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Call For: Committee Mentors – Myanmar

October 17th, 2019

Background

The Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is leading a multi-year UK aid programme supporting accountable and democratic governance in Myanmar.  The programme, implemented together with partners including the House of Commons and British Council, delivers wide-ranging technical and thematic assistance to strengthen the core democratic functions of Myanmar’s Parliament. The Committee Mentorship Initiative has become a flagship of the programme, by pairing former legislators from the UK and the ASEAN region with Hluttaw Affairs Committees. Through the initiative, WFD currently provides ongoing peer-to-peer support to Myanmar’s education, health, natural resources and environment committees.

 

Committee Mentors

WFD is looking to engage additional committee mentors to provide advisory support to Chairs, Secretaries and Members of selected committees of Myanmar’s Parliament, including but not limited to the Public Affairs Committee and the Women and Children’s Rights Affairs Committee. Current mentors include former UK and Indonesian Members of Parliament and Committee Chairs, who counsel Myanmar counterparts both on good practice for managing committee business and subject-matter expertise relevant to the committees they support.

 

Time Commitment and Work Location

This is an ongoing programme and mentors are expected to be available to participate in the programme over the next year in Myanmar.

 

Profile of Eligible Experts and Submission Requirements

The expert(s) commissioned for the mentorship initiative will have experience as a former legislator, with experience as a Chair or Member of a Select Committee having served one or more terms in the House of Commons or one of the UK’s devolved assemblies.

 

Required Skills and Experience

Knowledgeable in the specific thematic and policy area of the Committee desirable but not an absolute requirement;

Experience of advisory work on parliamentary development is a strong advantage;

Experience in contributing to seminars, training and workshops with state institutions, agencies, organisations or parliaments;

Analytical and drafting skills;

Ability to analyse, plan, communicate effectively orally and in writing, organise and meet expected results, adapt to different environments (cultural, economic, political and social);

Ability to engage stakeholders and apply good listening and coaching skills;

Committed to dedicate sufficient time to the assignment, in-country as well as remotely.

 

Submissions should include:

  • CV and expression of interest

 

Submissions will be assessed based on:

  • The level of demonstrated relevant experience and expertise

Expression of interest should be submitted by Friday, 8th November 2019 by 17:00 GMT. Successful applicants will be contacted later that week for further discussion and possibly an online interview.

For more information or to submit an Expression of Interest, please contact Alex Simm, Programme Manager, Southeast Asia, at Alex.Simm@wfd.org

 

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