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Area Programme Manager North-East Myanmar


  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Myitkyina
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2024-07-24

What we are looking for

NRC is looking for an Area Programme Manager to join the Myanmar mission. The role holder will be responsible for NRC’s programmatic and advocacy response, as well as project implementation North-East Myanmar. This position will make a significant contribution to NRC Myanmar’s role as a pilot country for NRC’s global initiative for Integrated Programming. Additionally, this role will ensure NRC Myanmar’s objective of prioritising hard-to-reach populations and contributes towards pathways to adapt programming to North-East Myanmar’s volatile context after the armed conflict escalated in October 2023. 

If you are a committed and industrious professional, and an influential, interpersonal, and inspirational leader; with a track record in integrated programming; with good interpersonal and stakeholder management skills, and an ability to build constructive and collaborative relationships with external parties, then this is the role for you!

This position is only open to candidates who have the legal eligibility work in Myanmar. NRC is unable to provide work permits or visa sponsorships for this position.


What you will do

  • Project cycle management (60%): proposal development, budget management, reporting, integrated programming, monitoring and evaluation, etc.
  • Partnerships (20%): engagement and management (partner assessment, regular partner meetings, overseeing partner reporting, etc.).
  • Coordination (10%): participation of programmes teams in coordination fora (clusters, working groups, local networks, etc.). 
  • Area strategic plans (10%): programme components, and preparation of the Area Office strategic plans Strategy, and Annexes.


What you will bring

  • Management experience in a humanitarian/recovery context.
  • Shelter, Education, Legal Assistance, and/or Protection work experience.
  • Integrated programming proficiency.
  • Complex, and volatile context exposure.
  • Myanmar context exposure and knowledge.
  • English fluency, both written and verbal.


What makes this position attractive?

  • NRC has delivered humanitarian assistance and protection to vulnerable affected populations in Myanmar since 2008, following Cyclone Nargis. Over that time, NRC has evolved into a complex and mature mission with an excellent reputation for technical skill and delivery of programmes.
  • NRC provides services and assistance to vulnerable populations affected by conflict and displacement over three geographical areas (North-West, North-East, and South-East Myanmar) and the Country Office in Yangon, across 10 offices. The portfolio of projects is currently larger than 15.
  • The NRC North-East Myanmar area of operations covers Kachin State and Northern Shan State. NRC maintains an Area Office in Myitkyina (Kachin State), and sub-offices in Bhamo (Kachin State) and Lashio (Northern Shan State).
  • NRC provides needs-based protection to conflict, and displacement affected populations in North-East Myanmar through an integrated programming with programmatic interventions which embrace different areas, comprising of Education; Information, Counselling, and Legal Assistance; Shelter and Settlements; Livelihoods; and Protection. NRC seeks to address the varied and complex needs faced by internally displaced persons, returnees, and affected host populations through complementary programming involving direct implementation, strategic partnerships and consortia, advocacy, and referrals.
  • NRC Myanmar works in collaboration with a diverse portfolio of partner organisations. Over the past years NRC Myanmar has been at the forefront of partnerships integrated programming; and promoting and developing staff capacity.
  • This is an opportunity to join one of the most respected humanitarian actors in Myanmar that has a strong reputation with donors, embassies, clusters, and peer agencies, and the chance to work with a diverse portfolio of donors and partners. 
  • Meaningful work, with a high-quality integrated programme that responds to the diverse needs, priorities, and concerns raised by beneficiary communities. 
  • Female candidates are strongly encouraged to join our work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility.
  • Learn more about NRC’s operation in Myanmar here.


What we offer

  • Grade 9 Salary and Benefits as per  NRC’s National Salary Pay scale applies. 
  • Myitkyina / Bhamo / Lashio, Myanmar duty station.
  • 12-month contract duration.
  • NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality, and physical ability.
  • We think outside the box, encourage ideas, and give responsibility to all employees at all levels. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative.
  • Find out more about the benefits of working for NRC.


Important information about the application process

  • Internal candidates: - log in with your official NRC email address or click on Opportunity Marketplace.
  • This position is only open to candidates who have the legal eligibility work in Myanmar. NRC is unable to provide work permits or visa sponsorships for this position.
  • When creating your profile, include your full name as per your passport.
  • Apply by completing all the system-required fields of your experience, employment history, and education in your application.
  • Ensure to attach your latest CV.
  • Submit your application and CV in English.
  • Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of colour are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. NRC is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, so if you’re excited about this role and you meet most, but not all the requirements, we encourage you to apply anyway.
  • Applications that do not meet the minimum standards in terms of experience or qualifications will generally not be considered.
  • Unsolicited applications not related to this specific job advertisement will not be considered.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We receive many applicants for each vacant position. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to give detailed feedback to applicants who have not been shortlisted.
  • For any queries, please email us at with “Area Programme Manager North-East Myanmar” as the subject line. This email address is for queries only. Applications will not be accepted via email.
  • Please note that NRC does not request any fees in connection with its recruitment processes.


Why NRC?

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. Our 15,000 staff work in crises across 40 countries, providing life-saving and long-term assistance to millions of people every year.

Watch this short video to see NRC in action.

NRC responds to the diverse needs faced by populations in Myanmar through the delivery of integrated programming and advocacy to ensure that conflict and displacement-affected communities can meet their needs and exercise their rights. NRC works with a range of different local and international partners to deliver a multi-faceted response that includes emergency response to rapid onset needs, providing essential services to internally displaced people in protracted displacement, and contributing to pathways to durable solutions.

We are looking for people who are passionate about helping refugees and people forced to flee. Are you one of those people? If you are, NRC offers you the opportunity to:

  • Do demanding and professional work, often in challenging contexts.
  • Join a work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility.
  • Be part of a welcoming and supportive community committed to human dignity.

Learn more about NRC here.

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