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Country Representative - Myanmar (m/f/d)

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Published 14 days ago
Background

Form of Employment: Full-time 

Starting Date: As soon as possible

Duration: Until ​7 January 2023, with the possibility of extension. 

Location: Myanmar*


Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. DRI promotes the political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions worldwide.

DRI works in Myanmar since 2013 with strong focus on civil society support and civil and political rights. Recently, DRI supported domestic election observers and civil rights advocates in their dialogue with Government and elected representatives for electoral and constitutional reforms. In view of the recent developments, we are conducting a review of our strategic priorities and positioning in the country.

To that end, DRI is currently recruiting Country Representative for its Country Office in Myanmar. We are in search of an experienced professional with a deep background in the democratic development sector, strong programme management skills, a commitment to impact, and the ability to lead a team of 7 staff based both in Yangon and remotely.

*A deployment of Myanmar is anticipated as soon as the situation allows, but for the time being the position will require working remotely or based in the region.


Your tasks

Under the overall supervision of DRI’s Director Programmes and in close cooperation with DRI’s Manager - Asia, the Country Representative will be responsible for overseeing the entire work of the DRI Myanmar country office. This entails strategic positioning, the design, implementation and evaluation/reporting on DRI Myanmar’s project(s), representational duties, and the management of the DRI Myanmar office. A specific focus of the position is on ensuring strategic leadership for the DRI Myanmar programme, networking and outreach.

More specifically, the Country Representative will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Leading on planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the projects to ensure the effective, timely and efficient execution of project deliverables, while responsive to the overall project goals and the local political and security context
  • Identifying significant in-country developments (political, legal, security, etc.) and their impact on the DRI priorities,   project activities and entry points for engagement
  • Leading and overseeing the development of new initiatives and projects in the country, grants acquisition and diversification of funding sources ensuring long-term health and stability of DRI programme in the country 
  • Develop brand and reputation among foreign and national governments, partners, donors and other stakeholders,   and develop and maintain productive relationships and networks with civil society organisations and local and state authorities. Be DRI’s representative and spokesperson to all public, including local and international media/audience.
  • Direct and manage staffing in the country office while focusing on developing capabilities appropriate to the strategic and operational needs of projects/programmes and the needs of both the present and the future presence of DRI in the country and create ownership among staff
  • Drafting, reviewing and contributing to reports, briefing papers and other knowledge products
  • Developing a country strategy and a visibility/outreach strategy for the project(s) 
  • Drive, develop, and ensure the adaption, integration, and learning around key areas including gender equity and diversity, monitoring and evaluation framework, security and safeguarding
  • Overseeing project budgets and financial reporting, in cooperation with the Head of Programme and Grants Management and DRI HQ, as well as ensuring adequate systems are in place and followed regarding program procurements, project assets, regular inventories and similar activities
  • Ensuring effective coordination with and reporting to DRI’s Manager – Asia and other relevant staff at DRI Headquarters
  • Representing DRI Myanmar, respecting DRI’s mission statement of promoting political rights as enshrined in international human rights standards, as well as DRI’s reputation and status as a charitable, non-profit company

Your skills and experience

Required:

  •  At least 10 years of relevant professional experience managing projects and programmes, of which at least four related to democracy assistance, electoral reform, human rights, local governance or governance reform;Academic degree in law, political or social science or a related field;
  • Sound knowledge of international democracy and human rights standards;
  • Excellent outreach, presentation (written and oral) and donor liaison skills;
  • Proven experience in building relations with funding partners and knowledge of donor landscape; 
  • Proven experience in supervising and managing staff; 
  • A strong administrative track record, with financial management competencies;   
  • An entrepreneurial mind-set, with an ability to get things off the ground quickly;
  • Good negotiation skills and the ability to work as part of a diverse team;
  • The ability to travel inside Myanmar (if security allows); 
  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of other regional languages will be an asset.  

Preferred:

  • Experience with international non-profit organisations;
  • Background in dialogue, social cohesion and democratic reforms, ideally in civil society focused projects;
  • Strong networks with relevant stakeholders in the governance field in Myanmar (CSOs representatives, officials, international stakeholders);
  • Prior experience in Myanmar

What we offer

DRI offers you flexible working hours, travel and health insurance, training options, and the opportunity to work as part of an international and diverse team.


Application Instructions

If you are interested in this position, please submit your application, consisting of:

  • Cover Letter
  • CV

This position is subject to funding.

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Closing date for applications: 15 September 2021. The position may be filled before the deadline has been reached, so early applications are encouraged.


DRI is committed to diversity and treats everybody equally, independent of gender identity, sex, pregnancy, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, socio-economic status, political opinion (as long as respectful of democratic principles), or any other status protected by the laws in the locations where we operate.


Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Elbestr. 28/29

12045 Berlin, Germany


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About us

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is an international, not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation committed to political participation and democratic governance around the world. DRI headquarters (HQ) is located in Berlin; DRI has country offices in Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Lebanon, and Ukraine and works with local partners in a number of other countries. The working language is English.

Background

Form of Employment: Full-time 

Starting Date: As soon as possible

Duration: Until ​7 January 2023, with the possibility of extension. 

Location: Myanmar*


Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Start Date
    September 19, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    September 15, 2021
  • Education
    Master's Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Managerial

Benefits

DRI offers you flexible working hours, travel and health insurance, training options, and the opportunity to work as part of an international and diverse team.

DRI offers you flexible working hours, travel and health insurance, training options, and the opportunity to work as part of an international and diverse team.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in English. Knowledge of other regional languages will be an asset. 

Fluency in English. Knowledge of other regional languages will be an asset. 

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in Myanmar [Burma]
Associated Location
Elbestraße, 12045 Berlin, Germany

How to Apply

If you are interested in this position, please submit your application, consisting of:

  • Cover Letter
  • CV

This position is subject to funding.


Closing date for applications: 15 September 2021. The position may be filled before the deadline has been reached, so early applications are encouraged.

If you are interested in this position, please submit your application, consisting of:

  • Cover Letter
  • CV

This position is subject to funding.


Closing date for applications: 15…

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