Myanmar has a population of approximately 54 million people, the majority being from the Bamar ethnic group with the remaining 32% from more than 100 different ethnic groups. It is rich in natural resources – jade, gold, oil and gas, timber – but remains one of the poorest countries in South East Asia due to a highly extractive and exclusive economic model developed during the 50 years of military dictatorship. The country is widely perceived to be in transition, the most notable example being the first democratically elected government to come to power in early 2016 following a landslide victory for the National League for Democracy (NLD). The borderlands remain the scene of multiple protracted conflicts – mainly between the military and the numerous Ethnic Armed Groups - including the world’s longest running civil war in Kachin. These conflicts have resulted in countless abuses and displacement of hundreds of thousands of civilians – more than 240,000 people live in internal displacement camps and there are more than one million refugees in Bangladesh and Thailand.
The Oxfam programme in Myanmar responds to this context through an approach that integrates advocacy and programming, across the thematic areas of humanitarian and resilience, governance and social accountability and economic justice. All programmes are designed to be conflict sensitive and contribute to longer term conflict reduction, gender equality and the ability to participate in decision-making processes.
Reporting to the Regional Programme Development Manager the Myanmar Country Director will be responsible for numerous tasks including:
- Accountable to the Oxfam International Asia Regional Platform, for the delivery and effective management (which includes budgets and plan) of the Myanmar Country Programme, including effective monitoring, evaluation and learning.
- To be responsible for the development, implementation, monitoring and periodic review and of the Country Strategic Plan and ensure alignment to the Asia Regional Strategy and the Global Strategy.
- Provide strategic leadership and management of Oxfam’s programme in Myanmar - including all programming and advocacy, humanitarian and development - to maximise influence and impact.
- Ensure that Oxfam is responding to the context and is able to adapt strategy and approach as the context changes.
- Ensure all programming and advocacy, humanitarian and development adopt the One Programme Approach and showcase high Programme Quality standards ensuring programmes are impactful, future focused and relevant.
- Successfully lead the design, communication and implementation of Oxfam’s Vision 2020 including the country strategy and its added value to Asia and the ‘new ways of working’ that Oxfam is promoting aiming to be agile, impactful, efficient and networked.
- Manage the work in the country which will include: staff, budgets, funding and programme, ensuring that managers in country are in accordance with Oxfam’s policies and procedures, including but not limited to the Code of Conduct, Performance Management, Security, Health and Safety and local legislation.
- Create and supports an environment which prevents abuse and fraud in the workplace, and results in strong partnerships, influence, knowledge sharing and innovation.
- Takes the lead in representing Oxfam and the country programme nationally and globally. Builds influential relationships and develops networks for effective change, both internally and externally, and is committed to maximising our influencing capability.
- Work closely with staff and partners in country to develop and deliver high quality programmes, including regional and multi-country programmes when necessary.
- Ensure value-driven, timely and quality humanitarian response to displacement caused by conflict and natural disasters. In the event of a large-scale Category 1 or 2 emergency liaise closely with the Global Humanitarian Team (GHT) and the Organisational Lead within the Asia Regional Platform.
- Contribute to and maximise use of the Knowledge networks to share strategic thinking and learning more widely as part of the Asia Leadership Team as well as within the Country Team to ensure that programming builds on learning and is evidence based, innovative and agile to respond to opportunities.
We are looking for a highly skilled and dynamic leader with the following:
- Proven track record of leading and motivating multi-disciplinary teams and operations across several locations in fragile, contested, complex environments. Experience in conflict sensitivity and adaptive management critical
- Significant senior leadership and management experience in the development and delivery of high quality programme, influencing and humanitarian strategy, with partners or directly, in one or more challenging locations.
- Experience in designing and leading conflict sensitive programmes that address gender inequality and enhance the ability of people to participate in decision-making processes.
- Experience of managing complex change processes and relationships involving a wide range of both internal and external multi-cultural stakeholders across a variety of disciplines and geographical areas.
- Proven track record of success in representing an organization with civil society partners, strategic allies, the INGO community, UN Agencies, donors and government agencies.
- High level financial and asset management skills to steer and effectively manage the operational budget of Euro 10-11 million across a number of locations and approximately 25-30 projects
- Experience of managing security, risk and legal compliance within an INGO context
- Able to fulfil agreed standards in disaster preparedness, mitigation and management including humanitarian response activities for Category 1/2/3 emergencies.
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