Boat Driver

27 September 2017


Vacancy Notice No. 2017/006

Everyone Counts: Join the UNFPA team in Myanmar

Are you interested in being part of a multi-cultural team delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person's potential is fulfilled in Myanmar? UNFPA is seeking a creative, dynamic and highly motivated individual to join our growing communications effort to drive forward delivering of the UNFPA country programme on population, gender equality and reproductive health and rights for the people in Myanmar. If you’re looking for an opportunity to make a difference, thrive in a challenging yet rewarding teamwork environment, we wish to hear from you.

Position & Grade Boat Driver (SC – 2)
No. of Position 1 Post
Duty Stations Sittwe, Rakhine with frequent travel to Maungdaw
Type of contract Service Contract
Duration of Appointment One year (with possibility of extension)
Application Deadline 27 September 2017 (5:00 pm Yangon Time)
Position Starting Date As soon as possible

Applications are invited from interested Myanmar nationals for the posts of Boat Driver.

Interested candidates should submit their application with a motivation letter together and an updated UN P-11 Form, relevant educational certificates showing highest level of educational attainment and the names and contact information of three references. Please indicate in your motivation letter where you have seen the vacancy announcement. UNFPA Myanmar operates a strict policy of pre-employment security screening. It is essential that applicants provide full and current contact details for all previous employers, institutions and referees. Applications submitted without these details WILL NOT be processed. If candidates apply by email, the attachments should not be more than 4MB for one transmission. Applicants can be submitted to the following UNFPA Office:

To UNFPA Representative
Attention International Operations Manager
UNFPA, No. 6, Natmauk Road, Yangon
Sittwe Sub-Office (No. 23, Pyi Htaung Su Street, Pyi Daw Tha Quarter, Sittwe

1.       Organizational Location

The Boat Driver is located in the decentralized sub-office in Sittwe and reports to the UNFPA Head of Sub-office (Sittwe)/International Programme Specialist GBV.

2.       Job Purpose

UNFPA expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV and AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.  Advancing gender equality and promoting the empowerment of women is a key programme priority of UNFPA defined in UNFPA Strategic plan (2014-2017) and newly formulated Strategic Plan (2018-2021) and Sustainable Development Goals.

UNFPA manages the “Women and Girls First Initiative” (2016-2018), a 14 million USD multi-year UNFPA-donor joint trust fund. Under the Women and Girls First programme, UNFPA is committed to leading the international community and supporting national stakeholders in addressing gaps in gender equality, improving sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, responding to and preventing gender based violence (GBV) and integrating gender equality and women's rights perspectives into national policies, development frameworks and laws. Through these key outcomes, UNFPA will also be seeking to achieve improved and strengthened access to justice and increased participation of women in the peace process, through economic and political empowerment. The programme focus areas include Rakhine, Kachin and Northern Shan States and Kayin state with additional technical support to other areas in the South Eastern region including Kayah and Mon States.

Emergency preparedness and humanitarian assistance is integrated in UNFPA’s third country programme and remains an important function of the organization in the proposed 4th country programme (2018-2022). UNFPA in line with global strategy contributes to strengthening national capacity to provide sexual and reproductive health services, gender based violence prevention and response and data issues in humanitarian settings.

The Boat Driver provides reliable and safe driving services to UN officials and visitors ensuring the highest standards of discretion and integrity, sense of responsibility, excellent knowledge of protocol and security issues.  The Boat Driver also demonstrates a client-oriented approach, courtesy, confidentiality, tact and ability to work with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Under the overall-guidance and direct supervision of the UNFPA Head of Sub-office (Sittwe)/GBV Specialist, the incumbent will undertake the following duties and responsibilities;

3.       Major Activities/Expected Results

  • Drive assigned UNFPA speedboat when required in a safe, efficient and courteous manner, according to the local regulation;
  • Priory to a trip ensure that the assigned speed boat as adequate fuel for the entire trip, all essential spare parts including propeller, spark plugs, rope, anchor, life jackets, etc, and that it is in overall good running condition;
  • Prior to a trip, check tide table and ascertain the feasibility of completing the trips as planned and notified;
  • Ensure the maintenance of logbook with careful and accurate record of the days movement and report any problems with the running of the assigned boat immediately to the supervisor;
  • Stock the boat with necessary supplies before embarking on a trip such as food, water, fuel, etc. required for a safe and comfortable trip;
  • Undertake minor repairs, under the supervision of the Programme Assistant in Sittwe, to minimize frequency of breakdown, and monitor work done by mechanics at service garages. Ensure that the engine is regularly serviced;
  • Ensure that only filtered fuel is used in assigned boat at all times; and
  • Perform any other appropriate duties as requested by the supervisor;

4.       Job Requirements


Completed Secondary Level education is preferable.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • At least 5 years work experience as a boat driver in LNGOs/ INGOs, embassy, development/ humanitarian organizations or UN system.
  • Knowledge of boat driving rules and regulations, chauffeur protocol and courtesies, and local conditions.
  • Valid boat driving license;
  • Safe driving record;


  • Basic written and spoken English language;
  • Fluency in Myanmar and local languages;



UNFPA reserves the right to offer comparable positions to those qualified candidates that may not have been selected for the position which they applied for. These offers will be based on the needs of the organization, appropriateness and relevance to the candidate’s educational backgrounds and work experience.

Only those candidates in whose qualifications and experience the Office has further interest will be contacted for subsequent interviews. UNFPA practice relating to recruitment prohibits hiring of persons currently engaged in Government service or who have left Government service during the past 6 months. 

(i)     This vacancy is open to applicants of either sex.

(ii)   UNFPA provides equal opportunities to all citizens in Myanmar.  The conditions governing employment are defined in the Staff Regulations and Staff Rules of UNFPA. 

(iii) There is no application, processing or other fee at any stage of the application process.

(iv) UNFPA does not solicit or screen for information in respect of HIV or AIDS and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

(v)   UNFPA regrets its inability to reply individually or to attend to telephone queries on the above advertised post.