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Program Officer (Vietnam)

Organisation Name Tara Climate
Location Australia or Southeast or East Asia (excluding Vietnam, China, India)
Date Posted 2024-05-13
Job Type Full-Time
Job Number 1030901
  • Work to address the climate crisis with an expanding international foundation
  • Help build capacity for the Asia regional climate transition movement
  • Would suit Vietnamese program officer based outside of Vietnam


The Organisation
With a vision of a just and thriving Asia powered by renewable energy, Tara Climate is a new and rapidly expanding philanthropic initiative, previously hosted by the European Climate Foundation, focusing on South, Southeast, and East Asia, supporting think tanks, civil society, research organisations, and other non-state actors.
Tara Climate plays three main roles in the region: providing grants to partners, developing and assessing strategy, and convening partners within and across borders. In Vietnam, we work with different organizations to promote the clean energy transition.

Benefits and Culture 
  • Work with a dynamic international team with a results-oriented approach
  • A flexible work environment and a space to learn the sector, develop and challenge yourself
  • A residence permit is required, an Asian language is an asset (ideally Vietnamese)
  • Australian citizens/PRs in Australia will be considered
  • Committed to regional leadership, preference to candidates from the region
  • Internationally competitive compensation with occasional travel
  • Permanent contract

The Role

With the expansion of the Vietnam program, the program officer will lead the coordination, facilitation, development and communication of the partner capacity-building program. Reporting to the program director and working closely with the program team, you will evaluate program implementation, including monitoring deliverables and submissions from grantees and partners, providing general oversight to their timeliness and quality.  Your work will also:
  • Support program implementation, program development and campaigns
  • Forge new relationships with stakeholders across relevant sectors
  • Identify emerging risks and opportunities for Tara’s work and strategy
  • Build relationships with stakeholders including existing and potential grantees and partners

Skills Required

You are at the early to mid-stage of your project or program management career in the field of development with experience in renewable energy transition/climate change and including capacity building, program development and campaigns, in a Vietnamese policy context.
You have excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, and ideally in Vietnamese with concrete examples of grant management experience and working with diverse partnerships and stakeholders and supporting campaign work. You have excellent inter-personal, negotiation, influencing and networking abilities, and are able to quickly become familair with complex and unfamiliar subjects. You have qualifications or deep experience in Energy, Public Policy, Development Studies or a related field.

If you are deeply committed to addressing the climate crisis, and you meet the criteria above,  please send your resume and cover letter, addressing the key skills and experience required, quoting #1030901, or call Lois Freeke at NGO Recruitment in Melbourne on +61 (0)3 8080 8978.

Please note there is no formal closing date for this role, if you are interested we would encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

NGO Recruitment values equitable recruitment practices and is committed to representing candidates reflective of the diverse organisations and communities we work with. We welcome and encourage applications from all backgrounds, ages, and identities, and are happy to adjust our recruitment process to support accessibility needs. If you are interested in this position and have most of the skills or experience we are looking for, please go ahead and apply.

Please be advised you can upload two attachments, including your resume and covering letter when submitting your application.