Program Officer


Position: Program Officer,

Building Healthy Cities Project

The East Meets West Foundation (EMW),“the foundation for learning, healing and health", is a US-based non-governmental organization that assists disadvantaged communities in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia through programs in education, health, clean water and sanitation. Founded in 1988, EMW has a 30-year track record of innovative and effective work in Vietnam and a vast portfolio of completed projects. EMW projects and programs are known for their high quality, long-term sustainability, emphasis on results, and significant scale.

East Meets West Foundation is in partnership with John Snow Inc. (US), a health care consulting and research organization dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities in the U.S. and around the world, to implement the “Building Health Cities (BHC)” project in Da Nang city.

Building Healthy Cities (BHC) project aims to embed a health equity lens into city policies, planning, and services while improving data flow for existing Smart Cities in India, Indonesia and Vietnam. Health and Smart Cities planning are related; decisions about transport, environment, sanitation, education, recreation, information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure, and the built environment can have a major impact on health, despite being outside of the health sector. When this decision-making is harmonized, it can improve access to health services, decrease lifestyle and environmental risk factors for poor nutrition and non-communicable diseases, reduce speed of transmission during infectious disease outbreaks, and increase availability of usable data for urban health decision-making.

Building Healthy Cities will work in partnership with Smart Cities initiatives and urban health coordination structures to add value via improved health goals and metrics in proposed infrastructure and ICT projects, enhance interoperability of data systems, and increased efficiency of multi-sector urban spending. In addition, Building Healthy Cities can help Smart City citizens of every demographic have a voice in the process through integration of a mobile citizen reporting system. Our goal is to integrate health within the Smart City context, reduce time and costs of producing data for decision-making, and empower citizens to demand better health-related services.

East Meets West Foundation is seeking a Program Officer based in Danang, to support the BHC operations in the city. S/he will be primarily responsible for supporting the BHC Project Coordinator on all aspects of project communications, reporting, administration and coordination with key officials in various sectors including Smart City Project authorities, Municipal Corporation, health, urban development, environment, transport, data systems, NGOs/CSO and other stakeholders. The Project Officer will be a member of the team in the project as per approved work plans. Day-to-day oversight will be provided by BHC Project Coordinator under the directions of the EMW/ Thrive Country Director and in her absence the Director of Finance and Administration.


  • Support the management of day-to-day activities of the Project aligned with project expectations and approved global and city work plans;
  • Support the communication and reporting of various government interactions, as representative of the Project;
  • Assist in developing memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with government, private sector entities, and local institutions partnering with BHC.
  • Comply with rules and regulations of the Project Authorities and comply with local laws.
  • Keep the City Project Coordinator and the BHC/ JSI Deputy Project Director apprised on complex and/or sensitive issues and work closely with the country support team to troubleshoot these and identify the appropriate course of action.
  • Identify effective communication mechanisms to ensure proper brand identification at the city level and increase visibility of BHC work and success stories at both local and State level.
  • Monitor progress of assigned activities against targets; take corrective action where necessary to realize project commitments;
  • Support collection of project monitoring data such as budgets, reports, datasets, and the like. Help to uphold the quality and standards expected of USAID projects during collection of these data.
  • Provide basic analytical support for city monitoring data.
  • Assist in preparation of physical and financial reports (quarterly, semiannual, annual and end-of-project) to the Deputy Project Director and Project Director.
  • Attend BHC staff meetings on regular basis to share and receive information across country teams.
  • Support the facilitation of project events such as meetings and workshops, study tours, donor/guests visits and the like
  • Other relevant tasks that are requested from time to time

Qualifications and Skills

EMW seeks a results-oriented individual with the ability to produce high quality deliverables, managing multiple concurrent tasks, and meet tight deadlines with attention to detail. The successful candidate is required to have:

  • Postgraduate degree in Public Health, Sociology, Social Work, Economics, Health Management, Administration or related fields.
  • Three to five years of experience of working in public health, urban development, administration or related fields desirable.
  • Ability to network with senior government officials, NGOs and private sector
  • Strong written and oral communications skills and ability to make high quality presentations
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with key stakeholders in the city
  • Proficiency in Computer skill (Excel and Word) required.
  • Fluent in English and Vietnamese, both written and oral.
  • Based in Danang with occasional travel as needed.

Salary and benefits will be determined based on experience and qualifications.

The deadline for the above position is October 10, 2019. All interested candidates are welcome to contact and submit their applications to:


E-mail: [email protected]

Job Details
Organisation Name: 
Da Nang
Application Deadline: 
Thu, 2019-10-10