Project Manager (Water for Women Fund)

 (via ReliefWeb)
Yangon, Myanmar
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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About WaterAid Myanmar

WaterAid Myanmar (WAMM) was established in early 2016. With its innovative programmes, WAMM aims to contribute towards delivery of universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in Myanmar for everyone particularly the poor and marginalised people. WAMM seeks to strengthen sustainable delivery of WASH services by collaborating with relevant government departments and ministries and through diverse partnerships and networks.

Our Vision

WaterAid's vision is a world where everyone, everywhere has safe water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030.

Our Mission

Our mission is to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

Our Values

Everything we do is shaped by our values:

· Respect

· Accountability

· Courage

· Collaboration

· Innovation

· Integrity


Project Brief

This project, ‘Supporting Safer births in Myanmar’ under DFAT funded Water for Women (WfW) Fund, aims to improve the quality and safety of health care at the time of birth in Ayeyarwady Region in Myanmar. The project focuses on (1) support for strengthening health systems and (2) quality improvements within hospital settings. The project will support improvements in WASH services in Healthcare Facilities (HCFs) as prerequisite for a safe, compassionate and dignified birth environment by promoting improved hygiene behaviours change (HBC) and Gender Equality and Socially Inclusive (GESI) WASH facilities.

At Regional level, we will work through our partner organisation with healthcare facility staff including managers, healthcare workers, auxiliary and cleaning staff to improve hygiene and cleanliness throughout the targeted facilities leading to infection prevention and control (IPC) thereby improving the health and wellbeing of mothers, new-borns and staff. At the Union level, we will take a systems-strengthening approach. We will work with relevant departments of Ministry of Health and Sports (MoHS) to ensure health policies, standards, monitoring frameworks and trainings are designed to adequately address and maintain GESI and IPC WASH services in HCFs.


WaterAid Myanmar (WAMM) is recruiting a full-time Project Manager for the Water for Women (WfW) Project to be based in Yangon. The incumbent will provide frontline leadership to the overall project and support partners to ensure quality implementation of activities in accordance with approved project proposal and donor compliance. The Project Manager will be responsible for effective coordination with partner and government counterparts, develop and implement project plans, undertake reviews of government policies/ strategies, maintain soft advocacy, represent project in the sector, ensure appropriate monitoring and evaluation and introduce innovative ideas around GESI and knowledge and learning.

Key working relationships

Internal: Programme Manager (WASH & Integration), Head of Programmes and Policy (HoPP), staff of WaterAid Myanmar, WA UK and WA Australia.

External: Relevant government departments and ministries, partner organisations, consultants, sector stakeholders and other civil society organisations.

Key Responsibilities

Project Management

· Ensures that the project is implemented according to the approved project proposal and in accordance with the rules and regulations of WAMM and donor.

· Ensures compliance with donor policies, procedures and guidelines, including related to due diligence and integrity requirements as well branding and visibility

· Facilitates Project Working Group (PWG) and acts as secretary for Project Leadership Group (PLG)

· Ensures consistency (as necessary) of project methodologies and approaches between WaterAid and the partner

· Contributes to organisational vision of change as delineated in the country programme strategic plan

· Ensures alignment of the project implementation with WAMM’s country programme strategic objectives

· Presents project progress to senior management team on a regular basis and seeks guidance and support for effective implementation of the project

· Develops annual work plan and updates budget, which includes all activities in a project cycle along with partnership and financial management

· Studies the external environment and provide regular feedback to project team and partner to improve quality of planned interventions

· Regularly explores the scope for possible partnerships between the project and various governmental and nongovernmental organisations for effective implementation and enhanced sustainability of the project

· Line-manages consultants hired

Sector engagement and advocacy

· Develops and implements project advocacy strategy in collaboration with the partner and the government

· Ensures all policy and advocacy work are aligned with WAMM policy and advocacy strategy

· Builds and manage relationships with key stakeholders in the Local and at national level for stronger advocacy around WASH in HCFs

· Supervises researches to build evidence for advocacy

· Celebrates international WASH days in a strategic way in consultation with WAMM team and partner

· Promotes WASH in HCFs (WinHCFs) agenda within WASH and Health sectors at national level

· Promotes GESI as the key theme of the project and make it an agenda of women rights and gender in Myanmar

· Updates organisation internally on local developments and inform external players of WaterAid updates

Technical support and capacity development

· Reviews and integrates WASH in existing Quality Improvement (QI) tool and IPC and presents to government for approval

· Reviews and adapts TEACH CLEAN Package for hospital staff training

· Ensures GESI tools are developed and adopted by healthcare facilities as key approach to WinHCFs interventions

· Ensures high quality rollout and trainings around QI&IPC, TEACH CLEAN Package and GESI

· Determines quality standards for construction of WASH facilities at targeted HCFs in collaboration with partner and government department

· Ensures high quality WASH infrastructure improvement work at targeted HCFs with inclusiveness, GESI and sustainable parameters

· Coordinates with Policy team and Programme Support Unit at WA UK and WA AUS for technical capacity building of WAMM and partner staff

Documentation, Communication, liaison and networking

· Adapts the ‘learning agenda’ and Knowledge and Learning Strategy for the project derived from the WfW global framework addressing the needs of the local context

· Develops knowledge products using innovative approach to project learning.

· Disseminates the learning from the projects through latest communications tools and media on relevant forums

· Ensures project representation at learning events and conferences

· Ensures documentation of the project activities and impact through development of case studies, e-newsletters and other communications products and sharing of these with key stakeholders (including through social media)

· Develops strategic partnership with media for the promotion of WinHCFs issues, experiences and solutions in Myanmar.

Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting

· Reviews & updates annual work plan, M&E Framework and Risk Matrix, consults with partner and get these approved from the donor through WA UK and WA Aus

· Undertakes regular monitoring visits to project area and provides recommendations for strengthening project quality

· Designs and effectively implements project Monitoring and Evaluation Framework in collaboration with K&L Coordinator

· Reviews the project progress vs. plan

· Prepares and leads the process to undertake the baseline survey and midterm and end-line evaluations of the project at.

· Ensures timely reports receipt from partners

· Develops and submits consolidated reports (half-yearly and annual reports) and finalise in consultation with the WAMM team, partners and WA UK & WA Aus

People Management

· Builds a cohesive, constructive and committed team, through effective motivation, participatory decision making, and collaborative communication thereby ensuring staff productivity, working enthusiasm, and creativity.

· Leads recruitment of staff under supervision in consultation with line manager

· Provides induction, training, coaching/ mentoring, and advice to ensure that they understand and can carry out their responsibilities effectively.

· Plans performance objectives with staff, and conducts performance reviews with follow up actions

· Identify training needs and development opportunities for the team and recommend these to P&OD lead for staff capacity building

Financial Management

· Ensures and reviews the project’s financial status and financial reports internally and from partner as per the agreed reporting schedule, and quality

· Maintains an overview of all project expenditures and prepares variance justification (if required) for monthly accounts management

· Ensures that the workplan conforms with the project budget

· Ensures that all financial documents are maintained in an orderly fashion for future reference

Take on any other tasks assigned by the line manager

WaterAid is a child safe organisation. We recognise that we must meet community expectations and the trust placed in our personnel to maintain the highest standards of conduct with children. Therefore, all positions within WaterAid are required to comply with our Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.

WaterAid is committed to protection from sexual exploitation and abuse in everything we do. The values and standards we uphold are highlighted in our Global Code of Conduct. All positions within WaterAid are required to comply with our Global Code of Conduct.

Job Requirements/ Person Profile

Education & certifications

Post-graduate or equivalent qualification in public health, environmental sanitation, international development or management from a reputed university/ institute or equivalent management working experience in the sector

Essential knowledge, skills and experience

· At least five years management experience in the development/ relevant public sector at a senior level including Myanmar/ SEA.

· Experience in working with regional and district administrations

· Demonstrable technical expertise in WASH and/ or health programming, participatory planning, development and monitoring and evaluation.

· Strong working knowledge of inclusive methodologies preferably on WASH and/ or health.

· Experience in training needs assessment working with hospital staffs at various levels on quality improvement and/ or IPC.

· Excellent interpersonal and writing skills including research and donor reports

· Experience of managing partnerships of diverse nature including local and international organisations

Personal Qualities

· Demonstrate an understanding of gender equality and women’s empowerment and sensitivity to different cultures, values and traditions

· Commitment to WaterAid’s mission, vision and values and its operating policies, procedures and, standards of safety of children and protection from sexual exploitation and abuse in all our activities

Desirable knowledge and experience

· Familiarity with history, dynamics and working environment of Myanmar, including through direct experience of working in Myanmar

· Diplomatic approach and ability to negotiate/ influence

Working Conditions This is a country-office based position with frequent travel to field. It is mandatory to work with a computer, internet and relevant software. Command on Office 360 is required.

How to apply:


Closing date: Monday 05 August 2019

Applications for this role must comprise of:

· A cover letter showing the interest and eligibility of the applicant (max 1 page)

· A curriculum vitae (max 5 pages). The CV must include at least two professional referees (referees will not be contacted until after interviews, with permission from the candidate)

· Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted

· Any undue pressure to influence the selection process will disqualify the candidacy

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be called for written test and interview. Written test and interview will be held in WaterAid Myanmar office in Yangon. A second interview may be requested if required.

WaterAid is committed to welcome people from the widest possible diversity of backgrounds, cultures and experiences. We will make any practical adjustments to enable suitable disable people to participate fully in interview process, and if selected, afterwards in office environment. Please let us know if you have a disability and require any special assistance.

Email your letter and CV to: by Monday 05 August 2019. The subject line of your email should read as “Application for Project Manager – WfW Project”**