Project manager (m/f/d) for the Food and Nutrition Security in Rakhine State project

  • Executive-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 15 November 2019

Job Description

As a federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ operates worldwide. As part of the GIZ team, you are prepared to take on international assignments and pass on your expertise.

Job description

The Food and Nutrition Security in Rakhine State project is financed from the transitional development assistance budget. The aim of the project is to improve the food and hygiene practices of people in selected regions of Rakhine State, especially of women of reproductive age and their infants. The project pursues a multisectoral approach and operates in three fields of action: (1) introducing new mechanisms for sharing knowledge on food, nutrition and hygiene; (2) improving advisory services on mother and child nutrition/health and hygiene; and (3) increasing the diversity of fruit and vegetables produced by vulnerable households. Disaster prevention is taken into consideration as a cross-cutting task. The project is being implemented in close partnership with regional line ministries, national and international non-governmental organisations and the target population.

Your tasks
  • Responsibility for planning, steering, reporting and implementing the project on schedule (this also covers contracts, procurement, financial management, results-based monitoring)
  • Managing a team of international and national staff, and providing technical and administrative support
  • Coordinating project strategies and planned project activities with local decision-makers and other development organisations operating in the project region
  • Cooperating and coordinating closely with other GIZ projects in the field of food and nutrition security
  • Liaising with other actors as well as with relevant public administration bodies and international organisations
Your profile
  • University-level degree (Master’s) in nutritional science, nutrition and rural development, public health, agriculture or a comparable discipline
  • Many years’ experience of working in (international) development cooperation, both in Germany and abroad
  • Project management and financial management experience
  • Experience of working in fragile contexts and of applying the ‘do no harm’ approach
  • Extensive experience of working in food and nutrition security and disaster risk management
  • In-depth knowledge of nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive strategies and activities
  • Skill in establishing and cultivating networks and diplomatic finesse when cooperating with internal and external partners
  • Ideally, experience in media and communications management and strong intercultural skills
  • Fluency in business English is required; good knowledge of German
Location information
  • Climate: The climate in Myanmar is tropical with constant high humidity. The rainy season lasts from May to October. The cool season is from November to February.
  • Healthcare: Health care is very basic in many parts of Myanmar and even in the big cities mostly does not fulfill international standards. Doctors who speak English or French and who are educated according to international standards are rare. In case of a serious illness, a travel to Bangkok is recommended, and it is only one hour by plane. Medical services there are excellent.
  • Accessibility: Sittwe lies in the Bay of Bengal in Western Myanmar. There are several daily direct flights to the economic capital Yangon (approx. 1h20). The position requires regular duty travels to Yangon.
  • Everyday commodities are available in Sittwe and there is a big daily market for fresh produce. All further products are available in Yangon.
  • The security situation requires heightened vigilance. Tailored security risk mitigation measures are in place for GIZ staff in Rakhine State. GIZ staff must adhere to security measures at all times. Please also check the country-specific information provided by the German Federal Foreign Office (only available in German). A contact person for security risk management is appointed at the local GIZ office and a risk management office in Yangon is in place. The project area is subject to movement restrictions; however this does not apply to Sittwe, which is home to a large international community. Sittwe has been classified as non-family duty station.

There is an option to extend the period of the project.
Business trips to the project areas are required. Regular visits (once a month) of the GIZ office in Yangon to coordinate with other projects in the country are required.

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GIZ would like to increase the proportion of employees with disability, both in Germany and abroad. Applications from persons with disabilities are most welcome.

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