BRAC envisions a world free from all forms of exploitation and discrimination where everyone has the opportunity to realise their potential. The organisation was founded in Bangladesh in 1972 and acts as a catalyst, creating opportunities for people to transform their lives. BRAC uses an integrated model to change systems of inequity, through social development programmes, humanitarian response interventions, social enterprises, socially responsible investments and a reputed university. The majority of the organisation’s work is self-financed and operates in conflict-prone and post-disaster settings in 11 countries across Asia and Africa.
BRAC has been working in Cox’s Bazar for the last 36 years including with the Rohingya population from previous influxes and has implemented a holistic, multi-sector response. Since 25th August 2017 to tilll date, more than a million forcibly-displaced Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar. They require immediate, ongoing humanitarian services to address their basic needs. Besides this 5,61,126 Bangladeshi host community members are also suffering as their land is currently being occupied by the displaced Rohingya people which is badly affecting their livelihood and other services. BRAC’s work includes an initial phase of focused services to address the most urgent needs of the stated communities. Now, in organised phase, BRAC is deepening this sectoral response with a focus on integrating disaster risk reduction into its regular interventions by following a humanitarian-development approach.
Initiatives on Agriculture and Environment, Child Protection, Disaster Risk Reduction, Education, General Food Assistance, Health and Nutrition, Shelter and NFI, Protection, Site Management Support and Skill Development and WASH are planned and implemented in close coordination with the Government of Bangladesh and other partners through the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG). We are pursuing an adaptive, phase-wise strategy that sequences interventions to provide integrated services to everyone affected by the crisis.
BRAC is actively implementing comprehensive interventions designed to meet the immediate needs of vulnerable people while supporting them to build skills, resilience and awareness that will facilitate their long-term wellbeing as the situation evolves in partnership with the Government of Bangladesh, UN agencies, various donors and local NGOs.
The BRAC Humanitarian Crisis Management Programme (HCMP) team is one of the largest in Cox’s Bazar, working in 11 sectors and working groups, covering 34 camps, and host communities. HCMP has over 2,400 staff and around 5,000 volunteers providing essential services from primary health care and nutrition, learning, skill development and psychosocial counseling, to building latrines, shelters and community gardens. We provide site management support in 07 camps, where we support the government-appointed Camp-in-Charge in administering and coordinating services.
The Head of Programme is responsible for the overall management of the Sectoral Programmes of BRAC HCMP program. This position will provide overall programme leadership, management, and technical direction to various projects of BRAC HCMP programmes.
- Contribute to programme design of HCMP.
- Provide guidance to sectors on programmatic issues; programme planning, technical implementation, etc.
- Define program indicators and develop data relevant resources and tools (including M&E plan, technical data collection tools, databases, dashboards and reporting templates), that align with the Humanitarian M&E Standards, donor requirement and overall BRAC goals.
- Supervise project administrative and technical staff, specifically regional technical leads, and work to create and implement a strategic vision within a time-sensitive implementation period.
- Drive achievement of all project results and oversee project work planning, performance management, and risk forecasting and mitigation.
- Advance the M&E capacity-building strategy.
- Ensure that all project assistance is technically sound and appropriate.
- Work in close collaboration with program leadership to implement studies or operational research, supervising data collection and analysis and presenting results.
- Document processes and achievements to ensure best practices are captured and disseminated. This will include the continual re-evaluation of program activities and information, with resulting activity adjustments in keeping with new insights.
- Produce written reports on program activities, capturing the impacts of activities.
- Conduct field visits to all project sites.
- Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
- Set a team culture valuing learning and adaptive management in support of an ongoing resilience approach in programming.
- Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
- As part of our commitment to organizational learning, commit 5% of the time to learning activities that benefit BRAC as well as him/herself.
Accountability to Beneficiaries:
- BRAC members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding humanitarian work.
Ensure the safety of team members from any harm, abuse, neglect, harassment and exploitation to achieve the programme’s goals on safeguarding implementation. Act as a key source of support, guidance and expertise on safeguarding for establishing a safe working environment.
Practice, promote and endorse the issues of safeguarding policy among team members and ensure the implementation of safeguarding standards in every course of action.
Follow the safeguarding reporting procedure in case any reportable incident takes place, encourage others to do so.
Master’s in social science/ public health or other relevant field is required
Minimum 15 years of experience in managing and implementing multi donor funded diversified projects, with specific experience working with government counterparts, international donors, and local organizations.
Additional Job Requirements:
- Familiar with the Refugee Response programme.
- Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to manage large teams in culturally diverse settings.
- Experience in conflict/ post-conflict environments, remote management in transition environments.
- Demonstrated experience and knowledge establishing systems and overseeing program start-up and close-out in a constrained environment.
- Experience hiring and supervising host country local personnel and ensuring, when need arises, that personnel receive appropriate training to meet programme needs
- Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity.
- Fluent in English.