Job Opportunity: Chief of Party, Women’s Empowerment Activity, Bangladesh


  •  Anticipated Start Date: TBD
  • Work Location:  Dhaka and rural Bangladesh
  • Other Possible Locations:  Bangladesh
  • Expected Travel:  up to 30%
  • Language Requirement:  English (required)
  • Employee Duration:  Active Full-Time
  • Type of Post:  Accompanied by family

*CARE encourages Bangladeshi nationals and international candidates to apply.

Our diversity is our strength; we encourage people from all backgrounds and experiences, particularly women, to apply.



CARE Bangladesh seeks a Chief of Party (COP) to support an upcoming, USAID-funded, project titled “Women’s Empowerment Activity”.

This effort aims to increase women’s leadership in their communities, enhance females’ collective and individual abilities to make decisions, and improve the target population’s access to income-generating activities, specifically in agriculture.  By providing women with more, and deeper, avenues to access non-traditionally-female domains of activity – such as participation in public discourse, financial management, and decision-making in farming and off-farm production – the project will help distribute the gender balance of power from hegemonic household and community actors to rural, often poor, women – while acknowledging cultural norms and giving dominant actors a space to voice potential concerns about greater female autonomy.

Gender-based inequalities all along the food production chain, “from farm to plate”, impede the equal attainment of food security for men and women, boys and girls. In order to contribute effectively to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, development programming will require increased attention to address gender inequalities as key drivers of hunger and poverty. CARE’s food security, livelihoods and nutrition program strategies take into account context-specific issues, including local gender constraints and assets. CARE emphasizes participatory methods of social change and works extensively with partner organizations to build local capacity and generate local leadership for change towards more gender- equitable systems, structures and relationships.

The successful Chief of Party candidate will provide the project with overall vision, leadership and guidance – internally with project staff and externally with USAID, the government of Bangladesh, other donors and stakeholders.  Moreover, the COP will assume principal responsibility for overall project management and technical operations to ensure project tasks are completed and objectives met. S/he will lead the team, serving as the primary point of contact with USAID.  The COP will manage the preparation and presentation of all proposed implementation plans and reports, as well as any other duties required that may arise during the course of the project.

Specific duties and responsibilities:

  • Overseeing the completion of all technical requirements, including project results and deliverables, in accordance with the project work plan;
  • Guiding team members to fulfill the project’s strategic goals and objectives;
  • Reporting against the project’s baseline targets;
  • Managing the project’s operational, financial, and administrative priorities;
  • Building partnerships among national- and community-level actors;
  • Functioning as the primary liaison between all project stakeholders;
  • Creating management systems in line with CARE’s standard operating procedures, ensuring consistency with project needs;
  • Designing and overseeing an annual project cycle in accordance with USAID’s annual planning cycle;
  • With staff and partners, translating project goals and objectives into implementable strategies and plans;
  • Directing the planning and budgeting processes;
  • Preparing quarterly and annual project activity reports, as specified in the contract;
  • Clarifying roles, delegating responsibilities to senior staff, and clearly communicating expectations for staff contribution to project activities;
  • Supervising project staff and partners in identifying the project’s technical assistance needs, developing suitable scopes of work, recruiting consultants, and executing technical assistance contracts
  • Supervising the performance of all long- and short-term advisors, consultants, and staff; and
  • Maintaining productive working relationships with USAID clients, project partners, and key counterparts.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Senior-level professional with a minimum of 12 years of experience working in development, with a recognized expertise and experience in women’s empowerment programming.
  • International experience in developing countries, preferably including South Asia/Bangladesh;
  • Master’s degree or PhD in gender studies, development, or a relevant discipline;
  • Proven leadership in the administration of similar activities with skills in strategic planning, management, supervision and budgeting. Extensive experience working with the USG or international donors is critical;
  • Proven experience and knowledge in promoting the role of gender;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams and develop a network of contacts among international donor officials, host government officials, and non-government staff;
  • Evidence of excellent skills in intercultural communications and proven experience in facilitating dialogue, coordination, and collaboration on gender-related programming;
  • Possesses a demonstrated ability to establish strong working relationships with senior representatives of national and local government, the private sector and civil society; and
  • Excellent communication skills in English (Foreign Service Institute [FSI] level IV), both written and orally.