Programme Officer – Financial Inclusion/Private Sector

Location:
Yangon, Myanmar
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
Type of contract:
Contract
Salary:
Competitive

Programme Officer – Financial Inclusion/Private Sector

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Application closing date: 26 November 2018

Background Information – Myanmar

Myanmar is one of UNOPS’ leading offices in Asia, acting as fund manager for three of the largest development programmes in the country, namely the Three Millennium Development Goal Fund (3MDG), the Livelihood and Food Security Fund (LIFT) and the Joint Peace Fund (JPF). In addition, UNOPS is Principal Recipient for the Global Fund in Myanmar and for the Global Fund’s regional artemisinin-resistance initiative targeting drug resistant malaria in the greater Mekong sub-region. UNOPS provides procurement, infrastructure and project management services to a wide range of organizations in the country, including the Government of Myanmar, international development partners, other UN agencies, NGOs and INGOs. UNOPS plays a critical role in ensuring that the quality of services provided to its partners meets stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Background Information – Job-specific

UNOPS is Fund Manager for the Livelihoods and Food Security Fund (LIFT), a multi-donor fund established in 2009 to address food insecurity and income poverty in Myanmar. LIFT has reached more than 9.4 million people, or roughly 26 per cent of Myanmar’s population and is active in almost half the country’s townships. For more details visit http://www.liftfund.org/.

LIFT’s Financial Inclusion/Private Sector program has grown in the last two and a half years from a budgeted USD 75 million to USD 283 million. Under the direct supervision of the LIFT Programme Officer (Rural Finance and Value Chains), the Programme Officer will assist the Financial Inclusion, Private Sector Engagement section of LIFT in more effective program monitoring and fund management.

Functional Responsibilities

The Programme Officer is responsible for the functions below within the scope of establishment of monitoring system for contracts, fund flows and project implementation, and maintaining regular updates of sector development.

Grants Management

  • Prepare draft terms of reference for “call for concept note/proposals”.
  • Participate in the proposal evaluation committee and evaluating proposals including work plans and budgets submitted by applicants and ensuring that proposals, especially in the areas of financial inclusion/private sector/agriculture are in compliance with Fund policy and priorities as well as in line with national frameworks where they exist, and that proposals take into account work undertaken or planned by the government or other donors.
  • Provide inputs for the preparation of grant support agreements and coordinate with partners for finalization of the agreements.
  • Conduct regular review over the project implementation and coordinate with implementing partners and LIFT program support team for necessary revisions related documentations.
  • Process requests from implementing partners, and ensure that implementing partners comply with their grant obligations as per UNOPS rules and regulations and LIFT Operational Guidelines.

Monitoring, evaluation and Reporting

  • Organize programme discussions on common activities and outcomes Develop, revise and update the reporting and monitoring tools for financial inclusion, private sector and agricultural development projects through coordination with LIFT team and implementing partners.
  • Organize required studies and project evaluations.
  • Prepare progress reports through reviewing external final evaluation reports, performance reports, Semi-annual and annual operational and financial reports from implementing partners to monitor progress in project implementation and in operations, and identify problems/issues.
  • Conduct regular project monitoring visits and prepare field visit reports.
  • Ensure that LIFT team is updated with development of financial inclusion and private sector development.

Program Development

  • Support LIFT’s investment in financial inclusion and agriculture sectors through private sector to strengthen the rural financial system, and establish a competitive market structure, in line with the LIFT strategy.
  • Participate and support private sector development and financial inclusion missions to promote and identify potential projects to be funded. Provide facilitations links between private sector, financial institutions –Micro Finance Institutions and commercial banks) and agriculture sector, Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), trade associations, government departments and other private companies.
  • Assess the enabling environment and investment opportunities, and identify opportunities for private sector engagement.
  • Support preparation for investment in LIFT private sector partnerships—encompasses all key partnership parameters, including cost, financing plan and financial projections.
  • Explore market and value chain development opportunities in partnership with the private sector in support of projects implemented by LIFT’s partners and proposing market and value chain components to production-oriented projects with the overall objective to reinforce the socioeconomic position of smallholder producers.
  • Manage the timely submission to the LIFT Programme Officer (Financial inclusion, Private Sector Partnership of key reports from implementing partners’ reports such as monthly updates and inputs to LIFT’s semi-annual and annual reports.
  • Identify, develop and synthesize programme briefing papers in thematic areas as required
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the supervisor.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education

  • A Master’s degree in economics, business administration, agricultural economics, agriculture, management, development studies, rural development, or a related field is required.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in the above mentioned areas in combination with an additional 2 years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the Master’s Degree.

Work Experience

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in Program/Project management related to promoting affordable financial services, private sector partnership or agricultural development is required.
  • Working knowledge of Microfinance best practices and agricultural knowledge are highly preferred.
  • Experience in liaising, coordinating and communicating with the Government and implementing partners is desirable.
  • Experience with private sector engagement is an advantage.

Languages Fluency in both English and Myanmar language is required (written and oral expression).

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