Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
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 Three Millennium Development Goal Fund (3MDG), 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 targeting drug resistant malaria in the greater Mekong sub-region. UNOPS also provides procurement, infrastructure and project management services to a wide range of organizations 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
The Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) is a multi-donor fund established in Myanmar in 2009 with the purpose of increasing the livelihoods' resilience and nutrition of poor people in Myanmar by focusing on interventions that increase income, food availability, utilization and stability of access to food. LIFT has received funding from 14 donors to date. The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is the Fund Manager (FM) to administer the funds and provide monitoring and oversight.
LIFT is active in the four main agro-ecological regions of Myanmar, including the central dry zone (Dry Zone), the Ayeyarwaddy Delta (Delta), Rakhine and the upland areas of the country (Uplands).
The LIFT Fund Management Office (FMO) has a substantial programme unit with teams responsible for LIFT’s work in each agro-ecological zone (see above for these zones) as well as teams for each of LIFT’s main cross-cutting themes (financial inclusion, private sector & inclusive value chains, and civil society strengthening). The FMO also has teams responsible for communications, monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL), policy, learning and knowledge management and for support services.
The programme team is responsible for: a) designing new programmes; b) identifying appropriate projects; c) monitoring and learning from the implementation of these projects; d) feeding lessons into programme design and policy dialogue.
LIFT’s Rakhine Programme
Following a conflict sensitive and inclusive approach, LIFT pursues a comprehensive approach for Rakhine and pursues all of its four purpose-level outcomes: aiming for improved policies and public expenditures, increased income of rural households, decreased vulnerability, and improved nutrition.
The violence after August 2017 changed Rakhine’s landscape and LIFT’s way of working. LIFT’s ongoing work in northern Rakhine has been stalled since August and no resumption of work was permitted since then. With the large exodus of the Muslim population and lack of access, LIFT started to reprogramme operations in northern Rakhine. In addition, LIFT issued a new call for proposal in October 2017 to ensure that humanitarian and development needs of all people in Rakhine are addressed in a coordinated way for greater stability, interdependence, prosperity and growth.
Most of LIFT’s projects in central and southern Rakhine, which represents the majority of LIFT’s portfolio in Rakhine, could progress without major interruptions throughout 2017. For most of these projects, 2018 is the final year of operations.
The Programme Officer (interim) will backstop and support the implementation of the LIFT Rakhine Programme.
 Australia, Denmark, the European Union, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. From the private sector, the Mitsubishi Corporation is also a donor to LIFT.
The Programme Officer (interim) will work under the supervision of the Programme Coordinator. She/he will support the Rakhine team in following activities:
Deliverables: Ensure that the programme produces the required products within the specified tolerance of time, cost, quality, scope, risk and benefits. The post holder is also responsible for the project producing a result capable of achieving the benefits defined in the Business Case. Contribute to the overall business targets and needs. Details deliverables will be agreed in the work plan developed at the beginning of the assignment.
Other considerations: Part time (80%) is possible.
Language: Fluency in both written and spoken English is essential.