Senior Programme Manager (Agriculture and Rural Finance) – UNOPS

Yangon, Myanmar
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International Public Sector
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Senior Programme Manager (Agriculture and Rural Finance) – UNOPS

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Senior Programme Manager (Agriculture and Rural Finance) – UNOPS

Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the LIFT Head of Programme, in close coordination with other LIFT teams and in accordance with UNOPS policies, procedures and practices, the Programme Officer for Agriculture and Rural Finance will be responsible for the following:

Leading on technical aspects for LIFT related to Agriculture and Rural Finance
  • Seek synergy and collaboration, bringing together an array of projects into a more integrated and effective portfolio.
  • Sustain and enhance LIFT’s strategic partnerships that expand the outreach of financial institutions to underserved markets, with a rural and agricultural focus.
  • Work closely with government institutions to ensure effective policy development in the Agricultural and Rural Finance sectors.
  • Undertake or organise value chain analyses of selected products and identify major leverage points for value chain and commodity market development.
  • Support partner organizations to stimulate and plan value chain development and strengthen value chains through increased national and international market access.
  • Sustain and enhance the integration of climate change adaptation into LIFT’s Agriculture and Rural Finance programmes
Lead on the design and management of programmes funded by LIFT 
  • Explore new partnerships which can add new strategic alliances, innovation, and value for money to LIFT’s work.
  • Design programme frameworks and develop calls for proposals if needed
  • Lead proposal appraisal process, ensure that proposals 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 and others.
  • Present recommendations to the Fund Board, negotiate required changes with applicants and initiate contracting for approved project proposals.
  • Oversee and guide project and grant management for projects financed by LIFT, adhering to LIFT’s operational guidelines and principles.
  • Undertake field visits to monitor project implementation and ensure it meets appropriate technical and institutional standards.
  • Identify initiatives for adaptive management to ensure effective project implementation and compliance with Fund policy and priorities.
  • Prepare terms of reference for national and international consultants and supervise their missions as needed.
  • Provide mentoring, coaching and training of national staff to foster capacity building as needed
Contribute regularly to effective learning, knowledge management and policy influence on Agriculture and Rural Finance 
  • Regularly identify and document evidence in the form of key lessons and good practices identified in LIFT-funded projects and from LIFT FMO analysis.
  • Collaborate with others across the Fund Management Office in the preparation of briefing notes, reports and other knowledge products.
  • Build and maintain strategic linkages with a wide range of stakeholders including: government ministries, departments and agencies, ethnic service providers, development partners, private sector, civil society and other organizations.
  • Work with LIFT’s Programme Officer in NayPyiTaw to engage with Parliamentarians and Parliamentary groups, including on field trips.
  • Organize and participate in meetings/forums contributing to policy dialogue on relevant issues in Agriculture and Rural Finance.
In close collaboration with the Fund Director and Head of Programme, represent  LIFT with its key stakeholders.
  • Actively provide updates and evidence to the Fund Board in relation to national policies, strategies and programmes whenever they exist or inputs are requested, particularly on Agriculture and Rural Finance.
  • Proactively lead strategic engagement with relevant government departments, EAOs and service providers, civil society, private sector and academia.
  • Represent LIFT at government-led sector coordinating groups, inter-agency coordination efforts and technical working groups as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Head of Programme or Fund Director.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • Master’s degree in Rural Development, Agriculture, Finance, Natural Resource Management, Business Management, Political or Social Sciences or a related field from an accredited academic institution is required.
  • University degree in the above fields with additional two years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of a Master’s degree.
Work Experience 
  • A minimum of 7 years of relevant technical experience in managing Agriculture or Rural Finance projects is required.
  • Experience with climate smart agriculture, nutrition sensitive agriculture and/or value chain analysis and development is required.
  • Experience in working with micro-finance institutions and/or banks in innovative financing is required.
  • Demonstrated experience of effective team leadership, staff supervision and working in a matrix structure is required.
  • Ability to conduct independent research and analysis and write analytical or summative reports is preferred/an asset.
  • Demonstrated successful work in policy influence and advocacy is preferred/an asset.
  • Expertise, experience and/or understanding of conflict sensitive programming is preferred/an asset.
  • Professional experience in Southeast Asia is preferred/an asset.
  • Experience in natural resource governance and working with government systems is preferred/an asset.
  • Experience working and coordinating multi-stakeholder processes and facilitating multi-donor dialogues is preferred/an asset.
  • Computer literacy in Google’s G-Suite, the ability to use software tools to present data clearly and concisely is preferred/an asset.
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English is essential.
Closing date for applications 07 June 2020 before midnight.

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