Social Cohesion Project Coordinator (SC8), Sittway, Myanmar

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Myanmar

Field location: Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar

Office: UNDP in Sittwe, Rakhine State

Closing date: Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Job ID: 31855

Practice Area - Job Family: Peace Building - SOCIAL COHESION PROJECT COORDINATOR

Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 12/08/2020

Duty Station: Sittway (Sittwe), Myanmar

Education & Work Experience: G-Bachelor’s Level Degree - 2 year(s) experience, I-Master’s Level Degree - 1 year(s) experience

Languages: English

Grade: SB4

Vacancy Type: Service Contract (SC)

Posting Type: External

Bureau: Asia & the Pacific

Contract Duration: One Year


The ‚Peaceful Communities Project has been designed to respond to the urgent need for enhanced social cohesion and community resilience in Myanmar. It adopts a multiprong strategy through working on alleviating immediate pressures for the most conflict-affected populations while tackling some of the long-term challenges that present the root conflict causes. It engages hands-on with building social cohesion in the targeted locations in Rakhine state through a combination of ‚hardware‘ inputs that improve economic wellbeing with ‚software‘ measures that promote community safety, enhance the culture of dialogue and build stronger social bonds. This approach is accomplished through an establishment of engines for local development, where social cohesion issues are most at stake. The project also addresses the social cohesion needs of the returning or resettled IDPs and assists the local society in overcoming the legacy of past conflict through collaborative efforts. It engages both with the grassroot communities and with the state and Union-level authorities, as it is determined to advocate solutions to the challenges which require a higher-level change. For that, it will create accelerators in order to upstream the issues from the ground up to decision-makers.

To this end, UNDP seeks to appoint a Project Coordinator to support the implementation of the social cohesion pilot activities in Rakhine state. The Social Cohesion Project Coordinator will work under the direct supervision of the Project Manager based in Yangon Country Office.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provides quality technical assistance to project and counterparts focusing on achievement of the following results:

Supports the development of project guidelines and tools, including community based consultation, problem identification, resource and stakeholder mapping and social cohesion;
Leads on community dialogue interventions and provides facilitation support

Supports data collection and analysis of field activities to gather evidence and support a review of social cohesion strategy and approaches

Facilitates and implements workshops with township and village tract administrations, village leaders, NGO implementing partners and community based organizations

Works in close support and partnership role with the international and national consultants, and with Yangon-based project management team.

Supports creation of partnerships with government counterparts and strategic partners focusing on achievement of the following results:

Develops relationships with township and state-level authorities, and government’s departments of the line ministries in the working area

Develops relationships with development organizations in and social cohesion related works

Represents UNDP in inter-agency coordination meetings and working groups.


. Competencies and Critical Success Factors

Functional Competencies:

Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda

Level 2: Analysis and creation of messages and strategies

Creates effective advocacy strategies

Performs analysis of political situations and scenarios, and contributes to the formulation of institutional responses

Results-Based Programme Development and Management


2: Contributes into results through primary research and analysis

Assesses project performance to identify success factors and incorporates best practices into project work

Researches linkages across programme activities to identify critical points of integration

Monitors specific stages of projects/programme implementation

Building Strategic Partnerships


2: Maintaining a network of contacts

Maintains an established network of contacts for general information sharing and to remain up-to-date on partnership related issues

Analyzes and selects materials for strengthening strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders

Innovation and Marketing New Approaches


2: Enhancing processes or products

Generates new ideas and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things

Resource Mobilization (Field Duty Stations)


2: Providing inputs to resource mobilization strategies

Analyzes information/databases on potential and actual donors

Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing

Level 2: Developing tools and mechanisms

Makes the case for innovative ideas documenting successes and building them into the design of new approaches

Identifies new approaches and strategies that promote the use of tools and mechanisms

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise

Level 2: In-depth knowledge of the subject-matter

Understands more advanced aspects of primary area of specialization as well as the fundamental concepts of related disciplines

Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself professionally

Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments

Demonstrates comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignments

Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals


2: Preparing information for global advocacy

Identifies and communicates relevant information for advocacy for UNDP’s goals for a variety of audiences

Client Orientation


2: Establishing effective client relationships

Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion

Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines

Core Competencies:

Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity

Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment

Self-development, initiative-taking

Acting as a team player and facilitating team work

Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively

Creating synergies through self-control

Managing conflict

Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member.

Informed and transparent decision making

Required Skills and Experience


University degree in development studies, public administration, social science, business, agriculture or other relevant discipline.

Masters‘ degree preferred


Two years‘ experience with a bachelor’s degree (or less than two years with a master’s degree) in the implementation of community development, peacebuilding and/or social cohesion programmes and projects OR with Master Degree, in the relevant field of work

Demonstrated experience with interventions in dialogue, community consultation, mediation and dispute resolution

Experience in coordinating with a wide range of stakeholders including local communities, state and local government, civil society and UN/INGOs

Knowledge of delivering capacity-building programs for CSOs and government counterpart is an asset

Computer literacy - MS office applications, web-based management information systems

Demonstrated strength in interpersonal skills

Ability to work well in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams

Work experience in Rakhine State strongly preferred

Strong verbal and writing competencies in English and local languages

Ability to listen, understand and speak local languages and dialects commonly spoken in northern Rakhine


Paper-based applications will not be accepted.

Only those candidates who has qualifications and experience the Organization has further interest will be contacted for subsequent interview(s).

UNDP is an equal opportunity employer. UNDP regrets its inability to reply individually or attend to telephone queries on the advertised posts.

Women are encouraged to apply the post.

Thanking you for your kind cooperation.