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Social Accountability and Advocacy Specialist

Job Description

This position is contingent upon award of the DFID Civic Engagement Support Facility.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

World Vision Myanmar is partnering in a consortium bid for the Civic Engagement Support Facility (CESF) component of the DFID-funded Supporting Partnerships for Accountability and Civic Engagement (SPACE) programme in Myanmar. SPACE is a new programme supported by DFID to improve engagement between government and the people in Burma/Myanmar. The funding will support civil society and local authorities to make public institutions more responsive to people’s service delivery and economic needs.

The SPACE programme has four components: the ongoing Pyoe Pin programme and 3 new components including the CESF, a local government support fund, and evidence and learning.

The four year CESF will build the capacity of citizens and local organisations in one state and one region to become better at articulating what they want from local government, better at monitoring what it does, and better at holding it to account.

The Social Accountability and Advocacy Specialist is a leader in innovative programming and advocacy, serving as the lead for rigorous program design, technical support for implementation, monitoring and evaluation, as well as training, linked to the contract. S/he shall have a depth and breadth of technical expertise and experience in designing and implementing comprehensive social accountability and advocacy interventions, and related capacity strengthening. S/he shall have the requisite management expertise, interpersonal skills and established professional relationships to fulfill the requirements of the contract. The Technical Advisor will ensure a high level of program quality and advocacy through program support, performance monitoring and reporting, and will actively participate in the client relationship with World Vision.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Ensure technical approaches and interventions are designed to meet WV’s ministry goals as well as the contract requirements, whilst recognizing the unique political dynamics in Myanmar.

  • Work with the CoP, WV’s Community of Practice and Grant (GAM) Leads to utilize evidence from technical approaches/experiences in social accountability and local to national level advocacy to influence internal and external stakeholders.

  • In consultation with the CoP develop and maintain strong working relationships with civil society and government leaders relevant to the technical components of the contract.

  • Participate in or lead NGOs technical or sector specific working groups at national and regional levels to influence national and regional government, supporting local to national level advocacy.

  • Provide expertise, technical oversight, technical assistance, and administrative leadership and coordination in the development of appropriate standards and tools in social accountability and advocacy for the contract.

  • Provide technical expertise to contract staff and stakeholders, including needs assessments, program design, start-up, phase-in, phase-out, communications and advocacy strategy and planning,, reporting, monitoring and evaluation activities and ad-hoc needs.

  • Provide training, mentoring, technical assistance, coaching to select civil society partners in areas related to the technical component of the contract e.g. improving government service delivery.

  • Develop reporting and evaluation processes for performance management of contract and support their implementation.

  • Ensure contract implementation standards meet or exceed donor expectations.

  • Lead, participate in, or facilitate assessments, surveys or evaluations as necessary for project monitoring and evaluation, risk management, standards setting, policy formation and program development, and achievement of program and advocacy objectives.

  • Conducts regular field visits in accordance with the monitoring and evaluation plan and in coordination with other contract staff.

  • Contribute project monitoring and evaluation, reviewing program activities against agreed project deliverables.

  • Ensure the application of results-based management (RBM) standards and agreed upon indicators.

  • Collaborate with SO, National Office (NO), WV East Asia Regional Office and GC to develop and conduct training in program methodologies and concepts, including program design, monitoring and evaluation for the contract, if required.

  • Encourage and facilitate the documentation of best practices and lessons learned from the contract, directed toward multiple audiences, to influence policy formation, develop capacity and foster professionalism.

  • Identify and communicate program quality concerns early to ensure swift resolution; escalate program quality concerns appropriately to CoP and other key stakeholders.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the CoP.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Masters degree in technical area or equivalent experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead diverse teams in major multi-year programs in democracy, human rights, and governance.

  • Demonstrated record of success in politically sensitive environments.

  • Strong communication skills, particularly advanced writing skills, report writing skills for a variety of stakeholders.

  • 7+ years of solid experience in social accountability and advocacy, preferably of large development programs and advocacy campaigns in complex environments.

  • Strong networking and proven advocacy skills.

  • Willingness to undertake regular field visits and interact with different stakeholders, especially primary stakeholders.

  • Fluency in English both written and spoken.

  • Ability to build relationships cross-culturally.

  • Ability to multi-task.

  • Strong workshop facilitation skills.

  • Strong networking skills.

  • Strong design, monitoring and evaluation skills.

  • Strong analytical skills.

  • Prior knowledge of Myanmar and the region an asset.

  • Demonstrated expertise and experience in working in a consortium environment.

  • Experience and familiarity with DFID reporting requirements.

  • Demonstrated successful experience implementing grant-funded programs.

  • Field-based international NGO work experience in social accountability/advocacy project or program leadership, with a minimum of 3 to 5 years’ total development experience.

Preferred:

  • Strong track record in government and multilateral grant management.

  • Knowledge of unique political dynamics, with the skills to work carefully and collaboratively to support the program team to deliver this contract.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Be prepared to travel up to 30% to implementation sites and regional, global meetings as required.