IKI Sustainable Sand mining Project Director cum Freshwater Practice Lead

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

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We are looking for 01 IKI Sustainable Sand mining Project Director cum Freshwater Practice Lead, WWF-Viet Nam, based in Ho Chi Minh City

Mekong Delta is increasingly impacted by the limited inflow of sediments from upper Mekong due to dams. Unsustainable sand mining is adding substantial risks of subsidence of the Detta, which is further exacerbated by Climate change. WWF- Viet Nam and the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development are implementing the project “Drifting Sands: Mitigating the impacts of climate change in the Mekong Delta through public and private sector engagement in the sand industry” (IKI Sand Mining Project) with funding from the German Government (IKI BMU). The aim of the project is to reduce the vulnerability of the Mekong Delta to climate change and the socio-economic and environmental consequences of river sand and gravel mining. The project comprises four components: (1) Establish a delta wide sand budget (2) Raise awareness of the public and relevant decision-makers on the effects of unsustainable sand and gravel extraction; (3) Improve access on the risks and opportunities of different sourcing methods for sand and gravel; (4) Design and promote the sustainable extraction of sand and gravel in the Mekong Delta in relevant provincial plans and national guidelines and regulations.

Major Functions

The incumbent is responsible for the overall control, planning, management, implementation and reporting of the IKI Sand Mining Project and ensures compliance with the WWF-Viet Nam policies, Project Document and WWF’s contractual obligations. This includes responsibilities for technical, financial and administrative aspects of the Project, in close co-operation and supervision of WWF Germany, relevant staff of WWF-Viet Nam Country and Greater Mekong.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee the development and timely implementation of the project activity work plans to ensure that the project achieves its objectives as cost-effectively and efficiently as possible in compliance with WWF-Viet Nam policies.
  • In coordination with the National Project Manager, represent the project within the WWF network and with external partners; including in workshops, conferences, and symposium (task shared with Lead Freshwater Asia Pacific).
  • Manage/oversee relations with government and development and technical partners 
  • Coordinate and lead all Freshwater related work within WWF-Viet Nam to fulfil country practice goals and outcomes, and contributions to global goals and practice outcomes.
  • Assure and oversee the management of the freshwater project portfolio which are currently managed by project managers

Required Qualifications       

  • Master’s degree in a field relevant to water/natural resources management, environmental economy/governance or relevant fields.
  • Understanding of river morphology, sand budget, sand/sediment flows measurement mechanisms and methodologies.
  • Proven experience in managing large (> 2 million Euros) conservation & development projects/programmes in developing countries (preferably in Viet Nam), including line managing staff, sub-contract and procurement policies
  •  Identifies and aligns with the core values of the WWF organization: Courage, Collaboration,  Respect & Integrity;
  • Demonstrates WWF behaviours in ways of working: strive for impact, listen deeply, collaborate openly and innovate fearlessly
  • Adheres to WWF’s values, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging. 

How to apply

The detailed terms of references are attached. Send us your curriculum vitae & cover letter in English, naming each file: “Full name - CV/CL”.

For external candidates outside the WWF network, please send your applications to [email protected] stating in the subject line: IKI Director - Full name

The deadline is Dec 15th, 2021

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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Job Details
Organisation Name: 
Ho Chi Minh
Application Deadline: 
Wed, 2021-12-15