Chief of Party, Advancing Open Governance and Accountability Activity

Location: Bangladesh
Program area: Good Governance
Deadline: October 1, 2021

In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Asia plays a crucial global role. Would you be excited at the prospect of employing your knowledge and skills to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across this dynamic region? You could have this opportunity at The Asia Foundation. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, we address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century: governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

The Asia Foundation seeks an experienced chief of party (COP) for an anticipated Advancing Open Governance and Accountability (AOGA) Activity funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The program will focus on reducing corruption by increasing transparency in public resource management and strengthening oversight of watchdog institutions and civil society organizations. AOGA is expected to be a five-year project with a budget of $10 – $25 million. This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.

The successful candidate will be based in Dhaka and will be responsible for overall project management, including providing vision, leadership, and guidance for the project team; developing and implementing work plans; overseeing operational budgets and performance monitoring plans; liaising with the USAID mission, key government stakeholders at the national and sub-national levels, and other donors and partner organizations; identifying and mitigating project risks; and ensuring achievement of project results and objectives. The COP will supervise key project staff and implementing partners and ensure compliance with ethical standards and procedures and policies and with USAID rules and regulations. The COP is expected to have strategic vision, strong leadership qualities, depth, and breadth of technical expertise in open governance/accountability and anticorruption programming and delivery, and the professional reputation, management experience, interpersonal skills, and written and oral presentation skills to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the role.

The ideal candidate will have considerable work experience and networks in Bangladesh and/or the South Asia region. Experience implementing complex and multifaceted projects is required, with knowledge of or experience in political economy analysis (PEA), adaptive management and iterative approaches, and co-design processes with multiple stakeholders. Technically, the candidate should have good knowledge of open governance, accountability, counter corruption, local governance, social accountability, and civil society.


  • Serve as the primary point of contact with USAID for contract, procedural, and substantive matters, and be responsible for quality control of the technical aspects of performance, procurement, personnel, reporting, and other management-related requirements.
  • Provide technical leadership for project activities including conceptualizing, designing, implementing, and monitoring innovative cutting-edge programming activities.
  • Build and manage relationships with USAID counterparts in Dhaka, including meeting and consulting regularly with USAID regarding the project’s performance and direction.
  • Ensure efficient management and coordination of implementing partners and local partners across the country.
  • Supervise a team of professionals and experts across various technical and functional areas.


  • Relevant degree in international development, public administration, public policy, or a related field of study;
  • Minimum of five years of experience as a chief of party or project director on a project of similar size and scope (USAID experience preferred).
  • Minimum of ten years of relevant professional experience in a senior management position in a program of similar magnitude, preferably in the areas of strengthening national and subnational policies and policy implementation, improving local service delivery and using citizen feedback mechanisms, and improving local budget allocation and execution.
  • Ability to establish strong working relationships with a variety of stakeholders including the USG, government representatives, other donors, and partners.
  • Proven success and exceptional leadership in the design, management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of similar-sized USAID and other international donor-supported programs, with skills in strategic planning, political economy analysis, adaptive management, supervision, budgeting, gender equality and social inclusion, and local capacity building.
  • A solid understanding of the value systems, traditions, and social norms and practices of different cultures, particularly in Bangladesh, is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Excellent oral and written communication skills in Bangla are a strong plus.

Why work at The Asia Foundation?

You will have the opportunity to contribute to development in Bangladesh and, more broadly, to the development, stability, and growth of the dynamic Asian region. In Bangladesh, other Asian countries, and with headquarters, you will work with and learn from dedicated, smart, and accomplished colleagues, program partners, and local leaders. In the process, you will improve your skills and grow as a development professional.


Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV by October 1, 2021 to [email protected] with the position title listed in the subject line. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, EOE/M/F/D/V. No phone calls, please.