and qualified Vietnamese to fill in Climate Change Working Group/ Disaster Management Working Group Coordinator.

Position information:
Position title:                           Climate Change Working Group/Disaster Management Working Group (CCWG/DMWG) Coordinator
Reporting to:                           Disaster Risk Reduction/Climate Change Program Manager
Contract:                                 From start working day to June 2013
Base in:                                   Hanoi with travel to project sites as required
Background Information
Vietnam Vietnam is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world, threatened by rising sea levels, greater-intensity storms, floods and droughts and other effects of global warming.  
The Climate change Working Group in Vietnam (CCWG) established early 2008 brings together INGOs, Vietnamese NGOs, development agencies and other professionals who contribute to reducing the vulnerability of poor people in Vietnam to the impacts of climate change through NGO coordination, advocacy and capacity building. CCWG is coordinated by a core group of representatives from INGOs and Vietnamese NGOs. In addition, CCWG maintains three thematic groups: climate change Adaptation, Climate Change Awareness and Behaviour Change and Climate Change Mitigation. Thematic groups meet separately to exchange relevant information and ideas and provide updates to the general group. CCWG has a website and a mailing list of approximately 500 subscribers. The current chair of CCWG is CARE International in Vietnam.
The Disaster Management Working Group (DMWG) was set up in 1999 to support information sharing and coordination of relief activities in Viet Nam.  Its main purpose is to support hazard reduction and diaster management through improved information sharing and coordination of interventions amongst all relevant agencies. Recognizing the synergies of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, coordination between CCWG and DMWG has been promoted over the past 2 years in areas of advocacy and learning and sharing.
CCWG, through CARE International in Vietnam, have received a small grant from the Southern Voices Capacity Building Programme funded by Danida. The funding has helped to reinforce the governance of CCWG and its coordination with other networks such as DMWG, VNGO Network through policy analysis and monitoring. During the first phase of the Southern Voice, a joint advocacy strategy has been developed and followed by planning sessions for 2012.
Position Summary
The Climate Change Working Group/ Disaster Management Working Group (CCWG/DMWG) Coordinator is expected to support the Chair of CCWG in coordination and facilitation the action plans. The Coordinator is responsible for sharing and learning, capacity building activities and support with advocacy strategy development and implementation of CCWG and DMWG.  S/he will take the overall management of the Southern Voice Capacity Building prooject including financial, programmatic and partnership management, monitoring and evaluation. S/he will spend20% of his/her time to support coordination of DMWG. 
Reporting Relationships
The coordinator will report to the Core group of CCWG and work closely with the thematic sub-groups of CCWG as well as the DMWG. The Chair of the CCWG will function as line manager. The Coordinator will be on a contract with CARE International in Vietnam, which will also provide financial and administrative support for the implementation of the Southern Voices Capacity Building project. The post will be based in Ha Noi with some potential travel outside Ha Noi, if requested
Main tasks with CCWG (80%) include:

  • Coordinate and ensure a good sharing and learning among CCWG members on climate change initiatives and knowledge on climate change in order to maximize impact and minimize overlap with the support of the Chair

    • Support to organize monthly meeting including a coordinated agenda, necessary contacts with resource people from government agencies, NGOs and other institutions, minutes taking and logistics support.
    • Coordinate the development of annual work plans for the CCWG and its sub-groups, and support regular monitoring and reporting back of achievements
    • Respond to the requests for information on CCWG, joining CCWG mailing list. For other requests relating to representation of CCWG, this should be communicated to the Chair who is the official representative of CCWG.
    • Organize the sharing and learning workshops and events of CCWG
    • Support the coordination of representation of NGOs in forums, meetings at different levels
    • Support the thematic groups with their meetings and coordinate the feedback from the thematic groups to the core group and general meetings.
    • Update and/or facilitate updates of the CCWG with the latest news in media, laws, policies, researches, project documentation, programme reports and other resources related to climate change;
    • Regularly manage and update CCWG website and CCWG mailing list
    • Pro-actively build partnerships and promote networking with other networks such as VNGO Network, DMWG, EMWG and all relevant organizations and the Government of Vietnam at all levels. Assess their needs to further develop information sharing on climate change programmes, which may lead to improved development practices amongst CCWG members, partner organisations and may benefit vulnerable people to climate change


  • Work closely with Core group in implementation of a joint climate change advocacy strategy and plan for CCWG and DMWG

    • Facilitate and coordinate the update and implementation of the advocacy plan under the joint advocacy strategy for climate change and disaster management in Vietnam together with DMWG including organizing workshop for feedback.
    • Support the coordination of advocacy messages on the prioritized topics identified in the advocacy strategy which potentially include community adaptation, REDD, energy efficiency etc
    • Actively identify channels and opportunities for advocacy and coordinate advocacy efforts among CCWG members and actively engage in the advocacy opportunities such as CG, SEDP mainstreaming events, NTP implementation. This will require active interaction with the key government agencies such as MARD, MONRE, MPI as well as key donors such as JICA, AusAid, UNDP.
    • Monitor and follow up on the implementation of the agreed advocacy strategy and regularly report back to CCWG and DMWG on key outputs


  • Strengthen the capacity activities of CCWG.

    • Implement the activities in the framework of the Southern Voices capacity building project and monitor the changes that project activities will bring about; support to identify the prioritized needs for capacity building relating to climate change mainstreaming, advocacy skills, policy analysis and monitoring, REDD,CDM, voluntary markets and others for thematic groups to identify opportunities for capacity building of NGOs and implement the training.
    • Provide technical support to the Capacity building project hosted by SRD.


  • Other tasks:

    • Prepare yearly report of CCWG and other reports as required by the Southern Voices Capacity Building project
    • Ensure that all necessary financial procedures of the Southern Voice Capacity Building project are completed and in accordance with CARE and the donor requirements.
    • Take meeting minutes and prepare meeting/workshop reports as required.
    • Conduct other tasks as agreed by the CCWG

Main tasks of DMWG (20%) include:

  • Provide administration and logistics support to DMWG
  • Function as a Liaison officer between DMWG and CCWG
  • Support the implementation of the strategy and plan on joint advocacy with CCWG
  • Assist in the identification of synergies between the DMWG and the CCWG and take appropriate initiatives to increase cooperation and harmonization

Selection Criteria

  • Sound knowledge of major development issues related to climate change and disaster management in Vietnam. Highly desirable experience in policy-relevant advocacy; networking and/or capacity building. 2 years of experience in above areas is the minimum requirement.
  • Strong liaison and networking, strong representational and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in working in NGO environment;
  • Written and oral communication skills (fluent in both Vietnamese and English);
  • Highly organized and self-motivated and flexible
  • High level of computer literacy;
  • University degree in social sciences, environment and/or development

*** Child protection:
CARE International in Vietnam is committed to protecting the rights of children in all areas we work around the world. Applicants are advised that CARE International in Vietnam reserves the right to screen candidates to ensure a child-safe environment. Further information can be found in the CARE Vietnam child protection policy.
Interested candidates should send a full CV in English and stating the position title to email: Closing date to apply for this position: 15 April 2012.
The short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews. Please no telephone contact after submitting the application.

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