In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Asia plays a crucial global role. Would you be excited at the prospect of employing your knowledge and skills to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across this dynamic region?
You could have this opportunity at The Asia Foundation. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, we address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century: governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and international cooperation. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.
The Asia Foundation’s Myanmar office is seeking a program manager for the Peace Support Program to be based in Yangon (Covid-19 travel conditions permitting). The program manager leads a team which implements a wide range of activities to support and build understanding of Myanmar’s transition to peace and stability. The Manager is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and operation of Peace Support projects, ensures effective planning, implementation and monitoring of the Foundation’s Peace Support programming, and is responsible for ensuring compliance with donor and the Foundation regulations, agreement provisions, reporting and other deadlines, and budgetary monitoring.
- Manage a team of national and international staff and consultants to deliver quality and timely outputs for ongoing projects.
- Identify new funding opportunities and lead proposal development to strategically grow the Peace Support program.
- Provide thought leadership and direction to team members, building a strong shared understanding of project objectives and rationale, within the wider context of conflict and peacebuilding in Myanmar.
- Lead the management of project budgets, workplans, narrative reports, and donor communications and develop workplans and reporting structures for new projects.
- Engage with the Regional Conflict team and contribute to shared regional projects.
- Prioritize learning and innovation in project approaches by ensuring that robust monitoring systems are developed and implemented for peace support projects and engage in regular evaluation and reflection sessions to assess project progress and impact.
- Apply technical conflict analysis and peacebuilding knowledge to research products and project activities to ensure quality and to assess and mitigate risks and sensitivities of research and activities.
- Manage existing subgrants and subcontracts engaging with a wide range of peacebuilding and governance stakeholders, monitoring budgets, ensuring MEL standards, and reviewing narrative reports.
- Oversee procurement processes for future subgrant partnerships, including grant proposal review and editing, budget development, due diligence oversight, and other the Foundation procurement processes.
- As requested by the country representative, represent the program at meetings and other functions with other cooperating partners, senior government officials, and other donor agencies.
- Other job responsibilities as may be assigned by the country representative or deputy country representative.
- Minimum of eight years or more of management responsibility in development, peacebuilding, governance, or policy research-based projects.
- Advanced degree in relevant fields (Conflict Studies, Public Administration, Sociology, Development Studies, Anthropology, and others).
- Minimum five years of applied experience designing, implementing or managing peacebuilding programs.
- Applied project management skills: budget development, forecasting and monitoring; timely management of deliverables; consultant management; effective team communications and leadership.
- Ability to define vision, develop action plans, and build shared understanding within team to achieve objectives in an independent manner.
- Understanding of monitoring, evaluation and learning processes and tools: applied experience in developing theories of change and developing monitoring tools for peacebuilding projects.
- Ability to communicate technical information clearly to a range of audiences including the project team as well as civil society groups and international development organizations.
- A belief in and ability to create a strong team culture of learning, analysis, and thoughtful implementation.
- Keen political awareness and sensitivity to conflict dynamics; an ability to apply peacebuilding concepts to the Myanmar context.
- Knowledge of governance institutions and practices in developing countries.
- Strong analytical and writing skills and experience in managing research products.
- Proven experience in fundraising and proposal development.
- Full computer literacy and ability to navigate Microsoft software.
- Experience working and/or living in Myanmar will be viewed favorably but candidates with strong peacebuilding backgrounds from any country context are encouraged to apply.
Why work at The Asia Foundation?
You will have the opportunity to contribute to development in Myanmar and, more broadly, to the development, stability, and growth of the dynamic Asian region. You will help promote a more effective and constructive engagement between government and citizens, strengthen the role of women and minorities, and advance learning and awareness about the country. In Myanmar, other Asian countries, and with headquarters, you will work with and learn from dedicated, smart, and accomplished colleagues, program partners, and local leaders. In the process, you will improve your skills and grow as a development professional.