Back Country Director Bangladesh

  • Added Date: Monday, 05 February 2018
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity.

Handicap International is changing his name and becomes « Humanity & Inclusion ». HI, Humanity & Inclusion is an independent and impartial aid and development organisation with no religious or political affiliations operating in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

For further information about the association:

Present in more than 55 countries, HI is composed of 2 operational directions:

  • The Direction of Humanitarian Action

  • The Direction of Development Action

JOB CONTEXT : Humanity and Inclusion has been working in Bangladesh since 1997 and promotes an inclusive approach by focusing on access to services for all whenever possible. HI works not only with people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations, but also with their families, their communities, and the society. Since 1997, HI in Bangladesh has been particularly active in the field of physical rehabilitation, Inclusion and Mainstreaming activities. Over the years, HI has gained significant experience in supporting the disability movement in the country especially by working with Disabled Peoples’ Organizations (DPOs). It has provided significant support to these organizations to become independently capable to actively and efficiently advocate for the rights of people with disabilities especially in the areas of Health, Education, Livelihoods, and Protection.

Since the end of August 2017, more than 600,000 people from the Rohingya minority have crossed the Myanmar border and taken refuge in Bangladesh. The humanitarian needs are huge in terms of food, access to water and sanitary facilities, but also health care, shelter, and protection. HI has been working in two refugee camps, makeshift shelters and host communities in the Teknaf and Ukhiya districts of Cox’s Bazar since 2007. Since October 2017, an emergency response team was deployed to Cox’s Bazar to support in the response. Since then, the activities and resources in Cox’s Bazar has tripled and is still constantly growing. As the first phase of the emergency has passed, the Programme is now working to stabilize the response and ensure humanitarian to development nexus.

Currently HI Bangladesh has 5 sites: in Sitakunda, Chittagong; in Cox’s Bazar town, Teknaf and Ukhiya in Cox’s Bazar district; and in Kurigram.

YOUR MISSION: As Country Director, you will work within the framework of the programme strategy, which has been finalized in June 2016. The Country Program is composed of 4 departments: program, technical services, support services and communications. You are overall responsible for the Country Program through management of the Coordinators heading the departments of programs, technical and support services. The fourth department, Communications, is managed by you directly with the support of the deputy country director and a communications and external relations manager.

There is a senior level position of Deputy Country Director – Administration and Government Relations, which is primarily dedicated to the management of administrative issues related to requirements of government regulatory authorities. This position is managed directly by the Country Director.

In addition, another new position has been created, which is the Area Manager for Cox’s Bazar, who is also directly supervised by the Country Director.

Size of the team: 160 national staff members /15-20 international staff members

Size of the budget: Approx. 5 Million EUR

Funding bodies: DFID, EU-DEVCO, ECHO, IOM/BPRM, IKEA, SDC, UNHCR, GCC, MAE Luxembourg, French CDC

In this framework, your main responsibilities are:

  1. Representation visibility, and communication of HI

  2. Programme implementation

  3. Programme development

  4. Implementation of the annual Programme action plan

  5. Security management

YOUR PROFILE : You have/You are:

  • Master degree in development or humanitarian studies, economics, social sciences, management or other discipline related to the profile.

  • At least 7 years international field experience of implementing and developing projects, including experience of team management and project management-related issues (financial and budgetary procedures, organisation, planning, reporting, implementation of the project cycle, etc) in complex, multi-cultural environments.

  • Excellent analytical, planning, organising and task prioritisation skills

  • Proven success in developing new projects and interventions, and expanding donor and project portfolios

  • Strong representation, coordination, and networking skills. Excellent communication skills

  • Experience working with multicultural and pluri-disciplinary teams in various sectors

  • Fluency in both written and verbal English

  • Team player, autonomous, and proactive on own initiative to set and achieve goals

  • Able to lead processes, coordinate, motivate, and engage others

Previous experience in South Asia and/or with HI would be assets.


This position is based in Dhaka with frequent travel (40%) to HI implementation areas across Bangladesh. Dhaka is a large and densely populated metropolis, which is rapidly expanding. The office and expatriate housing are located within the diplomatic area, in Gulshan. Public transport options are limited and not accessible for expatriates, so alternative options are provided by HI.Traffic and movement by car within Dhaka can be slow. Main health concerns are dengue fever and chikungunya fever.

Security is an issue of ongoing concern in the country. Expatriates have to strictly follow the security rules, which are periodically updated. The security for expatriates has recently deteriorated with attacks specifically targeting foreigners, putting additional restrictions on expatriate movement. Expatriates are currently only allowed to move by car; walking in the streets is restricted to specific areas.


  • Starting date : June 2018

  • Length of the contract: 24 months**

  • Employee status, according to experience :

  • Salary from 3220 € gross/month regarding the experience of the candidate

  • Perdiem : 536€ net/month

  • Hardship allowance : 250€ net/month

  • Insurances : medical hearth coverage, retirement planning, repatriation

  • Paid holiday : 25 days per year

  • R&R : currently level 2 : 5 days every 3 months

  • Status : position open to couples/families

  • Housing : individual taken in charge by HI

This vacancy is archived.

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