International Water Expert

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

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Based in Seoul, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is an intergovernmental organization founded to support and promote a model of economic growth known as “green growth”, which targets key aspects of economic performance such as poverty reduction, job creation, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. GGGI works with countries around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies that can impact the lives of millions. The organization partners with countries, multilateral institutions, government bodies, and private sector to help build economies that grow strongly and are more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources, less carbon intensive, and more resilient to climate change.

GGGI supports stakeholders through complementary and integrated workstreams – Green Growth Planning & Implementation and Knowledge Solutions – that deliver comprehensive products designed to assist in developing, financing, and mainstreaming green growth in national economic development plans.

Vietnam’s rural to urban migration continues along with the transitioning of its economy towards industrial output. Cities are rising rapidly and disproportionately around industrial areas as workers relocate for jobs. For example, over the past decade, 700 square kilometers have been converted into urban areas and inhabited by 7.5 million new city residents; that is roughly equivalent to constructing and populating an entire Ho Chi Minh City in just 10 years.[1]

Due to their rapid expansion, Viet Nam’s cities lack sufficient investment in critical infrastructure and will be crucial to demonstrate and deliver green growth.A 2015 study of public spending on mitigation and adaptation found that MOC has the lowest climate-relevant spending of the five ministries studied.[2]

In Vietnam, GGGI has supported the Ministry of Construction (MOC) and the City People’s Committees (CPC) to achieve green growth through integrated green urban planning, of which implementing wastewater treatment is a crucial element. The project targets Vietnam’s secondary cities’ achievement of green growth objectives through the identification, development, and submission of bankable projects in wastewater treatment.

GGGI partnered with the Vietnam National Mekong Committee (VNMC) to implement the Water and Green Growth in the Mekong Delta project. The work is funded as part of a multi-country project from Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). In 2014, GGGI convened an international conference on green growth in the Mekong Delta, the first of its kind, and led the development of a report on how to deliver green growth in the economically significant Mekong region. The conference and report have provided an improved understanding of the critical importance of implementation of urban waste water management in the Mekong region. The work will include the adoption of green growth policy and investment options for urban wastewater management in Tien Giang province in the Mekong Delta.

Building on the work with VNMC, GGGI has initiated the development of a bankable project in urban wastewater for Ben Tre City in the Mekong Delta. GGGI has partnered with the Asia Development Bank (ADB) to design a feasibility study to unlock an ADB loan of up to USD 25 million to implement urban wastewater management in Ben Tre. The work has been kicked off in 2015 to be delivered in 2016. 


Objectives/Purpose of the Assignment:

The objectives of the assignment are:

  • Highlight GGGI’s country experiences around water and green growth.
  • Facilitate greater knowledge sharing to promote country-level experiences and practical approaches to green growth policy change and financing with regards to urban wastewater treatment.
  • Provide lessons learnt from GGGI work in Vietnam for future improvement of the programme.

Scope of Work:

The Consultant shall complete the following four components:

Component 1: Urban wastewater treatment and green growth

Urban wastewater treatment is an essential step to achieve green growth. However, cities in many countries have often thought too little of the necessity and importance of a sound system to treat water, often because of the huge investment involved and the pressure to give attention to other economic activities. Thus, this component is to link wastewater treatment with green growth by demonstrating its social, environmental and economic benefits.

The Consultant shall:

  • Highlight the relationship between urban wastewater treatment and green growth through an in-depth analysis on the social, environmental and economic benefits of urban wastewater treatment.
  • Use examples from cities around the world to demonstrate such benefits.

Component 2: The landscape of development efforts in urban wastewater sector in Vietnam

The water sector in Vietnam is a crowded place, not only because of the increasing demand for infrastructure investment and technical assistance but also because of the international community’s recognition of the importance of saving and preserving water. Development efforts to improve wastewater treatment is also increasing. Thus, it is important to have an overview of where such efforts have been put in and identify the areas where there is a lack of support. This step is essential to provide a comparator to review GGGI’s work and provide advice on where GGGI should move forward in component 3 and 4.

The Consultant shall:

  • Identify, review and analyse all Technical Assistant projects in the urban wastewater sector in Vietnam
  • Analyse the projects’ approaches and areas of focus
  • Give independent judgement on the gaps and needs for interventions in the sector

To be able to carry out the component, the Consultant shall conduct interviews with government agencies and development partners (where necessary).

Component 3: GGGI’s intervention in urban wastewater in Vietnam

GGGI’s has made substantial effort to support wastewater treatment in the Mekong Delta. In 2014, GGGI partnered with the Vietnam National Mekong Committee to conduct a study on wastewater treatment in the Mekong Delta. In 2015, it started a project with the Ben Tre City People’s Committee (CPC) to unlock ADB’s loan on wastewater treatment. GGGI’s involvement so far has been fruitful and beneficial. However, it is crucial to look back and assess the projects to identify areas for improvement and best practices to move forward. This component is the core of the lesson learnt that GGGI wants to share with our development partners and governments.  

This Consultant shall:

  • Assess GGGI’s work with the Ben Tre CPC and VNMC, and analyze strengths and weaknesses
  • Identify success stories, best practices, as well as areas for improvement from the two projects

To be able to carry out the component, the Consultant shall conduct interviews with GGGI’s staff and partner governments (where necessary).

Component 4: Moving forward

GGGI has established a five-year-strategy in Vietnam in which wastewater is one of the focused sectors. Moving forward from the two projects on wastewater treatment in the Mekong Delta, GGGI is looking for suitable options to continue its support to the Vietnam Government in the water sector. Built upon the previous three components, this component gives recommendations to GGGI on the strategic way forward and areas for intervention.

The Consultant shall develop recommendations based on:

  • GGGI Vietnam Country Planning Framework 2016 – 2020
  • Vietnam National Green Growth Strategy and Action Plan
  • Vietnam Socio – Economic  Development Strategy 2011 – 2020
  • Vietnam Socio – Economic Development Plan 2016 – 2020  
  • Vietnam Sustainable Development Strategy 2011 – 2020

The position shall be home-based. The Consultant shall report to GGGI Programme Officer based in Hanoi, Vietnam, under the supervision of the Programme Manager, based in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Output/Reporting Requirements/Deliverables:

The Consultant shall complete:

Deliverable 1: Report Outline

This shall be the outline of the technical report that includes all four components as described in the Scope of Work. The outline shall show how the Consultant plans to present and structure the report. The outline will have a maximum of 5 to 10 pages.

Deliverable 2: Technical Report

This shall be a technical report on “GGGI’s intervention in wastewater treatment, lessons learnt and the way forward”, which includes all four components as described in the Scope of Work. The Technical Report shall be the full version of the report outline (deliverable 1). The Technical Report shall be no longer than 70 pages in total, and shall incorporate all GGGI feedback and comments.

  1. The Draft Technical Report shall be completed by 10 September 2016.
  2. The Final Technical Report shall be completed by 20 September 2016.

All reports must be in English, in accordance with GGGI’s formatting requirements, and submitted in hard copy and digital formats along with complete sets of raw data, research materials, and interview notes.


This project shall be completed with a timetable as follows:


Due date


Deliverable 1: Report Outline

30 August 2016


Deliverable 2a: Draft Technical Report

10 September 2016


Deliverable 2b: Final Technical Report

20 September 2016



  • At least 17 years of experience working in developing countries on water and wastewater treatment; experience working with ODA fund on water in Vietnam, in particular the Mekong Delta.
  • A Master degree on water, water management, or other related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in other Asian countries on wastewater and water resources would be a plus.
  • Experience working with government agencies in Vietnam is a must.
  • Proficiency in English is a must.

[1] ADB 2012, Country Partnership Strategy: Vietnam 2012-2015

[2] MPI (2015) Financing Viet Nam’s Response to Climate Change (CPEIR), p66