UNDP’s mission is to support Viet Nam’s transformation to a sustainable and circular growth model where current and future generations of the country unite to contribute and benefit from its economic, social and natural advancement. UNDP seeks to expand the existing coalition and expertise to accelerate optimized resources management for sustained human development and economic growth and reduction of negative impacts on the environment, thus enabling Viet Nam to become a green and resilient country and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

With the support of the Government of Norway, UNDP is currently implementing a project entitled Scaling-up a Socialised Model of Domestic Waste and Plastic Management, in Ha Long, Danang, Quy Nhon, Binh Thuan, and Binh Duong (DWP5C project). It aims to develop integrated, green and fair models to improve domestic waste and plastic management, in five Vietnamese cities. One of the components of this project is to enhance the regulatory framework and capacity of the local authorities and stakeholders by promoting the circular economy approach and promoting innovation and information platforms.

MONRE and UNDP has launched the first Viet Nam Circular Economy Hub (CE Hub), linking public and private actors. Led by MONRE and UNDP, the Hub has two main objectives:

  1. Accelerate the transition to a circular economy in Viet Nam, by engaging and building the capacity of all stakeholders, from public authorities, businesses, and civil society, and in close cooperation with academia. 
  2. Create synergies, and integrate financial and technical resources, for achieving the transition towards a low-carbon and circular Viet Nam, thereby contributing to a number of higher development objectives, as laid out in the SEDP and the NDC. 

UNDP is implementing several projects/activities on circular economy, chemical, waste management such as DWP5C Phase 1 “Scale up domestic waste and plastic management in 5 cities”, DWP5C Phase 2 “Scaling-up Integrated and Inclusive Waste Management Models through Empowering the Informal Sector and Fostering the Circular Economy”, EPPIC “Ending Plastic Pollution Innovation Challenge” and other chemical management project.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Intern is expected to support the expansion and implementation of the Viet Nam Circular Economy Hub, and provide basic support to communications, partnership, and outreach activities contributing to the success of the projects under the circular economy portfolio.

1. Operation and development of the CE Hub website

  • Ensure high quality updates of the content of the CE Hub website in English and Vietnamese language (key events, workshops, news, CE showcases, learning documents, financing opportunities, etc.,)
  • Regularly collect the comments/inputs/ and feedbacks from the different groups of users to upgrade the website (e.g layout and the interconnections among subsections and databases of the CE Hub, content etc).
  • Provide qualitative and timely response to comments, inquiries from user, after having consulted with the CE Hub Focal Point and the members of the team (as needed). Keep track of the comments and request received and consolidate these into a brief analysis of users needs/ and request every 3 months.
  • Provide support to the team when organizing events, workshops (both offline and online), webinars, meet-ups, etc. under framework of the CE Hub
  • Work with partners to prepare a draft content for the Newsletter published every quarter.
  • Translate documents in English/Vietnamese

2. Support the partnership engagement with stakeholders on CE  

  • Support to partnership engagement strategy:  reach out to business with focus on start-up, social enterprises, that may be interested in joining the CE Hub. Develop and continuously update a database of potential actors, from private sectors, development partners, governmental partners and experts, who are critical to the transition to a CE in Viet Nam.
  • Collect best practices from SMEs, and curate these knowledge and stories on the CE Hub website.
  • Coordinate partnerships with internal platforms and hubs (e.g: Youth4Climate Learning Hub, Climate Business Index...)

3. Communication activities

  • Design communication products for the CE Hub, including but not limited to infographics on CE, video on the introduction of the CE Hub, ppt presentations, reports, invitations on CE works, to increase the visibility and impact of the CE Hub
  • EPPIC and 5 cities Phase 1: proactively create editorial contents (stories, photos, advocacy images, campaigns). Develop infographics, fact sheets, reports for both projects
  • DWP5C Phase 2: support the development of communication plan for the project’s activities, including infographics, fact sheets and reports
  • Implement the communication strategies for the CE Hub (including social media) and support coordination with the other relevant projects, programs and activities on CE as guided by CE team at UNDP.
  • Create and operate different social media channels, including FB, Twitter for the CE Hub and other topics and update regularly with news and events

4. Support the implementation of Events

  • Support organization of related events and activities to promote the projects
  • Participate to all related event activities, including but not limited to, design of the of invitations, outreach to participants, travels
  • Draft ToR for communication activities, including multimedia, website, video provider
  • Support preparation of communication materials for advocacy at high-level dialogues, public events
  • Support with the livestream of events including by preparing the equipment and room and ensuring these are of high quality
  • Support development and translation of Press Releases and translation of statements, briefs, into English and/or Vietnamese.
  • Draft news/events and other simple communication products as result of activities from different projects under Waste, Chemicals and Circular Economy portfolio
  • Implement other tasks as assigned by the supervisor.


UNDP is seeking candidates with the following personal qualities:

  • Interest and motivation in working in an international organization;
  • Good analytical skills in gathering and consolidating data and research for practical implementation;
  • Good writing and oral presentation skills;
  • Initiative-taking person with a goal-oriented mind-set;
  • Communicates effectively when working in teams and independently;
  • Good in organizing and structuring various tasks and responsibilities;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view;
  • Demonstrated interest in the field of development, particularly in the area of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation;
  • Demonstrated research and analytical capacity;
  • Proven ability to manage diverse and complex tasks, with tight deadlines;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in environment, natural resources, business, journalist, communication or any other related fields;
  • Minimum 1 year of experience in areas of communication, marketing, website management, content creation, social media is preferred.
  • Good skills in layout and design (photoshop, InDesign etc.) and photo taking and editing (Lightroom/Bridge)
  • Strong videography skills, including production and editing skills is a must (filming and Adobe Premiere)
  • Fluent English and Vietnamese — the deliverables must be presented in either or both languages
  • Proven knowledge and familiarity with sustainable development, environment, public policies, existing development and environment policies in Viet Nam is an asset
  • Experience working with UN/UNDP, international organizations, NGOs, embassies is an asset;