Economic Recovery Coordinator (1 Post)

Danish Refugee Council

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunities for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfilment of the wish to return home. In Myanmar, DRC has been present since 2009. DRC is currently engaged in responses in Rakhine, Kachin, and Northern Shan states. Our response targets displaced, and displacement-affected communities and other vulnerable communities in some of the most deprived areas of Myanmar. Key activities include protection (including Child Protection, GBV and Protection Monitoring), CCCM, WASH, Economic Recovery and Humanitarian Mine Action.

To support and strengthen the DRC programme in Myanmar we are looking for highly motivated and capable candidates to fill the position of Economic Recovery Coordinator (1 Post)

Duty Station : Yangon with frequent travel to field locations (If you are Expats, Note: Temporary duty station will be in Dhaka, Bangladesh, until visa for Myanmar is obtained)

Reports to : Head of Programme

Direct Report : None

Overall purpose of the role:

DRC Myanmar is looking for a skilled and experienced technical coordinator who will provide targeted and high-quality guidance, support, and capacity strengthening to DRC’s economic recovery programming in Myanmar. The overall objective of Economic Recovery in Myanmar is to build the individual self-reliance and resilience of conflict- and displacement-affected people. The Country strategy aims at addressing immediate unmet needs through direct assistance, while supporting people of concern as they strive to recover or develop new means to generate an income. We adopt a holistic, integrated and contextually adapted approach to support such efforts throughout the displacement cycle, with a specific focus on achieving food security, restoring decent and sustainable livelihoods, and improving financial inclusion.

This is a unique opportunity to take up a key technical role in a dynamic and changing environment, with evolving programmatic implementation scenarios. An aspect of the role will be to develop learning around how best to respond to critical emergency needs using modalities such as multi-purpose cash and voucher programming, while supporting where possible, transition to self-reliant and sustainable livelihoods in situations of protracted conflict and displacement. It is a one-year contract and (if an expatriate is selected for the position), another aspect of the role will be to capacity build key local staff such that the Coordinator role can be handed over to a national staff member at the appropriate time.


Strategy Development

  • Lead on implementing – and reviewing/updating as required – the strategies for Economic Recovery, and cash and voucher-based programming, based upon relevant assessments and key stakeholder analysis and consultations, in line with the regional and global strategy

Technical support

  • Provide technical guidance, advice and support to area level programmatic staff on economic recovery and cash and voucher assistance (CVA) programming. This includes leading on or supporting assessment and program design to ensure it is in line with context and needs, and integrated into other DRC sectors/areas of intervention as much as possible. The role will also support program set-up, implementation, monitoring, learning and reporting to ensure high quality, timely and more accountable needs, preferences and market-based economic recovery programming on behalf of IDPs or refugees, and their host communities. This will be done primarily via remote support (if an international position), however once access to Myanmar is obtained, or if the candidate is a Myanmar national, field support missions, in person trainings, workshops etc. will all be vital in achieving the objectives of this role. The Coordinator will also act as a reference/focal point answering specific technical questions, providing trouble-shooting, and addressing challenges, including providing or reviewing methodology, guidance and tools.

Proposal design

  • Support DRC country operations in developing new project proposals, ensuring that proposed design is in line with country-level and regional strategies, draws on established sectoral and inter-agency good practice, methodology and guidance and meets relevant international standards.

Capacity building and technical transfer to national staff

  • Adapt and provide training materials relating to economic recovery and CVA programming in line with global interagency and internal DRC resources; provide training, mentoring and capacity building as required, including specifically for DRC country Programme Managers; Assist in designing, organising and facilitating strategic and technical workshops and trainings targeting DRC and partners’ staff; (If international), ensure national staff capacity across all areas within this job description is developed to ensure the position can be nationalized at the appropriate time.

Strengthening partnership approaches

  • Contribute and develop strategic partnerships in line with DRC Myanmar strategy for economic recovery, provide technical support as necessary

Programme quality and learning

  • Review economic recovery activities across Myanmar (in person or remotely), working with the MEAL team to measure and assure quality programming and evaluate impact, cost-effectiveness and relevance of specific programmes; provide reports including recommendations for improvements and action plans to be followed up by Programme Managers and staff. Lead and facilitate a collaborative in-country learning process on economic recovery programming:


  • Actively participate in relevant country coordination fora, and technical, policy and advocacy communities of practice – including meetings relating to Country interagency groups and DRC Myanmar economic recovery grants
  • Closely liaise and coordinate on a regular basis with DRC’s Regional/ Global Economic Recovery team

Experience and technical competencies:

  • 3-5 years’ experience with international humanitarian and/or development organisations, including significant experience working on Economic Recovery programming, preferably in contexts of forced displacement

  • Strong, practical, and up-to-date knowledge of:

  • Cash and Voucher Assistance: concepts; terminology; assessment and design methodology; and (digital) operations / implementation,

  • Market System Approaches

  • Market assessment and analysis, including proven ability to support development of market assessments

  • Demonstrable experience in providing high quality in-person and remote livelihoods, cash and market-based programming technical advice and support to country programmes or operations, across the project/programme cycle, including strong ability to apply a theory of change approach

  • Understanding of and experience in developing integrated programming including interfaces between/graduation from emergency cash-based responses with both sustainable livelihoods and protection-oriented programming

  • Strong knowledge of monitoring and evaluation methodology and processes suitable to document the outcomes and impact of economic recovery programming

  • Demonstrable capacity building skills – including specifically with design and facilitation of impactful and contextually-adapted trainings and workshops that can be run remotely

  • Experience working remotely, including an understanding of appropriate tools and processes which can facilitate effective and intentional remote working

  • Experience working in complex institutional environments – and developing close working relationships with a diverse range of colleagues

  • Excellent analytical skills: ability to think strategically, and take a flexible, creative and innovative approach when needed

  • Excellent communication, representation, coordination, training and writing skills

  • Highly motivated and hard-working, with strong attention to detail

  • High degree of flexibility ability to work in rapidly changing contexts and to operate in a physically demanding working environment

Education: (include certificates, licenses etc.)

  • Degree in development or humanitarian studies or other relevant sector

Languages: (indicate fluency level)

  • English fluent (written, spoken)
  • Any Myanmar language an added advantage

All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring efficient processes.
  • Collaborating: Involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
  • Taking the lead: Taking ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: Listening and speaking effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. “

We Offer:

  • Starting date of employment: As soon as possible.
  • Contract length: 12-month DRC contract, including a probation period of 3 months. Renewables depend on both funding and performance.
  • Salary: Competitive salary according to the DRC Myanmar salary scale. Or Salary and conditions will be in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment for Expatriate. The position is placed in Employment Band G1- Non Management.

This position is open for both Myanmar nationals and international. DRC strongly advocates for equal opportunity and promotes a diversified and inspiring working environment. Therefore, qualified candidates of ethnic minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Application process:

Applicants who meet the above-mentioned requirements should apply by submitting their applications in English (consisting of Cover Letter and CV of no more than 4 pages, including contact details of 3 professional references) and CV only applications will not be considered. Apply button here.

  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for a written test in English and an interview.
  • After the closing date, applications are not to be considered. Please note that due to the urgency of this position, applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis and DRC reserves the right to initiate the recruitment process before the deadline for applications.
  • For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website

Deadline for submission of applications: 30-Dec-2022 (COB)