VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT  Social Accountability and Gender Specialist Two Position Htantabin and Ann Township                                                                                 Date: 30-June…


 Social Accountability and Gender Specialist

Two Position

Htantabin and Ann Township

                                                                                Date: 30-June-2015



The objective of the National Community Driven Development Project, which is being implemented by the Department of Rural Development (DRD), is to enable poor rural communities to benefit from improved access to and use of basic infrastructure and services through a people-centered approach and to enhance the government’s capacity to respond promptly and effectively to an eligible crisis or emergency. This approach will empower villagers to manage and participate in their own development.


Block grants will be allocated through a participatory planning process covering all villages within a village tract. Planning and prioritization of sub-projects will be undertaken by villagers and representative village tract forums.


The project will operate in 15 townships – one in each of the country’s 14 regions and states as well as the union territory. Criteria for the selection of townships are: primarily poverty, with additional criteria being absence of external funding and commitment by regional government to the objectives of the project.


The project outcomes include improved access to community-prioritized services and infrastructure, and enhanced participation of rural populations, including the poor and vulnerable, in the development process. Outputs are along the four main components of the project: (i) community block grants; (ii) capacity development and facilitation; (iii) knowledge and learning; and (iv) implementation support.


Relief International will be implementing this project in Htantabin and Ann Township.



CDD responsibilities and DRD support

  • Assist DRD in adapting project training materials to local context
  • Develop a township-specific info dissemination and outreach strategy to raise awareness about the Project
  • Support DRD in executing the outreach strategy, including production of locally-adapted IEC materials
  • Assist with translation of English documents into Myanmar language and vice versa, as required
  • Ensure mainstreaming of gender, social inclusion and social accountability concerns in all project activities
  • Support the VT grievance feedback committee
  • Arrange for information board/ point in each village and for dissemination of information including grievance handling materials
  • Monitor effectiveness of information dissemination to community
  • Provide progress information to Union level as input for grievance handling quarterly reports



  • Work with M&E Officer and prepare monitoring reports as required.
  • Set-up tools, process or documentation as needed or required to improve the monitoring and oversight of any process described above;
  • Liaise with and provide information to senior management where findings have implications for program development and improvement.
  • Liaise RI Accountability staff in capturing and sharing knowledge, experience, lessons learned, success stories and best practices with other relevant staff and community members
  • Assist the program development and program management teams in making strategic decisions about the designs of further programs
  • Ensure report and documents are prepared accurately, reviewed thoroughly and submitted in time to Yangon office


External Representation

  • Represent RI and the CDD Township Programme at State/Regional Government and Union level meetings and trainings
  • Represent RI and the CDD Township Programme at meetings with donors



Twenty months




  • Academic degree in communications, journalism, or related areas with at least three years of community development and/or gender work experience, preferably under rural development projects; or
  • At least five years of relevant community development work experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and practical experience in the full range of community development methods as well as communications and awareness raising activities and tools that can be adapted to local context
  • Experience of training CBOs/local authorities an advantage
  • Experience of setting up tools, processes and documentation
  • Ability to plan work and achieve goals in a timely manner, working independently
  • Good communication skills, written and spoken, in both Myanmar and English
  • Good working knowledge and skills of computer (MS Office )


To Apply


Interested candidates should send their cover letter, CV and names of three referees to Relief International at or deliver to Relief International, No. 202, U Wisara Road, West Shwegonedine, Bahan Township, Yangon, quoting ‘Social Accountability and Gender Specialist’ – Htantabin and Ann Township” in the subject line.  The deadline for submission of applications is until candidate identified. Only short listed candidates will be notified.


Relief International is an equal opportunities employer.  We welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, ethnic origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability.  In an effort to improve the gender balance within the organization, qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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