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Project Officer (Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)), Yangon, Myanmar

Closing date: Sunday, 6 April 2014

Classification:Official, UG

Type of Appointment:Special short-term, five months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date :As soon as possible

Closing Date :April 14, 2014

Reference Code:CFCV2014/13(O)-EXT

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

Context:

Under the overall guidance of the Chief of Mission (CoM) and direct supervision of the Programme Manager (PM), the successful candidate will act as Project Officer on IOM's Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction project in Southeast Myanmar. The successful candidate will be responsible to guide technical aspects of project implementation in Mon and Kayin States, with a focus on making high-quality inputs on all aspects of the CBDRR cycle and support for township disaster management planning, in particular on the participatory and technical elements of the programme. He/she will also be responsible in developing staff capacity across all functions related to CBDRR.

Only internal candidates holding SST ungraded contracts and external candidates will be considered for this vacancy. This is a direct recruitment and the successful candidate will be offered Special Short Term (Ungraded) contract. This is a request for Curricula /expression of interest for the position of Project Officer (Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)). The envisaged length of service for this position is five (5) months with possibility of extension. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Provide technical inputs for the day-to-dayimplementation of IOM's Phase II CBDRRproject.
  2. Review the current methodology of the CBDRR cycle that IOM is implementing in the target villages, with a view to identifying weaknesses in the technical and participatory approaches of the project and developing solutions.
  3. Develop and deliver training in-house content for CBDRR staff based in South-East (SE) Myanmar on a regular basis, with the aim of developing skills among staff and improving the quality of technical/participatory approaches to all stages of the CBDRR cycle.
  4. Develop a monitoring and evaluation methodology for the project, and train staff.
  5. Document DRR challenges faced by IOM's target communities (specifically during the annual monsoon flooding), and develop ways in which these could be addressed through community-level trainings and improved Village DRR Plans to be delivered by the project.
  6. Improve the disaster response Standard Operating Procedures developed by IOM during Phase I of the project, and develop a methodology for IOM staff to work with communities to adapt these to their local situation and train them.
  7. Train staff to plan and organise mock drills at community level, including training for communities to regularly organize mock drills and evaluate them.
  8. Oversee the implementation of the Hlaingbwe Township Disaster Management Plan (TDMP), including ongoing technical inputs to be made by a consultant and the expenditure of the TDMP implementation support budget line.
  9. Draft quarterly project donor reports, in close coordination with the Programme Manager as well as other reports upon request.
  10. Coordinate with State-level DRR and DRM stakeholders operating in the area of disaster management including representatives of government agencies, humanitarian and development agencies and non-governmental organizations to ensure that IOM activities integrate effectively with other DRR programmes. Support close coordination with Government authorities in Mon and Kayin States.
  11. Represent IOM at national level DRR events, technical meetings and coordination forums, in coordination with the Programme Manager.
  12. Support the Programme Manager to develop concept notes and project proposals for new interventions in the area of DRR/DRM.
  13. Draft the final internal evaluation report for the project.
  14. Undertake duty travel in the field, as may be required.
  15. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Competencies:

Behavioural

  • Takes responsibility and manages constructive criticism;
  • Works effectively with all clients and stakeholders;
  • Promotes continuous learning; communicates clearly;
  • Takes initiative and drives high levels of performance management;
  • Plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;
  • Displays mastery of subject matter;
  • Contributes to a collegial team environment;
  • Incorporates gender-related needs, perspectives, and concerns, and promotes equal gender participation;
  • Displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;
  • Works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.

Technical

  • Works effectively in high-pressure, rapidly changing environments;
  • Coordinates actions with emergency response actors and making use of coordination structures;
  • Supports adequate levels of information sharing between internal units, cluster partners, IOM and other emergency response actors.

Required Qualifications and Experience

Education

  • Master's degree in political or social science, business administration, international relations or a related field with two years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above field with four y ears of relevant professional experience.

Experience

  • Experience in institutional strengthening, capacity building and the provision of advisory support in the public sector in a developing country context;
  • Experience in disaster risk reduction at community level (CBDRR) with particular focus on the strengthening the capacities of local communities;
  • Knowledge of project implementation and management;
  • High level of computer literacy.

Languages

Fluency in English is required.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by April 14, 2014 at the latest, referring to this advertisement. For further information, please refer to: http://www.iom.int/cms/en/sites/iom/home/about-iom-1/recruitment/how-to-apply.html In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly filled in and submitted with a cover letter not more than one page specifying the motivation for applications. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application in your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.

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Short term expert Myanmar, Yangon

Closing date: Friday, 4 April 2014

Reference number (to be quoted in all your communications): 14

Office location: Myanmar, Yangon

Type of office: Country Office

Position: Short term expert

Deadline for application: 14 April 2014

Start date: 1st May 2014

Job Description:

In order to facilitate and to maximise the impact of the humanitarian operations financed by the Commission in Myanmar, the expert will be recruited as short-term expert for a period of 6 months by the European Commission's Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection – ECHO. The short term expert will be part of ECHO's team for Myanmar, based in Yangon, Myanmar.

The expert will carry out regular missions to identify and assess humanitarian needs and to monitor programs in the country.

Qualification requirements:

Language: excellent command of English.

Previous experience with DG ECHO is required. The candidate should have at least 10 years professional experience in delivering humanitarian assistance in the following domain: Management of multi-sectoral Humanitarian Assistance. Experience in the region would be an asset.

Apply:

Interested candidates should send their application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. :

Subject of the message: 14 - Short term expert – Myanmar, Yangon

With the following information: Forename: Surname: E- mail: Phone number(s): ID application number (DG ECHO database 'Individual Experts Online'): Available from (dd/mm/yyyy):

Documents to be attached: - Curriculum Vitae - Motivation Letter Please note that only candidates registered in the DG ECHO Individual Experts database can apply.

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Telecom giants dominate Myanmar

Published: 6 Apr 2014 at 17.03

YANGON - Telecom giants from Norway and Qatar, two countries with few historical bonds to Myanmar, are poised to play pivotal roles in the impoverished nation's economic development.

On Jan 30, Norway's Telenor Group and Qatar's Ooredoo Group signed the final licences to build and operate 2G and 3G mobile phone services in the country after they beat 89 other contestants for the 15-year concessions granted in June.

Both firms are majority state-owned in their respective countries.

The bid was generally deemed to have been carried out professionally and transparently.

"I think the president decided that this was going to be a showcase," said Sigve Brekke, the Bangkok-based chief executive of Telenor Asia.

The government organised the competitive bid using the world's best standards, with guidance from the World Bank and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, a German consultant firm.

Myanmar President Thein Sein, who has been pushing through political and economic reforms since coming to power in March 2011, may have had the 2015 general election in mind with the bid.

"From a political point of view, to provide people with telecommunications is a visible sign that something has changed," said Mr Brekke.

Ooredoo and Telenor are now racing to do just that.

Ooredoo Myanmar, the newest addition to the Ooredoo Group that currently operates mobile services in Qatar, Indonesia, Kuwait, Algeria, Tunisia and Oman, has promises to start offering 3G mobile services by July.

The firm has already sponsored several sporting events including the Ooredoo Cup this month with the Myanmar Football Federation.

Billboards advertising Ooredoo are on display in Yangon and in the countryside, and the company has partnered with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women to train 30,000 women as mobile retail agents.

Telenor Myanmar, which expects to launch its services by September, has set up an office in Yangon and is in the process of hiring 1,000 staff, but is behind Ooredoo in the publicity campaign.

Some observers suspect Ooredoo may be overcompensating for its Qatar roots in predominately Buddhist Myanmar where anti-Muslim sentiments have been on the rise.

Their suspicions may be justified.

"Speaking honestly, I will not use Ooredoo SIM cards because I don't trust them, and it's my right to use or not to use them," said Pyin Nyar Wara, a Buddhist monk linked to the 969 movement that discourages Buddhists from using Muslim shops.

Working in the favour of both Ooredoo and Telenor will be lingering resentment against the existing government-run mobile services that have monopolised the market for two decades and were both expensive and difficult to obtain.

There are currently fewer than 5 million SIM card holders in Myanmar, a country of 60 million people. In 2010, a SIM card cost about US$500, and permission was required to buy one under previous junta rule.

"Myanmar people have suffered a sense of injustice from the government's telecommunication services for decades," said Than Oo, a retired official at the Communications Ministry.

"They hope these foreign companies can kick out the Myanmar Post and Telecommunication and Yatanapon Telecommunication, but I think these foreign firms may face some troubles in the future with our by-laws, that will benefit the existing firms," he said.

Both Ooredoo and Telenor plan to offer low cost voice and data services aimed at the rural population such as information for farmers on crop prices and weather, health advice, educational programs and financial services such as bill payments.

Telenor, which started in the Asian market 16 years ago in Bangladesh, acknowledged that Myanmar offers unusual challenges.

The company, which has promised to invest $1 billion in Myanmar and cover 90 per cent of the population within five years, is targeting an average usage per customer per month of around $1.50, small by any standard.

It is confident they can make its money back within three years.

"We can make a profit," Mr Brekke said. "The only way you can make business in a country like Myanmar is you build from scale. We are already making money off this model in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan."

Myanmar's land laws and infrastructure pose the most immediate obstacles.

Unclear title deeds and land disputes are expected to slow the construction of telecom towers. Lack of electricity for those towers, in a country where only 30% of the population are on the grid, is another challenge.

"We know this is going to be harder than what we have ever experienced," Mr Brekke said. "We also know that we are going to have the world looking over our shoulders."

Source: http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/403727/telecom-giants-pioneer-myanmar-market

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Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Yangon
Closing date: Sunday, 30 March 2014

Vacancy code VA/2014/B5506/4890

Position title M&E Specialist, Multiple positions

Level ICS-12

Department/office AEMO, Myanmar

Duty station Yangon, Myanmar

Contract type International ICA

Contract level IICA-3

Duration 2 Years (retainer)

Application period 17-Mar-2014 to 31-Mar-2014 Print

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner. Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity. Working in some of the world's most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations. We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.

Background Information - Myanmar

The UNOPS Myanmar office develops, supports and oversees UNOPS portfolio of projects in Myanmar which focus on post-disaster recovery, health programmes and food security.

UNOPS Myanmar ensures that synergies between programmes and projects are effectively developed. UNOPS is also expanding its infrastructure and procurement services in Myanmar. The UNOPS Myanmar portfolio currently includes fund management of the multi-donor Three Millennium Development Goals Fund (3MDG) and the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT). In addition, UNOPS is the Principal Recipient of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria grants to Myanmar (PR-GFATM).

UNOPS Myanmar plays a critical role in ensuring quality services to UNOPS' partners that meet stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness. It is also responsible for liaison with Government counterparts, Donors and UN Agencies.

Background Information - Job-specific

The Livelihood and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) is a multi-donor fund that aims to address food insecurity and income poverty in Myanmar. The Donor Consortium of LIFT comprises Australia, Denmark, the European Community, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. LIFT was established in 2009. It will remain operational until the end of 2018. UNOPS was selected by the donors as the LIFT fund manager and has established a Fund Management Office (FMO) in Yangon. The FMO is overseen by the Fund Board. .

The goal of LIFT is to make progress towards the achievement of Millennium Development Goal 1 (the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger) in Myanmar. Working through a trust fund modality, LIFT's purpose is to increase the food availability and incomes of 2 million target beneficiaries in rural areas in Myanmar.

LIFT's purpose is achieved through the delivery of the following programme outputs:

  • Increased agricultural production and incomes supported through improved production and postharvest technologies, improved access to inputs and markets.
  • Targeted households supported in non-agricultural livelihood activities and/or trained in livelihood skills for employment.
  • Effective social protection measures supported that increase the incomes, enhance the livelihood opportunities or protect the livelihoods assets of chronically poor households.
  • Sustainable natural resource management and environmental rehabilitation supported to protect local livelihoods.
  • Capacity of civil society strengthened to support and promote food and livelihoods security for the poor.
  • Monitoring and evaluation evidence and commissioned studies used to inform programme and policy development.

As of 2013, LIFT is funding projects in three different agro-ecological zones of the country: the dry zone, the hilly zone (Kachin State, Chin State and Shan State) and the delta / coastal zone. LIFT is implemented through a variety of local implementing partners (IPs) who were successful in submitting proposals that supported the LIFT purpose in the areas targeted. Contracting approach

The M&E Specialists will be contracted on retainer contracts and will be providing specific M&E services under Tasking Notes. Each position will be contracted for 100 days (extendable) in the initial two years of this contract, however there will be no guarantee that any expert will be contracted for the full 100 days. Specific Tasking Notes will vary in duration depending on the nature of the duties specified and the outputs to be produced.

As an example, a Tasking Note may call for one of the Specialists to facilitate the development of a Theory of Change and associated evaluation strategy around the new strategic directions for the LIFT program. Five days may be required to review relevant LIFT documentation and literature (from the expert's home base), 10 days for consultation with LIFT stakeholders in Myanmar, 5 days (home based) to develop the draft Theory of Change and evaluation strategy, and a further 3 days to finalize the report following feedback from donors, the FMO and other stakeholders.

Functional Responsibilities

Monitoring and Evaluation

Currently LIFT has a team of five monitoring and evaluation (M&E) staff led by an international M&E Officer. It is responsible for the following M&E activities:

  • Reviewing the logframes and M&E plans of proposals submitted to the Fund Board for funding under LIFT, and providing advice as necessary.
  • Developing the formats and procedures for reporting progress of LIFT-funded projects (promoting the use of common indicators and consistent means of information collection to enable collation).
  • Maintaining, updating and analysing data on IP and LIFT program progress towards outcome and output milestones and targets.
  • Reviewing the quality of the information collected by IPs that is provided to the FMO.
  • Supporting the IPs through advice and training in relation to M&E.
  • Reviewing terms of reference, methodologies, and tools for IP project evaluations.
  • Developing strategies to strengthen LIFT reporting of results including for new programs as they are designed or expanded.
  • Designing and supporting the implementation of large evaluative studies such as:
  • LIFT 2011 Baseline Study (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Delta 1 Program Evaluation (quantitative and qualitative)
  • LIFT Mid-term Review (qualitative)
  • Qualitative Socio Economic Monitoring
  • LIFT 2013 Household Livelihood, Nutrition and Expenditure Survey
  • Assessment of LIFT capacity strengthening of local NGOs
  • Household farm production economics survey
  • Impact assessment of LIFT-supported microfinance and financial services projects.

Each year more research and evaluative studies are proposed in accordance with upcoming areas of LIFT activity, and emerging issues related to rural development, rural livelihoods and poverty alleviation.

Assignment and objectives of the advertised position

LIFT's M&E system has continually evolved over the period of implementation to date.

However it now needs to be reviewed in the light of the changing circumstances facing LIFT:

  • LIFT is reviewing its strategy for its remaining five year implementation period.
  • A number of new thematic and geographic funding windows are under consideration (two are in the process of design).
  • LIFT's earlier sub-programs upon which LIFT's logframe targets were based are soon to be completed.
  • Many newly-funded activities under LIFT's Learning and Innovation Window only loosely fit within LIFT's current logframe.

Once LIFT's strategy is more clearly defined, LIFT's logframe/result framework will need to be reviewed and adjusted accordingly. This would present a valuable opportunity to refine LIFT's theory of change. The revised strategy, theory of change and results framework would become the basis of a major revision of LIFT's M&E Framework inclusive of its evaluation strategy.

Given these requirements and the increasing scope of the LIFT program and the limited capacity of LIFT's M&E team, LIFT is seeking to contract M&E Specialists on retainer agreements. These M&E Advisors should have the capacity to provide high quality M&E technical support and have specific expertise in such fields as rural socio-economics; statistics/social survey; nutrition/anthropometry; development/agricultural economics; and micro-finance.

Objectives

The objective of the M&E services will be to provide technical support the LIFT M&E team. Advisors will assist LIFT FMO to revise and extend LIFT's M&E systems and learning approaches to address new areas of LIFT activity and LIFT's revised strategic directions. This may extend to providing support to the revision of LIFT's logframe/results framework and the refinement of a LIFT theory of change.

Activities / Tasks

M&E Advisors will be periodically drawn upon to:

  • Review the quality of M&E data and research findings and the associated analysis of these;
  • Develop or review terms of reference (TOR) for evaluations or studies covering a range of fields (including for example, household livelihoods, debt and credit, nutrition, income and expenditure, farm economics and agricultural practices, development economics, marketing, value chain analysis, capacity development, institutional strengthening etc);
  • Assess and contribute to methods and approaches for evaluations and M&E generally.
  • In addition the Advisors may be called upon to:
  • Review LIFT's results framework, indicators, milestones and targets; the M&E approaches of LIFT FMO and IPs; and LIFT M&E data collection, analysis and use;
  • Provide general advice on LIFT's M&E and learning strategies, systems and procedures; and
  • Undertake specific evaluations, or manage such evaluations on behalf of LIFT, as and when required.
  • Other activities that may be required under the M&E Support Services may include but are not necessarily limited to the following:
  • Refining the LIFT theory of change;
  • Revising LIFT's logframe/results framework including indicators, milestones and targets;
  • Reviewing LIFT's M&E strategy and providing recommendations to strengthen it;
  • Supporting LIFT in evaluating tenders or reviewing proposals related to M&E activities;
  • Designing or assessing evaluation approaches including developing survey tools, providing expertise to develop statistically representative sampling methods or appropriate qualitative approaches;
  • Reviewing M&E-related reports prepared by LIFT or LIFT consultants;
  • Undertaking or overseeing quality assurance of LIFT M&E systems and associated documentation of M&E findings; and
  • Supporting the refinement of value for money procedures and/or conducting assessments.

Deliverables

Reporting requirements and outputs will be specified in Tasking Notes specific to each assignment.

Monitoring and progress controls

The M&E Advisors will work in close coordination with international M&E Officer under the direct supervision of the Fund Director and will be expected to report in a timely fashion on the assigned tasking notes.

Timing

The contracts for M&E technical support by the M&E Advisors are expected to commence in April 2014 and continue for 24 months. Contracts may be extended subject to satisfactory performance and continued need of these services by LIFT.

Competencies

  • Professionalism
  • Planning and organizing
  • Result-oriented
  • Client orientation
  • Analytical skills
  • Communication
  • Self-reliance
  • Technological awareness

Education/Experience/Language requirements

a. Education

  • A Master's Degree in Social Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Political Sciences, Development or related field. A Bachelor Degree in related fields combined with extensive experience in similar responsible position in developing countries is considered as equivalent.

b. Work Experience

  • Master's degree with a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience or Bachelor degree with a minimum of 9 years of relevant experience related to monitoring and evaluation in the fields of livelihoods, food security and rural development. In addition, qualifications and/or expertise in one or more of the following will be required:
    • Rural socio-economics covering both quantitative and qualitative methods
    • Statistics/social survey with appropriate academic qualifications and practical experience in survey design and analysis
    • Nutrition/anthropometry with extensive skills in design, implementation and analysis of nutrition surveys
    • Development, agricultural or rural economics with experience in M&E related to rural incomes and livelihoods
  • Proven extensive professional expertise in designing M&E systems and conducting evaluations for large rural livelihood and food security programs.
  • Previous experience in providing support to the M&E of multi-donor trust funds would be particularly relevant.
  • Excellent skills in both written and spoken English are essential.

c. Other Requirements

  • Applicants are requested to submit a letter of motivation and a detailed CV specifying professional experience in M&E and related fields.
  • Applicants should include the names and contact details of three recent, professional referees and should indicate their daily fee expectations in USD. Please note since this is a home-based contract, travel costs to Myanmar will be reimbursed and Daily subsistence allowance will be paid (e.g. Yangon 179 USD per night)

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International Individual Contract Agreement (IICA)

Contract level: IICA-3

Contract duration: 2 years (retainer)

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:

http://www.unops.org/ENGLISH/WHOWENEED/CONTRACT-TYPES/Pages/IndividualContractor-Agreements-ICAs.aspx

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
  • 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.
  • For staff positions 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.

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Procurement Officer, Yangon
Closing date: Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Vacancy code VA/2014/B5506/4906

Position title Procurement Officer

Department/office AEMO, Myanmar

Duty station Yangon, Myanmar

Contract type Local ICA Specialist

Contract level LICA Specialist-6

Duration 1 year (possible extension subject to satisfactory performance and fund

Application period 17-Mar-2014 to 27-Mar-2014

Print United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner. Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity. Working in some of the world's most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations. We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.

Background Information - Myanmar

The UNOPS Myanmar under the UNOPS Asia, Europe and the Middle East has been established to develop, support and oversee UNOPS' portfolio of projects in Myanmar and to ensure that synergies between projects are effectively developed. The UNOPS Myanmar plays a critical role in ensuring quality services to UNOPS partners that meet stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

The UNOPS Myanmar portfolio currently includes fund management of the multi-donor Three Millennium Development Goals Fund (3MDG) and the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT). In addition, UNOPS is the Principal Recipient of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria grants to Myanmar (PR-GFATM).

The UNOPS Myanmar plays a critical role in ensuring quality services to UNOPS' partners that meet stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness. It is also responsible for liaison with Government counterparts, Donors and UN Agencies.

Background Information - Job-specific

In February 2009, the UNOPS Myanmar was selected by the Myanmar Country Coordination Mechanism for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as one of two Principal Recipients of GFATM grants for Myanmar. The implementation of the grants has commenced in January 2011.

In August 2013, the UNOPS Myanmar was selected by the Regional Steering Committee for the Artemisinin Resistence Containment Initiative for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as Regional Principal Recipients of GFATM regional grant for Greater Mekong Subregion (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam). The implementation of the grant has commenced since January 2014.

The Procurement Officer will be responsible for coordination of different procurement activities undertaken by UNOPS within the GFATM cooperation framework to ensure that client's need are satisfactorily met.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the overall direction of the Procurement Officer (LICA-7), and in accordance with UNOPS policies, procedures and practices, the incumbent is responsible for the planning and procurement of specialized and/or high value medicines or health equipment on behalf of UNOPS as a Principal Recipient under the GFATM Grant for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Round 9 and RAI. The Procurement Officer's duties, in accordance with the Financial Rules and Regulations applicable to UNOPS and policies and procedures governing UNOPS procurement activities and the procurement and quality assurance policies of the GFATM, include:

  • Supervise the team in ensuring the timely completion of forecasting for all the SRs of both Round 9 grant and RAI grant, timely submission of PSM plans, quantification documents, budget, timely procurement and delivery of goods to recipients.
  • Develop PSM plan and attachment B including budget for all SRs of both NFM grant and RAI grant.
  • Supervise in ensuring that all pharmaceuticals are purchased following Inter-agency Guidelines: 'Operational Principles for Good Pharmaceutical Procurement' in accordance with the GFATM quality assurance policy.
  • Supervise in commissioning, maintaining and safeguarding pre-qualification projects for health commodities. Working with team member counterparts on procurement needs, providing technical support on specifications, cost implications and logistics for safe delivery both internationally and nationally.
  • Supervise the staff in ensuring close coordination of procurement activities with all Sub-recipients under NFM grant and RAI grant and provide necessary support to all SRs.
  • Develop knowledge and monitor the commodity market for the goods and services, in the area of responsibility, and be able to identify and select potential vendors.
  • Analyzing specific procurement requirements and developing related procurement strategies.
  • Issue invitations to bid, requests for quotations and requests for proposals.
  • Evaluating submissions to ensure technical compliance with UNOPS needs and cost effective purchase of goods and services.
  • In collaboration with Sub-recipients procuring goods and services at the best value, ensuring reliability of sources, monitoring and following up with vendors until final satisfactory delivery, anticipating problems and taking timely and appropriate decisions to ensure objectives are met.
  • Assist in ensuring that goods and services are provided according to client needs with lead times that meet or exceed industry norms.
  • Assist in ensuring that all procurement actions are conducted as required by UNOPS according to UNOPS Financial Rules and Regulations and the applicable policies and procedures as well as the highest degree of personal and professional ethics.
  • Maintain database of all procurement activities with a view to automate repetitive processes as the project progresses.
  • Update standard operating procedures to ensure best practices.
  • Arrange for constant updating and training of team members and Sub-recipients of all process and procedures used as well as keeping informed the progress of individual purchase contracts.
  • Frequent travel to State / Divisions and Townships.
  • Performing other program related duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Competencies

  • Professionalism
  • Planning and organizing
  • Result-oriented
  • Client orientation
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Analyzing Skills
  • Self- reliant
  • Technological awareness

Education/Experience/Language requirements

a. Education

Master's Degree in Pharmacy or Science topic and post graduate studies in Business/Commerce, Economics, International Relations, Purchasing & Supplies or related fields. Additional years of relevant work experience, preferably in combination of relevant Bachelors Degree, may substitute for the requirement of a Master's Degree.

b. Work Experience

  • At least 3 years international or national procurement experience in the health field, preferable within the UN system.
  • Expert knowledge and experience of international pharmaceutical procurement and supply systems.
  • Knowledge of the Good Manufacturing Practice standards established by the World Health Organization.
  • Knowledge of the GFATM's procurement and quality assurance policies.
  • Market knowledge on products for the treatment and management of HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB.

c. Language

  • Fluency in English and Myanmar is required.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type:Local Individual contractor Contract level: LICA-6 Contract duration: 1 year (possibility of extension subject to satisfactory performance and fund availibility) THIS IS A LOCAL POSITION. ONLY MYANMAR NATIONALS ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY. ALL OTHER APPLICANTS WILL BE REJECTED. For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: http://www.unops.org/ENGLISH/WHOWENEED/CONTRACT-TYPES/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements-ICAs.aspx

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
  • 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.
  • For staff positions 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.

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Procurement Analyst, Yangon
Closing date: Wednesday, 2 April 2014

PROCUREMENT ANALYST (OPEN TO MYANMAR NATIONALS ONLY)

Location :

Yangon, MYANMAR

Application Deadline :

02-Apr-14

Type of Contract :

FTA Local

Post Level :

NO-B

Languages Required :

English  

Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)

01-May-2014

Duration of Initial Contract :

12 months

Background

Under the overall guidance of and direct supervision of the Deputy Resident Representative (O), the Procurement Analyst is responsible for management of the CO Personnel Contracting and Procurement section, effective delivery of procurement services in order to obtain the best value for money. He/she analyzes and interprets the financial rules and regulations and provides solutions to a wide spectrum of complex issues related to personnel contracting services and procurement. The Contracting Services Analyst promotes a collaborative, client, quality and results-oriented approach in the Unit.

The Analyst supervises and leads the staff of the Unit. The Analyst works in close collaboration with the operations, programme and projects’ teams in the CO to successfully deliver the services.

Duties and Responsibilities

Ensures elaboration and implementation of the operational strategies focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Full compliance of contracting and procurement activities with UN/UNDP rules, regulations, policies and strategies, implementation of the effective internal control, proper design and functioning of a client-oriented contracting and procurement management system;
  • CO Contracting and Procurement business processes mapping and elaboration/establishment of internal Standard Operating Procedures in Procurement and Logistics, control of the workflows in the Unit;
  • Elaboration and implementation of cost saving and reduction strategies;
  • Implementation of contract strategy in the CO including tendering processes and evaluation, contractor appraisal, managing the contract and contractor, legal considerations and payment conditions, risk assessment;
  • Implementation of the strategic contracting and procurement in the CO including sourcing strategy, supplier selection and evaluation, quality management, customer relationship management and performance measurement.

Manages and guides contracting and procurement services for all projects focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Timely and duly preparation of personnel contracting and procurement plans for all projects and monitoring of their implementation;
  • Implementation of proper monitoring and control of personnel contracting and procurement processes including organization of RFQ, ITB or RFP, receipt of quotations, bids or proposals, their evaluation, negotiation of certain conditions of contracts in full compliance with UNDP rules and regulations governing personnel contracting and procurement;
  • Review and certification of submissions to the Contract, Asset and Procurement Committee (CAP) and Advisory Committee on Procurement (ACP);
  • Management of procurement contracts and upon delegation of responsibility, performing the functions of Manager Level 1 in Atlas for Purchase orders approval;
  • Elaboration of the internal control system which ensures that Purchase orders are duly prepared and dispatched.  Timely corrective actions on POs with budget check errors and other problems;
  • Establishment of the contracting and procurement processes monitoring system and mechanisms to eliminate deficiencies in the contracting services and procurement.

Ensures introduction and implementation of sourcing strategy and efficient personnel contracting and procurement tools focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Development and management of the rosters of suppliers, elaboration of supplier selection and evaluation criteria, quality and performance measurement mechanisms.

Ensure organization of logistical services focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Coordination of travel management, shipments arrangements, vehicle maintenance, conference facilities arrangements;
  • Timely conducted vehicle maintenance, issuance of travel papers for visiting consultants;
  • Proper operational and reporting/recording systems in place;
  • Good working relationship with counterparts and smooth and timely business processes achieving effective good and timely results.

Impact of results


The key results have an impact on the overall CO efficiency in procurement management and success in introduction and implementation of operational strategies. Accurate, thoroughly researched information, timely and appropriate delivery of services ensure client satisfaction and overall timely delivery of UNDP programmes and projects.

Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing within the organization focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Organization of trainings for CO staff and projects staff on personnel contracting and procurement;
  • Synthesis of lessons learned and best practices in the subject matter;
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.

Competencies

Building Strategic Partnerships

Maintaining a network of contacts

  • Analyzes and selects materials for strengthening strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders.

Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

Basic research and analysis

  • Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things;
  • Documents and analyses innovative strategies and new approaches.

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise:

Fundamental knowledge of own discipline

  • Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position;
  • Analyzes the requirements and synthesizes proposals;
  • Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning;
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments.

Promoting Organizational Change and Development:

Basic research and analysis

  • Researches and documents ‘best practices’ in organizational change and development within and outside the UN system.

Design and Implementation of Management Systems:

Research and analysis and making recommendations on management systems

  • Maintains information/databases on system design features;
  • Develops simple system components.

Client Orientation:

Establishing effective client relationships

  • Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion;
  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines;
  • Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients;
  • Actively supports the interests of the client by making choices and setting priorities to meet their needs.

Promoting Accountability and Results-Based Management:

Basic monitoring

  • Gathers, analyzes and disseminates information on best practice in accountability and results-based management systems;
  • Monitors the implementation of corporate accountability and results-based management systems and makes recommendations to enhance performance of business units.

Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity; 
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
  • Self-development, initiative-taking;
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work;
  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively;
  • Creating synergies through self-control;
  • Managing conflict;
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member;
  • Informed and transparent decision making.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance, Economics or related field;
  • UNDP Procurement Certification Programme.

Experience:

  • Up to 2 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in procurement management;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and advance knowledge of web based management systems;

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in the UN and national language of the duty station.

This post is opened for Myanmar Nationals only.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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International Women’s Day – Refugees Show Fear and Hope

March 8, 2014  •   Author: Karen News

Mae La camp roadWomen from the largest refugee camp in Thailand’s express their concerns and dreams as the world marks international women’s day.

Naw Kaw, 44, a mother of three and a Karen refugee, sits down, shielding her face from the midday sun. She has been in Mae La refugee camp for two decades. She fled Burma after being used by the Burma Army as forced labor. Speaking to Karen News she said that she does not want to go back to Karen State.

“My dream is that our whole family goes to America to live. My oldest son who is 18 wants to go right now, but our application process for resettlement has already taken two years. He is getting more and more depressed that it is taking so long.”

Life in the camps can be tough, seven years ago an untreated eye infection left Naw Kaw blind in her right eye, but Naw Kaw said she felt safer as a mother raising her three children in the refugee camp than back in Burma.

“It can be hard – my husband works as a daily laborer to help us get by. Everyday he goes to find work, sometimes there is no work. He might earn one thousand baht per month, but it is better than Burma, there is no military here.”

Mae La refugee camp, one of three camps in Thailand’s Tak province and the largest in Thailand, is home to around 44,000 refugees, according to official statistics from The Border Consortium (TBC) that helps manage the camps.

Moo Say, 20, has just graduated from Post-10. A household leader in the camps, she is in charge of perhaps 100 houses, a considerable responsibility for someone so young.

“Young people in the camps are hard workers, but I am concerned that they don´t know how to survive into the future if we go back to Burma, they do not know how to farm, or have a livelihood or a full-time job.”

Switching from Karen to English, Moo Say said her dream was to become a highly qualified professional translator of Karen language and that she wanted to move to Australia.

“I do not want to go to Burma, and neither do my friends. Some of them want to go see Karen villages in Burma, but for them it is a curiosity, like as tourists, they, like me, were born in the camp and have never been to Karen State. I want to live in Australia but it can’t happen, I don’t have any relatives there, so I will try and move to the USA. I want to be a translator.”

Dirnar Chit, a middle-aged woman from Papun district, Karen State, chews beetle-nut and looks out from her small, bamboo shop inside the camp. A mother of a 6-year-old boy, she also looks after a 60-year-old woman with tuberculosis and a 14-year-old girl orphan.

“They came from the same village as me in Karen State, so I feel obligated to help them,” she said.

Dirnar Chit said she fled Karen State in 2007, because of conflict between the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) and the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA).

“I had a niece in Mae La camp so I fled here when the fighting started.”
Dirnar Chit smiled, her teeth stained red by beetle-nut, and said that women could at least have a measure of financial independence in the camp, not found in Burma.

“I came with my life savings, just three thousand baht (US$30), and started a small shop to support myself and my family. On a good day I might earn 100 baht (US$3).”

Aye Myint, 19, smiled as she said she wanted to be a teacher in Thailand’s border area and live a ‘normal life’ like any Thai young person.

“I want to be a Thai citizen, not a citizen of Burma. I was born here in Mae La camp, in Thailand. There are no work opportunities for women in Burma and I am not used to living in the jungle.”

Aye Myint said that as a young woman she was worried about experiencing ethnic discrimination in Burma over issues like equal education for her children if she started a family. “I am worried about racism in Burma, ethnic hatred. The stories we hear from our parents from when they lived there leave us hating the idea of living in Burma.”

 

Source: http://karennews.org/2014/03/international-womens-day-refugees-show-fear-and-hope.html/

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Program Engineer - WASH, Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar

Position:

Program Engineer – WASH

Location: Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar

Duration: 2 Months

About RI:

Relief International is a humanitarian agency that provides emergency relief, rehabilitation, and development interventions throughout the world. RI's programs link immediate emergency assistance with long-term economic and livelihood development through innovative programming at the grassroots level.

Position Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager for Relief International's Rakhine Response Programme;
  • Overall supervision of WASH activities, including planning, implementation and coordination with beneficiary communities, UN WASH Cluster, Township authorities and other organizations working in the WASH sector in the area
  • Manage, coordinate, and lead the social and WASH technical teams, including WASH engineers
  • Coordinate with Logistics, HR, Security, Finance, and M&E provincial and national departments to ensure smooth project implementation
  • Supervise installation and startup operations of RI's Rakhine Response WASH program
  • Organize and supervise the construction of WASH structures including water supply points and latrines
  • Ensure activities comply with appropriate national (WASH Cluster and government policy) and international standards (SPHERE) and RI local WASH strategy and are focused on improving the environmental health conditions of the beneficiaries
  • Prepare technical designs and bills of quantities for WASH activities and structures
  • Ensure that WASH Activities are implemented as per design, standards, and schedule, agreed with RI management, donors and WASH cluster recommendations
  • Map out areas for project intervention
  • Organize and supervise the procurement tasks in order to identify suitable local contractors for supply of construction material
  • Manage project cycle budgets, donor reports related to this project
  • Organize/supervise the team for in-depth assessment of targeted project area
  • Supervise and manage social mobilization and beneficiary selection processes
  • Design, organize and manage the hygiene promotion activities following RI local strategy
  • Identify and verify project beneficiaries and prepare beneficiary lists, according to beneficiary criteria for selection
  • Develop work plan and ensure compliance by all project staff to this plan
  • Report progress on a weekly basis to RI management
  • Identify and report on timely manner any difficulty or possible change in the program strategy, objectives, results or activities
  • Train and build the capacity of the national staff team to manage future WASH programmes

QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS:

  • At least 3-year experience in providing oversight for implementing WASH program; Myanmar experience a plus.
  • Ability to live and function as a leader and team player at a high capacity within a collaborative organizational structure.
  • Logistical planning and problem-solving skills.
  • Highly organized and systems-oriented.
  • Good security and safety management skills preferred
  • Understanding of the political and cultural context in Myanmar
  • Willingness to live in a challenging setting (this is an unaccompanied position).
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills (must be able to provide an independently created and relevant writing sample).
  • Demonstrated report writing and donor relations skills.
  • Demonstrated budget and expense management skills.
  • Demonstrated project cycle management skills, inclusive of workplan/timeline/deliverables/and budget tracking and course correction.
  • Excellent command of English.
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Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Malaria, Yangon, Myanmar


Closing date: Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Vacancy code VA/2014/B5506/4873

Position title Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Malaria

Department/office AEMO, Myanmar

Duty station Yangon, Myanmar

Contract type Local ICA Specialist

Contract level LICA Specialist-7

Duration 1 year (possibility of extension subject to satisfactory performance and fund availibility)

Application period 06-Mar-2014 to 20-Mar-2014 Print

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner. Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity. Working in some of the world's most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations. We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.

Background Information - Myanmar

UNOPS Myanmar develops, supports andoversees a portfolio of programmes and projects in Myanmar which focus onpost-disaster recovery, health programmes and food security. UNOPS Myanmarensures that synergies between programmes and projects are effectivelydeveloped. UNOPS is also expanding its infrastructure and procurement servicesin Myanmar.

The UNOPS Myanmar portfoliocurrently includes fund management of the multi-donor Three MillenniumDevelopment Goals Fund (3MDG) and the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund(LIFT). In addition, UNOPS is the Principal Recipient of the Global Fund toFight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria grants to Myanmar (PR-GFATM).

UNOPS Myanmar plays a critical rolein ensuring quality services to UNOPS' partners that meet stringentrequirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness. It is alsoresponsible for liaison with Government counterparts, Donors and UN Agencies.

Background Information - Job-specific

The Myanmar Operations Centre (MMOC) under the UNOPS Asia and Pacific Regional Office has been established to support, develop and oversee UNOPS' portfolio of programmes and projects in Myanmar and to ensure that synergies between programmes and projects are effectively developed. The MMOC plays a critical role in ensuring quality services to UNOPS partners that meet stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

In February 2009, MMOC was selected by the Myanmar Country Coordination Mechanism for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) as one of two Principal Recipients of GFATM grants for Myanmar. The implementation of the grants has commenced in January 2011.

In August 2013, MMOC was selected by the Regional Steering Committee for the Artemisin in Resistence Containment Initiative for the GFATM as Regional Principal Recipients of the GFATM regional grant for the Greater Mekong Subregion (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam). The implementation of the grant will commence in January 2014.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of International Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist, the Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, Malaria will be responsible for the following duties with regard to the Malaria grant Principle Sub-Recipients (PSRs) and Sub-Recipients (SRs):

  • Assist in the evaluation of proposals received either as a result of such calls or direct funding and ensuring that proposals are in compliance with national programme and with the fund's policy and strategies;
  • Assist in needs and resource assessments if and when needed;
  • In collaboration with M&E Specialist and the Public Health Programme Officer, reviewing work plans and reports submitted by the fund's beneficiaries and ensuring that they are sound and in line with the national programme and the funding policy and strategies and reflect gender issues as appropriate;
  • Ensure the development and maintenance of a functioning monitoring, evaluation and reporting system for UNOPS as Regional Principal Recipient (PR), which ensures that all Principal Sub-Recipients (PSR) and Sub-Recipients (SR) submit timely, regular and structured monitoring reports.
  • Direct data auditing and verification to assure internal consistency and validity of programme activity monitoring data reported by all PSRS & SRs, through quarterly data verification and auditing visits to PSR & SRs at all levels.
  • Ensure that PSR & SR programme activity and financial reporting procedures are harmonized and closely integrated and cross-validate programme activity monitoring and financial monitoring data, to increase confidence in both programme and financial data sources of SRs.
  • Spearhead the assessments of the quality of PSR & SR activities, using agreed quality assurance checklists, through monthly monitoring visits as well as thematic programme area reviews (e.g. review of LLIN service delivery component.)
  • Ensure timely completion of the programme section of the Progress Update and Disbursement Request (PU&DR) Global Fund Forms and subsequent submission to the Local Fund Agent, including reviewing overall performance of the whole grants and individual indicators against achieved cumulative results and making recommendations to improve performance.
  • Prepare quarterly and annual programmatic progress updates on Global Fund programmes.
  • Facilitate the interpretation and use of M&E data, through periodic review meetings between the PR/PMU, PSR, SRs and technical partners.
  • Participate and contribute to the development of Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks for Malaria.
  • Facilitate implementation of capacity building activities for national partners through workshops and on the job trainings, mentoring, evaluation and reporting as required.
  • Provide programmatic and management support to the National Malaria Programme and other relevant sections of the Ministry of Health to strengthen it, planning budgeting and monitoring and evaluation systems for Malaria programs, including the development of sentinel surveillance systems to monitor.
  • Evaluate Principal Sub-Recipient and sub-recipient capacities in M&E, and develop and lead the implementation of a capacity building plan, in consultation with the Programme Coordinator, Public Health Programme Officer, disease control and relevant sections of the Ministry of Health.
  • Develop systems and tools, and training materials to train disease control, Ministry of Health and Principal sub-recipient and Sub-Recipient personnel.
  • Provide technical guidance for the implementation of the M&E plan, through training and other on-site support;
  • Facilitate review of progress on a quarterly basis; problem solving and development of remedial actions ensuring any disparity between planned and actual outputs are addressed.
  • Assist UNOPS in the identification of potential implementation problems and bottlenecks.
  • Any other tasks assigned by the Programme Director to support the overall Management, Supervision, Monitoring and Evaluation of the implementation of the Global Fund malaria grant.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education

  • A Master's Degree preferably in Public Health, Statistics, Evaluation, Project Management, or related area. A Bachelor degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience relevant to the above duties and responsibilities may be accepted in lieu of the Master's Degree.

Experience

  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible program monitoring and evaluation and management with greater independence and decision-making authority, donor relationship experience with international organizations, or related experience with a Master's Degree. A Bachelor's Degree in same disciplines with 7 years of similar experience may be considered as equivalent.
  • Prior experience working with donors/ multi-donor funds required.
  • Willingness to undertake field visits in difficult conditions.
  • Strong experience in South East Asia region required.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills is preferable.
  • Sound knowledge of UNOPS regulations and rules is an asset.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Office 2007 and/or newer versions) is required.

Language

  • Fluency in English is essential (must be able to effectively communicate in both oral and written form). Working knowledge of another language spoken in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, or Vietnam is an asset.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Local Individual Contractor Agreement (LICA)

Contract level: LICA 7

Contract duration: 1 year (possible extension subject to satisfactory performance and fund availibility)

THIS IS A LOCAL POSITION. ONLY MYANMAR NATIONALS ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY.

ALL OTHER APPLICANTS WILL BE REJECTED. For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:

http://www.unops.org/ENGLISH/WHOWENEED/CONTRACT-TYPES/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements-ICAs.aspx

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
  • 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.
  • For staff positions 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.

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Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Yangon

Closing Date: Wednesday, 08 January 2014

Vacancy code VA/2013/B5506/4472

Position title Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Level ICS-11

Department/office AEMO, Myanmar

Duty station Yangon, Myanmar

Contract type International ICA

Contract level IICA-3

Duration 1 year and 1 month (with possible extension)

Application period 27-Dec-2013 to 09-Jan-2014

Print United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner. Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity. Working in some of the world's most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations. We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.

Background Information - Myanmar

The Myanmar Operations Centre (MMOC) under the UNOPS Asia and Pacific Regional Office has been established to support, develop and oversee UNOPS' portfolio of programmes and projects in Myanmar and to ensure that synergies between programmes and projects are effectively developed. The MMOC plays a critical role in ensuring quality services to UNOPS partners that meet stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

In February 2009, MMOC was selected by the Myanmar Country Coordination Mechanism for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as one of two Principal Recipients of GFATM grants for Myanmar. The implementation of the grants has commenced in January 2011.

In August 2013, MMOC was selected by the Regional Steering Committee for the Artemisinin Resistance Containment Initiative for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as Regional Principal Recipients of GFATM regional grant for Greater Mekong Sub region ( Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam). The implementation of the grant will commence in January 2014.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the PR Head of Performance Management, the M&E Specialist will be responsible for performing the following duties:

  • Participate in UNOPS/GFARM grant negotiations for the regional grant for Artemisinin Resistance Containment Initiative in Greater Mekong Sub-region with focus on programme and M&E.
  • Develop Performance Frameworks and M&E Plans and provision of quality Public Health and M&E inputs, where required, to other documents required to ensure the grant agreement signature, including budget and PSM Plan.
  • Ensuring the development and maintenance of a functioning monitoring, evaluation and reporting system for UNOPS as Principal Recipient in Myanmar and Regional Principal Recipient, which will be coherent with national M&E systems, and will generate data that allow for programme analysis and which ensures that all Principal Sub-Recipients (PSR) and Sub-Recipients (SR) submit timely, regular and structured monitoring reports.
  • Directing data auditing and verification to assure internal consistency and validity of programme activity monitoring data reported by all PSRs and SRs, through quarterly data verification and auditing visits to PSRs and SRs at all levels.
  • Maintaining the GFATM M&E database; reviewing incoming data (for quality and programmatic); ensuring the quality of database and that M&E data are readily available.
  • Reviewing and verifying field team recommendations and following-up the recommendations.
  • Assessing PSR and SRs capacity in M&E systems; ensuring adequate feedback to/from the PSR and SRs on data obtained from the GFATM's internal M&E system; reviewing partners' DQA systems, conducting data audits;
  • Developing and lead the implementation of a capacity building plan, in consultation with Programme Coordinator, Head of Performance Management, national programmes and the Ministries of Health.
  • Ensuring timely completion of the programme section of the Progress Update and Disbursement Request (PU&DR) Global Fund Forms and subsequent submission to the Local Fund agent, including reviewing overall performance of the whole grants and individual indicators against achieved cumulative results and making recommendations to improve performance.
  • Preparing quarterly and annual/or ad hoc programmatic progress updates on Global Fund programmes.
  • Facilitating the interpretation and use of M&E data, periodic review meetings between the PR/PMU, PSR and SRs.
  • Facilitating the identification of SRs with exemplary performance to serve as a positive example to other SRs, as well as those SRs underperforming and recommend corrective actions.
  • Participating and contributing to the development of Monitoring & Evaluation Frameworks for HIV & AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria (including Artemisinin Resistance Containment) programmes of SRs.
  • Facilitating the implementation of capacity building courses through workshops and on the job trainings on monitoring, evaluation and reporting as required for PSR and SRs.
  • Providing technical support to the Ministries of Health to strengthen monitoring and evaluation systems for HIV & AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria programmes, including the development of sentinel surveillance systems to monitor impact.
  • Developing systems and tools, and training materials to train national programme, Ministry of Health, Principal Sub-Recipients and Sub-Recipient personnel.
  • Providing technical guidance for the implementation of the M&E plan, through training and other on-site support;
  • Facilitating review of progress on a periodic basis as per contract agreement with PSR and SR; problem solving and development of remedial actions ensuring any disparity between planned and actual outputs are addressed.
  • Assisting UNOPS in the identification of potential implementation problems and bottlenecks.
  • Training staff in M&E best practices.
  • Organizing evaluations as and when required.
  • Any other tasks assigned by the Programme Coordinator and Head of Performance Management to support the overall Management, Supervision, Monitoring and Evaluation of the implementation of the Global Fund grants.

The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN security Management System and that of UNOPS.

Competencies

Planning and organizing - Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan to meet the deadlines and those under his/her supervision.

Client orientation - Ability to identify clients' needs and appropriate solutions; ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships with clients.

Communication - Proven ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to communicate effectively orally.

Teamwork - Strong interpersonal skills and; ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Analyzing Skills – Excellent conceptual and analytical abilities and an analytic approach to information management. Ability to make rational judgments for the available information and analysis and probe for further information or greater understanding of a problem and present with alternative options.

Knowledge Management and Learning – Promotes a knowledge-sharing and learning culture in the office

Management and Leadership – Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback. Leads teams effectively and shows conflict resolution skills. Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude. Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors. Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure. Ability to go beyond established procedures and models, creation of new approaches.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education

  • Master's degree or equivalent) preferably in Public Health, Statistics, Evaluation, Project Management, or related area. A Bachelor's Degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience relevant to the above duties and responsibilities may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience

  • A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible program monitoring and evaluation and management with greater independence and decision-making authority, donor relationship experience with international organizations, or related experience with a Master's Degree. A Bachelor's Degree in same disciplines with 9 years of similar experience may be considered as equivalent.
  • Successful development and implementation of an M&E system at programme level.
  • Prior experience working with donors/ multi-donor funds required.
  • Strong experience in South East Asia region is preferred.
  • Willingness to undertake field visits in difficult conditions.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills is preferable.
  • Sound knowledge of UNOPS regulations and rules is an asset.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Office 2007 and/or newer versions) is required.

Language

  • Fluency in English is essential (must be able to effectively communicate in both oral and written form). Working knowledge of a second UN language is desirable.

Contract type, level and duration Contract type: Internationl Individual Contractor Agreement Contract level: I-ICA 3 Contract duration: 1 year and 1 month (possible extension subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability) For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: http://www.unops.org/ENGLISH/WHOWENEED/CONTRACT-TYPES/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements-ICAs.aspx Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
  • 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.
  • For staff positions 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.

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National Public Health Programme Officer, Yangon

Closing Date: Saturday, 11 January 2014

Vacancy code VA/2013/B5506/4473

Position title National Public Health Programme Officer

Level ICS-11 Department/office AEMO, Myanmar

Duty station Yangon, Myanmar

Contract type Local ICA Specialist

Contract level LICA Specialist-8

Duration 1 year (with possible extension)

Application period 27-Dec-2013 to 12-Jan-2014

Print United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner. Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity. Working in some of the world's most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations. We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.

Background Information - Myanmar

The Myanmar Operations Centre (MMOC) under the UNOPS Asia and Pacific Regional Office has been established to support, develop and oversee UNOPS' portfolio of programmes and projects in Myanmar and to ensure that synergies between programmes and projects are effectively developed. The MMOC plays a critical role in ensuring quality services to UNOPS partners that meet stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

In February 2009, MMOC was selected by the Myanmar Country Coordination Mechanism for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) as one of two Principal Recipients of GFATM grants for Myanmar. The implementation of the grants has commenced in January 2011.

In August 2013, MMOC was selected by the Regional Steering Committee for the Artemisinin resistance Containment Initiative for the GFATM as Regional Principal Recipients of the GFATM regional grant for the Greater Mekong Sub region (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam). The implementation of the grant will commence in January 2014.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Performance Management, the National Public Health Programme Officer (PHPO) will be responsible for performing the following duties:

  • Coordinate and manage all programme related work in the PR's Myanmar portfolio- lead and supervise the Myanmar performance management team;
  • Manage all key communication with SRs, particularly the relationship with MOH partners;
  • Ensure that all programme management policies and processes are harmonized across all grants and standards and practices applied are consistent with UNOPS policies and practices;
  • Lead the development of key performance management tool and processes;
  • Coordinate SR progress monitoring, capacity building and reporting across all Myanmar grants;
  • Assist in the design, implementation and coordination of Malaria, HIV and TB prevention, treatment and control project;
  • Assist in drafting TORs for requests of proposals to be launched on behalf of the PR;
  • Assist in the evaluation of proposals received either as a result of such calls or direct funding and ensuring that proposals are in compliance with national programme and with the fund's policy and strategies;
  • Assist in needs and resource assessments if and when needed;
  • In collaboration with Head of Performance Management, reviewing work plans, budgets and reports submitted by the PR's partners and ensuring that they are sound and in line with the approved programme and the funding policy and strategies and reflect key programmatic principles as appropriate;
  • Assist in routine monitoring of project progress, activity, results and implementation cost against planning to ensure the actions supported by the Pr are implemented effectively and efficiently and adjusted as needed to reflect changes in the approved programme as agreeable to the GF;
  • Proposing any interventions that may be necessary, including termination or adjustment actions to ensure compliance with the GF's policy and strategies;
  • Attending all relevant technical meetings and maintaining excellent contact with all stakeholders, whether in Yangon or in the field and a detailed knowledge of all relevant issues impacting public health, particularly in the context of malaria;
  • Promoting information sharing in all aspects related to malaria in Myanmar;
  • Providing close support to the M&E team in:

a)The development and implementation of the PR's internal M&E Systems,

b) Providing adequate feedback to/from the PR's partners and data obtained from the SRs' internal M&E System,

c) Providing advice to projects/actions supported by the PR on their own internal M & E System and needs,

d) Gaining in-depth knowledge of the national programme on their own internal M& E System, its consistency and effectiveness;

  • Ensure GF protocols and standards are adhered to by UNOPS Partner agencies and SRs;
  • Coordinate and manage training activities for SRs as needed;
  • Liaise with WHO, Health Ministry & Other UN Agencies to present and discuss strategies and issues regarding the malaria initiative programs;
  • Perform other relevant duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN security Management System and that of UNOPS.

Competencies

Leadership - Provides others with a clear direction; motivates and empowers others; recruits staff of a high caliber; provides staff with development opportunities and coaching; sets appropriate standards of behavior.

Planning and organizing - Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan to meet the deadlines and those under his/her supervision.

Client orientation - Ability to identify clients' needs and appropriate solutions; ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships with clients.

Communication - Proven ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to communicate effectively orally.

Teamwork - Strong interpersonal skills and; ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Analyzing Skills – Excellent conceptual and analytical abilities and an analytic approach to information management. Ability to make rational judgments for the available information and analysis and probe for further information or greater understanding of a problem and present with alternative options.

Knowledge Management and Learning – Promotes a knowledge-sharing and learning culture in the office

Self- reliant - Ability to act independently with a minimum of supervision. Specific assignments may be reviewed while in progress; however the majority is reviewed on completion. Routine duties are performed independently.

Technological awareness - Excellent computer skills and ability to use software tools to present data clearly and concisely; Good working knowledge of MS Office applications including proficiency in Excel, Spreadsheets & Database Software.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education

  • A Master's Degree in public health, health economics, epidemiology, social science, statistics, or other related field relevant to the above duties. A Bachelor degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience relevant to the above duties and responsibilities may be accepted in lieu of the Master's degree.

Experience

  • A Master's Degree and a minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience in Public Health and very good knowledge of programme management. A Bachelor's Degree and 9 years of relevant experience may be considered as equivalent.
  • Professional experience working with government and international donors.
  • Previous successful involvement with, and good knowledge of NGOs and civil society in Myanmar is desired.
  • Strong communication and facilitation skills, and ability to establish good working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders is essential.
  • Willingness to undertake field visits in difficult conditions is required.
  • Excellent writing and data analytical skills are required.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills is preferable.
  • Sound knowledge of UNOPS regulations and rules is an asset.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Office 2007 and/or newer versions) is required.

Language

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Myanmar is required

Contract type, level and durationContract type: Local Individual Contractor Agreement Contract level: L-ICA 8 Contract duration: 1 yr (possible extension subject to satisfactory performance and fund availability) For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: http://www.unops.org/ENGLISH/WHOWENEED/CONTRACT-TYPES/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements-ICAs.aspx

THIS IS A LOCAL POSITION. ONLY MYANMAR NATIONALS ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY. ALL

OTHER APPLICANTS WILL BE REJECTED.

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
  • 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.
  • For staff positions 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.

 

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Administrative and Finance Assistant and Monitoring & Evaluation Assistant (Social Protection and Health), Ye Township, Mon State, Myanmar

Closing Date: Friday, 03 January 2014

TERMS OF REFERENCE

I. POSITION INFORMATION

Position title : Administrative and Finance Assistant – Social Protection and Health

Position grade: Assistance project

Special Short-term

Duty station: Ye Township, Mon State, Myanmar

Seniority band:

Job family:

Organizational unit: Migration Health

Position number:

Position rated:

Subject to rotation:

Reporting directly to: Field Project Coordinator

Overall supervision by: Project Manager / Senior Programme Associate / Resource Management Officer

Managerial responsibility: Nil

Directly reporting staff:

II. ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT AND SCOPE

IOM is committed to the principle that safe and orderly migration is a benefit to migrants and society,

and is essential for achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. As a global intergovernmental

organization, IOM supports Member States to effectively manage the various challenges related to migration and provides assistance to migrants.

Within the Eastern Myanmar Health Programme, IOM is working with the Department of Health (DOH), non-State actors, and local organizations to build community capacities in health promotion, strengthening health service provision to hard-to-reach communities, and supporting the linkages between communities and the healthcare system. Primary healthcare activities include strengthening of the healthcare systems in areas emerging from conflict. The programme takes a human rights-based approach to sustainably empower communities on health promotion and to facilitate equitable service availability by supporting township-level service delivery management and coordination, and building capacity at the Rural Health Centres (RHC) and sub-RHC levels. The programme intersects with safe migration activities, including prevention of trafficking in persons and protection of the victims of trafficking.

III. RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES

Under the direct supervision of Field Project Coordinator, the incumbent will provide the financial and administrative support to the implementation of IOM‘s Social Protection and Health Assistance project in Ye township, Mon State.

Specifically, he/she will be assigned the following tasks and responsibilities:

  • Handle the petty cash account of the project office and execute cash payments; ensure proper documentation and maintain sufficient level of cash at all times and prepare the cash certificate at the end of each month.
  • Ensure that all supporting documentation is duly completed and signatures are obtained before making the payment as per payment requests.
  • Assist in verifying receipts/invoices prior settlement/payment. Assist in procurement of goods in small amounts and at the local level; coordinate with the Procurement and Logistics Unit inYangon for larger scale procurement.
  • Perform receptionist work, attend to incoming communication, telephone, facsimile, visitors and relaying messages /information to the appropriate staff member and escort outsiders at all time.
  • Centralize all incoming/outgoing correspondence, including faxes; keep written record of the mail pouch and documents that either sent or received from IOM Yangon and other field sub offices / project offices as well as external mail.
  • Monitor the attendance for all staff based in Ye sub office; coordinate with timekeeper in IOM Yangon proper submission of leave requests and attendance record keeping.
  • Monitor and reference numbers of Travel Authorizations (TA) for all staff based in Ye; with IOM Yangon for recording, authorization, security clearances, and clearance of TA / travel expenses claims.
  • Maintain a list of equipment on loan to staff and following-up on the returns of such equipment to office; maintain the database of asset inventory using the prescribed IOM format.
  • Oversee the day-to-day maintenance of the IOM office; supervise/assign the cook/cleaner to daily tasks.
  • Ensure that the office premises are wellâ€maintained (e.g. general maintenance, housekeeping, security, payment of utility charges).
  • Perform other related duties as may be assigned.

IV. COMPETENCIES

The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following technical and behavioural competencies:

  • Must have a clientâ€oriented and resultâ€oriented mindâ€set, and uphold the programme values of caring, innovating, partnering, demonstrating competence, and working for positive change.
  • Team-work oriented, capacity to work independently; personal commitment, efficiency, flexibility, experience in working effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds at all levels
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and to keep deadlines
  • Proven drive for effective financial resource management

V. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • University degree in Business Administration or related fields, preferably with a graduate
  • degree in Management, Business Administration, or Accounting
  • Minimum of 3 years related work experience with international humanitarian organizations, non-government or government institutions/organization in a multiâ€cultural setting is an advantage

VI. LANGUAGES

Required

Strong communication skills, including high level of Myanmar and English technical writing ability.

Advantageous

Knowledge and experience working within the local context of South-East of Myanmar, and fluency in a local language(s) an advantage.

I. POSITION INFORMATION

Position title: Monitoring & Evaluation Assistant – Social Protection and Health

Position grade: Assistance project

Special Short-term

Duty station: Ye Township, Mon State, Myanmar

Seniority band:

Job family:

Organizational unit: Migration Health

Position number:

Position rated:

Subject to rotation:

Reporting directly to: Field Project Coordinator

Overall supervision by: Project Manager / Senior Programme Associate / Senior Health Database and M&E Associate

Managerial responsibility: Nil

Directly reporting staff:

II. ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT AND SCOPE

IOM is committed to the principle that safe and orderly migration is a benefit to migrants and society, and is essential for achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. As a global intergovernmental organization, IOM supports Member States to effectively manage the various challenges related to migration and provides assistance to migrants.

Within the Eastern Myanmar Health Programme, IOM is working with the Department of Health (DOH), nonâ€State actors, and local organizations to build community capacities in health promotion, strengthening health service provision to hardâ€toâ€reach communities, and supporting the linkages between communities and the healthcare system. Primary healthcare activities include strengthening of the healthcare systems in areas emerging from conflict. The programme takes a human rights-based approach to sustainably empower communities on health promotion and to facilitate equitable service availability by supporting townshipâ€level service delivery management and coordination, and building capacity at the Rural Health Centres (RHC) and sub-RHC levels. The programme intersects with safe migration activities, including prevention of trafficking in persons and protection of the victims of trafficking.

III. RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES

Under the direct supervision of Field Project Coordinator, and under technical supervision of the

Project Manager, Senior Programme Associate and the Senior Health Database and M&E Associate in Yangon, the incumbent will assume overall responsibilities for implementing systems and standards for needs assessment, regular assessment, monitoring and evaluation of activities under the project.

  • Assist the Field Project Coordinator in monitoring monthly reports and maintain compliance and achievement of accurate and absolute data from activities;
  • Monitor procedural compliance for planned activities, reporting timelines, impact and key result framework;
  • Actively participate in developing mobile and migrant mapping and developing mobility tracking guidelines;
  • Provide assistance in managing the medical supplies, its distribution and monitor drug consumption through standardized checklists and tools;
  • Assist in conducting baseline survey, field assessments, field monitoring / evaluation visits, and end-of project assessment and submit reports as required;
  • Conduct necessary trainings for the project staff in project monitoring and evaluation;
  • Engage in conducting operational research in field/s as well as taking responsibilities in collecting and compiling data;
  • Participate in regular team meetings and provide suggestions for project/programme improvements.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned.

IV. COMPETENCIES

The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following technical and behavioural competencies

Behavioural

Accountability

  • Creates a respectful office environment free of harassment and retaliation, and promotes the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA)
  • Accepts and gives constructive criticism
  • Follows all relevant procedures, processes, and policies
  • Meets deadline, cost, and quality requirements for outputs
  • Monitors own work to correct errors
  • Takes responsibility for meeting commitments and for any shortcomings

Client Orientation

  • Identifies the immediate and peripheral clients of own work
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with clients
  • Identifies and monitors changes in the needs of clients, including donors,
  • Governments, and project beneficiaries
  • Keeps clients informed of developments and setbacks

Continuous Learning

  • Contributes to colleagues' learning
  • Demonstrates interest in improving relevant skills
  • Demonstrates interest in acquiring skills relevant to other functional areas
  • Keeps abreast of developments in own professional area

Communication

  • Actively shares relevant information
  • Clearly communicates, and listens to feedback on, changing priorities and procedures
  • Writes clearly and effectively, adapting wording and style to the intended audience
  • Listens effectively and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the

Creativity and Initiative

  • Actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services
  • Expands responsibilities while maintaining existing ones
  • Persuades others to consider new ideas
  • Proactively develops new ways to resolve problems

Leadership and Negotiation

  • Convinces others to share resources
  • Actively identifies opportunities for and promotes organizational change
  • Presents goals as shared interests
  • Articulates vision to motivate colleagues and follows through with

Performance Management

  • Provides constructive feedback to colleagues
  • Identifies ways for their staff to develop their abilities and careers
  • Provides fair, accurate, timely, and constructive staff evaluations
  • Uses staff evaluations appropriately in recruitment and other relevant HR
  • Holds directly reporting managers accountable for providing fair, accurate, timely, and

constructive staff evaluations

Planning and Organizing

  • Sets clear and achievable goals consistent with agreed priorities for self and others
  • Identifies priority activities and assignments for self and others
  • Develops strategic vision for IOM within area of responsibility
  • Organizes and documents work to allow for planned and unplanned handovers
  • Identifies risks and makes contingency plans
  • Adjusts priorities and plans to achieve goals
  • Allocates appropriate times and resources for own work and that of team members

Professionalism

  • Masters subject matter related to responsibilities
  • Identifies issues, opportunities, and risks central to responsibilities
  • Incorporates genderâ€related needs, perspectives, and concerns, and promotes equal gender

participation

  • Persistent, calm, and polite in the face of challenges and stress
  • Treats all colleagues with respect and dignity
  • Works effectively with people from different cultures by adapting to relevant cultural contexts
  • Knowledgeable about and promotes IOM core mandate and migration solutions

Teamwork

  • Actively contributes to an effective, collegial, and agreeable team environment
  • Contributes to, and follows team objectives
  • Gives credit where credit is due
  • Seeks input and feedback from others
  • Delegates tasks and responsibilities as appropriate
  • Actively supports and implements final group decisions
  • Takes joint responsibility for team's work

Technological Awareness

  • Learns about developments in available technology
  • Proactively identifies and advocates for costâ€efficient technology solutions
  • Understands applicability and limitation of technology and seeks to apply it to appropriate work

Resource Mobilization

  • Establishes realistic resource requirements to meet IOM needs
  • Builds stable strategic alliances with relevant parties
  • Identifies sources of and secures funding from external stakeholders to meet

Technical

  • Must have a client-oriented and resultâ€oriented mindâ€set, and uphold the programme values of caring, innovating, partnering, demonstrating competence, and working for positive change.
  • Able to provide and receive constructive criticism, contribute towards a collegial team environment, set clear goals and tasks for self and team, demonstrate strong organizational and multitasking capacities, drive high levels of performance management, and demonstrate capacity to make timely and effective decisions.

V. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor degree with a strong health background preferably with public health experience.
  • Experience in Monitoring, Evaluation and Coordination with community structures
  • Minimum of three years' experience in working with community based health programs

(preferably in the field Maternal and Child Health, Primary Health Care) with an INGO, LNGO,UN agency.

  • Excellent team building and facilitation skills.
  • Computer skills, including Microsoft Excel, Access, internet navigation, and other various office applications
  • Good command of spoken and written English; ability to type Myanmar language.
  • Knowledge of the project implementation areas and the ethnic languages are an asset.
  • Ability to travel and work under difficult conditions.

VI. LANGUAGES

Required

  • Strong communication skills, including high level of Myanmar and English technical writing ability.

Advantageous

  • Knowledge and experience working within the local context of Southâ€East of Myanmar, and fluency in a local language(s) an advantage.
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Myanmar to free most political detainees in year-end amnesty

(Reuters) - Myanmar is expect to release most of its prisoners of conscience on Tuesday and scores more awaiting trial, activists said, after the government announced a year-end amnesty for those held for political reasons.

State-run MRTV announced the presidential amnesty in a bulletin late on Monday but did not reveal the number due for release, but an organization that tracks political detainees and assists the government said it expected 230 to be freed and the rest in mid-January.

The amnesty follows a promise by reformist President Thein Sein during a visit to Britain in July that there would be no political prisoners held in Myanmar's jails by the end of the year.

The EU, United States and other Western countries have increased aid and investment and suspended most sanctions, partly in response to Myanmar freeing hundreds of political prisoners and other liberal reforms unimaginable under the juntas that ruled for 49 unbroken years.

The amnesty is one of at least a dozen the quasi-civilian government has granted since taking over in March 2011.

During the military's final years in power, as many as 2,500 people, including activists, journalists, politicians and even comedians and artists, were under detention. Many were subjected to torture and other inhumane treatment.

Bo Kyi, a senior official from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners in Myanmar and member of a panel appointed by the president to assess cases of political detention, said 38 in jail and 192 facing trial or under investigation would be freed.

He said other detainees were still being looked into because various stakeholders had yet to determine whether their offences were classed as political, or criminal.

An official from Prison Department told Reuters it was still collecting information and the exact number was not known.

(Reporting by Aung Hla Tun; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Alison Williams)

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Ethnic traditions vanishing as Myanmar opens up

High in the hills of Myanmar's Chin state, Shwe Mana plays a gentle song on a bamboo flute using only her nostrils — one of the last of her tribe to preserve this ancient skill. A dark, intricate web of tattoos covers her face, harking back to a time, it is said, when women disfigured themselves to dampen the lust of lowland marauders.

Her university-educated daughter, resting a hand gently on the 53-year-old's shoulder, makes it clear she won't be getting similar tattoos in what she calls "this Internet age." Her illiterate mother, like many from the Chin ethnic group, explains that the outside world has imparted a new sense of what is beautiful.

"My daughter thought it would be too painful and she would not look pretty," says Shwe Mana, whose house hugs a 4,500-foot (1,370-meter) ridgeline in the pleasant town of Kampalet. "Sometimes I also feel that the tattoos don't make me pretty — but just sometimes."

Their story is becoming a common one in a country not long ago described as a place where time stood still. Tribal ways — dress, festivals, even languages — passed down countless generations are vanishing in the course of one as the long-isolated country opens its doors wider to the outside world.

The end of military rule three years ago and the launch of economic and political reforms are accelerating change. That is bringing opportunity and hope for a long impoverished country, but also increasing pressure on tradition in one of the most ethnically diverse nations, home to more than 140 groups and numerous sub-groupings, from sea-roaming "gypsies" in the south to a tribe of pygmies living in the shadows of the Himalayas.

Across Myanmar, where ethnic minorities make up about a third of the 60 million people and inhabit half the country, barely a village remains cocooned in the past.

Witness Kyar Do in southern Chin state, inhabited by the Maun sub-tribe. Reached by a precarious trail plunging down a mile- (1,500-meter-) deep valley and often cut off during the monsoon rains, the community acquired three inexpensive Chinese motorcycles last year and a mobile phone owned by the chief. Three television sets, powered by solar panels, allow the 500 villagers to keep up with the latest doings of soccer squads Manchester United and Real Madrid.

"The world they are in contact with is in constant change and they want to be part of it," says F.K. Lehman, professor emeritus at the University of Illinois and one of the few anthropologists to have done field work among the Chin. "The change among the ethnic groups is very rapid and striking and it will accelerate."

Wedged between northeast India and the heartland of the Burmans, the majority ethnic group in Myanmar, Chin state is home to six Chin tribes and 69 sub-tribes. It is a stunningly beautiful, rugged region rising to the 10,200-foot (3,100-meter) Mt. Victoria. But it is plagued by periodic famines, threadbare infrastructure and an insurgency, now at least temporarily halted, aimed at greater autonomy from the central government.

Driven by poverty and politics, a Chin diaspora — there are some 20,000 in Malaysia alone — has created economic disparities as relatives send money home to once generally egalitarian communities.

The family of Yen Htan recently built a new house in Kyar Do thanks to a son working in Malaysia who sends home about $2,000 a year, a princely sum given the $2-a-day income of most other families. Brightly painted and tiled, the house is built of wood, in contrast to the traditional bamboo and thatch.

There's also a generational disconnect: Older people are mostly illiterate, while the young attend a village primary school, and a few of them go on to higher education in the district capital, Mindat.

With previous restrictions on foreigners traveling to Chin state now mostly lifted, a trickle of tourists make the heart-pounding trek to Kyar Do. Some offer candy and medicine, or donations to rebuild a bridge demolished by floods. Others try to buy heirloom jewelry — expressions of pride, status and artistry — from households. Some of the tattooed, bejeweled women expect cash for photographs.

"Our village must be developed, and some tourists come to help," says villager Phey Htan, attributing some economic betterment to the replacement of a half-century-long military rule by a government elected in 2010. "Tourism is proof that our village is developing."

British colonials, who seized the Chin Hills in 1896, and American missionaries were earlier agents of change. The indigenous groups were able to meld some of their animist religion with Christianity, and the missionaries strengthened the concept of "Chin-ness" by creating the first Chin written alphabet and other unifying measures.

"The English and missionaries offered a connection to a larger, interesting world which did not depend on the Burmans, who had always been rather unkind to them," Lehman says.

Kyar Do, like other Chin villages, seems to have feet planted in both animism and Christianity, in the past and the present.

Down the slope from a Christian church, the ashes of the deceased lie beneath clusters of flat, table-like stones, according to ancient custom.

Phey Htan, an avowed Baptist, proudly presents his tattooed wives — two of them.

"Tattooing is good. It's our tradition. I would like to see it continue. I am very proud to be a Maun," he says, reflecting a deeply rooted sense of identity despite changes in what anthropologists call showcase culture: dress, ornaments, dances and other visible elements.

One wall of his house is decorated with the skulls of "mithuns," domesticated forest oxen sacrificed to ensure bountiful harvests in a five-day ceremony also involving the slaughter of chickens, pigs and goats and plenty of liquor.

Such traditions are challenged by continuing efforts to assimilate the minorities into the Burman mainstream.

Lian Sakhong, a Chin activist and anthropologist, fled Myanmar after the brutal 1988 military suppression of a pro-democracy movement. On returning home in 2001 from asylum in Sweden, he noticed changes. Buddhist pagodas stood on hilltops where there were once only Christian churches. Students were pressured to convert to Buddhism, the religion of most Burmans, at special, well-endowed schools run under the government's Border Area Development Program.

His generation studied in Chin languages through primary school, but now children can do so only at Sunday school. Christianity, which once so transformed Chin society, now is saving it, says Lian Sakhong, also the son of a tribal chief.

"Chin identity and Christianity are fully blended," he says. "We have only one institution which is not controlled by the government: our church. When you sing a hymn and read the Bible in Chin on Sunday, and you know that others across the state are doing the same, it makes for a kind of community, a unifying force."

But as in other ethnic areas, languages are disappearing as once isolated valleys are connected by roads and modern communication.

In his grandfather's time, everyone in a cluster of 27 villages where Lian Sakhong grew up spoke Zophei, a distinct dialect of the Laimi tribe. Today, it is spoken in four or five villages while the rest use only the primary Laimi language.

Long-running insurgencies and political struggles by the Chin and other ethnic groups for greater autonomy also forged a sense of identity. Now, most have agreed to cease-fires that could lead to peace.

"Strong identity is being kept alive by the armed resistance. It's become an identity-keeping force," Lian Sakhong says. "I tell my friends, 'If there is peace, we have to find other ways to protect our language, our essential culture.'"

EDITOR'S NOTE _ This story is part of "Portraits of Change," a yearlong series by The Associated Press examining how the opening of Myanmar after decades of military rule is _ and is not _ changing life in the long-isolated Southeast Asian country.

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Time running out for Myanmar democracy

Myanmar's opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) on Saturday announced it would contest the 2015 election, but this doesn't mean it accepts that the vote will be fair. Amending the military-drafted constitution ahead of the election remains a necessity if Myanmar is to become a democracy that reflects the will of all its citizens.

The 2008 Constitution was drawn up under the previous military regime to ensure its continuing influence in government. The charter is undemocratic because it secures 25 per cent of seats in parliament for the military and disqualifies opposition leader and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi from running for president.

Article 59 of the Constitution says anyone whose spouse or children are foreign nationals cannot become president or vice president. Suu Kyi was married to the late British scholar Michael Aris, and her two sons carry British passports.

Suu Kyi had previously hinted that the opposition would boycott the next general election unless the Constitution was made equitable. Her NLD refused to contest the 2010 poll, calling it undemocratic. The Constitution and election law strongly favoured the pro-military Union Solidarity and Development Party in 2010, and enabled former four-star general Thein Sein to take the helm of the country.

After changes to election rules, the NLD contested by-elections in 2012, sweeping 43 of the 45 parliamentary seats it contested. Suu Kyi won one of those seats and has since taken a prominent role in parliamentary affairs. Her personal popularity remains sky-high, and her NLD is expected to perform well in the next election - but only if the rules of the game are changed to create a more level playing field. If so, her party might have the opportunity to propose Suu Kyi as its candidate for the country's next president. The president is chosen by parliament rather than by national election, so a candidate must gain the support of MPs to be successful.

However, changes to the Constitution must go further than merely enabling Suu Kyi to take the top job. The charter is riddled with vague language and downright undemocratic points.

The NLD launched a campaign for charter change in October. It followed the July launch of a parliamentary Constitution Review Committee to recommend changes to the Constitution before the 2015 elections.

The committee is collecting suggestions from individuals, organisations and political parties, and will submit them to parliament by the end of January. The process faces challenges and obstacles from conservative elements desperate to maintain the status quo.

Amending the Constitution requires the consent of more than 75 per cent of lawmakers, then more than 50 per cent of the vote in a national referendum. With only a year left before election preparations begin, time is fast running out for Myanmar's democratic reform.

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Myanmar announces broad prisoner pardon

Myanmar announces broad prisoner pardon
AFP Myanmar announces broad prisoner pardon

Yangon (AFP) - Myanmar on Monday announced a sweeping amnesty for prisoners who were charged under draconian laws used to imprison activists, after the reformist president vowed to free all political inmates by the end of the year.

The move is the latest in a series of prisoner releases since the long-isolated nation embarked on dramatic reforms as it emerged from junta rule nearly three years ago.

It was not immediately clear how many people would be freed, but the presidential statement read out on state media indicated all prisoners detained or on trial under the country's most controversial laws would be freed.

"All prisoners who have been sentenced (under the following laws) are pardoned," said the announcement.

"All ongoing cases at the courts will be closed and all accused must be freed immediately."

Former general Thein Sein, who has won international plaudits and the removal of most western sanctions for overseeing new political and civil freedoms, had vowed to free all detained activists by the end of the year.

AFP was unable to reach officials late Monday to confirm the number of people potentially affected, but campaigners said it could have a broad impact.

"This is quite a sweeping order, assuming it all comes true. There hasn?t been a high-level political act like this in more than 25 years," David Mathieson, a researcher with New York-based Human Rights Watch, told AFP.

Campaigners recently estimated there were around 40 political prisoners still behind bars.

But more than 200 people are also thought to be facing trial on new charges under the quasi-civilian government, mainly for protesting without permission.

Mathieson said these people were "basically peaceful political activists", many of whom appeared to have been targeted by over-zealous local officials arresting campaigners who are trying to "push the boundaries" of unfair laws.

The latest release is expected to begin Tuesday.

The quasi-civilian government which took power in March 2011 has passed legislation allowing authorised peaceful protests, but demonstrators are required to seek permission in advance.

Arbitrary imprisonment was a hallmark of nearly half a century of harsh rule by a junta that denied the existence of political prisoners, even as it imposed harsh punishments on rights activists, journalists, lawyers and performers.

Before Myanmar's reforms, rights groups accused the country of wrongfully imprisoning about 2,000 political detainees -- most of whom have since been freed.

The latest amnesty includes the most notorious old laws used by the former junta against its critics, including democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi -- who is now an opposition MP following the country's dramatic reforms.

It appears to also cover those currently facing charges but does not extend to people arrested after December 31.

Mathieson called on the government to scrap the laws that penalise activists.

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Two Myanmar women brutally murdered

BUKIT MERTAJAM: Two Myanmar women were brutally murdered beside a railway line in Kampung Setol, Jalan Baru near here.

Htay Htay Than, 21, was found with her throat slit, while the other woman, identified only as Than, 41, had stab wounds on her face and body.

State CID chief Asst Comm Mazlan Kesah said a passer-by found the two women when he went to the scene upon hearing screams at 12.15pm yesterday.

“Both women died on the spot,” ACP Mazlan said, adding that robbery had been ruled out as the motive because no valuables were taken.

He said the women, who were former factory workers, had been jobless and were walking when they were attacked.

“Two Myanmar men were arrested at a bus stop near the crime scene within 30 minutes of the incident,” he added.

The suspects, in their 30s, were picked up following a description provided by an eye-witness.

“We have taken them to the Central Seberang Prai district police headquarters in Bandar Perda to facilitate investigations under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder,” he said.

ACP Mazlan said police have yet to find the weapons used in the murder, adding that initial investigations revealed both women had been living in the area for two years.

He urged those with information about the murder to contact the nearest police station.

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Myanmar pardons political offenders

YANGON, Myanmar—Myanmar's reformist president granted a pardon Monday to people convicted of or charged with a variety of political offenses, an apparent effort to fulfill his pledge to free all political prisoners by the end of this year.

It wasn't immediately clear how many people are covered by President Thein Sein's pardon, which was announced on state television.

The pardon covers people convicted of or charged with unlawful association, high treason, contempt of government and violation of the peaceful assembly law.

In addition to freeing those convicted of such crimes, the decree halted all ongoing trials and investigations on those charges.

"There are about 40 remaining political prisoners and 200 activists who are facing trial under political charges, but it is difficult to guess how many will enjoy the pardon this time," said Ye Aung, a former political prisoner and member of the government's political prisoner scrutinizing committee.

Technically, the pardon may not cover all prisoners the committee lists as political detainees because some were convicted of other crimes, such as murder and desertion.

Ye Aung said only when it is learned who has actually been freed will it be clear whether all political prisoners were covered.

Since Thein Sein became president, he has freed about 1,300 political prisoners, Ye Aung said.

Thein Sein, a former general who became an elected president in 2011 after five decades of repressive military rule, instituted political and financial reforms to lift the country's sagging economy. It had faced sanctions from Western nations—most now lifted—because of its poor human rights record and undemocratic rule.

The release of political detainees is a benchmark used by Western nations to judge Thein Sein's administration. Previous releases have been a major factor in decisions by those nations to ease sanctions.

"The president is implementing his promise to free all political prisoners and we welcome the announcement," said Ye Aung, who had been imprisoned under the previous military junta for eight years. "The government does not use the word prisoners of conscience in its announcement but all the laws mentioned in the announcement are those that are used against activists and dissidents."

Ye Aung said that during Thein Sein's administration, many activists had been charged under a section of the Peaceful Assembly Law that carries a maximum one-year prison term for those who stage protests without official permission, and for disturbing public tranquility, which carries a maximum two-year jail term.


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Aung San Suu Kyi announces Myanmar opposition party to enter 2015 general electionAung San Suu Kyi announces Myanmar opposition party to enter 2015 general election

 

Myanmar opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), has announced that it will enter the upcoming general election in 2015 no matter whether the constitution is amended or not, local media quoted the NLD Central Committee as reporting Sunday.

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party vowed Saturday to contest crucial elections in 2015 even if the constitution is not amended first to allow her to become president.

The military-drafted charter blocks anyone whose spouse or children are overseas citizens from leading the country -- a clause widely believed to be targeted at the Nobel laureate whose two sons are British.

The constitution also ring-fences a quarter of the seats in parliament for unelected military personnel.

Suu Kyi has repeatedly warned that the charter must be changed to allow democracy to take root in the former junta-ruled country, and there had been speculation her party might even boycott the 2015 parliamentary polls.

But a spokesman for her National League for Democracy (NLD) said after a party meeting Saturday that the opposition would take part even without a constitutional amendment.

"We must compete in the 2015 election whatever," he told reporters, adding that the NLD was aiming for an even bigger victory than in landmark by-elections in 2012 that saw Suu Kyi and her party enter parliament.

In Myanmar parliament chooses the president.

The fledgling legislature is dominated by the military and its political allies so an election victory would make it easier for the NLD to push for a constitutional amendment.

The NLD was founded in 1988 after a popular uprising against the military junta that left thousands dead.

Two years later, the party won elections in a landslide -- but the results were never recognised by the regime.

Suu Kyi was under house arrest at the time and spent much of the following two decades in detention, until she was freed after controversial elections in 2010 that her party boycotted.

President Thein Sein's reformist government has since overseen dramatic political and economic reforms, leading to the lifting of most Western sanctions.

A parliamentary panel is now reviewing the constitution and is expected to report its recommendations at the end of January.

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Aung San Suu Kyi vows to contest Myanmar election

Updated December 29, 2013 16:31:42

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party has vowed to contest crucial elections in 2015 even if the constitution is not amended first to allow her to become president.

The military-drafted charter blocks anyone whose spouse or children are overseas citizens from leading the country - a clause widely believed to be targeted at the Nobel laureate whose two sons are British.

The constitution also ring-fences a quarter of the seats in parliament for unelected military personnel.

Ms Suu Kyi has repeatedly warned that the charter must be changed to allow democracy to take root in the former junta-ruled country, and there had been speculation her party might even boycott the 2015 parliamentary polls.

But a spokesman for her National League for Democracy (NLD) said after a party meeting Saturday that the opposition would take part even without a constitutional amendment.

"We must compete in the 2015 election whatever," he told reporters, adding that the NLD was aiming for an even bigger victory than in landmark by-elections in 2012 that saw Ms Suu Kyi and her party enter parliament.

In Myanmar parliament chooses the president.

The fledgling legislature is dominated by the military and its political allies so an election victory would make it easier for the NLD to push for a constitutional amendment.

The NLD was founded in 1988 after a popular uprising against the military junta that left thousands dead.

Two years later, the party won elections in a landslide - but the results were never recognised by the regime.

Ms Suu Kyi was under house arrest at the time and spent much of the following two decades in detention, until she was freed after controversial elections in 2010 that her party boycotted.

President Thein Sein's reformist government has since overseen dramatic political and economic reforms, leading to the lifting of most Western sanctions.

A parliamentary panel is now reviewing the constitution and is expected to report its recommendations at the end of January.

AFP

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