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Project Analyst Subnational Parliament, SC8 (Only for Nationals)

Myitkyina (Myanmar)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Myitkyina (Myanmar)
  • Grade: SB-4 (SC8/SC9), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Democratic Governance
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Public Policy and Administration
  • Closing Date: 2020-11-08

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Background

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 will 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 UNDP Myanmar Country Programme (2018-2022) is at its mid-point, as are the projects within it. The CPD is designed to be a more integrated and collaborative way to help Myanmar achieve sustainable development and sustained peace, with an increasing focus on supporting work at the subnational level.

In 2018 the Rakhine Area-Based Project was commenced, and it was expanded to include work in Kachin State in 2020, becoming the Rakhine and Kachin Area-Based Project. Delivered jointly by UNDP and UN Women in both Rakhine and Kachin States, the project aims to lay the foundations for improved participatory governance, equitable and responsive service delivery, and creating immediate improvements to people’s socio-economic well-being. UNDP is responsible for Outcome D1, that ‘Community priorities and needs are better met through inclusive and responsive service delivery, improved access to justice, and increased local development opportunities that promote social cohesion for men and women.’ With this, UNDP aims to support ‘Local governance institutions strengthened for inclusive, accountable, and responsive public service delivery that better meets the priorities and needs of local communities’, of which Parliamentary support is a key component. The immediate focus of this component is to strengthen the capacity of Kachin Hluttaw to conduct inquiries of pertinent issues affecting constituents in line with international standards and provide public outreach and improved information to constituents in line with priorities established by the Hluttaw strategic plan.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

  • Coordination and implementation of project activities
  • Provision of high-quality technical assistance and training support to parliamentary counterparts
  • Facilitates creation of strategic partnerships
  • Provision of top-quality advisory services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge building and management
1. 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 of the parliament.
  • Produces analysis briefs and synthesis, and contributes to project design, project documents, and implementation of activities.
  • Coordinates with parliamentary 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.

2. Provides high quality technical assistance and training to parliamentary counterparts
  • Supports assessment of capacity gaps of the relevant departments and functions, particularly in the areas of parliamentary services and MPs’ roles.
  • 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

3. Supports creation of strategic partnerships focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Acts as the technical liaison with counterparts and stakeholders including development partners, academia/think tanks, civil society, I/NGOs, parliament, 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.

4. 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.
  • 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 facilitates South-South cooperation.

 

Competencies

Functional Competencies:             

Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda

Level 1.2: Preparing information for advocacy

  • Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating UNDP’s mandate

Results-Based Project Development and Management

Level 1.2: 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

Client Orientation

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

Core Competencies:

  • 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 effectivelyCreating synergies through self-control
  • Managing conflictLearning 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

Education:

  • Master’s or bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Economics, International Relations, Political Science, Development Studies, or other relevant discipline.

Experience:

  • Two years’ experience with Bachelor’s degree (or less than two years with Master’s degree) of experience in the implementation of democratic governance programmes and projects.
  • Solid knowledge of democratic governance issues and a good understanding of the functions and roles parliament and MPs.
  • 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.
  • Project management experience, preferably within UNDP or another UN agency is an asset.
  • Computer literacy - MS office applications, web-based management information systems.
  • Demonstrated strength in interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work well in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams.

Language Requirements

  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Fluency in Myanmar

Disclaimer

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