Program Manager, Peace Support, Myanmar

Deadline: 3 February 2021
Open to: candidates with minimum eight years of experience
Location: Myanmar


In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Asia plays a crucial global role. Would you be excited at the prospect of employing your knowledge and skills to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across this dynamic region?

You could have this opportunity at The Asia Foundation. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, we address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century: governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and international cooperation. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

The Asia Foundation’s Myanmar office is seeking a program manager for the Peace Support Program to be based in Yangon (Covid-19 travel conditions permitting). The program manager leads a team which implements a wide range of activities to support and build understanding of Myanmar’s transition to peace and stability. The Manager is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and operation of Peace Support projects, ensures effective planning, implementation and monitoring of the Foundation’s Peace Support programming, and is responsible for ensuring compliance with donor and the Foundation regulations, agreement provisions, reporting and other deadlines, and budgetary monitoring.


  • Minimum of eight years or more of management responsibility in development, peacebuilding, governance, or policy research-based projects.
  • Advanced degree in relevant fields (Conflict Studies, Public Administration, Sociology, Development Studies, Anthropology, and others).
  • Minimum five years of applied experience designing, implementing or managing peacebuilding programs.
  • Applied project management skills: budget development, forecasting and monitoring; timely management of deliverables; consultant management; effective team communications and leadership.
  • Ability to define vision, develop action plans, and build shared understanding within team to achieve objectives in an independent manner.
  • Understanding of monitoring, evaluation and learning processes and tools: applied experience in developing theories of change and developing monitoring tools for peacebuilding projects.
  • Ability to communicate technical information clearly to a range of audiences including the project team as well as civil society groups and international development organizations.
  • A belief in and ability to create a strong team culture of learning, analysis, and thoughtful implementation.
  • Keen political awareness and sensitivity to conflict dynamics; an ability to apply peacebuilding concepts to the Myanmar context.
  • Knowledge of governance institutions and practices in developing countries.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills and experience in managing research products.
  • Proven experience in fundraising and proposal development.
  • Full computer literacy and ability to navigate Microsoft software.
  • Experience working and/or living in Myanmar will be viewed favorably but candidates with strong peacebuilding backgrounds from any country context are encouraged to apply.


You will have the opportunity to contribute to development in Myanmar and, more broadly, to the development, stability, and growth of the dynamic Asian region. You will help promote a more effective and constructive engagement between government and citizens, strengthen the role of women and minorities, and advance learning and awareness about the country. In Myanmar, other Asian countries, and with headquarters, you will work with and learn from dedicated, smart, and accomplished colleagues, program partners, and local leaders. In the process, you will improve your skills and grow as a development professional.


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