Country Programme Manager, Bangladesh
Application Deadline: 1 October 2017
The postholder will manage all aspects of the Better Work Bangladesh project as part of the global Better Work programme, within the policy and procedural requirements established by the global programme and in close collaboration with the working conditions project launched by the ILO.
For full details of the role and how to apply please visit the ILO e-recruit platform.
Advanced university degree in international development studies, business management, economics, or another field relevant to global supply chains and the world of work.
At least ten years of professional experience in social dialogue, working with the private sector in developing countries, corporate social responsibility (particularly in the field of labour standards compliance), capacity building, project management or related fields in a senior level position, at least five years of which has been at the international level. Relevant experience working in Asia would be an advantage.
Excellent command of English. A working knowledge of Bengali would be an advantage.
1. Lead the effective implementation and technical oversight of all project components including enterprise compliance assessments, advisory services, training, and stakeholder engagement
2. Oversee capacity building efforts of national partners to ensure compliance with international labour standards and national laws. This will entail developing BWB approaches as well as ensuring strong collaboration with related and complementary activities of the ILO, IFC and other institutions.
3. Effectively manage human resources including recruitment, mainstreaming gender equality and the principles of equal opportunity, staff development and performance management with a particular focus on increasing skills of senior national staff to enable them to independently manage core services,
4. Maintain effective and efficient administrative and financial systems for the project including the administration of the cost-recovery strategy;
5. Provide authoritative policy and strategic advice to the ILO, IFC, national partners, and other stakeholders. This will include input into the implementation of the Framework for Continuous improvement in Labour Administration, Industrial Relations and Social Dialogue Systems;
6. Actively coordinate and collaborate with other programs in the RMG sector in Bangladesh,ensuring national and multi-stakeholder initiatives to ensure alignment, minimum duplication, and maximum impact on working conditions;
7. Develop and implement the programme’s sustainability strategy;
8. Manage the implementation in Bangladeshof theglobalmonitoring and evaluation strategy, and furtherresearch and analysis as required;
9. Maintain strong relationships with the multi-lateral and bilateral donor community for resource mobilisation, project development and effective management of donor funds;
10. With the support of the ILO Bangladesh Communication’s team conduct high-level communications to increase the profile of Better Work Bangladesh in Bangladesh with international buyers, international opinion makers and media as well as within the ILO and IFC. This includes representing ILO/IFC Better Work Bangladesh at national and international levels;
11. Develop and maintain strong links with the ILO Regional Office and ensure linkages with the different Projects and components of the ILO Office in Bangladesh, including the participation in programme planning processes and review; and with the International Finance Corporation’s local and regional teams;
12. Actively collaborate with other Better Work country programmes Managers to contribute to the development and implementation of the global Better Work programme, including its policies, tools and strategies;
13. Responsible for a high degree of transparency, accountability and credibility internally and externally for the project;
14. Ensure active engagement with the tripartite country Project Advisory Committee (PAC), including providing secretariat and technical support to the PAC; manage and facilitate regularbuyers and NGO forums;
15. Support ILO Country Office in meeting expectations of national and global stakeholders within the overall context of improving working conditions and workers rights in garment industry in Bangladesh.
1. Excellent administrative, financial and human resource managerial skills including proven leadership ability to motivate and train staff;
2. Experience in managing change processes and capacity building, particularly within a developing country context, including capacity to oversee the transition of Better Work Bangladesh to an independent local organisation;
3. High level technical knowledge of corporate social responsibility issues, such as compliance needs assessments, remediation, capacity building and training, including a proven capacity to liaise with international buyers;
4. Experience in private sector development, preferably in the apparel sector;
5. High level knowledge of project formulation, administration and evaluation techniques and ability to mobilise resources;
6. Demonstrated ability to define and resolve problems in a manner that reflects the interests of stakeholders in technical assistance projects and activities, the cultural situation in Bangladesh, the ILO’s commitment to fundamental principles and rights, social dialogue and tripartism and the IFC’s mission of supporting sustainable private sector development;
7. Understanding of the key tenants of Industrial relations in Bangladesh as well as a foundational understanding of IR dynamics and actors at the global level in the garment industry.
8. High level of understanding of gender equality, gender mainstreaming and equal opportunity principles and approaches. Experience working in industries with high levels of migrant workers an advantage;
9. Excellent analytical skills including demonstrated ability to devise socio-economic research and analysis and write reports;
10. Ability to provide authoritative policy and technical advice and guidance; and
11. High level communications skills, both oral and written including capacity to represent the organisation, work with the media, and operate in a multi-cultural environment.
All applicants must attach a 2 page statement addressing their claims against the required competencies. In doing this you should have a heading for each competency and explain in 2 -3 paragraphs to the selection committee how your skills and experience show that meet this. Applicants who do not attach this statement will not be considered for interview.
Better Work values diversity among its staff. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities.
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