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:
1. Ensures coordination and implementation of activities relating to Inclusive, Resilient and Sustainable Environmental Management support strategies, focusing on achievement of the following results:
2. Provides high quality technical assistance and training to national and subnational counterparts focusing on achievement of the following results:
3. Supports creation of strategic partnerships focusing on achievement of the following results:
4. Leads knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:
Required Skills and Experience
Myanmar nationals: Project Officer (Promoting Inclusive, Resilient and Sustainable Environmental Management Project)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Naypyidaw, Myanmar (Burma)