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Programme Team Leader , Multiple positions

Yangon (Myanmar)

Background Information - Job-specific

UNOPS Myanmar

Myanmar is one of UNOPS leading offices in Asia, acting as fund manager for three of the largest development programmes in the country, namely the Three Millennium Development Goal Fund (3MDG), the Livelihood and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) and the Joint Peace Fund (JPF). Also, UNOPS Myanmar is Principal Recipient for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Myanmar and Cambodia, and for the Global Fund¹s Regional Artemisinin-resistance Initiative targeting drug-resistant malaria in the Greater Mekong sub-region. UNOPS provides procurement, infrastructure and project management services to a wide range of organisations in the country, including the Government of Myanmar, international development partners, other UN agencies, NGOs and INGOs. UNOPS Myanmar plays a critical role in ensuring that the quality of services provided to its partners meets stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Job Specific

The 3MDG Fund was launched in 2012 and is set to continue until the end of 2018. By pooling over $283 million through the contributions of seven bilateral donors – Australia, Denmark, the European Union, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America – 3MDG promotes the efficient use of development funds.  3MDG accelerates progress towards the health Millennium Development Goals and the achievement of Universal Health Coverage in Myanmar. In close partnership with the Government of Myanmar and others, it strengthens the national health system at all levels, helping poor and vulnerable people access quality health services.

A new structure for the 3MDG Fund

In 2016 the Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS), in consultation with Health Partners, developed the 2017-2022 Myanmar National Health Plan (NHP) – a roadmap for the country’s response to health challenges in the next five years.

The 3MDG Fund, now extended until the end of 2018, aims at supporting the NHP and fully aligning with its approach. This entails:

-        Focusing efforts on the delivery of an Essential Package of Health Services (EPHS) to all populations in Myanmar;

-        Focusing on equity and on access to Health for the most underserved populations (remote and conflict areas, marginalized populations)

-        Ensuring that all interventions – including through support to service-delivery – contribute to capacity building and Health Systems Strengthening (HSS).

As part of this transformation, the Fund Management Office (FMO) is being reorganized, moving away from a vertical structure by components[1] and towards an organigram in which a Strategy Department provides cross-cutting support (Health, HSS, Civil Society, Conflict Sensitivity) while a Programmes Department manages grants and interventions in selected geographies.

[1] Component 1: Mother, Newborn and Child Health; Component 2: HIV, Harm Reduction, TB, Malaria; and Component 3: Health Systems Strengthening

Functional Responsibilities

The Programmes Department is organized by geography.  Under the supervision of Head of Programmes the Team Leader is responsible for the following:

Management of the 3MDG Program in one of the Fund’s geographies

  • Manage existing portfolio of grants
  • Through consultations (Regional/State Partners, MOHS, other Partners as relevant, 3MDG teams) identify and pursue ways to expand populations’ access to the EPHS
  • Close teamwork with the Health, HSS, and Health for All teams within the Strategy Department, including seeking advice, taking it on board, sharing information, and working as ‘one team’ in the implementation of programs
  • Liaise with government, development partners, UN agencies, INGOs, NGOs and EHOs on developments in the given geography
  • Ensure delivery through the most efficient approach (number and nature of Implementing Partners, work through existing/sustainable structures, etc.)
  • Pursue other efficiency gains wherever possible
  • With the support from the M&E team and the Programme Support Unit, conduct timely reviews of program deliverables and of technical and financial reports.
  • Maintain a clear understanding of grant outcomes, in particular as they relate to the strengthening of health systems and the improved health situation of vulnerable communities. Regularly communicate on these outcomes with partners and stakeholders.

Information and knowledge management

  • Keep the 3MDG Fund and its key partners abreast of developments in the relevant geographic area
  • Draft bi-annual lessons-learned reports and/or case studies that highlight key developments in the area
  • On a regular basis, critically analyze risks to 3MDG investments in the area. Develop, implement, and update mitigation plan(s) for identified risks.
  • In partnership with the 3MDG’s Conflict Sensitivity team, ensure that program activities are aligned with 3MDG conflict sensitivity principles.


  • Represent 3MDG at coordination meetings on developments in the geography/area
  • Coordinate program visits from the 3MDG Fund Management Office and/or the Fund Board
  • Assist with other tasks as assigned by the Programmes Director of the Fund Director.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

a.      Education

  • A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (for example: international development, public health, public administration, sociology, political science) with 5 years of relevant experience.
  • A Bachelor’s degree with 7 years of relevant experience is considered as equivalent

b.     Work Experience

  • At least 5 years of experience managing grants or projects is required
  • At least 3 years of working experience in the health sector is required
  • Competent in the usage of computers and office software packages
  • Experience of working sensitively and effectively in a culturally diverse setting
  • Previous experience with the 3MDG Fund desirable
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including drafting policy and program memos desirable
  • Strategic planning, including the use of the logical framework approach and other planning activities desirable
  • Risk management experience, particularly in conflict sensitive areas desirable
  • Understanding of development aid, health, and humanitarian aid architecture desirable
  • Experience working in local governance, including but not limited to formal local government structures, local and community based NGOs, traditional governance systems, and informal networks desirable

c.      Languages

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Myanmar
  • Knowledge of other languages spoken in Myanmar would be an advantage


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Local Individual Contractor Agreement
Contract level: LICA 10
Contract duration: 1 year (renewable subject to performance and budget availability)

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

This is a Local Internal Position and Only Myanmar Nationals Working Currently in UNOPS are Eligible to Apply.
UNOPS may consider allowing current holders of FTA contracts who are successful to keep their FTA contracts.

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale. 

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: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Yangon (Myanmar)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2017-07-04

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