Myanmar nationals: Project Officer (Promoting Inclusive, Resilient and Sustainable Environmental Management Project)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Naypyidaw, Myanmar (Burma)

 
Background
 
Myanmar has embarked on a major transition towards democracy, market style economy and peace. Myanmar has low middle-income status (LMIC) and is committed to lifting itself out of Least Developed Country (LDC) status within the next seven years. Following the implementation of the first ever UNDP Country Programme during 2013-2017 and as a key development partner of the government of Myanmar, UNDP will implement a new UNDP Country Programme for the period 2018-2022, striving to deliver on a large and relevant programme portfolio that is responsive to the main development challenges facing the country. 
 
The UNDP Country Office in Myanmar is a key interlocutor and advisor to the government at the national and sub-national on sustainable and inclusive growth, (including economic, environment, climate change and disaster risk reduction issues) and is expanding its programme at the state, region and township levels in order to ensure stronger institutions at all levels of government as well as broader civic engagement as part of the effort to support Myanmar’s democratic transition, build and sustain peace and promote more inclusive and sustainable development.  
 
UNDP Myanmar also strives to provide high quality advice on issues related to natural resource management, both because of the importance of this topic to sustainable development, but also because of the potential social tensions related to the equitable and inclusive management of natural resources.
 
The new UNDP Myanmar Country Programme (2018-2022) is being finalized and a new structure to support a more integrated and collaborative way to help Myanmar achieve sustainable development and sustained peace will be implemented. The Country Office has aligned the new office structure with the new CPD and designed new ways of working that will facilitate more collaboration across the office, create the foundations for more sub-national level work and higher delivery, facilitate the transition of the country office from Yangon to Naypyidaw during the upcoming CPD period, and emphasize learning and support to national staff capacity development.
 
The Promoting Inclusive, Resilient and Sustainable Environmental Management Project (PIRSEMP) 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 to help establish mechanism to link the Myanmar National Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction with the National Disaster Management Committee in order to maximize the coordination and impact of risk reduction initiatives across different ministries and help develop a new disaster recovery framework and guidelines, including innovative damage-and-loss data collection, mapping and vulnerability assessment to track disaster and climate risks. The Project supports finalization and adoption of various policy instruments linked to environmental conservation, climate change and disaster risk management, as well as specific assessment and programming tools. 
 
The Project Officer works under the direct supervision of the Project Manager and the overall guidance of the Chief Technical Advisor. The main role of the Project Officer is to provide high quality technical assistance to counterparts on policies and instruments related to environmental conservation, climate change and disaster risk management in Myanmar. The Project Officer analyzes sustainable environmental management issues, trends and good practices and participates in the implementation of technical support to counterparts at national and sub-national levels in line with the annual work plans.
 
S/he works in close collaboration with the Country Office Programme unit, Programme Support Unit and other project teams, Government officials, technical advisors and experts, implementing partners, donors, beneficiaries and civil society to support successful implementation of the project.
 
The Project Officer will be based in Naypyidaw with regular travel to Yangon and the States and Regions.
 
UNDP Myanmar is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
 
Duties and Responsibilities
 
Summary of key functions:
  • Coordination and implementation of project activities
  • Provision of high quality technical assistance and training support to national and subnational counterparts
  • Facilitates creation of strategic partnerships 
  • Provision of top quality advisory services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge building and management
 
1. Ensures coordination and implementation of activities relating to Inclusive, Resilient and Sustainable Environmental Management support strategies, focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Analysis and research on the roles, functions and processes of relevant government institutions and entities.
  • Produces analysis briefs and synthesis, and provide inputs to project design, project documents, and implementation of activities.
  • Coordinates with national and sub-national counterparts to implement technical activities including, for example, drafting correspondence, identifying timelines, and designing concept notes, terms of reference, approaches, methodologies, etc.
  • Coordinates implementation support to ensure timely and high-quality delivery of technical assistance, by leading planning and organization of agreed activities.
  • Monitors issues and risks related to project implementation, identifies mitigation measures, and implements agreed actions. 
  • Provides inputs to project reports, audit and evaluation. 
2. Provides high quality technical assistance and training to national and subnational counterparts focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Coordinates and supports assessment of capacity gaps of the relevant structures and functions, particularly in the area of sustainable environmental management.  
  • Provides day to day technical advice and training with the aim of strengthening capacities in the areas identified, including curriculum development, training, design of interventions, and managing other technical cooperation partners involved in project implementation
 
3.   Supports creation of strategic partnerships focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Acts as the technical liaison with counterparts and stakeholders including development partners, academia/think tanks, civil society, I/NGOs, parliament, etc., and provides technical inputs, as required. 
  • Analysis and research of information on donors, counterparts and implementing partners,  preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for initiation of new project activities, active contribution to the overall project effort to mobilize resources.
  • Organizes and provides inputs into conceptualization of key events such as consultation meetings, trainings, committee meetings, etc. as needed for the implementation of UNDP’s technical assistance. 
4. Leads knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Documents the processes taken during the provision of technical assistance and lessons learned so that the know-how can remain within government institutions.
  • Participates in design of monitoring tools and analysis of monitoring results to ensure achieving successful results of technical assistance. 
  • Keeps abreast of good practices in other countries and identifies learning points for Myanmar. 
  • Identifies opportunities for government counterparts to share their experience with other countries and facilitates South-South cooperation. 
  
 
Required Skills and Experience
 

Education:

  • Master’s or Bachelor Degree in Environment, Natural Sciences, Development Studies, or other relevant discipline.
Experience:
  • Minimum of 5 years with Bachelor degree or 3 years with Master’s degree of experience in the implementation of environment and sustainable development programmes and projects.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in environment and sustainable development and areas of the project focus (environmental governance, conservation, energy, climate change, adaptation and vertical funding).
  • Knowledge of project management principles and best practices. Project Management Certification, either Prince2 or PMP/PMI would be a distinct advantage.
  • Computer literacy – MS office applications, web-based management information systems. 
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English and Myanmar (Burmese)

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