Source language(s): Burmese
Target language(s): English
Details of the project: GOPA Consultants Group (lead) in consortium with Coffey and Landell Mills are implementing the EU-funded "My Governance - ISPDS project in Myanmar. The purpose of the project is to strengthen public institutions and non-state actors and develop capacities for policymaking, planning and implementation to respond to citizen' needs and contribute to general socio-economic development.
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Special requirements to the applicants: • Undergraduate degree or commensurate experience in political science, social science, international relations.
• At least 2 years’ professional experience with an international organization; experience with Parliament an asset.
• Proficiency in English and Myanmar, written and spoken and experience with translations.
• Good liaison and communication skills.
Sample text (50 to 200 words): Justification related to the JPAC support
In Myanmar, a multiparty parliament was inaugurated only in 2011 after almost 50 years. A government led by democrats with civilian background has emerged only as result of the successful 2015 elections. Alt-hough this has given cause for optimism that the democratic transition could accelerate, checks and bal-ances within the governance framework are still underdeveloped. The Union Parliament, in particular, faces specific challenges to perform oversight for budget and service delivery.
This lack of accountability negatively impacts the performance and effectiveness of the government’s expenditure for delivery of social services such as education and healthcare. Since government spending in these sectors is already low (as a percentage of GDP) by international standards, tangible improve-ments of accessibility and quality are needed nearly everywhere in the country, in particular to cement popular support of peace in conflict-affected areas.
During the 2011-2016 term the Union Parliament (Pyidaungsu Hluttaw) took initial steps to establish a par-liamentary culture and practice. International IDEA and its partners have supported those efforts, in partic-ular the capacity of the Hluttaws’ (Joint) Public Accounts Committee (tasked with the primary responsibil-ity for budgetary oversight) by conducting needs-assessment surveys on the overall performance; training and on-the-job support to staff and members of the PACs to understand the Myanmar budget cycle, ex-posing them to international good practices regarding parliament’s role in the budget process; and trans-ferring skills on information-gathering and research methods.
The EU is preparing to provide direct Budget Support to Myanmar and one of the proposed conditionali-ties for the budget support to the Government of Myanmar relate to the JPAC improving its performance related to international standards as measured by the Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) framework.
The EU assigned two technical advisors over a 6 week period in October-November 2016 to assist with completing a needs assessment and finalising a proposal and work plan for the 3 year proposed program which will be implemented by International IDEA.