Government Relations Manager- Myanmar National Only

Proximity Designs

About us

"Proximity Designs is an award-winning social business in Myanmar. We design and deliver affordable, income-boosting products that complement the entrepreneurial spirit of rural families.Launched in 2004, we’ve created Myanmar’s largest agricultural services platform — farm technology, advising and finance — to help small family farms be profitable.Across our platform, we’re now engaging with over 100,000 new customers a year,on top of the 550,000 we’ve already served. These families see an average of $250 annual income increase as a result — a life-changing amount for those living on less than $3 a day.By
using human-centered design, we listen, observe and learn from our customers. From this deep knowledge, we design and bring to market products and services to meet their changing needs. Today the scope of our network reaches nearly 80 percent of the farming population. We have customers in the Ayeyarwady Delta, Lower Myanmar, the central Dry Zone and the Shan hills."


Workplace and culture


Made up of 800+ staff members nationwide, we are proud to have attracted some of the brightest talents in Myanmar, who share our vision to better the lives of rural farmers and create positive social impact through our work.


Despite our rapid growth, Proximity still operates on a flat structure as we first started. We value transparency and encourage our staff to carry out their ideas and participate in the decision-making process.


Besides competitive salaries, travel opportunities around the country and abroad, as well as a comprehensive healthcare package, we provide a platform where people come here to develop their skills and grow from their work. To achieve this, we created Proximity School. Modeled after leading corporate universities in the world, Proximity School delivers trainings directly to where our staff is. The list of available courses goes beyond just technical skill training but includes soft skill training and English learning.


  Bahan,  Yangon    31 July 2018
Job Reference: MJ1530515011908

Your Mission

As a microfinance institution working in an emerging market, Proximity Finance frequently interacts with the Myanmar government in complying with the laws and policies, as well as establishing trust and collaborations. As the Compliance and Government Relations Manager, you are the one who keeps the legal and ethical integrity of the organization intact, through policy enforcement and facilitating government correspondence. Your day-to-day responsibility requires communicating extensively with both internal and external parties, and ensuring our operation meets the standard and agreements. If you are someone with an expertise in the field and want to use it to help Myanmar farmers, join us!

Meet Your Team

Proximity Finance is at the vanguard of rural microfinance in Myanmar. Headquartered in Yangon, we have a network of more than 200 staff members nationwide. As a fully profitable and self-sustaining sector of Proximity Designs, we apply the same user-centered design methods that guide our parent company in order to create innovative financial solutions that will help improve farmers' life qualities and sustain their businesses.

What You Will Do

  • Ensure Proximity Finance’s activities comply with the rules and regulations of both our mother company Proximity Designs as well as those of the Myanmar government
  • Stay up to date with the changing laws and tax policies, monitor our financial covenants according to the laws and other partnership agreements
  • Build and maintain transparent relationships with the regulators and concerned government entities to ensure their collaboration and support for Proximity Finance
  • Act as the focal contact in communicating with regulators and government officials regarding issues like annual auditing visits, license extension, license for the branch offices, request for approval on the local and overseas loans, changes of constitution, etc.
  • Prepare periodic reports on compliance risk assessment, impactful changes and trends in regulations and other relevant topics to inform the senior management and the Board of Directors
  • Develop and monitor the overall budget for the compliance and government relations activities


Requirement


  • You have a bachelor’s degree in business administration, management, law or other related fields and at least five years of work experience in handling governmental relations, with two of those years in middle-management positions.
  • You have accumulated a thorough understanding of the complexity and structure of governmental entities and are capable in appropriately engaging with regulators and important stakeholders while maintaining ongoing relationships.
  • You are someone who’s willing to take initiatives and tackle challenges, and feel comfortable with the demands and autonomy that come with this position.
  • Excellent communication skill in both English and Burmese under various professional settings is required.


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