Position Scope: Under the guidance of the Asia-Pacific Regional Director and reporting to him, serves as primary in-country representative and directs the technical implementation of IFES programming in Bangladesh. Oversees the management of the Bangladesh field office. In conjunction with IFES HQ, ensures compliance with IFES and donor rules and regulations. Recommends policies, controls and procedures to guide performance.
Decision Making/Problem Solving: Evaluates risk factors with potential to disrupt achievement of strategic goals and sets appropriate course of action in response. Investigates and analyzes current information from various sources and in various formats to inform decision making and the development of protocols and procedures. Leads development and oversees implementation of strategies to track and mitigate risk and its potential impact.
Fiscal Responsibility: Ensures the completion of program tasks in a timely manner and within the allocated budget. Ensures compliance with IFES and donor rules and regulations, particularly with regard to fiscal management. Oversees preparation and presentation of financial reports to internal and external partners. Oversees and approves local and international procurement in accordance with IFES policies and donor rules and regulations. Has the authority to regularly make purchases and incur expenses, subject to established controls and procedures.
Relationships: Serves as primary in-country representative of IFES with local and international actors. Develops, manages and maintains collaborative working relationship with senior level stakeholders within and outside IFES to ensure timely and successful achievement of project goals and objectives. Represents IFES in global, regional, national and sub-national events and in international meetings, and at donor events and fundraising activities, as a spokesperson for IFES.
Supervision Exercised: Supervises and mentors local and international field staff and provides oversight and management of consultants and field experts. Leads project planning, monitoring and evaluation.
Technical Direction and Program Implementation:
Education: Master’s degree in international politics, international development, public policy, or related field.
Related Skills or Knowledge: Prior experience managing an international office in a politically sensitive and challenging environment. Ability and skills to promote and inspire effective collaboration between individuals, organizations and networks, demonstrating strong diplomacy skills and cultural sensitivity. Strong consultative, collaborative and participatory way of working. Strong interpersonal, presentation, and communications skills to meet the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the program and to effectively coordinate with a wide range of stakeholders. Experience living and working overseas, preferably within Bangladesh, South Asia and/or other transition environments. Knowledge of local/regional politics and development preferred.
Language Skills: Fluency in written and spoken English required. Proficiency in Bangla would be an asset.
Travel: Travel required up to 25% of time.