National Programme Officer(s) - Peacebuilding - Joint Peace Fund (2 vacancies)
The Programme Officer - Peacebuilding, will join a dedicated programme team at JPF Technical Secretariat (TS) supporting peacebuilding project applicants and grant holders from a diverse range of sectors and in a variety of geographical locations in Myanmar. The position involves a high degree of relationship-building, including providing technical feedback and support for project development and grant management with a range of predominantly civil society actors.
The focus of the role is to develop, support and oversee peacebuilding grants being issued to implementing partners/projects that support Myanmar’s peace process.
The Programme Officer will ensure that the partners and projects within the portfolio apply appropriate international and/or national best practice/s, as well as innovative and locally relevant approaches in support of a nationally-derived peace process, reflecting both ‘top down’ and ‘bottom up’ peacebuilding. The Programme Officer will need to establish and nurture relationships across a broad range of national and international stakeholders, while being responsive to their needs and demands.
Under the direct line management of the Senior Advisor for Peacebuilding, but in close collaboration with the Programme Advisor, Peacebuilding, the Programme Officer will help enable responsive and flexible programming. The Programme Officer will also be responsible for ensuring efficient documentation, data management and effective communication of results, including in visual formats, in collaboration with the M&E and Communications Teams.
- Assess, appraise and develop project proposals relating to the peacebuilding programme area within the JPF Technical Secretariat.
- Manage a portfolio of peacebuilding projects ensuring that timely decisions are made in a consultative and evidence-based manner, and are implemented efficiently and effectively, take responsibility for monitoring the implementation of projects within the Programme Officer’s sphere of responsibility.
- Establish and maintain strong working relationships with key stakeholders, including parties to the peace process, JPF donors and a range of civil society representatives.
- Contribute to the refinement of systems that support effective development and appraisal of proposals relating to peacebuilding.
- Contribute to the revision of programme strategy as required.
- Contribute to the JPF’s learning culture.
- Identify and respond to expressions of demand and/or need for technical assistance as it relates to supporting the peacebuilding programme stream in a timely manner.
- Work closely with JPF personnel across programmatic (Peace Architecture, Research/Innovation) and supporting (Monitoring and Evaluation, Communication) streams.
- Work closely with JPF personnel to embed gender and conflict sensitivity into all systems, strategies and approaches.
- Ensure continuous feedback from stakeholders
- Carry out other duties of temporary or permanent character within the organisation as determined by the Senior Adviser – Peacebuilding.
- Contributing to the preparation of reports on the projects being implemented.
- Contribute to the development of M and E toolkits and manuals, and provide inputs to various field assessments.
- Document “success stories” for use by the JPF in its M+E and communications, and assist with communications as required.
- Oversee Implementing Partners’ use of resources and project deliverables, and ensure there is optimum value for money.
- Under-take/Carry out other duties of temporary or permanent character within the organization as determined by the Senior Adviser – Peacebuilding.
Required Qualifications and Professional Competencies:
- Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities or equivalent preferred, or Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university within the Humanities, Social Studies and/or Political Sciences disciplines accepted.
- Minimum of between 5 to 10 years of professional project/programming and conflict-related implementation and/or management experience in a national agency, international organisation, donor agency and/or INGO (or combination thereof).
- Strong analytical and report writing skills as well as excellent presentational and facilitative abilities.
- Self-driven and able to deliver results with minimum supervision.
- Willingness to travel extensively within the country, work extended periods in the field, while interacting closely with community members.
- Willingness to learn new approaches and programmatic techniques.
- Application and contribution to monitoring, evaluation and reporting of projects/programming.
- Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary and multicultural environment and with partners at all levels.
- Highly proficient in MS Word, Excel, Access, Power-point and the use of Internet for programme duties.
- Communication, liaison skills and demonstrated experience in working with a range of national and international stakeholders.
- Strong understanding of best-practice support to peace processes and initiatives, particularly as they relate to supporting peacebuilding.
- Demonstrably strong programme and project technical and financial management and oversight skills, with experience in responding to donor requirements and compliance standards.
- Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships in complex and rapidly changing context/s.
- Must be an excellent team player, with willingness to be a contributor to team vision and goal setting.
- Respect for diversity and for the varying linguistic, cultural and ethnic contexts in Myanmar.
- Excellent time and information management skills.
- Appreciation for and dedication to capacity-building of civil society organisations essential.
- Written and spoken fluency in English and Burmese are essential.
Desired Skills and Experience:
- Grant management experience desirable.
- Experience of conflict Sensitivity (DNH) and Gender mainstreaming in projects/programming desirable. Experience with the implementation of gender marker and/or gender-principled projects an advantage.
- Data management skills desired.
- Excellence in contributing to and producing well-formulated written reports and briefings in English desired.
- Coordination, training, mentoring and facilitation skills desirable.
- Ability to be results-driven and solutions-orientated desired.
- Understanding and application of risk assessments and formulation of risk mitigation measures taken in projects/programming desired.