Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
HI has been working in Bangladesh since 1997, with a focus on creating sustainable changes in terms of ensuring rights and inclusion of people with disabilities in society.
In Cox Bazar’s district, HI has a strong knowledge and experience in chronic emergency response. In addition to projects implemented before the crisis, HI is now providing services in rehabilitation, protection and PSS, with an inclusive mainstreaming approach to refugees and host population. HI works not only with people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations, but also with their families, their communities, and the society, in order to provide sustainability in its action.
Under the direct responsibility of the Operation Coordinator, based in Cox’s Bazar, and in close coordination with HI team responding to the refugee crisis in Bangladesh, the Rehabilitation Project Manager is in charge of the quality and information management of HI emergency response to enable Handicap International to ensure the implementation of quality-based interventions and proper information dissemination to humanitarian coordination mechanism and donors.
The main responsibilities of the Project Manager are :
The position is based in Ukhia. Uhkia is located at about 40 kilometers from Cox’s Bazar. It is a one hour fifteen minute drive from Cox’s Bazar. Ukhia is a village / rural area and densely populated. While about two thirds of the way from Cox’s Bazar is good road along the coast which is called “Marine Drive”, the last bit is narrow roads which goes between residential areas which can get particularly bad during the rainy season. While the community is welcoming of foreigners, they are also a traditional society with conservative beliefs. The weather is hot and humid and particularly wet during the rainy season. Medical facilities are basic and the region is prone to diseases such as diarrhea, cholera and typhoid that are endemic. In terms of safety, this region faces the risk of floods, landslides and poor drainage that poses a challenge in road access. While most basic items and services are available within Bangladesh the Ukhia region only provides basic living conditions. Each accommodation is provided with bed, fans, private toilet and bathroom, and shared kitchen, terrace and internet (5 Mb).