International Organisational Capacity Development Specialist

Location : Home based, with three trips to Myanmar, MYANMAR
Application Deadline :14-Aug-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :40 working days


UNDP Myanmar has commenced implementation of its Country Programme for 2018-2022. Integrated programming has guided the design of the new programme in order to better address the inter-linkages between peace-building, governance, natural resource management and disaster resilience, inclusive growth, and the vertical linkages between subnational and national governance levels.

The Governance for Resilience and Sustainability Project (GRSP) leverages existing AF/GEF/REDD/GCF vertical funding and links up to horizontally and vertically with UNDP Country Programme key priority areas working at national and sub-national levels. GRSP is designed to help the Government of Myanmar (GoM) implement recent policy reforms related to environmental governance, climate change and disaster risk reduction (DRR), to ensure that economic growth in Myanmar is more inclusive, resilient and sustainable.  The project recognises that environmental degradation, when combined with natural disasters and effects of climate change, undermines the attainment of inclusive and sustainable growth. It also recognises that Myanmar’s environmental assets present unique opportunities for green economic development, which can directly support women’s economic empowerment and community resilience.

The increased emphasis on public infrastructure investments and foreign direct investments in recent years require matching increases in environmental management and resilience. At the same time, the potential of green investments as wealth and employment generators needs to be supported and promoted by the GoM. The Union Government is promulgating a series of policies to address these challenges including the National Environmental Policy, Green Economy Policy Framework, Myanmar Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan, and Myanmar Action Plan on DRR (MAPDRR). These policies now require enabling mechanisms for effective implementation and enforcement so that they deliver benefits for all people.

Over the 5-year period of the new CPD, GRSP aims to enable the GoM mainstream environment, climate change and DRR considerations into planning and project appraisal systems of at least three key sectors (out of renewable energy, mining, tourism, agriculture and fisheries) and three States and Regions (beginning with Rakhine, Bago and Sagaing). It will also support key counterparts implement the new policies, including by promoting an integrated environmental financing framework by helping develop comprehensive organisational and human resources development plans. GRSP also aims to help promote green investments in environmental goods and services to protect natural resources, minimize and manage waste more effectively, while simultaneously creating sustainable wealth and employment.

UNDP’s support for the implementation of the NEP is initially through the development of a national level Master Plan and similar master plans at the sub-national levels, to guide priority environmental governance interventions and the mainstreaming of environmental considerations throughout all government planning and decision-making. UNDP is supporting the Environmental Conservation Department (ECD) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) to prepare the first national environmental master plan.

ECD is a relatively new organization, having been established in 2012. It has primary responsibility for environmental policy setting and as the country’s environmental regulator, including administration of the environmental impact assessment system. ECD is rapidly growing both at the Union level and at the sub-national level where numerous new offices are being opened. The organization plans to grow from approximately 500 staff to over 10,000 staff in the coming five years.

UNDP is supporting ECD to develop a comprehensive organizational capacity and human resources development plan to guide its expansion and its delivery of its governance responsibilities. To commence this work, UNDP plans an initial needs assessment to prepare and outline for, and determine next steps for the implementation of, this development plan.

Duties and Responsibilities

With the technical guidance of the Project Manager/Chief Technical Advisor (GRSP) from UNDP Country Office, and with the support of a national consultant, the international consultant will:

1. Prepare the capacity assessment:

  • Prepare a methodology for the needs assessment, based on the UNDP Capacity Assessment Methodology

  • Identify data required to undertake the assessment, in form/s able to be gathered/provided by ECD (with the support of the international and national consultants)

  • Conduct desk reviews of ECD’s organizational structure, terms of reference, position descriptions, recruitment strategies and staffing profile, and other relevant personnel management policies and guidelines issued by the GoM;

2. Undertake additional data gathering:

  • Prepare and administer a survey of staff with the aim of developing a current staff profile (covering age, gender, education levels, experience, history with ECD, past trainings, interest areas, etc.)

  • Interview key ECD personnel in Myanmar and other stakeholders

  • Compile details of all past, current and planned training provided to ECD and its staff, both internally and by development partners (subject to information being provided by ECD)

  • Work with the national consultant to gather any additional data identified as necessary to the assessment

3.  Implement the Capacity Assessment:

  • Undertake the capacity assessment that: identifies critical capacity needs, gaps and opportunities; evaluates immediate training needs and gaps; outlines barriers to capacity improvements; and proposes short-term interventions to support ongoing organizational and human resources development.

  • Undertake a validation workshop on the draft capacity assessment with ECD and other key stakeholders from GoM

  • Prepare an outline (at a minimum) for a comprehensive organizational development plan that meets ECD’s medium and long-term needs

  • At all times, take a gender sensitive approach and propose strategies for supporting the roles of, and career development opportunities for, women within ECD

During this assignment, the consultant is expected to deliver:

  1. Draft and final methodologies

  2. Summary of all trainings previously received by ECD

  3. Draft and final capacity needs assessment document

  4. A validation workshop on the draft assessment, and summary of outcomes of the workshop

  5. Short-term, consolidated training plan for ECD

  6. An outline (at a minimum) for a comprehensive organizational development plan that meets ECD’s medium and long-term needs

  7. Recommendations for next steps in preparing ECD’s organizational and human resources development plan

The national consultant will provide translation support throughout the assignment for both documents written in Myanmar language and for meetings with ECD staff. UNDP Myanmar will provide any additional such support, as required.

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Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP.

Technical competencies: 

  • Ability to provide guidance on implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS), including design and implementation of ABS and traditional knowledge policy and bioprospecting projects;
  • Knowledge of environmental issues, NRM concepts, principles and policies and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations;
  • Ability to work with multiple stakeholders across a wide range of disciplines.

Functional competencies:

  • Development and Operational Effectiveness:
  • Ability to contribute to strategic planning, change processes, results-based management and reporting;
  • Ability to lead formulation, oversight of implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
  • Ability to apply development theory to the specific country context to identify creative, practical approaches to overcome challenging situations.

Knowledge Management and Learning:

  • Demonstrates practical knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues;
  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside of UNDP. 

Client Orientation:

  • Maintains relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude; 
  • Proven networking, team-building, organizational and communication skills.


  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure.
  • Excellent reporting skills;

Required Skills and Experience


  • A master degree in public administration, public policy, natural resource management, organizational development, human resources management, or a related field;


  • At least 7 years of experience in supporting organizational planning and development, and in human resources management, in a public sector context;

  • Proven track record implementing complex organizational analysis/assessments and developing capacity development strategies/plans;

  • Familiarity and good understanding of environmental governance and natural resource management issues;

  • Previous work experience in Myanmar will be considered an asset;

Language skill:

  • Excellent command of written and spoken English

  • Must be an international;

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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