Country Representative, Bangladesh

Location: Bangladesh
Deadline: June 7, 2019

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’s Bangladesh office in Dhaka is seeking a new country representative. This is the senior-most Asia Foundation (the Foundation) employee in Bangladesh and leads all programs, operations, and external relations in accordance with Foundation strategies and policy guidelines. The country representative is responsible for managing all aspects of the Foundation’s work in Bangladesh, including new program development; the design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of program activities; and the development of effective working relationships with the host government, donors and diplomatic missions, multilateral institutions, and national and international partner organizations. This position also oversees financial and grant management, administration, and security; the recruitment, guidance, mentoring, and appraisal of office staff; and fundraising and the diversification of donor support. The country representative is based in Dhaka and reports to the executive vice president/chief operating officer in San Francisco.


  • Minimum 10 years of experience managing international development programs, offices, or organizations, preferably in Asia
  • Successful record of fundraising from bilateral, multilateral, foundation, and/or private sector donors, including experience in proposal writing, managing proposal teams, and building and maintaining relationships with donors
  • Excellent program management skills and experience, including designing new programs, establishing monitoring and reporting systems, ensuring compliance with donor regulations, coordinating across multiple programs, and identifying solutions to implementation challenges
  • Experience working in complex political environments
  • Substantive knowledge in at least one of the office’s key programming areas: effective and responsive governance, civic accountability, women’s empowerment, surveys and research, and economic development
  • Strong skills in recruiting, supervising, motivating, and building the capacity of multicultural staff and teams, and fostering a culture of innovation and accountability
  • Excellent financial management skills including effective budget oversight
  • Strong representational and diplomatic skills; and interpersonal and intercultural competence
  • Demonstrable analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent English speaking, writing, and editing skills, including proposal and donor report writing and editing
  • Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field, such as Political Science, Law, Public Policy, International Development, Economics, Foreign Affairs or Asian Studies
  • Preferred: Experience working and/or living in Bangladesh; understanding of the current development and operational context, donor landscape, and key government stakeholders in Bangladesh; knowledge of Bangla

Who are we looking for?

The ideal candidate is passionate about leading programs and people in a collaborative, innovative, culturally sensitive way that advances the impact of the Foundation’s work. You are a detail-oriented, hands-on manager and clear communicator who establishes shared goals and ensures accountability at all levels in carrying out programs to the highest standards. You harness the talents and ideas of the Bangladesh country team and Foundation partners, and excel at fostering a culture of mutual respect and learning. You are adept at analyzing and solving problems, managing multiple responsibilities, prioritizing issues, and maintaining stability in a challenging and insecure context.

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. You will help promote a more effective and constructive engagement between government and citizens, strengthen the role of women and minorities, and advance learning and awareness about the country. 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.

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The Foundation offers excellent benefits and salary commensurate with experience. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

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