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National Project Coordinator (Myanmar Nationals Only)- SC10

nyaung shwe

Background

Job Code Title:          National Project Coordinator

Grade: SC-10 (Min Net Pay US$ 29,972 to Max Net Pay US$ 36,292)

Project:  Strengthening the Inle Lake Management Authority to Improve Conservation and Development

Department: Sustainable & Inclusive Growth Unit

Duty Station: Nyaung Shwe

Myanmar is a lower middle-income Least Developed Country, and ranks 145 out of 187 countries in terms of the UNDP Human Development Index. Myanmar is undergoing multiple transitions that are complexly interwoven to bring about both opportunities and challenges for attaining sustainable development. For attaining economic growth, democracy and social cohesion together, different sectors and industries of the country remain to be developed in an inclusive, resilient and sustainable manner. Among the key development challenges facing the transitional society is to address the gaps between unsustainable management of natural resources and increasing development pressures.

In response, the Government of Myanmar has committed to a number of institutional and policy reforms to mainstream environmental considerations throughout its budgeting and planning processes of development. In stronger partnerships with MoNREC and State/Region authorities, UNDP Myanmar has formulated a programme portfolio, whereby integrating different national and regional priorities into its new Country Programme Document (2018~2022).

Inle Lake is among important protected areas of Myanmar in which the gaps of unsustainable management of natural resources and development pressures are jeopardizing the sustainability of the local ecosystem. The lake is facing a range of pressures, which are progressively degrading the quality, integrity and sustainability of the lake ecosystem. Processes such as agricultural expansion on the lake (i.e. floating gardens), excessive use of chemical fertilizers, environmental pollution caused by the expansion of the tourism industry, and the threat of indigenous biodiversity due to the increase of alien species have also adversely affected the economic activities and livelihoods of communities around the lake.

UNDP in partnership with MoNREC and the Shan State Government launched the “Strengthening the Inle Lake Management Authority to Improve Conservation and Development” project in early 2018. Building on lessons learnt from the 2012 Inle lake Conservation and Rehabilitation initiative, the new project aims to bring about two key results:

1) to support the strengthening of the Inle Lake Management Authority (ILMA); and

2) to support the sustainable financing of environmental conservation and local community development work, including through the strengthened management of the Inle Lake Conservation Trust Fund (ILCTF).

These two results can further be divided into six outputs that will be attained to fill the gaps of weak environmental governance and increasing development pressures at the Inle Lake.

 Output 1: Mechanisms to increase stakeholder participation in ILMA decisions are operational

 Output 2: An ILMA Secretariat is established in Nyaung Shwe

 Output 3: The legal arrangements governing the management of Inle Lake are reviewed

 Output 4: Information is shared with stakeholders and public awareness is increased

 Output 5: ILCTF management arrangements are strengthened

 Output 6: Tourism revenues are effectively collected

To attain these outputs, the project links and integrates the project activities to the ILMA functioning processes of the Shan State Government. UNDP makes sure to provide technical support to strengthening the ILMA. The Shan State Government retains its ownership of the project, including by delegating its staff to lead the secretariat work of the ILMA. The project team will be embedded in the ILMA Secretariat office in Nyaung Shwe.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager & Chief Technical Advisor of the Governance for Resilience and Sustainability Project (GRSP), the incumbent will take the overall responsibility of day-to-day project management, administration, decision-making, and implementation to ensure that the project deliver the above-mentioned two key results.

The project coordinator will ensure day-to-day operations oversight in terms of implementation and procurement activities, quarterly and annual reporting requirements (substantive and financial). This oversight function will ensure the project is undertaken in line with UNDP policies and procedures as set out in the UNDP Programme and Operation Policies and Procedures (POPP) and Social and Environmental Quality Standards.

The key functions and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following.

1. Ensures project planning and coordination in the geographic area of responsibility of the office, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Analyses the socio-economic and political situation and trends in the area and identifies opportunities and entry points for UNDP;
  • Provides guidance and manages the overall programme development and implementation including planning, budgeting, implementation and monitoring;
  • Ensures overall efficient coordination of programmes/projects including planning processes and timely delivery of results taking into consideration agreed upon work plans with the UNDP country office and consistency with UNDAF/ CPD priorities.
  • Ensures effective coordination with government counterparts and/or other development partners in formulating, implementing programmes/projects and maintains good partnership and collaboration with these partners;
  • Identifies and develops new programme and project opportunities;
  • Supports capacity building of national counterparts;
  • Oversees project implementation through close monitoring of results. Ensures effective application of RBM tools, management of scorecard targets and other benchmarks;
  • Coordinates and follows through on decentralized local evaluations;
  • Ensures full compliance with audit requirements and timely follow-up to audit recommendations;
  • Prepare the annual workplan for the following year, as well as quarterly plans, if required;
  • Be responsible for preparing and submitting financial reports to UNDP on a quarterly basis;
  • Manage requests for the provision of financial resources by UNDP, through advance of funds, direct payments or reimbursement using the fund authorization and certificate of expenditures;
  • Update the Atlas Project Management module if external access is made available;
  • Promotes identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned for organizational sharing and learning;
  • Ensure gender considerations are mainstreamed throughout implementation of the project; and
  • Mobilize personnel, goods and services, training to initiative activities, including drafting terms of reference and work specifications, and overseeing all contractors’ work.

2. Responsible for effective Office management focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Ensures smooth running of the Office, builds an effective Office team, promotes team work and an environment that is conducive to delivering results to provide/facilitate support to UNDP activities in Yangon;
  • Ensures full responsibility for the appropriate use and management of resources attributed to the Office by tracking use of financial resources, ensuring the integrity of financial systems and consistent application of the Internal Control Framework and/or rules and regulations. Continually find ways to systematically identify and integrate efficiency gains and cost reductions in all operations of the Office;
  • Approves contracts and ATLAS transactions under written delegated authority from the Resident Representative and/or Country Director. Has Atlas manager rights as delegated. Responsible for the management of the Office staff, monitors their performance, completing performance assessments where necessary;
  • Mitigates possible risks and impacts associated with the Office operations (e.g. logistical, security etc) by proactively designing reduction measures in collaboration with the Security Advisor;
  • Builds capacity of the office staff by identifying capacity needs and establishing training/learning programmes; and
  • Establishes internal standard operation procedures (SOP) for the Office in collaboration with Yangon office.

3. Responsible for dialogue and strategic liaison with government counterparts in the area focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Provides strong coordination support to UN Agencies, national authorities and other organizations through the establishment of a wider consultation process;
  • Ensures proper coordination and inputs to Interagency initiatives; and
  • Maintains collaboration and coordination with the other Heads of Offices to ensure programmatic integration and sharing of best practices.

4. Promotes communications in the office focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Maximizes communication between the various portfolios and ensures that stakeholders (development partners, bilateral and multilateral donors, private sector, civil society, UN agencies and Government agencies) have one consistent UNDP counterpart
  • Ensures internal communication and coordination at SO level and effective and proactive communication between relevant CO units (both programme and operations units) and the SO
  • Monitors the perception of UNDP at the local level and suggest media activities that positions UNDP more strategically and effectively as a neutral broker for local development. Enhances local visibility for UNDP in development effectiveness; an
  • Ensures that local development results are effectively communicated in collaboration with Communication Office in the country office.

5. Fosters partnership building focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Contributes to the development of the CO Partnership and Resource Mobilization (PRM) strategy, including planning tools to implement the strategy;
  • Identifies new partnerships and strengthens existing ones at the SO level through innovative approaches to partnership development; and
  • Encourages ways of increasing Office funding base such as engaging in resource mobilization efforts in consultation with local counterparts and following-up with donors on local opportunities

The Project Assistant will also be required to perform other duties in support of the implementation of the Governance for Resilience and Sustainability Project (GRSP) as assigned by the GRSP Project Manager.

Competencies

Functional competencies

Management and Leadership

  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive constructive attitude
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skill
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities

Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda

Level 3: Influencing the public policy agenda

  • Dialogues with national counterparts and other stakeholders to strengthen advocacy efforts, incorporating country, regional and global perspectives

Results-Based Programme Development and Management

Level 3: Achieving results through programme design and innovative resourcing strategies

  • Ensures the full implementation of country programme and Financial Resources to obtain results

Building Strategic Partnerships

Level 3: Building strategic alliances

  • Makes effective use of UNDP’s resources and comparative advantage to strengthen partnerships
  • Creates networks and promotes initiatives with partner organizations

Innovation and Marketing New Approaches

Level 3: Fostering innovation in others

  • Creates an environment that fosters innovation and innovative thinking
  • Conceptualizes more effective approaches to programme development and implementation and to mobilizing and using resources

Resource Mobilization

Level 3: Developing resource mobilization strategies at country level

  • Contributes to the development of resource mobilization strategies at SO level
  • Actively develops partnerships with potential donors and government counterparts in all sectors

Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing

Level 3: Participating in the development of policies and innovative approaches and promoting their application throughout the organization

  • Promotes UNDP as a learning/knowledge sharing organization

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise

Level 3: Expert knowledge of own discipline

  • Possesses expert knowledge of advanced concepts in primary discipline, a broad knowledge of related disciplines, as well as an in-depth knowledge of relevant organizational policies and procedures
  • For managers: applies a broad knowledge of best management practices; defines objectives and work flows, positions reporting relationships in such a way as to obtain optimum effectiveness for the unit/branch
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself personally
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
  • Demonstrates expert knowledge of the current programme guidelines and project management tools and manages the use of these regularly in work assignments

Client Orientation

Level 3: Meeting long-term client needs

  • Anticipates constraints in the delivery of services and identifies solutions or alternatives
  • Proactively identifies, develops and discusses solutions for internal and external clients, and persuades management to undertake new projects or services
  • Advises and develops strategic and operational solutions with clients that add value to UNDP programmes and operations

Core Competencies:

  • Promoting ethics and integrity, creating organizational precedents
  • Building support and political acumen
  • Building staff competence, creating an environment of creativity and innovation
  • Building and promoting effective teams
  • Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication
  • Creating an emotionally intelligent organization
  • Leveraging conflict in the interests of UNDP & setting standards
  • Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning
  • Fair and transparent decision making; calculated risk-taking

Required Skills and Experience

Education

  • Master’s degree preferably in environmental management, environment financing, development studies, and other relevant social science. (Bachelor degree in any of the above subjects, with additional 7 years’ experience, with at least 5 years in a project management setting, will be considered, in lieu of an advanced university degree).

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of work experience in project-relevant field (s) preferably with at least 3 years in a project management setting involving multi-lateral / international funding agency;
  • Previous experience with UN projects is an asset;
  • Sound understanding of environmental governance, biodiversity and ecosystem conservation, sustainable livelihoods, and associated issues;
  • Sound understanding of environment financing and fund management will be an advantage;
  • Very good knowledge and experience of results-based management and project cycle management;
  • Very good inter-personal skills;
  • Demonstrated experience building partnerships and liaising with diverse stakeholder groups, including different ethnic group.
  • Very good computer skills;

Language Requirement:

  • Excellent command of written and spoken English and Myanmar language
  • Command of other languages in use by communities in Shan State will be considered an advantage

Disclaimer

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. 

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: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: nyaung shwe
  • Grade: SB-5, Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Managerial positions
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-19

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