Programme Management Office Senior Officer (Grants and Contracts)

negotiable / YEAR Expires in 2 weeks




Myanmar is one of UNOPS’ leading offices in Asia, acting as fund manager for some of the largest development programmes in the country. In addition, UNOPS is Principal Recipient for the Global Fund in Myanmar and for the Global Fund’s regional artemisinin-resistance initiative targeting drug resistant malaria in the greater Mekong sub-region. UNOPS also provides procurement, infrastructure and project management services to a wide range of organizations in the country, including international development partners, other UN agencies, NGOs and INGOs. UNOPS plays a critical role in ensuring that the quality of services provided to its partners meets stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness.



The Grants and Contracts team, as part of the larger Programme Management Office (PMO), is in charge of managing the grants and contracts with implementing partners. The Programme Management Office Senior Officer (Grants and Contracts) will be located within the UNOPS Myanmar Programme Management Office, and will be supporting one of the multiple funds and programmes managed by UNOPS Myanmar.

* Please note that we are building a roster of qualified Programme Management Office Senior Officers/ Grants and Contracts professionals who are interested in both short term and long term opportunities.


Under the overall supervision of the Programme Management Office Specialist (Grants and Contracts), the Programme Management Senior Officer (Grants and Contracts) will work to support the delivery of Fund activities. He/She will collaborate closely and engage actively with the Program Unit assigned role in the designated funds, and will be responsible for:

Grant management

  • Prepare grant awards requests, draft grant agreements and subsequent amendments, using the approved templates ensuring that all agreements and amendments are constructed and issued in line with UNOPS legal and financial rules and regulations;
  • Review grant budgets, and financial reports against approved budgets, to provide critical feedback to the implementing partners, programme unit, and supervisor;
  • Monitor budgets in grant proposals and verify their consistency with prevailing market rate; assist in discussion/negotiation of costs/fees as required;
  • Verify reporting requirements are adhered to and liaise closely with the Program and
  • M&E teams and the supervisor on any delays or other difficulties;
  • Review payment requests and ensure payments are processed based upon the grant agreement. agreed payment schedules, and fund availability;
  • Support the Finance Officer in budgeting and forecasting of grant related expenditures; ensure variances are communicated at an early stage;
  • Communicate with and provide guidance/advice to implementing partners on grant-related and financial matters, in collaboration with the relevant Program unit and the PMO Finance team
  • Resolve operational and process issues related to grant management, and refer complex issues to the supervisor with recommendations for courses of action;
  • Coordinate the process of operational and financial closure of grants and projects;
  • Contributing to the coordination and follow up on the audits of Implementing Partners;
  • Highlight risks and delays to the supervisor and team as appropriate

Capacity assessment and Capacity building

  • Contribute to the review and update of the financial and operational capacity assessment approach of the Funds, incorporating best practices and assessment tools.
  • Conduct financial and operational capacity assessments of the IPs, and manage follow-up actions identified in the assessment reports.
  • Organize and support IP capacity development and training in financial and organisational management.
  • Provide day-to-day help and guidance to the IPs and coordinate with the Program Unit to ensure IP understanding of, and compliance with operational guidelines, terms and conditions of the grant agreement, and UNOPS requirements.
  • Actively liaising with other MMCO grants teams to align to the extent possible IP capacity development efforts as well as streamlining and harmonizing of practices and tools within UNOPS MMCO.
  • Actively compiling lessons learned and best practices, and sharing knowledge and best practices within the Fund and with IPs, on financial and organizational management.
  • Provide guidance to and share knowledge with the other members of the Grants and
  • Contracts team to improve the overall team’s coherence and competency
  • Contribute to the implementation and success of the PMO Center for Fund Management


  • Monitor information related to contractual arrangements – on audits, inventories, utilization and all such elements in the contracts and grants
  • Ensure that all records are collected and maintained, both hard copies and electronic copies for easy reference and retrieval
  • Maintain a database/archive of all grant related information and documentation of all the implementing partners.
  • Keep the supervisor updated on progress and issues, and prepare timely briefing materials and reports as requested.
  • Other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor

Monitoring and Progress Controls

The Programme Management Office Senior Officer (Grants and Contracts) will report to the Programme Management Office Specialist (Grants and Contracts), who will monitor his/her performance as per these ToR. Monitoring will look in particular at the following:

  • Efficient, timely execution and follow-up of tasks as per the scope of responsibilities detailed above;
  • Proactive and professional interaction with colleagues at UNOPS to exchange information and feedback on requests in an effective and efficient manner;
  • Demonstration of UNOPS competencies and behaviors at the expected level when interacting with IPs, stakeholders, and colleagues from the PMO, Funds, and MMCO.


A. Education

  • Advanced University degree – (Master’s degree or equivalent) in administration, development studies, economics, project management, finance or an equivalent degree in related fields is required.
  • Bachelor degree in related discipline in combination with additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advance university degree
  • Completion of the PRINCE2 Foundation certificate is an advantage.

B. Work Experience

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in contracts/grant management and/or project administration is required.
  • Previous experience with, and a good knowledge of the development and humanitarian sector/working with UN, Donors, NGOs is an advantage;
  • Additional experience of project support functions (finance, human resources, procurement & logistics) is an advantage.
  • Good knowledge of contractual and accounting principles and modalities is preferred;
  • Thorough knowledge of UN rules and procedures in budget or grant management and contracting is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct financial and budget analysis is strongly desirable.
  • Prior experience with UNOPS is an advantage.
  • Experience with Google Workspace is an asset.

C. Language Requirement

  • Fluency in both English and Myanmar/Burmese languages is required (written and oral expression)



Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.



Contract type: Local Individual Contractor Agreement
Contract level: LICA – 9
Contract duration: Rostering candidates for long-term (open-ended contract) and short-term opportunities

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:

This is a local position open for Myanmar Nationals Only.



  • Please note that UNOPS does not accept unsolicited resumes.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.
  • UNOPS embraces diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity. Our workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. UNOPS seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce.
  • Qualified women and candidates from groups which are underrepresented in the UNOPS workforce are encouraged to apply. These include in particular candidates from racialized and/or indigenous groups, members of minority gender identities and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities.
  • We would like to ensure all candidates perform at their best during the assessment process. If you are shortlisted and require additional assistance to complete any assessment, including reasonable accommodation, please inform our human resources team when you receive an invitation.

Terms and Conditions

  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post.
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (they take around 4 hours to complete) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS. For more information on a retainer contract here.
  • All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter and UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda.
  • It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential personnel. Recruitment in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.


Yangon, Myanmar