Public Finance Consultant

Yangon, Myanmar
Apply by 29 July 2018
Mid-level , Long-term consulting assignment
Posted on 11 July 2018

Job Description

Oxford Policy Management (OPM) is recruiting for a full time Consultant in Myanmar, based in our Yangon office. This is a unique opportunity for individuals enthusiastic about contributing towards the growth of a high performing, values-based organisation that supports public policy reform in Myanmar. This document has four sections: an introduction to OPM; an outline of the key responsibilities of the position; a description of the required qualifications and capabilities of the successful candidate; and how to apply for the position.

About OPM

We are an international development research and public policy consultancy firm that developed within the University of Oxford in the 1970s before becoming independent in the mid-1990s. Our mission is to support low- and middle-income countries achieve growth and reduce poverty and disadvantage through public policy reform. We provide analytical and practical support to our clients across the policy cycle in a wide variety of thematic areas that are critical to addressing social and economic disadvantage.

We work across the policy cycle, including formative research, policy diagnostics and design, capacity building, implementation support and specialised monitoring and evaluation. We work across social, economic and governance sectors, with teams covering health, nutrition, WASH, education, social protection, social services, public financial management, private sector development, financial sector development, urban development, natural resource management, official statistics and climate change, amongst others. Our staff are mainly social scientists from strong academic backgrounds who want to use their analytical, technical and conceptual skills to contribute to combating social and economic disadvantage and ensure that scarce public resources are used to best effect. We have around 400 full time staff with permanent offices in twelve countries.

We collaborate with national and sub-national government agencies, international aid agencies, civil society and non-governmental organisations, the private sector and local communities with the aim of making a lasting positive impact. Unlike some organisations, we place great importance on cultivating and developing strong expertise within the organisation and currently employ over 250 technical specialists globally. In addition to our headquarters in Oxford, our expanding network of permanent international offices enables us to respond rapidly and more effectively to local requirements and underlines our commitment to building capabilities and delivering sustainable impact in the countries where we operate.

Please see our website and our Annual Review 2017-18 for further information about OPM and the variety of projects that we are currently implementing worldwide.

About the position

The OPM Myanmar office was established in October 2016 and is the most recent addition to our network of international offices. In line with our organisational mission, we are seeking to support government and other development partners in Myanmar across a diverse range of public policy areas including education, social protection, public financial management and economic policy. Please see here for more details on our current and past projects in Myanmar.

We are now seeking to recruit a full-time consultant to work across a variety of current and future projects in Myanmar, particularly in the area of public financial management (PFM) and other governance related areas. The position is based in our Yangon office and is an entry point for talented individuals with a clear commitment to a career in international development and a desire to contribute towards addressing some of the most pressing socioeconomic problems that exist in Myanmar. The successful candidate will gain exposure to various development sectors in the governance area (e.g. public financial management, public sector reform, social development); different functional areas (e.g. research and data analysis, provision of technical assistance); and potentially other countries in the medium. Candidates are not expected to have vast experience or specialisation within the area of PFM, since the role is designed to provide consultants with the opportunity to explore their interests by working on projects across a variety of technical areas. However, some experience in the area of PFM, or engagement with the Government of Myanmar generally, would be an advantage. Professional development will be guided by a structured learning framework, including three types of skills: technical skills, consultancy skills and management skills learnt through

  • project work with senior consultants (including business acquisition, fieldwork and data analysis, project management and client-facing engagements in diverse settings);
  • structured mentorship from an experienced senior consultant;
  • seminars, conferences and training opportunities.

Successful applicants can expect to provide wide-ranging support to both project acquisition and delivery across a variety of thematic areas mentioned above, according to client demand. At present, we anticipate the sectoral focus will initially be on PFM and social protection/welfare, via our ongoing work with the Ministry of Social Welfare Relief and Resettlement (funded by UNICEF) with possible opportunities subsequently emerging in other areas.

Over time, consultants are expected to progressively start managing their own projects, more frequently interacting directly with clients, and taking on greater autonomy and responsibility for providing advice to development policymakers. They may also take on greater people management responsibility, e.g. for interns or for other junior staff members.

Required qualifications

For the roles we are looking to fill, applicants will ideally have the following:

  • University degree qualification in either economics, public finance, development studies, social development, political science or other appropriate social science discipline;
  • At least three to five years of directly relevant experience in the field of governance, economics, public finance, public administration, policy advocacy or related fields;
  • Strong technical and analytical skills – knowledge on the Government of Myanmar’s policy and budget process would be an advantage;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and clients including at the Ministry level. The consultant will be critical in developing and managing relationships with key stakeholders in the Government;
  • Strong team player but with the ability to use own guidance and initiative to prioritise work and handle different demands appropriately;
  • Passion, motivation and ability to deliver high quality work to achieve impact;
  • Previous experience in working with the Government of Myanmar would be an advantage;
  • Fluency or excellent command of English and Myanmar (written and verbal).

This is a one year fixed term staff contract with the potential to be extended subject to performance and viability.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis – shortlisted candidates will be contacted and informed about next steps regarding their application.

What’s it like working at OPM, and why should you join our growing global organisation? Watch this video to see what our colleagues have to say.

To submit an application please fill out the form online and submit the requested documents. We cannot accept applications submitted via email.

Thank you for considering OPM and we wish you all the best for your application.

About the Organization

Oxford Policy Management (OPM) enables strategic decision-makers to reduce social and economic disadvantage in low- and middle-income countries through a unique combination of high-quality analysis and more than 35 years’ practical experience in over 120 countries worldwide.

Supported by a multinational team of more than 400 specialists on four continents, our success is based on a unique combination of high-quality analysis and 30 years’ practical experience of facilitating positive change in over 120 countries worldwide. OPM’s expertise, which is underpinned by a strong commitment to capacity building, ranges from social and economic policy to public finance and management, political economy analysis and statistics.

Clients range from bilateral and multilateral organisations such as DFID, UNICEF and the World Bank through to governments, NGOs and private-sector organisations.

With offices in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Tanzania and the United Kingdom, we can provide our clients with rapid, local support and context-specific solutions.

If you are interested in opportunities at Oxford Policy Management, please see our careers page or email us at

What’s it like working at OPM, and why should you join our growing global organisation? Watch this video to see what our colleagues have to say.

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