Position Title: Strategic Information Director
Report To: Chief of Party, Civil Society and Media Project
Location: Yangon, Myanmar
FHI 360 is seeking applications for the position of Strategic Information Director for Advancing Transition to Peaceful Democracy Through Participation of Civil Society and Media (CSM II), a five-year, USAID-funded project. CSM II works to promote the participation of civil society and independent media in strengthening democratic governance, intercommunal harmony and religious freedom, and peace in Myanmar.
The Strategic Information Director will lead the gathering and sharing of information to shape and improve the Project’s work. This includes developing and improving approaches and systems for communications, performance data gathering and analysis, managing and designing research initiatives, and the use of performance information to improve the Project’s work. The SID leads the SI Team and will have two direct reports. The SID reports to the Chief of Party.
The Strategic Information Director Will Be Responsible For
- Developing the project monitoring system including methods, procedures and tools for data collection and data management; produce guidelines for the use of the system;
- Helping to ensure the strong performance of the project by giving feedback to the Deputy Chief of Party and Chief of Party on progress toward targets, and flagging any needs for course corrections;
- Supervising the Communications Officer in the execution of the communications strategy
- Ensuring, whether as an author or reviewer, that the Project regularly produces information products that showcase its work: quarterly and annual reports, success stories, photos, and case studies.
- Overseeing and leading the M&E process in close collaboration M&E Officer and Communications Officer;
- Managing and ensuring quality of all research, assessments and evaluations conducted by the project;
- In collaboration with other Program teams, identifying and documenting project learnings for internal and external dissemination; produce publications, papers and participate in conferences as opportunities arise;
- Maintaining and revising the Project’s M&E plan and system as needed;
- Working with the M&E Officer to provide M&E technical advice to grantees
- Ensuring that the Strategic Information Team is liaising closely with Program team, Technical team and Media team for routine data collection from project partners;
- Leading the review and verification of gathered data against supporting documents and agreed workplans
- Working with the M&E Officer to organize data quality assessments to verify project progress reports providing guidance and technical assistance to improve data quality and reporting performance of grant partners;
- Overseeing the maintenance and updates of a database that tracks project awards and activities, with the assistance of the M&E Officer;
- Overseeing work of Communications Officer in gathering other project information and stories and presenting it for internal or external use.
- Preparing quarterly progress reports and annual reports as required by USAID;
- Overseeing the development of an external communications plan for the Project.
- Providing M&E orientation and capacity building to the grantees and other CSM project staff.
Preference Will Be Given To Candidates Who
- A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, with an advanced degree preferred;
- At least eight years’ direct experience in managing and executing information management, communications, or M&E activities for donor-funded projects, including experience in developing capacity among staff and partners;
- Prior experience of working in a non-governmental organization (NGO);
- Experience in utilizing and managing database and information management software;
- Demonstrated familiarity with and understanding of participatory M&E techniques, and of developing and monitoring both output and outcome indicators;
- Fully competent in Microsoft Office package, particularly MS Word, Excel and Power Point;
- Experiences in data analysis especially qualitative information;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Myanmar;
- Experience in coaching and working with teams and others;
- Experience in managing and supervising a team;
- Ability to work under stressful conditions and working environment.
- Are familiar with USAID programs, regulations and processes, including USAID M&E frameworks and communications policies;
- Have a demonstrable interest in and knowledge of CSOs (civil society organizations) and civil society and the media sector in Myanmar.
- Promote and uphold principles of inclusion, with regard to gender, disabilities, and other marginalized identities. This is to be done both by ensuring equality and a safe and comfortable working environment among the staff supervised, and by incorporating inclusion in the design of programs and activities.
This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.
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