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Programme Manager – Social Cohesion

Location:Yangon, Myanmar
Salary:Annual Gross Salary MMK 33,800,000 with end of service benefits, medical benefits, 37 days leave including public holidays
Contract type:Permanent
Full Time:38 hours per week
Application Closing Date:20 Jun 2019
Interview date:TBC
Start date:ASAP

VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place.

Since 2013 VSO in Myanmar has been successfully working with state and non-state partners in the fields of Inclusive Education, Health, Gender and Equality. We work with the most disadvantaged communities, and draw on our unique competencies in different forms of volunteerism. It is an exciting time to join VSO in Myanmar, enabling us to deliver high quality programming and achieve an exciting and ambitious phase of expansion, building on our successful and highly-regarded programmes to make even greater impact to the lives of poor people in Myanmar.

Role overview

To Provide Strategic Leadership, Technical Support and overall management of Social Cohesion Programme in Myanmar with a focus on programmes related to building resilient community; peaceful community; inclusive community; and community tolerance and harmony.

Programme Development, Delivery and Management:
Lead in the design, delivery and management of people-centered and sustainable Social Cohesion Signature Programme (SP) and ensure that all VSO programmes are aligned with VSO’s core approaches (gender and social inclusion, resilience and social accountability) and People First Strategy. Identify and strengthen programme coherence and integration across resilience, tolerance, peacebuilding and inclusion to deepen the impact of VSO work with primary actors. Engage with VSO Global, regional and function leads to strengthen and build wider linkages in programme delivery and management taking into consideration Myanmar context and needs of primary actors.

Technical Support and Capacity Building: Work with various teams in Myanmar office to provide technical support in Social Cohesion as a core approach is integrated in all VSO work. Participate in wider Social Cohesion Community of Practice within and outside VSO to generate greater learning, innovation and alternatives to deepen Social Cohesion work in Myanmar. Identify, develop plans and build capacities of staff and partners in Social Cohesion.

Partnership Development and Management:
Proactively identify and engage with strategic and implementing (including primary actors, government and civil society organisations) in accordance with VSO partnership and People First Principles. Identify and build linkages with potential networks and consortium relevant to VSO engagements while positioning VSO as a leading volunteer organization in delivering Gender and Social Inclusion. Take lead in assessing and building capacities of implementing partners to effectively and accountable delivery Programmes. In addition to these, hold regular review and reflection with partners to strengthen partnership engagements and programme delivery.

Business Development and Programme Funding:
Working closely with the Business Pursuit Manager (BPM) and Country Management Team (CMT) to proactively identify and pursue funding opportunities to deliver the programme. Actively engage with diverse donors, funding partners and consortiums to position VSO Social Cohesion Programme and volunteer relational models in delivery programmes for wider funding opportunities. In consultation with the BPM, take lead in relevant and appropriate business development marketing and communication materials to profile Social Cohesion work with a vision to widen income for delivering work in building community resilience, community tolerance and harmony, peaceful coexistence and inclusion. Engage proactively in relevant networks and fora to raise VSO profile and make a positive contribution to the sector based on VSO experience.

Grant and financial management
Manage effectively and accountable VSO Social Cohesion grants and programme budgets in close collaboration with the Finance Manager. Develop realistic Programme Plans and Budget in accordance with VSO finance and donor requirements. Authorize and work closely with VSO Finance team to oversee and monitor fund expenditures and reporting for Social Cohesion. Participate in annual and quarter budget review.

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL).
In close collaboration with the MEL Specialist and the global ‘Knowledge for Impact’ team, take a lead in facilitating monitoring, evaluation, and learning to generate evidence of the impact of Social Cohesion work. Provide strategic support to partners in MEL and widely share learnings and good practices in Social Cohesion work across the organization and with other development partners and donors. Identify innovative ways to document and share learning (using case studies, stories of change etc) across the organization. Maintain consistent and quality control and ensure that learning effectively informs programming. As a Programme Manager, take lead in developing quality and timely narrative VSO and donor reports in accordance with donor requirements.

Volunteer Management and Engagements
Provide strategic leadership in identifying appropriate volunteer models and recruiting quality volunteers to delivery Social Cohesion work. In close collaboration with Programme and People Operation teams induct, orient and provide on-going support to volunteers, including safety, emergencies and integration into partner’s organizations. Lead in creating an enabling environment for volunteers to engage with and learn from each other and identify innovative opportunities to create and widen Volunteer networks and engagements in areas of Social Cohesion. Promote VSO relational model in Volunteer engagements.

Line Management: Manage and motivate a high performing team within the performance management framework, ensuring good customer service and continuous improvement. Work with the support team to effectively delivery programme goals.

Other Duties: Engage and lead any other initiative as designated by the Country Director and other members of Myanmar Country Team and VSO Family.

Skills, qualifications and experience

• Professional background in Social Cohesion, peacebuilding, promoting inter-communal tolerance and pluralism, community resilience.
• Experience working in fragile states with women, youth and people with disability specifically in promoting inclusion, resilience, peaceful co-existence and tolerance, social integration and justice
• At least a working knowledge of the Myanmar context in peacebuilding, social justice and resilience.
• Proven ability to engage with a range of stakeholders including government, CSOs, networks and primary actors
• Clear commitment to championing the voices of communities and in particular the poorest and most marginalized women, youth and people with disability.
• Proven experience in programme design and management and evaluation.
• Knowledge of and experience in delivering social cohesion, peacebuilding and resilience programmes. Experience and knowledge in social accountability, resilience and gender and inclusion work is an added value
• Strong project management skills and ability to apply various tools for effective planning, resourcing, implementation and review of project.
• Proven track record of securing project funding
• Evidence of understanding the challenges of donor and contract management and the implications for project management.
• Experience of financial management of budgets, including building a budget, monitoring and managing expenditure.
• Experience of managing complex partnership relations, including multiple consortia/alliance relationships.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, with ability to vary communication content and style to suit audience to inform, motivate and inspire.
• Representation skills with substantial experience of networking.
• Ability to build strong working relationships across the organisation and mange volunteers from all diverse range of background
• Able to adapt to new and demanding situations.
• Ability to analyse, grasp fundamentals of an issue, finding innovative ways to solve or pre-empt problems.
• Strong ICT skills.
• Able to travel and work long hours if necessary, both within the country and occasionally internationally.

• Experience in social cohesion, peacebuilding, resilience and tolerance building role in Myanmar.
• In depth knowledge of the context of peace and reconciliation, resilience, intercommunal tolerance and harmony, social justice and integration in Myanmar.
• Experience of working with a development agency that works through volunteers and volunteering as an approach to development.
• Fluency in Myanmar and English language

Right to work in Myanmar is required.

VSO promotes equal opportunities, values inclusion and seek to have a diverse workforce. We welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion and disability.

We have zero tolerance of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people. We expect all our employees/volunteers to ensure we protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults from harm and abide by our safeguarding policy.

Due to a high volume of applications, only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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VSO has zero tolerance of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people. We expect all our employees/volunteers to ensure we protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from harm and abide by our safeguarding policy (PDF).

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