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 Trust 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 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 establ..
Under the supervision of the LIFT Dry Zone Livelihoods & Food Security Specialist, the Programme Officer (Agricultural Economy) will have the following responsibilities:
- Undertake economic assessments, recommend actions to help ensure the effectiveness of the projects and programmes and contribute to growing the livelihoods and food security knowledge base in Myanmar.
- Assess value for money of activities, projects and programmes in collaboration with International Partners (IPs) and Fund Management personnel. Assess financial and non-financial costs and benefits of activities, projects and programmes and estimate the contributions of projects and programmes to the LIFT outcomes.
- Identify, analyse, synthesize and communicate lessons and knowledge on agricultural economy to ensure project and programme learning is translated into improved project design and implementation.
- Evaluate concept notes and proposals including work plans and budgets; ensure that proposals are in compliance with Fund policy and priorities as well as in line with national frameworks, and that proposals take into account work undertaken or planned by the government or other donors.
- Review of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Plans (MEAL), work plans and reports prepared by IPs and ensure they are in line with contractual obligations and LIFT’s strategy and priorities.
- Stay well-informed on relevant issues in the agricultural and livestock sectors, particularly with regards to the agricultural economy, and promote information sharing among stakeholders.
- Contribute to the preparation of the Fund Manager’s work plan and report on the work plan through analyzing information from IPs.
- Support IPs by providing guidance for adjustments to projects to reflect new knowledge and lessons learned; Provide guidance to IPs to identify good practices and increase effectiveness;
- Draft, and develop visual aids for presentation purposes and prepare analytical briefing material as required for missions and/or discussions on project activities and status;
- Routine monitoring of project implementation progress (including regular field visits), activity results and impact, project budgets and expenditure and collaborate with contract management unit to solve identified issues that affect the grant agreements;
- Build effective working relationships with relevant government departments and local government administrations associated with LIFT projects;
- Attend and, where required, lead relevant technical meetings and maintain excellent contact with all stakeholders in Yangon and in the field;
- Draft terms of references for contracted services;
- Assist with the translation of relevant documents written in the Myanmar language;
- Other relevant duties as assigned by the Supervisor.
Monitoring and Progress Controls
- The Programme Officer will be responsible for monitoring and progress controls for a number of projects and in particular for LIFT’s work on the agricultural economy.
- Effective financial and nonfinancial analysis of data and information from the projects contributes to improved knowledge management and learning in the LIFT team. The results contributed by LIFT projects will contribute to the evidence base for effective decision-making and future programming. LIFT will contribute to technical and policy discussions making LIFT a valued stakeholder.
- Analysis of project learning, advisory support to partners, and strengthened project engagement with government builds the knowledge base of the livelihoods and food security sector and enhances the effectiveness of the Fund.
- Master’s Degree in economics, agricultural economics, development economics, business administration or related field is required.
- Additional 2 years of similar experience with a Bachelor’s degree is considered as equivalent.
- A Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum 4 years of experience in agricultural or food security project implementation is required. With a Master’s Degree, only 2 years of relevant professional experience is required.
- Experience in livelihoods, food security and agricultural programme development/ implementation and monitoring and evaluation are highly desirable.
- Experience in farm economics and financial and economic analysis in agriculture and livestock development are highly desirable.
- Experience in working with Gross Margin Analysis, Cost Benefit Analysis and the Value for Money concept are highly desirable.
- Demonstrated operational field experience in Myanmar or abroad is desirable.
- Previous successful involvement with, and good knowledge of the agribusiness sector would be an asset.
Language Requirement: Fluency in both written and spoken Myanmar language and English is required.