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Myanmar: Myanmar - A Head of Mission

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Première Urgence Internationale
Country: Myanmar
Closing date: 31 Jul 2017

Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians’ victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. The association leads in average 190 projects by year in the following sectors of intervention: food security, health, nutrition, construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures, water, sanitation, hygiene and economic recovery. PUI is providing assistance to around 5 million people in 20 countries – in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe and France.

Find out about our history and values

Humanitarian situation and needs :

Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) was ruled by a military junta for decades. The first general election in 20 years was held in 2010. This was hailed by the junta as an important step in the transition from military rule to a civilian democracy. A civilian government led by President Thein Sein was installed in March 2011. Despite this inauspicious start to Myanmar’s new post-junta phase, a series of reforms in the months since the new government took up office has led to hopes that decades of international isolation could be coming to an end. Myanmar still remains one of the poorest country in the world, ranking 171 in the GDP per capita worldwide and 149 in UNDP human development index. Although there is a lack of reliable health data, it is commonly agreed that Myanmar has some of the worst health indicators in South-East Asia. The ethnic areas, that have been off-access for decades, are amongst the most vulnerable regions in Myanmar with a very low literacy rate resulting in various challenges such education, health services, livelihood, and food insecurity. The largest ethnic group is the Bamar people. Bamar dominance over Karen, Shan, Rakhine, Mon, Rohyinga, Chin, Kachin and other minorities has been the source of considerable ethnic tensions and has fuelled intermittent protests and separatist rebellions. Military offensives against insurgents have uprooted many thousands of civilians. Ceasefire deals signed in late 2011 and early 2012 with rebels of the Karen and Shan ethnic groups suggested a new determination to end the long-running conflicts, as did Chinese-brokered talks with Kachin rebels in February 2013.

Our action in the field :

PUI has worked for 12 years with various communities in Myanmar to improve access to primary healthcare and reproductive health services, as well as to promote appropriate practices for health and hygiene in remote areas and among vulnerable groups (mother and children, population at risk or with HIV/AIDS). In close collaboration with local health authorities, PUI contributes to develop community health networks, reinforce their capacities and strengthen their integration within the governmental health system. Innovative strategies such as mHealth (mobile health), as well as cultural and conflict-sensitive approaches are fostered to leverage the health services provided, overcome barriers that limit access and stimulate demand for services. While focusing mainly on health programmes in Myanmar, PUI always looks to develop an integrated approach to address health and its determinants, including water and sanitation, food security and livelihoods, to meet the needs of the most vulnerable.

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As part of our activities in Myanmar, we are looking for a Head of Mission.

The Head of Mission is responsible for the smooth functioning and the development of the mission.

  • Safety : He/She is responsible for the safety of the mission.
  • Programmes: He/She coordinates the teams and ensures that the programmes associated with the mission are properly carried out. He/She also monitors needs and suggests new operations and development tracks for the mission.
  • Human Resources: He/She ensures that the mission is adequately staffed and supervises the teams (defining objectives, monitoring).
  • Logistical, administrative and financial monitoring: He/She ensures that logistical and administrative practices on site respect the procedures and formats of PUI and are in compliance with the rules of the Donors.
  • Medical and technical monitoring: He/She ensures that medical and technical practices respect the PUI’s procedures and formats and are in compliance with PUI’s operation policy.
  • Representation: He/She represents the association in its relations with partners, donors,the media and different authorities.
  • Relations with Headquarters: He/She ensures that information is properly circulated between Headquarters and the field and ensures that due dates are respected.

Do not hesitate to look at the job description below for all the details you need.

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Experience :

Humanitarian : 3 years of humanitarian experience in project co-ordination.

International : Successful experience in expatriate team management and multi-sector programmes.

Technical : A fortiori

Knowledge and aptitudes :

Excellent writing skills

Team management

Project management

Detailed knowledge of the donors (OFDA, ECHO, UN agencies, EuropeAid, AAP…)

Computer skills :

Pack Office

Qualities of candidate :

  • Leadership skills and the ability to make decisions
  • Trustworthiness and a sense of responsibility
  • Charisma and the ability to awake enthusiasm for the work the project involves
  • Ability to use authority, when necessary
  • Analysis and synthesis abilities (discenrment, pragmatism)
  • Ability to adapt
  • Organisational skills, ability to be thorough and respect due dates
  • Strong listening and negotiation skills
  • Good people and communication skills
  • Ability to remain calm and level-headed
  • General ability to resist stress and particularly in unstable circumstances

Languages :



Proposed Terms :

Employed with a Fixed-Term Contract – 12 months

Start date : 15 May 2017

Monthly gross income: from 2 420 up to 2 750 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI

Cost covered: Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…

Insurance including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation

Housing in collective accommodation

Daily living Expenses (« Per diem »)

Break Policy : 5 working days at 3 and 9 months

Paid Leaves Policy : 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months

To know more about our job offer, look at the complete job description on our website !

How to apply:

Please send your application (Resume and Cover Letter) to Sophie Kessel, Human Resources Officer for Expatriates at with the following subject : « HoM – MMR ».