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Michael Hemling
Head of Finance and Administration , World Food Programme
Yangon, Myanmar
With 12 years of experience as a permanent staff member with the World Food Programme (WFP), I would like to pursue opportunities within the humanitarian community. In addition to my UN system background, I offer a total of 22+ years of progressively responsible management experience. With this expertise, I look forward to opening a conversation regarding your current needs.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Administration, Management, Accounting/Finance, Procurement
  • Fundraising, Business Development, Grants Writer
  • Private Sector, Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Trade, Finance, Economics, Cooperation, Global
Professional Experience:
As a solutions-driven professional, and head of finance and administration for the World Food Programme (WFP) in Myanmar, I have expertise leading complex humanitarian business operations. With proactive focus, I advance our agenda, working as a change agent for strategic realignment, and motivating my team to support the process.

As current chairman of the UN Myanmar Operations Management Team (OMT), I consider my project management and technical management skills a strong asset. Myanmar is a challenging environment from a humanitarian perspective and I am proud of the improvements successfully implemented here. This assignment has strengthened my communication and negotiation skills, as I work with government offices at all levels. Including recent engagements in regional government missions to renegotiate climate-related contracts.

Trough innovation and efficiency, my work contributes to our improved transparency - a UN goal. This is best demonstrated by my work as part of the first project team to deliver International Public-Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) compliant financial statements to the UN, for which I received the WFP Staff Award of Merit.

A strong supporter of gender activities, I work as the local Myanmar and global coordinator of Men Stand for Gender Equality (MS4GE). We have implemented activities in our offices and link with the Gender Equity Network (GEN) to support the local population. I recently contributed to a pilot project on new Gender and Age Markers that will soon be rolled out in the UN.

* Achieved the highest team engagement score of any country team in Myanmar in the 2018 staff survey;
* Developed the first Business Operations Strategy;
* As the OiC for WFP Myanmar, led the flood emergency response in assistance of the government;
* Founded and chaired the Resource Management Committee;
* Chaired Procurement, transportation and human resource committees;
* Implemented the first One-UN building in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar for 17 UN agencies;
* Created a Strategic Field Guide for staff in over 70 locations;
As Champion for Common Premises Strategy
* Implemented the first mobile money cash distribution for WFP and the UN in Myanmar;
* Chaired the implementation of the Integrated Roadmap (IRM), WFPs new strategic framework;
* Founded, coordinated and expanded MS4GE (WFP Men Stand for Gender Equality) from 24 to over 1,700 members in 78 countries; and
* Promoted gender equality and hired first female driver for the UN in Myanmar.

At headquarters, I had the privilege to participate in the initial IRM design committee, which I implemented in Myanmar in 2017. Expanding my horizons beyond finance and budget functions I am proud of my work in the design of a gender resource tracking and allocation, which became best practice in the United Nations (UN). I participated in several UN system-wide action plan (SWAP) workshops on gender issues. This included facilitating an inter-agency worksho
Masters Degree in Economics, Minor in Information Systems
Certificate, Extensive Language Education in English, Russian, and French
Additional Professional Development
World Food Programme (WFP) Middle Manager Development Programme; International Development Programme, Schenker, Inc.; Certificate in Controlling, American Management Association; Microsoft Great Plains Certificate; Human Resource Software Training Certificate, HR Vantage Training; Cost Accounting Certificate, New York University (NYU); Airfreight Regulations Certificate, World Trade Center Institute

Affiliations and Achievements:
2009 WFP Staff Award of Merit
Available for:
  • Job opportunities

    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French, Spanish, Russian, German (Mothertongue)
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