Program Manager – Tech 4 Peace

  • ● Are you an experienced program manager?
  • ● Do you love working on big problems and challenges?
  • ● Are you passionate about helping the peace building community in Myanmar?
  • ● Do you have an interest in the influence of social media on society in Myanmar?


Phandeeyar (“creation place”) is a community tech hub that is helping to develop the technology and innovation ecosystem in Myanmar. Our mission is to use technology to accelerate change and development. We bring the tech community together with civil society, independent media, and entrepreneurs to build the apps, tools, and content that Myanmar needs. We have an awesome 10,000 square foot space in the heart of downtown Yangon. We run a coworking area, an event space, and we have a busy program of activities. Last year we launched many new exciting initiatives, including a startup accelerator, an open data portal, and a makerspace. This year, we’ve launched a series of exciting new mentoring initiatives for CSOs, journalists, and entrepreneurs, and launched a Digital Rights program focused on mitigating the risks and challenges brought by greater connectivity.

The Role

Phandeeyar is looking for an experienced leader to serve as its Tech for Peace Program Manager. The Tech for Peace Program Manager will be responsible for running Phandeeyar’s peace support programs. Your job will be to design and implement programs to help groups working to promote intercommunal harmony to integrate technology to increase the impact of their work.

Key responsibilities

includes, other duties may be assigned:

  • ● Developing and leading all of Phandeeyar’s programs and events supporting the ICH community
  • ● Managing Phandeeyar staff supporting tech for peace programs and working closely with rest of Phandeeyar’s Social Impact team
  • ● Developing resources to support the development of technology for change in Myanmar.
  • ● Working closely with Phandeeyar’s executive team and supporting other key Phandeeyar initiatives.

Essential Requirements

Management skills – You have experience managing people and projects and you’re awesome at getting things done. You’re a self starter who takes the initiative and can mobilize resources and solve problems. You can build a team, juggle multiple projects, manage donor expectations, raise funding for projects, whilst paying close attention to details.

Peace building or civil society experience – You must have had significant experience working with peace groups or civil society organizations in Myanmar. Alternatively, you must have had considerable experience working on campaigns or projects for development or social change.

Tech experience – You don’t need to be a tech guru, but you should have a good understanding of the potential for technology, including social media, to help the work of civil society in Myanmar. If you do not have this experience, you’ll need to strongly demonstrate an ability to rapidly understand basic benefits of technology to social change projects.

Mentoring & training skills – You will be great at working one on one with senior civil society leaders, as well as helping them work with others. You’ll also be able to develop and run workshops. Prior experience as a workshop trainer would be highly valuable.

Communications – You’re an excellent communicator with great written and spoken Myanmar and good written and spoken English. You’re as comfortable speaking to a group of peers or a classroom as you are to an international donor.

The Details

Location: This role is based in downtown Yangon. It will involve some travel around the country.
Hours: Phandeeyar is a start-up community tech hub. As such, it does not have standard office hours (9am-5pm). You will often need to work evenings and weekends, however there is a “time off in lieu” policy.
Remuneration: Will be based on experience and qualifications and will be competitive for the sector.
To apply: Please send an email to explaining why you are perfect for this role and attach a CV/resume (not more than two pages long).

Note: Applicants do not need to currently be living in Myanmar. We welcome all applicants including those from the Myanmar diaspora.

For more information please visit:
Twitter: @Phandeeyar
Instagram: @phandeeyar