Myanmar Business and Peace Program Coordinator, Yangon, Myanmar
The American Friends Service Committee’s Business and Peace Program (BPP) works to promote conflict sensitive approaches to business, develop toolkits and guidelines for conflict sensitivity, and establish platforms for peacebuilders, community leaders, NGOs and business stakeholders to engage in constructive dialogue towards mitigating conflict, strengthening relations, and realizing just and sustainable outcomes. The project presently operates in Cambodia, China, and Myanmar, and has made significant progress on work with business stakeholders from China and peacebuilders from Southeast Asia.
The Myanmar Business and Peace Coordinator is responsible for the day to day implementation of the program in Myanmar. The Coordinator will report to the Business and Peace Program Director based in Beijing as primary supervisor, and to the Myanmar Country Representative based in Yangon as secondary Supervisor and advisor. S/he will be expected to travel both domestically and internationally.
Build relationships with business stakeholders in Myanmar, including Chambers of Commerce, investors, financers, etc. In particular, a focus will be on Chinese business stakeholders.
Support efforts of local peacebuilding organizations and NGOs in Myanmar to engage with business stakeholders; build platforms for said engagement
Conduct research on strategic case studies of company – community interaction; support the development of country specific guidance for conflict sensitive business
Work to build awareness of business stakeholders of the importance of conflict sensitivity; build the capacity of peacebuilding organizations and NGOs to engage the business sector;
Monitor national and regional trends related to cross-border investments, business sustainability and conflict sensitivity; provide regular reports to AFSC on developments;
Attend conferences, workshops, events and activities on behalf of AFSC; prepare reports / analysis as needed.
Work closely with the AFSC team members and program leadership based in China, Myanmar and Cambodia.
Qualifications and Skills:
Undergraduate degree or above in the Social Sciences, Business Administration, Development Studies or a related field.
At least 2-years work experience in one of the following fields: corporate social responsibility, business sustainability, environmental protection, community relations, non-profit sector, or comparable
Chinese is a must, near Native proficiency in at least two of the three following languages: Mandarin Chinese, English or Burmese, with a strong preference for candidates with Chinese and either English or Burmese language capacity.
Strong interpersonal communications skills; ability to adapt to complex environments; strong cultural sensitivity;
Strong writing skills in Chinese or English.
Willingness to learn English / Chinese / Burmese
Shared commitment with AFSC values, especially with respect to diversity and inclusion. Open-mindedness and ability to work with people of different backgrounds without prejudice.
The position will be based in Yangon, Myanmar.
From US$1,000 – US$1,600, depending on experience; additional benefits include: local health insurance, 3 weeks paid leave annually, paid national holidays (following the Myanmar national holiday schedule), and severance pay. AFSC will also reimburse all work related travel and communication expenses.
The Coordinator will report to the Business and Peace Program Director based in Beijing as primary supervisor, and to the Myanmar Program Director based in Yangon as secondary Supervisor and advisor. S/he will be expected to travel both domestically and internationally.
About the AFSC:
The AFSC is a peace organization with its headquarters in Philadelphia, PA. It has offices across the United States and a strong international presence. It has worked in Asia since the time of the organization’s founding in 1917.
The AFSC is committed to diversity and inclusion in both its program activities and internal policies and practices. In addition to the qualifications listed above, this commitment also guides AFSC staffing decisions.
Please send a CV, cover letter, and list of 2 references to firstname.lastname@example.org before October 2, 2017. Please put as the subject heading for the e-mail “Application for Business and Peace Program Coordinator”