Job Description

  UNOPS’ mission is to expand the capacity of the UN system and its partners to implement peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations that matter for people in need. Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, UNOPS vision is to always satisfy partners with management services that meet world-class standards of quality, speed and Cost Effectiveness. By assisting UN organizations, international financial institutions, governments and other development partners, UNOPS makes significant, tangible contributions to results on the ground.

UNOPS Myanmar

UNOPS Myanmar is one of UNOPS’ leading offices in Asia, acting as fund manager for three of the largest development programmes in the country, namely the Access to Health Fund, the Livelihood and Food Security Fund (LIFT) and the Joint Peace Fund (JPF). In addition, UNOPS is Principal Recipient for the Global Fund in Myanmar and for the Global Fund’s regional artemisinin-resistance initiative towards elimination of Malaria, which works to accelerate progress towards malaria elimination in the greater Mekong sub-region. UNOPS provides procurement, infrastructure and project management services to a wide range of organisations in the country, including the Government of Myanmar, international development partners, other UN agencies, NGOs and INGOs. UNOPS plays a critical role in ensuring that the quality of services provided to its partners meets stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Background Information - Job-specific

The LIFT Fund

The Livelihoods and Food Security Fund (LIFT) is a multi-donor fund established in Myanmar in 2009. LIFT’s work contributes to three outcomes; 1) Improved nutritional status, particularly for women and children, 2) Increased household income and assets with greater control by women and 3) Reduced vulnerability of households and individuals to shocks, stresses and risks. To date, LIFT has reached more than 7.2 million people, or roughly 20% of Myanmar’s population; and is active in almost half the country’s townships. LIFT has committed to localization and promoting local leadership, with a set of goals as priorities for 2021 and onwards.  For LIFT’s 2019-2023 strategy and other details visit The LIFT Fund is supported by teams in i) Programmes, ii) Policy, iii) Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL), iv) Communications, v) Finance and Grants vi) Operations, vii) Support Services.

The Fund Deputy Director will work closely with the Fund Director as well as lead the Programme Unit, through the supervision of six senior leads who manage a further 25 professionals.

Functional Responsibilities

The Fund Deputy Director will play a crucial role in supporting the Fund Director and leading the Fund, particularly through delivering on LIFT’s localization goals to promote local leadership and developing and maintaining external relations to enhance LIFT’s ability to support vulnerable populations in conflict-affected areas of Myanmar.

The Fund Deputy Director will bring strong and deep local leadership experience and skills, have established networks and relationships with civil society, a track record of working in complex, conflict-affected areas and a strong grounding in Community Development.

Reporting to the Fund Director, the Fund Deputy Director will lead on the following key areas: Leadership and strategy

  • Provide strategic leadership to the LIFT Fund, particularly on LIFT’s commitment and goals on localization and local leadership
  • Lead regular and ongoing strategic reviews of the Fund’s portfolio. In particular, work with teams to ensure that LIFT is focused on the most vulnerable populations.
  • Support across LIFT teams on strategic issues - at the moment that would encompass conflict-sensitivity, durable solutions, localization, public mobilization.
  • Work closely with LIFT’s programme management specialist to review and adapt LIFT’s systems and processes to support localization.
  • Act in the Fund Director’s role when required, e.g. in the absence of the Director

  • Lead and support the Coordination and quality implementation of LIFT’s geographic and thematic programmes, promoting synergy and learning in the delivery of LIFT’s strategy.
  • Support LIFT’s increased focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment, including through ensuring all LIFT’s programmes are consistent with LIFT’s gender strategy.
  • Oversee fair and timely assessment of proposals submitted for funding and make recommendations to the Fund Board.
  • Support the preparation of LIFT’s annual and semi-annual reports as well as regular programme updates, briefing papers.
  • Ensure effective supervision of the programme unit and represent programmes with other departments.

  • Build and strengthen strategic relations with stakeholders, in particular ethnic service providers, local networks and civil society groups.
  • Under the overall authority of/as delegated by the Fund Director, represent the Fund externally to build relationships and trust.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Master's degree in rural development, Agriculture/livelihoods, sociology, peace and conflict studies, international relations, or other related discipline is required.
  • A combination of Bachelor’s degree with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be considered as equivalent.
Experience requirement

  • At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience in rural development/a relevant field is required;
  • Experience and/or solid understanding of working (and achieving livelihoods outcomes) in complex and conflict affected areas is required.
  • Experience and a track record of networks and relationships with community groups, civil society, local organisations is required.
The following would be assets:
  • Experience in public policy dialogue.
  • Professional experience in more than one country.
  • Experience working and/or cooperating with multiple development partners, including donor governments, or in fund management.
Language requirement

  • Fluency in Myanmar and in English is required.
  • Fluency in other local Myanmar languages is an asset.


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above) Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.

Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Local Individual Contractor Agreement  Contract level: LICA11/ICS11 Contract duration:  Open ended (subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds, and satisfactory performance) Note that this is a Local position and only Myanmar Nationals are eligible to apply.

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by Security Policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and Development Projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands  
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