POSITION TITLE: Political/Economic Advisor
Location High Commission of Canada to Dhaka, Bangladesh
Group and Level LE-08
Starting Salary 1,807,933 BDT/year + OT and other benefits
Issuance Date June 7th, 2018
Closing Date 16:00 on June 14th, 2018
Type of Employment 2 Years term
Hours of Work 37.5 hours/week

The Canadian High Commission in Dhaka is looking for a dynamic and proactive Political/Economic Advisor.

Selection zone

Open to:

  • Any person eligible to work in Bangladesh
  • All employees of the High Commission of Canada to Bangladesh

All applicants must:

  • Meet all of the essential requirements stated below
  • Complete the online form (attached); submit a resume (CV) and cover letter by the closing date
  • Indicate the position they are applying for on the application form
  • Email subject should be – “Applying for the position of Political/Economic Officer  LE-08”

Mandatory Qualifications:

Master’s degree from a government recognized university.


  • Fluency in English: written and spoken (a written test will be administered).
  • Fluency in Bangla: written and spoken.
  • Fluency in Chittagong/ Rohingya dialect


  • At least two years’ experience as a political and/or governance officer in any democratic institution, (i.e. government, the justice sector, etc.)
  • Experience in conducting research, drafting reports and providing advice to management.
  • Experience providing recommendations and analysis for senior management in any government/institution or  international organization;

Computer Skills:

  • Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).

Rated Qualifications:


  • Extensive knowledge of the political, human rights and security affairs of Bangladesh;
  • Good understanding of the political, social, economic and international relations aspects of the Rohingya crisis, and a good grasp of its local, national and regional repercussions and policy implications;
  • Knowledge of influential governmental and civil society individuals and organizations in Bangladesh, including those who work on policy and project implementation related to the Rohingya presence in Bangladesh.


  • Ability to research, analyze and write high level reports on developments in Bangladesh and the region relating to Bangladesh government policy on the Rohingya, domestic attitudes toward the Rohingya, and related human rights and security issues;
  • Ability to plan and coordinate high level bilateral visits from Government of Canada representatives and senior officials related to the Rohingya presence in Bangladesh;
  • Ability to synthesize complex information and provide recommendations and analysis to senior management;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective communication networks and working relationships with Government of Bangladesh officials, academics and civil society;
  • Ability to communicate proficiently in English (in writing and orally), Bangla and the Chittagong or Rohingya dialects;
  • Understanding/familiarity with the impact of the Rohingya influx on the political affairs and human rights situation in Bangladesh, and on Bangladesh relations with Myanmar and other countries in the region.
  • Ability to prioritize, organize and coordinate workload.
  • Ability to communicate effectively

Personal Suitability:

  • Demonstrated integrity, tact, dependability, judgment, initiative, and adaptability.
  • Capacity to establish and maintain effective and professional working relationships with clients, colleagues and supervisors.
  • Management will consider conflict of interest in determining the successful candidate.
  • Excellent interpersonal communications skills.
  • High degree of discretion and autonomy.
  • High intellectual and analytical capacity.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and under pressure.
  • Cultural sensitivity.
  • Team orientation.

Asset Qualifications:

(Candidates are encouraged to indicate how they meet the following criteria, where applicable)

  • Ability to communicate in French

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Political/Economic Program Manager, the Advisor will be responsible for reporting on various domestic, regional and international issues related to the Rohingya presence in Bangladesh. This includes: relations between the Rohingya and Bangladeshi authorities, international organizations and host communities; the Rohingya impact on local and national politics; and the effect of the Rohingya situation on Bangladeshi relations with Myanmar, China, India and other countries. The Advisor will also report on the political aspects of security issues such as potential radicalization. The Advisor will organize and report on meetings and other events related to the above topics on behalf of the Canadian High Commission. The Advisor will travel between Dhaka, Cox’s Bazar and other locations within Bangladesh as needed to conduct their duties. The Advisor will maintain and grow a network of Rohingya-related contacts to facilitate their work and that of the High Commission.

Selection Procedure: please read carefully

All applications will be carefully reviewed against the mandatory and desired requirements of the job.
Candidates screened in will be contacted for further assessment, including: a personal interview with a series of questions designed to evaluate each applicant’s knowledge, abilities, competencies and personal suitability for the position. In addition, tests may be conducted to assist the selection board in assessing the applicant’s qualifications, skills and language ability. Reference verifications shall be conducted as a part of the hiring process.

Conditions of Employment (MUST BE MET):

The appointment of the successful candidate will be subject to a Reliability Check (RC) obtained by the Management. To conduct the Reliability Check (RC), the candidate will have to submit the following documents on being selected by the mission. DO NOT PROVIDE THESE DOCUMENTS WITH YOUR APPLICATION – ONLY IF SELECTED

  • Police clearance certificate (Character Certificate)
  • Letter of recognition from your bank stating your name, years of client service and your address
  • Professional and educational certificates and mark sheets (i.e., academic transcripts)

**Candidates must be available to work overtime.

How to apply:

  • Mandatory: Completed Job application form (Download form) indicating how you meet the listed screening requirements. Attach a cover letter and your CV and send to . The title of the position should be included in the subject line of the email.  Failure to do so will result in the rejection of your application.


Only applications received at the above address- before 16:00 on June 14th, 2018 will be considered. Hard copy applications will not be accepted.