Christian Aid Job Vacancy: Senior Program Manager - Yangon, Myanmar

Job Title: Senior Program Manager

Salary: $35,000 gross per annum (expatriate benefits applicable for international applicants)

Based: Yangon, Myanmar

Job reference: Myanmar/2015/0705

Closing date: 5 PM, 4th April, 2016

About us
Christian Aid is a UK-based international development organization that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty and inequality. We have an integrated approach to poverty eradication, working worldwide on humanitarian relief, long-term development, advocacy and campaigns to expose the scandal of poverty by challenging and changing systems and institutions that favor the rich and powerful over the poor and marginalized. Christian Aid works in some of the world’s poorest communities, supporting projects on the basis of need, not religion, ethnicity, gender or nationality.

Christian Aid in Myanmar
Christian Aid has worked in Myanmar for more than 25 years and is contributing towards building thriving and resilient societies.

The building blocks for the Myanmar programme are:
  • Power to change institutions
  • Tackling violence and building peace
  • Equality for all.
The programme addresses the intertwined problems of disempowered and conflict-affected communities and promotes their engagement in the ongoing political and peace processes. The programme adopts a distinct approach, using health and livelihoods as key entry points to build resilience, peace and gender justice. Our programme has expertise in strengthening civil society, accountable governance, community health, secure livelihoods and humanitarian response. Peace building, conflict resolution and gender equality are the cross-cutting focus of our programme. Christian Aid has also played a key role in shifting UK policy on Myanmar and advocating for the rights of its refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs).

Our goals in Myanmar 
  1. We strengthen civil society’s capacity to influence and hold the powerful to account, demand good governance and uphold respect for human rights. With our partners, we raise awarenessaround human rights, democracy, state-citizen relations and conflict transformation. Our projects seek to address inter- and intra-ethnic conflict, promote civilian monitors on human rights, engage the community in the peace agenda, and in political debate, and promote women’s participation in the peace process. We strengthen and nurture gender champions within civil society and government to influence policies and programmes that take into account the needs of both women and men, fostering greater gender equality. 
  2. We promote resilient livelihoods and build community capacity to prepare for, and respond to, humanitarian crises. We support community mobilisation, access to information, and the participation ofIDPs and refugees in planning and decision making around resettlement. We provide agricultural and other technical training and mentoring, and support income-generation activities, enterprise development, the creation of farmer associations and cooperatives and micro-finance initiatives. We support partners to provide food and other aid to IDPs inside Myanmar and refugees in border areas. 
  3. We increase the access of marginalised communities to high-quality health and HIV services. With our partners, we provide HIV prevention, care and support services, tackle stigma and discrimination among people living with HIV and AIDS, drug users, commercial sex workers, migrants, orphans and vulnerable children. We build the technical capacity of partners and staff around key health issues and support rights-based approaches and universal access to culturally appropriate healthcare. Our health programme is an entry point to gender equality and peace-building.
About the role
To lead and manage large partner portfolio, programmes and projects in Myanmar as per the country policy and strategy. It is envisaged that the position will ensure effective management and delivery of the programme and appropriate support to partners. To manage, develop and empower staff working for Christian Aid in-country; working within the corporate framework, agreed annual plans, budgets and defined delegations of authority. To be the senior representative of Christian Aid in-country and to develop and promote the country and programme profile within the region or continent and across the wider organisation. To contribute to the strategic direction and representation of the country programme and to proactively engage in networks and learning groups.

Salary outlined is gross per annum plus expatriate benefits applicable for international applicants (expatriate benefit is a part of gross salary. An amount equal to 20% of gross salary would be deducted monthly to avail expatriate benefits such as accommodation, school fees and annual flights home). Additional 25% of salary will be withheld for tax for expatriate staff based in Myanmar.

About you
The SPM is expected to be part of the country management team and will demonstrate leadership role in ensuring effective programme delivery, compliance and Value for Money. The position is also expected to bring creative ideas and innovation and invest in team building.

As the senior representative of Christian Aid in Myanmar, this role would lead and manage Christian Aid’s work and team in close coordination with the Country Manager. The role operates within an organisational culture characterised by ambitious goals, strategic thinking, innovation, interdependence and mutual accountability. The role will be based in Yangon and will be part of AME Division within the International department.

Further information
This role requires applicants to have the right to work in the country where this position is based.

We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in our workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

How to Apply
To apply for this post and download detailed role profile logon to: Christian Aid jobs and complete the online application process by completing the application form.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. If you have not been contacted by 22th April, 2016 please assume your application was unsuccessful.

Planned Interview date: Last week of April / First week of May 2016