Institutional strengtheing and policy dialogue support in Myanmar ( 9201 Myanmar )

Apply by 13 May 2015
Senior-level , Long-term consulting assignment
Posted on 9 April 2015

Job Description

Institutional strengtheing and policy dialogue support in Myanmar

Overall objective:
To contribute to strengthening governance in support of Myanmar’s democratic transition processes and reform agenda.


To strengthen public institutions and non-state actors and develop capacities for policymaking, planning and implementation to respond to citizens’ needs and contribute to general socio-economic development.

Required expertise:

Key Expert 1: Team Leader (660 working days)

He / she will be responsible in-country for overall project management and implementation, overseeing the work of the other KEs and NKEs, as well as the project support staff, and maintaining close contact with the EU Delegation. He/she will develop strong working ties with national counterparts and DPs.

Qualifications and skills

  • University degree of at least three years in a discipline relevant to the scope of this assignment, such as public administration, management, engineering, sciences, economics, development economics, international relations, law or other relevant subjects.
  • Excellent communication skills in English, being able to communicate effectively and diplomatically with a wide range of contacts, including public speaking skills.
  • Good analytical skills, and capacity to produce clear and concise reports in English, as well as key documents such as specific ToR in the areas of activity of this project.
  • Strong project management, planning and coordination skills, with the ability to deliver a complex project effectively and under tight deadlines.
  • Good people management skills; able to lead and motivate a multi-cultural team to deliver the required results.
  • Relevant IT skills (MS Office Applications).
  • General professional experience
  • Minimum 15 years of relevant professional experience
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in developing countries.

Specific professional experience

  • Minimum 10 years’ working experience in project management
  • Minimum 6 years working experience as Team Leader of complex projects with multiple stakeholders, preferably in fields such as PAR / institutional strengthening / civil service capacity development / policy dialogue.
  • Professional experience of at least four of the following types is required; experience of more than four will be taken into account positively:

o Project management under EU procedures, and knowledge of EU visibility requirements
o Demand-driven TA facilities, and projects requiring management of a pool of experts
o Preparation of ToRs across a range of technical areas relevant to these ToRs
o Proven working experience with GoUM in Myanmar will be considered as a strong asset
o Project management experience in several of the sectors of activity covered by this project
o Experience in Asia, transition economies and fragile and post-conflict states

Key Expert 2 : Project Coordinator (660 working days)

The project coordinator will act as close collaborator and locum to the TL. He/she will be a fully fluent speaker of Myanmar language, and will have particular responsibility for effectively liaising at technical level with national counterparts, particularly for the purpose of facilitating the organisation of meetings and other events, policy dialogue and activities as part of the project. He/she will ensure the conduit between the national policy and capacity building requirements of the GoUM and the project, assuring the alignment of demand driven inputs. Thus, the coordinator needs to be well versed in the current political and administrative issues of Myanmar but also should be neutral within the context of these delicate issues.

Qualifications and skills

  • A university degree in: Public Administration, Law, Political Sciences, Economics, Business Administration, or another relevant subject. At least 5 years working experience with international organisations and or with senior level government officials may be considered in lieu of the degree;
  • Strong inter-personnel skills to support effective liaison and coordination with national counterparts and other project beneficiaries;
  • Ability to organise and facilitate policy dialogues, public forums, and public meetings, and provide trainings as appropriate;
  • Proficiency in MS office programmes
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English;
  • Fluency (written and oral) in Myanmar language (Burmese).

General professional experience

  • Minimum 10 years relevant general professional working experience

Specific professional experience

  • At least two years’ experience in Myanmar since 2008 working with government officials or development partners or non-government actors are required.
  • The following areas of working experience will be considered as important assets:
  • Multi-stakeholder dialogue facilitation, research, policy formulation, academia (incl. provision of trainings)
  • Formulation of on-demand research studies, concept notes, and policy guidance through partnerships with GoUM, Myanmar institutions and Myanmar national professionals
  • Working in multi-cultural, multi-national environments
  • Supporting international technical cooperation teams to enable seamless integration into government structures.

Key Expert 3: Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building Expert (220 working days)

The expert will have overall responsibility for the formulation and implementation of activities related to component 1, contributing strongly to development of the OWP and AWP for this component. The expert will identify needs and demands in this area, prepare specific ToR, and plan activities and training programmes for implementation under the project.

Qualifications and skills

  • Advanced University Degree (PHD / Masters) in: Public Policy, Administration or Management Studies, Law, International Relations, Political Sciences, Economics or a directly related discipline. At least 10 years’ experience of international cooperation in PAR and capacity building programmes may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree (inclusive of the 8 years specific professional experience referred to below).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English;
  • Proficiency in MS office computer programmes
  • General professional experience
  • Minimum 10 years professional experience;
  • Minimum 5 years relevant experience within in Asia, or in transition economies or in fragile and post-conflict states.

Specific professional experience

  • A minimum of 8 years’ specific working experience of PAR and institutional capacity building is essential.
  • The following areas of working experience will be considered as important assets, and experience in at least two of the first three points is required:
  • Decentralisation processes and local governance;
  • Training policy development, training needs analysis, programme planning and implementation in public sector institutions; including
  • Designing and developing or procuring executive training courses;
  • Facilitating the conduct of studies, assessments and reviews and establishing international partnerships and networks;
  • Design of innovative academic courses related to civil service modernisation;
  • Familiarity with programmes in the above fields funded by the EU.

About the Organization

Transtec puts an emphasis on development processes, acting as a virtuous circle to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Working with local actors and the international community, we deliver quality, context-driven development solutions across the intervention cycle - breaking poverty and building prosperous stable communities.

We are committed to making a difference by ensuring that aid effectiveness constitutes the single and most important focus in our interventions. This is achieved by incorporating Quality Assurance mechanisms at each phase of project and programme implementation and ensuring compliance with requested standards and expected results. In doing so, we build on our 30 years of Knowledge Management maintained by our personnel, projects, programmes and experiences.

We hence provide a full range of high level technical services in project and programme design and management, framework contracts, long term agreements management and cutting edge monitoring and evaluation solutions to multilateral partner organisations including the European Investment Bank, the United Nations (UNDEF, UNHCR, WFP, UNICEF, UNDP), the World Bank, the African Development Bank, and national official development agencies including the UK Department for International Development (DfID), the Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC), the French Agency for Development (AFD), the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), the Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA) and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCA).

We are constantly searching for innovative and creative solutions that will support our interventions.

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