Program Manager- Myanmar

Search for Common Ground
  • Location
    Yangon, Myanmar
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 20

Position description

We are Searchers.  

We are over 600 strong worldwide. We believe in our mission to end violent conflict.  

It’s our purpose- our call to action. 

A Searcher understands our vision of a world where: 
Differences stimulate social progress, rather than precipitate violence

Respect for and cooperation with those we disagree with is considered the norm 

A Searcher is a dedicated, enthusiastic and passionate individual, committed to our values.
Shared Humanity. Empathy. Impartiality.  Inclusivity. Courage.  Hope. Humility. Audacity.

With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, we implement projects from 55 offices in 34 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. You will be joining other highly motivated Searchers with a good team spirit and through commitment and dedication, have opportunities to grow.

Search for Common Ground in Myanmar

Search has been operating in Myanmar since 2014, with an office in Yangon and an ethnically and religiously diverse team of 16. Search's approach is support locally led processes at different levels of society in order to transform how societies deal with conflict.

Search Myanmar has been supporting the peace process at the local level, supporting social cohesion nationwide, and providing opportunities to support skills building in conflict analysis and conflict transformation with a multitude of stakeholders, including government, the private sector, ethnic armed groups, the media, and civil society including women, youth and minorities. Search Myanmar now has a presence in six states and two regions working with eleven local partners, and a vast network of over 4000 diverse beneficiaries.

We are searching for…

A Program Manager who will work closely with the Country Director by leading the implementation of multi-pronged peacebuilding and media projects, hiring, training and mentoring staff to become leading peace-builders, and developing strong collaboration with implementing partners. The position is located in Yangon but will require some travel to remote regions. S/he will serve on the Leadership Management Team of SFCG Myanmar.

Your contribution

The roles and responsibilities include:

  • Manage implementation of SFCG’s programs.
  • Ensure excellent program cycle management.
  • Ensure detailed and effective program planning, including developing and executing detailed work plans, and budget projections.
  • Support conceptualization of new projects and project budgets.
  • Support the consolidation of reporting procedures and lead donor reporting.
  • Oversee monitoring and evaluation work to effectively capture results and contribute to internal institutional learning/reflection and external dissemination.
  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with all stakeholders including government, donors, media, local civil society and partners to further SFCG’s mission in country.
  • Train and lead a strong, healthy and inspired program team.
  • Provide capacity building and support to staff and partners.
  • Provide oversight and coordination of partners’ project implementation.
  • Ensure high-caliber program methodology across all areas of work.
  • Keep abreast of and navigate the conflict dynamics in country.
  • Contribute to the development of SFCG’s country strategy in Myanmar and ensure SFCG’s programs are relevant.
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position-holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.

You are…
You meet the following qualifications:

  • Strong familiarity/experience of the conflict context and key players in Myanmar.
  • 4 to 6 years project management experience working with persons from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated experience in peacebuilding/conflict resolution.
  • Excellent program/grant management skills.
  • Common grounder – able to build relationships across dividing lines.
  • Outstanding writing, presentation and communication skills.
  • Excellent management, interpersonal, networking and facilitation skills.
  • Natural coach and trainer, able to bring out the best in team players and build a cohesive team.
  • Proactive, detail oriented and highly organized with ability to multi-task.
  • Financial management skills, including budget management.
  • Solution-orientated positive personality.
  • Computer literacy proficiency, including solid working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Excellent written and spoken English. Desirable:
  • Advanced Degree in relevant subject.
  • Demonstrated experience in media production, particularly through radio and television.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and education, with excellent benefits.  

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