Senior Programme Manager (Strategy)

UNOPS: United Nations Office for Project Services

Functional Responsibilities

The incumbent works in close collaboration with the Programmes Director to ensure the Access to Fund delivers excellent results through exemplary grant and program management. S/he supervises four Advisory Teams , working to support the Programmes Department’s work:

  • Health System Strengthening, Data management and Health Team
  • Health Financing Team
  • Health for All Team
  • Immunization and emergency team

Management of the Strategy Department

  • Ensure the Department’s close collaboration and impeccable teamwork with the Programmes Department, the M&E Team, the Programme Support Unit, the Procurement Team, the LIFT Fund, the Global Fund Principal Recipients, and other relevant UNOPS stakeholders
  • This will include information sharing, joint visioning, joint planning, and working as ‘one team’ in the implementation of programmes
  • Provide guidance and support to four Advisory Teams within the Department: Health and Health Systems Strengthening team, Immunization and Emergency, Health Financing team and Health for All team
  • Ensure that the technical and strategic advice provided by the Department’s teams meets the needs of the Programmes Department and responds to the Access to Health’s strategic direction and needs depends on the country’s political context and working environment
  • Ensure that the Access’s programmes actively pursue ways to deliver more health per dollar by expanding the set of essential health services available to people in Myanmar and increasing the number of people with access to these services
  • In partnership with the Programmes Department, and in close collaboration with relevant key stakeholders, ensure that program activities are aligned with the Fund’s strategies and priorities, with EHOs’ priorities when relevant, with Access’ conflict sensitivity principles, with approaches to civil society engagement, and with other key principles of the Fund
  • Create and maintain strong partnerships with relevant external stakeholders, including major donors in health, in a spirit of supporting and facilitating each other’s work and aligning towards shared goals.
  • Maintain a clear understanding of grant outcomes, in particular as they relate to the strengthening of health systems and the improved health situation of vulnerable communities in the conflict affected areas. Regularly communicate on these outcomes with partners and stakeholders.

HSS / CSS/ engagement with private sector Advice

  • Work to ensure that Health and Community Systems Strengthening including ethnic health system, engagement with private sector is an integral part of the Fund’s investment
  • Support Health Financing unit in setting up, implementing and management of he Funds purchasing initiative
  • Define, set up, and manage health systems strengthening initiatives
  • Ensure strong, constructive HSS/CSS/private sector partnerships with relevant UN, international and technical agencies, and private sector

Health Advice

  • Provide sound, practical advice to the Programmes Department to ensure that the right health choices and approaches are understood and pursued.
  • Support efforts to bring together (‘integrate’) health interventions so as to deliver services in a more efficient way
  • Work in close collaboration with WHO and other Technical Agencies, systematically seeking their guidance and advice.

Health for All Advice

  • Provide value-adding, practical advice to the Programmes Department to ensure that (i) community engagement and (ii) conflict sensitivity are an integral part of the Fund’s approach (iii) Gender mainstreaming and inclusion, social inclusion, accountability and other cross cutting principles of the Fund

Management of the Fund

  • The incumbent is a key interlocutor with key stakeholders and assisting the Senior Management Team’s interactions with the both global, regional, national and state level stakeholders.
  • As a senior member of the Access’ Management Team, collaborate closely with the Fund Director and Deputy Fund Director to assume an active role in defining and steering the Fund’s strategic direction by guiding adaptation of the Fund to changing circumstances, and overseeing a constant learning and transformation agenda which aims to keep the Fund’s support at the forefront of the Myanmar Health response
  • In coordination with and under the overall leadership of the Fund Director and Deputy FUnd Director, be able to present Access’ strategy at the highest levels with the Fund Board, and others as required.
  • Assist Fund Director and and senior management for oversight financial management of the Fund, budgeting, and work plan development
  • Plan, guide and drive process related to the Funds operation such as annual reporting, budget revisions and grant making.

Information and knowledge management

  • Ensure that the Strategy Department adequately manages knowledge and information – keeping the Access to Health Fund and its key Partners abreast of important developments and capturing and sharing lessons learned
  • On a regular basis, critically analyze risks to Access’ investments and develop, implement, and update mitigation plan(s) for identified risks.


  • A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (for example: international development, public health, public administration, sociology, political science) with 7 years of relevant experience.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (for example: international development, public health, public administration, sociology, political science) with 9 years of relevant experience is considered as equivalent

Work Experience

  • At least 7 years of experience managing grants or projects is required
  • Within the experience, at least 5 years of working in the health sector is required
  • Full competency in the usage of computers and office software packages including g-suite is highly desirable
  • Experience of working sensitively and effectively in a culturally diverse setting is preferable
  • Previous experience with the Access to Health Fund highly desirable
  • Experience of working in local governance, including but not limited to formal local government structures, local and community based NGOs, traditional governance systems, and informal networks desirable


  • Fluency in English and Myanmar is required.

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