TERMS OF REFERENCE
VOLUNTEER

Position: Volunteer.
Location: Yangon.
Duration: To be determined on interview.
Expected date of Start: ASAP

1- Background

Impact Hub Yangon is an innovation lab, a business Incubator, a social enterprise community center. We offer you a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities to grow your impact. Our diverse community will inspire, connect, and enable you to develop your best work every step of the way.

2- Profile

We are looking for any and all motivated individuals that are willing to make an impact in their local communities as well as the larger world. When working in Impact Hub you will always be interacting with other people, other people with other skills having a curiosity to learn from the people around will help make you incredibly useful in this position and onwards so always having a curiosity to learn is key to creating this impact.

3- Key Tasks and Responsibilities

    • Member & Community Management (connecting members, helping with community projects, troubleshooting, problem-solving)
    • Reception, Welcome & Info-Point (giving info tours of the space, welcoming clients and visitors, receiving phone calls, receiving post)
    • Event team support (supporting setting up rooms for meetings & events, supporting catering for meetings & events)
    • Space management (opening and closing the space, keeping the space tidy and set up according to the standards)
    • (Any other tasks determined by the IHY staff and related to the project objectives.)

4 – Required Qualifications and Skills

• Reliability
• A drive to impact society through a business lens.
Personal device(Laptop or iPad)
• Good communication and team skills
• Fluent in English

Please get in touch under kyaw.soe@impacthub.net, in case the assignment has raised your interest.

Jam the Yogurt | Series 1 Prelude 

Last Saturday IHY launched its new food innocation series with a bang!!!  This innovative event aims at creating a safe space for the food entrepreneurs and producers to meet, discuss and foster innovation in the industry of Myanmar. The session was well attended with great participation from the audience. There were amazing presentations on the food sector as well as interesting guest speakers. (Honorable Guest Speakers: Kyaw Thu Htet (Founder of MILS) and Calvin Pun (Founder of KekoKua | Haven Honey)
Products were available to see and to discuss processing and marketing techniques with the producers – and to taste!!! Showcasing included: Chat Kyee and Haven Honey.
With the technology sector and retail sector growing, many young people and even the policy makers in Myanmar tend to overlook the importance of promoting Myanmar food and agricultural sector. As a consequence, Myanmar producers, especially food entrepreneurs and enthusiasts run into heavy roadblocks. Impact Hub Yangon team has long have the passion of providing guidance for the entrepreneurial community in Myanmar. With this new innovative event, IHY team aims to help support and grow the food entrepreneurial community of Myanmar. 
The topics discussed during the forum: 

1. Do we need to consider food safety in value chain when we processing food through different value adders to become value-added products? How important is it? And what is the best way to control it?

2. Who are the relevant stakeholders in this process? What can they help with? Do they make things more complicated or easier? 
3. As an entrepreneur, what roles we can take and what can we contribute to improve the food sector?
Both honorable guest speakers touched heavily on the food safety concept. Founder of MILS noted that they are dedicated to be the innovative focused company that aims to bring the values of food safety sustainability to the food chain. Ko Kyaw Thu Htet focuses on the importance of producers to comply with, at the least, basic cleanliness and safety standards in processing and final packaging. Founder of KekoKua stated Haven Honey has surpassed the food standard of Myanmar FDA. After going through the lengthy and difficult administration process for 14 months, Haven Honey proudly holds the Myanmar FDA certificate as well as a hard-core customer base through respected chains like City-Mart Marketplace. Calvin highlighted the strict process of keeping dust away from the production site as well as the heavy efforts required to keep the site up to the required standards.
As an ending part of the fire-side chat, audience raised the 2 notable questions regarding: 
1) Myanmar FDA regulations on getting the products certified
2) What is the motivation behind the founders to start a food start-ups


On 17th August, impact Hub Yangon (IHY), in partnership with Friedrich Naumann Foundation
Myanmar, (FNF) ran Event #2 – part of the “Myanmar Digital & Development Event Series”. The Series aims to create a dialogue platform to raise awareness about the development of digital economy, innovations and startup ecosystem in Myanmar. In this workshop, more than 45 people from public and private digital sectors, entrepreneurs, academics, and speakers from FNF and IHY discussed and reviewed the existing digital polices, identifying constraints and challenges for development, and innovating solutions. Participants worked in groups and clearly enjoyed the presentations and networking sessions – and the food and drink, too.

Many businesses in Myanmar are focusing to develop the digital sector of the digital economy. Myanmar has a number of challenges in digital economic policy and related sectors. IHY and FNF teams have a passion to develop a strong digital economy community. The Digital Series aims to identify various kinds of digital businesses established in Myanmar, through a series of networking and workshop events and to create a digital dialogue platform to share experiences and raise awareness about the development of the digital economy and digital innovations in Myanmar.

In SeriesⅡ, we discussed the following topics:
1. Digital Literacy for Market/Consumer
2. SME Tax Payment
3. Digital Payment for Consumer/Client
4. Digital Security for Consumer/Client and
5. Media and the Digital Sector
Participants divided into five groups for the five topics and discussed topics such as stakeholders in the Ecosystem, including beneficiaries, challenges, constraints. There was also discussion about how to overcome constraints for each of these topics.

Description of the Digital Dialog Platform
IHY has the wide network of startups, entrepreneurs, and investors, and works closely with them, IHY is in an excellent position to lead the creation of a digital dialog platform where people can get inspired, discuss a range of digital topics happening in Myanmar, and share skills and experiences. The platform will help to build good relations between stakeholders, including investors, startups, and ecosystem builders, as well as assisting policy makers from the public sector to improve digital sector policies while recognizing the important role that the government plays in the development of the digital economy. IHY sees close synergy between this proposed work and the current mission of FNF Myanmar.

What’s in it for you, the participant?
– Taking part in this event from the start will enable you to:
– Turn your challenges and needs into new opportunities
– Have a chance to advocate the public sector people focuses on digital sector
– Get to know the current digital policies and regulations and the future plans
– Learn from relevant best practices from other startups and experts
– Meet the investors
– Networking to build new partnerships and get inspired

Keep yourself updated with Impact Hub Yangon Facebook Page and Website.
www.facebook.com/IHYangon/
www.impacthubyangon.net

We will continue organizing more of series to further explore sustainable solutions to the challenges identified – in Series #3…. Watch for event timings and come join us!!!

Operations Lead

Title: Operation Lead Position: Full-time Location: Impact Hub Yangon-Yaw Min Gyi 

Our expanding team is looking for an Operations Lead to join our leadership team. You will be in charge of providing inspired leadership for which involves making important policy and strategic decisions, as well as the development and implementation of operational policies and procedures, alongside the management team. 

Interested applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree and have prior experience in a management or leadership position. Fluency in Myanmar and English is a must. A thorough understanding of entrepreneurship and community is a plus. 

Responsibilities

  1. Space & Facilities Operations 
  • Coordination with operations team to have smooth daily operations at our multiple locations in Yangon. 
  • Interacts with existing clients to make sure their needs are well met. 
  • work with both operations and management team to develop sales and marketing strategies to acquire new members. 
  1. Event Coordination 
  • Work with management team to set-up and organize periodical events 
  • Coordinate with operations team and assigned tasks accordingly (such as logistics arrangements and event invitations) 
  • Communicate with precious speakers and engage potential speakers for the events 
  • Present at all events and engage with the audience/speakers 
  1. Program Management 
  • Prepare the venue and necessary logistics to run the programs/workshops. 
  • Coordinate with operations team and management team to assign tasks accordingly. 
  • Must have a clear understanding of each program and do thorough follow-up by providing meeting minutes and program updates to all teams. 
  • Coordinate and liaise with participants in the program as needed. 
  1. Finance Control 
  • Must have knowledge on working with finances. 
  • Keep track of company finances alongside the operations team and report analysis to the management team, if needed. 

Please submit your resume and expected salary to yangon@impacthub.net and contact 095103084 / 09795900446 for further information. 

GIZ PROJECT: Strengthening Capacities of the Private Sector in Myanmar
TERMS OF REFERENCE
FOOD TECHNOLOGIST ADVISER

Position: Food Technologist Adviser
Location: Taunggyi
Duration: 3 weeks over a period of 2 months
Expected date of Start: ASAP until end of July

1- Background

The Private Sector Development (PSD) project in Myanmar, entitled “Strengthening capacities of the private sector” aims to improve the framework conditions and the provision of services for the integration of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) into value chains.

In line with the goals of the Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan the project aims at strengthening the role of MSMEs as a driver for inclusive, economic growth and job creation. With a specific focus on rural areas, the project aims at enabling a better
integration of MSMEs into value chains and at raising local value creation.
The project’s strategy is designed to improve the framework conditions for trade and investment and exploit the resulting opportunities by collaborating with leading companies to promote the integration of MSMEs into value chains and to enable local value creation. The strategy also involves the transfer of innovative and digital approaches to rural areas and making them available for MSMEs to exploit the potential for an enhanced competitiveness of various value chains. In a rapidly changing world, innovation is more important than ever for Myanmar to catch-up with or even “leapfrog” its neighbouring countries and main competitors.

Impact Hub in Yangon (IHY) and Kitchen Hub in Taunggyi (KHT)

The Project Management Unit (PMU) – comprising IHY and GIZ staff – is identifying and designing a kitchen hub in Taunggyi, as part of a makerspace development project to be undertaken by the Impact Hub Yangon in Taunggyi. The project aims to provide support and facilities for entrepreneurs wanting to experiment and develop cooked or processed food products and other value addition to agricultural products (preserving, drying, pickling, etc.). The project will also provide capacity development training in areas of food processing, food safety and hygiene, focusing on small agro-business enterprises (ABEs) such as start-up food producers, agricultural traders, processors and packing operators.

Food processing, fortification and production of special foods, be it for vulnerable groups or urban markets, require special quality management and assessment systems as part of the supply chain. At the same time, the complexity of many food supply operations, their geographical diversification and the often-adverse transport and storage conditions, call for increased scrutiny to ensure commodities are safe, of adequate quality and have a good shelf life, in line with defined standards.
A Food Technologist/Scientist is responsible for the safe and efficient development, modifications and /or manufacture of food products/processes. He/she ensures that food products are produced safely, legally and are of the quantity claimed. A wide range of processed products are currently being or can be produced in Taunggyi, and the Kitchen Hub needs to ensure that these products meet quality standards. Consequently, processors need to become more acquainted with the necessary national standards and regulations. In order to streamline the agro-processing sector to achieve the above goals, there is the need for the recruitment of a food technologists.

2- Profile
The principal objective is to ensure that food processing activities in Taunggyi, especially these that utilise primary agricultural products confirm to the regulations emanating from the national Food Safety Legislation, and produce agro-processed products that meet their standards.
The main output is to design a well organised agro-processing kitchen hub equipped with the necessary technology to ensure that quality and standards are maintained according to national specification and adhere to the national Food Safety Regulations.

3- Key Tasks and Responsibilities
The technical input provided by the food technologist will target the processing of agriculture produce, their hygiene and food safety aspects, and the packaging support so that products from the Kitchen Hub will have the necessary certification to be sold both locally and/or in Yangon (e.g. supermarkets such as Citymart).
Tasks include:
• List and collect the current national Food Safety Legislations and Regulations.
• Identify and review which streamlined procedures, checklists, manuals, etc. need to be developed and/or revised to increase awareness of the food hygiene, safety and quality assurance and standards in the production processes in the Kitchen Hub, to ensure these standards are met and monitor by the Kitchen Hub and trained to the processors.
• In cooperation with relevant Authorities, identify training needs for the relevant staff engaged in Kitchen Hub food system, and identify the needs for targeted awareness campaigns for the trainees.
• Assess feasibility of the various options available for the location of the Kitchen Hub in the Taunggyi area and assist in the design of the Kitchen Hub facilities (i.e. refurbishment work to be done) and identify suitable kitchen equipment (e.g. for grading, washing, processing, cooking, preserving, packing, etc.) to be supplied in order to create a processing and training facility meeting safety and hygiene standards.
• Recommend quality tools and procedures to implement and manage the site.
• Research the current consumer trends, markets and demand, first locally then nationally in Myanmar, and the latest technologies and innovation to develop new concepts and packaging.
• Based on market opportunities (see above), and based on a combination of culinary and scientific skills, propose the improvement, the modification and/or the development of existing and/or new agriculture products concepts (minimum of seven sustainable and sellable products, focusing on food and beverage recipes), prototypes and processes, from the raw material stage through to the finished product. They may also develop or improve the processing, packaging, storage, and safety of food in line with government and industry standards.
• Recommend marketing strategies for the various proposed products, and monitoring evaluations of new and existing products in their markets.
• Propose and assist to the design for preparing prototype and executing food processing experiments and trials alongside/together with product development.
• Propose management procedures and tools for the production of new products including maintaining precise records of formulas/ recipe and processes, as well as organizing and managing resources in order to deliver products and processes according to an agreed-upon level of quality and time frame.
• Prepare checklists to train and supervise the principles of processing and quality control (e.g. identifying, examining and choosing products from suppliers, testing and sampling, simple grading and washing, or more complex juice extraction and other forms of preservation, etc.) from the raw material stage through to the finished product (including compiling/checking/approving product specifications and labelling).
• Any other tasks determined by the GIZ staff and related to the project objectives.

4- Base and Line of Reporting
The Consultant will be based in the GIZ office in Taunggyi and the contract will be supervised by Henrik Wichmann, Head of Component – Development Partnerships with the Private Sector / Innovation and Digitalization and follow the other GIZ lines of reporting and authority. Note IHY (Okka Myo, Managing Director) is in partnership and thus will be coordinated in close consultation with both partners, including regular reporting.
5- Deliverables
Report with recommendations and checklists on the topics outlined above, to be presented to both GIZ/ IHY at a restitution/brainstorming meeting in Taunggyi.

6- Required Qualifications and Skills

• Bachelor degree in food technology, food science, or equivalent from a reputable university
• Minimum 5 years of senior experience in the industry and in the processing of tropical fruit and vegetables covering all aspects from simple grading to more complex processing where the raw material is altered significantly in the process
• Good knowledge of hygiene, food safety and quality standards and certification requirements in Myanmar
• Familiar with the other food safety legislation e.g. HACCP and ISO standards
• Good communication skills and oral presentation
• Fluent in English

Please get in touch under kyaw.soe@impacthub.net, in case the assignment has raised your interest.

UNDP, UNCTAD in partnership with Ooredoo Myanmar and Impact Hub Yangon promoted entrepreneurship and business skills by Empretec in Yangon.

The winners, runners-up, mentors and facilitators from the recent Hackathon 2018 organized by UNDP with Ooredoo Myanmar and Impact Hub, entrepreneurs and businesswomen were among the first graduates of the UNCTAD’s flagship entrepreneurship training organized in Yangon from 15-20 December 2018 with UNDP, and in partnership with Ooredoo Myanmar.

IHY team members joined this 6-days entrepreneurship training program which started on Saturday 15th December 2018. The program targets how to identify entrepreneurial potential, how to develop those competencies and identify new business opportunities.

Participants formed teams as co-founders and partners of their agreed business. They had to ‘register’ their company with the trainers, design their business model, and develop and market their product – all within 5 days!

The six-day training was offered under UNCTAD’s Empretec programme which began in 1988 and has trained more than 440,000 people in 40 countries and is the second collaboration between UNDP and Ooredoo following the signing the Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations in November 2018.

The training is part of a bigger UNDP initiative to promote sustainable and inclusive growth in Myanmar through entrepreneurship promotion, employment creation and social impact investing for women and youth. UNDP is partnering with UNCTAD to pilot the Empretec training approach in Myanmar and assess its applicability in the country.

The Empretec graduates committed to working closely with UNDP to strengthen private sector networks, experience sharing and mentoring.

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