Program Management Advisor (CVA and Social Protection) – Retainer (Vacancy extend) – Myanmar

Functional responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the NRM Senior Program Manager (SPM), the Program Management Advisor will be responsible for advising and supporting the NRM Secretariat as required, and may be asked to support specific work packages/assignments individual, detailed by individual tasks. Remarks. These assignments may be home-based or require travel to NRM operational sites, including Yangon and other project areas (conditions permitting).

These may include, but are not limited to, regular attendance at relevant grant update meetings and provision of technical advice to the EU, SPM team, GRN team and partners on ongoing cash transfer and social protection programming; in-person and/or remote monitoring missions of the projects concerned; participating on behalf of the NRM in cash working groups and meetings; review of program monitoring reports and quality assurance of existing programs; and the design and development of new cash transfer programs.

The Program Management Advisor will broadly perform the following duties in accordance with UNOPS policies, procedures and practices based on the needs expressed by country offices. These may include (but are not limited to):

  • Provide technical support and guidance on the implementation of NRM cash transfer and social protection programming, including participation in update meetings with program partners and review of monitoring reports from the program.
  • Provide guidance and technical support on quality assurance of NRM cash transfer and social protection programming, including review of program documentation and implementation and monitoring site visits.
  • Take the initiative to organize meetings and discussions with NRM partners on cash programming and its aspects
  • Provide advice and technical support in the review and finalization of the initial phase of the NRM cash transfer and social protection program
  • Participation in cash working group meetings with other national and international partners and other relevant external meetings.
  • Lead surveillance missions (in person and/or remotely) and write surveillance mission reports.
  • Play a lead role and provide technical support in the review of project reports, documentation and compliance.
  • Provide guidance and technical support on the development of any new cash transfer programming, the identification of cash transfer financing opportunities, and the development of a programmatic cash transfer strategy.
  • Lead the preparation of concept notes, proposals and presentations for possible new cash transfer programs for the NRM.
  • Advice and support on the development and review of cash communication materials.
  • Advice on monitoring and evaluation of NRM cash transfer projects and social protection programming, with a particular focus on monitoring the performance of implementing partners.
  • Advise and provide support to various related assessments, studies and evaluations as required.

The incumbent is responsible for complying with security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the United Nations Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

Education/Experience/Language Requirements


  • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in law/human rights, social sciences, political science, development studies, economics, international relations or related field is required.
  • Two additional years of similar experience with a bachelor’s degree are considered equivalent.


  • At least 7 years of relevant experience in development, peacebuilding or humanitarian response is required.
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in cash transfer programming, including program design, monitoring and evaluation, quality assurance and learning is required.
  • Strong hands-on experience working with the UN, donors, non-governmental organizations, public sector and/or civil society is strongly preferred.
  • Experience working in Myanmar, preferably in cash transfer programming would be an asset.
  • A solid understanding of the Myanmar context, including political, economic, social and conflict dynamics is strongly preferred.
  • Experience in humanitarian and development work related to cash transfers is considered an asset.
  • Strong writing and public speaking skills are strongly preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills in a multicultural environment, including communication skills and the ability to work independently, as well as in a team, will be an asset.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
  • Burmese language skills will be considered an asset.

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Joel C. Hicks