Location Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
Start Date May – July 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only
The overall purpose of this placement is to assist the Department of Rural Development with the objective of enhancing and improving the day to day human resources management system; supporting the establishment of guidelines and procedures; and making links between paper-based and computer-based data.
This placement is intended to continue the work of the current HR Management Advisor volunteer, who was seconded to DRD in June 2016.
Whilst the current Administration Department is responsible for HR, there is no one specifically assigned to the HR function and DRD feels their current recruitment strategy needs to be updated to incorporate the wider remit of their department and to ensure strong performance management and well defined roles for all their team members.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Research and learn from organizations in Myanmar, including other government ministries, as relevant, or parliament, in order to understand how HR operations are being implemented and sustained.
- Support the human resources functions within DRD’s current Administration and Operations system with the objective to strengthen the current staffing recruitment & performance management system.
- Enhance English language skills of the management team.
- Strengthen and systematize the use of computer and software platforms for HR data management and internal/external communications.
- Continue to promote a positive HR management culture, sharing HR concepts and theories, best practices and effective people management systems.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to HR management and Organizational Behavior.
Essential Professional Background:
- Proven ability to establish collaborative relationships with senior leaders and leading organizational change associated with implementation
- 5-7 years of progressive HR experience, with a proven track record of establishing and leading new initiatives from the ground up.
- Experience teaching English as a second language.
- Capacity to assess, develop, and implement sustainable HR processes and guidelines in alignment with organizational needs
- Organizational Development and program strategy experience
- Strong presentation and facilitation skills
- Demonstrated experience of working in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams
- Ability to work alongside an interpreter and patience in ensuring effective communication, particularly with technical speech.
Department of Rural Development (DRD)
The Department of Rural Development (DRD) is a National Executing Body for the development of Myanmar’s rural area. Previously called Department of Development Affairs, DRD, was established on 2012 under the Ministry of Border Affairs (MOBA). They have been striving hard in an effort to improve the quality of life of Myanmar citizens throughout the nation. Their mission is to mitigate poverty and address rural development as well as bolster up socioeconomic life of rural populace. Through multi-sectoral rural development programs, DRD gears its resources towards the needs of rural people.
The improvement of socio economic life of rural populace is denoted as the organizational policy of DRD's mission:
1) Addressing inclusive and sustainable rural development by employing people a centered approach which aims to contribute the Nation’s ultimate goal of mitigating poverty rate.
2) Strengthening community based organizations, building capacity of local communities, nurturing good governance processes.
3) Mitigating natural and social disasters and creation of resilient communities.
Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.
- Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)
- Accommodation while in placement
- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance
- Pre-departure training and in-country orientation
- Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend
- Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer
- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
- Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).
- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation
We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.
Depending on the nature of the placement, volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement. Volunteers also have the option of requesting support from an e-volunteer to help them with their work while they are in placement.
Residency and Citizenship
The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.
We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for assessment and training, as applicable.
Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.
By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to an assessment day, training course, international placement or other Cuso International related travel.
You must check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:
- Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.
- Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.