Head of Programmes Myanmar

Head of Programmes Myanmar

Location: Bangkok, Thailand with the possibility of moving to Yangon, Myanmar
Starting date: September 2024
Duration: 12 months with a possibility of extension
Line manager: Country Director PIN Myanmar
About Myanmar Programme of People in Need:
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 focus primarily on knowledge transfer, capacity building and support of local initiatives in remote areas. In areas affected by armed conflicts (such as in Rakhine and Kachin State) we provide humanitarian assistance.

About the role of Head of Programmes:
As a member of the Country Management Team (together with Country Director, Head of Systems & Operations, Head of Operations, Head of Finance and Deputy Country Director), the Head of Programmes will jointly ensure the programme management and development of the country programme. The Head of Programmes supervises all projects under country programme , 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 thematic expertise, localization work and 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.

Main Duties & Responsibilities
Senior Management
  • Lead the programme side of the development and implementation of the Country Strategic Plan, work plan and Country Programme review.
  • Ensure that the overall programme is designed, managed and implemented in conformity to PIN policies, strategy and guidelines.
  • Ensure development and adherence to Programme Risk Matrix with reference to country context
  • Lead the development and implementation of fundraising strategy and work plan with support of CD and HQ Funding Unit.
  • Supports in Strategic Partnership engagement and building stronger relationships between PIN and CSO Partners
  • Ensure PIN’s Partnership strategy and Localization approach is strongly adhered for implementation of Country programme strategy and projects.
Programme Management
  • Ensure effective leadership and management of PIN Myanmar programme through line management of Programme / Area Managers or Project Managers where relevant
  • Lead donor proposal design, development and writing processes from a programme perspective and coordinate with other departments and strives for financial stability and the diversification of financial resources.
  • Ensure timely and high-quality reporting is done by all programmes to donors and to HQ as relevant
  • 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 and in accordance to donor budget guidelines
  • 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
  • Ensures that the Emergency preparedness planning (EPP) is conducted/reviewed and the action plan is fulfilled in coordination with CD, Senior managers and HQ colleagues.
Human Resource Management
  • In consultation with the Country Director, plan HR needs, capacity building needs for senior program staff and ensure sufficient human resources for the programme to meet its objectives
  • Ensure coherent policy towards recruitment, remuneration and bonuses across the country programme
  • Ensures that the capacity development of national staff is properly managed and financed and that PIN internal resources support it.
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
  • Builds partnerships with relevant organizations or entities and seeks for a synergy effect with relevant stakeholders.
  • 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.
Quality and Risk Management
  • Ensures that procedures described in PIN policies, including the Safeguarding Policy, are in place and functional with programme and projects implementation.
  • Ensures MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning) related procedures and functions are in place with CRFM mechanisms being implemented across programme and projects
  • Ensure project risk assessments while recommending project proposals, contracts and payments according to given thresholds and coordinates the risk mitigation measure
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.
Main requirements:
  • A higher-education degree (Bachelors or Masters) in relevant fields;
  • Experience in a similar position (Head of Programmes/Programmes Director);
  • Proven experience in humanitarian programming, experience with project cycle and team management, with needs assessments and proposal development;
  • Contextual experience from Myanmar is a preference;
  • Proven experience in project cycle and team management; proven experience with needs assessments and proposal development;
  • Strong grasp of quality standards in humanitarian programming, including safeguarding and accountability mechanisms;
  • Knowledge and experience of Monitoring and Evaluation within projects is required;
  • Excellent skills in people management and managing programmatic teams;
  • Strong knowledge of safeguarding and accountability mechanisms, and proven record of implementing them in practice;
  • Excellent communication skills, cultural sensitivity, strong ability and willingness to transfer knowledge, including fluent spoken and written English;
  • Dynamic and result-oriented profile with the ability to organize and plan effectively;
  • Critical analysis and problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to work in difficult conditions and under pressure;
  • Responsible and systematic.

PIN Offers:
  • Working environment in a well-established middle-sized and continuously growing humanitarian organization in a challenging context;
  • Salary and benefits according to PIN salary scale and HR policies; expected salary of 3050 - 3250 EUR per month super gross (based on experience), plus monthly subsistence allowance of 1350 EUR;
  • Housing allowance;
  • 25 days of holiday per year;
  • Travel health insurance (covers health care incl. the repatriation);
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses with travel to the country of residence once every 6 months of work;
  • Reimbursement of costs of visas and vaccinations; assistance with the visa application procedure;
  • Reimbursement of the medical check-up before and after the deployment;
  • Free 24/7 medical helpdesk and psychological consultation available online;
  • Free access to internal e-learning sites, global PIN’s Induction Training, access to PIN Learning Hub platform, and individually tailored capacity-building opportunities, including HEAT training.
How to apply
If you are interested in this position, send us your CV and short cover letter via our application form.
Please note only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and the vacancy will be closed when filled.

People in Need is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct and committed to promoting the welfare of children and adults with whom People in Need involves. People in Need expects all staff to perform job duties and responsibilities in accordance with People in Need code of conduct and key policies (available at: https://www.peopleinneed.net/key-policies-4142gp). People in Need Staff will undertake the appropriate level of training.
All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks.
We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organization and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.