Humanitarian Project Assistant (Education)

Plan International Myanmar

Job Advertisement for Humanitarian Project Assistant (Education)


Plan International is an international child and youth development organization dedicated to promote the realization of children and young people’s rights, especially girl’s rights, in both development and humanitarian settings. Plan International in Myanmar is supporting a broad spectrum of initiatives designed to support integrated child development and youth empowerment outcomes that are strategically aligned with the national government’s priorities. Sectors of focus include: Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD), Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and Nutrition (MNCHN), Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Child Protection, Adolescent Development, Youth Economic Empowerment, Youth-Led Peace Building and Social Cohesion, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), and Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Prevention among young people. 

Plan International Myanmar has worked in Myanmar since 2008 and opened the office in Sittwe on 2014. Since 2014 Plan International Myanmar has worked to deliver Education in Emergencies programming (covering primary TLS and non-formal youth centers) in Sittwe and Minbya Townships. Plan International’s strategic focus includes: Child Protection, Education, Youth Economic Empowerment, Early Childhood Care and Development, Civic Engagement and Emergency Preparedness and Response.


Job Title                                             :           Humanitarian Project Assistant (Education)

No. of position                                  :           (1) position

Reports to                                          :           Humanitarian Project Coordinator (Education)

Location                                             :           Mrauk U, Rakhine State

Assignment Duration                       :           1 year contract (extendable)

Closing date for applications          :           4th Sep 2019 , 5:00 PM



Job purpose:


Plan International Myanmar is seeking a Humanitarian Project Assistant (Education) who, under the supervision of the Humanitarian Project Coordinator, will assist with the quality implementation of field level project activities to ensure children and youth benefit from quality and conflict sensitive educational opportunities. The Humanitarian Project Assistant will work closely with the Humanitarian Project Officer and other team members to support awareness raising activities and community mobilization. The Humanitarian Project Assistant will have good facilitation skills and experience working with parents, teachers, facilitators, children and other community members. Other aspects of the role include accurate data collection, record keeping, monitoring and evaluation, and ensuring accountability mechanisms are in place and accessible.


The political situation in Rakhine is complex and sensitive. It is critical for the post holder to understand a wide range of issues in the local situation and seek guidance and support from the Humanitarian Project Coordinator to find immediate solutions with creativity and initiative. The position will also require forward planning, attention to detail and building of relationships using a Do-No-Harm approach.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Assist with implementation of field level project activities in a timely manner ensuring quality action and support the active participation of, and consultation with communities and other relevant stakeholders
  • Develop an understanding of, and support project implementation in accordance with INEE and Child Protection in Humanitarian Action Minimum Standards and other relevant humanitarian standards (SPHERE, CHS, etc.)
  • Support volunteer teachers, facilitators, parent-teacher associations and management committees by organising regular meetings, training and workshops in conjunction with the Humanitarian Project Officers
  • Support and coach volunteer teachers, facilitators, parent-teacher associations and management committees on community mobilisation
  • Provide brief reports, highlighting successes and challenges, to support the Humanitarian Project Officers with reporting and the development of monthly activity plans
  • Support the Humanitarian Project Officers to procure/arrange project supplies and materials as needed, complete necessary financial and administrative tasks and make arrangements for activities well in advance
  • Conduct cash disbursements for assigned project activities and maintain accurate records
  • Conduct regular monitoring of project activities, as well as accurate data collection for assessments, reporting and programmatic requirements
  • Recruit and track attendance and monitor performance of community volunteers (including teachers and facilitators)
  • Collect and verify enrolment and attendance data for students by conducting spot checks, and follow up with teachers to develop an action plan when a student is absent for more than 3 days
  • Work with communities to identify unmet educational needs of children and youth within communities
  • Ensure accountability mechanisms are in place, communities know how to access them and understand their rights
  • Participate in relevant trainings that support the implementation of project activities, including teacher trainings and training of trainers (TOTs), and assist in developing training manuals and IEC materials
  • Assist with the maintenance of project records in databases and records of activities
  • Build and maintain proactive, positive and professional relationships with local CSOs, community leaders, parent-teacher associations, management committees, child protection groups and other community based groups (youth groups, women’s groups, etc.), beneficiaries and key local officials
  • Contribute to work planning sessions led by Humanitarian Project Coordinator to ensure that diverse realities from the ground are reflected in planning
  • Other tasks as required by the Humanitarian Project Coordinator/Officers


The outlined responsibilities are based on current projects, however specific responsibilities may shift over time and flexibility from the candidate may be required. The Humanitarian Project Assistant (Education) will report to the Humanitarian Project Coordinator based in Mrauk U. This is a full time position based in Mrauk U with approximately 75% of time spent in the field.


Qualifications, Skills & Experience:


  • Ability to speak Myanmar Language fluently
  • University degree in relevant field, preferably education
  • Minimum one year of proven experience in community mobilization at field level with CSOs or other relevant actors in emergencies contexts
  • One to two years of experience working on education projects or teaching
  • Willingness to work with teams across several locations
  • Understanding and commitment to the humanitarian principles
  • Knowledge of INEE and Child Protection in Humanitarian Action Minimum Standards and advantage
  • Knowledge of, and experience with Do No Harm, conflict sensitivity and participatory approaches and advantage
  • Understanding of education and child protection policies and practices in Myanmar
  • Experience with monitoring and evaluation and basic data collection
  • Experience of working with children, youth and other community members
  • Experience organising awareness raising activities, mobilising communities, and facilitating community level meetings and workshops
  • Strong team-building and communication skills
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment
  • Flexibility and can cope with stressful workload
  • Good Myanmar language skills (written and verbal) and basic English language skills
  • Computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheets and other software packages
  • Ability and willingness to travel to the field (including on short notice) when required


How to apply: Interested candidates who meet the above requirements are required to submit a cover letter, a comprehensive CV and details of at least two referees via e-mail only to:

Late applications will not be considered.


Subject line for application: “HPA (Education) _ MU”.


Reference & background checks will be performed for successful candidates. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Plan International is an equal opportunity employer and women are encouraged to apply. Plan International Myanmar is an equal opportunity employer committed to the well-being of children together with Gender Equality and does not tolerate child abuse and sexual harassment. All Plan International Myanmar Staffs are required to sign and adhere with Plan’s Safeguarding Policy at all times.


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