Programme Officer (Livelihood)

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Location : Sittwe, MYANMAR
Application Deadline :05-Aug-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SC-9
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :Until 30 June 2021


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. At the country level, UN Women is leveraging its triple mandate in Myanmar to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) as central to the peacebuilding, crisis response and recovery, democratic governance, and development processes.

Women and girls in Rakhine are among the poorest in the Myanmar. They hold a subordinate position in households, communities, workplaces, and society, which greatly undermines their capacities, potential and rights. Institutionalized discrimination continues to prevent women from equal participation and from assuming decision-making roles at all levels. These persistent gender inequalities and gender-based discrimination mean that women are disproportionately affected by the development challenges facing Rakhine State, including outward migration for work, high rates of unemployment and intercommunal tensions

To address their specific needs and catalyze leadership of the women in Rakhine State, UN Women Myanmar Country Office is working to support strengthening women’s leadership, participation, and self-reliance through improved livelihood security. The Rakhine program promotes the empowerment of women to engage in, contribute to and benefit from community resilience and inclusive growth and development in Rakhine State through developing an enabling and supportive environment to increase women’s access to and control over financial resources and develop new sources of income for promoting their leadership and participation outside household duties.

Reporting to Programme Manager, the Programme Officer (Livelihood) contributes to the effective coordination and monitoring of livelihood activities under the Project to help create conditions conductive to the return of displaced persons from and within Rakhine State and to promote resilience-based development by providing substantive inputs to programme design, formulation, implementation and evaluation. S/he guides and facilitates the delivery of UN Women programmes by monitoring results achieved during implementation and ensuring appropriate application of systems and procedures and develops enhancements if necessary. She/he is also responsible for coordinating with national partners and stakeholders in Rakhine State. The Programme Officer works in close collaboration with the programme and operations teams in Yangon and regional office of UN Women, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Contribute technically to the development of programme strategies in the project, particularly considering context of humanitarian-development continuum and finding solutions which offer longer-term solutions

  • Provide substantive inputs to the design and formulation of programme/ project proposals and initiatives;
  • Identify areas for support and intervention related to the project and liaise with the regional humanitarian unit for advice and actions

2. Coordinate and provide substantive technical support to the implementation and management of the project

  • Coordinate and provide technical inputs to the overall portfolio work plan development and implementation according to programme document
  • Lead the implementation of project activities at the state and national level;
  • Lead the coordination of the call/request for proposals, including the organization of technical review committees, and capacity assessment of partners;
  • Review, coordinate and monitor the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;
  • Train partners on Results-Based Management and monitor implementation.

3. Provide technical assistance and capacity development to project partners including at local level

  • Coordinate and provide technical support in the implementation of project activities;
  • Coordinate relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the project;
  • Identify capacity building needs and support partners through technical/ programming assistance, mentoring, training and capacity development initiatives, as needed.

4. Provide technical inputs to the monitoring and reporting of the project

  • Monitor progress of implementation of activities and finances using results-based management tools, including conducting regular monitoring visits, as required;
  • Draft reports on monitoring missions, project results, outputs and outcomes;
  • Provide substantive inputs to the preparation of donor and UN Women reports e.g quarterly reports, annual reports.

5. Provide substantive technical inputs to the management of people and finances of the project

  • Monitor budget implementation and make budget re-alignments/ revisions, as necessary;
  • Monitor the allocation and disbursement of funds to participating partners;
  • Provide substantive inputs to financial reports.

6. Support efforts in building partnerships and resource mobilization strategies on humanitarian-development programming opportunities

  • Provide substantive inputs to resource mobilization strategies; analyze and maintain information and databases;
  • Prepare relevant documentation such as project summaries, conference papers, briefing notes, speeches, and donor profiles;
  • Participate in donor meetings and public information events, as delegated.
  • Maintain regular communication with relevant government, UN, CSO and other partners and facilitate information sharing, partnership on various information

7. Contribute to inter-agency coordination to achieve a coherent and aligned presence for UN Women in Rakhine State in Myanmar

  • Provide substantive technical support to Programme Manager and Head of Office, Sittwe and Regional Humanitarian Advisor on inter-agency coordination related activities by drafting background reports and briefs.
  • Represent UN Women at relevant interagency coordination meetings as required and provide technical assistance for gender mainstreaming into humanitarian actions

8. Provide substantive inputs to advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts

  • Develop background documents, briefs and presentations related to the project;
  • Coordinate and organize advocacy campaigns, events, trainings, workshops and knowledge products;
  • Coordinate the development of knowledge management methodologies, and products of the project. 


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Functional Competencies

  • Good programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Good knowledge of Results Based Management
  • Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions and present findings and recommendations
  • Good analytical skills
  • Good technical knowledge of women economic empowerment, with particular focus on strengthening the development of resilience livelihood
  • Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:


  • Master’s degree in social sciences, human rights, gender/women's studies, international development, international law or other social science fields is required with at least 2 years of progressively responsible work experience in development programme/project implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, donor reporting and capacity building in the area of humanitarian preparedness and response, gender and development, and/or related fields.


  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, human rights, gender/women's studies, international development, international law or other social science fields is required with at least 4 years of progressively responsible work experience in development programme/project implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, donor reporting and capacity building in the area of humanitarian preparedness and response, gender and development, and/or related fields.


  • Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors.
  • Experience in resource mobilization efforts is an asset;
  • Experience working with the UN is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset
  • Knowledge of local language in the duty station is an asset

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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