United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Programme Management Advisor (Nutrition)

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Job Description

  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, 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 targeting drug resistant malaria in the greater Mekong sub-region. UNOPS also provides procurement, infrastructure and project management services to a wide range of organizations 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 Livelihoods and Food Security Fund (LIFT) is a multi-donor fund established in Myanmar in 2009 to address food insecurity and income poverty in Myanmar. LIFT’s designated outcomes are improvements in income, resilience, nutrition, and pro-poor policy developments. So far, 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 is currently implementing the 2019-2023 strategy and for more details visit www.lift-fund.org. https://www.lift-fund.org/ .(https://www.lift-fund.org/) Purpose and Scope of Assignment

Nutrition has a prominent place in LIFT’s work and remains a key priority for LIFT’s donors in this 2019-2023 strategic phase.

LIFT has nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programmes in Rakhine, Yangon, Kachin, N Shan and the South East. LIFT works closely with government (particularly MSWRR’s DSW) and non-government partners on scaling up the maternal and child Cash Transfer (MCCT) programme, particularly in conflict-affected areas. LIFT supports a core technical team with the MOHS National Nutrition Centre (NNC) and in support of the multi-sectoral national plan of action for nutrition (MS-NPAN). LIFT is an active participant in inter-agency efforts to improve nutrition in Myanmar, LIFT funds a training/Capacity Development team available for support to agencies in Myanmar (LEARN) and LIFT funds the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Civil Society Network and the Business Network.

LIFT is seeking specialist support for its work in nutrition, in particular on strategic planning, policy engagement, learning and influence. This is relevant at a national level and sub-national level and is particularly relevant for LIFT’s work in conflict-affected areas.

This support will be managed within the overall guidance of the Fund Board and Fund Director, working closely with LIFT’s national nutrition personnel and LIFT’s nutrition implementing partners.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of Senior Programme Manager and in accordance with UNOPS policies, procedures and practices, the post holder shall work on the following tasks: Strategic direction and planning

  • Advise and support the Analysis and direction setting of LIFT’s nutrition work, with particular consideration to the policy level, multi-sectoral progress and inter-agency collaboration;
  • Liaise closely with nutrition colleagues in LIFT, in key nutrition partner agencies (particularly UNICEF, WFP, FAO, Save the Children) and with inter-agency Coordination efforts.
  • Provide guidance and support the development of a learning agenda particularly for nutrition in conflict-affected areas;
  • Develop documents for and input to LIFT’s planning processes in nutrition and as related to social protection, including written briefings;
  • Liaise closely with the other Funds (Access to Health, HARP, MHF, JPF) to maximise synergy and coherence.
Policy engagement, research and advocacy

  • In collaboration with LIFT policy team, contribute to the development and implementation of LIFT’s nutrition-related policy engagement in Myanmar;
  • Provide on request an update to the FMO and FB on nutrition related trends;
  • Contribute to the development, implementation, and/or review of LIFT-supported research on nutrition;
  • In collaboration with policy, M&E and communication units, support the development and dissemination of key nutrition-related lessons for key stakeholders based on LIFT’s portfolio of nutrition work.
Support the quality and effectiveness of LIFT-supported interventions

  • Provide advice and support the preparation of appraisals of nutrition-related proposals to LIFT;
  • Provide advice  and support LIFT’s implementing partners to address nutrition in the preparation, implementation and evaluation phases of projects;
  • Provide advice and support LIFT-funded projects to integrate nutrition into monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning plans;
  • Provide advice and training as required to LIFT staff and partners.
Methodology and Deliverables

The retainer will receive a task note each time a requirement is identified. The Task note will specify the dates, duration and deliverables.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education

  • A Master's degree in nutrition or a subject relevant to the ToR is required. Additional two years of similar experience with a Bachelor’s Degree is considered as equivalent.
Work Experience

  • A minimum of 7 years professional experience in nutrition is required.
  • Proven track record of producing high quality written reports and other materials pertaining to nutrition-related activities is required.
  • Experience in nutrition policy analysis and engagement is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and influence policy development is an asset, preferably in nutrition and food security.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of nutrition programme development and implementation is preferred.
  • Experience working with government partners, donor agencies and local partners is preferred.
  • Professional experience and an understanding of nutrition issues in Myanmar is preferred.
Language 

  • Excellent skills in both written and spoken English are essential. Knowledge of Myanmar language is an advantage.

Competencies

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: International Individual Contractor Agreement  Contract level: IICA 3/ICS11 Contract duration:  1 year (with possible extension) - Retainer not exceeding 100  working days within a year National Candidates are also encouraged to apply. In the event that they meet all the requirements and are successful in the recruitment process, the equivalent level of ICS 11( LICA 11) will be offered.

Other considerations Applicants are requested to: • Include the names and contact details of three recent, professional referees.

• Note that this is a home-based contract with at least 30% mission travel to Myanmar. Reimbursement of travel and payment of Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) will be paid according to UN rules and regulations

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.

Diversity

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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