Country Director

Solidarités International, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Skill Required:, HR and AdminProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st May, 2017

Job Description

Solidarites International 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, water, hygiene and sanitation 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.

About the job:
SI strategy for 2017 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 CXB and at national level to sensitize the stakeholders about protection issues and humanitarian priorities in Bangladesh.

SI expertise allows the mission to intervene both in emergency and recovery situations, and gradually integrate interventions aiming at fostering long term resilience of populations in disaster prone areas. SI is currently involved in:

  • A WaSH and DRR intervention in CXB which aims at improving access to WASH to Rohingyas and host communities and reduce the potential tensions related to the scarcity of resources in this area.
  • An emergency response (ending in June) following the influx leading to an increase of 74’000 Rohingyas in CXB. The emergency response has started mid-Dec. 2016 to answer to the 1st needs of these new arrivals fleeing persecutions from Myanmar Army. SI has been distributing water, NFI kits, emergency latrine kits, water filters, and is increasing sanitation and water facilities (communal latrines and water infrastructures) in villages with high density of new arrivals.
  • A resilience project focusing on DRR with an integrated approach in WASH and FSL in CXB and Bandarban, is starting, targeting both host communities and minorities, especially Rohingyas. FSL is a critical need in those areas, it is a pilot activity for SI where important political constraints in CXB could make the project implementation challenging. This project is in consortium with ACF.


  • The Country Director is the Solidarités International official representative in Bangladesh.
  • S/He is in charge of the smooth running of the mission.
  • S/He Updates the mission strategy, according to the geopolitical and humanitarian context and ensures its implementation.
  • S/He monitors projects, ensuring that they are progressing in accordance with Solidarités International charter and Code of Ethic and Conduct and complying with internal and contractual procedures.
  • S/He mobilizes the material and financial resources necessary for the programs to run effectively and supervises the administration of these resources.
  • S/He coordinates the teams in place and ensures their security on the mission.
  • S/He is the direct liaison for Solidarités International HQ.

Qualification :

  • Post graduate level in development / humanitarian studies (desirable but can be balanced by experience)

Experience :

  • Substantial experience in a similar or senior management position in an overseas INGO environment, ideally in both emergency and longer-term contexts
  • Experience of strategic planning
  • Experience of managing large teams in multiple locations with various problematic
  • Experience of managing security
  • Experience of budget management and donor compliance
  • Experience of establishing strong working relationships with colleagues and partners from different functions and cultures

Technical skill and competence:

  • Excellent representational skills, to represent SI to a broad range of people and organizations including donors and government officials.
  • An ability to reflect on and learn from own performance and the performance of the program; and to act upon that learning
  • Ability to consider, understand and make use of the historical background of SI presence in Bangladesh
  • A good understanding of security management
  • A good understanding of humanitarian issues including refugees, protection, advocacy, DRR and climate change issues
  • Confident and proficient in the use of MS Office

Personal quality:

  • 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
  • Ability to take decisions and work in autonomy
  • An understanding of and commitment to SI’s mission and values


  • Strong communication skills, with excellent written and spoken English


  • Previous experience in South Asia could be a plus
  • Previous experience with SI is a plus

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