Chief of Party, Myanmar

12465-17N09077
Yangon
31-Jan-19
International Role - Yes
1-2 Years

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

The Chief of Party (CoP) for Financial Inclusion and Livelihood project portfolio will have overall responsibility for coordination and integration of all project activities and staff currently funded by LIFT, Australia, New-Zealand as well as other projects in the future. These projects include a project supporting Vocational training, support to new business and village saving and loans (funded by LIFT), a project supporting access microfinance, implemented by our partner VisionFund Myanmar (VFM) (funded by LIFT) and 2 projects supporting Value Chains and access to microfinance (funded by Australia and New-Zealand respectively). S/he will be responsible for administrative oversight of the portfolio of project and coordinate with the Project Managers (WVM’s and VFM’s) who are responsible for the implemetation of each project. The CoP will serve as the principal institutional liaison to the donors and local government entities.

The CoP/PD shall have a keen understanding of the unique political dynamics and work carefully and collaboratively to support the entities (including sub grantees) in Myanmar.

S/he will manage a team of senior staff, sub-recipients, and engagement with stakeholders. S/he will ensure quality, timeliness, and efficiency of all products and activities generated under the grant. The CoP is expected to have strong leadership qualities and depth and breadth of technical and management expertise, with a focus on livelihoods and microfinance.

S/he also provides strategic leadership and supervision of sub-grantees and sub-contractors while ensuring the security, feasibility, and sustainability of the program and contribution project outcomes

Country/grant specific content

This position is based within World Vision International – Myanmar (WVM). WVM has been operating in Myanmar since 1991, with an official Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Ministry of Health in 1993. WVM is one of the largest NGOs in Myanmar, with over 950 full-time staff and network of over 3,000 volunteers who work across 11 of Myanmar’s 14 states and regions. LIFT is a multi-donor trust fund with a focus on Livelihoods and Food Security. LIFT operates in three geographic zone (Dry, Delta, and Uplands) and is managed by UNOPs. Grant funded by Australia is funded under the ANCP funding mechanism while grant funded by New-Zealand is funded by MFAT. The total portfolio of

project is currently over 13 million USD. Project cost extensions and new proposals were submitted recently and will increase the overall portfolio of project under the responsibility of the CoP.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Serve as primary liaison to LIFT, WV Australia and WV New Zealand, future doors, local and national governmental authorities, and local NGOs regarding projects under CoP portfolio, Facilitate learning of best practices on program’s technical areas and other donor organizations.

  • Direct and oversee grant implementation, ensuring that all strategic objectives are met through proper design, staffing, implementation and quality assurance and integration between microfinance and livelihood activities occur at the field level.

  • Research new funding opportunities and develop and write funding proposals, if second phase of the grant or cost extension is planned.

  • Supervise a team of senior level international and national staff with skills across a diverse set of technical areas.

  • Coordinate with the Vision Fund project managers who has the overall responsibility for the implementation of all financial service activities in the projects.

  • Ensure proper technical capacity of staff to manage complex donor-funded projects.

  • Lead short-term consultants.

  • Establish and maintain effective project reporting, evaluation, and communication systems. Submit timely accurate and professional reports that meet donor requirements.

  • Ensure grant/project expenses are reasonable, allocated as per assigned budget, prudent and spent in accordance with donor rules and regulations to ensure low risk audits.

  • Escalate grant management issues early and openly; resolve grant management issues quickly and fully.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • A Master's degree in economics, finance, livelihoods, development or a related field.

  • 10+ years of extensive international development experience managing large grant-funded projects.

  • Proven ability to manage technical assistance teams.

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with international assistance program requirements.

  • Keen understanding of the unique political dynamics of the country and ability to work carefully and collaboratively to maintain productive relationships with the various government entities in Myanmar.

  • Proven ability in the management of large integrated grant-funded projects in developing countries.

  • Ability to integrate teams of professionals around common goals.

  • Strong presentation and report writing skills.

  • Experience of leading large and diverse teams.

  • Experience managing microfinance and livelihood grants, or technical experience in these two fields.

  • Experience in leading and managing large grants in a complex environment.

  • Experience as a CoP/Programme Director or senior expert advisor required.

  • Fluency in English.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Be prepared to travel to remote field sites (up to 20%) and regional, global meetings as required.