Senior Social Consultant - International Alumni Job Network

Senior Social Consultant

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (Việt Nam)

Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, social consulting services and sustainability related services. We have more than 5,000 people in over 40 countries working out of more than 160 offices. ERM is committed to providing a service that is consistent, professional and of the highest quality to create value for our clients. Over the past five years we have worked for more than 50 per cent of the Global Fortune 500 delivering innovative solutions for business and selected government clients helping them understand and manage the sustainability challenges that the world is increasingly facing.

Our people are outstanding, our workplace is energized! And we continuously strive to be the preferred place for environmental and other professionals to build meaningful and rewarding careers.


As part of the continued growth and innovation of our Impact Assessment & Planning practice, ERM has an opportunity to join our global consulting firm as a Senior Social Consultant in Impact Assessment & Planning and become a true business leader in an organisation with Sustainability at its heart.

We are looking for both established and emerging professionals who are interested in being part of this thriving global community – outstanding individuals who combine strong desires around consulting and business development with a strong technical foundation – to foster and expand a network of excellent client relationships. We seek talented specialists to help us drive the continued growth of ERM’s business through selling and delivering world-class services, recruiting and developing our next generation of leaders, and further advancing our reputation for supporting development of some of the world’s most complex projects.

This is an opportunity for a Senior Consultant looking to further his/her career as a global environmental/social leader that aims to lead the field in sustainability consulting. A career as an ERM Employee is unique. Our model offers unparalleled opportunities for consultants with ambition, vision and proven expertise, providing:

 Unique Career Growth & Learning Opportunities in a Global Environment

 Culture of working for an organisation with “Sustainability at its heart” and a company that promotes environmental awareness within the community through the ERM Foundation

 Diversified Environmental, Health and Safety Exposure across industries and locations

 Opportunities to be involved in collaboration across borders


ERM has been working in Vietnam since 1993, and in order to meet the growing needs throughout the region opened an office in Ha Noi in 1998. In 2002 we relocated to Ho Chi Minh City. Our team includes both local and international consultants with the technical expertise and detailed local knowledge required to address the particular needs of the region and conduct environmental, health, safety, risk, social and sustainability projects across Vietnam.

We work for major multinational investors in the oil and gas, mining, manufacturing, power and energy sectors, international development banks and financial intermediaries.


ERM’s Impact Assessment & Planning practice focuses on supporting development of projects in power, infrastructure, chemicals and natural resources. Our goal is always the same: assisting our clients in achieving project success, from planning through construction and operation, while meeting expectations for assessment and management of impacts on environmental, social, health and cultural resources. By helping clients bring these issues into the project planning process early, we seek to help our clients meet environmental/social performance objectives, enable savings in capital and operating costs, and avoid significant approval and other delays.

ERM combines experience with global standards, such as the Equator Principles and International Finance Corporation’s Performance Standards, with a thorough understanding of local regulatory systems and cultural sensitivities. We apply state-of-the-art assessment tools, from GIS to modelling and visualization techniques. We have also developed our own Impact Assessment Standard, which we use to maintain consistency and quality when other standards do not apply in a particular situation.

ERM’s Impact Assessment & Planning practice has been ERM’s highest growth practice globally, growing over 20% per year for the past 5 years alone. The practice currently has over 1,000 professionals globally, representing the full range of technical disciplines, with sector experience across the board. What ERM’s practice is perhaps best known for, is supporting some of the most challenging development projects in the world. It is this reputation that attracts and retains the highly skilled consultants who comprise ERM’s Impact Assessment & Planning team.


 Be an active participant in environmental and social field investigations – including monitoring undertaking environmental data collection and assisting ERM’s social consultants in undertaking socio-economic baseline assessments;

 Gain technical knowledge of the processes pertaining to the collection of baseline environmental and social data, and move onto developing understanding of how impacts are modelled and assessed;

 Learn how to examine possible environmental and social impacts caused by a planned project;

 Focus on developing reporting skills with regards to environmental and social impact assessment and management plans;

 Provide support in undertaking research and data analysis for other environmental and social consultants with the IAP team;

 Work with the PATS team in developing skills for undertaking Phase One and Phase Two

contaminated sites assessment; and

 As this position will be partly focused on gathering of baseline data, long periods may be required in the field – this can be upwards of two weeks at any one time.


 Bachelor degree in a discipline such as environmental science or social science

 Master’s Degree in a technical environmental or social related discipline preferable

 Familiarity with international standards such as the Word Banks’ Operational Policies, the IFC’s Performance Standards, the Asian Development Banks Safeguard Policies and the Equator Principles is preferable;

 Experience in managing projects and proposals;

 Minimum of five years’ work experience in a related field preferable

 Good communication skills and capacity to work as part of an integrated and multidisciplinary team;

 Vietnamese (native) and full English working capabilities is essential.

TO APPLY: Please submit your resume and brief cover letter to [email protected] and include in the subject the job title and company name. Thank you for your interest in ERM!