Head of Mission Myanmar / Country Director (f/m/d)

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Myanmar
Organization: arche noVa
Closing date: 6 Mar 2021

arche noVa e.V.- Initiative for People in Need is an independent non-profit and non-governmental organisation (NGO) from Dresden/Germany working primarily in the field of humanitarian aid, rehabilitation and development. Our main focus on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

Since September 2008 arche noVa has been active in Myanmar. At the moment we are implementing projects in two different regions: Northern Shan State and Rakhine State. Our main sectors are: WASH, DRR and basic infrastructure. For the implementation and coordination of arche noVa’s country program we are looking for a

Head of Mission Myanmar / Country Director (f/m/d)

The overall responsibilities of the Head of Mission (HoM) include operational and program management, fundraising, human resources management, financial management, communication and representation of arche noVa e.V. towards relevant authorities and other stakeholders. The HoM is based in Yangon, Myanmar, with frequent visits to the field offices located in Ann Township / Rakhine State and Lashio / Northern Shan State as well as going to Mae Sot / Thailand for the Kayin project implemented through a local partner organisation.

Start: a. s. a. p.


  • Review and further develop and the AN’s country strategy to ensure its relevance and appropriateness
  • General Management of the Mission and further development of the organizational structure in close coordination with HQ
  • Represent AN at all levels and ensure active participation and coordination of AN with relevant Government Departments, other INGOs, NGOs, IOs, relevant UN clusters and the INGO Forum.
  • Frequently review and update the security plan based on thorough analysis
  • Fostering of a positive and accountable work environment
  • In close cooperation with the country management team and HQ, support and supervise the Myanmar Country office, AN staff and the current country programme. Oversee and direct:
    • The implementation, monitoring and evaluation of project activities as well as project results including budget monitoring
    • The checking of financial documents and signing
    • The drafting of accurate and timely project-related reports
    • The establishment and updating of work plans, including monitoring and evaluation of the project at all stages
  • The correct and responsible use of logistical, financial and human resources
  • The provision of regular reports on programmatic, security and contextual matters
  • Prepare future proposals and identify new funding opportunities; support the team in the development of project ideas
  • Support the development and introduction of guidelines, templates and processes/SOPs for direct implementation, including (in close collaboration with the HQ Security Focal Point) safety and security, PSEA and complaint mechanism
  • Where appropriate and feasible visit to project sites for monitoring purposes
  • Oversee and / or prepare and maintain all HR document and records
  • Management of the HR recruitment process


  • A College or University degree in Humanitarian/Development Studies, Economics, International Relations, Engineering or related
  • Minimum of 7 years demonstrated experience in international emergency and development project management (> 2 years in a leading position), including security management responsibilities in insecure / volatile environments
  • Fluency in English (written and oral)
  • Demenstrated experience in programme and human resource management
  • Solid analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and networking capacities
  • Ability to effectively lead an intercultural team
  • Flexibility, ability to work under stress and capacity to meet tight deadlines

Nice to have:

  • Experience in WaSH, DRR and / or basic infrastructure
  • Language knowledge in German
  • Awareness of the Myanmar humanitarian, development, security and political context
  • Working experience in an Asian context
  • Knowledge in Funds of Donors (like BMZ, UN Ocha Pooled Based Fund, DFID, Unicef)
  • Knowledge especially in implementing emergency relief projects and transitional aid

Duration: one year with the possibility of extension, 6 months probationary period

We offer:

  • Competitive salary according to internal salary scale
  • International health and hazard insurance
  • Grant to housing allowance
  • 2.5 days leave per month (30 days per year)

How to apply:

Deadline for application: as long as it is published

Please send CV, references and cover letter in one pdf document to Ms Richter: bewerbung@arche-nova.org. Please describe your motivation of working for arche noVa and as Head of Mission Myanmar and tell us your salary expectations.

Subject: HoM Myanmar

Further information: www.arche-nova.org

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