Project Development Officer - Myanmar

Yangon

I. Background on ACTED

Since 1993, as an international non-governmental organization, ACTED has been committed to immediate humanitarian relief to support those in urgent need and protect people’s dignity, while co-creating longer term opportunities for sustainable growth and fulfilling people’s potential.

ACTED endeavors to respond to humanitarian crises and build resilience; promote inclusive and sustainable growth; co-construct effective governance and support the building of civil society worldwide by investing in people and their potential.

We go the last kilometer: ACTED’s mission is to save lives and support people in meeting their needs in hard to reach areas. ACTED develops and implements programs that target the most vulnerable amongst populations that have suffered from conflict, natural disaster, or socio-economic hardship. ACTED’s approach looks beyond the immediate emergency towards opportunities for longer term livelihoods reconstruction and sustainable development.

With a budget of 164 million EUR in 2014, ACTED is active in 35 countries and implements more than 450 projects a year reaching over 8 million beneficiaries with 400 international staff and 4,300 national staff.

II. Country Profile

Capital Office:Rangoon

Area:1

On-going: Projects:10 (2014)

Budget:1.3 M euros (2014)

National staff:30 (2014)

Since 2008, ACTED’s has supported Nargis affected communities in their longer term livelihood recovery by providing technical training to farmers and fishermen, distributing livestock and poultry, providing vocational training, introducing aquaculture systems, assets replacement, rehabilitating community infrastructure and ensuring affected families have an access to a safe habitat.

In 2011, government-led liberalizing reforms in key sectors (labor, finance, media and administration) spurred new opportunities for Myanmar. In this evolving context, ACTED continues its support to cyclone-affected communities in the Delta while also broadening its focus to additional geographic and thematic needs. In Labutta, special focus was placed on supporting the most vulnerable households facing persistent challenges in food security. ACTED expanded the scope of its activities to the Dry Zone, one of the poorest regions of the country, addressing chronic food insecurity and restoring sustainable livelihoods through agricultural production and home gardening.

In 2012, ACTED diversifies and scales up its assistance in Myanmar. The mission focuses on issues of food security, economic development of vulnerable communities and response to any emergency related situation, both natural (community-based disaster preparedness) and man-made (humanitarian crisis in Kachin State). It also supports civil society actors to enhance their capacity to influence key policy areas, particularly those related to women and gender considerations.

To this end, ACTED has already started a country wide program aiming at strengthening the economic rights of women. Additionally, teams have started an intervention to support communities and local authorities in Southern Yangon region to be prepared to natural disasters. ACTED also continues its support towards food security and sustainable livelihoods in the Dry Zone. Furthermore, ACTED undertook an assessment mission to identify the support it can provide to conflict affected communities and IDPs in Kachin State.

III. Position Profile

.1. Ensuring the Production of Timely, Accurate and Analytical Reports for Donors
Understand and disseminate Donors guidelines ;

Liaise regularly with Area Coordinators, Programme Managers and technical staff to ensure the production of quality reports across areas and across Donors;

Work in close relation with AME Department to develop and incorporate more solid monitoring and evaluation components in reports;

Work in close relation with Finance Department to ensure greater coherence between financial and narrative reports, and ensure steady cash inflow based on the timeliness and quality of report submissions.

Work in close relation and communicate on a regular basis with HQ reporting department, notably on the basis of the monthly Reporting follow up

.2. Developing Internal Coordination and Communication mechanisms

In relation with the project development manager and Country Director, ensure that all meetings are held and documented (capital coordination meetings, area coordination meetings, monthly coordination meetings, quarterly country coordination meetings);

Ensure in particular that reporting guidelines, formats, philosophy, deadlines for each project and donor is communicated clearly and standardized across the country for new and on-going projects;

Follow-up meetings at the field level and in the capital, between the bases and between the country programme and HQ/other ACTED operations through the ACTED Newsletter;

Draft agenda and minutes of country-wide meetings, with the assistance of the Reporting staff.

.3. Developing an External Donor Relations Strategy Update on a weekly and monthly basis the external relations database, which documents latest negotiations and proposal possibilities with a number of key donors;
Manage a team of Area Coordinators, Programme Managers and technical staff to ensure that proposals are developed in a cohesive and professional manner and in line with ACTED country strategy and donor requirements;
Act as point of contact for all Donor communication, including the organisation of and hosting of Donor visits in the field for projects s/he is in charge of

.4.Developing an External Communication Strategy

Define the main target groups, activities, resources and partnerships needed;

Ensure continuum of PR activities, including formal presentations, engaging media for coverage on success stories, updating project-specific and regional fact sheets, and documenting publications featuring ACTED in the media ;Identifying sources of funding for a more cohesive public information strategy in-country.
Assisting the Project Development Manager and Country Director in developing the country strategy, project proposals, addressing ad hoc donor requests or catalysing action on specific projects or components of projects

IV. Qualifications

· Master Level education in a relevant field such as International Relations or Development

· Project management experience (management, planning, staff development and training skills) in development programmes

· 2-5 years previous work experience in a relevant position

· Proven capabilities in leadership and management required

· Excellent skills in written and spoken English

· Strong negotiation and interpersonal skills, and flexibility in cultural and organizational terms

· Ability to work well and punctually under pressure

V. Conditions

  • Salary defined by the ACTED salary grid; educational level, expertise, hardship, security, and performance are considered for pay bonus
  • Additional monthly living allowance
  • Free food and lodging provided at the organisation’s guesthouse
  • Transportation costs covered, including additional return ticket + luggage allowance
  • Provision of medical, life, and repatriation insurance + retirement package

Please send, in English, your cover letter, CV, and three references to jobs@acted.org

Ref : PDO/MYA/SA

For more information, visit us athttp://www.acted.org

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: ACTED - Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development
  • Location: Yangon
  • Grade: Junior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Public Administration - Restructuring
  • Closing Date: 2015-10-24

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