Bangladesh – Program Deputy Country Director - Dhaka

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Apply by 29 June 2018
Senior-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 30 May 2018

Job Description

Posted on: 15/02/18
Desired start date: 15/04/2018
Duration of the mission: 12 months
Location: Dhaka, with frequent field visits to bases

About the mission

SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL (SI) opened its mission in Bangladesh at the end of 2007, following cyclone SIDR.

SI’s intervention and strategy in Bangladesh is to address primary needs of crisis affected people in terms of food security, livelihood, disaster risk reduction (DRR), water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH) and shelter, by making use of an integrated disaster risk reduction approach and by taking into account the effects of climate change, whilst working in parallel on mid-long term resilience strategies.

SI in 2017 is currently implementing five projects in different areas of intervention:

WASH, FSL, Shelter, DRR, Protection (Emergency programs + non emergency)

SI strategy focuses on 3 axes:

Emergency preparedness in SI’s working areas and emergency response (ER) in all the country.

Integrated WASH/FSL approach with DRR as a mainstream in all current and future projects.

Local advocacy approach in Cox’s Bazar and at national level to sensitize the stakeholders about protection issues and humanitarian priorities in Bangladesh.


Today, the Bangladesh mission faces huge challenges, particularly as it has experienced a massive increase in size and operational volume in the space of a few months.

For example: 4 expatriates in December 2016 > 22 in December 2017 ( 200 national staffs)

The financial volume has multiplied x5 : The projects’ amount is around 8 million euros.

About the job

In close collaboration with the Country Director (CD), the Program Deputy Country Director’s (PDCD) prime objectives are to provide leadership and management of the strategic programming, overseeing the strengthening of SI’s program development, quality and accountability. The PDCD ensures the internal coherence between program activities and is responsible for ensuring that programs are driven by needs, based on evidence, adaptable to contextual changes and conflict sensitive, monitored closely and resourced appropriately.

The PDCD is part of SI Senior Management Team and has direct line-management of the Technical Coordinators (WaSH, FSL and MEAL).


Line management of the whole coordination team: 1 WASH Coordinator, 1 FSL Coordinator, 1 MEAL&Information Manager, 1 Deputy Program Coordinator, 1 Emergency Coordinator, 1 Protection Coordinator


§ The mission currently has a portfolio of inclusive of emergency response and protected crisis response projects with a total budget of over 8 million dollars.


General objectives
  • Strategic Direction
  • Program Development & Quality Management
  • Institutional knowledge building
  • Donor, Grant, Relationship management and representation
  • Staff Performance Management and Development

Specific stakes and challenges

  • Introduction of new and innovative activities in SI working area.
  • Undergoing emergency perturbates the smooth run of projects and implies a lot of flexibility
  • New team in place at base level with a new structure.

Your profile

Master’s degree is in related field, but field experience in leadership functions is imperative: programme coordination, technical coordination, field coordination

Technical skill and competence:

- Extensive knowledge about project cycle management and monitoring tools

- An ability to reflect on and learn from own performance and the performance of the program; and to act upon that learning

- An ability to analyze information quickly and accurately

- Good problem solving skills in day to day and crisis situations

- A flexible approach to managing and prioritizing a high workload and multiple tasks with tight deadlines

- A good understanding of DRR and climate change issues

- Confident and proficient in the use of MS Office, Excel

- Extensive report writing skills in English

- Capacity to deal with many different issues, programs, sectors, to self- update and learn very quickly from a highly and constantly evolving environment

- Strong representation / public relation skills

Personal quality:

- Ability to take decisions and work in autonomy is essential;

- The candidate must display diplomatic and smooth leadership skills;

- An understanding of and commitment to SI’s mission and values;

Language :
Strong communication skills, with excellent written and spoken English

Application process

Does this description fit you? Please send us your CV and Cover letter in English. CV only applications will not be considered.

NB: The vacancy may close before the deadline. Thank you for your comprehension

We offer

SI will offer you:

A salaried post: The starting minimum wage - without prior experience calculation - is 2,600 euros ( gross, annuel leave incl.)

Per Diem of 450 USD.

Social and medical cover: Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.
Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of one break every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7-day break during the 3rd and the 9th month (with 500 euros allocated by Solidarités). He or she will also be entitled to go back to his or her home country for a 14-day period after six months spent on the mission (Solidarités will cover travel costs)

For further information about Solidarités International, please consult our website:

Contact : Sebastiano SIRINGO, Recruitment & Follow Up Officer

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