Programme Officer (Uplands and Conflict Sensitive Programming)

Yangon, Myanmar
Apply by 15 May 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 11 April 2018

Job Description

The Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) is a multi-donor fund established in Myanmar in 2009 with the purpose of increasing the livelihoods’ resilience and nutrition of poor people in Myanmar by focusing on interventions that increase income, food availability, utilization and stability of access to food. LIFT has received funding from 14 donors to date[1]. The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is the Fund Manager (FM) to administer the funds and provide monitoring and oversight.

LIFT is active in the four main agro-ecological regions of Myanmar, including the central dry zone (Dry Zone), the Ayeyarwaddy Delta (Delta), Rakhine and the upland areas of the country (Uplands). Read more about LIFT on

The LIFT Fund Management Office (FMO) has a substantial programme unit with teams responsible for LIFT’s work in each agro-ecological zone (see above for these zones) as well as teams for each of LIFT’s main cross-cutting themes (financial inclusion, private sector & inclusive value chains, and civil society strengthening). The FMO also has teams responsible for communications, monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL), policy, learning and knowledge management and for support services.

The programme team is responsible for: a) designing new programmes; b) identifying appropriate projects; c) monitoring and learning from the implementation of these projects; d) feeding lessons into programme design and policy dialogue.

The position will be located in the programme team of the LIFT Fund Manager’s Office which consists of over 50 national and international staff organised into programme, MEAL, policy communications and programme support.

Purpose and Scope of Assignment

The Programme Officer will contribute to the implementation of the LIFT strategy through the management of the programmes and projects assigned to him/her. The primary purpose of the position will be to lead and deliver on LIFT Uplands programme. The post holder will also be expected to lead and coordinate with others LIFT’s work in areas emerging from conflict.

[1] Australia, Denmark, the European Union, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. From the private sector, the Mitsubishi Corporation is also a donor to LIFT.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the LIFT Programme Coordinator, in close coordination with other LIFT personnel, and in accordance with UNOPS policies, procedures and practices, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following:

Lead the planning and implementation of the LIFT programme in Uplands and conflict affected areas:

  • Keep LIFT abreast of global trends in conflict sensitivity and Do-No-Harm approaches. Maintain a detailed knowledge of in-country developments and analyse, synthesize and communicate lessons and knowledge. Ensure that this learning is translated into improved project design and implementation.
  • Finalize the related strategy and programme framework by facilitating discussions among LIFT Fund Board members, Fund Management Team, and external stakeholders. Manage this multi-stakeholder environment to set parameters for LIFT’s strategic vision on working in conflict affected areas, conflict sensitivity and developing a programme inclusive of Internally Displaced Peoples and returnees.
  • Ensure that the programmes are consistent with LIFT’s gender strategy.

Lead programme design and manage programmes funded by LIFT:

  • Conceptualize new calls for proposal to seek for qualified organizations which can support LIFT.
  • Proactively engage non-traditional LIFT partners to explore new partnerships which can add new strategic alliances, innovation, and value for money to LIFT’s work.
  • Lead proposal appraisal processes, present recommendations for funding to the Fund Board, and contract approved project proposals.
  • Supervise efficient and effective grant management for projects financed by LIFT by adhering to LIFT’s operational guidelines and principles.
  • Support LIFT implementing partners by providing guidance for project adjustments to reflect new knowledge, lessons learned and international good practice.
  • Lead on Monitoring and Evaluation for Learning and Accountability (MEAL) at project and programme level, and contribute to assessment of value for money.
  • Contribute to the coordination and collaboration between LIFT’s different programme teams and units (communications; MEAL; policy; programme support).

In close collaboration with the Fund Director and Programme Coordinator, represent LIFT with its important stakeholders:

  • Actively support the Fund Board in relation to national policies, strategies and programmes whenever they exist or inputs are requested.
  • Proactively lead strategic engagement with relevant government departments, civil society, private sector, media, and academia
  • Coordinate relevant technical meetings and contribute to policy dialogue in the LIFT priority areas.
  • Represent LIFT at sectoral working groups or inter-agency coordination efforts.

Contribute to effective knowledge management within LIFT:

  • Identify and document key lessons and good practices identified in LIFT-funded projects.
  • Collaborating actively with the communications team in the preparation of briefing notes, reports and knowledge products.
  • Building and maintaining strategic linkages with a wide range of stakeholders including: government ministries, departments and agencies; development coordination mechanism, private sector stakeholders; and other organizations.
  • Supervise and guide a team of project officers. Empower staff through sensible delegation of responsibility, coaching, and regular feedback and training opportunities.

Other duties as assigned by the Programme Coordinator or Fund Director.

The incumbent will be responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and those of UNOPS.


Ensure that the programme produces the required products within the specified tolerance of time, cost, quality, scope, risk and benefits. The post holder is also responsible for the project producing a result capable of achieving the benefits defined in the Business Case. Contribute to the overall business targets and needs. Details deliverables will be agreed in annual work plans.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Master’s degree in Agriculture, Rural Development, Natural Resource Management, Political or Social Sciences, or a related field from an accredited academic institution is required.
  • University degree in the above fields with additional two years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of a Master’s degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum 7 years of relevant technical experience in managing rural development projects is required.
  • Four years of this experience requires to be field experience in developing countries.
  • Significant professional experience in Southeast Asia is preferred.
  • Expertise, experience and/or understanding of conflict sensitive programming is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and analysis, and write analytical or summative reports is required.
  • Experience in natural resource governance and working with government systems is a strong asset.
  • Experience working and coordinating multi-stakeholder processes and facilitating multi-donor dialogues is a strong asset.
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft packages (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access) is required, along with the ability to use software tools to present data clearly and concisely.


  • Fluency in both written and spoken English is essential.
Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization. Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles. Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role). Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries. Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements. Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving. Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground. Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement
Contract level: IICA 3
Contract duration: One year (renewable, subject to performance and budget availability)

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Additional Considerations
  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

About the Organization

About us

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. Working in more than 80 countries, UNOPS supports partners in the implementation of approximately 1,000 projects, which range from managing the construction of roads in South Sudan to building shelters in Haiti to procuring educational computers in Argentina.UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects it supports.

Working with UNOPS

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We’re looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in many disciplines, from project management, to procurement, infrastructure, finance and human resources. The work we do is fulfilling and offers opportunities for professional and personal development.

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With over 6,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce as a means of better understanding and addressing the needs of our partners, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage the recruitment of qualified female candidates. Moreover, the vast majority of our personnel are nationals, working in their own country and developing local capacity.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options, such as flexi-time, compressed work schedules and telecommuting. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types across the globe.