Founded in 1976, GRET is an international development NGO, governed by French law, which acts from work on the ground all the way up influencing policy, with the aim of providing durable and innovative answers to the challenges of poverty and inequalities. It supports social and economic sustainable development with an approach based on partnership and action research. Active in 30 countries in 2013, GRET has 13 permanent branch offices in Asia, Africa and Latin America. GRET combines the roles of project practitioner or co-practitioner, expert, contributor to public policy and producer/distributor of development references.
Within Gret, the department Food and Rural Economy, to which this position belongs, is working on 3 topics: i) family farming, value chains and food sovereignty, ii) microfinance and support to small businesses, iii) land tenure policy and land rights. The position, due to the project integrated actions, is also in relation with the two other departments: Social Policy and Citizenship (for intervention fields such as cities, citizenship and health & nutrition) and Basics Services and Natural Resources (for water & sanitation, natural resource and energy). On these various topics, Gret is working as operator in the field and in expertise (feasibility, evaluation, and studies), networks moderation, research and publications.
Since 1995, Gret is working in Myanmar in the fields of agriculture development, nutrition, microfinance and water & sanitation in Yangon, Chin and Rakhine States, in the Dry zone and in Ayeyarwaddy Delta. A representation office is established in Yangon to supervise actions and work in relationships with donors, authorities and partners.
The position created here falls within the actions implemented in Southern Chin State and Northern Rakhine State. GRET and its partners started in October 2016 a multi-sectorial project in 3 Townships of Union of Myanmar: Paletwa and Matupi in Southern Chin state and Kyauktaw in Northern Rakhine state. This 4-year project (up to September 2020) targets the improvement of the living conditions for 8000 households and their communities.
The overall objectives (impact) are (i) to contribute to poverty alleviation, food and nutritional security and income generation in the Northern Rakhine State and the Southern Chin State, and (ii) to contribute to resilience of the vulnerable households to cope with peace opportunities and new investments in the region and to secure the natural resources access and use. The specific objective (outcome) is to increase the vulnerable households’ living conditions and resilience in Kyauktaw, Paletwa and Matupi Townships through securing livelihoods and income generation, and strengthening the endogenous mechanisms, the CBOs/CSOs’ and dialogue capacities.
The 5 intermediary outcomes (results) are the followings:
- Farm production, income and diversified food have sustainably increased in Kyauktaw, Paletwa and Matupi Townships through the establishment of sustainable and improved techniques, crop diversification, access to training and advisory services
- The households of Paletwa and Kyauktaw Townships have improved access to sanitation and safe water and have better practices in terms of safe water use, sanitation and hygiene
- Financial services to the rural communities of Matupi Township are set up and operational
- The rural households and their communities located in Paletwa, Matupi, and Kyauktaw Townships (and specifically along the Kaladan River) have secured their access and improved the sustainable use of natural resources through support to information and consultative process
- The households, their communities, the local CBO/CSOs and national NGOs are engaged in regular dialogue and are sensitized on peace process.
This project involves several stakeholders. While GRET is in charge of the implementation of all activities in Kyauktaw and Paletwa Townships, its co-applicant Triangle Generation Humanitaire is responsible for the agricultural and natural resources management components in Matupi with a dedicated team (including 1 expatriate, 8 operational staff and 6 support staff) and some TGH HQ backstopping. GRET also identified local partners (NGO/CSO/CBOs) and international experts to be involved in agricultural development, nutrition sensitization, water and sanitation awareness-raising activities as well as for peace and investment challenges in Paletwa and Kyauktaw Townships. Access to financial services is to be tested and promoted through GRET and a MFI support. It is noteworthy that GRET is responsible of the global follow up of the Project implementation, including the overall quality assurance of the studies.
The first year of the project has been dedicated to a comprehensive assessment of the project context, including all components (agriculture, micro-finance, water and sanitation, etc.). This situation analysis has been conducted through Village Participatory Diagnoses, socio-economic surveys, expert studies, etc. with the aim to acquire an in-depth understanding of the current situation and to refine the project’s objectives, indicators and implementation modalities on this basis.
Based on the findings of the assessment, the team is therefore currently adjusting the overall strategy and methodology of the project and preparing an inception report that will summarize the main findings of this initial stage. It is however important to mention that some studies had to be interrupted due to the situation prevailing in Rakhine State since August 2017. The inception phase findings will have to be presented and validated with communities and local authorities at the end of 2017. First field activities are then planned to start in January 2018.
GRET project team is composed of both international and local staff and is supported by its Country Representative office based in Yangon and by its Headquarter located in France. The team involved during the inception phase was quite small (around 10 staff) but the full project team under recruitment will be tentatively composed of 39 staff: 1 expatriate project manager (present position), 11 national staff for the Agriculture/Nut component, 4 staff for the WASH component (including one international volunteer and 3 national staff), and 23 national staff for the accounting, administrative and logistic support. As an addendum is under preparation following the inception phase first findings, the project team composition will probably be reviewed.
- Job description, duties and responsibilities
The project manager is responsible for the global coordination of the project and of its partners. He (she) will work under the responsibility and supervision of a Project Officer based at GRET headquarter in Nogent-sur-Marne and of the Country Representative of GRET in Myanmar. He (she) will ensure accountability of the partnership with TGH and all other implementing partners. His (her) primary mission is to ensure the smooth progress of activities, according to the logical framework and the budget approved by the donor, together with the teams based in the 3 Townships.
For this, he (she) will be specifically responsible for:
- build up a cohesive GRET project full team, put in place the HR management procedures on the project, strengthen the staff capacities
- plan the activities and coordinate their implementation in close collaboration with TGH (co-applicant);
- accompany the GRET staff and the local implementing partners in the definition, planning and implementation of their respective activities, and the formulation and monitoring of other collaborations (local authorities, technical services);
- ensure the budget monitoring and the proper allocation of expenses following EU and GRET procedures;
- write the different reports of activities respecting the formats and timetables defined by the donor;
- update the general strategy of the project together with the whole team and partners;
- establish the security procedures and ensure the security monitoring for all the project staff;
- ensure regular communication between partners and collaborators, with the donor (EU), with the public authorities and services, with the GRET Representation in Myanmar and with the “Agriculture”, “Nutrition” and “Water and sanitation” teams based at the headquarter in Nogent.
- Bachelor or master degree in agriculture/agro-economy or rural development, or similar sector. Knowledge and / or proven references in nutrition & food security are an advantage.
- Experience of at least 5 years as a project manager in developing countries. Knowledge of Myanmar or other South East Asian countries is desirable.
- Team management capacities: high experience and skills are required in this project context
- Financial management. Experience on EU procedures is an asset.
- Strong analytical, synthesis and writing capacities
- Creativity and autonomy at work
- Rigor and organizational skills
- Flexibility and adaptation, openness to other cultures
- Capacities to live and work in remote context
- Languages: fluency in spoken and written English required, fluency in spoken and written French would be an asset to communicate with Gret HQ.
- Conditions and starting date
Contract of expatriate salaried status for 2 years, renewable until the end of the project.
Based in Sittwe with regular trips to Kyauktaw, Paletwa, Matupi and Yangon (for meetings, seminars, etc.).
Office and transport conditions in the project area:
- Main project office in Sittwe (no office and no overnight stay in Kyauktaw for now), a second office under opening-up in Paletwa
- Transportation from Sittwe to Kyauktaw: 2 hours (car). Transportation from Kyauktaw to Paletwa: 3-4 hours (car) to 8 hours (boat).
- Daily flights from Sittwe to Yangon.
Start: As soon as possible, with a week of integration at GRET HQ in Nogent-sur-Marne before departure.
Annual Gross salary from 33 K € for 13 months (according to GRET salary grid and experience) + expatriation allowances from 1318 € per month (according to family situation). An air ticket per year is provided.
Send your CV and motivation letter as soon as possible and until 20th November 2017 to email@example.com, with the reference “Project Manager South Chin and North Rakhine” in the email object.
Only applicants who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.
To know more about Gret: www.gret.org