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OBIRODH provides support to activities aimed at fostering an inclusive and tolerant Bangladesh. Its main office is in Dhaka. This position is open to local Bangladeshi nationals.
Please note: Only Bangladeshi citizens are eligible for this position
The program development officer (PDO) is responsible for maintaining relationships with key partners, local officials, and community leaders. S/he designs activities and grants, coordinates with program leadership, and works closely with grantees/partners. The PDO is also responsible for coordinating political and security situation updates from their assigned region and conveying that information to the senior management team (SMT). S/he provides M&E support on an ongoing basis for activities during activity implementation
- Work with local partners to design pilot activities and implement pilot grants
- Conduct site visits with grantees and maintain quality control of database.
- Undertake travel to remote and often high-risk areas to reach the most strategically targeted communities for information-gathering and assessments when needed.
- Perform regular context and program monitoring; report on political and security situation to the SMT.
- Lead the identification of communities and community groups within the area of responsibility where program objectives can be met and draft activity ideas.
- Prepare grant packages for review by the chief of party (COP) and deputy chief of party (DCOP).
- Lead reflection events and After Action Review (ARRs) at grant closeout with grantees.
- Coordinate with the impact evaluation team.
- Monitor projects via site visits, help identify unintended outcomes, underperformance or emerging opportunities and learning.
- Report on findings and feed learning to the (SMT) and USAID's Task Order COR.
- Collaborate on the response to ad hoc requests for information as well as frequent reporting to USAID.
- Collaborate closely with senior program manager, grants specialist, and field logistics officer.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the senior program officer, COP and/or operations manager.
- University degree in social sciences and/or community development or, alternatively, combination of related education and professional experience.
- A minimum of three (3) years of experience working in university degree in social sciences and/or community development or, alternatively, combination of related education and professional experience.
- Demonstrated field experience in conflict-affected areas.
- Knowledge of program planning and implementation.
- Advance knowledge of all Microsoft Office programs (Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and FrontPage).
- Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
- Experience working in high threat security environments and leading politically sensitive activities.
- Ability to work effectively and harmoniously under pressure in a stressful environment and with colleagues from different cultural and professional backgrounds.
- Willingness to travel in high risk areas is essential.
- Spoken and written English fluency is desirable.