Job Title: Humanitarian Project Coordinator
Location: Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar (with travel to field offices and Yangon, if access permits)
Reports to: Head of Programs Rakhine
Duration: 1 year based on satisfactory performance and budget availability.
Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in 20 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty. Relief International is dedicated to reducing human suffering and is non-political and non-sectarian in its mission.
Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships, and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.
Relief International began work in Myanmar in 2008 and is now supporting conflict-affected communities in Rakhine and Shan States. Relief International Myanmar currently employs over 180 national, 7 international staff and operates out of nine offices, with its main office in Yangon. At present, key RI donors include EC, ECHO, USAID, UNICEF, UNFPA, MHF, HARP-f and LIFT.
Relief International Myanmar is delivering a range of both humanitarian and early recovery projects in Rakhine State responding to the needs of the local population. Projects include working with IDP populations in WASH, Health, Protection, Livelihoods as well as community dialogue with conflict-affected communities.
The Humanitarian Project Coordinator will be responsible for overall program management, supervision, administration and implementation of RI’s humanitarian response to the recent displacement of over 18,000 people in the four townships of Mrauk U District, Rakhine State. Specifically, the Coordinator will support two projects (funded by HARP-F/Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the U.S. Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA)), aimed at strengthening the organizational and technical capacity of local civil society organizations (CSOs) responding to the needs of displaced populations in the four townships of Mrauk U District.
The Humanitarian Project Coordinator will be a key liaison between Rakhine project staff, Rakhine-level stakeholders, and the RI support team. The Coordinator will represent Relief International at project related inter-agency meetings in Rakhine in close coordination with the Head of Programs Rakhine, at meetings with project donors and, as feasible, assist with identifying, designing, and developing new program opportunities.
Senior-level national candidates are also encouraged to apply.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
The Coordinator will:
- Provide overall project leadership and technical support for two humanitarian response CSO capacity building projects (HARP-F and BHA-funded), including inter-agency coordination, local networking, analyzing emergency assessments and supporting the design and drafting of proposals as appropriate.
- Recruit and provide timely and expert advice to emergency response teams and local partners on implementation of various components of the emergency response program.
- Lead the process of developing immediate and longer-term humanitarian response plans, ensuring that RI’s response meets immediate humanitarian needs and strategically positions the organization for longer-term program funding opportunities.
- Identify, initiate and maintain program partnerships with national agencies and CSOs.
- Assist with developing and maintaining the RI implementing partner agreements with the selected local CSO partners in Mrauk U District, including new partnerships in two townships.
- Support the RI project team to develop individualized training plans for CSOs in four townships, based off previous organizational capacity assessments (OCA) of targeted CSOs.
- Support the design and oversight of the training and mentoring scheme to strengthen the organizational and technical capacity of the local CSOs, including development of remote learning curriculum and materials
- Oversee the implementation of an electronic-vouchers cash assistance pilot, including training of partners and vendors, market vendor selection, beneficiary registration, distributions, and post-distribution monitoring (PDM).
- Establish project monitoring plans, post distribution monitoring (PDM) systems carried by local partners to track indicators and strengthen processes/procedures and forms to support timely implementation and inform learning.
- Coordinate closely with the management of RI’s development projects in Mrauk U District, to ensure synergies, complementarity and co-funding;
- In coordination with project staff ensure the preparation of timely progress and donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal RI requirements and any relevant donor requirements.
- In coordination with the Operations teams, oversee effective functioning of project logistics systems to procure, store and distribute stock, supplies and services for the timely delivery of project objectives. This includes mentorship of CSO partners in their operational systems.
- Ensure the project is well coordinated with relevant government authorities. Support negotiations for humanitarian space in an extremely complex context with various interlocutors.
- Any other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Skills, Experience, Knowledge:
- Master’s degree in relevant discipline: development studies, project management or similar.
- This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to work hard and achieve results in a demanding, fast paced and often insecure environment.
- Minimum of 4 years’ experience working in management roles within a complex country program in a complex emergency response or fragile state. Previous experience in first phase emergency response, including protection, is essential.
- Strong understanding of UN and humanitarian coordination mechanisms.
- Experience working with CSOs and in training/capacity building of CSOs. Familiarity working with Myanmar CSOs is highly desirable. Demonstrated experience with remote capacity development models is a plus.
- Experience rolling out cash transfer programming (CTP). Familiarity with e-vouchers assistance is a plus.
- Experience working in Rakhine State and in the current IDP context would be highly desirable.
- Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.
- Experience of M&E and beneficiary accountability systems in large and complex programs
- Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
- Ability to communicate effectively with, and build the capacity of, national staff.
- Ability to work under difficult and often stressful conditions with significant movement restrictions
Shared housing with running water, electricity, and internet is provided for expatriate staff close to the Sittwe office. Five days of R&R is provided every two months. This post is unaccompanied.
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
- Transparency and Accountability
- Agility and Innovation