Southeast Asia Program Coordinator/Manager
Location: Yangon, Burma
BIC is looking for an experienced campaigner and coalition-oriented person to join BIC as our Southeast Asia Program Coordinator/Manager. BIC currently has an active program in Burma where this person will support a broad spectrum of Burma’s civil society organizations as they seek to influence the operations of international financial institutions (IFIs), specifically the World Bank Group (WBG) and Asian Development Bank (ADB), during their re-engagement phase. This person will also help develop a plan to expand BIC’s work to other countries in the region.
Since restarting lending operations in Burma in 2013, these multilateral banks have already committed millions of dollars to projects in the energy, telecommunications and agriculture sectors. Both the WBG and the ADB are also preparing country investment strategies that will guide their activities for the next three to five years. As the implications of the IFIs’ lending and non-lending services in shaping economic policy reforms and development investments at a time of limited and still fragile transitions is wide-ranging, an informed engagement, independent monitoring and sound alternative proposal by civil society and other non-state actors is more important than ever.
The position will be based in Yangon, Burma and will involve significant travel throughout the country, the region, and occasionally to the United States. S/he will report to the Asia Program Director based in Delhi, India.
1) Information and analytical support
- Provide timely information and analytical support to civil society organizations and their supporting networks in Burma on the role and activities of the IFIs, with primary attention to the WBG and the ADB.
- Produce relevant analytical briefings and country updates on a periodic basis.
- Respond to requests from NGOs, academics, policy makers and the press and provide contacts and tools for civil society to access information about the IFIs’ analytical, lending, consultation and convening activities in the country.
2) Campaigns and advocacy
- Provide convening, analytical and technical support to Burma civil society organizations in coordinating their response to the plans and activities of the IFIs in their early re-engagement phase such as economic assessments, technical assistance, project designs, and the development of country investment strategies.
- Work with affected communities and supporting NGOs in strengthening the accountability demands and the campaign strategy of project complainants
- Monitor IFI projects that are of significant environmental and social concerns for affected groups in the country.
- Develop relationships with WBG/ADB officials, especially at the regional and country missions, and facilitate direct engagement of local organizations with these institutions (if so requested).
- Facilitate on-the-ground research, produce field reports, and conduct media and other communication activities (as needed) aimed at the WBG decision-makers and the borrowers
3) Capacity building, networking and outreach
- Provide training and on-going advocacy support to strengthen the ability of Burma CSOs to influence IFIs’ Burma operations effectively.
- Develop/update popular education materials around IFI advocacy.
- Conduct outreach to country and border organizations that will allow BIC to deepen its understanding of the capacity of actors concerned with IFI activities in Burma and strengthen its collaboration with these groups.
- Support the Asia Program Director in fundraising such as proposal and grant report writing.
- Travel to BIC’s Washington, DC headquarters for program planning, lobbying and outreach activities.
- Thorough knowledge of the regional political economy of Southeast Asia, particularly that of Burma, including ethnic nationalities and civil society.
- At least 5-7 years of experience in the development, human rights or environment fields working for, or collaborating with, NGOs or social movements in Burma or Southeast Asia.
- Demonstrated commitment to social change.
- Excellent communication, organizational, analytical and writing skills.
- Convening, facilitation and good people skills are essential.
- At least a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent expertise) in relevant social science field such as political science, sociology, environmental science, economics, etc.
- Sound understanding of international development issues and specifically the role and activities of International Financial Institutions.
- Fluency in English is essential. Proficiency in any Burmese language is preferred.
- Willingness to travel up to 30% of the time in and out of the country (and periodically to the United States).
- Capacity to lead a team.
- Capacity to for administrative oversight, including basic account keeping.
Salary and Benefits
Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. BIC offers outstanding benefits including generous annual leave with pay and fully covered health insurance.
Send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Write “Southeast Asia Program Coordinator/Manager” on the subject heading. Deadline for applications is May 15, 2015. The Southeast Asia Program Coordinator/Manager is expected to start by June 2015. No phone calls please. Due to capacity constraints, BIC will only reply to short-listed candidates.
BIC is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of race, gender, age, national origin, or sexual orientation.