Programme Coordinator Bangladesh

A healthy life. It enables you to develop yourself socially and economically, take matters into your own hands and pursue your dreams. With good health, you can look after yourself and your family and lift yourself out of poverty. That is why Simavi works towards a healthy life for all. We work to ensure that disadvantaged people, especially women and girls, in low- and middle-income countries practice healthy behaviours based on their own free and informed decisions.

We believe there are two crucial factors that determine good health and well-being: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). Our integrated approach of these two expertise areas is reflected in our programmes to achieve the greatest impact possible for the most disadvantaged groups in Africa and Asia. Our communications, lobby and advocacy efforts aim to engage the general public and involve them in what we do.

Since 1925, we have been working with local partners, the private sector, knowledge institutes, donors, alliance partners and governments to realise our highest ambition. We are amongst others the lead NGO in the WASH SDG Consortium and the Golden Line programme. And we are member of the Get Up Speak Out Alliance and the More than Brides Alliance.

Simavi is looking for an experienced and energetic

Programme Coordinator Bangladesh

(based in Dhaka, 40 hours per week)

Our lives, our health, our futures

Simavi just started a new five-year EU funded programme: “Our lives, our health, our futures”. This programme is designed to enable and support young women and adolescent girls from indigenous groups in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh to transition into adult womanhood with dignity, and bodily and sexual autonomy, without violence, coercion and/or discrimination. At the same time the programme targets key gatekeepers and service providers to foster an enabling environment. For the implementation of the programme, Simavi will provide organisational, technical and financial support to local CSOs and strengthen their capacity to address the needs and rights of young women and adolescent girls, specifically in relation to their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and gender-based violence (GBV).

The specific objectives of the programme are:

  • Local CSOs have strengthened their technical, methodological, financial and administrative capacity to effectively respond to the SRHR needs of young women and adolescent girls and foster their rights to live free from violence, coercion and discrimination;
  • Young women and adolescent girls from indigenous groups are empowered to make free and informed decisions about their SRHR (and are supported to do so), free of violence, coercion and discrimination.

The challenge

Simavi is looking for an experienced Programme Coordinator to temporary strengthen the Simavi-programme team in Dhaka. There is a programme team based in The Netherlands that is responsible for overall coordination of the Simavi programmes. In addition, the Simavi team in Bangladesh consists of 2 Programme Managers, 2 Finance & Administration Officers, 3 MEL Officers and an Admin & Secretary Officer and will be located in Dhaka. With this team Simavi currently manages 3 programmes in Bangladesh. The Programme Coordinator will work closely with one of the Programme Managers in Bangladesh to support the start-up of the Our health, our lives, our future programme and other ongoing Simavi programmes.

Your main tasks and responsibilities

The Programme Coordinator will work with the Programme Manager on the following tasks and responsibilities:

  • Coordination of the Simavi programmes through close collaboration with the project partners.
  • Planning and daily implementation of programme activities against activity plans.
  • Partner coordination and support (contracting, reporting, planning, monitoring, evaluation).
  • Timely and quality reporting on the project to Simavi headquarters and supports overall reporting to our donors.
  • Represent Simavi in workshops, meetings, and other events in Bangladesh.
  • Promote the Simavi programmes, this includes social media.
  • Manages relations with relevant actors/stakeholders in Bangladesh (Government of Bangladesh, other NGOs, private sector, and potential donors).

Do you recognise yourself in this profile?

  • You have a university degree in a relevant field, ideally with a specialisation or additional education in SRHR or gender.
  • You have at least 5 years work experience in a similar position.
  • You work in a structured manner with a good eye for detail.
  • You enjoy sharing knowledge and building capacity of others, at the same time playing a supportive role to ensure your colleagues and our partners can do their work.
  • You can work independently, stick to deadlines and work in a transparent way.
  • You are result-driven and entrepreneurial.
  • You stand your ground and know how to provide feedback in a positive way.
  • You are a team player and are open to others opinions and ideas.
  • You communicate in an open, respectful and transparent way, to stakeholders from different levels.
  • You are open to work in an international environment.
  • You are eligible to work in Bangladesh.

What do we offer?

Simavi offers a result-driven and challenging position in an international working environment, with considerable ways to make a difference. We are an equal opportunity employer meaning we don’t discriminate in our hiring practices and we actively seek a diverse applicant pool. Our five core values lie at the basis of everything we do: just, sustainable, empowering, inspiring, connecting.

We offer a consultancy contract up until 31 July 2019 for 40 hours per week with possible extension. The consultancy fee we offer depends on the years of working experience you bring along and will be within the range of BDT 89,000.- and BDT 138,500.- per month (incl. income tax and/or VAT if applicable) for 40 hours per week, plus a 13th month consultancy fee in December (or pro-rated if your contract ends before December).

How to apply?

Do you recognise yourself in the profile and do you want to contribute to Simavi’s mission and vision? Please upload your motivation letter and resume (in English, max. 4 pages) before 27 February 2019 via this application link:

Do you have questions about this position? Please contact Hilda Alberda, Director Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning via

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The procedure will consist of 2 interview rounds (1 face to face and 1 through Skype), a written test and a reference check.

Because physical and emotional safety of children is crucial for Simavi, we do not accept any form of abuse. Child safeguarding is addressed in our recruitment and selection process.

Commercial inquiries or job postings are not appreciated or accepted regarding this vacancy.

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