Programme Manager (Internal Candidates Only)

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This is a LICA Specialist-10 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 5 years of experience, depending on education. More about LICA Specialist-10 contracts.

Background Information - Myanmar

Myanmar is one of UNOPS leading offices in Asia, acting as fund manager for three of the largest development programmes in the country, namely the Access to Health Fund (ACCESS) , the Livelihood and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) and the Joint Peace Fund (JPF). Also, UNOPS Myanmar is Principal Recipient for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Myanmar and Cambodia, and for the Global Fund¹s Regional Artemisinin-resistance Initiative targeting drug-resistant malaria in the Greater Mekong sub-region. UNOPS provides procurement, infrastructure and project management services to a wide range of organisations in the country, including the Government of Myanmar, international development partners, other UN agencies, NGOs and INGOs. UNOPS Myanmar 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 Access to Health Fund is now in its third phase of Donors’ commitment to supporting the Health sector in Myanmar through a pooled funding mechanism: the first multi-donor Fund (the Three Disease Fund, 2007-2012) supported HIV, TB and Malaria programs after the withdrawal of the Global Fund from Myanmar in 2005; it was replaced by the Three Millennium Development Goals Fund (3MDG Fund, 2013-2018), which introduced support for MNCH and Health Systems Strengthening alongside the three diseases. The 3MDG Fund ended in December 2018. As its successor, the Access to Health Fund was given a name that reflects a strong focus on conflict affected areas and on reaching vulnerable and underserved populations.

Access to Health Fund is mandated to increase use of quality essential health services for poor, underserved, marginalized and vulnerable people in conflict affected areas, and to enable the continued strengthening of the health system.

ACCESS to Health Fund

In 2016 the Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS), in consultation with development Partners, developed the 2017-2022 Myanmar National Health Plan (NHP) – a roadmap for the country’s response to health challenges in the next five years.

The ACCESS Fund, aims at supporting the NHP and fully aligning with its approach. This entails:

  • Focusing efforts on the delivery of an Essential Package of Health Services (EPHS) to all populations in Myanmar;
  • Focusing on equity and on access to Health for the most underserved populations (remote and conflict areas, marginalized populations)
  • Ensuring that all interventions – including through support to service-delivery – contribute to capacity building and Health Systems Strengthening (HSS).

Functional Responsibilities

The Programmes unit is organized by geographic region of Myanmar. Under the supervision of the Head of Programmes, the Programme Manager is responsible for the following:

Management of the ACCESS' Program in one of the Fund’s geographies

  • Manage existing portfolio of grants
  • Through consultations (Regional/State Partners, MOHS, other Partners as relevant,) identify and pursue ways to expand populations’ access to the EPHS
  • Close teamwork with the Health, HSS, and Health for All teams within the Strategy unit, including seeking advice, taking it on board, sharing information, and working as ‘one team’ in the implementation of programs
  • Liaise with government, development partners, UN agencies, INGOs, NGOs and EHOs on developments in the given geography, Kachin State
  • Ensure delivery through the most efficient approach (number and nature of Implementing Partners, work through existing/sustainable structures, etc.)
  • Pursue other efficiency gains wherever possible
  • With the support from the M&E team and the Programme Support Unit, conduct timely reviews of program deliverables and of technical and financial reports.
  • Maintain a clear understanding of grant outcomes, in particular as they relate to the strengthening of health systems and the improved health situation of vulnerable communities. Regularly communicate on these outcomes with partners and stakeholders.

Information and knowledge management

  • Keep the ACCESS Fund and its key partners abreast of developments in the relevant geographic area
  • Draft bi-annual lessons-learned reports and/or case studies that highlight key developments in the area
  • On a regular basis, critically analyze risks to ACCESS investments in the area. Develop, implement, and update mitigation plan(s) for identified risks.
  • In partnership with the existing Conflict Sensitivity partner, ensure that program activities are aligned with ACCESS conflict sensitivity principles.


  • Represent ACCESS at coordination meetings on developments in the geography/area
  • Coordinate program visits from the ACCESS Fund Management Office and/or the Fund Board
  • Assist with other tasks as assigned by the Head of Programmes and/or of the Fund Director and senior management team.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

a. Education - A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (for example: international development, public health, public administration, sociology, political science) with 5 years of relevant experience.

  • A Bachelor’s degree with 7 years of relevant experience is considered as equivalent

b. Work Experience

  • At least 5 years of experience managing grants or projects is required
  • At least 3 years of working experience in the health sector is required
  • Competent in the usage of computers and office software packages
  • Experience of working sensitively and effectively in a culturally diverse setting
  • Previous experience with the 3MDG Fund desirable
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including drafting policy and program memos desirable
  • Strategic planning, including the use of the logical framework approach and other planning activities desirable
  • Risk management experience, particularly in conflict sensitive areas desirable
  • Understanding of development aid, health, and humanitarian aid architecture desirable
  • Experience working in local governance, including but not limited to formal local government structures, local and community based NGOs, traditional governance systems, and informal networks desirable

c. Languages

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Myanmar
  • Knowledge of other languages spoken in Myanmar would be an advantage


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: Local Individual Contractor Agreement (LICA) Contract level: LICA 10 Contract duration: Ongoing ICA

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This position is open for UNOPS Internal Candidates and Myanmar Nationals Only.

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
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • 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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