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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Sittwe
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Refugee rights and well-being
  • Closing Date: 2018-05-09

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Livelihood Specialist, Inclusive Development and Empowerment of Women in Rakhine  (Only for International)

Sittwe (Myanmar)


Myanmar has embarked on a major transition towards democracy, market style economy and peace. Myanmar has low middle-income status (LMIC) and is committed to lifting itself out of Least Developed Country (LDC) status within the next seven years. Following the implementation of the first ever UNDP Country Programme during 2013-2017 and as a key development partner of the government of Myanmar, UNDP will implement a new UNDP Country Programme for the period 2018-2022, striving to deliver on a large and relevant programme portfolio that is responsive to the main development challenges facing the country.  
The UNDP Country Office in Myanmar is a key interlocutor and advisor to the union government on rule of law, institution building and accountability issues, and expanding its programme at the state, region and township levels in order to ensure stronger institutions at all levels of government as well as broader civic engagement as part of the effort to build and sustain peace.

The new UNDP Myanmar Country Programme (CPD) (2018-2022) has been finalized and a new structure country office structure has been established to support a more integrated and collaborative way of working to help Myanmar achieve sustainable development and sustained peace. The Country Office has aligned the new office structure with the new CPD and designed new ways of working that will facilitate more collaboration across the office, across the programme and projects, and from union level to sub-national level, and it has introduced an Area-Based Approach targeting five states and regions including Rakhine State.

The Inclusive Development and Empowerment of Women in Rakhine project is being implemented as a joint programme with UN Women. It is also being implemented as an area-based project. The area-based approach is critical to deal with core government functions and law-making as a whole at the subnational level, rather than in a fragmented manner over different territories. It strengths the sub-national machinery of government to deliver coherent development impact and with an increasing autonomy from Union government. The choice of Rakhine State is also driven by the urgency to design viable and inclusive local governance and local development models that can help reduce conflict drivers amongst the different communities in Rakhine.

The projects four outputs include: 1) Local governance institutions strengthened to enhance equitable public service-delivery, responsive institutions better meet the priorities and needs of local communities; 2) values, skills, and knowledge of local communities and justice actors enhanced to uphold human rights and improve access to justice for women; and 3) target communities and stakeholders (including those affected by conflict and disaster) have improved capacities for early recovery,  livelihoods and inter-community trust-building, and 4) women’s economic empowerment promoted.

The joint programme will support the Rakhine State Government (RSG) in facilitating and institutionalizing democratic processes for local development planning and dialogue, in order to support the State Government in prioritizing public investments based on peoples’ identified needs and priorities and improve public service-delivery to the people, with the overall aim to strengthen livelihoods, restore public trust in the State Government and foster social cohesion between the different (ethnic) communities in Rakhine State.

UNDP’s area based programme in Rakhine also has a strong emphasis on promoting livelihoods for all communities in Rakhine State. The UNDP livelihoods approach is anchored in the "UN policy on employment creation, income creation and reintegration in post-conflict situations" which provides an operational framework for project interventions. The proposed interventions are designed to reflect a phased approach from immediate to longer term response.

Livelihoods and economic recovery programmes provides pathways towards prevention of conflict and sustaining peace, and is therefore a key component of this project. The Specialist is responsible for the identification of immediate support to livelihoods and economic recovery within key sectors as an immediate first step and linking to medium and longer-term development.

UNDP will work with all communities affected by the conflict to achieve, in coordination with other humanitarian/development actors. Government leadership and coordination is key and integral for the longer term sustainable development, advancing on the SDG’s and ensuring no one is left behind. As the development arm of the UN, UNDP plays an important role in bridging early actions with long term development options, hence offering an end-to-end approach from emergency employment into longer term resilient recovery, which is the approach undertaken in the Rakhine area based project.

Under the overall supervision of the Project Manager with a matrix reporting to the Chief of Unit, Governance and Sustainable Peace, the Livelihood Specialist is responsible for ensuring the direction of the livelihood activities and the achievement of specific targets and results. S/he plans livelihood activities and inputs, manages the day-to-day implementation of the livelihood activities and supervises relevant project experts and personnel within the livelihood area of work.

S/he works in close collaboration with the UNDP Country Office Governance and Sustainable Peace programme team and the Sustainable and Inclusive Growth programme team, Strategic Results, Partnership and Innovation and Programme Support Teams, and maintains effective working relationships with project Implementing Partners (IPs), donors, civil society and other partners such as UN agencies to support successful implementation of the project.

The Livelihood Specialist will be based in Sittwe with regular travel to Yangon and potentially to other Regions and States.

UNDP Myanmar is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.


Duties and Responsibilities

The Livelihoods Specialist will be responsible for a clear vision and key outcomes for livelihood recovery work for the vulnerable communities as outlined in the project document and priorities of the government. S/he will compile, review and analyze existing research and documents to ensure a comprehensive Livelihoods needs analysis design. S/he will support in leading coordination meetings around Livelihoods recovery, coordinate with Ministry and partners, and provide technical advisory services, and design and manage implementation of the livelihood activities.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Summary of Key Functions:

  • Ensure livelihood needs assessments are completed and inform interventions based on broad consultation with government and other humanitarian and development actors in Rakhine State;  
  • Design a Livelihoods recovery activities in Rakhine State
  • Implement and manage Livelihood recovery activities including monitoring and reporting.
  • Provide advice to UNDP CO senior management in Yangon, and field office staff in Sittwe on livelihood/recovery issues in Rakhine State
  • Lead in coordination meetings on livelihood/recovery issues in Rakhine State
  • Ensure gender mainstreaming and conflict sensitivity throughout design and implementation.

Livelihoods Needs Assessment

  • Consult with relevant state and union level Government Ministries on the design and implementation of the Livelihoods Needs Assessment
  • Consult with Country office ongoing projects and programmes on the immediate needs, conflict sensitivities and vulnerabilities for the most affected communities in
  • Map and review ongoing market analysis, conflict analysis and disaster risk assessments
  • Assess and finalize information collection methods (rapid scoping, key informant interviews, focus group discussions, literature review) in partnership with relevant state and union level Government Ministries
  • Design Livelihoods recovery and social cohesion programme(s) in Rakhine State
  • Ensure specific recommendations on gender and conflict sensitivity during the design and implementation phase.

Manage the overall Livelihoods response and resilience aspects within UNDP’s overall response.

  • Develop framework for Livelihoods and Recovery as part of a wider recovery framework to target the quick revival of the local economy, enhancing stability and recovery in a post crisis situation:
  • Emergency employment through cash for work in debris management;
  • Livelihoods of vulnerable communities stabilized and restored.
  • Critical community and productive infrastructure is rehabilitated to promote local enterprise recovery.
  • Rehabilitation of community infrastructure through emergency employment schemes implemented through cash for work;
  • Targeted livelihoods and self-employment start up kits/grants aimed at restoring micro and small enterprises through cash grants;
  • Rehabilitation of socio community infrastructure for essential services delivery
  • Design a results framework including a monitoring and evaluation plan

Ensure UNDP’s leadership in interagency meetings and working group on livelihoods,

  • presenting UNDP’s approach and proposed interventions
  • Represent at Senior level Technical working groups on Recovery and relevant clusters;
  • Demonstrate leadership and technical competence on UNDP’s overall Recovery approach interlinking livelihoods, governance, social cohesion, gender etc.
  • Development of strategic partnerships with the UN Agencies, IFI’s, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society, country needs and donors’ priorities;
  • Be knoweledgable of UNDP’s Guide on Livleihoods and UNDP’s Signature Products on Emergency Employment and Enterprise recovery, Cash based interventions, Debris Management and Local Governance and Conflict development analysis.

Contribute to UNDP Myanmar’s wider recovery framework

  • Formulate technical proposals for wide circulation to donors for immediate livelihoods stabilization and recovery;
  • Select appropriate technology for livelihoods interventions for cash payments, debris removals, livelihoods grants that can lead to sustainable jobs, SMEs, and performance criteria, during the economic recovery phase;
  • Initiate and discuss technology and innovations for UNDP’s response, at the time feasible to introduce these, such as mobile cash payments, inclusive finance options, applications for performance management etc;
  • Ensure that women’s economic concerns are mainstreamed and economic opportunities for women are explored in new projects;

Develop Partnerships and Resource Mobilization

  • Work with stakeholders to ensure local / national ownership of the project and the livelihood initiatives, while providing for accountability and tracking of expenditures:
  • Work with the local authorities as well as NGOs to develop their capacity and support for national ownership of the reconstruction process in a sustainable manner, addressing disaster and environmental risks;
  • Support community empowerment and participation in the process;.
  • Engage community bodies and other key stakeholders during the whole project cycle providing for accountability and tracking of expenditures.
  • Work closely with municipal partners and regional partners donors and other stakeholders

Support Quality Assurance of UNDP’s Livelihoods and Recovery Initiatives

  • Support UNDP in the planning, monitoring and evaluation of Recovery Initiatives
  • Ensure project compliance with UNDP Policy and Procedures
  • Risk and mitigation measures for Livelihoods and Recovery project

V. Impact of Results

The Specialist will assess, design and implement the appropriate livelihoods programme (including cash based transfer) for UNDP’s Recovery activities in Rakhine that will allow UNDP to assist in the timely and effective delivery of activities and a proactive response to the prevailing complex humanitarian crisis.

The key results will have an impact on the overall recovery and resilience process and will help to support the transition from humanitarian to development in Rakhine State, and prepare the ground for longer term livelihood opportunities contributing towards Agenda 2030.



IV. Competencies and Selection Criteria

Description of Competency at Level Required



Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them


Ability to persuade others to follow

Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Level 5: Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others


Ability to get things done while exercising good judgment

Level 5: Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions



Results-Based Management

Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Project Management

Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise


Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships

Level 5:Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Knowledge Management

Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise


Resource Mobilization

Ability to identify and organize programmes and projects to implement solutions and generate resources (definition is unclear and not well linked to the stated competency)

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced University Degree in Management, Economics, Political Science, Development Studies, or other relevant discipline.


  • Minimum of 7 years of progressive experience in project development and management, with focus on planning, monitoring, reporting, and stakeholder and team coordination in international development organisations. of which 4 years of relevant experience in humanitarian and development environments
  • Experience in design and implementation of livelihoods and cash based programming essential
  • Prior experience of development work in South-East Asia and/or countries in transition would be an asset
  • Experience in inter agency collaboration work and with IFIs would be an asset
  • Experience of working with UNDP or another UN agency would be an asset
  • Strong inter-personal and written and oral communication skills
  • Strong ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams

Essential Values    

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Language Requirements:  

  • Fluency in written and spoken English.


Candidates must apply on-line through UNDP job website.

Paper-based applications will not be accepted.

UNDP is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.
Only those candidates in whose qualifications and experience the Organization has further interest will be contacted for subsequent interview(s).
UNDP regrets its inability to reply individually or attend to telephone or e-mail queries on the advertised posts.
Kind regards,
Human Resources Unit

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