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USAID looks for Technical Specialist of the Vietnam Urban Energy Security Project


The Project seeks a Technical Specialist – Innovation Challenge to provide support of VUES Component 3: Increase adoption of innovative technologies, practices, business and financing models for advanced, distributed urban energy solutions.

Project: Vietnam Urban Energy Security

Reports to: Innovations’ Manager

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam

Period of Performance: Jun 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022 (with extension possibility)

Deadline for application: May 9, 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 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:

1. Improve enabling policies, regulations, and city-level plans/programs for the deployment of resilient, distributed energy services;

2. Mobilize public and private sector investment for the deployment of advanced, distributed energy systems;

3. Increase adoption of innovative technologies, practices, business and financing models for advanced, distributed urban energy solutions.

Component 3 of The Vietnam Urban Energy Security focuses on providing resources and support to entrepreneurs, innovators and others engaged in piloting and scaling new approaches or models to promote advanced, distributed energy solutions in Danang and Ho Chi Minh City. This component will also contribute to the other goals of the

Project, including the deployment of advanced and distributed energy and mobilization of public and private investment for advanced and distributed energy systems.

Overview of the Position:

Component 3 of VUES will focus on providing resources and support to entrepreneurs, innovators and others engaged in piloting and scaling new approaches or models to promote advanced, distributed energy solutions in Danang and Ho Chi Minh City. The Project seeks a Technical Specialist – Innovation Challenge to provide support of VUES Component 3: Increase adoption of innovative technologies, practices, business and financing models for advanced, distributed urban energy solutions.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The Technical Specialist – Innovation Challenge will support the Innovations’ Manager in implementation of

Component 3 activities, mainly focusing on the implementation of the Innovation Challenge plan. The Project

anticipates supporting 20 innovative solutions through the Innovation Challenge Fund throughout the life of the

project that address urban energy and environment issues.

- Implements Innovation Challenge plan

- Coordinates and quality assure contractual deliverables from the innovations, including financial and

narrative reports

- Coordinates calls for concept notes and calls for proposals

- Provides guidance and support to Innovation Challenge selection panel/s

- Provides guidance and support to independent evaluators

- Provides quality and timely inputs to the Innovations’ Manager for VUES project reporting obligations

- Collaborates closely with the MEL Manager to keep the MELA strategy updated, and relevant

- Collaborates closely with the Communications Specialist to 1) ensure target innovators are aware of calls for concept notes and proposals, and 2) provide information and ideas for human interest and/ or success stories


- Postgraduate qualification in a relevant discipline

- +5 years of relevant experience

- Experience designing and implementing challenge funds

-  Experience from USAID, or other donor-funded projects

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 Innovations’ Manager and will work closely with MEL Manager, Communications Specialist, Activity Fund Manager, City Coordinators and other project staffs as required to ensure successful implementation across all activities. The position is based in Hanoi. 

Application Instructions

Applicants should apply via Formsite at this link:

Deadline for the application: May 9, 2020.

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