Vacancy at British Embassy Rangoon (Project Officer)

Project Officer – A2 (L)
(Deadline for applications: 27 June 2017)

The Project Officer is responsible for around £1m ($1.2m) of programme funds every year, disbursed in small grants to fund local organisations in priority areas such as promotion of human rights, women’s rights, democratic reform and sustainable political solutions to ongoing internal conflicts. The Programme Officer has a lot of independence in decision-making and design of the programmes, while receiving support from the rest of the team. The jobholder also has the opportunity to lead on areas of political work, including specific thematic work in areas of interest. This job is a great opportunity to develop project administration, political and diplomatic skills.

Key duties are as follows:

  • Managing nearly £1m of programme funds (£0.5m from Impact Fund, £0.4m of Global Britain funding), to help deliver the Embassy’s core objectives on support to democracy, stability and peace. 
  • Identifying and preparing project proposals, including meeting with potential project implementers. 
  • Advising the Funding Committee on funding decisions and making decisions themselves – the Project Officer is an important member of the Funding Committee. 
  • Once decisions are taken, liaising with project implementers to ensure the project gets off the ground and is being run effectively. This includes visiting projects as appropriate, compiling monitoring and evaluation reports and identifying opportunities for publicity. It also includes responsibility for procurement and payment tasks such as setting up new suppliers, raising purchase orders and liaising with the finance department for project payments. 
  • Once projects are up and running, the jobholder is responsible for preparing the budget and updating monthly expenditure reports for the relevant Funds, as well as budgetary and administrative support on all programmes in a timely, effective and efficient manner. 
  • Developing positive working relations and strengthen network of contacts within the aid/donor community and civil society in order to collect, share and analyse information. Maintaining up-to-date contact information of INGOs, NGOs and CBOs funded by British Embassy. 
  • Providing some administrative and ad hoc support to the Political Section, including assisting on high profile VIP visits and managing the team budget. 
  • Identifying an area of interest in political work, and leading on this as appropriate. Travelling around the country for work, if of interest.

Essential Qualifications and Experience

  • Good financial skills, including familiarity with spreadsheets and budget management 
  • Good judgment and analysis of project suitability 
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft office applications, especially Excel and strong typing skills 
  • Fluency in English and Burmese, both oral and written 
  • Personal qualities such as organizing, problem solving skills and motivated with a sense of customer focus
  • Excellent team player who can work effectively with colleagues and in a team

Desirable Qualifications and Experience

  • Experience in project management, including budget administration and reporting is desirable 
  • Good knowledge and understanding of LNGOs/CSOs and current political context in Burma

Required Competencies

  • Changing and Improving 
  • Making Effective Decisions 
  • Collaborating and Partnering 
  • Delivering Value for Money 
  • Managing a Quality Service

Type of Position

Full Time, Permanent

Hours of Work

Standard full-time working hours are 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday.


Salary is at USD 12,384 per year

Other Benefits and Conditions of Employment

The British Embassy Rangoon supports staff to undertake any relevant learning and development training, including courses and learning trips.

If no prior experience of project management, we would recommend project management training at the start of the job.

The British Embassy Rangoon offers a competitive remuneration package, including salary, benefits, leave entitlement of 22 days per annum (calculated in pro rata).

Employment offers are subject to successful clearance of pre-employment and security checks.

Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy Rangoon are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law.

Additional Information

Please visit in order to apply.

All applications must be received before 27 June 2017 at 2355 Rangoon time.

Incomplete application forms will not be taken into consideration, so please ensure you provide the information requested. We regret to advise that we will only be contacting short-listed candidates. Applicants called for an interview will be assessed on the core competencies listed above.

Interviews for this position will commence during the week of 6 July 2017.

The successful candidates should be able to start as soon as possible.

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