Country Director - Bangladesh
The Country Director is accountable for the leadership and management of WorldFish’s country program in Bangladesh and for engaging key stakeholders in Bangladesh to support the delivery of a quality and influential research for development program that contributes to the development goals of the country. As a people leader you are expected to role model WorldFish’s organizational values and champion gender equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. As the leader of our focal country in South Asia, you will be responsible for delivering at Bangladesh country level WorldFish’s organizational strategy including its Annual Priorities and Key Performance Goals. This will entail developing and implementing annual country research priorities, innovation and investment plans, country team building, budgeting, resource mobilization, monitoring and evaluation to sustain, develop and report on the program in ways that deliver quality science and development impacts from our research at scale.
The Country Director will lead and manage staff within the country program and potentially with other country programs. Working collaboratively with our global research and functional leaders, you will deliver an integrated research for development program that addresses national priorities and organizational goals, strengthens institutional and partner capabilities across the aquaculture and fisheries sectors, including building capacities, policy influence and evidence-based research capabilities. The role will involve active representation of WorldFish in engaging with strategic partnerships with regional and sub-regional institutions based in Dhaka, as well as interacting with the network of WorldFish focal country directors. Within the period of 2019-2021, you will also be responsible for ensuring effective delivery of the CGIAR Research Program on Fish in Bangladesh, as well as creating productive collaborative relations with other CGIAR centers active within Bangladesh.
- Providing business and people management oversight to the country program in Bangladesh by ensuring effective and efficient gender-balanced and high quality staffing, a culture of learning and innovation, financial management and budgeting, training and resourcing for the program.
- Lead the strategic engagement with key in-country partners, particularly with donors, government agencies, CGIAR centers and other research and development actors to support quality and evidence based research, policy influence and the scaling of aquaculture and fisheries technologies and practices for impact.
- Work with global research program leaders to build research capacity in Bangladesh that is gender balanced, and supportive of a culture of innovation and evidence-based learning, across a portfolio of aquaculture, fisheries, value chains and nutrition research in Bangladesh.
- Lead annual and multi-year planning that delivers on the global and national research programs, country priorities and WorldFish’s strategy and CGIAR Research Program goals.
- Lead country fund raising and the development of a funding pipeline to provide a long-term sustainable country program.
- Represent the organization at a high level and build an influential network of partners and influencers to support current activities and the future of WorldFish in Bangladesh, aligned with global priorities of WorldFish.
- Facilitate execution of a high quality monitoring, evaluation and learning system for WorldFish research and development activities, and ensure effective communications delivery and profile building.
- Collaborate with other WorldFish focal/scaling country programs where opportunities are identified to benefit from improved research and partnership programming.
- Contributes to WorldFish’s organizational strategy and its key performance goals and participates in global leadership forums.
- Ensures a coordinated approach to WorldFish’s engagement with the FISH CGIAR Research Program (CRP) and other CRPs.
- Lead and oversee the management and mitigation of the center’s risks in country office(s). This includes risks related to compliance, ethical breach, administration, operation, financial resources and safety and security.
This job might be for you if you have:
- A Master or PhD in Aquaculture, Fisheries Management, Livelihoods or related discipline.
- Post-graduate professional experience in aquaculture and/or fisheries research and development, with at least 10 years in senior leadership role.
- Proven track record in program management experience including financial literacy, donor liaison and management and monitoring and evaluation.
- Proven analytical ability and good judgment skills.
- High degree of cultural sensitivity and proven record of effective working relationships in developing countries.
- Demonstrated track record in resource mobilization, in particular for aquaculture and fisheries research and development.
- Good research skills in an area relevant to regional priorities in aquaculture and fisheries, and social science.
- Excellent communication skills required with strong command of written English.
- Good leadership and mentoring skills and experience of leading multi-disciplinary teams.
- Excellent organizational skills and ability to multi task.
Desired Skills and Qualifications
- Experience in organizing research communications and dissemination.
- Experience in private sector engagement in research for development
- Systems orientation to problem identification and solving.
- Understanding of both development policy process, and scientific research process in relevant disciplines.
- Strong networks and field experience for development in South Asia.
Salary & Benefits
This is an Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) position with annual salary ranging between USD 96,000 - USD 102,000 gross per annum. WorldFish's IRS shall receive comprehensive benefits including (but not limited to) housing allowance*, relocation and repatriation assistance*, dependent education allowance*, home leave entitlement*, comprehensive insurance coverage for staff and eligible dependents, and pension/provident fund contribution.
Note: Items marked * are not applicable to staff recruited as Home Country Internationals (nationals of the country of posting). All benefits are subject to terms and conditions.
The position will be based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The initial employment contract will be for a 3-year period, with possibility for renewal depending on performance of and the availability of funding. Interviews will be held via video conference and the successful candidate should be available to commence as soon as possible. Due to the high volume of applicants for WorldFish positions, we appreciate all interest, but only short-listed candidates will be notified.
WorldFish is committed to promoting a work environment where diversity of thought, style, culture and experience is valued. We support individual performance and potential in achieving our organizational goals and mission. We are an equal opportunities employer and strongly encourage women and nationals from developing countries to apply.
How to apply
Interested applicants are invited to submit the following information online latest by 30 April 2019:
- A cover letter including a 2-page (max) description of why you are an ideal candidate and what you would bring to the role;
- A current curriculum vitae;
- Names and contacts (telephone and e-mail addresses) of three professional referees who are familiar with your qualifications and work experience. Your nominated referees ideally should have persons from each of the following category: direct supervisor, internal peer and/or direct report.
Screening will start as soon as possible, and will continue until the position is filled. Only selected candidates will be contacted.