Head of Programmes in Myanmar

Country: Myanmar

Job Title: Head of Programmes (HoP)

Starting date: ASAP

Contract Length: 1 – 2 years with the possibility of extension

Exact Job Location: Yangon with frequent travel to the states/regions

Reports to: Country Director

Job overview:

As a member of the Senior Management Team (together with Country Director, Head of Systems & Operations, HR Officer, Program/Area Managers) the Head of Programmes will jointly ensure the management and development of the mission and the country programme. The Head of Programmes supervises all programmes, with the specific responsibility for the timely and efficient programme implementation, and most importantly the quality of projects and programmes in terms of their impact. By supervising the implementation of results-based M&E systems, the Head of Programmes also guides the programme strategy and development of future programmes. Together with the Country Director, the Head of Programmes represents PIN to donors and partners, ensuring that PIN is recognised for its field experience. Furthermore, the Head of Programmes engages in medium and long-term planning and strategy activities, ensures continuous quality improvement of programmes and contributes towards a successful environment for the programme staff.

Organisation context:

People in Need (PIN) is an INGO with headquarters in the Czech Republic (with a branch in London and sister organization in Bratislava, Slovakia) that provides relief and development assistance and promotes human rights in more than 30 countries around the world. Formed in 1992, founded on the ideals of humanism, freedom, equality and solidarity, it has become the biggest organisation in the sector in post-communist Europe. PIN consists of several sections, the largest being the Relief and Development Department (RDD) representing 90% of the total turnover of the organization (95 million EUR in 2017). PIN is a well-established, professional humanitarian organization striving to provide aid in troubled regions (such as Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, and Afghanistan), development cooperation and support civil society and adherence to human rights around the world. PIN global programming centres on six priority sectors - Emergency Response & Recovery, Resilience & Nutrition Security, Education & Skills Development, Social Protection & Inclusion, Sustainable Livelihoods & Environment, Good Governance and includes livelihoods recovery, participatory community development and cash-based programming.  PIN is a member of Alliance2015, a strategic network of seven European non-governmental organizations engaged in humanitarian assistance and sustainable development programming.

PIN has been working on Myanmar since 1997 when the organization began to support civil democratic groups, and conducted advocacy in Europe. PIN was providing humanitarian assistance after the Cyclone Nargis and later supported local NGOs and civil society groups along the Myanmar/Thai border and in Kachin State. In 2012, PIN re-established a permanent office in Myanmar implementing interventions focusing primarily on providing capacity development to local CSOs/CBOs/NGO, social cohesion, child and women protection, livelihoods and providing humanitarian aid to people affected by armed conflict or natural disasters. 

Apart from Yangon, PIN has currently offices in Rakhine, Kachin and Kayin States with activities and staff also in Mon and Shan States and Mandalay Region. Majority of PIN funding in Myanmar comes from the EU, US and Czech Governments and private donations.  The largest ongoing project implemented is EU-funded 2 million EUR “Creating Space for Participation of Myanmar Civil Society in Policy Dialogue” in partnership with Loka Ahlinn and European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) of which PIN is a founding member. PIN is alternate INGO representative in Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) and Advisory Board member of Myanmar Humanitarian Fund (MHF).

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

Senior Management

  • Lead the programme side of the development and implementation of the Country Strategic Plan
  • Ensure that the overall programme is designed, managed and implemented in conformity to PIN policies, strategy and guideline

​Program Management

  • Ensure effective leadership and management of PIN Myanmar programme through line management of Programme / Area Managers or Project Managers where relevant
  • Lead proposal writing processes from a programme perspective and coordinates with other departments
  • Ensure timely and high quality reporting is done by all programmes to donors
  • Ensure project developed meets high standards in terms of design, implementation and M&E through proper Project Cycle Management
  • Prepare programme budgets collaboratively with programme and finance staff
  • Track programme expenditure through monthly programme review meetings using financial expenditure reports prepared by the finance department.
  • Ensure compliance to donor policies, procedures and procurement

Human Resource Management

  • In consultation with the Country Director, plan HR needs, capacity building needs for senior program staff and ensures sufficient human resources for the programme to meet its objectives
  • Ensure coherent policy towards recruitment, remuneration and bonuses across the country programme

Representation, Communications & Networking

  • Ensure that PIN is well represented and visible in the donor community, amount key partners, and within coordination fora, delegating as appropriate to programme staff.
  • Ensure PIN maintains its position within existing sectors and with its existing strengths especially with regards to field presence, and regional expertise
  • Share responsibilities with Country Director for donor representation and discussions about funding opportunities
  • Engage in advocacy and policy dialogues where appropriate, ensuring PIN represents the needs of its beneficiaries and based on its field experience in order to campaign for needed policies, donor commitments etc.

Documentation and Learning

  • Ensure that all programmes properly retain programme learning for future projects, and that all information is properly documented.
  • Ensure that all official programme documentation is properly stored and available for the future.

Requirements for Applicants:

Education and Experience:

  • Third level qualification (BA / MA Degree) in Development or Peace Studies, Management, or related thematic subject (Food Security / Nutrition / Agriculture, Protection, Education, Political Science etc.) or other relevant subjects
  • Three years relevant overseas experience in development, humanitarian or peace sectors
  • Three years relevant programme and management experience in the development context
  • Previous working experience in Myanmar or South/Southeast Asia preferred

Aptitude or Personality Requirements:

  • Empathy with the organisation Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives
  • Proven track record of high quality proposal writing and donor reporting
  • Ability to work under pressure often to strict deadlines
  • Computer skills, i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint…
  • Strong budget management skills
  • Ability to motivate and develop skills of others
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Cross cultural awareness and sensitivity (esp. gender and ethnicity)

PIN offers:

  • Flexible and challenging working environment with space for professional growth
  • Starting salary defined by PIN salary scale (3.500 – 3.700 USD depending on experience and including per diem), housing allowance of 500 USD / month
  • Performance related bonuses paid half yearly based on standard evaluation process
  • 25 days of paid leave annually
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses to the country of residence once per every 6 months of completed work
  • Reimbursement of costs of visas and vaccinations, assistance with visa application procedure
  • Free medical helpdesk and psychological consultation available online
  • Travel medical insurance

How to Apply:

Kindly send us your CV (no more than 4 pages) and short cover letter and fill the application form via this link.

Please note only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.