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Programme Management Specialist (Relief and Resilience) - Internal Announcement

Yangon

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Yangon
  • Grade: LICA-10, Local Individual Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2022-07-11

Background Information - Myanmar

UNOPS Myanmar is one of UNOPS’ leading offices in Asia, acting as the 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 the Principal Recipient for the Global Fund in Myanmar and for the Global Fund’s regional artemisinin-resistance initiative towards the elimination of Malaria, which works to accelerate progress toward 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 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

The Livelihoods and Food Security (LIFT) Fund is a multi-donor fund established in 2009 to address food insecurity and income poverty in Myanmar. LIFT 2019-2023 is funded by eight donors – the United Kingdom, the European Union, Australia, Switzerland, the United States, Canada, Norway, and New Zealand. The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is the Fund Manager for LIFT, administrating the funds and providing monitoring and oversight services. 


The overall goal of the LIFT Fund is to achieve a sustained reduction in the number of people living in hunger and poverty in Myanmar. LIFT strengthens the resilience and livelihoods of poor and vulnerable populations through interventions to raise income, decrease vulnerability, improve nutrition, and support food security.


LIFT works with a broad range of implementing partners, including non-governmental organizations, United Nations agencies, the private sector, civil society, and academic and research institutions. The Fund is active in the four main agro-ecological zones of Myanmar. For more details visit www.lift-fund.org.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the LIFT Fund Director and direct supervision of Technical Team Lead, LIFT Fund and in accordance with the UNOPS policies, procedures and practices, the Programme Management  Specialist  (Relief and Resilience)  will be carrying out the following duties: 


  • Design and management of the LIFT Humanitarian responses aligning with the LIFT reset framework

    • Analyze humanitarian needs developments across Myanmar’s different states and regions

    • Obtain and communicate LIFT partners updates on the humanitarian crises context

    • Mobilize resources and design conflict-sensitive humanitarian responses aligning with LIFT programmes

    • Monitor the implementation of humanitarian responses and ensure that downstream and upstream accountability mechanisms are in place

    • Support local partners in their reporting obligations to LIFT for humanitarian responses

    • To expand, scale up and intensify LIFT’s Humanitarian response as the crises develop and the needs increase

    • Ensure that safety and security support is provided to LIFT partners in humanitarian responses


  • Integrate a humanitarian approach into LIFT’s medium and long term strategic goals on livelihoods and food security

    • Contribute to future LIFT strategy development from the humanitarian-development nexus perspective 

    • Ensure that humanitarian responses align with food and nutrition security, and livelihoods programming

    • Ensure that humanitarian responses are evidence-based 

    • Link humanitarian responses with longer-term recovery measures


  • Coordination and knowledge sharing across different LIFT teams and external humanitarian stakeholders 

    • Chair the FMO humanitarian working group's regular meetings

    • Representing LIFT, participate in external humanitarian coordination meetings and events at the national level

    • Coordinate with the geographic teams to integrate humanitarian responses into their programmes

    • Capture and disseminate knowledge and information on the humanitarian context in Myanmar

    • Coordinate with other technical specialists at LIFT FMO, such as Gender, Conflict Sensitivity Advisor, Localization Specialist, and Safety & Security Officer, to ensure that the humanitarian response aligns with the overall LIFT reset goals and strategic priorities

    • Contribute to LIFT reporting through analysis of the humanitarian response in coordination with the MEAL team

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education

  • A Master's degree in rural development, economics, social science,  development studies, or related fields is required.

  •  Additional 2 years of similar experience with a Bachelor's Degree is considered equivalent.


Work Experience 

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in project development and implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of humanitarian and development projects in Myanmar is required.

  • Experience in designing and implementing humanitarian responses is required.

  • Knowledge of the political, economic, and social situation of Myanmar is required.

  • Previous successful involvement with, and good knowledge of UN, NGOs, and civil society would be a major asset.

  • Familiarity with operational contexts and conflicts in Myanmar is a major asset. 

  • Computer literacy in Microsoft packages (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access) is required. Experience with Google Suite is highly preferred.


Language

  • Fluency in both written and spoken Myanmar language and English is required.


Competencies

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: ICA (Individual Contractor Agreement)  Contract level: LICA10/ICS10
Contract duration: Open-Ended (subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds, and satisfactory performance)


For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx 

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.

Diversity

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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