CARE Bangladesh Job Circular 2021


Short Description:

Job employer: CARE
Post Title: Program Manager under Northern Bangladesh Disaster Preparedness (NOBADIP) Project
Employment Status: full- Time
Educational Requirements: Post-graduate degree in science or social sciences, arts. Degree in Disaster Management/ Climate and Environmental Science/ Development Studies will be an advantage.
Experience: More than 5 years of project management experience (planning, monitoring, evaluation) in humanitarian and resilience context, including in a leading position, with an overall experience of at least 8 years.
Age: N/A
Job Location: Based at Kurigram..
Salary: As per company policy.
Application Deadline: 05 May 2021
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Job Details:

Position Title: Program Manager under Northern Bangladesh Disaster Preparedness (NOBADIP) Project

Number of Positions: 01
Location: Based at Kurigram.
Duration: Duration of the Contract will be up to July 31, 2022.

I.             Job Summary:  
CARE is one of the world’s leading international humanitarian and development organisations, committed to helping people in poor communities improve their lives and alleviate poverty. Founded in 1945, CARE is working across 104 countries to fight global poverty and marginalization. CARE has been active in Bangladesh since 1949 being one of the largest country offices of CARE. CARE works to help people achieve social and economic well-being, while being among the best in their fields. CARE put women and girls at the center of our work because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. CARE Bangladesh is currently shifting towards a program approach, where it has developed longer-term impact visions to have more sustainable changes in the lives of the extreme poor and marginalized. CARE Bangladesh’s Humanitarian and Resilience Program is committed to provide people affected by disasters and conflicts with life-saving assistance, with a special focus on women and girls, who are disproportionately affected by disasters. Our action also includes preparedness and early action, emergency response and recovery, and resilience and adaptation to climate change and equitable development.People living in the char areas of northern Bangladesh are exposed to frequent and intense climatic disasters- annual seasonal flooding, riverbank erosion, and other hydro-meteorological hazards-which affect their lives and livelihoods. The recurrence of monsoon flooding causes loss and damage of lives, assets and infrastructures and the Government of Bangladesh has prioritized mainstreaming climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) into national planning through 8th Five Year Plan. CARE has been working in the northern Bangladesh prioritizing women’s empowerment in food security and livelihoods, health and nutrition, agriculture, climate change adaptation, civil society strengthening, DRR, and emergency response. Among them, Piloting and Expansion Flood Preparedness Program (FPP), funded by the National Resilience Program-NRP- Department of Disaster Management Part, is focused towards building flood resilient community through enhancing flood preparedness, coping and response capacity of the community for reducing flood risks, loses and damages in line with the changing trends of flood incidents. CARE’s Strengthening Household Ability to Respond to Development Opportunities (SHOUHARDO) III, funded by the USAID, includes a disaster and climate risk management component that aims to build the resilience of people, households, communities, and local level institutions to mitigate, adapt to and recover from man-made and natural shocks. One activity in particular––raising the earthen mounds/foundations of household and community structures above flood levels in a process known as ‘plinth raising’––has proven to be highly effective. Plinth raising leverages long-practiced local knowledge and local building culture, and can be a durable shelter solution in rural areas when carried out with proper technical oversight. Efforts and interest are growing to replicate and scale this solution.USAID’s Northern Bangladesh Disaster Preparedness (NOBADIP/নবদীপ) Activity will strengthen the resilience and improve the livelihoods of communities in 12 unions in the flood-prone char districts of Gaibandha, Jamalpur and Kurigram through DRM actions. NOBADIP aims to reach 4,914 people over 15 months through improving flood resilient housing and community structures as well as building the capacity of community volunteers in disaster preparedness.  It will scale SHOUHARDO’s plinth and preparedness activities and FPP’s community flood preparedness, coping and response capacity enhancement and expand geographic targeting beyond present CARE project areas.   As a whole, NOBADIP will achieve its goal by reducing most vulnerable flood-prone char dwellers risks through scaling-up flood-resilient shelter improvements and flood preparedness initiatives.The Program Manager– NOBADIP will be based in Kurigram and directly report to Senior Program Coordinator –Humanitarian and Resilience, overall responsible for managing all field operations, liaising with local partner organizations; coordination  and collaboration with local government & stakeholders; budget monitoring  and tracking in accordance with approved work plan. S/he will ensure timely and quality implementation of all components through regular monitoring visits, including reporting to USAID and NGOAB as per their requirements.
II. Responsibilities and Tasks:% of Time
Responsibility # 1: Project Planning, Implementation & Budget Management30%
Prepare project operations manual including guideline of each intervention; arrange all staff orientation and training on the same.Oversee joint planning, facilitate a project start-up meeting at the start of the project, and Quarterly review meetings amongst the partners and stakeholders.Conducting Inception meeting at upazilla and union level in coordination with the project partners.Guide implementing organisations to establish adequate technical expertise and mechanism to accomplish both structural (plinth raising) and non-structural (Capacity building of community and FPP Volunteers).Ensure all project activities are done as per workplan and level of aspired quality of the cooperative agreement (CA).Establish and ensure linkage of FPP volunteers with the local DM structure and government service providers.Monitor overall project implementation and propose adaptations needed to achieve objectives, improve integration of approaches among Implementing partner organisations, or improve coordination with external stakeholders.Ensure compliance with the donor’s grant agreement and managing the sub-grant agreements with partners.Ensure management of the overall Project budget in coordination with implementing partner organizations.Initiate financial request to donors and financial transfers to implementing partner organisations in accordance with approved budgets, in close coordination with Finance and GAAM department of CARE Bangladesh.Ensure adherence of partners to approved budgets, regularly collect and report to the top management of Implementing partner organisations on overall burn rates, and prepare proposals (if needed) on budget reallocations between Implementing partner organisationsEnsure abidance by Plan and donor financial and procurement procedures with maximum cost effectiveness.Mitigate financial risks through appropriate management of funds and supervise accounting activities.Coordinate with finance department/ finance analyst and ensure correct charging of costs within donor-approved budget. Suggest any modifications required to adjust under/ over utilization of budget through regular/monthly review. 
Responsibility # 2: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning25%
Make sure that the project’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework is in place and operational.Guide TC- Capacity Building and Learning, preparing Environmental mitigation and management plan (EMMP) and Climate Risk Management Plan (CMP) for the Activities and tool development.Ensure measures for cross-learning, downward accountability, and monitoring of integration aspects are put in place and utilized, including shared monitoring tools and accountability minimum standards will be developed.Ensure joint field missions to support and assess the delivery of the aspects of programmingEnsure that learning workshops are regularly held, at which field staff can share successes and seek to resolve challenges.Ensure timely delivery of quality reports and learning documents as per the project work plan.Prepare narrative donor reporting including results frame indicators as per donor’s prescribed template/requirement as the project continues to achieve targets.Responsible for producing/overseeing quality consolidated reports including establishing joint reporting tools and mechanisms, in close cooperation with the project focal and relevant staff of implementing partner organizations. 
Responsibility # 3: Donor and NGOAB Reporting20%
Prepare weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, semi-annual, annual donor reports as per reporting calendar and share with Sr. PC, Director and KMLC well ahead for review and to submission to donorWork with Finance and Government Relations Department for timely submission of budget/revised budget and report to NGOABEnsure collection of Local Admin. Certificate from partner NGOWork with finance for timely FD-4 audit report, review and ensure sharing to GAAM for timely submission to NGOABPrepare and check reports as per activity plan (e.g. CRA/RRAP report and Flood management plans at union level) 
Responsibility # 4: Communication, Coordination and Representation15%
Ensure support and required approval of local government and administration for project’s interventions, events and acquire certificate for submission to NGOABMake sure that, overall coordination of the Project to facilitate programming in the entire project with special focus on the joint areas of operationEnsure effective mechanisms for information sharing and cooperation among Implementing partner organisations at country level, including organizing and chairing regular meetings with Project member agenciesSupport effective mechanisms for information sharing and cooperation among Implementing partner organisations at the national and field levelsResponsible for external representation of the Project at district and upazilla level.Represent the Project to key stakeholders (e.g. Government and CSO) and provide them with information about project objectives, risks, constraints and progress.Regular coordination with local humanitarian/DRR/CCA clusters and actors by representing project and take inputs for improved implementation of project interventions. 
Responsibility # 5: Managing the project office and team members10%
Supervise reportees (e.g. TC- Capacity Building and Learning, Sr. PO), guide in accomplishing their activities, performance improvement and career development.Communicating and coordinating with implementing partner organisations Project Managers and provide them technical guidance to complete project activities.Internal coordination with CARE’s regional, field and team offices’ officials to get required admin and logistics supports for the projectEnsuring overall office management, and safety security of the staff considering COVID-19 context.Ensuring team work plan and their performance appraisal. 
Responsibility # 6 Adhere to and support CARE Bangladesh’s Safety and Security policy and systems
As part of this role, the job holder will be expected to adhere to and support CARE Bangladesh’s Safety and Security policy and systems as part of their day to day duties, and comply, at all times, to safety & security protocols and directives, including reporting. Staff must maintain situational and self – awareness and be aware of the safety – security related consequences of their actions upon themselves, their team and the organization as a whole.
Responsibility # 7 Safeguarding
CARE is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct and expects staff to promote the welfare of children, young people and adults at all times.  CARE expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our Code of Conduct.  We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate this commitment are recruited to work with us.
III. Reporting to:  
Senior Program Coordinator – Humanitarian and Resilience
IV. Working Condition:  
Based in Kurigram with approximately 40% time to travel in field, in other districts of the Project.
V. Qualification:
Post-graduate degree in science or social sciences, arts. Degree in Disaster Management/ Climate and Environmental Science/ Development Studies will be an advantage.More than 5 years of project management experience (planning, monitoring, evaluation) in humanitarian and resilience context, including in a leading position, with an overall experience of at least 8 years.Strong experience in monitoring and evaluation of complex projects.Experience in organizational representation, coordination and liaison.Experience in narrative and financial reporting on complex projects to international donors.Experience in implementing projects within partner networks or consortia; experience in managing such networks / consortia a strong advantage.Willingness and ability to travel within project locations in three districts Kurigram, Gaibandha & Jamalpur.Excellent conceptual, planning, organizational, and leadership skills.Excellent communication, negotiation and problem-solving capacities.Fluency in English (written and spoken), knowledge of Arabic an advantage.Strong computer literacy.Ability to manage stress, multi-task and take decisions.Cash-based Programming, DRR/ CCA courses, Shelter, WASH in Emergencies, Food Security and Livelihood, Emergency Market Assessment, Humanitarian Accountability Partnership, SPHERE etc.Excellent oral and written communication skills.Computer proficiency in MS words, MS-Excel, MS Access, MS PowerPoint.
VI.  Core Competencies:
Complexity of problems handled & the degree of investigation, analysis, & creative thinking required to solve them.The position holder needs to convince and negotiate with project point persons at partner organizations (who are not directly reportable to this position) for timely implementation of the projects and submission of progress reports.This position required matrix management of other international NGOs, which is required participatory decision-making and negotiation.Leadership.Results oriented.Effective Communication.Problem Solving and Decision Making.Relationship building.Flexibility.Ensure and Promote GEDI and be GEDI sensitive, creating an enabling environment where diversity can flourish and all staff and stakeholders experience inclusion and appreciation.

Candidates need to be highly motivated and committed to CARE Bangladesh’s vision, mission, and long-term development work to significantly improve the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalized Candidates must be capable of displaying great learning agility, support and encourage knowledge sharing across projects, for the ultimate benefit of all of CARE’s mission wide initiatives.

Attractive remuneration package will be offered to the really deserving candidate. In addition, CARE offers Provident Fund, Gratuity, Festival Bonus, Leave Encashment, Life and Health Insurance, Working Mother Benefits etc.

Interested candidates meeting the above requirements should apply through CARE Bangladesh’s e-recruitment site on or before May 05, 2021. 


  • CARE Bangladesh aims to attract and select a diverse workforce ensuring equal opportunity to everyone, irrespective of race, age, gender, HIV status, class, ethnicity, disability, location and religion.
  • Women are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Any personal persuasion/phone-call will result in disqualification of candidature. We guarantee an interview to disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria.
  • CARE Bangladesh has a non-negotiable policy of ZERO TOLERANCE towards discrimination, harassment and abuse. All employees are expected to abide by the Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse & Child Protection Policy of CARE Bangladesh.
  • Internal and external applicants shall be treated equally in the entire selection process.
  • To ensure transparent processes during recruitment, internal candidates should discuss potential applications with their Line Managers to ensure endorsement of their applications by respective Line Managers.
  • There is no cost involved with applying for positions with CARE Bangladesh. Any solicitation of job application costs should be regarded as fraudulent.

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