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Programme Coordinator, IUCN Myanmar

Vacancy #:   5488
Unit:   Myanmar Project Office
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Myanmar Country Office, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
  Based in Yangon with frequent travel to Nay Pyi Taw or in Nay Pyi Taw
with frequent travel to Yangon
Reporting to:   Head, Indo - Burma Group
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   SP
Expected start date:   01 January 2021
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months)
Closing date:   15 January 2021 (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.

In 2021, IUCN Myanmar’s portfolio includes two GEF projects, one on forest landscape restoration (FLR) in Sagaing Region and one on peatlands conservation in Inle Lake, a long-term SDC-funded integrated coastal management (ICM) project in the Gulf of Mottama, coordination of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) grant making in Myanmar, tiger conservation in the Myanmar-Thailand border areas, and a new SDC-funded Building River Dialogue and Governance (BRIDGE) project in the Salween river basin. IUCN Myanmar works closely with the Natural Resources Group (NRG) based at IUCN’s Asia Regional Office (ARO) in Bangkok and the Deputy Head, IBG based in HCMC.

Under the guidance of the Head, Indo-Burma Group (IBG) and in close collaboration with country staff and regional specialists, the PC will lead the programme team and assist the Head, IBG in developing new project/programme concepts and proposals, and monitor performance in achieving programmatic and financial objectives.

The main responsibilities of the Programme Coordinator are:
i. Programme and Project Development
ii. Programme and Project Planning, Monitoring and Reporting
iii. Capacity Development in Planning, Monitoring/Evaluation and Reporting


Programme and Project Development

• Building on IUCN Myanmar’s thematic focus on ICM, FLR, and water governance, lead the proposal development activities in IUCN Myanmar and the development of the Country Programme, including coordination with governmental, non-governmental and other civil sector partners, as well as with members of the international community and development partners in Myanmar;
• Assist the Head, IBG in mapping out strategic priorities.
• Provide programme development support and advice to staff in the preparation of project concepts and proposals, including facilitating technical input and reviews by regional Natural Resources Group (NRG) at the Asia Regional Office;
• Assist the Head, IBG in developing new funding opportunities by developing innovative alliances with donors, members and partners and producing quality project proposals in close cooperation with both technical staff and with the regional NRG;
• Work with country-level and regional finance on matters related to financing and sustainability, notably, updating and review of ABC list, preparation of project budget and donor contracts, definition of the core functions and costs of IUCN, integration of annual work planning and budgeting, and new financing mechanisms;

Programme and Project Planning, Monitoring and Reporting

Support the Head, IBG in effectively coordinating the IUCN Myanmar Programme to ensure coherence and integration across the programme as well as with the Asia Region and globally, and to this end:
• Coordinate the process of country programme and project planning, monitoring and reporting in accordance with guidelines established for the Asia Region and globally;
• Ensure that IUCN Myanmar staff fully operationalise the IUCN Project Portal and Project Appraisal and Approval System (PAAS).
• Ensure development of good quality strategic, intersessional and annual work plans, including the development and regular monitoring of programme and project work plans;
• Work with the heads of IBG, HR and Finance on matters related to preparation of project budget and donor contracts, definition of the core functions and costs of IUCN, integration of annual work planning and budgeting, and new financing mechanisms;
• Liaise closely with thematic units and projects to ensure outputs and commitments identified in work plans are delivered in a timely and effective manner and any resulting products are of high quality;
• Integrate monitoring and evaluation in the work of all projects including the development and use of performance indicators for quality management;
• Support programme and project evaluations and participate in related reviews, as necessary;
• Ensure that lessons learnt in various projects and units of IUCN Myanmar are documented and internalized in the current and future work of the country office.
• Ensure regular programme reporting requirements by both donors and IUCN Asia Regional Office (ARO) are met (e.g. Quarterly Progress-Reports & Annual Report);
• Ensure strong links between communications/knowledge management and programme coordination and delivery.
• Be directly responsible for leading the implementation of BRIDGE Salween in Myanmar and for the management of a thematic program and or project implementation as required, playing the role of thematic head or project manager.

Capacity Development in Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting
• Facilitate, guide and assist all programme units in using the tools and techniques available in Asia Region and globally for work planning, M&E and reporting;
• Provide overall guidance and advice on project development, proposal writing and donor intelligence;
• Identify needs for technical support and recommend to the Head, IBG on how these may be met.
• Undertake specific capacity building measures and exercises (training, mentoring, other) as necessary
• Share and present technical assistance and knowledge to other project staff in the application of technical principles, concepts and methods
• Identify technical assistance needs and training resources among project staff, partners, counterparts and stakeholders

Other tasks
• Represent IUCN Myanmar 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.

Please Note: The above TOR contains the main responsibilities and duties of this position. However, in an ever evolving organisation such as IUCN staff members are expected to show flexibility in their approach to work and be willing to undertake other tasks that are reasonably allocated to them but which are not part of their regular TOR. Where any task becomes a regular part of staff member’s responsibilities, the TOR should be changed in consultation between the manager, the staff member and the HR Unit. Any one of the three may initiate the consultation.
  • Advanced university degree in natural resources management, environment, economics, or a relevant field.

• At least 8 years of progressively responsible experience in project management with at least 5 years in a managerial/leadership capacity. Knowledge of ICM, FLR, water governance, or other relevant field preferable.

• Excellent understanding Myanmar’s political landscape and CSO networks.

• Intellectually curious and ability to identify innovative solutions to complex problems.

• Demonstrated experience in proposal development and fund raising and in all phases of program implementation, including planning, execution, M&E, and technical and financial reporting.

• Excellent interpersonal and team building skills, experience leading and managing a multi-national and multi-cultural team.

• Ability to work under pressure and to meet and deliver deadlines.

• Willingness to travel frequently within Myanmar.

• Strong communication skills and fluency in written and spoken Myanmar and English; ability to communicate in an ethnic minority language an advantage.

Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button.

Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

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