Proj Anlyst Evidence Pol Mgmt (Only for Myanmar National)
Nay Pyi Taw (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 is 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, civil service reform, parliamentary capacity and institution building. UNDP is expanding its programme at the State, Region and Township levels 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 (2018-2022) has been finalized and a new structure will be implemented to support a more integrated and collaborative way 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, create the foundations for more sub-national level work and higher delivery, facilitate the relocation of the Country Office from Yangon to Naypyidaw during the upcoming CPD period, and emphasize learning and support to national staff capacity development.
SERIP is a 5-year initiative that aims to strengthen the effectiveness of state executive and legislative institutions in understanding the needs and aspirations of the Myanmar people, in all their diversity and in formulating, implementing and evaluating policies as well as in appropriating public resources in a way that provides effective, timely and equitable responses to these aspirations. The centrepiece of the Project’s approach is to provide dovetailed support to: (i) core government functions that are essential building blocks of the machinery of government, i.e. the chain of decisions and actions that are needed to make policies deliver concrete results for people’s lives; and (ii) parliamentary processes as Parliaments approve laws and budgets that organize a country’s public sector management system and are meant to make government more responsible and accountable. The Project is organized into 4 key intervention areas: (1) Data for Development; (2) Policy Management; (3) Parliamentary Law-making; (4) Subnational Governance, and will ensure throughout all activities, in line with principles of the Agenda 2030, the imperative of leaving-no-one-behind by introducing and supporting innovative and effective approaches to mainstreaming gender equality, environmental resilience and conflict-sensitivity and, more broadly, to fighting vulnerabilities. Also, with SERIP, UNDP seeks to assist government authorities shift gradually to a more decentralization system of public sector management.
The Project Analyst works under the direct supervision of the Project Manager SERIP. The main role of the Project Analyst is to provide high quality technical assistance to government counterparts to strengthen policy management practices in Myanmar and the use of data in evidence-based policymaking. The Project Analyst analyzes policy management issues, trends and good practices in Government support, and participates in the implementation of technical support to Government at national and sub-national levels in line with the annual work plans.
The Project Analyst works in close collaboration with the Country Office Programme Unit, Programme Support Unit and other project teams, Government officials, technical advisors and experts, implementing partners, beneficiaries and civil society to support successful implementation of the project.
The Project Analyst will be based in Nay Pyi Taw with occasional travel to Yangon and the 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
Summary of key functions:
- Coordination and implementation of project activities
- Provision of high quality technical assistance and training support on policy management
- Facilitates creation of strategic partnerships
- Provision of top quality advisory services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge building and management
Ensures coordination and implementation of activities relating to parliamentary support strategies, focusing on achievement of the following results:
- Analysis and research on the roles, functions and processes in government policy management and the use of data in policy-making.
- Produces analysis briefs and synthesis, and contributes to project design, project documents, and implementation of activities.
- Coordinates with government counterparts to implement technical activities including, for example, drafting correspondence, identifying timelines, and designing concept notes, terms of reference, approaches, methodologies, etc.
- Provides implementation support to ensure timely and high-quality delivery of technical assistance, by leading planning and organization of agreed activities.
- Monitors issues and risks related to project implementation, identifies mitigation measures, and implements agreed actions.
- Provides inputs to project reports, audit and evaluation.
Provides high quality technical assistance and training to government counterparts
- Supports assessment of capacity gaps of the relevant departments and functions.
- Provides day to day technical advice and training with the aim of strengthening capacities in the areas identified, including curriculum development, training, design of interventions, and managing other technical cooperation partners involved in project implementation
Supports creation of strategic partnerships focusing on achievement of the following results:
- Acts as the technical liaison with government counterparts and stakeholders including development partners, academia/think tanks, civil society, I/NGOs, etc., and provides technical inputs, as required.
- Analysis and research of information on donors, counterparts and implementing partners, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for initiation of new project activities, active contribution to the overall project effort to mobilize resources.
- Organizes key events such as consultation meetings, trainings, committee meetings, etc. as needed for the implementation of UNDP’s technical assistance.
Leads knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:
- Documents the processes taken during the provision of technical assistance and lessons learned so that the know-how can remain within government institutions.
- Participates in design of monitoring tools and analysis of monitoring results to ensure achieving successful results of technical assistance.
- Keeps abreast of relevant political, social, and economic developments in Myanmar relevant to area of activity and provides regular updates to the project team;
- Keep abreast of good practices in other countries and identifies learning points for Myanmar.
- Identifies opportunities for government counterparts to share their experience with other countries and supports facilitation of South-South cooperation.
Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda
Preparing information for advocacy
- Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating UNDP’s mandate
Results-Based Programme Development and Management
Contributes into results through primary research and analysis
- Assesses project performance to identify success factors and incorporates best practices into project work
- Researches linkages across programme activities to identify critical points of integration
- Monitors specific stages of projects/programme implementation
Building Strategic Partnerships
Level 1.2: Maintaining a network of contacts
- Maintains an established network of contacts for general information sharing and to remain up-to-date on partnership related issues
- Analyzes and selects materials for strengthening strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders
Innovation and Marketing New Approaches
Level 1.2: Enhancing processes or products
- Generates new ideas and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things
Resource Mobilization (Field Duty Stations)
Level 1.2: Providing inputs to resource mobilization strategies
- Analyzes information/databases on potential and actual donors
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Level 1.2: Basic research and analysis
- Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Level 1.2: Fundamental knowledge of own discipline
- Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position
- Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks
- Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning
- Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals
Level 1.2: Preparing information for global advocacy
- Identifies and communicates relevant information for advocacy for UNDP’s goals for a variety of audiences
Level 1.2: Establishing effective client relationships
- Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion
- Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines
- Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity
- Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
- Self-development, initiative-taking
- Acting as a team player and facilitating team work
- Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively
- Creating synergies through self-control
- Managing conflict
- Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others.
- Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member.
- Informed and transparent decision making
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Economics, International Relations, Political Science, Development Studies, or other relevant discipline.
- Ability to work well in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams.2 years with Bachelor degree of experience in the implementation of democratic governance programmes and projects and Master Degree, the year of relevant experience is considered as a bonus.
- Solid knowledge of democratic governance issues and a good understanding of policy management. A good understanding of data for development is an asset.
- Experience in coordinating with wide range of stakeholders, including government, development partners, academia/think tank, civil society, I/NGO, parliament, etc.
- Solid knowledge of project management principles and best practices.
- Experience in delivering technical assistance and training is an asset
- Computer literacy – MS office applications, web-based management information systems.
- Demonstrated strength in interpersonal skills.
- Excellent command of written and spoken English.
- Fluency in Myanmar.
Please note: Paper-based applications will not be accepted. Candidates must apply on-line through UNDP job website.
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.
Women are encouraged to apply the post.
Human Resources Unit