Myanmar – Field Coordinator - Sittwe

  • Référence : SRH02983
  • Type de poste : Missions à l'etranger
  • Domaine de compétence : Coordination régionale / Chef de mission
  • Statut : Salarié
  • Pays : Myanmar (Birmanie)
  • Type de contrat : Salarié - CDD

About the mission ...

Desired start date : 01/05/2018
Duration of the mission : 12 months
Location : Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar

About the mission :
SI has been in Myanmar since 2008, first in the Delta in response to the Cyclone Nargis. In 2011, SI expanded to three new regions (Dry Zone, Rakhine, and Chin State) focusing on Livelihoods, Food Security, Shelter, and WASH. In 2012, SI started emergency response to people displacements due to violence in Kachin and later in Rakhine (between armed forces in Kachin State and between communities in Rakhine). SI has a base in Sittwe which is responsible for managing programs in Sittwe and Pauktaw T/S (emergency programs for IDPs), and in Rathedaung T/S since October 2013.
SI currently has a coordination base in Yangon, with field bases in the Rakhine and Kachin States. Each office is operational with a Field Coordinator and between 35-200 colleagues.

About the job...

The Field Coordinator has the role of delegated Head of Mission for a region of a country in which Solidarités International intervenes.

He/she proposes a regional strategy according to the geopolitical and humanitarian context, and ensures its implementation once validated.

He/she checks and ensures that projects are carried out in accordance with the Solidarités International charter, respecting all internal and contractual procedures.

He/she mobilizes the material and financial resources necessary for programs to run smoothly, and supervises resource management.

He/she coordinates the teams in place and is responsible for their security in his/her assigned zone.

He/she is the Head of Mission's direct contact and representative.

The main challenges of the position are:

  • The Field Coordinator (FC) will work under the supervision of the Head of Mission (based in Yangon). At HR level, the current base count around 219 staffs (including 9 international staff ) working in 3 different areas: Sittwe, Rathedaung and Pauktaw.
  • The Fc will insure that the end of the phase 1 of a consortium  project is well completed and support the transition towards the phase 2. The programs implemented by SI in Rakhine State cover approximately 75,000 persons (essentially IDPs) through WaSH (construction and maintenance of water and sanitation facilities, hygiene promotion) and Food Security & Livelihoods support
  • S/he will strengthen the relationship with the local authorities thanks to the arrival of a Liaison Manager in January 2018.

Responsibilities

  • Strategic orientation
  • Coordination and programs monitoring
  • Institutional knowledge building
  • Reporting / communication / representation
  • Team management

[Living conditions : ]

Sittwe is the capital of the Rakhine State. The inter-communal violence that broke out in Rakhine State in 2012 pits two ethnic main minorities: the Rohingyas Muslim people and some extremist Buddhists of the Rakhine population. Today, the inter-communal tensions are high between both.  It is a kind of religious nationalism according to which Muslims cannot be considered to be Burmese citizens, and their presence can’t be tolerated on Burmese soil. The situation has been ongoing for several decades, but it’s also a result of the dissolution of the Junta in 2011, which led to the resurgence of religious tensions that had been suppressed for decades, revealing a latent Islamophobia.

From Yangon, it takes 1 hour by flight to get to Sittwe. There is constant flight all the week between Sittwe and Yangon.

Sittwe is a town located on the Bay of Bengal. The environment is quite conservative and basic, but social life remains possible, with some good restaurants and bars. Walking in the street is usual practice, and despite the tensions that do exist between the Rakhine and the presence of expatriates - mainly perceived as biased somehow -, the relationships with the population is all right.

The office and expat guesthouses are situated in Sittwe town.

The guesthouses are equipped with basic furniture (beds, tables, cupboards…) and mosquito nets, bed linen, towels and fans.  A cook can prepare dinner upon request.

The guesthouses are comfortable (, with a large common area, private bathrooms in almost all the rooms, AC in rooms, TV, etc…) and a proper kitchen area. The office is situated 5 minutes from the guesthouse by car. Expatriates can also move independently in bicycles or by foot.

Your profile

Education:

  • Minimum BA degree + relevant security or humanitarian trainings.

 Experience:

  • 3 years of professional experience, including a minimum of 2 years in the humanitarian environment, with a positive experience in project implementation and team management
  • Proven experience in conflict/post-conflict contexts and insecure environments
  • Proven experience in managing teams notably in complex ethnic and/or religious contexts or sensitive environments
  • Previous experience in Wash activities in developing countries
  • Previous experience of project management in NGO / humanitarian fields
  • Previous experience in reporting and proposal writing
  • Experience in capacity building
  • Previous experience with SI would be an asset

 Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Knowledge of WASH and FSL activities
  • Knowledge of Emergency activities in WASH and FSL
  • Strong knowledge of project cycle management
  • Strong knowledge of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning
  • Knowledge of HR, budget and logistics management
  • Knowledge of Solidarités International rules, tools and procedures would be an asset

 Transferable skills:

  • Excellent management skills
  • Good analytical and writing/editing skills
  • Good communication and diplomatic skills
  • Good organization skills
  • Good training skills
  • Capacity to work under pressure
  • Good pedagogical skills
  • Strong capacity to take initiatives

 Languages:

  • Fluent English (written, spoken and read), essential for writing proposals and reports and for external coordination and representation meetings with other NGOs, UN agencies, donors and governmental bodies.
  • Knowledge of Burmese or Rakhine are an asset

 Other desirable qualities:

  • Rigor, patience, autonomy, flexibility and ability to adapt are mandatory skills.
  • Good computer skills: Excel, Word, Power Point, Sphynx, GIS etc…would be an asset.

Application process

Does this description fit you? Please send us your CV and Cover letter in English. CV only applications will not be considered. 

NB:  The vacancy may close before the deadline. Thank you for your comprehension 

Si will offer you

SI will offer you:

A salaried post: according to experience from 2000 euros gross per month, plus 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly and a monthly Per Diem of 500 USD. Bearing in mind that an increase in salary levels is planned for April 1, 2018, which will substantially change remuneration levels.
Social and medical cover: Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.
Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of one break every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7-day break during the 3rd and the 9th month (with 500 euros allocated by Solidarités). He or she will also be entitled to go back to his or her home country for a 14-day period after six months spent on the mission (Solidarités will cover travel costs)

For further information about Solidarités International, please consult our website:  http://www.solidarites.org/en/

Contact

Sebastiano SIRINGO, Recruitment & Follow Up Officer

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