Program Manager, Peace Support, Myanmar

Location: Myanmar
Deadline: July 31, 2019

In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Asia plays a crucial global role. Would you be excited at the prospect of employing your knowledge and skills to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across this dynamic region?

You could have this opportunity at The Asia Foundation. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, we address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century: governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

The Asia Foundation’s Myanmar office in Yangon is seeking a program manager for the Peace Support Program. The program manager is responsible for leading the Myanmar’s office’s Peace Support team, which implements a wide range of activities to support Myanmar’s transition to peace and stability. They provide the day-to-day management, leadership and operation of Peace Support projects and ensure effective planning, implementation, and monitoring of the Foundation’s Peace Support programming in Myanmar. They are responsible for ensuring compliance with donor and Asia Foundation\ regulations, agreement provisions, reporting and other deadlines, and budgetary monitoring


  • Provide day-to-day leadership, management and direction to ensure successful implementation of the project and achievement of its goals and objectives.
  • Oversee and manage a team of international and national staff and consultants to implement project activities and maintain project coherence.
  • Ensure all technical areas of the project are integrated and delivered at high quality, making the most effective and efficient use of project resources.
  • Lead in day-to-day planning and budget development, quality and on-time reporting and other requirements, including periodic success stories and other updates.
  • Ensure timely submission of all project documentation, including workplans, reports, M&E frameworks, branding and marking plans, etc.
  • Provide expertise to foster technical and programmatic decision making.
  • Ensure the project is well monitored; data collected and analyzed for reporting to donors and stakeholders.
  • Ensure that activities and the project are implemented in accordance with the donor and Asia Foundation rules and regulations.
  • Develop and monitor appropriate budgets to support technical activities, with relevant data and assistance from Finance unit.
  • Monitor project budget, meet spending targets, and if under- or over-spent, identify approaches to resolve the issues and remain on target (including activity budgets and related staffing).
  • Manage and supervise staff and implementing partners.
  • Review workplans and reports from implementing partners.
  • Prepare progress reports, annual progress reports, project completion report and other report as may be required by the funder and relevant institutions.
  • Contribute to articles, written materials, and documentation for publication on peace and conflict issues.
  • As requested by the country representative or deputy country representative, represent the project at meetings and other functions with other cooperating partners, senior government officials, and other donor agencies.
  • Other job responsibilities as may be assigned by the country representative and deputy country representative.


  • Minimum of eight years or more of progressively increasing management responsibility in development projects or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Advanced degree in relevant fields (Public Administration, Sociology, Development Studies, Conflict Studies, Anthropology, and others).
  • At least three years of work experience related to conflict and peace programming, preferably in Asia and Myanmar.
  • Solid experience in project management, budget management and oversight, team building in multi-cultural environment, efficient and effective delivery of project milestones, and donor relations.
  • Strong track record of facilitating partnerships across governing authorities, community groups and members of the public, and a high level of comfort in engaging high-level government officials.
  • Excellent oral and written language skills, including ability to quickly synthesize complex technical and programmatic issues into concise communication, and develop high quality reports based on donor reporting guidelines.
  • Strong team building, management, and administration skills. Ability to self-manage, independently prioritize tasks, and confidently develop plans of action with minimal direction.
  • Strong political awareness. Knowledge of governance institutions and practices in development countries, particularly Asia and Myanmar preferably
  • Ability to travel within the country, as required
  • Strong writing and analytical skills. Knowledge of conflict issues, peacebuilding, and peace processes in development countries, particularly Asia and Myanmar preferably
  • Gender programming and mainstreaming experience would be a plus
  • Strong time-management skills and professional organizational abilities
  • Knowledge of governance and peace related issues in Myanmar, including federalism (political, administrative, fiscal areas) and experience providing technical assistance to decision-makers and national stakeholders is preferred
  • Knowledge of and experience applying conflict sensitivity approaches to development programs
  • Political economy research and conflict analysis experience
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills; proven interpersonal and intercultural skills. Experience in proposal and report writing, financial and grants management and budget control, strategic planning, fundraising and managing international donor-funded projects
  • Preferred: Experience working and/or living in Myanmar; understanding of the donor landscape and key government stakeholders in Myanmar; language proficiency in Burmese.

Why work at The Asia Foundation?

You will have the opportunity to contribute to development in Myanmar and, more broadly, to the development, stability, and growth of the dynamic Asian region. You will help promote a more effective and constructive engagement between government and citizens, strengthen the role of women and minorities, and advance learning and awareness about the country. In Myanmar, other Asian countries, and with headquarters, you will work with and learn from dedicated, smart, and accomplished colleagues, program partners, and local leaders. In the process, you will improve your skills and grow as a development professional.

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The Foundation offers excellent benefits and salary commensurate with experience. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

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