Based in Nay Pyi Taw, Burma
Full Time – Fixed term contract of service
Salary range – USD 1500 – 2200 gross per month
Until July 2019

The Programme

WFD is currently implementing a three-year programme (2016-2019) to strengthen parliamentary practice in the Union Parliament of Burma. In partnership with the UK House of Commons, British Council, and Irrawaddy Policy Exchange, the programme works with members and parliamentary staff to develop the technical capacities of the Parliament and foster greater openness and engagement with citizens. Components of the programme contribute to strengthening committee practices and oversight, developing the research capacities of parliamentary staff, supporting improved human resources management, and enhancing the Parliament’s relations with external stakeholders, notably government ministries and civil society.

Main Purpose of the Role

The Programme coordinator will be part of the WFD Burma team and will have responsibility for the design and implementation of programme activities. The Programme Coordinator will lead on the component of the programme focused on enhancing relations between the Parliament and government as well as civil society organisations.

The programme component for which the Programme Coordinator will be responsible comprises a series of Thematic Policy Forums convening parliamentary committees with government ministries as well as civil society organisations and think tanks. These fora provide for in-depth discussion of policy areas and of common issues and challenges with the aim of promoting more informed and effective policymaking and oversight. The Programme Coordinator will be responsible for organising and coordinating the Thematic Policy Forums, including liaising with relevant stakeholders and leading on necessary logistical arrangements.

The Programme Coordinator will also support the development of new areas of work under the WFD’s Burma programme. This may include support to Burma’s Parliament on legislative openness and transparency as well as its engagement with the media. Additional new areas of work may also include support at the sub-national level to Burma’s state and regional legislatures. Alongside this, the Programme Coordinator will be expected to provide programmatic and administrative support across the programme, as necessary. 

The successful candidate will have the following skills and experience

• Educated to degree level in a relevant discipline e.g. International Development, political science, project management or administration. A post-graduate degree in a relevant discipline is desirable.
• Excellent English written and oral communications skills necessary to produce proposals and reports and to present them to WFD’s Board and funders, to donors, and to local partners and other stakeholders as required
• Excellent levels of spoken and written Burmese and English
• Demonstrates good use of hardware, software, and other office equipment
• A sound understanding of the Burmese parliamentary system and political background and the challenges of democracy building in Burma
• Proven experience of programme monitoring and evaluation methodologies including logframes, developing case studies
• Thorough understanding of financial management, numerical competency; experience of managing budgets and financial transactions

This is a locally based field role and therefore the successful candidate must have eligibility to work in the relevant location.

The appointment will be made on merit on the basis of fair and open competition.

Please note this statement is for information only and does not form part of a contract.

How to apply

All applicants must submit a completed application form to by 23:59 (GMT) 3rd October 2018 to be considered for this role. For more information, please download the job description.

Please note: Due to the volume of application we receive, only shortlisted candidates will be notified.