National Programme Officer – Rule of Law



Post Name: National Programme Officer – Rule of Law

Post base: Yangon

Supervisor: International Legal Expert





The Denmark-Myanmar Programme on Rule of Law and Human Rights (2016-2020) supports the Union Attorney General’s Office, the Office of the Supreme Court of the Union, lawyers, CSOs as well as the law departments of Dagon and East Yangon Universities in strengthening capacities on core aspects of rule of law and human rights and supporting reform in relevant areas. The programme which has a total grant of DKK 70 million (approximately USD 10 million) is based on participatory approaches supporting partners to identify their own needs and priorities and taking lead in implementation of activities.


The governance of the programme is based on joint decision-making with partners through co-chaired Steering Committees. The programme is part of the Denmark-Myanmar Country Programme (2016-2020) endorsed by a bilateral government-to-government agreement between Myanmar and Denmark as well as MoUs with all key stakeholders. A Joint Venture comprised of the International Commission of Jurists and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) has been contracted to provide technical assistance to the programme through a team of experts supporting implementation.


The Joint Venture is seeking a National Programme Officer – Rule of Law to support the implementation of the programme’s outputs. The specific output provides technical assistance to the Union Attorney Generals’ Office and the Office of the Supreme Court of the Union. The position will be contracted by the International Commission of Jurists, and will join the Joint Venture team in Myanmar.



Person Specification


The ideal candidate is an experienced Programme Officer, with experience implementing programmes in the Rule of Law, Justice and/or Governance sectors. Candidates with legal training and knowledge of international human rights and an understanding of the legal system in Myanmar will be considered favourably. The position is based in Yangon.


The national programme officer will work under the direct supervision of an international legal expert (the Team Leader) who is based in Yangon supporting the implementation of the programme.





Reporting directly to the Team Leader, the National Programme Officer – Rule of Law has the following responsibilities:


  • Contribute to the timely completion of rule of law and human rights related programme activities according to agreed workplans and budgets, including: supporting partners to develop joint work plans, prepare training materials, and support activities such as trainings, capacity building workshops and conferences. All of this will be in cooperation with the partner Government institutions, UAGO and OSCU;
  • Liaise directly with Government partners in Nay Pyi Taw, and build effective working relationships with key contacts; follow up on planned activities and provide support where necessary;
  • Assist the Team Leader to build and maintain smooth and collaborative relations with partners, including interpretation and translation;
  • Stay up to date on legal and political developments affecting the implementation of the programme outputs;
  • Assist with programme activity monitoring, and compiling data and documentation as required; and in preparing progress reports for partners and the Embassy of Denmark;
  • Help plan and prepare meetings of the Steering Committees with partners;
  • Ensure all Joint Venture policies and procedures are followed, especially for finance, administration and procurement;
  • Maintain good working relations with all partners, and members of the legal and human rights communities in Myanmar, as well as the Embassy of






The successful candidate will have:


Education & Experience


  • Relevant degree. E.g. International Relations, Law, Political Studies or a related discipline. Further academic studies in International Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, or International Development is desirable;
  • At least 2 years of relevant professional and/or programme experience, preferably in the justice system in Myanmar or in legal research or education, or in a related sector like Governance;
  • Knowledge of international human rights and humanitarian law and international and regional human rights jurisprudence is desirable;
  • Experience in supporting the implementation of rule of law and human rights programmes is desirable;


  • Work experience in capacity development and /or training is desirable;
  • Experience working       with       international development cooperation programmes / projects is desirable;




Essential skills


  • Strong analytical, planning and organizational skills;
  • Good communication skills. Fluent Myanmar language speaker and good English language skills (read, write and speak);
  • Experience in translation and interpretation to and from English is an advantage;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Powerpoint;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a multi-cultural team;
  • Openness and flexibility, capacity to adapt to changing priorities and needs;
  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights and rule of



The contract is based on a policy of equal opportunities and offers a competitive salary package.


APPLICATIONS close on February 16th, 2018 and should be addressed with a cover letter, resume and names of at least 2 references to:


Ref: Programme Officer – Rule of Law, Yangon, Myanmar

By email:



Please appreciate that due to the volume of applications only short listed candidates will be contacted. We cannot answer phone enquiries. We thank you for your understanding. 


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