Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
SI has been in Myanmar since 2008. For the first three years SI worked in the Delta in response to the devastating Cyclone Nargis. In 2011, SI expanded to three new regions (Dry Zone, Rakhine, and Chin State) focusing on Livelihoods, Food Security, Shelter, and WASH sectors. In January 2012 SI expanded to Kachin State to respond to an emergency situation created by the displacement of Kachin population affected by the arm conflicts. End of 2012 SI also responded to an emergency situation by covering basic wash needs of the population displaced by inter-communal tensions in Rakhine State.
Currently, there are roughly 270 national staff and 18 expatriates working on post development, emergency and recovery programmes. There is a country office in Yangon, which opened in 2008, and oversees the following bases:
Each office is operational with a field coordinator and between 36 to 215 national colleagues. The biggest base is currently the one of Sittwe. A base is likely to re-open in Dry Zone, Chin, and Delta area. Each base is directly supported by the Coordination in Yangon, with the Admin Coordinator having a direct functional link with the two bases for issues under his/her responsibility.
About the job
The main stakes/challenges will be:
The level of representation is important on the mission. Representation for the WasH Coordinator involves the bi-monthly WaSH cluster in Yangon, the bi-monthly WASH Thematic Group in Yangon, regular meetings with donors when required by the CD and regular coordination meetings with other WASH actors and partner INGOs.
Education: Must have a university level degree, preferably a Master degree in Water Sanitation and Hygiene related sector, Engineering, Environment and/or Geology.
General technical skills and knowledge:
Specific aspects of the position:
Languages: Fluent English (the mission is an English speaking /writing mission). Burmese are added assets.