Program Development Officer

Management Systems International, Chittagong, Bangladesh

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st December, 2017

Job Description

MSI, a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, DC metro area international development firm with a 35-year history of delivering development results across the world. Our core expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation (M&E), institutional development, public sector management, governance and anti-corruption. MSI has implemented projects in 90 countries around the world such as Jordan, Morocco, Lebanon, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Colombia, and Mexico. As one of the leading companies in our field, MSI has partnered with organizations across all sectors of international development to support clients ranging from large bilateral and multilateral donors such as USAID, the World Bank and the UNDP to national and local governments, NGOs, think tanks, foundations and universities.

Project Summary:

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

Position Summary:

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.


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