USAID Improving Private Sector Competitiveness

February 13, 2023 - 14:00
Scope of Work - Policy Reform Manager


The purpose of the USAID Improving Private Sector Competitiveness (IPSC) (“the Project”) is to remove constraints and build the competitiveness of small and growing businesses (SGBs) in Viet Nam, including those led by vulnerable populations. With this Project, USAID/Vietnam is supporting Viet Nam’s competitiveness: vertically at the policy, market and firm level; and horizontally by working along the entire spectrum of enterprise growth models, from household businesses transforming into registered firms to small firms on the cusp of scaling up. Deloitte Consulting LLP (“Deloitte”) is implementing this Project on behalf of USAID. The Agency for Enterprise Development (AED) of the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) is the Vietnam Government counterpart of IPSC.

The Project is made up of four interrelated Objectives[1]:

Objective 1. Building business management capacity of SGBs, including those led by vulnerable populations (particularly women and ethnic minorities).

Objective 2. Improving efficiency and productivity by promoting innovation, technology adoption, and sustainable business models.

Objective 3. Enhancing business enabling environment for a broad-based inclusive economy.

Objective 4. Strengthening business-to-business (B2B) and cross-sectoral linkages.

Summary of Activities

Objective 3 is aimed to support the Government of Vietnam (GVN) in improving the business environment, focusing on advocating reforms that facilitate improving regulatory effectiveness, adopting methodologies and tools that increase efficiency, increasing the quality of Public-Private Dialogue (PPD), and reducing the compliance burden on businesses to maximise the potential growth of SGBs.

Under the leadership and supervision of the Business Ecosystem Director, the Policy Reform Manager will manage the implementation of activities that support business environment reforms and ensure the quality of the Project’s technical assistance within those assigned activities. The assigned activities will be more focused on, but not limited to, proposing/reforming policies and regulations that help promote Environment, Social, Governance (ESG) adoption and facilitate innovation in the private sector.

Specific Tasks

The Policy Reform Manager shall perform the following tasks:

Serve as IPSC’s key focal point with GVN counterparts or IPSC’s activities relating to policies and regulations assigned.Propose specific activities to support related GVN agencies in proposing and formulating new policies and regulations, proposing reforms towards existing policies and regulations and more efficiently implementing existing policies and regulations.In coordination and collaboration with relevant GVN agencies, including but not limited to, the AED and the National Innovation Center (NIC) under MPI and other related agencies and following the Project Implementing Manual (PIM), implement the assigned activities, specifically:

+ Discuss with the GVN counterpart and other related stakeholders to identify specific needs and to frame the scope of the technical assistance.

+ Develop implementation plan, needed resources, specific outputs and outcomes of each activity.

+ Develops (TACN) for the activity and Scope of work (SOW) to engage individual consultants and/or consulting firm to support the implementation of the activity.

+ As technical in charge of the activity, closely collaborate with the operational team in recruiting consultants/consulting firms as the approved SOW.

+ Supervise and comment on the progress of the tasks assigned to consultants/consulting firms; review and comment on the technical deliverables submitted by consultants/consulting firms.

+ Manage and coordinate technical substances of workshops, field trips, stakeholder technical meetings and other kinds of events within the activity.

+ Make workshops, field trips, meeting notes and reports.

Following closely the process of formulating, making, revising policies, legal documents or regulations that IPSC provides technical assistance.Prepare policy notes/briefings/success stories on the topics of the activities assigned as requested by IPSC management.In conjunction with the MEL Manager, collect and report on relevant data for reporting to USAID and project partners.Contribute regular inputs for IPSC’s weekly, quarterly, and annual reporting as required.Carry out additional tasks, as per the request of the Business Ecosystem Director within the scope of the expertise and experience.


At least a Master's Degree in Public Management, Economics, Business Administration, Law or related field with a minimum of 8 years of full-time professional experience.Proven experience in effective strategic planning and direction setting, with strong conceptual and analytical skills.Knowledge of policies and regulations relating to ESG and/or innovation.Participation in the proposal or formulation of policies/legal documents relating to ESG and innovation is a strong advantage.Proven work experience with GVN agencies is a must, in which with MPI will be a plus.Experience working on international donor-funded projects, particularly on USAID-funded projects is preferred.Experience working with complex networks of stakeholders (government agencies at central and local level, business associations, enterprises).Practical understanding of policy formulation or legal document-making/revision processes.Demonstrated high level organisational and time management skills, including the ability to manage workflow and balance competing priorities to ensure deadlines are met.Experience working in a team environment, possessing excellent people skills.Vietnamese nationality.Fluency in English and Vietnamese and proficiency in reporting and presenting.

Reporting Requirements

This incumbent will report to the Business Ecosystem Director.

Place, Period of Performance and Level of Effort

Level of effort:            Full time

Expected start date:    Apr, 2023

Location:                     Ha Noi, Viet Nam with travel to other provinces as required

Application:        stating Job Title & CV-CL attached.

USAID Improving Private Sector Competitiveness Key Concepts and Definitions

Small and Growing Business (SGB): An organisation/economic unit of Viet Nam, including enterprises, under the provisions of the Law on Enterprises, cooperatives operating under the provisions of the Law on Cooperatives, and business households registered in accordance with Vietnamese law, which employs no more than 500 full-time employees, has growth potential but lacks the resources of knowledge, finance, human resources, and technology to realize its goals and growth potential. Pioneering SGBs or Pioneering Enterprises (PEs): A growing Vietnamese enterprise with Vietnamese-branded products, good competitiveness, the ability to lead and expand in the industry, sector, and locality, good management capacity and willingness to innovate and produce products with high added value, with the vision/objective to build a Vietnamese brand in the international market.Business Development Service Provider (BDSP): Agencies, organisations and enterprises in both the public and private sector with functions, duties/business lines providing non-financial services to support enterprises to improve operational efficiency and business development.Business Support Organization (BSO): An organisation with the function and mission to connect and support business development, often including business associations/clubs, industries, etc.