MYANMAR ICT FOR DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION
Project Coordinator – Community Information Management
Based in Yangon
MIDO is a local civil society organization focusing on ICT for Development. MIDO runs several ICT focused programs such as building community information centre across the country, develop ICT related curriculum and trainings, and participate in national level ICT/Internet Policy advocacy. MIDO is also one of the core members of Panzagar, the anti-hate speech campaign, which is known as a nationwide creative grass-roots initiated campaign.
Summary of Position
The Project Coordinator will effectively coordinate with support of the Project Manager and team, a Kan Let funded project in partnership with Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO). The project proposed to support Burma’s transition to democracy and sustainable peace via a skills and knowledge transfer to assist communities to analyze and deal effectively with new information.
The position is located in Yangon but will require frequent travel.
• Identify, with support from MIDO key focal points, in target areas and provide on-going and active support and motivation to them.
• Support research phase of project in coordination, logistics and implementation.
• Ensure smooth relationships with all stakeholders in target areas.
• Ensure effective on-going effective communication of the project to all stakeholders in target locations.
• Ensure strong communication between community, focal points and MIDO throughout response phase.
• Contribute to DM&E and capture data and results of project.
• Attend monthly coordination meetings.
As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position-holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
• Myanmar National with a strong familiarity of the conflict context and key players in Myanmar.
• 1 to 2 years demonstrated project management/coordination experience.
• Common grounder – able to build relationships across dividing lines and with persons from all backgrounds.
• Background in ICT or willingness to rapidly learn and develop ICT skills.
• Proactive, solution orientated with a readiness to learn.
• Detail oriented and highly organized with ability to multi-task.
• Excellent interpersonal, networking and facilitation skills.
• Financial management skills, including budget management.
• Team player and positive personality.
• Computer literacy proficiency, including solid working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
• Excellent written and spoken Myanmar and English.
• Demonstrated experience in peacebuilding/conflict resolution
• Degree in relevant subject.
• Experience working in a conflict resolution setting.
• Experience working in a non-profit or similar environment.
• Knowledge of ethnic languages.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume only to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading: Project Coordinator – CIM by 5pm, 27 August 2015. This position requires a September start date. Please be sure to include minimum salary requirements (in currency figures) or current salary, projected start date, and to mention where you found this posting. Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. Please see our web site www.myanmarido.org for full details of our work.
Myanmar has faced serious violence between Buddhist and Muslim communities, with some observers from inside and outside Myanmar blaming conflict on rumours and information shared online, including social media such as Facebook. In order to better understand the relationship between online and offline information sharing practices, between February and May 2014, members of the Myanmar IT for Development Organization (MIDO) have conducted a research study titled ‘Communication Flows in Myanmar: Religious Conflict and Evolving Sharing Practices.’ It involved interviews and focus group discussions with 288 persons in conflict affected areas in Lashio (Shan State), Meiktila (Mandalay Region), Thandwe and Sitwe (Rakhine State).
Matt Schissler and Dr Matthew Walton of Oxford University, UK, are undertaking a research study on ‘De-justifying mass violence in Myanmar: Informing and catalysing appropriate civil society and international responses,’ in partnership with MIDO.
The core purpose of the initiative is to make available evidence, analysis, and advice to catalyse and strengthen efforts to prevent mass violence in Myanmar. The initiative establishes academic research capacity based in Myanmar, partners with civil society (the Myanmar IT for Development Organization, MIDO) and is associated with a reputable international institution (Oxford), to undertake a research project to inform and catalyse local and international initiatives including those to monitor and counteract speech that may incite violence, engage with companies such as Facebook, and other campaigns and strategic attempts to promote peace.
This initiates the Myanmar Media and Society Research project in order to make available evidence, analysis, and advice that catalyses and strengthens efforts to prevent mass violence. The research would focus on the ways in which discourses and narratives justifying violence are produced, consumed and circulate, online and offline.