United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Project Management Support Analyst (Rural Finance)

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 Fund, the Livelihood and Food Security Fund (LIFT) and the Joint Peace Fund (JPF). In addition, UNOPS Myanmar is Principal Recipient for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Myanmar and Cambodia, and for the Global Fund Regional Artemisinin-resistance Initiative targeting drug-resistant malaria in the Greater Mekong sub-region. UNOPS 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 Myanmar 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

UNOPS Myanmar has been selected by International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI) to provide “Project Management and Technical Assistance” for the implementation of Eastern States Agri-business Project (ESAP) which is financed by IFAD and implemented by IWUMD. The project’s goal is to improve the economic status of poor rural women and men in selected areas of Kayin and Shan states. Its objective is to increase the incomes of smallholder and agroforestry households in these areas in an environmentally sustainable manner. It will promote commercial smallholder agriculture linked to agribusiness, improve living standards of the rural communities, and reverse the environmental degradation. Economic benefits will be generated for 62,400 households consisting of 315,000 people of Karen, Shan, Pa-oh, Inn and Mon ethnic groups.

The Project components are (1) Strategic Investment (2) Enabling Investment and (3) Project Management. Under the Strategic Investment Component, there are two sub components namely Land Development and Agro-forestry. Under the Enabling Investment Component, there are two sub components namely Investment in Knowledge and Micro Finance Services. The lead project implementing agency is the Irrigation and Water Utilization Management Department (IWUMD) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI) Myanmar. The Project Implementation cooperating agencies are the Department of Agriculture (DOA), Department of Rural Development (DRD), Department of Agriculture Land Management and Statistic (DALMS), Agricultural Mechanization Department (AMD), Department of the Agriculture Research (DAR) under the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Irrigation. ESAP Project Management Unit (PMU) is located in Naypyitaw while the Project Implementation Offices (PIOs) are located in Taunggyi (Shan State) and Pha-an (Kayin State).

The total project cost is USD 65.2 million over a six-year implementation period.

The Rural Finance Analyst (hereinafter RFA) will be assigned to the Sub-Component 2.2 Services.  He/she will be working closely with the Department of Agriculture (DOA) and the Department of Rural Development (DRD) who are the implementing departments of the Rural Finance activities.

The RFA will be working closely with the Saving and Credit Group service providers assigned to Shan and Kayin State, State level Saving and Credit Group Implementation Teams of Shan State and Kayin State, Township level Saving and Credit Group Implementation Teams operating in 8 project townships (four in Shan state and four in Kayin State).

RFA (National) will be guided by the International Rural Finance Specialist in performing his/her duties and responsibilities.

Functional Responsibilities

The consultant is responsible for the successful implementation of the Project Rural Finance Activities such as Saving and Credit activities, other micro finance supports (Subsidiary loans, micro credits, etc.) and to ensure strong links of the SCG activities to the project supported activities such as Value Chain and Post Harvesting activities, Agroforestry and Sloping land agriculture technology (SALT) Implementation, Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Climate Resilient and Gender mainstreaming.

Rural Finance Consultant report to the Project Management Advisor and the Project Director.

The duties and responsibilities of the Rural Finance RFA but not limited to are;
  1. To be coordinator between the Saving and Credit Group Service Provider and the Project authorities and local authorities in planning implementation monitoring and evaluation of the SCG activities.
  2. Facilitate the SCG Service Provider in forming the State SCG Implementation teams, Township SCG Implementation Teams, Forming SCG groups, Planning and implementation of the training and study tour plans for the SCG members.
  3. Facilitate SCG Service Provider in conducting the training need assessment of the Saving and credit group implementation teams at the state level and township level and produce the capacity building plan, review the training materials produced and monitor the training activities.
  4. To provide necessary assistance to the farmer production groups, SMEs involve in value chain and post harvesting activities in accessing the investment funds, capital.
  5. To assist in integration of the SCG activities with the other project component activities Irrigation system improvement, Rural infrastructure, Agricultural Extension and Agroforestry activities and the activities of other Service Providers of the project.
  6. Assist the International Rural Finance Consultant in producing the Operation guidelines for Subsidiary loan operation, produce related training materials and training plan.
  7. Supervise calls for the Microfinance entities for subsidiary loan applications, appraising the applications.
  8. Monitoring the operation subsidiary loan activities of MFIs.
  9. Produce periodic reports on the Rural Finance Activities monthly and quarterly for the project management.
  10. Others duties assigned by the Project management as required.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

a. Education

  • Bachelor Degree in Banking, Agricultural Business, Business Administration or equivalent is required.
b. Work Experience 

  • Minimum 2 years in Micro finance sector, Agri-business development, Agricultural Rural Finance is required.
  • Working experience with Ethnic communities, NGOs, INGOs, International Organizations is highly desirable.
  • Experience with Google Suite or newer versions is required.
  • Experience working with ERP and using financial management electronic systems is desired
  • Some experience in UN system organizations is desirable.
c. Language Requirement

  • Full knowledge of English and Myanmar language is essential.

Competencies

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 (LICA) Contract level:         LICA 8 Contract duration:   On going (possible extension subject to the performance and budget availability) This is local position, only Myanmar National can apply to this position. All other nationalities will be automatically rejected from the screening.

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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