Technical Specialist

Job Title:                                  Technical Specialist

Project:                                     USAID VIETNAM URBAN ENERGY SECURITY 

Reports to:                               Deputy Chief of Party

Location:                                  Danang city

Period of performance:            Apr 22, 2021 – Apr 21, 2022 (with extension possibility) 

Deadline for application:           Apr 11, 2021


Project Background:

As Vietnam experiences steep increases in energy demand and rising air pollution challenges, there is growing recognition that cleaner, more reliable sources of energy are needed and greater capital investment is necessary. The Vietnam Urban Energy Security Project works closely with GVN at multiple levels to improve enabling frameworks, mobilize investment, and increase the adoption of innovative solutions for advanced, distributed energy.

The specific objectives of this activity are to assist Vietnamese cities to:

  • Improve enabling policies, regulations, and city-level plans/programs for the deployment of resilient, distributed energy services;
  • Mobilize public and private sector investment for the deployment of advanced, distributed energy systems;
  • Increase adoption of innovative technologies, practices, business and financing models for advanced, distributed urban energy solutions.

In Danang, the project is specifically interested in promoting rooftop solar adoption, both through Commercial & Industrial users, as well as at the household level, and is looking at the feasibility of waste-to-energy activities, energy efficiency in public lighting, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure. In each of the areas, the project will identify areas of technical assistance, investment support, and innovation promotion to achieve overall project objectives.

Overview of the Position:

The city of Danang, in collaboration with VUES, is in the process of establishing a Clean Energy Task Force (CTF). CTF is designed to support Danang to improve urban energy resilience and energy security by deploying advanced, distributed energy solutions which include solar rooftop and other forms of renewable energy and technical solutions to improving energy efficiency. The Technical Specialist will be responsible to support the CTF in Danang during its operation and implementing its activities.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The Technical Specialist will support the Clean Energy Task Force (CTF) and DOIT on energy strategy and plan implementation in Danang. The Technical Specialist will also work closely with other project staff as required to ensure successful implementation across all activities, including monitoring, evaluation, and learning; implementation of the Activity Fund; project reporting; and other activities identified throughout the life of the project. Specific activities include:

  • Provide policy consultations and recommendations to the CTF and the Secretariat on energy strategy and plan implementation in Danang;
  • Work closely with the Danang Coordinator under supervision of Project DCOP on technical matters during the Project activity implementation.
  • Provide necessary technical assistance, build capacity and awareness of the Project’s stakeholders, and support the local industries and energy users for clean energy adoptions and investments;
  • Support consultants in the implementation and delivery of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, lead the consultation process at city level, collect comments and coordinate consultant’s responses for project deliverables;
  • Contribute to the development of the implementation work plans and operational strategy;
  • Other duties as assigned by the Chief of Party and Deputy Chief of Party.


  • At least 5 years of energy experience with experience in distributed energy efficiency and/or renewable energy activity management including working with industries and commercial entities;
  • University degree in power/energy engineering, or relevant science-based subject, or related subject;
  • An extremely well organized and self-directed individual with sound technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment, and strong operational focus;
  • Must be comfortable working with colleagues remotely in multiple cities;
  • Excellent writing, speaking, and reading skills in English; demonstrated report writing skills in English is required

Supervisory Requirements:

This a full-time position, with a level of effort of 260 days per year.  The employment contract will be on a yearly basis, with possible extensions until the close of the project. The Technical Specialist will report to the Deputy Chief of Party and will work closely with Danang city Coordinator. The position is based in Danang.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should apply via Formsite in English at this link:

Deadline for Application: Apr 11, 2021

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Job Details
Organisation Name: 
Da Nang
Application Deadline: 
Sun, 2021-04-11