Vietnam and U.S. Professionals Exchange Program: Economic Empowerment in Public Private Partnerships

A great opportunity. Intensive short-term fellowships for up to 16 Vietnamese to visit the USA and broaden their professional expertise. Up to 16 Vietnamese professionals will be awarded Professional Fellowships to help increase integration in global markets; transparency and accountability in business and government; linkages between conditions facilitating entrepreneurship and free markets; good governance standards; public-private partnerships; sustainable and inclusive economic development; and corporate social responsibility

The U.S. Department of State Professional Fellows Program

“Vietnam and USA mid-level professionals exchange program: Mutual learning for economic empowerment in the context of business and government partnerships”

Center for Public Service
Mark. O. Hatfield School of Government
Portland State University
Portland, OREGON

Application Form and Program Guidelines

Application Form
To apply, go to http://www.pdx.edu/cps/professional-fellows-program-application-form and submit your on-line application by Dec 15, 2012.

Program Guidelines
To learn more about the program guidelines, go to http://www.pdx.edu/cps/sites/www.pdx.edu.cps/files/Program%20Guidelines.pdf.

U.S. Department of State Professional Fellows Program

The Professional Fellows Program is one of many professional exchange programs funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Professional Fellows Program brings emerging leaders from around the world to the United States for intensive short-term fellowships designed to broaden their professional expertise. Participants are placed in non-profit organizations, private sector businesses, and government offices across the country to learn first-hand how issues in their field are addressed in the United States. While deepening their understanding of American society, the visiting participants also build a broad network made up of both their new American colleagues and the other visiting Fellows. The second phase of the Professional Fellows Program sends American participants overseas for follow-on programs conducted with the International Fellows.

The Center for Public Service in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University, in collaboration with Vietnamese partner Organizational Capacity Development, Mission Vietnam, and partner organizations in Vietnam and Oregon is implementing the Professional Fellows Program in Vietnam with a focus on Economic Empowerment, including modernizing the economy and adopting international best practices.

The program aims at equipping participants with knowledge and skills on conditions that promote increased participation and success in the global economy. Successful candidates will play an active role in modernizing Vietnam’s economy and adopting international best practices. Priority topics will focus on empowerment in a market economy: increased integration in global markets; transparency and accountability in business and government; linkages between conditions facilitating entrepreneurship and free markets; good governance standards; public-private partnerships; sustainable and inclusive economic development; and corporate social responsibility.

Program Goals

• Promote mutual understanding and lasting, mutually beneficial partnerships between key professionals and organizations in the United States and their counterparts in Vietnam;

• Provide Vietnamese mid-level professionals an opportunity to gain knowledge of U.S. practices and techniques in their field of expertise, explore governance principles and practices in both public and civil society institutions in the United States, and gain a deeper understanding of U.S. society, culture, and people;

• Provide U.S. participants the opportunity to exchange professional expertise with their Vietnamese counterparts and gain a deeper understanding of professional practice, society, and culture in Vietnam.

Program Activities

Two groups of Vietnamese participants will spend approximately four weeks in the United States. The first cohort will travel in Spring 2013, followed by the second cohort in Fall 2013. The program will begin in Oregon for placements with partner organizations and related programming, followed by the Professional Fellows Congress in Washington, DC. Subsequent to each visit, two groups of U.S. participants will travel to Vietnam to spend up to two weeks working with their Vietnamese counterparts in their workplaces and communities.

Timeline

Key Program DatesKey Activities
Dec 15, 2012Application Deadline
Dec 2012 – Jan 2013Applications reviewed by selection committee
Jan 2013Semifinalists Interviews
Feb 2013Finalists and alternates notified
Apr 2013Pre-departure orientation for the First Cohort
Apr-May 2013First Cohort of Vietnamese travels to USA
May 8-11, 2013Fellows Congress in Washington DC
Aug-Sep 2013First Cohort of Americans travels to VN
Oct 2013Pre-departure orientation for the Second Cohort
Oct-Nov 2013Second Cohort of Vietnamese travels to USA
Nov 6-9, 2013Fellows Congress in Washington DC
Jan 2014Second Cohort of Americans travels to VN

Eligibility

Participants will be selected based on their professional qualifications, experience, leadership potential and commitment to, enhancing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Vietnam. Sixteen Vietnamese participants will be selected through an open, merit-based, competitive process. Persons from all provinces, underrepresented and underserved communities, and ethnic minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Recruitment and selection will be a joint effort between the United States, Portland State University, and local partners.

Competitive Vietnamese candidates will meet or exceed the following criteria:
• Have knowledge and interest in economic empowerment toward the betterment of Vietnam;
• Focus on increased integration in global markets; transparency and accountability in business and government; linkages between conditions facilitating entrepreneurship and free markets; good governance standards; public-private partnerships; sustainable and inclusive economic development; and corporate social responsibility;
• Have leadership experience and/or potential;
• Have a Bachelor’s Degree (or Vietnamese equivalent);
• Are able to clearly articulate professional and program goals, and articulate how the exchange experience will be applied to the betterment of Vietnam;
• Have 5 years of work experience with increasing levels of responsibility;
• Have intercultural skills and experience and/or potential in cross-cultural communication;
• Are able to attend the program in the United States in Spring 2013 (April-May 2013) (or Fall 2013);
• Are able to receive J-1 visa;
• Committed to returning to Vietnam after completion of the program;
• Are highly proficient in written and oral English; and
• Have, or are able to obtain, a passport valid through 2014 or beyond

Qualified candidates who are not able to attend the Spring 2013 segment will have first priority for the Fall 2013 segment.

General Instructions

• Submit completed application on line by the stated deadline of December 15, 2012.
• Answer all the questions in English.
• Include your full name as spelled on your passport.
• Include complete contact information.
• If a required question (marked with red asterisk) does not apply to you, enter N/A (not applicable).
• Save the answers to the questions in a word document for your records.

Additional Required Documents

• A copy of your resume
• One letter of recommendation (in English) from your employer or professional peer in your field

Application Submission Guidelines

The deadline for submitting applications is December 15, 2012

Applications may be submitted on line only at http://www.pdx.edu/cps/professional-fellows-program-application-form.

Additional Background Information:

Professional Exchange between Vietnam and Oregon Institutions

The Professional Fellows Division of Education and Cultural Affairs’ Office of Citizen Exchanges at the State Department has awarded a grant to Portland State University to implement a program entitled “Vietnam and USA mid-level professionals exchange program: Mutual learning for economic empowerment in the context of business and government partnerships.” The program goal is to promote mutually beneficial partnerships between Vietnamese and U.S. professionals; provide Vietnamese professionals an opportunity to gain knowledge of U.S. economic empowerment practices, and provide U.S. participants with an opportunity to share their knowledge with the Vietnamese counterparts. The Center for Public Service will implement the Professional Fellows Program and conduct a four-part, two-way Economic Empowerment Program for approximately 32 mid-level professionals – 16 participants from Vietnam, and approximately 16 U.S. participants.