Humanitarian Project Coordinator

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Job Description

Job Title: Humanitarian Project Coordinator

Location: Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar (with frequent travel to field offices and Yangon)

Reports to: Head of Programs Rakhine

Duration: 1 year based on satisfactory performance and budget availability

Relief International began work in Myanmar in 2008 and is now supporting conflict-affected communities in Rakhine and Shan States. Relief International Myanmar currently employs over 180 national, 7 international staff and operates out of nine offices, with its main office in Yangon. At present, key RI donors include EC, ECHO, USAID, UNICEF, UNFPA, MHF, HARP-f and LIFT.

Position Summary:

Relief International Myanmar is delivering a range of both humanitarian and early recovery projects in Rakhine State responding to the needs of the local population. Projects include working with IDP populations in WASH, Health, Protection, Livelihoods as well as community dialogue with conflict-affected communities.

The Humanitarian Project Coordinator will be responsible for start-up and overall program management, supervision, administration and implementation of RI’s humanitarian response to the recent displacement of over 12,000 people in the four townships of Mrauk U District, Rakhine State. Specifically, the manager will support the start-up of a new HARP/DFID-funded project to provide training and mentoring to strengthen the organizational and technical capacity of the local CSOs in the four townships of Mrauk U District, with the aim to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, economy and equity of the humanitarian response of the local CSOs and to meet the needs of the displaced population.

The Humanitarian Project Coordinator will be a key liaison between Rakhine project staff, Rakhine-level stakeholders, and the RI support team. The manager will represent Relief International at project related inter-agency meetings in Rakhine in close coordination with the Head of Programs Rakhine and, as feasible, assist with identifying, designing, and developing new program opportunities.


  • The coordinator will provide overall project leadership and technical support for the start-up of the HARP-DIFID funded project, including internal and external inter-agency coordination, local networking, analyzing emergency assessments and supporting the design and drafting of proposals as appropriate.
  • Recruit and provide timely and expert advice to emergency response team and local partners on implementation of various components of the emergency response program.
  • Lead the process of developing immediate and longer-term Humanitarian Response Plans, ensuring that RI’s response meets immediate humanitarian needs and strategically positions the organization for longer-term program funding opportunities.
  • Identify, initiate and maintain program partnerships with national agencies and CSOs.
  • Assist with developing the RI implementing partner agreements with the selected local CSO partners in Mrauk U District;
  • Support the RI project team to plan and conduct a mapping of CSOs in four townships, and conduct organizational capacity assessment (OCA) of selected CSOs;
  • Support the design, oversee and start the training and mentoring scheme to strengthen the organizational and technical capacity of the local CSOs;
  • Establish project monitoring plans, post distribution monitoring (PDM) systems carried by local partners to track the indicators and work on developing processes/procedures and forms to support timely implementation and inform learning.
  • Coordinate closely with the management of RI’s DEVCO-funded development project in Mrauk U District, to ensure synergies, complementarity and co-funding;
  • In coordination with project staff ensure the preparation of timely progress and donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal RI requirements and any relevant donor requirements.
  • In coordination with the Operations teams, oversee effective functioning of project logistics systems to procure, store and distribute stock, supplies and services for the timely delivery of project objectives.
  • Ensure the project is well coordinated with relevant government authorities. Support negotiations for humanitarian space in an extremely complex context with various interlocutors.
  • Any other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Skills, Experience, Knowledge:

  • Master’s degree in relevant discipline: development studies, project management or similar.
  • This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to work hard and achieve results in a demanding, fast paced and often insecure environment.
  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience working in management roles within a complex country program in a complex emergency response or fragile state. Previous experience in first phase emergency response is essential.
  • Strong understanding of UN and humanitarian coordination mechanisms.
  • Experience of securing and managing complex donor projects (including ECHO, DFID and OFDA / USAID) in a first phase response.
  • Experience working in Rakhine State and in the current IDP context would be highly desirable.
  • Experience working with CSOs and in training/capacity building of CSOs. Familiarity working with Myanmar CSOs is highly desirable.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Experience of M&E and beneficiary accountability systems in large and complex programs
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • Ability to communicate effectively with, and build the capacity of, national staff.
  • Ability to work under difficult and often stressful conditions with significant movement restrictions

Living Conditions:

Shared housing with running water, electricity, and internet is provided for expatriate staff close to the Sittwe office. Five days of R&R is provided every two months. This post is unaccompanied.

RI Values:

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.

We value:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Agility and Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability

About the Organization

About RI

Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in 18 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.

Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.

Relief International includes the four corporate members of the RI Alliance: RI-US, RI-UK, MRCA/RIFrance and RI-Europe. Under our alliance agreement, we operate as a single, shared management structure.

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