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Deputy Field Coordinator - Myanmar/Sittwe - Sittwe, Myanmar

Duration : 12 months
Start date : 15/01/2019

Our work in Myanmar  Salary & Benefits Living & Security conditions in this base

General description of the position

Under the management of the Field Coordinator, you'll have to lead the successful implementation of ACF programs in the AoR, ensure the overall management of Program Team and provide support to the Field Coordinator   

Main responsabilities

The main key objectives you'll have to reach are : 

- Coordinate overall implementation and the quality of program at field level

- Manage the Program team at field level

- Facilitate the coordination system within the Organization at programs and support levels.

- Replace FC during absences and liaise with stakeholders

Do you fit the requested profile ?

You have an University degree in international development, social sciences or equivalent, with at least 3 years of field experience with iNGOs ( including experiences on project/program management ,  representation and external coordination as well as within multi-partner consortium)

You have an advanced programme cycle management skills including programme planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as skills in budget management and donor reporting/ accountability/ compliance;

You're able to  contribute timely to project proposals and high-quality reports, as well as to consolidate contributions from a large team to ensure reports are comprehensive & coherent. You've an experience in team management in multi-cultural context, with strong communication skills and interest in capacity building 

Soft skills : 

You've a cultural sensitivity and experience working in conflict sensitive areas as well as Good listening, communication and negociation skills.

A commitment to gender equity and equality is important as well as a Genuine interest in & commitment to the principles of Action Contre la Faim. 

Specific conditions / Salary

ACF had been present in Myanmar since 1994, with 3 operational bases (Northern Rakhine, Central Rakhine and Kayah) implementing a portfolio of projects in Nutrition, Health, Mental Health and Care Practices, Food Security and Livelihoods, WASH and Disaster Risk Reduction.

In Rakhine State in particular, ACF historically had two operational bases, one in Central Rakhine and one in Northern Rakhine State (NRS). In NRS, ACF has been present in Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships since 1995, which was up to 2017 one of the organization’s largest base worldwide both in terms of operational and HR volume. Following the the Rohingya crisis of August 2017, Buthidaung/Maungdaw bases were temporarily closed. The management of ACF’s operations in NRS was placed under the overall management of the Rakhine Field Coordinator based in Sittwe.

Today ACF Rakhine base main office is located in Sittwe (CRS) plus 1 office covering Northern Rakhine, 1 covering east central Rakhine (Minbya township) and counts nearly 250 staff, plus 5 expats.

In Central Rakhine State, in October 2012, ACF launched a life-saving intervention in nutrition, care practices and psychosocial support for the IDPs and host communities after the 2012 October unrest that lead to the displacement of 140,000 people. This emergency program is still on-going with a progressive handover to a local NGO. In parallel, ACF has operated a shift in its strategy with the design of development program through an integrated approach. The program includes a range of activities in nutrition/IYCF, food production; income-generating activities (nutrition sensitive, on farm and off farm); community participatory project cycle management; WaSH / DRR components (construction of safe water points); and which are combined with an Assisting Behavior Change (ABC) strategy on health, hygiene, nutrition and Infant and Youth Child Feeding (IYCF).

This program targets in total 69 villages in 2 townships (Sittwe and Minbya), for a total budget of 4,700,000€ over 36 months (EU-Europaid and BMZ funded).

Target groups include Muslim displaced and host communities living in a camp area near Sittwe town, and Rakhine Buddhist rural communities and Muslim Villages in Sittwe and Minbya districts.

In NRS, ACF regain access since mid-July 2018 to resume activities in Buthidaung and Maungdaw downtown area, plus Buthidaung south township.

ACF started the implementation of a 6-months Nutrition and MHCP project, through a 500,000€ ECHO grant. This project is to be implemented both directly and through partnership with a local organization. The action includes:

- Provision of nutrition treatment and prevention for under 5 years old (U5) children and Pregnant and Lactating Women (PLW)

- Infant and Young Child Feeding in emergency (IYCF-E) activities

- Psychosocial support to PLW and caregivers of U2 children activities

- Support to local partner for the distribution of dry rations to underserved families in rural areas of BTD

- Development of innovative alternative modalities for nutrition treatment in restricted access areas

In view of a progressive resumption of activities in NRS, other projects are currently being developed by ACF to complement this one, notably in health and nutrition.

For the present position, ACF is therefore looking for an experienced and adaptable Deputy Field Coordinator Manager, with experience working in partnership. The position will be based partly in Sittwe with frequent travel to the field. This is a challenging position in what is increasingly a volatile, highly politicized but extremely interesting context.

The position is based in Sittwe, Rakhine State’s capital, with movements to field locations in Sittwe and Minbya districts, and eventually Northern Rakhine, depending on access, carried out with cars and boats. ACF has a sub-base office in Mrauk-U town (3:30 drive from Sittwe) for the area of implementation in Minbya. Accommodation in Mrauk U is in a hotel.

In Maungdaw sub-base (3 hours speed boat plus 1 hour car drive), accommodation is usually organized in other INGO compound.

Both Mrauk U and Maungdaw enjoy a small but cohesive international community.

Flight connections between Yangon and Sittwe are daily but may be affected by weather, particularly during the rainy season from May to October.

In Sittwe, the social life is good with various restaurants or bars and there is a good relationship between the large expatriates community in Sittwe.

ACF accommodation is provided in one private guesthouse. Living conditions are comfortable. Guesthouse is equipped with, electricity (24/7), hot water, air con and cable TV, with reliable internet connexion. Every expatriate has his own private bedroom.

During the week, a cleaner and a cook are provided. Expatriates are expected to pay a fixed amount to cover meal costs.

In Sittwe, security level 2 – rare movement restrictions, no curfew. Car on standby 24/7.

Work context

Conflict sensitive environement, IDP camps

Medium to large sized team

Program implemented in multiple districts of Rakhine state

Manager word:

We are looking for an enthusiastic Deputy Field Coordinator.

You'll be responsible for ensuring the integrated implementation of ACF operations in Rakhine State. Flexibility and open-mindedness will be key, as the position requires the capacity to manage several Program Managers (Nutrition, MHCP, FSL, WASH/DRR) and to ensure a continuous and efficient collaboration between them and with support departments, all the while coordinating closely with the Field Coordinator Rakhine. 

 You will support the Program Managers in programme planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and will ensure proper budget management and compliance with donor's guidelines.

This position calls for an experienced team leader and manager, familiar with multicultural working contexts and strongly motivated to support other members of the team.

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