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Country Director, Vietnam

Job Reference tbigc/TP/53380/879 #LI-NM1

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Fixed Term/Full Time
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FTC to Perm
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Company Industry:
Management Consulting, Government Administration
Job Function:
Information Technology, Project Management, Strategy / Planning

Focus of the Role

The Advisory practice within the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (TBI) advises reforming political leaders and governments on strategy, policy and delivery and in so doing achieve significant and positive impact for citizens around the world. 

A growing element of our Advisory Practice is our work in Asia. This includes a track record of success in Central Asia, a new large-scale project in Indonesia, and multiple new opportunities in Asia. This represents an exciting and newly defined geographic management area for TBI, with exciting growth plans for 2023 to expand our impact, FTE size and footprint. 

Job Introduction

To support our growth, we are recruiting a Country Director (Vietnam) to lead, build, and strengthen our offer and solution areas in Vietnam. The role will report to our Managing Director, Asia.

The person will be based in Vietnam and be fluent in Vietnamese. This is a full-time 2-year contract.

Key Responsibilities

The Country Director (Vietnam) will have the following accountabilities:

Client relationship

  • Through the delivery of quality and relevant insights, build and maintain a relationship of trust with the country’s most senior government officials
  • Be able to suggest and convince the government on key development priorities that TBI could be supporting, which place sustainable social and economic development at their core
  • Hold operational accountability for the effective management of client relationships with co-development (with the Managing Director, Asia) of account prospects

Team management and internal coordination

  • Provide detailed direction to the TBI in-country team across workstreams, ensuring efficient project planning, effective task allocation, pertinent content development and follow-through
  • Provide direct support to your team when needed, including through sharing content knowledge, supporting in analysis or in development of client deliverables
  • Be receptive to team’s professional and personal concerns, ensuring their well-being and acting as a coach to improve their professional skills and on the job satisfaction
  • Ensure projects bring the very best of TBI to clients by harnessing the skills, knowledge and capacity of political, policy and research functions across TBI, including the Global Client Solutions team
  • Hold final accountability for the quality, timeliness and scope alignment of client-facing deliverables


  • Hold final accountability for the efficacy and efficiency of project teaming, including management of performance reviews for the project team
  • Keep the Managing Director, Asia thoroughly updated on workstream progress and potential bottlenecks
  • Lead the development of internal TBI policies for the country, risk register and emergency security package, and ensure TBI staff follow country protocols.
  • Contribute to recruiting efforts

Person Specification

We are looking for an outstanding individual:  

  • Broad and comprehensive experience in holding an advisory function to senior Vietnamese government officials
  • Strong experience working in strategy development, particularly in management consulting, is highly advantageous
  • Expertise in a topic and/or function salient to public sector advisory (i.e. public policy, government administration, economic development, digital transformation etc)
  • Ability to effectively manage small-to-mid sized teams comprising a variety of skill-sets, nationalities and cultural backgrounds with an ethos focused on team success and genuine motivation for colleagues’ performance, growth and well-being
  • An ability to work independently, think strategically and produce well-structured client-ready deliverables, including PowerPoint. A hands-on attitude, not shy on rolling sleeves up to support in the development of PowerPoint presentations
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentational skills; able to quickly establish his or her credibility with the client
  • Ability to operate within sometimes sensitive political contexts and be attuned to potential areas of conflict or tension. Apply sound judgement in all external engagements on behalf of TBI
  • A high level of comfort working in a fast-paced environment and handling multiple diverse workstreams at once while maintaining the ability to prioritise effectively
  • Business fluency in English required. Fluency in Vietnamese is a must


About The Institute

The Tony Blair Institute (TBI) is a mission-driven not for profit organisation. We exist to equip political leaders and governments to build open, inclusive and prosperous societies.  We do this through developing policy and advising governments.  We work hard, every day, to make a difference. When governments work well they are able to create economic and social change in a way that promotes fairness, social justice and opportunity. We work relentlessly to support leader and governments with the challenges they face. Giving them practical solutions and actionable insights, that once implemented, can be transformative for their people  

As an organisation, the core beliefs we all embrace are: 

  • Open and Progressive: you’ll believe in the value of teamwork 
  • Bold and Pragmatic: you’ll approach everything you do with integrity and authenticity 
  • Optimistic Changemaker: you’ll be focused on results 

TBI believes embracing diversity and inclusion make us a better place to work.  It’s our goal to reflect everyone in society and we actively welcome applications from individuals and groups who are under-represented in the workplace. We celebrate difference be it ethnicity, religion, age, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. We will only ever assess you on your abilities and fit for a role. We’re happy to discuss any adjustments you need to ensure a level playing field during recruitment and, if you\'re successful, discuss any adjustments you might need to thrive in your role.