Senior National Consultant - Senior Operations Adviser (SOA)

Location : Yangon (with travel to states/regions), MYANMAR
Application Deadline :29-Jan-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :



The Myanmar Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee (JMC) was established under the National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) as the key instrument for implementing its security-related provisions and inter alia, creating the enabling environment for the peace process. In 2016, the JMC approved the set-up of a Technical Secretariat Center (TSC) - and corresponding secretariats at state and local levels - that would support the implementation of the national ceasefire in accordance with and in compliance to the agreements, Terms of Reference (ToRs) and Standard Operating Procedures (SoP) of the JMC.

In 2017, the JMC in partnership with UNDP established the JMC - Support Platform Project (JMC-SPP). The objective of the support platform is to provide coordinated, demand-driven and efficient support to the JMC towards the effective implementation of the NCA in Myanmar. The platform carries out the following functions: a) serves as a conduit to and provides fiduciary backstopping for external assistance to the JMC; and b) with this assistance, provides institutional and technical support to the JMC enabling it to fulfill its mandate. The JMC-SPP is set-up as a local project structure led by the international Chief Technical Advisor / Project Manager (CTA/PM), and administered by UNDP (Myanmar Office).

Against this background, UNDP wishes to identify a Senior National Consultant as Senior Operations Adviser (SOA), to work with closely with the CTA/PM and Project Management Unit (PMU) team, to support strategic planning, capacity development, and partnership building.

Duties and Responsibilities

2. OBJECTIVES, scope of work and deliverables

Under the direct guidance of the CTA/PM, the SOA will provide technical assistance (TA), liaison, accompaniment, operational advice, communication and documentation support for the effective implementation of project activities, particularly with respect to strategic planning, capacity-development and partnership activities.


Specifically, the SOA, will be responsible for:

  1. Assist the CTA/PM to liaise and engage with the JMC and other partners in strategic planning;
  • Provide technical, planning and advisory support in developing future project strategies, including the transition to another JMC support project (Phase 2)
  • Support implementation of a robust project Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) framework, including innovations and MEL tools for the JMC’s internal processes, in order to track progress, assess results and ensure accountable use of resources
  • Conduct situational awareness monitoring, to keep track of current events affecting project deliverables
  • Support and/or co-facilitate internal and external strategic planning meetings and workshops.


      2. Assist the CTA/PM to develop operational capacity development activities;

  • Support the JMC-TSC to identify the JMC capacity needs (institutional and operational) at all levels and support them to put in place curriculum and training plans in consultation with stakeholders
  • Ensure monitoring and reporting of progress to meet commonly agreed capacity standards
  • Support the development of international best-practice knowledge materials (training materials, organizational policies, process guidelines, publications and communication materials)
  • Support and/or co-facilitate meetings, workshops and training activities.


     3. Assist the CTA/PM in partnership building and engagement with the JMC and donors in project implementation;

  • Contribute to regular coordination meetings on project progress
  • Organize and participate in regular field trips to JMC field offices at state and local levels
  • Coordinate project efforts to provide professional support to the JMC and donors to prepare, run and follow-up on project governance including the project board
  • Maintain contact and partnerships with relevant stakeholders and other TA providers.

3.  Management and working arrangements

  • The consultant reports to the UNDP CTA/PM
  • the consultant will report to the office during office working hours
  • The consultant should work 5 days/40 hours a week
  • The consultant is required to attend the minimum on-site time required by the Project
  • UNDP is responsible for organizing an office-space and workstation for the consultant
  • UNDP is responsible for organizing and financing office transportation for all assignment-related travel
  • Where travel outside the work-station is required, the consultant is entitled to daily allowances in accordance with UNDP rates following travel.  


  • The Consultant will be paid per monthly upon the submission of a Progress report based on the deliverables indicated in the approved Working Plan
  • Invoices shall be paid within 30 days of the date of their acceptance by UNDP.



50% of contract

28 Feb 2018

50% of contract

31 March 2018



  • A duly completed Letter of Confirmation/Interest using the template provided by UNDP;
  • A Personal CV and P11 indicating all past experiences from similar assignments as well as contact details (email and telephone number) of the candidate and at least 3 professional references;
  • A financial proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price. The term ‘all-inclusive’ implies that all costs (professional fees, transportation, communication etc) are factored into the fee submitted in the proposal.

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  • If the offeror works for an organization/company/institution and he/she expects his/her manager/employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), he/she must indicate this at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated into the financial proposal.


  • Highest combined score, weighted 50% for the CV, 20% for a written test and 30% for financial proposal
  • The CV will be scored as follows:

Master’s Degree or equivalent in Economics, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Sciences or related field


7 years of relevant experience supporting peacebuilding in Myanmar


Strong technical knowledge of Myanmar peace process


Experience in capacity development and training approaches



Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards and acts in accordance with the Standards of
  • Conduct for international civil servants;
  • Advocates and promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism.

Functional Competencies:

  • Good knowledge of the natural resource management particularly lake and watershed management, the concept of sustainability and sustainable development in the region and developing countries;
  • Ability to quickly grasp and synthesize inputs from a range of disciplines related to sustainable financial mechanism for environmental conservation;
  • Ability to advocate and provide technical advice on the relevant sector/theme;
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision;
  • Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office;
  • Sensitivity to and responsiveness to all partners, respectful and helpful relations with all UN/UNDP staff;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Economics, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Sciences or related field


  • 7 years of relevant experience in supporting interventions related to the peace process and peacebuilding in Myanmar
  • Strong technical knowledge of Myanmar peace process
  • Experience in capacity development and training approaches


  • Fluency in English and Myanmar
  • Knowledge of ethnic languages in Myanmar is an advantage


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Template for Letter of Interest and Availability

Financial Proposal Template
Terms of Reference





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