Relief International Job Vacancy: Head of Health Programs - Yangon, Myanmar

Head of Health Programs – Myanmar


Job title: Head of Health Programs

Location: Yangon, Myanmar with frequent travel to the field offices (appx 20% travel)

Reports to: Program Director

About RI: Relief International (RI) is a home to teams of humanitarian activist-professionals committed to transforming adversity into renewal for the world’s most vulnerable populations. By partnering with beneficiaries and communities on the front-lines, RI innovatively bridges the gap between immediate relief and long-term community development.

Position Summary:
This is an opportunity to join an international NGO with a fast-growing portfolio of development and humanitarian programs in Myanmar. With over 300 staff working in three regions and two conflict-affected states in the country, RI Myanmar is looking for a dynamic individual who can lead and manage the implementation of all Relief International Health projects in Myanmar, including the health systems strengthening project, humanitarian response and longer term development programs.

Reporting directly to the Program Director, the Head of Health is responsible for providing effective leadership and management of RI’s program team in Myanmar. This includes management of a grants calendar and ensuring that projects and expenses are reaching objectives and are on track, and ensuring accurate, timely and well written reports to RI donors.

The Head of Health Programs also contributes towards the RI Myanmar program strategy and identify and develop /design new program opportunities. The post-holder will be responsible for seeking funding for the development of existing health program, primarily post 3MDG funding and for exploring new opportunities for Relief International in health.

The Head of Health Program is also responsible for the research and piloting studies, publication of the project capacity building and ongoing support of national Program Managers.

Position Responsibilities and Duties:

Program Management and Implementation (45%):

  • Provide day-to-day guidance and support to Program and Project Managers
  • Develop and update RI Myanmar health program strategy for the country and regions, aligned with respective Government of Myanmar as well RI’s Global strategy
  • Take lead on drafting and reviewing project work plans in coordination with Program Director .
  • Check and approve Project Manager’s project budget projections in coordination with finance department
  • Regularly visit field offices to meet with the Project teams
  • Regularly monitor the implementation of health projects and provide regular and constructive feedback to Project Managers and Coordinators
  • Establish regular meetings with other Program Managers, and regular health team meetings
  • Ensure Project Managers attend relevant cluster and other coordination meeting and project meet cluster standards where relevant
  • Work with the Program Quality Department to ensure that projects are monitored regularly with appropriate indicators
  • Ensure good coordination of program implementation teams with the support departments (finance, HR and logistics);
  • In coordination with HR, lead the recruitment for national and international Project staff and consultants
  • Ensure that each project has well-ordered and complete project files
  • Organize and facilitate external evaluation missions and lead the selection of RI contracted evaluators
  • Support the timely delivery of program activities (for example, monitoring against log frames, individual performance management work plans);
  • Manage donor project audits and provide support to financial audits as relevant
  • Ensure good coordination of program implementation teams with the support departments (finance, HR and logistics);

Capacity Building (10%):

  • Assess capacity building needs of PMs
  • Design and organization of specific trainings such as project implementation methodology and tools (LFAs, Theory of Change, etc.), project cycle, M&E tools design, quality of project implementation, needs assessment, reporting, behaviour change communication strategies, Principles of Accountability, Equity and Inclusion;
Capacity building of Myanmar Project and Program Managers through on-the-job training and mentoring especially in the areas of:
  • Program planning (work plan development)
  • Financial planning and monitoring (projections and BVA analysis)
  • Procurement planning (procurement plans)
  • Monitoring (monitoring plans and progress follow-up)
  • Record keeping (program soft and hard copy files)
  • Reporting (narrative and data reports)
Program Development (25%):

  • Develop, in cooperation with other staff, short, medium and long-range strategic plans maintaining program focus in areas in line with RI's program objectives;
  • Organize contributions by the health program team towards program development efforts, ensuring that program design and targeting, as well as project budget, is in line with the Program strategy, is meeting the assessed and unmet needs, is realistic, and will enable RI to implement high quality programs
  • As a Sector Lead take a lead on project design and substantially contribute to the proposal writing process
  • Take lead on post 3MDG funding strategy and other funding opportunities in the country
  • In close coordination with the SMT, maintain effective communications with donors by tracking trends and anticipating the likelihood of funding opportunities in the country;
  • Identify, and where necessary, initiate and maintain program partnerships with external agencies;
  • Research relevant field data for compilation and inclusion in support of project documents while ensuring and verifying that field observations, assessments, and reports are at a level of detail and quality that can be used in project concept notes and detailed proposals and reports to donors;

Grant Management (10%):
  • Ensure that project donor reports are systematically reviewed and submitted timely, and that reports are accurate and well written
  • Hold regular meetings with individual Project Managers to discuss progress against deliverables, BVAs, and any changes that may need to be made to the project, including budget changes
Coordination, Partnership and Collaboration (10%):

  • In coordination with the Program Director, represent and promote RI Myanmar health programs to the donor community, government line ministries, and other stakeholders
  • Ensure that Project Managers liaise with NGOs, UN agencies and donors to have a good understanding of WWW and the work and plans of other organizations and donors in their areas
  • Participate in relevant coordination meetings including clusters
  • Formulate RI Myanmar partnership framework with local NGOs and CSOs
  • Establish and consolidate relationships with partners, including national and international NGOs, for improved project implementation;
  • Liaise and coordinate with government on work permission, access and other relevant issues
Required skills, experience and qualifications:

  • Master degree in Public health, development studies or other relevant discipline
  • Minimum 8 years health program experience including at least 5 years of management positions in INGOs, previous experience in Myanmar strongly preferred; experience working in transition countries, and complex crisis environments; Experience working with diverse donors and in managing MNCH programs
  • Excellent problem solving skills; solution oriented attitude
  • Excellent staff leadership and management skills;
  • Excellent communication skills, diplomacy and ability to manage sensitive situations;
  • Ability to work in multicultural and rapidly changing environment;
  • Familiarity with donor compliance for major donors;
  • Pro-active;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Budget management skills;
  • English fluency;
  • Advanced computer skills;
  • Knowledge of multi donor trust fund (eg; 3MDG), USAID, ECHO, EC, DFID, Global Fund and World Bank grantee regulations;
  • Strong experience in conducting research studies ( both qualitative approach and quantitative analysis) and also any privies publication on health sector is plus 
  • Experience working in a humanitarian context;
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, particularly when dealing with national staff and multi-cultural teams;
  • Ability to live, work, and travel under difficult environmental conditions and in politically complex areas;
  • Previous experience in the East or South Asia, preferably Myanmar; 
  • Sound understanding of the political and conflict context in Myanmar required nC
Closing Date: 02 December 2016

To apply, please submit your Application HERE