Chief Technical Advisor (CTA)

The Department of Planning and Investment (DPI), Soc Trang Province, Vietnam is recruiting a Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) to support the province in the initial implementation of the Soc Trang Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME) Development Project.  With financial support from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), this initiative will support the Province of Soc Trang in its development and implementation of a SME Development Plan, including relevant small-scale infrastructure while strengthening public administration related to SME development.

This is a full time position for a period of up to two years with the successful candidate to be fielded as soon as possible. The position will be based within the Department of Planning and Investment in Soc Trang City of Soc Trang Province.  The remuneration package for this position is competitive and subject to negotiation.

Key Responsibilities:

1) Strategic Planning and Analysis
Providing the province with strategic planning analysis and advice for the development of the provincial five-year costed SME Plan based on consultations with stakeholders at national and sub-national levels, analyses of provincial key sectors and markets.

2) Technical Assistance Advisory Support
Supporting the province in determining technical assistance needs both in the development and implementation of the SME Plan and identifying and sourcing the highest quality local and international technical assistance required.

3) Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting
Supporting the province in carrying out their project monitoring and evaluation and reporting responsibilities. 

Qualifications Required

The CV will be used to evaluate bidder`s experience. An interview will be held to measure candidate`s knowledge, skills and abilities, and any requirements and assets as identified in the detailed Terms of Reference.


Master degree in Economics, business administration or related fields preferred with minimum 7 years of relevant work experience, or a Bachelor degree in the same discipline(s) with minimum 15 years experience in similar position(s).

Minimum of 7 years work experience related to private sector development, including good knowledge of SME related policies and best practices
Minimum of 5 years work experience in strategic planning and/or economic sector planning including experience in providing advice to senior government officials
Minimum of 5 years experience in public sector capacity building and local governance issues, preferably in private sector development
Minimum of 5 years experience in results-based management and monitoring and evaluation
Excellent oral and written English skills

Selection for the vacancy will be based on merit and judged against specific selection criteria. Please contact Ms. Tran Lan Huong at [email protected] of the Viet Nam-Canada Program Support Unit (PSU) for detailed Terms of Reference for the position. 

Interested individuals should send or email their application letter and CVs, including two references in English by 15 May 2011 to the following address:

The Project Management Unit of the Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Development in Soc Trang province
Address: No.21 Tran Hung Dao street, Ward 3, Soc Trang city, Soc Trang province
Email: [email protected]

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview. Applications will not be returned.

Job Details
Organisation Name: 
The Project Management Unit of the Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Development in Soc Trang province
Soc Trang province
Application Deadline: 
Sun, 2011-05-15