Head of Programmes Myanmar

People in Need

Contract Length: 1 year with the possibility of extension

Country Programme: Myanmar

Base: Thailand, Bangkok

Line Manager: Country Director

About the Myanmar Country Programme of People in Need:

People in Need (PIN) is an international non-profit organization providing humanitarian and development assistance in over 20 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. In 2002 People in Need launched its Myanmar Country Program focusing on financial assistance to civil society groups and independent media. After typhoon Nargis hit Myanmar in 2008, PIN activities shifted towards humanitarian and relief aid to people affected by the cyclone. Since 2012 PIN programs focus primarily on knowledge transfer, capacity building and the support of local initiatives in remote areas. Our INGO also provide humanitarian assistance in areas affected by armed conflicts (such as in the Rakhine and Kachin State).

About the role:

As a member of the Senior Management Team (together with Country Director, Head of Systems & Operations, HR Officer, Program/Area Managers) the Head of Programmes will jointly ensure the management and development of the country programme. The Head of Programmes supervises all programmes, with the specific responsibility for the timely and efficient programme implementation, and most importantly the quality of projects and programmes in terms of their impact. By supervising the implementation of results-based M&E systems, the Head of Programmes also guides the programme strategy and development of future programmes. Together with the Country Director, the Head of Programmes represents PIN to donors and partners, ensuring that PIN is recognised for its field experience. Furthermore, the Head of Programmes engages in medium and long-term planning and strategy activities, ensures continuous quality improvement of programmes and contributes towards a successful environment for the programme staff.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

Senior Management

  • Lead the programme side of the development and implementation of the Country Strategic Plan
  • Ensure that the overall programme is designed, managed and implemented in conformity to PIN policies, strategy and guidelines.

Programme Management

  • Ensure effective leadership and management of PIN Myanmar programme through line management of Programme / Area Managers or Project Managers where relevant
  • Lead proposal writing processes from a programme perspective and coordinates with other departments
  • Ensure timely and high-quality reporting is done by all programmes to donors
  • Ensure project developed meets high standards in terms of design, implementation and M&E through proper Project Cycle Management
  • Prepare programme budgets collaboratively with programme and finance staff
  • Track programme expenditure through monthly programme review meetings using financial expenditure reports prepared by the finance department.
  • Ensure compliance to donor policies, procedures and procurement

Human Resource Management

  • In consultation with the Country Director, plan HR needs, capacity building needs for senior program staff and ensure sufficient human resources for the programme to meet its objectives
  • Ensure coherent policy towards recruitment, remuneration and bonuses across the country programme

Representation, Communications & Networking

  • Ensure that PIN is well represented and visible in the donor community, amount key partners, and within coordination fora, delegating as appropriate to programme staff.
  • Ensure PIN maintains its position within existing sectors and with its existing strengths especially with regards to field presence, and regional expertise
  • Share responsibilities with Country Director for donor representation and discussions about funding opportunities
  • Engage in advocacy and policy dialogues where appropriate, ensuring PIN represents the needs of its beneficiaries and based on its field experience in order to campaign for needed policies, donor commitments etc.

Documentation and Learning

  • Ensure that all programmes properly retain programme learning for future projects, and that all information is properly documented.
  • Ensure that all official programme documentation is properly stored and available for the future.

Main requirements:

  • Proven experience in project cycle and team management; proven experience with needs assessments and proposal development
  • Strong grasp of quality standards in humanitarian programming, including safeguarding and accountability mechanisms
  • Knowledge and experience of Monitoring and Evaluation within projects is required
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • A higher-education degree (Bachelors or Masters) in relevant fields
  • Dynamic and result-oriented profile
  • Ability to organize and plan effectively
  • Critical analysis and problem solving skills
  • Cultural sensitivity, excellent communication skills and strong ability and willingness to transfer knowledge
  • Ability to work in difficult conditions and under pressure
  • Responsible and systematic

PIN offers:

  • Work experience with professional and flexible INGO, the largest in Central and Eastern Europe;
  • Starting salary as per PIN salary scale (subsistence allowance of 1 350 EUR is already included): between 3850 – 4000 EUR super gross depending on previous experience;
  • Housing allowance;
  • 25 days of paid holiday per year;
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses with travel to the country of residence once every 6 months of work
  • Reimbursement of costs of visas and vaccinations; assistance with the visa application procedure
  • Reimbursement of the medical check-up before and after the deployment;
  • Free 24/7 medical helpdesk and psychological consultation available online;
  • A supportive HQ that provides expertise and guidance on everything from finance and procurement to proposal development and strategic positioning;
  • Personal and professional growth as a leader in the highly competitive development sector;
  • Extensive Capacity Building program – global PIN Induction Training, internal e-learnings, Knowledge and Learning Department onboarding, and individually tailored capacity-building opportunities
  • Participation in enriching annual meetings of all senior field staff in Prague

People in Need is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct and committed to promoting the welfare of children and adults with whom People in Need involves. People in Need expects all staff to perform job duties and responsibilities in accordance with People in Need code of conduct and key policies (available at: https://www.peopleinneed.net/key-policies-4142gp). People in Need Staff will undertake the appropriate level of training.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks.

We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

How to apply

Are you interested in this position? Send us your CV and short cover letter (no longer than 4 pages altogether) via our application form.

Please note only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on rolling basis and the vacancy will be closed when filled.