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Reform Coordinator, Promoting Effective, Responsive and Inclusive Governance in Bangladesh

Location: Bangladesh
Program area: Good Governance
Deadline: June 23, 2024
Type: Regular employment

The Asia Foundation seeks a skilled and self-driven candidate in Bangladesh to serve as the reform coordinator for its Promoting Effective, Responsive, and Inclusive Governance in Bangladesh (PERI) program. The reform coordinator is a key member of the PERI Reform Team and will be specifically engaged in managing institutional reforms and implementing activities for specific issue-based reform tracks. Applicants must be legally eligible to work in Bangladesh without sponsorship from The Asia Foundation.

The Asia Foundation is implementing the five-year Promoting Effective, Responsive, and Inclusive Governance in Bangladesh (PERI) from 2023 through 2027. PERI is a locally led, adaptive governance project supported by the UK government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). The program will focus on more inclusive, peaceful politics and greater accountability of the state in Bangladesh. The program’s outcome will see key policy and institutional reforms achieved in specific areas that overcome previously existing systemic constraints or bottlenecks and establish conflict resolution mechanisms that promote peaceful communities and harmonious forms of interparty interactions.

The reform coordinator will work primarily on issue-based reform tracks, under which several policy reform issues will be identified via political economy analysis, stakeholder mapping, and other stakeholder consultations for testing with a coalition-building approach. The work under each policy reform track involves assessing and identifying how a development challenge can be addressed through a change to a specific policy instrument or the systems and agencies involved in its implementation. Once identified, the PERI Reform team develops a strategy to facilitate that change involving relevant technical activities and stakeholder engagements. This process is referred to as policy reform work. The issue-based reform track programming adopts the tested and proven programmatic approach of coalition-building, spearheaded by the Foundation in the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. This involves placing small bets or piloting initiatives to test ideas and assumptions, building relationships and networks, and reflecting and adjusting before moving on.

Responsibilities

  • Support the development, implementation, and monitoring of reform strategies and activities for PERI Issue-Based Reform Tracks. Work with the PERI team leader and reform lead to coordinate and strengthen the project’s overall program management tasks, activities, and systems.
  • Provide technical support and lead the development of high-quality program and donor reports, including quarterly reports, annual review reports, narrative work plans, contextual documents, programmatic analysis, concept notes for funding, presentations, program briefs, updating the PERI timeline tool (designed to capture important information relating to the program implementation), and other ad-hoc reports as required under the PERI program.
  • Collaborate with the Foundation’s Regional Governance Team to guide the political economy analyses (PEA) commissioned for issue-based reform tracks, conduct strategy testing sessions to guide program design, and develop other strategic and knowledge-building products. Identify capacity-building needs of partners and stakeholders and design and deliver training sessions, workshops, and other capacity-building activities on PEA, thinking and working politically, and adaptive practices and approaches.
  • Collaborate with the other specialized PERI team members in developing and updating the theory of change, logical framework, communications strategy, and stakeholder analysis for each issue-based reform track.
  • Represent the PERI program at national and international forums, conferences, and events.
  • Identify, research, and write useful and engaging content (blog articles, case studies, social media posts) for target audiences on PERI issue-based reform track learnings and experiences in collaboration with PERI team members and coalition members.
  • Manage the PERI Reform Team interns and provide guidance on conducting literature reviews to provide comprehensive background information for ongoing and potential reform tracks.

Qualifications

  • Relevant degree in international development, public administration, public policy, or a related field of study.
  • A master’s degree in a relevant field, such as International Development, Political Science, or Public Policy, is preferred.
  • Significant prior experience working with FCDO or US government-funded programs and their reporting mechanisms.
  • At least five years’ experience in managing civil society strengthening, advocacy, research, or gender-sensitive interventions
  • The ideal candidate will have considerable work experience and networks in Bangladesh or the South Asia region.
  • Experience implementing complex and multifaceted projects is required.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Knowledge of or experience in political economy analysis, adaptive management, iterative approaches, and codesign processes with multiple stakeholders.
  • A strong understanding of good governance, accountability, policy reforms, local governance, social accountability, and civil society strengthening.
  • Drive to achieve results for impact.
  • Thinks and acts strategically.

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.

Please submit a CV of no more than three pages and a cover letter of not more than one page detailing your experience and suitability for the role.

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