Background Information - Myanmar:
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, the Livelihood and Food Security Fund (LIFT) and the Joint Peace Fund (JPF). In addition, UNOPS Myanmar is Principal Recipient for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Myanmar and Cambodia, and for the Global Fund¹s Regional Artemisinin-resistance Initiative targeting drug resistant malaria in the Greater Mekong sub-region. UNOPS 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 Myanmar 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:
UNOPS is Fund Manager for the Livelihoods and Food Security Fund (LIFT), a multi-donor fund established in 2009 to address food insecurity and income poverty in Myanmar. LIFT has reached more than 9.4 million people, or roughly 26 per cent of Myanmar’s population and is active in almost half the country’s townships.
Under the direct supervision of the International Programme Officer (Decent Work and Labour Mobility), the Programme Officer (Skills Development) will work to support the delivery of the LIFT Decent Work and Labour Mobility programme, with a specific focus on vocational skills training interventions. The position will be located in the programme unit of the LIFT Fund Management Office (FMO).
The Programme Officer will carry out the following duties, in full compliance with UNOPS rules, regulations and policies:
Developing evidence-based and strategic programming:
- Organizing and participating in scoping missions to support the development of new calls for proposals.
- Supporting the appraisal of project proposals submitted by applicants to assess their compliance with LIFT Fund policies and strategic priorities.
- Following up to ensure timely contracting of projects selected for funding by the LIFT Fund Board, in cooperation with the FMO contract team.
Supporting efficient and effective management of the programme:
- Reviewing work plans, progress and financial reports, budget revisions, no cost extensions and other documentation submitted by implementing partners (IPs) to ensure they follow LIFT guidelines and meet contractual obligations.
- Monitoring of progress on implementation of activities and budget expenditures, including through conducting regular field visits. Providing technical support to IPs through recommendations for strategic adjustments to improve results.
- Planning and organizing independent mid-term reviews and final evaluations of projects.
- Reviewing audit report findings for IPs and ensuring recommendations are addressed and implemented.
- Organizing donor field visits and preparing briefing materials on project activities and progress achieved.
- Communicating effectively with colleagues, IPs and donors to share information, ensure optimal cooperation and coordination, resolve challenges and increase the effectiveness of the programme.
- Building good relations with relevant stakeholders for the Decent Work and Labour Mobility programme, including government agencies, trade unions, civil society organizations, private sector companies, UN agencies, INGOs, research institutes and media.
- Participating and/or representing the LIFT Fund at events and technical meetings as required.
- Supporting the implementation of the Decent Work and Labour Mobility programme’s annual work plan.
Contributing to knowledge management for the LIFT Fund:
- Supporting implementation of the LIFT Monitoring and Evaluation for Accountability and Learning (MEAL) framework by ensuring that robust MEAL plans are developed and implemented by IPs.
- Contributing to the preparation of the LIFT annual and semi-annual reports through analyzing narrative reports and MEAL data submitted by IPs.
- Identifying and documenting good practices and lessons learned for projects, including identifying topics for more in-depth studies and value-for-money reviews.
- Maintaining a detailed knowledge of the context and situational developments that may affect programming and promoting information sharing among stakeholders.
- Drafting monthly reports for the LIFT Fund Board and quarterly reports for the Foreign Economic Relations Department.
- Contributing to communications outputs to share information about LIFT-funded projects and results achieved.
- Drafting terms of reference for procurement of services as necessary.
- Assisting with interpretation and translation of documents in the Myanmar language.
- Other duties relevant to the implementation of the LIFT programme.
- A Master’s degree in international development, economics, business management, public policy, sociology or a related field from an accredited academic institution is required.
- A Bachelor’s degree in the above fields with an additional two years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of a Master’s degree.
- A minimum 2 years of experience in project development, management and monitoring and evaluation is required.
- Technical expertise in skills development, labour migration, labour rights or human trafficking is considered a strong asset.
- Proven ability to write analytical and summative reports in English is considered an asset.
- Experience working with government officials, international organizations, civil society and labour organizations and other development stakeholders in Myanmar is considered an asset.
- Computer literacy in Microsoft packages is required.
Language: Fluency in both written and spoken English and Myanmar languages is required.