Job Details

Requisition Number 19-0005
Post Date 3/4/2019
Title Project Manager, Urban Safety Project
Job Family Myanmar
City Yangon

Application closing date is March 19, 2019

In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Asia plays a crucial global role. Would you be excited at the prospect of employing your knowledge and skills to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across this dynamic region?

You could have this opportunity at The Asia Foundation. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, we address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century: governance and law, economic development, women's empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

The Asia Foundation’s Yangon, Myanmar location is seeking a Project Manager, Urban Safety Project.

The Asia Foundation has been implementing the Urban Safety Project, funded by the UK government’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) for two years. The project aims to improve community safety in urban areas by strengthening security-related government actors’ responses to urban communities’ safety needs through the practice of evidence-based problem solving and community engagement. The project is currently being implemented in three townships across Yangon Region, Shan State, and Karen State: Hlaingtharyar, Taunggyi, and Hpa An. To date, thematic areas of focus include road safety, crowd safety, drug use harm prevention and women’s safety. The next phase of the project is due to begin and will end in March 2021.


The Project Manager will be based in Yangon and be responsible for implementing project activities and core deliverables in line with project and CSSF objectives. The Project Manager will be responsible for the day to day direction and management of national and international staff, and will take the lead in project administration, donor reporting, and financial and grant management. The Project Manager will be expected to represent The Asia Foundation to government agencies, donors, partner organizations, diplomatic missions, and national and international institutions, as required.


• At least eight years of management experience, preferably in charge of governance, urbanization, community security or peacebuilding related programs in conflict-affected or transitioning countries.

• Familiarity with and ability to apply project management tools such as theories of change, results frameworks, and workplans.

• Extensive experience of managing budgets and subgrants.

• Gender programming and mainstreaming experience.

• Strong track record of facilitating partnerships across governing authorities, community groups and members of the public and a high level of comfort in engaging with government officials across the administrative hierarchy.

• Ability to work with teams of mixed nationality in a collegial and sensitive manner.

• Excellent interpersonal skills. • Flexibility and strong problem-solving skills under pressure.


• Advanced degree in international development, policy studies, political science, public policy, public administration, international relations, women’s education/development, or conflict studies.

• Professional experience in policing or crime prevention will also be considered as relevant.


The following skills and experience are not essential but will be very favorably considered:

• Proven understanding and experience of adaptive programming and adaptive management.

• Experience working within governance structures in Myanmar at both the subnational and Union level, with an understanding of the relationship between township and state/region administrations.

• Strong understanding of Myanmar politics, political processes, and governance systems.

• Professional background in policing or crime prevention.

• Experience with FCO / DFID budgeting and reporting requirements.

• Myanmar language skills.


Project Management:

• Work with other key Foundation staff to plan and refine/design the extension phase of the Urban Safety Project, including the project’s strategic objectives, target locations, workstreams, and subgrant allocations.

• Lead the project team and prepare them for their roles and responsibilities under the extension phase. Ensure that team members have a shared understanding of project objectives, strategies and principles.

• Provide ongoing mentorship and guidance to team members in a clear and respectful manner. Steer them through the implementation of project activities through technical and administrative decision-making.

• Orientate subgrantees for their roles and responsibilities under the extension phase and provide continuous and substantive guidance and direction to their activity design, implementation, and reporting.

• Ensure that project activities in designated townships are implemented according to the project work plan and objectives.

• Ensure that program officers maintain productive working relationships with government authorities (township, district and State/Region levels) and community organizations and leaders.

• Undertake regular field visits to project locations and Naypyitaw to build relations with government actors, subgrantees, and community members, and to ensure functional and productive relationships with township, state/region, and Union level government officials.

• Manage technical consultants affiliated with the project, ensuring high standards and adherence to Foundation policies and project objectives. • Work closely with the Program Evaluation and Support Unit (PESU) Manager to update and maintain project tools including the theory of change, results framework, and monitoring tools.

• Support PESU Manager in ensuring that targeted monitoring and learning is regularly captured throughout implementation and encourage the team to rigorously apply existing mechanisms to manage learning and adaptation.

• Prepare quarterly donor reports.

• Be sensitive to and track existing and emerging threats to urban safety, changes in the political context, and changes in dynamics between security-related actors. Provide regular feedback to supervisors of broader context impacting project implementation.

• Take a proactive role in maintaining existing and establishing new relationships with CSSF partners and other relevant organizations for the benefit of the project and the overall CSSF objectives.

• Engage with donor partners in a clear and regular manner.

• Lead the development, and ensure high quality, of any research and information materials that will be produced by TAF/Myanmar office.

• Follow all Foundation administrative and logistical policies, rules and practices when carrying out all activities.


• Participate in meetings and events with development partners, governments, and civil society organizations as assigned.

• Contribute to articles, written materials, and documentation for publication.

• Participate in Foundation meetings and other relevant professional forums and events.


• Ensure that spending is accurately and responsibly forecast and tracked, and that budgets are updated, on a monthly basis.

• Ensure that spending is managed in line with the annual project budget and that spending updates are clearly communicated to the donor.

• Work with the Finance Team to prepare quarterly financial reports.

• Manage the contracting of partners/grantees (including due diligence procedures), oversee development of their budget proposals, monitor their expenditures, and ensure that they are within approved budgets, and that spending targets are met.

Other Responsibilities:

• Provide support to other on-going programs and activities of the Foundation as may be necessary.

• Other duties as assigned by the Country Representative and the Deputy Country Representative.


At a critical moment in history, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the development, stability, and growth of the Asia region. You will help promote a more constructive engagement between government and citizens and advance learning and awareness about The Asia Foundation. You will work with and learn from dedicated, smart, and accomplished colleagues and local partners, and, in the process, improve your skills and expertise.


 We will only consider applicants who apply online and include both their cover letter, resume, and answer the assessment questions (if provided). Please upload your cover letter and resume in one document. You can also upload both in separate documents but please note, to do so, you will have to sign out of the system and reopen your record for additional documents. *The application closing date is Tuesday, March 19, 2019*.

The Asia Foundation offers excellent benefits and salary commensurate with experience. We are an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

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