Myanmar: Communications Specialist (Food Security and Livelihoods)

By UNOPS Organization: UNOPS
Country: Myanmar
Closing date: 24 Oct 2018

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 Three Millennium Development Goal Fund (3MDG), 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 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

UNOPS is Fund Manager for the Livelihoods and Food Security Fund (LIFT), a multi-donor fund established 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 per cent of Myanmar’s population; and is active in almost half the country’s townships. For more details visit ( LIFT is currently refreshing its strategy to guide the next five years programming from 2019.
The position is under the direct supervision of the Fund Director and works in close collaboration with LIFT teams in Programmes, MEAL (Monitoring and Evaluation for Accountability and Learning), Policy and Knowledge Management. He/she works in accordance with UNOPS policies, procedures and practices.
Key functions:

  1. Develop and implement an external communication strategy for LIFT, setting out the key communications challenges faced by LIFT and how these will be addressed.
  2. Communicate LIFT’s work, including its activities and results, to a wide range of stakeholders through key products and events, including:

  3. delivering LIFT’s flagship communications products, the annual and semi-annual reports, both long and highlights versions, in both English and Myanmar language versions in a timely manner

  4. Supporting the learning events to showcase LIFT and its partners

  5. organizing report launches and knowledge-sharing events

  6. Preparing informative material on LIFT-funded projects and beneficiaries for use by donors, media and other stakeholders

  7. Maintain networks for the dissemination of results, good practice and lessons, studies and other research activities

  8. Supporting major workshops and international days with events and materials3. Lead a step-increase in public visibility of LIFT’s work and donors, through:

  9. ensuring effective use of tools of mass communication and social media

  10. ensuring easy web-based access to information about LIFT

  11. identifying and obtaining feature stories, video, photography and other materials to support LIFT and global advocacy efforts

  12. pursue and manage an increase in public messaging through a format appropriate for Myanmar4. Lead and supervise the LIFT communications team (two staff and interns), through:

  13. Team workplan setting and review

  14. Identifying and supporting growth opportunities, through delegation, exposure or coaching5. Support the LIFT Fund Management team in ensuring that monitoring and evaluation evidence generated by LIFT is used effectively to inform programme and policy development in Myanmar.

  15. Support the LIFT Fund Board in key communication tasks, including:

  16. ensuring that succinct and accurate minutes are taken of all Fund Board meetings

  17. providing good quality monthly updates of LIFT activities to the Fund Board and Donor Consortium

  18. providing Fund Board and donor missions with high-quality briefing kits before each visit7. Ensure appropriate visibility for LIFT and its donors with all stakeholders, including:

  19. creating and implementing visibility guidelines

  20. ensuring that the contributions from donors and the role of UNOPS in LIFT are given appropriate coverage and visibility in all publications, promotional activities (e.g. print/media, audio/video, etc.) and on the website

  21. assess the communications materials of LIFT partners to ensure that they are appropriate, relevant and in line with LIFT’s visibility guidelines

  22. providing accurate information to the local press including press statements

  23. ensuring rapid co-ordination of responses to questions and queries raised about LIFT

  24. ensuring appropriate use by the Fund Manager and implementing partners of the LIFT logo and the logos of all donors to LIFT

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Master degree in communication, media studies, journalism, development studies, international, public relations or related filed is required.
  • A Bachelor’s degree with an additional two years of similar experience is considered as equivalent. Work experience

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in the development and implementation of external communications strategies, external relations and/or other strategic communication roles is required.

  • Experience in development projects, preferably in the area of livelihoods and food security, in a developing country, is highly desired.

  • Significant experience in South-East Asia would be an asset.

  • Knowledge of the political, economic and social situation in Myanmar is desirable.

  • Proven ability to write excellent technical reports and policy briefs in the area of agriculture and/or rural development are highly preferred.

  • Excellent presentation skills would be an asset.**Language requirement**

  • Fluency in both written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of Myanmar language would be 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: International Individual Contractor Agreement
Contract level: IICA 2
Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’
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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.
  • 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
  • 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.

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