Resource Mobilization Coordinator, Myanmar and Laos
Position type and closing date
Please note that this is an unaccompanied position.
The closing date for applications is 5 February 2019.
Starting date as soon as possible.
World Service is the internationally recognized humanitarian and development arm of the Lutheran World Federation, assisting people in need irrespective of their ethnicity, religion or gender. We implement programs worldwide, working with both local and international partners, helping communities achieve their full potential and advocate for their universal rights. Our partners include Lutheran Churches and their related agencies, the European Commission (ECHO), the US Government (BPRM) and UNHCR, with whom we are a key implementing partner. For additional information please see www.lutheranworld.org.
LWF Myanmar is a relatively young Country Program with relatively inexperienced staff and limited financial resources.
The Country is transitioning from a globally isolated military led, country defined by ethnic division and armed conflict and a centrally controlled economy to a democratically elected, civilian led (the military still retains substantial power) government with a global economy.
Although there are some strong civil society organizations, the sector is still finding its way and is not nearly as robust as in other South and South East Asian countries. A spirit of service is present among the population grounded in the predominantly Buddhist culture. But INGO/NGO service is still seen as a good deed or charity in times of emergency rather than a career option. Staff turnover is therefore a particular challenge in the INGO/NGO sector.
Progress has been made towards a National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) and a Peace Process, but huge numbers of IDPs, refugees and marginalized people still suffer from a lack of access to their universal human rights.
Humanitarian and Development work are needed simultaneously in Myanmar. But major donors still divide their funds into Humanitarian or Development in nature. It is a challenge to convince donors to support holistic human centred as opposed to sector oriented projects.
All of the on-going transitions and continuously changing contexts require flexibility, conflict sensitivity and innovation to effectively facilitate the people centred, participatory, community based, rights based empowerment processes required by the LWF Country Strategy.
Purpose of the position
The Resource Mobilization Coordinator is instrumental in ensuring that LWF Myanmar (85%) and LWF Laos (15%) develop high quality project proposals in line with community priorities, and the Myanmar and Laos country strategies. S/He shall support program development; donor compliance and communications activities.
The Resource Mobilization Coordinator is based in the Yangon Office. S/He is a member of the LWF Myanmar Management Team. S/he shall also represent the LWF Myanmar Program in forums, and working groups as delegated. S/He may be called upon to serve as Acting Country Representative. Periodic travel to Laos and to the field offices in Laos and Myanmar will be required
University degree is required.
Masters Degree is an advantage.
Knowledge and Experience
Minimum 6 years of experience in funding proposal writing, for UN, EU, USAID.
Significant working experience at management level in humanitarian assistance or development oriented programs within an international environment and preferably with church-related or non-governmental organizations.
Strong leadership and people management skills.
Very good analytical and organizational skills.
Knowledge of LWF, its member churches and related agencies would be an asset.
Knowledge and experience of cooperation with United Nations and governmental agencies and/of international development cooperation in the field of humanitarian assistance, advocacy, human rights and sustainable development is essential.
Team-oriented, flexible and excellent communication skills.
English – Excellent written and oral skills
Myanmar local language – Preferred
Main tasks: Support to Country Representative for fundraising and development of proposals within the strategic framework for LWF Myanmar and Laos, as well as reporting to existing donors. The Resource Mobilization Coordinator’s main responsibilities are for Leadership and Management as a member of the EMT and MT (5%) Resource Mobilization (70%) and Donor Compliance and related Communications Support (25%).
Leadership and Management (5%):
- Constructive participation in the Executive Management and Management Teams meetings, and support the Teams’ decisions.
- Actively contribute to Strategic Planning processes.
- Actively liaise with the World Service Global Funding Unit in Geneva and with online, regional and country based donors to facilitate resource mobilization for LWF Myanmar and Laos.
- Recommend detailed resource mobilization strategies in order to sustain the program.
- Actively build the resource mobilization capacity of the EMT and MT members.
Resource Mobilization (70%):
- Keep abreast of relevant resource mobilization opportunities and Maintain up to date donor maps and files.
- Organize needs assessment and studies as required for purposes of resource mobilization.
- Where required, coordinate needs assessments, project design workshops and external stakeholder consultations to support project design process.
- Develop proposals for new and existing donors, in coordination with partner organizations, the relevant LWF staff.
- Ensure that proposals are developed to donor standards and comply with capacities of partners and resources.
- Ensure that proposals components are duly aligned between narrative, logframe, work plans, and budgets.
- Coordinate closely with Program, Projects, Technical Units, Finance, Administration and Human Resources to ensure funding proposals are in alignment with policies and practices.
- Participate in donor liaison meetings and inter-agency coordination forums, such as the Education in Emergency Working Group, Food Security Working Group, Gender Empowerment Network and Protection Sector Working Group, etc.
- Coordinate and network with relevant stakeholders for purposes of supporting proposal writing.
- Seek opportunities to partner with ACT Alliance and other INGOs in consortiums as appropriate.
Donor Compliance and related Communications Support (25%):
- Review and support small grant applications from local partners and assist them to improve their project design and management.
- Facilitate project launch events so that implementation teams and other key stakeholders are well versed in project requirements and implementation expectations.
- Maintain data base on status of all project start/end dates, grant amount, report, evaluation, audit due dates and keep relevant staff well informed on required formats and templates and other donor requirements.
- Support LWF field Offices in quality reporting through assurance of quality data as per donor agreements and project documents.
- Keep files of all concept notes and funding proposals
- Asses and analyze both successful and failed concept notes and funding proposals for learning purposes.
Support to Country Representative regarding internal and external communication as required.
Applicants are required to uphold the core values of our organization.
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