Communications, Social Accountability and Gender Specialist


                                                Communication, Social Accountability and Gender Specialist

                                                                (Vacancy Announcement No. MC-VA-400918)

                                        DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:  Wednesday 10 October 2018 (Before 5:00pm)

     * Qualified applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis so please send applications as soon as possible



Duty station               : Thabaung Township (Ayeyarwaddy Division)

Position Status           : Full-time (2 months with possibility of extension)

Reports to                  : Team Leader (Lead CDD/ Training Specialist)

Number of Openings :  1


 [Describe overview of job missiopPROGRAM/DEPARTMENT  SUMMARY:


Since October 2013 Mercy Corps Myanmar has been working in three townships including in Ayeyarwaddy Division with the Department of Rural Development (DRD) to implement the National Community Driven Development Project (NCDDP) funded by the World Bank. This innovative people-centred approach promotes strong community participation and local governance by providing direct funds and capacity building to poor rural communities so they can identify and construct small scale infrastructure based on priorities agreed by community men and women.


Mercy Corps has been invited to submit a proposal to support a regional cluster for NCDDP in Thabaung and Kyangin Townships (in Ayeyarwaddy Division). Mercy Corps was awarded a grant for its NCDDP  3-year program to implement in Thabaung and Kyangin Townships. Thus, we are looking for motivated and qualified Myanmar nationals for township technical assistance. This is a great opportunity to join a dynamic international organisation and to work in a national program with strong career development prospects.


 [Describe overview of job missioGENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:


Communication, Social Accountability and Gender Specialist will be based at the township level and work closely in a team to support DRD and manage/train local community facilitators. S/he will also liaise regularly with the Union DRD/consultants and with other townships in the cluster including the current Mercy Corps NCDDP team in Thabaung (Ayeyarwaddy Division).  The Communication, Social Accountability and Gender Specialist assists Township DRD to promote concepts of community driven development to different stakeholders including transparency, accountability and gender equity. S/he also supports DRD in managing the grievance handling mechanism and training of community grievance focal points. This position holder will be supported by the Mercy Corps office in Yangon including two NCDDP Program Advisers (international and national) and our administration staff.  Union level consultants will also provide substantial capacity development support.



§  Assist DRD in adapting the 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 the 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.



§  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 community awareness raising activities and tools that can be adapted to local context

§  Ability to work effectively and sensitively in teams and with government counterparts

§  Strong inter-personal skills and ability to resolve conflict

§  Prior experience of working in rural Myanmar

§  Experience working on community-driven development models

§  Proven track record in capacity building

§  Ability to communicate effectively with projects stakeholders

§  Proven planning and organizational skills

§  Functional ability to speak English.

§  Willingness and ability to travel frequently to project villages

§  Proven ability to work under pressure and deliver in a timely manner




REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Lead CDD Training Specialist

WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Operations and Finance staff (procurement, logistics, finance), M&E and MIS Officer, Infrastructure and Safeguards Specialists, Social Accountability and Gender Specialist, Local Partners.


Your application must meet minimum educational requirements and include:

1)      Cover letter stating Vacancy Announcement number for your preferred position (see relevant TORS) and your preferred township/s.  Also include a short description of how your experience meets the terms of reference for that position; and

2)      Current CV with: Name, date of birth, contact details, educational qualifications, other training, full description of your work experience (including position, organisation, start and finish dates and main duties) and name/contact details for three referees. 


Human Resources Department

Mercy Corps Myanmar

No. (97), 5th and 6th floor of Rangoun Business Center

West Shwe Gon Daing Road,

Bahan Township,Yangon, Myanmar.

Phone – 01 8603041

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