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Programme Officer - MP Mentor - Nay Pyi Taw

Myanmar (Myanmar)

  • Organization: IDEA - International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance
  • Location: Myanmar (Myanmar)
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2019-09-15

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Programme Officer - MP Mentor - Nay Pyi Taw


Under its 2018-2022 Strategy, International IDEA will support the integrity of processes and institutions of political participation and representation through strengthening the capacity of formal institutions of political participation and representation, such as parliaments and political parties. In this regard, International IDEA, the European Union (EU) and DFID have entered into an Agreement to implement the Parliamentary Oversight for Better Service Delivery Project to Strengthen the Capacity of Myanmar Parliament. The project aims to strengthen representative and inclusive democracy through support for the effective functioning of parliament in Myanmar, by enhancing their legislative, oversight, representative, budgetary and administrative functions. The project focuses both on elected Members of Parliament (MPs), particularly in their capacity as members of parliamentary committees and on the staff of parliaments' secretariats.

The outcome objectives for the Action is that the parliamentary committees:

  • exercise their budgetary scrutiny and oversight functions effectively, and
  • are transparent, inclusive, gender-sensitive, responsive and accountable to all citizens.

By implementing this Action, International IDEA plans to engage with the targeted parliamentary committees through a combination of activities aimed at inspiring and supporting them. These activities will include practical training on key economic and public financial management concepts, advisory services, sharing comparative experiences of institutional development and reform, facilitating peer-to-peer learning and networking, support for applying a gender-sensitive lens to budget oversight, facilitating platforms of dialogue, and developing and providing knowledge resources.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supports the implementation of the Parliamentary Oversight for Better Service Delivery project, by contributing to the regular monitoring, reporting and assessment of project activities;
  • Facilitates the relations between the project and Joint Professional Advisory Committee (JPAC);
  • Provides technical support to the programme manager and plays a key role in mentoring the member of parliaments;
  • Provides input to the overall design, development and production of the project’s knowledge resources and tools such as e-learning tools, databases, parliamentary primers, thematic briefs and publications; Conceptualizes and provides technical expertise;
  • Supports project budgeting within a Results Based Management framework, ensuring that all activities are implemented in accordance with International IDEA’s rules and procedures;
  • Coordinates the development of parliamentary needs assessments, baseline mapping and programming;
  • Presents and facilitates discussions at workshops and trainings for target audiences on public financial management;
  • Provides substantive inputs in the preparation of the project’s progress reports and presentations to the EU, DFID and International IDEA;
  • Supports the project’s Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) in accordance with the M&E plan outlined in the project document, responding to both EU and DFID needs and aligned with International IDEA’s M&E results framework;
  • Contributes to the visibility of the project in line with the Communication and Visibility Plan;
  • Supports the adherence to both EU, DFID and International IDEA regulations and procedures in the project implementation and reporting;
  • Supports overall project risk management and actively manages risk as outlined in the project document’s risk analysis and mitigation measures in line with organisational policies and procedures;
  • Supports project planning and implementation and carries out other duties as assigned by the Programme Manager.

General Profile

  • Requires in-depth knowledge, excellent skills and relevant experience in their field;
  • Will contribute significantly to assigned projects all along the project life cycle, i.e. from project design and funding to project assessment; will lead meetings and discussions, supervise publications and review input from external providers;
  • Has contributed to publications on the relevant subject; is recognized as a knowledge resource in his/her broad professional community;
  • Can work with minimal guidance and supervision;
  • Adds value to team-based activities in his/her unit; collaborates with other entities of the Institute;
  • Acts as a model or mentor for less experienced colleagues;
  • Can be expected to travel globally to any geographical area involved in his/her projects;
  • Follows internal procedures to ensure high standards of performance and compliance with Institutional guidelines;
  • Integrates a gender and diversity perspective in all activities.

Reporting Line

Programme Manager - Public Financial Management

Programmatic Knowledge

  • Has in-depth knowledge in own discipline and good understanding of related disciplines to be able to approach programmatic issues in a holistic manner.

Operational Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Integrates a results-based approach into the design, management and evaluation of all his/her programmatic activities;
  • Has a good understanding of relevant programmatic issues in the key geographical zone where his/her work is implemented – which may imply field experience at some point;
  • Contributes to the research of information on donors and partners, preparation of reports and project briefs, identification of opportunities for initiation of new projects, and all other activities related to resource mobilization and partnership building;
  • Illustrates integrity, a collaborative spirit, a sense of achievement, and an understanding of risk management in past experiences.


  • No people management responsibility over permanent staff;
  • Acts as a model and resource for more junior colleagues;
  • May assume project management responsibilities.

Problem Solving

  • Identifies and resolves complex problems; approaches issues with new perspectives; analyses situations from a multitude of intervening factors.


  • Has a clear impact on the programme development and delivery;
  • Can also impact other teams and projects in related fields.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

  • Liaises to all internal and external stakeholders involved in his/her project; acts and is perceived as an initiator of relevant communication to solve issues;
  • Drives projects and assignments through communicative personal energy and engagement;
  • Can explain sensitive information with diplomacy, and build consensus;
  • Fluency in English and Myanmar, written and spoken; Any other widely spoken language in an International IDEA priority region (Arabic, French, Spanish) would be considered an asset.

Education and Experience

  • University degree in Public Financial Management, Political Sciences, Public/Policy Administration, International Relations or related discipline;
  • Minimum of five (5) years' experience (including substantial internships) in the field of public financial management;
  • Experience in capacity building &/or in a mentoring and advisory role is advantageous. 
  • Knowledge of the field of development co-operation more broadly.

Terms of Contract

We are recruiting two (2) Programme Officers.

Local Post. Two (2) year fixed-term appointment.

Please note as this is a local post, International IDEA will bear no costs relating to relocation of the selected candidate to the duty station. This position is open to those legally authorized to live and work in Myanmar.

Salary entry point: MMK 2 072 444 per month.

Applying for this position

  • Applications should be submitted no later than 15 September 2019. Please note that all applications must be made in English.
  • Please apply directly by pressing the Send Application button.

International IDEA is an equal opportunity employer which seeks to further diversify its staff in terms of gender, culture and nationality.

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