Back Country Director- Myanmar

  • Added Date: Thursday, 14 March 2019
  • Deadline Date: Sunday, 31 March 2019

Position Summary

The Country Director will manage a multi-faceted conflict transformation programme in Myanmar, leading the Country Office. The Country Director manages the overall program in Myanmar from a programmatic and operational perspective, as well as leading on fundraising and donor relations. Principle tasks will be to oversee the start-up phase, manage the entire portfolio, determine appropriate implementing mechanisms to achieve country office’s strategic goals, serve as the primary program liaison for donors, partners and stakeholders in the country, oversee planning and budgeting, and reporting/evaluations, ensuring compliance with management and financial procedures. The position will be based in Yangon, Myanmar and report to the Asia Regional Director.

Search Myanmar

Search Myanmar's approach is to support locally led processes at different levels of society in order to transform conflict. Search Myanmar has been supporting an inclusive peace process, social cohesion nationwide, and supporting people across Myanmar to contribute to positive change, working with a multitude of stakeholders, including government, the private sector, the media, and diverse civil society including women, youth and minorities. Search Myanmar works with local partners across six states and three regions and is at an exciting stage reaching new levels of growth, scaling up its programmatic work, team, office and operations to support its strategy in country and to support Myanmar in its priorities of peace, development and democratic change.

Key Responsibilities

Key area 1: Program Development and Implementation

  • Define programme priorities, plans and long-term strategy (in close collaboration with the Asia Regional Director); manage and modify their implementation as necessary.
  • Manage the country program with the highest quality standards and well-documented results
  • Ensure effective program planning and management within the available resources, and respond to gaps with fundraising and/or operational adjustments as needed
  • Ensure high quality reporting to donors based on a credible monitoring and evaluation system for overall program results as well as for specific projects
  • Stay abreast of the national and international conflict resolution field to ensure that the program’s work remains innovative and professional
  • Be directly engaged in the continuing development of the organization, its mission and its staff, through the sharing of experience and knowledge, particularly contributing to its Institutional Learning efforts
  • Strengthen existing funding relationships and identify and pursue new potential donors in collaboration with headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium
  • Ensure top-notch grants management which are compliant with donor requirement and organizational policy

Key area 2: Fundraising

  • Lead fundraising efforts for programmatic work in Myanmar
  • Lead establishment and maintenance of relationships with donor community
  • Identify sources of quality revenue for programming
  • Develop fundraising strategy and capture plans
  • Design quality programs which are in line with the strategy and the organizational mission
  • Lead negotiations with donors on awards.

Key area 3: Financial Management and Operations

  • Oversee all financial management and operations of the office in Myanmar and related grants
  • Oversee all aspects of operations including procurement, human resources, inventory and asset management, safety and security, and government compliance.
  • In partnership with the Country Finance Team, ensure financial compliance both with the Myanmar laws, donor requirements and Search procedures across the organization.
  • Identify potential shortfalls and strategize with the organization’s senior management as necessary to ensure the program’s financial sustainability.

Key area 4: Staff Management

  • Establish dynamic and learning organizational culture which is both compliant and adaptive.
  • Develop and manage a team of diverse staff members and partners, modeling the kind of multi-cultural cooperation that Search aims to promote widely
  • Ensure effective HR policies and procedures are in place.
  • Participate in the recruitment and selection of highly qualified staff, providing information on country living and working conditions as well as security briefings
  • Strengthen the capacity of national staff
  • Ensure that country policies, contracts, and disciplinary procedures and processes conform to local labor laws
  • Oversee the security management in the Country Office

Key Area 5: Organizational Representation

  • Serve as Search’s country representative in Myanmar
  • Develop and maintain proactive, positive and professional relationships with partner organizations, other NGOs, donors, key government officials, civil society groups, and key stakeholders.
  • Maintain responsible media coverage of program events and issues related to Search mission
  • Maintain regular written and oral reporting to Washington and Brussels on key country, regional, program, security and staff issues
  • Establish a direct line of communication with other Asia regional Country Directors in the region for program learning and cross-fertilization towards strategic initiatives

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.


You meet the following qualifications:


  • Master’s degree in relevant field (eg. conflict transformation, international development, security studies, media and communications, sociology, political science, or related fields)

Experience, Skills and Competencies

  • At least 7 years’ experience in managing teams and projects with multiple grants and donors, experience managing a program, both programmatically and operationally, preferably on media and/or conflict transformation-related issues
  • Experience working in Myanmar will be a huge advantage
  • A good understanding political, social and cultural issues prevalent in Myanmar and sound understanding of the conflict dynamics in Myanmar.
  • Demonstrated experience with budgeting, project development, fundraising, proposal and report writing, and grants management
  • Demonstrated financial management and program administration experience
  • Ability to successfully manage and inspire a team in the field of conflict transformation, international development or related fields
  • Excellent managerial skills, interpersonal and networking skills, as well as the ability to conduct professional working relationships
  • Dynamic leader with creative problem-solving skills and negotiation skills
  • Knowledge of donor rules and regulations, and ability to manage and prioritize multi donor funding
  • Local language fluency is desirable

This position will close on March 31, 2019

This vacancy is archived.

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