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Programme Management Office (PRMO) Specialist

Yangon (Myanmar)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Yangon (Myanmar)
  • Grade: IICA-2, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-16

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Background Information - Myanmar

UNOPS Myanmar is one of UNOPS’ leading offices in Asia, acting as fund manager for three of the largest development programmes in the country, namely the Access to Health Fund, the Livelihood and Food Security Fund (LIFT) and the Joint Peace Fund (JPF). In addition, UNOPS is Principal Recipient for the Global Fund in Myanmar and for the Global Fund’s regional artemisinin-resistance initiative towards elimination of Malaria, which works to accelerate progress towards malaria elimination in the greater Mekong sub-region. UNOPS provides procurement, infrastructure and project management services to a wide range of organisations in the country, including the Government of Myanmar, international development partners, other UN agencies, NGOs and INGOs. UNOPS plays a critical role in ensuring that the quality of services provided to its partners meets stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Background Information - Job-specific

Fund Management has become a recognized strength of UNOPS Myanmar and a new potential business model for other country offices in the region. UNOPS Myanmar Programme Management Office provides support in grants management, budgeting and reporting, capacity assessment and building of implementing partners and oversight and compliance. UNOPS Myanmar will build on the accumulated knowledge and expertise and establish a Centre of Excellence in Programme Management to assist UNOPS offices elsewhere to expand engagements in programme/fund management in a recognized and consistent way. Programmes - if set up and managed well - can achieve the impact and scale required to make tangible contributions to the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Programmes bring synergies and sustainable, lasting impact. They provide unique platforms for innovative approaches at scale and value for money.   

Reporting to the Head of the Programme Management Office, the PRMO Specialist will drive the process of project and programme management maturity to enable UNOPS Myanmar to become a centre of excellence and to contribute to the strategic goals of the Asia Region in fund management. S/he will work closely with internal stakeholders such as the Fund Directors, UNOPS Myanmar Director & Representative, the Head of Programme and regional entities.

Functional Responsibilities

1)       Maturity improvement

The PRMO specialist will manage the programme maturity improvement initiative.

  • Review and implement maturity roadmap based on baseline assessments and recommendations
  • Draft necessary programme strategies and SOP’s covering risk management, stakeholder management, issue management etc.
  • Consolidate process improvement suggestions from assessments and audits and implement them systematically
  • Review and harmonise PMO templates and roll out
  • Identify, design and roll out necessary systems and processes to strengthen programme management
  • Support in piloting corporate initiatives on project and programme management standards and tools.

2)       Training and capacity building

The PRMO Specialist will ensure the following activities are successfully delivered for respective programmes:

  • Identify the programme and project management related training needs assessment and roll out various capacity building initiatives for UNOPS staff.
  • Implementing Partners (IPs) capacity development and training in programme and project management are organized.
  • IPs receive required assistance in developing or strengthening their internal guidelines and policies to guide their project management activities and to ensure accountability.
  • Standardization to the extent possible of IP capacity development efforts by UNOPS in Myanmar.

3)     Knowledge management and innovation

  • Keep abreast of and incorporate latest/best practices, approaches and technology to enhance the programme management practices across different programmes.
  • Institutionalise and share best practices and lessons for corporate development planning and knowledge building.
  • Draft policy papers and/or recommend policy changes to align operations with changing environment.
  • Lead the planning, implementation and organization of strategic capacity building of personnel, clients and stakeholders such as Implementing Partners especially in the field of programme management.
  • Share lessons learned and best practices from Myanmar

4)   Other

  • Providing surge capacity in UNOPS Myanmar and in the Region when requested.
  • Foster a positive work environment, respectful of both men and women, and ensure that the highest standards of conduct are observed.

Monitoring and Progress Controls

  • Ensure smooth implementation of UNOPS Myanmar Maturity roadmap and PMO workplan which further defines clear milestones
  • Ensure smooth implementation of training and capacity building plan
  • Completion of all PMO strategy documents, SOP’s and templates as detailed in PMO workplan

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • A Master’s degree in business administration, project management, development studies or other relevant discipline is required.
  • A Bachelor's Degree in combination with 2 additional years of experience relevant to above duties and responsibilities may be accepted in lieu of the Master’s Degree.
  • Advanced level certification in PRINCE2 or MSP or other equivalent programme certifications is an advantage.
Work Experience
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in project and/or programme management is required.
  • Experience in Project / Programme maturity assessments and establishing best practices in Project/ Programme Management is a distinctive asset.
  • Experience in PMO operations and capacity building is desirable.
  • Prior experience in working in Asia would be an asset.
  • Experience in building and leading successful teams is an advantage.
  • Experience in grants management or audit is desirable.
  • Good understanding of UNOPS Rules and regulations is an advantage.
  • Full working knowledge of English is essential.
  • Knowledge of another official UNOPS language or Myanmar language is an asset.


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement 
Contract level: IICA 2
Contract duration:  Ongoing ICA – 'Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’

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Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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