Technical Adviser

Organization: RAFT Myanmar
Closing date: 6 Feb 2022

Vacancy Announcement

Technical Adviser

(International or national position)

Starting Date: As soon as Possible

Application Deadline: 6th February 2022

Location: Remotely

RAFT Myanmar (previously known as CDA Collaborative Learning Projects in Myanmar) is a Myanmar registered company that operates on a strictly ‘not-for-profit’ basis, and provides technical support to national and international organizations on conflict sensitivity and Do No Harm as well as effective peacebuilding.

RAFT occupies a unique position within the humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding context in Myanmar. Our team is comprised of international and national experts who blend local knowledge and networks, with analytical distance and multi-partiality. RAFT has built up trust with international agencies, donors, and embassies as a reliable source of analysis and guidance on conflict-related issues. At the same time, RAFT has built wide-reaching and deep relationships with local NGOs and CSOs, developed through long-term accompaniment processes, our champions network, and our regular and ongoing engagement with the challenges that our partners face.

In addition to this, RAFT has inherited a unique set of expertise and competencies on conflict sensitivity and peace-building effectiveness, due to the pioneering role that CDA played in these fields. The RAFT team has maintained, and built on this legacy to develop a range of tools, offerings, and approaches that are adapted to the current Myanmar context, based on our experience of what is needed and what works.

The Position of Technical Adviser

Title: Technical Adviser

Unit and/or team: Technical Team

Reports to: Programme Director

Supervises: n/a

The role of the Technical Adviser: The TA is responsible to perform tasks that are specific to the nature of RAFT’s work in Myanmar; mainly conflict analysis, conflict sensitivity, ‘do no harm’ methodologies,’ and peacebuilding effectiveness. The incumbent of this position will report directly to RAFT’s Programme Director and will coordinate closely with the national project directors, the technical team, and the Rakhine team.

Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Provide leadership, technical support, and guidance on the development of new project designs and consultancy activities
  • Take direct responsibility for ensuring the quality of the technical aspects of programme implementation
  • Develop conflict context updates, as needed.
  • Provide technical and team leadership for the implementation of short- and long-term advisory contracts/services with institutional partners and donors, including bilateral and multilateral agencies where specifically delegated, manage technical relationships with partners and donors ensuring satisfactory completion of advisory services
  • Lead, coordinate, support, and/or conduct analyses and evaluations on conflict contexts and conflict sensitivity across thematic and geographic areas of intervention.
  • Organize and lead the implementation of regular primary and secondary data collection and research activities, carry out the analysis of this data, and develop tailored reports that provide comprehensive and conflict-sensitive insights and strategic recommendations
  • Identify entry-points and strategic priority areas & issues, and conceptualize innovative approaches to incorporate and/or align RAFT’s interventions with these priorities
  • Contribute to the further development and tailoring of CSPM (Conflict Sensitive Program Management) related capacity building packages for external partners
  • Develop, review, and update RAFT’s technical frameworks and approaches, including for Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL)
  • Keep abreast of emerging trends and issues related to conflict sensitivity and opportunities to link the different RAFT project outputs and produce learning documents
  • Draft and review policy and practice briefs, guidance documents, case studies, reports, and other publications
  • Disseminate research and learning through participation in events and forums that require an in-depth understanding of technical and contextual matters
  • Identify and use appropriate events and media for advocacy about RAFT’s work and approach
  • Support the development of new grants proposals
  • Lead the preparation of reports to consultancy clients.

Required qualifications, skills, and experience:

  1. Advanced university degree (Master’s degree) in social sciences, conflict studies, or equivalent professional experience
  2. Relevant professional experience (minimum 5 years), ideally within Myanmar, but experience in other conflict-prone areas will be considered.
  3. Deep understanding of Myanmar’s the conflict/cultural contexts
  4. Technical Capacities (Conflict Sensitivity, Do No Harm, Peacebuilding Effectiveness, Context Analysis, Research, Social Cohesion, Gender, and Social Inclusion,)
  5. Capacity building, training, and facilitation skills
  6. Analytical skills relevant to conflict and complex contexts
  7. Excellent spoken communication skills necessary for advocacy and effective communication with diverse stakeholders
  8. Excellent writing skills necessary for research reports, policy briefs, etc.
  9. Experience of working in multi-cultural teams in a fluid context
  10. Good networking and relationship management skills
  11. Good English (written and spoken) is essential,
  12. Myanmar language skills would be an asset but not essential.

The Terms of Service:

This position will be negotiable and can be conducted as a full-time staff member or on a retained consultancy basis of a minimum of 65% time. Remuneration will be in accordance with RAFT’s normal Staff Salary or Consultant Salary scales.

All RAFT staff try to adhere to Myanmar office hours, hence the location for this position can be anywhere where at least some of Myanmar’s working hours can be maintained.

How to apply:

All applicants must meet the minimum requirements described above. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Each application should include the following:

  1. Cover letter explaining why you would be a good candidate for this position, and an example of an analysis paper or brief you have written,
  2. Updated CV, including the names and contact details of 3 referees

Interested parties should submit their applications no later than 6th February 2022 via email to:

raft-hr@raftmyanmar.org with the title ‘***Technical Adviser Application***’.

For more questions, please get in touch with Patrick Sweeting, RAFT’s Executive Director: psweeting@raftmyanmar.org

*RAFT Myanmar is an “equal opportunity” employer. This means that RAFT Myanmar will not discriminate on the basis of gender, sex, race, age, religion, or sexual orientation, and seeks to promote opportunities for women and marginalized groups. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

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