Social Protection Specialist

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Job title: Social Protection Specialist 

Job location: Yangon, Myanmar

Contract Period: 1 January 2021–31 December 2021 (1 year fixed term) 

Job classification: Grade 7

Application deadline: 05 February 2020, 17:00PM

Finn Church Aid (FCA) is Finland’s largest NGO in development cooperation and provider of disaster relief, active in Myanmar since 2008. FCA works with the poorest people, regardless of religious beliefs, ethnic background or political convictions. FCA specializes in three thematic areas: Right to Livelihood, Right to Quality Education, and Right to Peace. FCA takes a rights-based approach and is certified against the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) on Quality and Accountability. FCA works in Kachin, Rakhine, Kayin, Northern Shan states and in Yangon Region.

FCA Myanmar currently has proposed new projects to donors to be implemented in Rakhine and Kachin in consortia with other implementing agencies. FCA works closely with the Ministry of Agriculture Livestook and Irrigation and the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders in Rakhine and Kachin The Social Protection Specialist will work closely with implementing and Government partners as well as with FCA staff and other stakeholders to support the design and piloting of safety nets and social protection schemes, to ensure all rights holders are protected with a special focus on women, people with disabilities and children. This position offers a unique opportunity to provide strategic advisory and support on the implementation and design of high-quality projects, and work with a variety of government, local and international stakeholders to shape the way forward for inclusive social protection schemes for people in Rakhine and Kachin.

Qualifications and Experience


Primary purpose of the position: The Social Protection Technical Specialist will ensure that all social protection programming is of excellent technical quality and contributes significantly to FCA's strategic objectives, national/global learning and advocacy. The role will provide technical advice in the design and implementation of social protection programming, which includes the piloting of safety nets, shock response mechanisms and the provision of capacity strengthening, advisory, policy and planning support to implementing and government stakeholders. The Technical Specialist will ensure cultural and ethnic sensitivity is prioritised in all programming and will work with teams across offices to building capacity. The Social Protection Specialist must be willing to embrace a human rights based programming approach and represent FCA and its consortia partner in national forums and technical working groups.

1. Technical leadership (60%)

Key areas of accountability

  • Lead on supporting and ensuring the highest level of technical quality for FCA’s and implementing partners’ social protection programming, from design to implementation and documentation of learning and evidence.
  • Provide or source the provision of external, high-level technical support on methods and practices to be rolled out within social protection programming.
  • Support the continuous assessment of social protection needs and ensure they are appropriately reflected in the FCA’s country strategic plans and priorities.
  • Ensure social protection programmes are are ensuring the “do no harm” principle 
  • Work collaboratively with other technical specialists (Education and livelihoods) on ways to integrate social protection programming in order to maximize impact for children and families.
  • Provide technical support to ensure shock responsive mechanisms are designed and piloted to effectively respond to cyclical climate, health and economic risks in Myanmar.
  • Provide support and ensure that cross cutting themes such as gender equality and disability inclusion as well as child protection are reflected well where relevant in social protection programming and/or projects. 
  • Contribute to FCA Myanmar on forming the strategic vision for our social protection programming in Myanmar.

2. Capacity building (20%)

  • Lead on capacity building activities (workshops, trainings, coaching etc.) of FCA and partner staff related to technical areas of expertise detailed above.

3. Coordination, representation and advocacy (20%)

  • Actively participate in relevant sectoral/thematic coordination mechanisms such as working groups.
  • Develop and sustain relationships with private sector actors to gain buy-in and promote sustainability.
  • Act as a liaison to key government departments.
  • Serve as FCA’s representative at relevant conferences, meetings and forums in Myanmar and/or abroad.
  • Contribute to sharing knowledge and best practices, promoting FCA’s work to donors and development/humanitarian partners.
  • Contribute to identifying and pursuing advocacy opportunities related to FCA’s social protection work in Myanmar.

4. Other

  • Perform additional duties and assignments as requested.
  • Support the Safety and Security focal point and help to ensure the safety and security of FCA staff at all times.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment.
  • Uphold and promote FCA’s commitments to child safeguarding and PSEA.

Qualifications and experience required

  • Post-graduate degree in social development; economics or a related field with additional training in social protection.
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience in the humanitarian/development sector in Myanmar, social protection concepts in a variety of contexts preferably in Rakhine and Kachin; demonstrated track record of implementing sustainable social protection concept at ensuring inclusive community participation in project;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide direct capacity strengthening to government stakeholders to support the building of national social protection schemes and systems.
  • Prior experience in assessment, design and implementation of social protection schemes, and/or humanitarian cash and voucher programmes.
  • Wide network of contacts with a variety of relevant stakeholders at different levels, including in civil society, government and the private sector;
  • Fluent written and spoken Burmese/Myanmar and English; knowledge of other languages spoken in Myanmar would be an asset;
  • Good knowledge of the various development and humanitarian contexts in Myanmar;
  • Good facilitation and training skills;
  • Ability and willingness to travel on a regular basis.

(Remark: The position is pending successful grant acquisition.)

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