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The Development Team of the Danish Embassy is looking for a Programme Adviser specialising in Agricultural Growth and Employment

Position:  Programme Adviser
Type of employment: Two year, full time employment on a local contract based on the Staff Rules of the Embassy and with the possibility of extension
Location: Danish Embassy in Dhaka, Bay´s Edgewater, 6th floor, Gulshan 2 
Deadline for application: 25 October 2019

Denmark and Bangladesh have been partners since Bangladesh gained independence in 1971. The Bangladesh Country Programme (BCP) 2016-2021 provides the two partners with a coherent framework that assembles a wide range of activities into a whole in order to improve the strategic dialogue and increase the effect of the development cooperation. Implementation of the BCP is done in partnerships with government agencies, the UN, NGOs, civil society and the private sector. The BCP consists of three Thematic Programmes, namely 1) Agricultural Growth and Employment, 2) Climate Resilience and Sustainable Energy and 3) Governance & Rights.

The Programme Adviser will be engaged in the Embassy Development Team/Danida’s work to enhance its agricultural development portfolio with an increased emphasis on market linkages and value chain development. Based on lessons learned from years of development cooperation within the agricultural sector, Danida is seeking to consolidate results achieved from its previous nation-wide focus on livelihood improvements and skills development, rural economic development and climate resilience of marginalised and landless farmers. Consequently, it is envisaged that the present emphasis on farmer skills training through the Integrated Farm Management/Farmer Field School approach will be increasingly augmented with a more private sector led, value chain development approach to economic development and the creation of decent jobs. Safer food and improved nutrition will increasingly become guiding principles for Danida’s support within the sector. Also, in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the new approach will emphasize issues such as climate and environment, gender equality and human rights.

Main tasks and responsibilities
• Overall, to contribute to the successful implementation of the BCP
• On a day-to-day basis, to manage selected BCP projects related to agricultural growth and employment in accordance with Danida’s Aid Management Guidelines. This includes:
o ensuring that appropriate and timely results based and financial monitoring of partnerships and partner activities is taking place;
o ensuring that appropriate and timely follow-up on partners’ obligations, including in relation to activity and financial progress reporting is taking place;
o assessing and evaluating partner progress reporting (activity and financial) and ensuring that these are disseminated in the appropriate Danida systems;
o making sure that partnerships are on track (including budget wise) and proactively mitigating situations where the partnership interventions are going off track;
o proactively ensuring that relevant recommendations from HQ financial monitoring visits, reviews and other quality assurance missions are being followed up satisfactorily;
o Ensuring that all appropriate documentation as to the above is thoroughly documented, achieved and uploaded in relevant Danida systems.
• Generally, to widen and deepen the Embassy’s knowledge and resource base in relation to the role of the agricultural sector in relation to inclusive and sustainable development of the economy, including opportunities and challenges in relation to the Danida engagements.
• Specifically, to widen and deepen the Embassy’s knowledge and resource base in relation to agri-focused private sector development with an emphasis on value chain development and  making the markets work better for the poor (M4P)
• To utilize the enhanced knowledge base to contribute to the Embassy work relating to strategy development, new partnerships and new approaches in relation to the upcoming formulation of the next BCP (2021-2026)
• To maintain, widen and deepen the network with project partners and stakeholders, including other development partners, government officials, NGO’s, relevant research specialists and others in order to stimulate knowledge generation and support project implementation
• To keep abreast of the developments in terms of changing Danida strategies and priorities, including in relation to the Danida Aid Management Guidelines
• To conduct project monitoring and field visits to relevant project activities and participate in various review and quality assurance missions
• To assist the Embassy in enhancing its efforts to better communicate relevant results of the development cooperation to the wider public, both in Denmark and in Bangladesh

General responsibilities and abilities
• Possess a broad worldview in line with the values of the Joint Nordic Embassies/Embassy of Denmark/Danida and respect the diversity of the staff
• Ability to work as part of a “whole-of-Embassy” effort with the aim to strengthen the partnership between Denmark and Bangladesh, inclusive of diplomacy, trade, development and consular matters
• Be willing to take up assignments beyond one’s own specific responsibilities and work with, liaise with and support colleagues from other teams if need be
• Work in line with rules on good administrative behaviour and in line with relevant Danida guidelines, especially when handling various information and archiving material
• Follow the security regulations of the Embassy as well as the regime for Occupational Safety and Health

Requirements and expectations concerning the candidates’ formal qualifications:
• Education at university level (Master’s Degree) in development economics, development studies, social/political science or the like
• At least 10 years of experience working with development programmes and projects, preferably from another development partner/aid agency
• Extensive experience with agri-focused private sector development/agricultural development with a strong focus on market linkages and value chain development
• Extensive project management and administration experience from same or similar field
• Fluency in spoken and written English

Requirements and expectations concerning the personal qualifications of the candidates:
• Team player and strong interpersonal skills
• Proactive and committed to produce results of high quality
• Adapts and responds positively to change and is open to new approaches and ideas
• Promotes ownership and responsibility for the desired outcome
• A positive attitude and a good sense of humour

We offer
• An exciting, inter-cultural and dynamic work environment with a wide range of diverse tasks
• The possibility to gain in-depth knowledge of Danish development cooperation/Danida
• A unique access to a wide variety of development stakeholder, including government agencies, international organisations, NGOs, civil society organisations etc.
• Great opportunities for further development of your professional and personal competences

Employment conditions
• You will be offered a two year, full time local employment contract based on the Staff Rules of the Embassy and with the possibility of extension. The position is initially subject to a three months’ probation period
• Working hours 37 hours per week
• You will be entitled to twenty (20) days of paid holiday per year
• Your salary will reflect your qualifications, relevant experience and proven work-related results
• As part of your salary, you will be covered by a workplace pension scheme
• You and your dependant family members will be offered reasonable coverage of sickness expenses

Application and recruitment process
To apply for the position, please use the template found at the bottom of the webpage: http://bangladesh.um.dk/en/about-us/job-opportunities/. Include a cover letter, CV, proof of relevant education, recommendations and 2-3 references) in English to Royal Danish Embassy at E-mail: dacambapplication@um.dk marked “Danida Programme Adviser” in the subject line no later than 25 October 2019.

The Embassy attaches great importance to equal opportunities for all and therefore welcomes applications from all qualified persons regardless of race, sex, religion, age or disability.

Selected candidates will be invited for interviews. Only successful candidates will be contacted. 

The chosen candidate must present a “No Criminal Record” and pass security clearance by the Danish authorities prior to appointment.

About us
The Danish Embassy is part of the Danish Foreign Service. The Embassy is an ambitious and dynamic workplace with some 26 employees. We co-locate with the Norwegian and Swedish Embassies.

For more information about the Embassy, see www.bangladesh.um.dk or facebook.com/ambdhaka

Application Template - October 2019