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National Consultant – IT Specialist, Webpage Development

Nay Pyi Taw (Myanmar)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Nay Pyi Taw (Myanmar)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date: 2020-09-25

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FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

Qualified female applicants and qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member countries are encouraged to apply.

Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Organizational Setting

Myanmar is in the process of establishing capacities and institutions for REDD according to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) requirements in order to enable the country to participate successfully in REDD related programmes and initiatives, including results-based payments. Since 2015, Myanmar is working in developing the four main building blocks for REDD , according to the Warsaw framework agreed upon by parties in 2013 during COP 19 in Warsaw, namely\: (1) National REDD Strategy or Action Plan, (2) National Forest Monitoring System, (3) Forest Reference Emission Level, and (4) Safeguard Information System. Since late 2016 Myanmar is implementing a national UN-REDD programme with support from three UN technical agencies (FAO, UNDP, UN Environment), which are providing technical support to the Government of Myanmar in the framework of its UN-REDD National Programme.

Myanmar has developed an advanced draft of a National REDD Strategy, with a description of policies and measures (PaMs) which aim at the reduction of carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and to increase forest carbon stocks by rehabilitating or planting forests, and sustainably managing forests.

In parallel to the REDD strategy, Myanmar has also developed its national ‘clarification’ of the seven social and environmental safeguards for REDD under the UNFCCC. Countries should ‘promote and support’ these safeguards throughout their implementation of REDD . Countries are also required to establish a Safeguards Information System (SIS) that provides information on how the seven ‘Cancun’ safeguards are ‘addressed and respected’, and to submit regular Summaries of Information on safeguards to the UNFCCC. Myanmar has undertaken a multi-stakeholder process to design its SIS, which is in the process of being established, and to draft its first summary of information, which is in final draft form.

Once operational, the SIS will have an online interface. While the SIS is being established, an interim SIS webpage will be developed as a sub-page of the current Myanmar REDD website (http\://, and will present background information and key content related to Myanmar’s SIS, as well as other relevant information on safeguards in Myanmar as appropriate. The website will be managed by the Forest Department of MONREC.

Reporting Lines

The National Consultant will work under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative (FAOR) in Myanmar, the general supervision of the Assistant FAOR (Programme) and the Programme Officer of FAO in Myanmar, and the direct supervision of the FAO Chief Technical Advisor of the UN-REDD Programme and NFI-NFMIS in Myanmar, in close collaboration with the FAO REDD team in the Regional Office for Asia-Pacific (RAP) and HQ, in particular with the Forest and Land Use Governance Specialist in FAO Headquarters and in coordination with REDD safeguards specialists of the UN-REDD programme (UNEP-WCMC), and with the national consultant tasked with developing content for the interim SIS webpage. The consultant and will have the following key functions and tasks\:

Technical Focus

The consultant will design an interim SIS webpage, which will present background information and key content related to Myanmar’s SIS, as well as other relevant information on safeguards in Myanmar as appropriate. The webpage will be developed as a sub-page of the current Myanmar REDD website (http\://, and should be accessible in both Myanmar language and English. The consultant shall ensure that the interim webpage is designed according to the structure and content agreed, and that key elements related to the SIS are well represented. The consultant will work closely with the Government of Myanmar, in particular the Forest Department, with the UN-REDD Programme Management Unit, with FAO and UNEP-WCMC experts and with a national consultant tasked with supporting the development of the content of the webpage in consultation with stakeholders.

Tasks and responsibilities\:
  • Develop webpage layout/user interface with wire framing.

  • Design a beta version of the interim SIS webpage, according to the outline agreed with the SIS consultant, the UN-REDD PMU and the Forestry Department, and the software package already in use for the Myanmar REDD website, and populate the webpage with the content provided by the SIS consultant. The webpage should be visually attractive and easy to navigate, suitable for slow internet speeds, work on a range of browsers (including older versions), include a form via which feedback or information can be provided, and be accessible in Myanmar language and English language.

  • Facilitate testing/feedback on beta version by partners/stakeholders

  • Integrate feedback and develop final version of SIS webpage, in collaboration with administrator of Myanmar REDD website

  • Develop a report on webpage management / oversight for handover, and provide a briefing for the FD, PMU and website administrator. The report should include a description of the frond-end (and back-end, if there is any) architecture; how to access the server (IP/ Domain, user, password, protocol), any other user and password; software/ style libraries used; where the folders are located on the server and description of the content of each folder (e.g. images, styles, html, JavaScript, etc.). If there is a back-end database, it should also include a description of the database structure, database users and passwords, procedures to update the site (file upload, service restart if required, etc.) and style guidelines.

  • Perform other related duties as required

Minimum Requirements
  • University degree in information technology, environmental management or a closely related field ;

  • At least five years of experience in website development, programming, or web design ;

  • Working knowledge of English and Myanmar language.
  • Myanmar Nationality
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Strong inter-personal and communication skills

  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Selection Criteria
  • Experience with website design/layout, and web programming; knowledge of programming languages.

  • Demonstrated experience with designing websites, webpages and web applications, and a strong understanding of existing websites used by Myanmar’s public sector is an advantage.


Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


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