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Chief Technical Advisor, Parliament

nay pyi taw

Background

UNDP Country Programme (2018-2022)
 
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 in the near future. 
 
The first UNDP Country Programme was delivered from 2013-2017. As a key development partner of the government of Myanmar, UNDP will implement a new UNDP Country Programme for the period 2018-2022, which will 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 government across it’s portfolio and aims to expand its programming at the region/state and township levels in order to ensure stronger people focused institutions at all levels of government as part of the effort to support Myanmar’s democratic transition, build and sustain peace, and promote more sustainable and inclusive development. UNDP also integrates peacebuilding and conflict-sensitive approaches across the country programme. 
 
The new UNDP Country Programme Document will be implemented through the following two key programme areas:
1) Governance and Sustainable Peace Team, including the following projects: 
- Support to Effective and Responsive Institutions Project (SERIP)
- Support to Accountability and the Rule of Law Project (SARLP)
- Leadership, Effectiveness, Adaptability and Professionalism (LEAP) in Myanmar’s Civil Service Project
- Peace and Access to Justice Project (PAJP)
- Project for Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee Support Platform
2) Sustainable and Inclusive Growth Team, including the following projects: 
- Governance for Resilience and Sustainability Project (GRSP)
- Inclusive Growth and Employment Creation Project (IGECP)
 
The Country Office has aligned the new office structure with the new CPD and designed new ways of working that will facilitate more effective integration and collaboration across the office, create the foundations for more sub-national level work, higher delivery, facilitate the transition of the country office from Yangon to Naypyidaw, and emphasize learning and support to national staff capacity development. 
 
UNDP Myanmar’s Support to Parliament Strengthening
The Constitution of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (the Constitution) came into force in 2008. Chapter 4 of the Constitution establishes the Union Legislature or the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw comprising two Hluttaws, Pyithu Hluttaw (House of Representatives) and Amyotha Hluttaw (House of Nationalities), that are generally equal in status. The term of the Union Hluttaw is 5 years from the day of the first session of the Pyithu Hluttaw. Following the Myanmar election held on 8 November 2015, newly elected MPs were sworn in as MPs of the Pyithu Hluttaw on Monday 1 February 2016, and of the Amyotha Hluttaw on Wednesday 3 February 2016. The Constitution has also established sub-national parliaments comprising one parliament for each of the fourteen states/regions. The Union and Region/State Parliaments are independent institutions with different political compositions and mandate, but their administrative support is provided by union civil service staff, under the guidance of the Permanent Secretary of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw. 
 
Through the previous UNDP Country Programme 2013-2017, UNDP contributed to the institutional development of the Union Legislature by supporting the formulation of the Hluttaw strategic plan, Committee strengthening, establishment of the Hluttaw Learning Centre through which capacity building programmes are delivered for Committees, Member of Parliaments (MPs) and staff, ICT, information and knowledge management system development, design of orientation and induction programmes, and institutional change management capacity at Executive and Middle management levels. An MP Survey was completed prior to the end of the first Hluttaw with a second survey due for completion in 2018. All of these activities at the Union level have been designed and implemented in close partnership with the Inter-Parliamentary Union since 2013. UNDP also provides coordinated support to all sub-national parliaments across the areas of strategic development and leadership, Committee development, MP induction and online learning. Recently, UNDP conducted a situation analysis of the parliaments in targeted regions and states, which will serve as the evidence-base for UNDP’s further support to sub-national parliaments.
 
Building upon this success, in the new UNDP Country Programme which puts integration at the center of project design and implementation, UNDP aims to deepen its engagements with the parliaments by strengthening vertical and horizontal linkages, namely the township, region/state, and union level, as well as the three branches of the government. Integration of peacebuilding and conflict-sensitive approaches lie at the center of UNDP’s parliamentary support. 
 
About the Position:
The Chief Technical Advisor (CTA), Parliament, will be a member of the Governance and Sustainable Peace Team, reports to the Chief of Unit, who reports to the Deputy Country Director (DCD) and to the Project Manager(s) for day to day technical implementation. As a senior advisor, s/he is responsible for driving integration of work across UNDP country programme at all levels, from overall direction setting to ideas generation, design, implementation – and further on to reporting, partnerships and communication. Also, s/he functions as the senior technical advisor on parliament issues to the CO Senior Management Team. S/he leads UNDP Myanmar’s efforts to ensure the achievement of the country programme results and provision of thought leadership and strategic positioning on parliament issues at both Union and Region/State levels. In all key results of this position, s/he actively monitors the political context including progress and results towards promoting sustainable peace and a federal democratic union and the implications for constitutional reform, and advises strategic directions on UNDP’s parliamentary support. A key relationship is the Sub-National Parliament Specialist, who reports to the CTA, Parliament, and the relevant Project Manager, on technical and managerial matters, respectively. 
 
In exercising these roles, s/he will work with a team of international and national staff and additional long and short-term expertise as required to ensure effective and efficient project implementation and country programme integration across the whole of the portfolio (Peace, Democratic Governance, Planet and Prosperity). 
Within the new country office structure, the Chief Technical Advisor, Parliament, will be responsible for working in an integrated manner within the Governance and Sustainable Peace programme team and the Sustainable and Inclusive Growth programme team as well as working at national and sub-national levels. 
 
The Chief Technical Advisor will be based in Naypyidaw with frequent duty travels to regions/states. S/he will be required to divide time between the Union and Region/State Hluttaws to ensure technical coherence and results are achieved at both levels according to the approved annual work plan. S/he will contribute to maintaining a cohesive and integrated team working at decentralized levels throughout the country, and ensure strong collaboration with the Country Office. 
 
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

1. Provides relevant, timely, and integrated policy support and advisory services on parliament issues to UNDP programme and project teams by carrying out the following responsibilities:
 
  • Act as a senior advisor to UNDP programme, projects and implementing partners in the area of work;
  • Actively analyse developments in the area of work and establish links between country priorities, positions of the international community and Project (and UNDP) strategies in the area of work. Identify key policy/programmatic gaps and opportunities. Provide regular briefs to the Country Office management and programme;
  • Systematically monitor the national and sub-national policy-agenda and reform processes on parliament issues ensuring that policy support remains relevant and timely;
  • Identify key issues for national and sub-national policy support and advisory within the scope of parliament issues; and stimulate thinking processes within the programme, projects and Implementing Partners in the area of work; 
  • Conceptualize and formulate policy-related discussion and position papers, policy proposals and concepts for internal and external discussions within UNDP and with partners and other stakeholders;
  • Provide integrated advisory services among CO’s Chief Technical Advisors and sub-national parliament specialist in defining scope of work, developing ToRs, identifying and selecting technical experts, and in delivering technical assistance, to ensure a coherent approach and to identify and exploit synergies across projects being implemented;
  • Lead implementation of advisory activities ensuring the highest technical standards, including the team of experts as applicable, in close collaboration with UNDP CO’s sub-national parliament specialist, Project Managers, UNDP Country Office and Implementing Partner(s); 
  • Ensure that activities in support of policy support such as workshops, training events, study tours or reports and assessments are delivered timely and up to the required technical standards;
  • Quality control technical outputs in coordination with the sub national parliament specialist;
  • Contribute to development and the drafting of substantive and thematic papers, ToRs, technical reports, publications, and assessments; serve as peer reviewer; conceptualize and draft articles, papers and other contributions related to parliament, and upon request, to other activities within the area of expertise; 
  • Initiate policy-oriented discussions and contribute to country debates on issues related to parliaments;
  • Establish links between country priorities, positions of the international community and Project (and UNDP) strategies in parliamentary strengthening. Identify key policy/programmatic gaps and opportunities;
  • Provide support to interviews or public speaking on parliament issues as requested
2. Provide high-quality and integrated technical direction, in collaboration with UNDP CO sub-national parliament specialist, to UNDP programme and project teams at both national and sub-national level by carrying out the following responsibilities:
 
  • Contribute to enhancing project performance by proposing alternative and/or new approaches towards achievement of project results;
  • Provide advice on the implementation of the results-monitoring system of the projects such as formulation of annual targets, analysis and interpretation of data (qualitative and quantitative); Formulate inputs to results-reports and other periodic reports;
  • Participate in, and provide conceptual and written inputs, to project planning processes such as AWP, budgeting, implementation modalities, HR, procurement, communications and monitoring & evaluation planning; 
  • Provide technical direction to UNDP CO’s sub-national parliament specialist during planning and implementation processes of UNDP’s parliamentary strengthening support, as s/he designs and implements gradually expanding parliament strengthening activities as outlined in the relevant projects at the sub-national level, and ensure overall quality control; 
  • Contribute to project level technical working groups and coordination meetings at national level; draft substantive and technical inputs, prepare presentations and contribute to discussions; provide technical directions and inputs to sub-national parliament specialist for sub-national level representation; 
  • Communicate with project partners and donors to explain and clarify technical/substantive issues;
  • Participate in planning of periodic project reviews, assessments and evaluations; Provide substantive inputs and drafting support;
  • Provide inputs and drafting support, in collaboration with the sub-national parliament specialist, to project-related strategy papers, new project concepts and funding proposals;
  • Represent, jointly with sub-national parliament specialist depending on scope and geographic locations, at meetings, workshops and conferences; quality-assure knowledge outputs of projects in area of work;
  • Provide training and build knowledge of UNDP project teams in area of work ensuring fully capacity development of technical teams and delivery of technical inputs as outlined in programme and projects in area of work;
  • Provide effective technical leadership as member of senior project team.
3. Provide strategic and technical advice, in collaboration with UNDP CO sub-national parliament specialist, to parliament stakeholders by carrying out the following responsibilities:
 
  • Provide to parliament stakeholders - such as the Hluttaws at national and sub-national level and their administrations - strategic background papers, options papers, briefing notes and concept notes to inform decisions for a comprehensive, long-term approach to parliamentary development, including the role of parliament in promoting sustainable peace and federalism; 
  • Providing technical advice and assistance to Union and Region/State Parliaments in implementing their respective Strategic Plans and to the Speaker (or his nominated representative/s) and the Administration of all three Houses of the Parliament through drafting concepts/Terms of References/strategy papers and knowledge products, and conducting training and mentoring activities;
  • Provide technical direction to UNDP CO’s sub-national parliament specialist on design and implementation of technical assistance to sub-national parliaments as well as technical outputs, including reports, studies, assessments, etc.; 
  • Communicate closely with support mechanisms for setting strategic direction and coordinating third-party assistance for Myanmar’s parliaments, including the Myanmar Parliamentary Union and the Union Hluttaw’s Joint Coordination Committee;
  • Communicate with key stakeholders, partner organizations, international and national advisors and experts in the areas of the project intervention;
  • Advise on best practice parliamentary procedures and processes, documenting experiences, lessons learned and know-how across parliaments; involve UNDP CO’s sub-national parliament specialist in observing the lessons learned and know-how, so as to inform UNDP’s technical assistance to sub-national parliaments.
  • Provide on-demand advice on policy and legislative drafting processes and content (including support to counterparts to consider potentially negative impacts policies and draft laws may have on the environment, sustainable peace, anti-corruption efforts, gender, etc.)
4. Facilitates coordination with Development Partners and Resource Mobilization by carrying out the following responsibilities:
 
  • Coordinate with donor and partner assistance to better integrate UNDP’s and others’ interventions to avoid duplication of assistance;
  • Coordinate, in collaboration with sub-national Parliament Specialist, with other organizations providing support to the union and sub-national Parliaments, including through participation in relevant donors & implementing coordination groups;
  • Support the Governance and Sustainable Peace Programme to mobilize funding by showcasing parliamentary support work;
  • Identify and develop proposals for new strategic initiatives in the area of work, develop inputs to proposals for resource mobilization as requested;
  • Actively communicate area of work results and impact to partners, donors and stakeholders; 
  • Support UNDP´s resource mobilization in the area of work as requested;
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration within the UN system within the area of work. 
5. Facilitates knowledge management and transfer by carrying out the following responsibilities:
  • Ensure, in collaboration with sub-national parliament specialist, systematic building of capacities of union and sub-national parliaments, Implementing Partners and other national partners through introduction of innovation and best practices, access to knowledge and expertise and promotion of their application to parliament strengthening activities;
  • Identify and interpret best policy support practices and experiences in the area of work for application in the country context. Promote and communicate best practices and lessons learnt from other country contexts;
  • Participate in international knowledge networks to draw on and share best practice and lessons learned for application in Myanmar. Actively identify and connect institutions and individuals, build networks and linkages between stakeholders;
  • Effectively liaise and share information with other actors in Myanmar in the area of work; Proactively identify opportunities for networking and information sharing;
  • Actively share experiences and information with all UNDP projects in the country and participate in identification of synergies within UNDP´s programme;
  • Connect to knowledge networks within UNDP, including peers in Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) and Regional Hubs;
  • Provide information and guidance to consultants working for the projects and to brief interested donors, NGO’s or foreign missions on UNDP activities under the projects.

Competencies

Core

Innovation

Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Level 6: Exercises stakeholder-centered design approaches for office / programme / division

Leadership

Ability to persuade others to follow

Level 6: Ensures teams are resourced for success  and empowered to deliver

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Level 6: Guides substantive specialists / teams and expands credibility and innovation capacity

Communication

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Level 6: Creates confidence among stakeholders by delivering authoritative positions, compelling analysis, and contextual acumen

Delivery

Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Level 6: Accepts accountability for the outcomes of programme delivery and facilitates improvement and innovation in the delivery of products and services

Technical/Functional

Parliamentary Development

Knowledge of parliamentary institutions, process and dialogue support and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations

Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise

Core Government Functions

Knowledge of key public administration areas and core government functions and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations in different development situations.

Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise.

Political Parties

Knowledge of political party capacity building and dialogue for peace and development and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations

Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise

Policy Formulation

Ability to scan and synthesize diverse sets of information to arrive at strategic priorities and positioning recommendations

Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise

Capacity Development

Ability to support partner countries' capacity to manage ODA resources effectively and harmonise with national policy and financing frameworks  

Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise

Coordination Provider-Recipient

Ability to manage complex relationships through pathways of knowledge exchange, capacity development, funding relationships and strategic engagement

Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise

Substantive Positioning of UNDP

Knowledge of global institutions (such as the UN, IFIs), processes (such as G20 and various UN initiatives), good grasp of UNDP’s niche, and ability to engage and foster strong networks with those institutions

Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise

Negotiation

Ability to reach an understanding, resolve point of difference, or gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue

Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s degree in public policy, law, development studies or a related area.

Experience:

  • Minimum 10 years of professional experience in parliamentary support, 5 years of which is spent in a senior position(s) in an international development role; 
  • Experience working directly in a parliament, as senior staff member or MP, is a considerable asset and preference; 
  • Experience of parliamentary development in South East Asia is desirable;
  • Experience in delivering effective institutional strengthening programs in other cultural contexts particularly in parliaments or central government ministries is required;
  • Experience with managing institutional change in challenging environments.
Language Requirements
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English 

Other

  • Working knowledge of other UN languages desirable 

Disclaimer

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

UNDP-Myanmar

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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: nay pyi taw
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Democratic Governance
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-07

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