Field Officer

ROLE PURPOSE:

Background:

The project is made of a small but dynamic team at Save the Children that is dedicated to generating useful and actionable information to drive policy and programming changes in the Rakhine State context, in order to increase the abilityof all communities to access health and education services and livelihood opportunities.

 

About the role:

The Field Officer will play a key role in ensuring the smooth operations of the project. This includes four main tasks: 1) facilitation and training, including by leading focus group discussions and trainings for beneficiaries and CSO partners; 2) community consultations, including going to field sites to hold interviews and focus group discussions with beneficiaries in Rakhine and Muslim communities, taking notes as appropriate, and providing translation for international staff; 3) administrative support, including filing as necessary all paperwork for the project; and 4) coordination with partners, including building a network of key counterparts with other INGOs and building relations with CSO partners.

 

This position requires a high level of professionalism, and a capacity to interact with a wide range of stakeholders in a very sensitive context. They will work very closely with international staff, therefore requiring a high degree of fluency in English speaking and writing. This position will also require working with Muslim and Rakhine staff in townships across Rakhine State.

 

SCOPE OF ROLE:

Reports to: Information Coordinator

Staff directly reporting to this post: N/A

Budget Responsibilities: N/A

Financial Approval: N/A

External Representation: Interpersonal contact, regular and varied in both oral and written.

Travel: Regular travel within Rakhine State, and possibly Yangon

 

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY :

 

Facilitation and Training

  • Lead in providing trainings on research and advocacy with students and community partners.
  • Lead in providing facilitation for focus group discussions, interviews, training sessions as necessary for the Project Team.
  • Provide translation from Myanmar, Rakhine and Muslim languages, as necessary.

 

Community consultations

  • Work with project staff to develop plans for community discussions about the issues they face in accessing services.
  • Coordination of focus group discussions, interviews with community leaders, and other forms of community consultation.
  • Undertake field visits to ethnic Rakhine and Muslim areas.
  • Lead in processing and translation of information as necessary.

 

Project Administration

  • In collaboration with the Information Coordinator, ensure that all administrative tasks are taken care of, including: travel authorisation applications, travel arrangements, vehicle requests, organisation of data collection visits, financial invoicing, and other tasks as required.
  • Coordinate with SCI Rakhine State staff as necessary.

 

Collaboration and coordination with partners:

  • Convene regular meetings with key stakeholders in Rakhine State, including local civil society and other relevant stakeholders
  • Contribute to the organization of workshops in Sittwe to influence humanitarian and development priorities in Rakhine.
  • Attend coordination forums and other relevant venues in Sittwe to inform and provide relevant information to the wider donor community in order to help influence humanitarian and development decisions and priorities.
  • Work regularly with focal persons in each participating partner agency.

 

Child Safeguarding Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that all beneficiaries of your program are receiving ongoing, age-appropriate verbal or written information in relevant languages about Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.

QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

 

Specific:        

  • Proven experience (at least 3 years) in the humanitarian sector
  • Proven experience in translating and facilitating in training and classroom settings.
  • Experience in terms of monitoring and evaluation, field research or community consultations in a humanitarian context
  • Experience in working with a variety of stakeholders in a highly sensitive context
  • Experience in engaging with various stakeholders to develop common approaches
  • Familiarity with and understanding of the history and current political and social context in Myanmar, and in particular Rakhine State
  • Familiarity with rights-based project and programme approaches
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent personal organisational skills, including time management, and ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Fluency in written and spoken Burmese
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Preferably a degree in a relevant field (international relations, law, human rights, social sciences, etc)

 

General:

  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and partners
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles.
  • Willingness and capability to comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to health and safety, security, equal opportunities and other relevant policies, including the Child Safeguarding Policy

Location: Sittwe Townships, Rakhine State, Myanmar

Contract - Full-Time

Closing date: Wednesday 16 January 2019

All jobs close at midnight UK time on the date specified

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