Program Officer – Apparel

If you are passionate about sustainable trade and creating systemic changes in the textiles/manufacturing industry, are comfortable working in English, and have proven skills in supporting teams and programs, then we are looking for you!

Starting operation in Vietnam in 2010, IDH has since established strong partnerships with businesses, government and civil society organizations working on apparel and footwear, coffee, tea, cocoa, spices/pepper, and aquaculture sectors. Recently, promoting and enabling embedded sustainable manufacturing practices (IDH manufacturing program) has been newly identified as one of IDH focus sectors in Vietnam from now up to 2030. Through manufacturing program, IDH would like to deliver the impacts on: reduced use of natural resources and energy, reduction in plastic & textile waste, greater transparency & traceability in production, increased gender equality and participation, reduced carbon footprints, increased circular production and manufacturing models, and increased living incomes of manufacturing workers.

The Role

IDH is currently looking for candidates for the position of Program Officer to support the development and implementation of the Apparel program (Business Unit Textiles and Manufacturing) in Vietnam. The position will work closely with the Apparel Program Manager.

The position will be based in Hanoi and report to the Apparel Program Manager and  Country Director of IDH in Vietnam

Key responsibilities

The Apparel Program Officer is technically in charge of supporting the Apparel program’s activities in Vietnam to create positive impacts on Better Jobs and Better Environment and Better income. He/she will be responsible to coordinate with local partners and stakeholders to ensure that work plans and agreed targets are met timely while complying with cost limits.

Duties:

Program Support

  • Support overall coordination of the Apparel program in Vietnam and ensure targeted results and impact of the program at field level and upscaling to lead to the changes in business practices and at sector governance level with support and guidance from IDH headquarter.
  • Support the planning process, implementation, and monitoring of the program.
  • Review project reports, invoices, and provide inputs to consider and release for approval.
  • Support the program with research, administration, and logistics.
  • Support the organization of input from the program partners to enable operations to run the required program administration and reporting. This includes the development of performance indicators for the management of program pipeline deliverables.

Support the planning, organization, and coordination of events and workshops as required Stakeholder management and networking

  • Support private sector and donor engagement.
  • Maintain contacts with existing and potential program stakeholders. Maintain the program’s network and develop new partnerships, especially within Vietnam.
  • Support the maintenance and expansion of the IDH’s donor base, support colleagues doing similar work, and contribute to the further strategic development of IDH.

Apparel program development

  • Support in the development and implementation of the Apparel program in Vietnam up to 2025, including reporting and development of program pipeline deliverables. This will be done by working closely with implementing partners
  • Support the implementation of the INSTEP program in Viet Nam, with focuses on the implementation of Mill Optimization with focuses on Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production applied for factories located inside selected industrial parks.
  • Support the collaboration between IDH and MONRE, brands and other development organizations.
  • Support the collaboration with the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other relevant partners for promoting sustainable industrial parks, especially Textiles Industrial Parks, in Vietnam. Support other work as required.

Requirements

Candidates will be selected on the basis of key criteria:

  • Good general knowledge and understanding of Vietnamese textiles and apparel industry.
  • Good knowledge and experience working with the private sector, especially the private sector in textiles and apparel industry and its supply chain.
  • Strong track record and background in environmental and social sustainability and an ability to articulate an understanding of both domestic and international requirements.
  • Able to manage programs with a diverse group of stakeholders with an inclusive attitude, defining common goals and implementing actions.
  • Able to oversee field level implementation issues and resolve conflicts.
  • Fluent in Vietnamese and English.
  • Familiarity with the manufacturing supply chain (e.g. apparel and footwear industry).
  • Works to achieve agreed objectives and is accountable for meeting or exceeding them.
  • Demonstrated ability in team working.

Who you are

Candidates will be selected on the basis of key criteria:

  • Bachelor or Master Degree in (financial) management, banking or international business
  • Minimum of 5 years’ working experience in similar positions with a strong network that includes big corporations in Vietnam, preferably with linkages into the apparel & footwear sectors and related manufacturing sectors.
  • Ability to work autonomously, work with a team and solve problems quickly.
  • Fluent in Vietnamese and English

    What you bring

    • Good general knowledge and understanding of Vietnamese textiles and apparel industry.
    • Good knowledge and experience working with the private sector, especially the private sector in textiles and apparel industry and its supply chain.
    • Strong track record and background in environmental and social sustainability and an ability to articulate an understanding of both domestic and international requirements.
    • Able to manage programs with a diverse group of stakeholders with an inclusive attitude, defining common goals and implementing actions.
    • Able to oversee field level implementation issues and resolve conflicts.
    • Fluent in Vietnamese and English.
    • Familiarity with the manufacturing supply chain (e.g. apparel and footwear industry).
    • Works to achieve agreed objectives and is accountable for meeting or exceeding them.
    • Demonstrated ability in team working.
    • Demonstrated ability in team working.
    • Who we are

      IDH brings companies, CSOs, governments and others in public-private partnerships together to realize green & inclusive growth at scale in commodity sectors and sourcing areas. Our approaches are designed to drive sustainability from niche to norm in mainstream markets, delivering impact on Sustainable Development Goals. We focus on creating positive impact on deforestation, living incomes and living wages, working conditions, toxic loading and gender. In this we are supported by multiple European governments, including our institutional donors: BUZA, SECO and DANIDA. IDH is a company that works together with over 600 companies, CSOs, financial institutions, producer organizations and governments in 12 sectors and 12 landscapes in over 40 countries worldwide

      What we offer

      IDH offers a dynamic international environment and an enthusiastic and passionate team. As an IDH team member you can contribute to positive global change.

      The successful applicant will be offered a consultancy contract for one year with competitive remuneration, but with very high possibility to extend. IDH offers a challenging position with opportunities for growth within an enthusiastic and passionate team and as an IDH team member you can contribute to positive global change.

      For more information about IDH, please visit http://www.idhtrade.org. For questions about this position, please contact Mr. Huynh Tien Dung at dunghuynh@idhtrade.org

      IDH Vietnam Office Room 401, B1 Building, Van Phuc Diplomatic Compound

      No. 298 Kim Ma, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

      Interested candidates should send their CV/resume and application letter (in English), explaining your interest and capabilities for the position, to Ms. Le Thi Huong Lan, HR Officer, at jobs@idhtrade.org and copy to vietnam@idhtrade.org before June 30th  , 2022  mentioning “Application for  Textiles and Apparel Program Officer” in the subject line.

      For more information about IDH, please visit www.idhsustainabletrade.com.

      Interested?

      Would you like to apply? Just send us your motivation and resume in English by using the following hyperlink:

      IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative

      Arthur van Schendelstraat 500,

      3511 MH Utrecht

      P.O. Box 1241, 3500 BE UTRECHT, The Netherlands

      www.idhsustainabletrade.com

      We encourage applicants to respond as soon as possible, latest by June 30th, 2022