Solidarites International

Deputy Country Director (Programs)

Solidarites International

Job Description

Desired start date: 09/10/21 Duration of the mission: 12 months Location: Yangon with visit to the field bases


SI has been in Myanmar since 2008. For the first three years, SI worked in the Delta in response to the devastating 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 January 2012, SI expanded to Kachin State to respond to an emergency situation created by the displacement of Kachin population affected by the armed conflict.

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.

In 2021, 17 international staff and 318 national staff are working within SI to implement 7 contracts (on-going) in WASH, FSL, Emergency programs (NFI, Shelter, WASH, Food) funded by OFDA, DFID/HARP, ECHO, CIAA, OCHA, CDC and UNICEF.

The global budget is approx. EUR 6 million/year for 2021.

To learn more about the Myanmar mission, please click here.


General objective

In close collaboration with the Country Director (CD), the Deputy CD for Programs (DCDP) ’s objectives are to provide leadership and management of the strategic programming, overseeing the strengthening of SI’s programs development, quality and accountability. The DCDP ensures the internal coherence between program activities and is responsible for ensuring that programs are driven by needs, based on evidence, adaptable to contextual changes and conflict sensitive, monitored closely and resourced appropriately.


  • Collaborate with the CD to develop a country and program strategy.
  • Support fundraising efforts and donor and partners relationship management and representation.
  • Oversee Programme Development by providing cohesive leadership to SI programming, ensuring support to Program Coordination Team and timely communication on program issues to the CD and HQ
  • Provide guidance for the Quality Management of the programs by ensuring quality criteria and indicators are monitored and lead to decision making
  • Ensure that procedures, guides and tools are updated and implemented in accordance with HQ recommendations.
  • Support on lessons learning and using the findings to guide future strategic direction
  • Being proactive in proposing new activities based on the context evolution.
The DCDP has currently 5 direct reports under his/her management: WASH Coordinator, MEAL roving Manager, FSL roving Manager, Grants Manager, National Deputy Program Coordinator.

Main challenges

  • Myanmar’s currency, the MMK, has been gaining strength towards our donor currency. This has to be continuously monitored, and forecast adjusted.
  • The increased volume of the mission (HR set up- salary grid increase etc.) has to be balanced with funding opportunities
  • SI is working with implementing partners, and the financial management of these partnerships require a lot of time and support.
  • Working in remote due to COVID causes delays in archiving, which has to be pro-actively followed. It also causes delays in operations, that lead to budget readjustments (ex: no cost extension) and difficulties to assess the cash needs of the mission. More generally, the pandemic has impacted the movements within the country.
Priorities for the first months:

  1. Support the program department : organization, priorities, Capacity Building, follow-up of activities
  2. Funding strategy and proposal writing
  3. Potential new partnerships with local actors (NGO/CSO)
  4. External evaluation of UNICEF



Master's degree is in related field.


  • Substantial experience in a senior management position in an overseas NGO environment, ideally in both emergency and developmental contexts;
  • Previous experience in strategy development
  • Experience of program implementation in different fields: WASH, food security – livelihood and DRR with a strong Community Mobilization and localization focus.
  • Experience in leading program development across multiple bases with multiple donors, preferably with knowledge of using contextual understanding and evidence to strategically guide the mission’s development with regards to programs;
  • Experience of managing large teams and local partners in multiple locations with various challenges;
  • Experience of budget management;
  • Experience of establishing strong working relationships with colleagues from different functions and cultures;
  • Experience in Donor relations (ECHO, OFDA, UN, DFID, EuropeAid);
Previous experience in South Asia + previous experience with SI are assets.

Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Extensive knowledge about PCM and monitoring tools (good understanding of MEAL systems expected);
  • Ability to reflect on and learn from own performance and the performance of the program; and to act upon that learning;
  • Strong analytical and reporting skills
  • Good problem-solving skills (daily and in crisis situations);
  • A flexible approach to managing and prioritizing a high workload and multiple tasks with tight deadlines;
  • A good understanding of DRR and Climate Change issues;
  • Confident and proficient in the use of MS Office, including Excel;
  • Capacity to deal with many different issues, programs, sectors, to self- update and learn very quickly from a highly and constantly evolving environment;
  • Strong representation / public relation skills.
Transferable skills:

  • Decision-making skills and ability to work in autonomy is essential;
  • Diplomacy, smooth leadership skills;
  • Prioritization and self-organization; rigor.
  • Ability to multitask and delegate;
  • Ability to work in multi-cultural environment; more generally, excellent interpersonal & communication skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure;

  • Bilingual in English
French and Burmese are assets.



According to experience, starting from EUR 2 860 gross per month (EUR 2 600 gross per month + 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly) i.e. + a monthly Per Diem of USD 750 per month.

SI covers accommodation costs and travel expenses between the expatriate's country of origin and the place of assignment.

A housing package is available. Family package to be discussed.


During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of 7 working days every 3 months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7 working days break at 3, 6 and 9 months (with USD 850 allocated by SI).

In addition to these, SI adds 1 additional rest day per month of work, i.e. 12 additional days off for a one-year contract.

Insurance package

Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which covers 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.

Living conditions

The climate is hot and wet tropical. It can be cold on the bases during December – February period.

Please note that the current political situation and security context is volatile, but SI monitors it daily and adapts its procedures in order to ensure the security of all staff.


Please note that the Covid 19 pandemic can impact the movements (flights and visa issuance). At the time of writing, it can take 3 to 4 months to get in country.

Safety and security rules are regularly reviewed and adapted to the situation, to minimize the exposure to the COVID 19, in constant monitoring and adaptation to the context evolution. This include social distancing, teleworking and strict hygienic rules, such as regular handwashing etc.

Please note that SI strongly recommends its staff to get the vaccination against COVID 19, using WHO-approved vaccines. If possible, the vaccination should be done before departure, in order to reduce the future logistical constraints once on the field (Administration of the 2nd dose within a certain time frame).

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