National Policy Specialist (FIRST Programme), Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar 187 views


National Policy Specialist (FIRST Programme)

Job Posting: 16/Dec/2019

Closure Date: 03/Jan/2020, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FAMYA

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : NPP (National Project Personnel)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Myanmar-Nay Pyi Taw

Duration : 11 months

Post Number : N/A

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FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions. Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply. People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

Organizational Settings

Food and Nutrition Security Impact, Resilience, Sustainability and Transformation (FIRST) is a FAO and European Union partnership programme with the purpose of providing a policy assistance mechanism for improved food security and nutrition and sustainable agriculture. FIRST is designed to strengthen the enabling environment for food security and nutrition and sustainable agriculture in a number of selected priority countries.

Since March 2016, FIRST in Myanmar has provided facilitation support to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI) and its partners, mainly through the Department of Planning (DoP). Support is anchored in three country-led policy/strategy processes that are considered key for addressing Sustainable Development Goals 1 and 2: the National Land Use Policy (NLUP); the Agriculture Development Strategy (ADS); and the Multi Sector National Plan of Action for Nutrition (MS-NPAN). Efforts focus on making these processes inclusive and participatory, supporting the development of their technical content, improving MoALI´s capacities for policy development and implementation, and facilitating coordination between different departments and between the Ministry and other public partner institutions. The European Union Nutrition Sector Reform Contract will support the implementation of the interface of the ADS and MS-NPAN.

In close collaboration with DoP, FIRST undertook an extensive Policy Effectiveness Analysis in 2019 to review and assess current trends for food security and nutrition in Myanmar, the policy and institutional context, political economy, human resources capacities and resource allocation to implement these policies and knowledge gaps. The analysis identifies a set of gaps that need further attention to take forward the agenda of food security and nutrition in Myanmar.

Reporting Lines

The incumbent will work under the overall supervision of FAO Representative in Myanmar, direct supervision of Assistant FAO Representative (Programme), the overall technical guidance of Programme Manager FIRST, and in close coordination with FIRST Food Security and Nutrition Policy Specialist and Senior Land Tenure Specialist.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Establish strong working relationship with MoALI’s Department of Planning (DoP), Agriculture (DoA), Livestock and Veterinary Breeding Services (LBVD), Fisheries (DoF), Land Management and Statistics (DALMS), Rural Development (DRD), the Agriculture Development Strategy Implementation Support Unit (ADSISU), the Ministry of Health and Sports National Nutrition Center (NCC) and the National Land Use Council (NLUC) including its working committees.
  • Establish working relationship with EU delegation in Myanmar and the FAO country team in Myanmar, partners working on land (especially the EU-SDC-USAID partnership and LIFT), nutrition, and agriculture. Engage in multi-sectoral/stakeholder coordination fora including ARDSCG, SUN, and NLUC.
  • Engage with parliamentary commissions on land, sustainable agriculture (diversification and nutrition sensitive agriculture), and nutrition. Establish a working relationship with LIFT for FIRST to support the delivery of a series of parliamentary policy dialogues
  • Support MoALI’s work on sub-national planning for the ADS and MS-NPAN including methodology development, consultation and facilitation, and documentation of processes. Take the lead on sub-national planning field work in targeted states and regions
  • Support formulation of programmes on technical assistance to MOALI, particularly support to the formulation teams for Technical Assistance to the EU Nutrition Sector Reform Contract and EU-FAO Land programme.
  • In close collaboration with EU supported interventions, support MOALI’s work on M&E (linking MS-NPAN and ADS).
  • Support the National Land Use Council and its working committees in developing roadmaps for National Land Use Policy implementation. Participate in meetings organised by the NLUC and its working committees.
  • Conduct policy analysis and support the production of FIRST facilitated white papers and policy briefs based on recommendations suggested in FIRST Policy Effectiveness Analysis.
  • Collect data and analyse information from sub-national level to inform policy implementation, inclusive targeting, and prioritization of relevant interventions.
  • Prepare regular briefings on policy thematic areas development (agriculture, nutrition) for the Myanmar FIRST team based on regular contacts with partners, press releases and information, public ministerial announcements, parliamentary reporting, etc.
  • Undertake other work as required with the two FIRST Policy Officers (Nutrition and Land) and by FAO Myanmar Representation.
  • Proactively identify opportunities for policy support.
  • Perform other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree in agriculture, institutional development, political and social science, land management, food security and nutrition or other related field.
  • At least 7 years of experience in working on policy issues.
  • At least 7 years of practical experience in agriculture, land or nutrition-sensitive programme development and management
  • Excellent knowledge of Myanmar language, fluent in English language and computer skills (Word, Excel, email, PowerPoint)
  • National of Myanmar

FAO Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Selection Criteria

  • Expertise in the field of policy issues related to agriculture, land or food security and nutrition.
  • Experience engaging with diverse stakeholders, from farmers to ministerial staffs.
  • Extent of relevant experience with internationally funded projects.
  • Experience in international, geographically dispersed, and inter-disciplinary teams.
  • Prior preparation and submission of written reports for an international developmental agency, a governmental department, or a major NGO
  • Proven experiences in conducting in data analysis and reporting of the findings.
  • Proven capacity and experience in working with public sector (different ministries and departments in the Government of Union of Myanmar).

Additional Selection Criteria

  • International experience.
  • Experience writing and producing articles.
  • Experience in public speaking.
  • Experience with international organisations


  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help please contact: [email protected]
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications
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Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date. If you need help, or have queries, please contact: [email protected]


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