Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Search for Common Ground Myanmar is seeking a proactive, dynamic and experienced Project Manager, to oversee and manage an exciting new project at Search Myanmar which will build the capacity of multiple stakeholders in information and rumor management. The Project Manager will ensure high quality program implementation, maintain strong relations with key government stakeholders and partners, and lead a motivated and committed team. Reporting to the Head of Programs, this position is based in Yangon, Myanmar with regular travel.
Search for Common Ground (Search)
Search is the world’s largest and oldest international non-profit peacebuilding organization, which promotes the peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, Search’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict—away from destructive approaches towards cooperative solutions. Established in 1982, Search today has more than 900 committed staff worldwide and implements projects in more than 35 countries across the globe.
In Myanmar, Search has been working since 2014 to support locally led processes at different levels of society in order to transform approaches to dealing with conflict. Search Myanmar has been supporting an inclusive peace process at the local level, and skills building and trust building with and between a multitude of stakeholders, including government, the private sector, the media, and civil society including women, youth and minorities. Search Myanmar works with local partners across six states and three regions to support Myanmar in its priorities of peace, development and democratic change.
Search Myanmar is at an exciting stage and is reaching a new level of growth, scaling up its programmatic work, team, office and operations to support its strategy in the country to support Myanmar in its priorities of peace, development and democratic change.
About the Project
Search and the Government of Canada are partnering to implement a 2.5-year project which will prevent violence and misinformation in the post-election period in Myanmar, by engaging stakeholders at multiple levels, directly engaging with Union- and state-level government and media as well as key influencers at the community level in target states most at risk, for a two-fold approach that improves institutional capacity for effective information and rumor management and local capacity to prevent and mitigate potential violence.
The project includes extensive engagement with the project stakeholders, which include Union- and state-level government and media as well as key influencers at the community level. Key activities include the development of develop a toolkit on election information management and media literacy, training to all project stakeholders, facilitation collaboration between government and media stakeholders to support initiatives around information management post-elections, mobilizing stakeholders into Community Information Management Committees (CIMC), holding dialogues, implementing initiatives to combat misinformation and prevent violence in target areas, and the production of a youth television show.
Project locations will be finalized in the inception of the project but will likely include Rakhine, Kachin, Shan, and Kayah States.
About the Position
The Project Manager is responsible for managing the coordination and implementation of project objectives with creativity and diligence. The Project Manager will work to develop strong relationships with key partners, including SFCG programs and divisions, outside organizations and individual consultants. S/he also manages/coordinates all financial, logistical, programmatic and partnership-related aspects of the project. This position will work closely with, and reports to, the Head of Programs.
This is a large and complex program that will require managing numerous activities and stakeholders simultaneously. Building relationships with government stakeholders will be an essential part of this project, and the Program Manager will be supported by a Government Liaison officer. As the project aims to respond directly to heightened risks of misinformation and violence in the post-election period, the program manager will need to understand and analyse the conflict dynamics surrounding the elections in target states continuously, and be able to adapt the project activities to effectively respond to those changes and ensure project objectives are achieved. The project manager will manage a team of project officers and a project coordinator, and report directly to the Myanmar Head of Programs.
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