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Deputy 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 deputy chief of party (DCOP) 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.

The successful candidate will be full-time and based in Dhaka and will support the chief of party (COP) in providing overall vision, leadership, and guidance for the program, including serving as Acting COP during the COP’s absence. The position is open to qualified Bangladeshi nationals and is contingent upon donor approval and funding.

Technically, the candidate should have good knowledge of open governance, accountability, counter corruption, local governance, social accountability, and civil society.


  • Provide technical leadership for activities under the project, including conceptualizing, designing, implementing and monitoring innovative, cutting-edge programming and technical leadership activities.
  • Ensure both internal management and external coordination for successful project outcomes.
  • Serve as the chief of party during COP absence.
  • Supervise a team of professionals and experts in inclusion, monitoring and evaluation, and grants management.
  • Support transfer of skills and knowledge to local staff and local organizations.


  • Relevant degree in international development, public administration, public policy, or a related field of study;
  • A minimum of five years of experience as deputy chief of party or project manager on a project
  • of similar size and scope (USAID experience preferred);
  • Demonstrated leadership/managerial, technical, and administrative skills in program management, including managing budgets and personnel, motivating and supervising team efforts;
  • Technical expertise in several of the following areas: open governance, accountability, counter corruption, local governance, social accountability, and/or civil society strengthening.
  • A solid understanding of the value systems, traditions, and social norms and practices in South Asia, 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.