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Chief Technical Advisor, GEF The Restoration Initiative (TRI), Myanmar

Vacancy #:   3913
Unit:   Myanmar Project Office
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Myanmar Country Office, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
  Katha, Sagaing Region, Myanmar
Reporting to:   Head, Indo - Burma Group
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   SP
Expected start date:   01 January 2019
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (24 months)
Closing date:   25 December 2018 (extended)
The remuneration and benefits package for this position is established with reference to the local labour market and in line with the IUCN conditions of service for Myanmar.
Under the guidance of the Head, Indo-Burma Group (IBG), the CTA will manage human and non-human resources to ensure the smooth delivery of the GEF TRI in Katha District, Sagaing Region, Myanmar.

The Restoration Initiative (TRI) Myanmar project is a sub-project (or “child project”) of the global program “TRI – Fostering innovation and integration in support of the Bonn Challenge”. Its goal is to reverse forest degradation and deforestation and restore forested landscapes through local multi-stakeholder management. It also aims to influence national and sub-national policy and regulatory frameworks in Myanmar to incorporate principles of forest landscape restoration. The project will improve the sustainability of forest landscapes, enhance livelihoods, help conserve biodiversity, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by restoring ecosystem functionality (habitat and ecological processes) and generating flows of ecosystem services for local and national needs. It will do this by addressing root causes (drivers), threats (and the pressures that cause the threats), and barriers, restoring and rehabilitating degraded forests and deforested areas, building capacity to manage forest landscapes (including agricultural lands) sustainably and share the benefits equitably, promoting appropriate, comprehensive, and integrated policy, law, and regulations, ensuring rule of law, and encouraging trust and respect between stakeholders.

The project will be implemented by a coalition of partners. As the GEF Executing Agency, FD will play the lead execution role. The project will also be supported by TNC, which will lead the national policy component of the project, and a local NGO/CSO hired through a competitive recruitment that will support field implementation. In addition to the CTA and Administration and Finance Officer, IUCN will provide technical inputs as needed. IUCN will also assist project implementation through its office within the FD in Nay Pyi Taw where IUCN Head of Office, Program Officer, and Office Assistance are based.

A Project Steering Committee (PSC) will be established and chaired by the FD with the participation of IUCN and at least one member from the Technical Advisory Group (TAG), and representatives from other departments, NGOs, and the private sector. The PSC will meet at least once a year (and preferably twice a year). Its responsibilities include: maintaining oversight of project progress and achievement of planned results; review and approve technical and financial progress reports and approve the annual work plan (AWP) and budget; overseeing the organization, coordination, and implementation of the project; and advising the Project Management Unit on other on-going and planned activities, and facilitate collaboration between the project and other programmes, projects, and initiatives in Myanmar.

The project will be delivered through a Project Management Unit (PMU). The PMU will be overseen by a National Project Director (NPD) assigned (on a part-time basis) by the FD and led and managed on a day-to-day basis by the CTA in close collaboration with the NPD. The PMU will be responsible for day-to-day project operations and will be located in Katha, Sagaing Region. Smaller field offices will be established in locations to be determined during the first year of project implementation.

The PMU will operate under the guidance of the PSC to ensure the effective and efficient coordination and delivery of the project. Its responsibilities include: managing field operations in close collaboration with the FD; managing project information and documentation and distribution of project reports, newsletters, and training materials to relevant stakeholders; managing project M&E and assisting the CTA to prepare biannual project progress reports; acting as secretariat to the PSC; handling day-to-day project issues and requirements, coordinating project interventions with other on-going activities and ensuring a high degree of inter-institutional collaboration, and ensuring the timely delivery of inputs and outputs; and preparing and submitting to the PSC and IUCN project progress reports on outputs and outcomes achieved, financial statements, AWPs, and detailed budgets.

The CTA will manage the PMU, which includes the following positions:

• Administration and Finance Officer; affiliation: IUCN
• Forest Restoration and Management Specialist; affiliation TNC
• M&E and Knowledge Management Specialist; affiliation: FD
• Community Forestry Support Specialist; affiliation: FD
• Gender and Social Networking Specialist; affiliation: local NGO/CSO
• Communications and Media Support Office; affiliation: IUCN
• Technical Assistants; affiliation: FD
• Drivers; affiliation: FD


• Provide the program management and technical oversight of the work of the project team.
• Regularly communicate with project stakeholders including meetings with representatives of the 12 target communities on a quarterly basis.
• Develop work plans with detailed budgets to be approved by the PSC.
• Oversee procurement in accordance with agreed procurement procedures.
• Coordinate the implementation of project activities with the national and provincial teams, provide the technical guidance on the implementation of Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) and ensure the timely delivery of inputs and outputs, in close collaboration with the NPD.
• Manage the performance of all project staff and consultants.
• Manage project budgets and finances according to IUCN policies and procedures.
• Manage project information and documentation and distribution of project reports, newsletters, and training materials to relevant stakeholders.
• Organize workshops and annual meetings for the project, with support from the project team.
• Develop bi-annual project progress and financial reports and assist in the preparation of the annual PIR and midterm and final evaluations.
• Submit to the PSC and IUCN project progress reports on outputs and outcomes achieved, financial statements, annual work plans, and detailed budgets.
• Manage project M&E and support the mid-term and final evaluations
• Monitor, and regularly report on the progress of the project against annual work plans, and budgets, and identify issues that need urgent attention by the PSC.
• Provide ESMS screening report for FLR interventions and ensure ESMS compliance of 5-step Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM) process according to the ESMS-enhanced ROAM Process Framework.
• Provide annual reports on the implementation of the ROAM process and demonstrate compliance with ESMS procedures, standards and principles in all target communities.
• Ensure a high degree of inter-institutional collaboration with TRI global and other related global, regional and national projects and identify opportunities for partnership and collaboration with other agencies, organizations and donors.

• Represent in external and internal IUCN meetings, at national, regional and international levels, as needed.
• Undertake any other tasks as may be assigned by, and mutually agreed with the line manager.
  • Minimum of Masters in natural resources management or equivalent discipline, with PhD a distinct advantage.

• At least 8 years of experience managing large, complex projects.

• Fluency in English.

• Excellent communications skills in a multi-cultural context.

• Experience establishing and maintaining high-level government relations.

• Experience managing multi-million dollar budgets.

• Ability to work independently.

• Ability to respond flexibly and exercise judgment involving analysis and interpretation of facts and circumstances in order to identify the correct solution or course of action.

• Ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines to meet donor reporting or proposal deadlines.

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