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Senior Technical Officer

Vacancy #:   4093
Unit:   Myanmar Project Office
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Myanmar Country Office, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
  Working locations in Nay Pyi Taw and Inle Lake, with travel to peat sites.
Reporting to:   Chief Technical Advisor, GEF Sustainable Management of Peatland Ecosystems in Mekong Countries Project
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 September 2019
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (24 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   15 July 2019 (extended)
This is a local recruitment. Only Myanmar nationals, individuals with residence status or the appropriate employment visa for Myanmar are eligible to apply. 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.
The Mekong Peatlands Project supports the governments of Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar, through a range of activities that focus on the sustainable management of peatland ecosystems. The project achieves this through a combination of activities that include: assessments, surveys, capacity building and awareness raising, mainstreaming peatlands into policy and planning, and the demonstration of sustainable peatland management practices at targeted peatland ecosystems in each of the three countries.
The project is comprised of four components:

1. Assessment and documentation of peatlands in targeted countries
2. Capacity development and policy and legal frameworks
3. Development and demonstration of sustainable peatland management
4. Regional cooperation

Also, the project contributes to regional peatland management initiatives, such as the ASEAN Programme on Sustainable Management of Peatland Ecosystems 2014-2020, the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution (2013), and the ASEAN Peatland Management Strategy 2006-2020.

Based between the Nay Pyi Taw IUCN project office and the project field office at Inle Lake, the Senior Technical Officer will work closely with the project’s CTA (IUCN) and the National Project Director (ECD, MONREC). The Senior Technical Officer will provide technical inputs and manage project activities according to their field of expertise. The Senior Technical Officer will assist the CTA by providing guidance and supervision of the workplan of the Technical Officer, Peatlands. The position’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

1. Technical:
Provide technical inputs and manage the technical delivery of project activities through:
- Technical supervision and review of work undertaken by the Technical Officer, Peatlands.
- Working with ECD, provide technical supervision and review of work undertaken by the project’s - Executing Partner FREDA in accordance with agreed ToRs.
- Coordination of project activities in line with prepared work plans, budgets and requirements under approved activities.
- Undertake research and analysis of ecosystem and/or socio-economic conditions to inform the design of project activities, and their implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
- Develop stakeholder engagement plans for communities piloting livelihood and best-management practice demonstrations and ensure that such are informed by thorough socio-economic assessments and community consultations.
- Document and maintain records of all stakeholder engagement activities.
- Ensure that all ethnic minorities and disadvantaged groups are adequately informed and consulted, invited to consultation meetings, and that language is not a barrier.
- Ensure that women and men are provided equal opportunities in terms of participation and decision-making throughout the identification, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of activities implemented by the project.
- Ensure that sex disaggregated data and information is collected and incorporated into the project’s monitoring, evaluation and reporting process.
- Anticipate potential social impacts (direct and indirect) that may result from project interventions and activities are identified, and where identified, develop mitigation measures to avoid negative impacts or compensation.

2. Act as the National Project Coordinator for activities in Myanmar:
Support the CTA and National Project Director by leading the in-country implementation of project activities through:
- Monitoring and reporting on implementation of project activities against annual budget and work plans, prepare monthly reporting according to the requirements of project partners, and provide inputs for the six-monthly and annual progress reports.
- Prepare personal monthly work plans and reports, detailed activity plans and budgets for project field activities, and field mission/ workshop reports.
- Providing implementation support to project partners where required.
- Facilitate and assist visits by the project donor, government officials and consultants in their studies, meetings and program activities including translating and interpreting, where necessary.
- Managing project funds for field operations and taking responsibility for expenditures of project funds and reporting field expenditure.
- Identifying and developing opportunities for partnerships with local stakeholders to meet project outcomes.
- Translating project outputs from English to Burmese and vice versa as required.
- Organize and lead meetings with local project partners and stakeholders.
- Coordinate and collaborate closely with project partners and stakeholders, delegating tasks when appropriate and maintaining good communications and relations
- Liaising and networking with current and potential colleagues, donors, partners and beneficiaries

3. Institutional tasks
- Ensure that project offices and field operations are conducted to a high level of health, safety, integrity, environmental good practice and cultural sensitivity. This includes ensuring that field medical kits are in good order and taken out on every field trip.
- Ensure project activities are in line with IUCN’s Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) and the recommendations of the Social Impact Assessment conducted during the project design phase.
- Ensure that IUCN policies and guidelines are followed within the implementation of project activities.
- Represent IUCN Myanmar in external and internal IUCN meetings at national levels, as needed.

4. Other Duties
Carry out any other duties as required by, and mutually agreed with, your line manager.
  • General:
The Senior Technical Officer will have at least 5 years of relevant experience in facilitating/managing ecosystem-related projects at national and or regional levels, and will have strong knowledge, qualifications and experience in either community engagement and socio-economic assessments, and/or environmental management of wetlands/ peatland ecosystems.

Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of:
• Research and data collection methods in one or more of the following fields: wetland/ peatland ecosystems; socio-economics and social impact assessment; integrated and sustainable management of natural resources
• The environmental and socio-economic state of Inle Lake and its ecosystems
• Institutional and governance structures of Myanmar
• Design and implementation of Sustainable livelihood initiatives
• Ethnic minorities and disadvantaged groups in Myanmar
• Gender equity and social inclusion
• Mainstreaming ecosystem-based approaches/ principles into policies and planning in Myanmar

Skills and experience in:
• Community engagement and participatory planning and decision making methods
• Design and delivery of capacity development and training programs
• Liaising with Myanmar government agencies
• Drafting technical and financial reports
• Coordinating and managing contracts and consultants
• Managing staff and field-based teams

Other requirements:
• Fluency in written and verbal English and Burmese
• Proficient in using computers and software applications such as word, PowerPoint, excel and email
• Willingness and capacity to undertake strenuous and/or extended periods of field-based activities

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