Programme Management Senior Officer

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This is a LICA Specialist-9 contract. This kind of contract is known as Local Individual Contractor Agreements. It is normally only for nationals. It's an external contract. It usually requires 2 years of experience, depending on education. More about LICA Specialist-9 contracts.

Background Information - Myanmar

UNOPS Myanmar is one of UNOPS’ leading offices in Asia, acting as the fund manager for three of the largest development programmes in the country, namely the Access to Health Fund, the Livelihood and Food Security Fund (LIFT) and the Joint Peace Fund (JPF). In addition, UNOPS is the Principal Recipient for the Global Fund in Myanmar and for the Global Fund’s regional artemisinin-resistance initiative towards the elimination of Malaria, which works to accelerate progress toward malaria elimination in the Greater Mekong sub-region. UNOPS provides procurement, infrastructure, and project management services to a wide range of organisations in the country, including international development partners, other UN agencies, NGOs, and INGOs. UNOPS plays a critical role in ensuring that the quality of services provided to its partners meets stringent requirements of speed, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.

Background Information - Job-specific

The Livelihoods and Food Security (LIFT) Fund is a multi-donor fund established in 2009 to address food insecurity and income poverty in Myanmar. LIFT 2019-2023 is funded by eight donors – the United Kingdom, the European Union, Australia, Switzerland, the United States, Canada, Norway, and New Zealand. The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is the Fund Manager for LIFT, administrating the funds and providing monitoring and oversight services.

The overall goal of the LIFT Fund is to achieve a sustained reduction in the number of people living in hunger and poverty in Myanmar. LIFT strengthens the resilience and livelihoods of poor and vulnerable populations through interventions to raise income, decrease vulnerability, improve nutrition, and support food security.

LIFT works with a broad range of implementing partners, including non-governmental organizations, United Nations agencies, the private sector, civil society, and academic and research institutions. The Fund is active in the four main agro-ecological zones of Myanmar. For more details visit

Functional Responsibilities

Programme Management Senior Officers work under the overall oversight of the LIFT Fund Director and supervision by the LIFT Senior Programme Manager. The Programme Management Senior Officer will work in the LIFT Programme Department reporting directly to the LIFT Senior Programme Manager for their team in accordance with UNOPS policies, procedures, and practices. This position will take a leading role in working with projects in a specific geographic regions and liaising with assigned partners and projects working in those contexts.

Programme Management Senior Officer's responsibilities include the following:

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Manager and in accordance with UNOPS policies, procedures, and practices, the Programme Officer will be responsible for:

I. Supporting programme design and managing projects funded by LIFT:

  • Evaluating proposals, including work plans and budgets, submitted by applicants and ensuring that proposals are in compliance with LIFT policy and priorities and that proposals take into account work undertaken or planned by other donors.
  • Reviewing work plans and reports submitted by LIFT implementing partners and ensuring they are sound, in line with contractual obligations, and with LIFT policy and priorities.
  • Contributing to the preparation of the Fund Manager's work plans and reporting through analyzing information from implementing partners (IPs), drafting, and developing visual aids for presentational purposes as deemed necessary;
  • Routine monitoring of funded project implementation progress (including regular field visits), activity results and impact, and project budgets. Support IPs by providing recommendations for adjustments to projects that reflect changing circumstances, and learn lessons for wider application.
  • Ensuring relevant and timely feedback to/from IPs and beneficiaries that contributes to the wider monitoring and evaluation, and learning function of LIFT. Synthesize lessons and communicate to ensure project learning is translated into improved project design and implementation.
  • Preparing briefing material as required for missions and/or discussions on project activities and status.
  • Interacting with colleagues, clients, and partners to exchange information on operational activity, ensure optimal cooperation, resolve routine operational issues, identify good practices and increase effectiveness.
  • Building effective working relationships with relevant stakeholders at the sub-national level, with a focus on civil society organizations, associated with LIFT projects.
  • Maintaining excellent contact and working relationships with all implementation partners and other LIFT stakeholders whether in Yangon or in the field.
  • Supporting implementing partners with capacity building and coordination initiatives.
  • Ensure LIFT reset strategic priorities (Conflict Sensitivity, Gender, Localization, Risk Management) are taken into account in partner interventions and that partners are supported with FMO available resources.

II. Contribute to effective knowledge management within LIFT.

The main tasks include:

  • Supporting LIFT’s M&E team to (a) develop and implement the Fund's M&E system, (b) ensure adequate feedback to/from LIFT implementing partners and beneficiaries, and (c) advise implementing partners on their own internal M&E systems.
  • Identifying and documenting key lessons of LIFT-funded projects. This includes identifying topics for special studies and conducting cost comparisons and value-for-money reviews where possible and relevant.
  • Attending, and where required, leading relevant technical meetings and community of practice for partners.
  • Contributing to the preparation of the LIFT work plans and reports.
  • Undertaking needs and resource assessments and recommending additional actions that may be necessary to ensure the effectiveness of LIFT and contribute to growing the livelihoods knowledge base in Myanmar.
  • Maintain detailed knowledge of relevant issues in relation to the livelihoods, and promote information sharing among stakeholders.
  • Support the senior programme manager in capturing and managing risks in the FMO risk register.

III. Other

  • Draft terms of reference for contracted services on behalf of LIFT;
  • Assist the Fund Manager with the translation of documents written in the Myanmar language;
  • Other duties as assigned by the Senior Programme manager and Fund Director.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


A Master's degree in rural development, economics, social science, development studies, or related fields is required. Additional 2 years of similar experience with a Bachelor's Degree is considered equivalent.

Work Experience

A minimum of 2 years of experience in project development and implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of humanitarian and development projects in Myanmar is required.

Previous successful involvement with, and good knowledge of UN, NGOs, and civil society would be a major asset.

Familiarity with operational contexts and conflicts in Myanmar is a major asset.

Knowledge of the political, economic, and social situation of Myanmar Is desirable.

Computer literacy in Microsoft packages (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access) is required. Experience with Google Suite is highly preferred.


Fluency in both written and spoken Myanmar language and English is required.

Knowledge of other languages spoken in Myanmar, other than the Burmese language would be an asset.


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above) Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles. Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role). Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries. Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements. Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving. Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: ICA (Individual Contractor Agreement) Contract level: LICA 9/ICS 9 Contract duration: Open-Ended (subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds, and satisfactory performance)

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Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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