Vietnam Program Manager Apparel & Footwear

IDH is currently looking for a staff member who can support the activities in the area of sustainable development of Vietnam apparel and footwear sector, including building, electrical, and fire safety. The person would be in charge of a small team of employees and a larger team of service providers, to manage the two programs of Race to the Top (RttT; focussed on reducing the environmental footprint and the worker enagment in productivity improvement) and Life and Building Safety Initiatives (LABS) in Vietnam (focussed on the assessment and remediation of the structural, fire, and electrical risks, as well as the evacuation readiness). Next to that an important part of this role is the engagement with the Vietnamese government to align program approaches and objectives and Vietnamese government policy under the Public and Private Partnership Cooperation Agreement.

Position overview

The Program Manager, based in Ho Chi Minh City and reporting to the IDH Program Director Cotton and Apparel with regular connection with IDH Vietnam country manager, is responsible for the successful implementation of IDH’s apparel and footwear program in Vietnam. The Program Manager will work closely with a diverse group of stakeholders, including the Vietnam Government and the Vietnam apparel and footwear industry.


Core Job Functions

  1. Strategic program development (especially the first 6-12 months)
  • Contribute constructively to strategic planning.
  • Supports the development of the program.


  1. Program management
  • Responsibility for ensuring targeted results and impact in the development and implementation of the program with operational support and guidance from IDH HQ Program Management.
  • Run the required Vietnam program facilitation, administration, and reporting within the overall regional structure.
  • Manages contracts with implementing partners, engineers, and consultants (with legal and administrative support of the IDH Operations team in Utrecht).


  1. Stakeholder management and networking
  • Responsibility for working on the maintenance and expansion of the relevant network in the sector.
  • Manage and support public sector engagement.



Candidates will be selected on the basis of seven key criteria:

  1. Deep technical knowledge of Vietnamese apparel and footwear industry.
  2. Strong track record in OH&S, especially related to building, electrical, and fire safety.
  3. At least 5 years experience on senior sourcing, manufacturing or sustainability level in the sector.
  4. Strong knowledge of and working relationship with the Vietnam government in this sector.
  5. Able to manage programs with an inclusive attitude diverse group of stakeholders, define common goals and implement actions able to act both on a strategic level and an operational level.
  6. Able to address implementation issues and resolve conflict.
  7. Fluent in Vietnamese and English.


Supporting the requirements

  • Experience in apparel and footwear supply chain and operational manufacturing processes
  • Experience with construction and/or building codes
  • Works to achieve agreed objectives and is accountable for meeting or exceeding them
  • Plans and manages own time effectively
  • Track record in process management and change management
  • Working and thinking at Master degree level
  • Experience in working with people from different cultural backgrounds
  • National and regional travel may be required (up to 25%)



IDH offers a challenging position with opportunities for growth within an enthusiastic and passionate team.  As an IDH team member you can contribute to positive global change. The position is for 40 hours per week.  The successful applicant will be offered a consultancy contract for one year with competitive remuneration, but with the possibility to extend.

For more information about IDH, please visit For questions about this position, please contact Pramit Chanda at


How to apply

Interested candidates should send their CV/resume and application letter (in English), explaining your interest and capabilities for the position, to Iris van Oort, HR Officer, at before August 10th, 2017.

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