Schools Engagement Coordinator



Schools Engagement Coordinator


Public and Community Engagement (PCE)


Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

Hours of work

Full-time. Working hours are 37.5 hours per week.


Initially for 01 year, including a 02-month probation period, with possibility of extension based on annual performance appraisal and funding.

Reporting to

Vice-Head of PCE

Vacancy reference



The Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) is a large-scale clinical and public health research unit, with sites offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi in Vietnam, Jakarta in Indonesia and Kathmandu in Nepal. In Vietnam, we are hosted by the Hospital of Tropical Diseases (HTD) in Ho Chi Minh City, and the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases (NHTD) in Hanoi. OUCRU-Nepal is hosted by the Patan Academy of Health Sciences, and in Indonesia we exist in partnership with the Eijkman Institute as the Eijkman-Oxford Clinical Research Programme (EOCRU). As a Wellcome Africa Asia Programme, we have received considerable support from Wellcome since our establishment in 1991.

OUCRU’s vision is to have local, regional and global impact on health by leading a locally driven research programme on infectious diseases in Southeast Asia. Priority is given to health issues important to the hospitals where we work, and to the countries as a whole where we operate: Vietnam, Indonesia and Nepal.  All work is intended not only to benefit the patients seen daily at our host hospitals, but also to help improve patient care throughout Southeast Asia.

Dedicated to research excellence, OUCRU has a commitment to promote its research findings internationally and locally in Vietnam. OUCRU has a dynamic and innovative Public and Community Engagement team responsible for promoting the image and science of OUCRU in Vietnam, and designing and implementing training and public engagement activities. The PCE department has a strong focus on youth involvement, and accessibility of science to school-aged children. In addition, it has a research and engagement interests around vaccination uptake, in the context of underserved communities and understanding vaccine hesitancy, and supporting healthcare workers.

Please see more information on OUCRU Website:

Job summary

The position holder will be responsible for leading schools engagement projects, working closely with learning and training consultants, science teachers, informal education facilitators, schoolchildren, health scientists and engagement practitioners on the following:

  • Capacity building for science teachers and a national science teachers trainers group (National TOT Group) through the development of appropriate training curriculum, materials and provision of training;
  • Engagement activities to support science teachers to facilitate their after-school science activities for children, using both digital and school-based platforms;
  • Involvement in activities for wider engagement with teachers, children and scientists, particularly using online platforms;
  • Inputs to development of new projects and direction for Public and Community Engagement as a whole.

This position will require weekend work when needed.

Key responsibilities and tasks

Teacher training and engagement

  • Lead formative research and data analysis to understand training needs for science teachers.
  • Consult with governmental partners, in particular Provincial Departments of Education and Training (DOET), regarding training requirements and make annual training plans.
  • Collaboratively develop curriculum for science teachers and science teacher trainers with international experts, with focus on evidence-based science teaching methods, participatory skills, TOT skills and hands-on minds-on science activities.
  • Evaluate curriculum content and delivery and modify as required.
  • Consult with governmental partners (DOET) training requirements and make annual training plans.
  • Conduct teacher training (TT) and training of science teacher trainers (TOT).
  • Provide supervision and guidance to the National TOT Group on their training capacities and involvement with OUCRU.
  • Meet reporting and budget management requirements.
  • Provide technical support and engagement activities to teachers, including setting up science club model at their schools, using OUCRU resources to strengthen their teaching capacity, interacting with scientists.
  • Produce an evidence-based report and recommendations about the teachers training and TOT which aim to scale up its impacts at a national level.

Science events for the public

  • Propose ideas to bring scientists, children and teachers together through either online or in-person platform.
  • Collaborate with the team and relevant stakeholers to plan and delivery approved events.
  • Evaluate implementation of events, and provide recommendations for future ones.
  • Meet reporting and budgetary management requirements.

General coordination

  • Preapare MOUs, contracts, letters, budget required for the development and delivery of prject activities.
  • Identify relevant stakeholders, including trainers, science teacher trainers group, scientists, event volunteers, service providers… to implement project activities.
  • Be responsible for organisation and logistics arrangements of all project activities in charge.
  • Claim financial request after each activity conducted.
  • Prepare annual reporting requirements for OUCRU and funding partners.
  • Translate and proof reading documents related to work.
  • Other tasks: requested by Head of PCE and Vice-Head of PCE.

Selection criteria

Essential criteria

This person should be dynamic, innovative and enthusiastic. She/he is expected to have the followings:

  • BSc, BA (Education, Development study or equivalent qualifications).
  • Be innovative and confident to take projects forward.
  • 5 years minimum experience in education or community development projects, design and delivery of training activities.
  • Experience in working with teachers, informal educators, schoolchildren is highly desirable.
  • Experience in mapping training resources.
  • Experience in conducting and analysing evaluation activities.
  • Understanding digital engagement tools for learning and teaching.
  • Ability to present work plans in English and prepare reports written in English.
  • Ability to provide excellent communication and interpersonal skills in cross-cultural settings essential.
  • Ability to work with a high degree of autonomy, and yet be a team player.
  • Willingness to perform other tasks requested by Head of PCE and Vice-Head of PCE.


  • Contracted salary:  Negotiable (depending on actual experience and education).
  • Optional insurance: In-patient and out-patient medical coverage; Personal accident insurance coverage
  • Two months’ salary for annual bonus and clothes 
  • Annual leave 18 days each year for the first year.
  • Other responsibilities and benefits are based on Viet Nam Labour Law.

How to apply

Interested, qualified candidates are invited to send their detailed resume and cover letter in English, including copies of relevant degrees, certificates, either by email or by post to the following address:

Oxford University Clinical Research Unit

Laboratory of Clinical Science

Hospital for Tropical Diseases

764 Vo Van Kiet, Ward 1, District 5, HCMC

Tel: 39237954

Email: [email protected]

*** We thank all applicants for their interest but only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

Contact person

Ms. Nguyen Thi Hong Phuc

Deadline for submission

31st October 2021


Job Details
Organisation Name: 
Ho Chi Minh
Application Deadline: 
Sun, 2021-10-31