Nutrition and Food Security Program Coordinator

Location: Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar
Starting date: April 6th, 2020
Duration: 7 months

Brief description of mission or/and project for which the staff is required:

People in Need (PIN) (www.peopleinneed.cz/en) is an international, non-profit organization providing humanitarian and development assistance around the world. In Myanmar, People in Need started to work in 2002, when it launched the financial assistance to civil society groups and independent media. After 2008, PIN provided humanitarian and relief aid to people affected by typhoon Nargis. Since 2012, PIN has been operating directly from Myanmar, our programs focuses primarily on knowledge transfer, capacity building and support of local initiatives in remote areas. Furthermore, our social cohesion program aims to promote tolerance and acceptance of diversity in different communities. Through these activities, communities are able to find solutions to important problems, alleviate tensions in a non-violent way and secure harmony. In addition, we are working in areas affected by armed conflicts in Rakhine State and in Kachin State providing humanitarian assistance.
In Rakhine, security operations in August-September 2017 by government armed forces led to a large-scale displacement of the Rohingya people, mostly to neighbouring Bangladesh. At the same time, the Rohingya population remaining in Myanmar face dire consequences: their basic rights are constantly violated as people are confined to villages with no access to services. Their freedom of movement is heavily restricted. In addition, since beginning of 2019, clashes between the Arakan Army (AA) and Tatmadaw have been escalating and caused the displacement of over 32,000 people. The vast majority of the displaced persons are currently staying in monastery compounds or with host families. Since 2018, People in Need has been assisting people who are affected by these conflicts in Minbya and Mrauk-U Townships as well as in Norther Rakhine State.

This position will have a main emphasis on managing the nutrition and Food Security portfolio of PIN in Rakhine State. The Nutrition and Food Security Program manager will be coaching and mentoring the National Nutrition Project Manager, overseeing the quality implementation of Nutrition activities – including the coordination of a inter-agency MUAC campaign - and monitoring remotely the implementation of a Food Security project implemented by a local partner in Norther Rakhine State

Main tasks:

Project management

  • Responsibility for achieving project results and indicators, fulfilling the contractual obligations of the projects, and ensuring timely and quality implementation
  • Compliance with PIN’s sectoral guidelines, international standards, and in country sectoral strategies
  • Responsible for proactive and continuous improvement of project quality and relevance
  • Insurance of MEAL and data collection, including CRM, in line with PIN and donor requirements and ensuring accountability to beneficiaries
  • Utilization of lessons learned for concrete improvements in program implementation and sharing internally and externally with other partners
  • Responsible for financial monitoring of direct costs, including national partner’s costs; ensuring sound financial management of the program budgets (monthly financial review, forecasting, reporting, etc.)
  • Follow-up of procurements and payments related to program needs in coordination with the Finance and Logistics Officers and in compliance with PIN and donor procedures; including procurement planning
  • Support the National PM for relevant HR processes related to the project team, including recruitment, performance management, capacity building and mentoring of national PIN and partners’ staff, including the identification of training needs and development of training plans
  • Supporting Communication and Advocacy efforts in coordination with the Area Manager and Country Director
  • Ensuring strong communication channels between the field, Sittwe and the coordination in Yangon

Project coordination

  • Coordination of an inter-agency MUAC campaign in coordination with UNICEF and PIN Nutrition team
  • Coordination and collaboration with the relevant HQ team members when necessary, including the Desk Officer, sectoral advisors, etc. in consultation with Area Manager and Head of Programs
  • Responsible for ensuring quality and timely reports to donors, local authorities, and support PM internally as required
  • Continuous mapping of the humanitarian environment, including other actors and any potential gaps based on the needs of the community; ensuring complimentarily of programming with other actors; emphasis on Food Security/Protection, but other relevant sectors as well
  • Contributing innovative and relevant ideas both to foster integration of programming and for new program development based on the identified needs
  • Proactive communication with donors and other stakeholders in coordination with the Area Manager
  • Representation of PIN at relevant sector coordination meeting, working groups, and other relevant bodies
  • Collaboration with national partners/NGOs, other INGOs, local authorities and any other relevant stakeholders

Security and Systems

  • Support PIN’s staff in compliance with all general PIN policies (Code of Conduct, Safeguarding policies, etc.) and ensuring PIN Rakhine team’s understanding and compliance
  • Support in making sure field teams are complying with all financial and administrative rules and regulations (Financial guidelines, Procurement guidelines, National and international staff policy, etc.) particularly in newly opened Rakhine sub-offices

Requirements:

  • Minimum 2 years previous work experience in project management in the humanitarian sector
  • Past experience in Nutrition and Food Security as well as in data management strongly preferred
  • Previous capacity building experience appreciated
  • Ability to work independently in a challenging context is a must
  • Candidate must be flexible, adaptable, creative and dynamic
  • Excellent written and spoken English required
  • Willingness to leave and travel to the field

PIN offers:

  • Possibility to work in a well-established and locally recognized NGO
  • Start-up monthly salary based on previous work experience and according to PIN salary scale
  • Reimbursement of costs of visas and vaccinations
  • Medical helpdesk and psychological consultation available on line
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Accommodation arranged by PIN or housing allowance
  • 25 days of paid leave per year

How to Apply:

Are you interested in this position? Send us your CV (no longer than 4 pages) and short cover letter via this link. Please note only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on rolling basis and the vacancy will be closed when filled. This is an international position, but Myanmar nationals are encouraged to apply as well.
People in Need staff are expected to perform job duties and responsibilities in accordance with People in Need Code of conduct and key policies (available at: www.peopleinneed.cz/policies).