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Position title:
National Expert in Development Planning, Multiple positions
AEMO, MMOH, Myanmar
Duty station:
Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, Myanmar
Contract type:
Local ICA Specialist
Contract level:
LICA Specialist-8
1 year
Application period:
28-Jan-2015 to 04-Feb-2015
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Background Information - UNOPS
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.
Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory,
implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools
and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS
works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social
and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing
national capacity.
Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance
sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding
contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.
We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands
more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in
Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80
Background Information - Myanmar
The UNOPS Myanmar office develops, supports and oversees UNOPS portfolio of
projects in Myanmar which focus on post-disaster recovery, health programmes and
food security.
UNOPS Myanmar is under the UNOPS Asia, Europe and Middle East Regional Office
and was established to support, develop and oversee UNOPS’ portfolio of programmes
and projects in Myanmar which focus on health programmes and livelihoods and rural
development. UNOPS Myanmar ensures that synergies between programmes and
projects are effectively developed.
The UNOPS Myanmar portfolio currently includes fund management of the multi-donor
Three Millennium Development Goals Fund (3MDG) and the Livelihoods and Food
Security Trust Fund (LIFT). In addition, UNOPS is the Principal Recipient of The Global
Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria grants to Myanmar (PR-GFATM), as well
as the Regional Artemisinin Resistance Containment Initiative (RAI). UNOPS is also
expanding its infrastructure and procurement services in Myanmar, including advisory
services in these areas.
UNOPS Myanmar plays a critical role in ensuring quality services to UNOPS’ partners
that meet stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness. It is also
responsible for liaison with Government counterparts, Donors, NGOs and UN Agencies.
Background Information - Job-specific
UNOPS is the Fund Manager for the multi-donor Livelihood and Food Security Trust
Fund (LIFT) established in Myanmar in 2009. The donors to LIFT are Australia,
Denmark, the European Union, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand,
Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
LIFT’s vision is to be a collective and influential voice for innovation and learning, and to
provide a platform for enhanced policy engagement on sustainable agriculture, food
security and rural development. LIFT’s goal is to contribute to sustainably reduce the
number of people in Myanmar living in poverty and hunger. LIFT’s purpose is to
increase 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 is expected to continue operations until at least the end of 2018.
LIFT works with and through support to implementing partners (IPs). LIFT IPs are
international NGOs, national NGOs, United Nations agencies, international
organisations (CGIAR, IFIs), academic and research institutions and the Government of
Myanmar. Read more about LIFT on
Functional Responsibilities
LIFT is supporting the Department of Rural Development of the Ministry of Livestock,
Fisheries and Rural Development in development of national model/approach for village
planning and preparing nationwide village planning programme. DRD has initiated a
national village planning exercise beginning with piloting of a national village planning
approach or model in 170 villages in 34 townships of the country’s 14 regions and
states and the Union Territory of Nay Pyi Taw. The national model will be based on the
experience and tested approaches of national and international development
organisations which have been engaged in community empowerment and village
planning in Myanmar.
The DRD has set up a Task Force for Village Planning to coordinate and supervise
development and implementation of the national village planning process. The DRD
would need additional assistance of fourexperienced national experts who have
demonstrated expertise and substantial experience in community development
including participatory village planning and township development planning involving
linkages of village plans to township support systems. Out of four experts, two would be
national experts in development planning, who would work in cooperation and under
leadership of the two senior national experts in development planning.
The national experts will work in close cooperation with the DRD Task Force on Village
Planning while they would report to DRD senior management officer responsible for
providing overall management of the village planning exercise.
Key tasks of the experts are listed below:
1. Working with the DRD Task Force Team (TFT) for Village Planning, develop an
operational work plan for the initial part of phase one of village planning.
2. In cooperation with the two senior planning experts and in consultation with the TFT
and LIFT/UNOPS and other selected development agencies, develop a list or inventory
of village planning and community based development programme activities undertaken
by national and international agencies in Myanmar particularly since 2008.
3. Collect and collate all such reference documents for review and assessment.
4. Conduct a comprehensive review and assessment of existing experience on village
and rural community based planning and subsequently develop a methodology and
approach for village planning that can be adopted as a national model by the
5. In cooperation with the two senior planning experts prepare preliminary Guidelines for
the above village planning approach or model. The Guidelines should include
methodology and approach for participatory village planning, instruments and tools for
conducting participatory planning meetings with village communities, data tables and
procedure for data and information collection and gathering, procedure for data and
information analysis, and knowledge processing or development analysis for formulation
of a village plan.
6. Use this Guideline to train a team of DRD staff who would be engaged in conducting
two sample village plans of an area located in close proximity of DRD headquarters in
Nay Pyi Taw.
7. Provide guidance to the DRD Village Planning team to carry out the two sample
village plans
8. In cooperation with the two senior planning experts write up the two village plans and
present them to the DRD senior management for their comments and suggestions.
9. Together with the two senior planning experts finalise the two sample village plans
and also the accompanying Village Planning Guidelines.
10.Assist the DRD TFT in organising and conducting a stakeholder workshop in Nay Pyi
Taw to review outcome and content of the two sample village plans
11.Prepare a further revised draft of the two sample village plans and their
accompanying Guidelines incorporating comments and suggestions of the stakeholder
workshop participants.
12. Prepare detailed work plan and budget for pilot testing the village planning process
and developing full-scale village plans of 170 villages covering the country’s 14 regions
and states and the Union Territory of Myanmar.
13. Assist the two senior planning experts in coordinate, supporting and monitoring work
of national and international organisations which will be engaged as Implementing
Partners (IPs) for assisting DRD and the township multi-sectoral teams in supporting
village communities in carrying out the participatory village planning process and
develop their respective village plans.
14. Using the Guidelines for Village Planning provide briefing and guidance to the IPs in
planning their village planning activities and in assisting township multi-sectoral teams.
15. Support the planning team constituted at the DRD level to extend “help desk” type of
technical services to the IPs and the township mutli-sectoral teams in village planning.
16. Under guidance and supervision of the two senior planning experts review and
finalise all draft village plans submitted by the township teams through the IPs and DRD
to ensure their internal consistency and adequate coverage of the plan frameworks.
17. Monitor and assess implementation of the small-scale social, economic and
environmental infrastructure investment schemes initiated by village communities under
supervision of the township teams as part of the village planning process.
18. Update the comprehensive Guidelines for participatory village planning based on
the experience of the 170 pilot villages.
19. Prepare a detailed work plan and budget for rolling out the village planning process
in all villages in rural Myanmar.
20. Assist DRD TFT and technical team and township multi-sectoral teams to organise
implementation of village planning process in all other villages as per work plan of the
DRD in the same way as the village planning process undertaken in the pilot villages.
21. Assist DRD in other planning tasks such as updating the work plan for countrywide
village planning and budgeting for this exercise, mobilising financial and technical
resources, arranging contractual documents and processes for engaging IPs for
countrywide village planning.
· Development of a national approach/model and guidelines for village planning in
consultation with stakeholders
· Work planning and supervision of the village planning field testing
· Guidance and training to township level teams in formulating village socio-economic
profile, conducting development analysis and preparing village plans, and reporting of
the village planning process.
· Comprehensive guidelines for participatory village planning together with detailed work
plan and budget for rolling out the village planning process in all villages in rural
· Monitoring and supervision in implementation of the social infrastructure investment
· Technical support to DRD in other planning tasks: finalizing the work plan for
countrywide village planning, budget for this exercise, mobilizing financial and technical
resources, arranging contractual document and processes for engaging implementing
partners for countrywide village planning
Education/Experience/Language requirements
a. Education
· A Master degree in development management, planning, agriculture, economics or
other relevant social sciences is required. Additional two years of similar experience
with a Bachelor Degree is considered as equivalent.
b. Work Experience
· A minimum one year of experience in village development planning or township level
planning with familiarity and practical experience in using participatory tools such as
participatory rural appraisal (or participatory reflection and action) processes and related
tools is required.
· A good skill in data, information and knowledge analysis is desirable.
· An excellent inter-personal skills and consultation skills particularly in engaging with
government at all levels are preferable.
c. Language
· Fluency in both English and Myanmar/Burmese languages are required (written and
oral expression)
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type:
Contract level:
Contract duration:
Local Individual Contractor Agreement
1 year
This is a local position. ONLY MYANMAR NATIONALS are eligible to apply. ALL
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Additional Considerations
Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
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.
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