13 Mar Volunteer Program Development Coordinator – Myanmar


Are you looking for a transformational opportunity? Do you want to expand your skillset, while contributing to an innovative international development project? Do you have an interest in global health or projects with a focus on women and children? If so, this opportunity to volunteer abroad might be just what you are looking for!


Role: Program Development Coordinator
Partner: ADRA Myanmar
Location: Hpa-an Township, Kayin State, Burma/Myanmar
Travel: Position is based at the EMBRACE project office
Duration: 10 months
Start Date: June/July 2018
Eligibility Requirements: Volunteer must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
Application deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled



EMBRACE is a four-year project designed to improve the maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) of vulnerable women, girls and boys in Cambodia, the Philippines, Rwanda through improving access to essential health services, building the capacity of local health workers, and providing community education programs. Funded in part by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada, EMBRACE is a project led by ADRA Canada and implemented in partnership Youth Challenge International (YCI) and the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre (HDC).

About the opportunity

The EMBRACE Burma/Myanmar project is seeking a dynamic Program Development Coordinator to provide project support and technical guidance for improvements. The volunteer will work collaboratively with the Programs Director, Project Manager and Project Management Coordinator to enhance program approach strategies and identify new opportunities to increase reach. The Program Development Coordinator will support the alignment of the project with the Theory of Change (ToC) and promote partnership with local agencies.

The volunteer will be based in the EMBRACE project office and will be working and living in Hpa-an Township for the duration of their placement. The volunteer will receive detailed project orientation at ADRA Canada’s Newcastle Office and Youth Challenge International’s Toronto Office for one week prior to deployment. During placement, travel to the project communities may be required but will be planned in advance as a Myanmar government-issued travel authorization is required.

ADRA Burma/Myanmar is a Seventh-day Adventist faith-based organization, employing professionals from different faiths. The volunteer is expected to respect and reflect the values and lifestyle of the organization while in the field.

What you will be doing:

Working in coordination with the Burma/Myanmar team, the ideal candidate will:

  • Develop a full understanding of the EMBRACE Project Logic Model and Performance Measurement Framework (PMF);
  • Assess and where possible, improve the impact of project activities by ensuring the delivery of high-quality community development interventions that improve determinants of maternal and child health;
  • Provide technical support to ensure sustainability of established community groups, savings groups, and kitchen gardens;
  • Assess current project reach (project beneficiaries) and develop strategies to increase reach within the existing budget;
  • Support the creation or adaptation of training materials, toolkits, and manuals for the project and take a lead role in facilitating workshops;
  • Support the Programs Director, Project Manager and Project Management Coordinator to ensure timely reporting, fiscal and programmatic compliance with grant requirements;
  • Integrate knowledge and best practices into project activities;
  • Assist the Project Manager and Programs Director in monitoring timely and appropriate implementation of project activities against budget;
  • Support the semi-annual and annual report process by 1) providing accurate high-quality data, 2) reviewing the country reports, 3) submitting key lessons and success stories, 4) submitting the report to the Project Manager for approval;
  • Participate in gender, monitoring and evaluation, and communications committees;
  • Perform other duties as designated by the Supervisor.

What you need to have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in International Development, Social Sciences or any related field;
  • Demonstrated education, experience or interest in MNCH;
  • Strong report writing and analytical skills;
  • Demonstrated experience effectively documenting processes;
  • Strong understanding of the RBM framework and Global Affairs Canada reporting requirements;
  • Proficient budgeting and financial management skills;
  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills with well-developed interpersonal skills;
  • Highly motivated and self-directed;
  • Team-player;
  • Flexible and adaptable to a challenging and high-pressure working environment and unpredictable workload;
  • An ability and willingness to work in rural areas and new cultural and professional settings.
  • Experience living, working or volunteering abroad.

What would be awesome to have:

  • Master’s degree in health or social sciences with an emphasis on international development or business administration;
  • Certification or studies in public health, rural development, community development, project management or project monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience implementing health projects, with specific MNCH experience, considered a strong asset;
  • Health promotion or service delivery;
  • Experience with monitoring and evaluation practices;
  • Training and facilitation experience, particularly in a developing country context;
  • Project planning and report writing experience;
  • An awareness of gender-sensitive behavior change strategies;
  • Demonstrated experience conducting successful training and coaching,
  • A strong understanding of process workflows and operating controls.

What we offer:

This is a 10-month subsidized skilled volunteer position. YCI will provide the volunteer with:

  • One week predeparture training and debrief in Toronto and Newcastle (including travel and accommodation)
  • In-country orientation
  • Return airfare and visa/permit fees
  • Vaccinations allowance (up to $300 CDN)
  • Emergency medical and evacuation insurance
  • Support and mentorship while in country
  • $1,200 CAD/month stipend to cover accommodation, food, work-related communication and transportation

YCI does not cover the following:

  • Trip cancellation and interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Social activities
  • Personal travel

How to get involved:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. To apply for this position, please complete our volunteer application form. We thank all applicants for their interest, but will only contact those that have been selected for an interview. We will not accept any phone calls about this position.

About us:

Youth Challenge International (YCI) is a leading global youth development organization that promotes youth innovation to drive positive change. Over the past 25 years, YCI has supported youth-led initiatives and volunteer engagement with over 250,000 youth in 13 countries around the world. YCI’s programs offer a unique and effective opportunity for individuals to participate in development programming. By combining the energy and skills of volunteers with local youth and partners, YCI provides volunteers with the opportunity to contribute to innovative programming while developing personal and professional skills


Note: Program participation is completely voluntary and is by no means and shall not be construed as an employment contract and that he or she is not entitled to claim for any wages, indemnity, payment, notice of termination or pay in lieu of notice of termination, or any other benefits and agrees that he or she may not be considered as an employee under employment laws including the Act respecting, Labour Standards and the Civil Code of Quebec.