Join our Team | AVLD Steering Committee Chair position

Updated: Aug 26

Duty Station: Remote

Position: Steering Committee Chair

Type of contract: Volunteer

Duration of contract: 24 months

Recruitment open to External and Internal candidates

Application Deadline: 9 September 2022



The Australia Vietnam Leadership Dialogue (AVLD) is an independent non-profit initiative that was established to nurture relationships, promote engagement and incubate collaboration between Australian and Vietnamese young leaders from a broad spectrum of society. Through people to people links, we believe the bilateral relationship between Australia and Vietnam can be strengthened to contribute to the development of each respective nation.

The inaugural Dialogue occurred in May 2017, Sydney, Australia and was followed by the second Dialogue in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in May 2019. In 2019, 11 leaders between the ages of 25-35 years of age were selected to represent each country out of a total of 2000 expressions of interest.

Our AVYLD Alumni are an inspirational, talented group of young leaders. They have been identified to be significant people of impact in their respective nations in the next 10 years and beyond. They came together as part of the Dialogues to incubate relationships and establish a powerful network of influential changemakers. The Dialogue is an biannual initiative with locations rotating between the countries, together with a series of events and activities between the Dialogues to nurture the powerful Alumni network and strengthen the Australia-Vietnam bilateral relationship.

More info at or on the AVYLD social media via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube.


The Dialogue was previously supported by the Australia ASEAN Council, as part of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and significant corporate partnerships from both Australia and Vietnam. In the past, delegates have been invited to meet both Vietnamese and Australian Prime Ministers as well as Foreign Ministers of both countries. The Dialogue has become a key platform to develop high-level people-to-people links. Since 2017, as a result of AVYLD, a social enterprise has been created to assist victims of domestic violence. It is now fully operational in Vietnam, aptly named Hope Box. A sister city relationship has been initiated and pursued, as well as education, healthcare and other linkages. The people‐to‐people links are deep and ongoing as a result of our intentional design of nurturing exceptional changemakers.

In 2021, AVLD received funding from DFAT under the Australia-Vietnam Enhanced Economic Engagement Grant (AVEG) Pilot Program to develop the Vietnam Surges Series. The Series consists of 12 video episodes providing practical insights into two-way trade and investment, and highlighting unique perspectives from unique Vietnamese voices. These 12 videos draw on AVLD alumni and industry experts from sectors including education, agriculture, technology, sustainable city development, food & beverage, and tourism.

Steering Committee Chair

AVYLD is recruiting a volunteer Steering Committee Chair to join the Steering Committee which will plan and implement the 2023 Australia Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue in 2023 together with other smaller milestone events in the lead up, in both Australia and Vietnam. The Steering Committee will also be offered the chance to participate in the Dialogue. In 2017, 2019, and 2021, our Steering Committee volunteers were able to hear from over 50 speakers, attended multiple high-level receptions, networked with influential leaders from a diverse array of sectors, and took great pride in being part of the AVYLD community. They also received a personal written acknowledgment letter from the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam for their significant contributions.

Reporting to: Board of Directors

The Steering Committee Chair is a non-Board role and reports directly to the Board of Directors. And the The Steering Committee Chair will work closely with AVLD Steering Committee Director(s) strategically and the Project Manager operationally.


  • Collaborate, brainstorm, and plan the 2023 Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue with the Steering Committee and the AVLD Board of Directors.

  • Work closely with and delegate to Steering Committee Directors

  • Work closely with the Project Manager to ensure that the Board’s vision is implemented and executed.

  • Lead bi-weekly Steering Committee meetings and then weekly Steering Committee meetings during Dialogue’s timeframe.

  • Work closely with the Board of Directors to ensure the enjoyment, commitment, motivation and sustainability of AVLDs volunteers.

  • Oversee day-to-day operations of the Steering Committee to meet any sponsorship or donor obligations.

  • Support and guide the work of sub-Committee Managers

  • Review and keep appraised of relevant social media content, policy documents and issues with implications for AVLD’s mission

  • Assist the Project Manager to ensure that all projects are delivered in accordance with the agreed timeline.

  • Monthly reporting to the Board of Directors in terms of progress of the Steering Committee.


  • Embodies the values and mission of AVLD and understand the spirits of the Dialogues.

  • Demonstrated interest in the Australia Vietnam relationship

  • Quick learner who can summarise and explain complex information into simple, clear insights

  • Strong ability to analyse and interpret data

  • Details oriented with a flair for producing creative presentations

  • Willingness to commit to 5-8 hours per week for the duration of the role, but with a one week commitment during the actual Dialogue (hours may vary leading up to and during events) noting a significant increase in hours may be required closer to the Dialogue.

  • Responsive, diligent, open and honest

  • Passionate about contributing to the development of society

  • Strong communication and teamwork skills.

Duration of appointment:

The appointment will be made for a period of 2 years. After which time, the agreement will be reviewed. Changes to the agreement can be made through mutual agreement of the AVLD Board of Directors and the appointee.


Performance will be measured according to the successful completion of the duties outlined above.

*AVLD is open to submissions regarding structuring the role in ways that still enable the objectives to be achieved and delivered.

Deadline: 9 September 2022

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