Programme Management - Senior Officer

United Nations Office for Project Services

Yangon, Myanmar (formerly Burma)

LIFT is transitioning between strategic phases with the new 2024-2028 LIFT Strategy expected to build on past results and achievements and evolve in line with continuing changes in the operating environment. LIFT’s new Strategy outlines an approach to tackle structural drivers of poverty and vulnerability, while also considering interventions that look to arrest further decline and secure developmental gains. LIFT has proven experience in adapting to change from the post cyclone Nargis period through COVID and now in the face of political uncertainty. LIFT is managed by the United Nations Office for Projects Services (UNOPS) and has received funding from 16 international donors. The current donors are: Australia, Canada, Denmark, EU, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, UK and US.

Functional Responsibilities

  • Under the direct supervision of Programme Management Specialist and in accordance with the UNOPS policies, procedures and practices, the Programme Management Senior Officerwill involve in the following principal areas:
  • Support the FMO programme officers managing CSO contracts with practical advice and assistance on Security Risk Management issues
  • Provide direct and practical support to CSO implementing partners according to their needs and capacities 
  • Ensure that LIFT implementing partners with sub-partnership agreements with CSOs support them for Security Risk Management
  • Contribute to exchange and learning within the FMO and among the partners to identify good practices that improve safety and security.

More specifically, the postholder will be carrying out the following: 

Analyze and communicate  security information

  • Review project proposals and comment on the Risk Analysis provided by applicants including reports from IPs;
  • Ensure Security Risks are identified or will be identified before start of implementation; 
  • Ensure that budgets include security related expenditures.


  • Guide or validate security risks assessments of CSO partners
  • Identify gaps and provide advice to address the gaps

Capacity building

  • Identify and propose capacity building needs for FMO staff on safety and security related topics, including training, self-learning and coaching
  • Train/organize security and safety related training for CSO partners and their staff 

Implementation support

Assist CSOs in the development of simple and practical Security Risk Management Plans;

Provide guidance for the development and use of tools, guidelines, checklists and standard operating procedures ensuring that a Security Risk Management Plan is an integral part of the organizational culture and programme implementation; some of the areas to be considered will include:

  • Safe travel of staff 
  • Safe transport of supplies and equipment 
  • Safe use of IT equipment and communication devices
  • Hibernation and relocation 
  • Response measures for incidents, including management structures (such as Crisis Management Team)
  • Conduct field and monitoring visits to review the implementation and use of safety and security plans and tools by LIFT implementing partners. 
  • Conduct simple safety and security assessment with LIFT implementing partners, focusing on civil society organizations.

Coordination and representation

  • Represent UNOPS as focal point in meetings and working groups and other forums related to Safety & Security
  • Prepare information related to safety and security for the Fund Director  and other FMO team members as needed and requested

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Bachelor degree in any field is required.
  • Master degree may substitute for required years of experience.
  • Recognised training in security risk management is desirable

Work Experience

  • Minimum 4 years work experience preferably in practical security risk management with an International or National NGO; experience in operations/logistics in a complex and/or conflict setting would also be considered.
  • Experience of liaising effectively with different stakeholders within an organization as well as coordinating with external stakeholders, including CSOs and NGOs is desirable.
  • Proven capability to identify security risks in an organization and develop practical systems to enhance security risk management including transport, procurement, office management, fleet management, digital safety, hibernation & relocation planning is an asset.
  • Experience in delivering or organizing trainings related to security risk management is highly desirable.
  • Ability to plan and organize work and to develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies is highly preferred.


  • Full working knowledge in English and fluency in Myanmar language is required.
  • Knowledge of other languages used in Myanmar is considered as an asset.