Position Title, Location & Contract Duration

Senior Learning and Communication Officer

02 positions, based under CARE Sirajgonj Field Office & CARE Kishoregonj Field Office

The duration of the proposed contract is up to September 28, 2020

I.  Job Summary:  

CARE is one of the world's leading international humanitarian and development organisations, committed to helping people in poor communities improve their lives and alleviate poverty. Founded in 1945, CARE is working across 94 countries to fight global poverty and marginalization. CARE has been active in Bangladesh since 1949 being one of the largest country offices of CARE. CARE works to help people achieve social and economic well-being, while being among the best in their fields. In CARE put women and girls at the center of our work because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. CARE Bangladesh is currently shifting towards a program approach, where it has developed longer-term impact visions to have more sustainable changes in the lives of the extreme poor and marginalized.

Strengthening Household Ability to Respond to Development Opportunities (SHOUHARDO III) Program is a five-year USAID-funded food security program that started in September 2015. The aim of the program is to improve gender equitable food security, nutrition and resilience of vulnerable people in target communities from 8 districts and 23 Upazilas in Char and Haor regions by 2020. The program will achieve enduring change for over 1.1 million women, adolescent girls, children under five, men, and youth, through a comprehensive development approach that strategically layers, sequences and integrates technical interventions that meet the immediate needs of the targeted communities while also investing in social, economic and institutional capital to build a foundation for future food security and resilience. The program will be implemented in partnership with local NGOs with technical support from various Government of Bangladesh departments/units, academia and national/international organizations.

The purpose of Senior Learning and Communication Officer position is to strengthen and promote the learning efforts of CARE Bangladesh’s Strengthening Household Ability to Respond to Development Opportunities (SHOUHARDO) III at the regional level. S/he will work under the management of Knowledge Management Coordinator based in Dhaka. S/he will also work closely with the Regional Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager, Monitoring Officers and Field Monitors as well as the program’s regional technical teams to capture, document and share program learning, with a special emphasis to USAID’s Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA). This position will entail a great deal of focus on developing communications materials, emanating from success and impact stories. S/he will be responsible for locating good practices and sharing these within and outside the program. S/he will also facilitate the regional learning forums and prepare reports accordingly. S/he will represent regional events organized by the relevant stakeholders and partners and feed the recommendations back to the program implementation. Additionally, this position will act as a communication and branding focal point for the regional offices. S/he will network with the partners and other stakeholders and present the program’s learning and good practices in the relevant forums.


II. Responsibilities and Tasks:

% of Time

Responsibility # 1: Coordinate the regional learning forums.

20%

  • Coordinate the bi-annual learning sharing meeting and prepare quarterly learning reports.
  • Initiate discussion with the regional program staff to foster a learning culture both in formal and informal setting.
  • Ensure day-to-day support to capture and document learning for the regional staff, especially for the PNGO staff.
  • Compile and disseminate the PACC meeting minutes to ensure further actions on the recommendations.

 

Responsibility # 2: Build capacity of the regional staff on Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA).

15%

  • Oversee the implementation of the Knowledge Management, Advocacy and Learning Strategy at the regional level.
  • Works with the PNGOs and CARE staff to build capacity on collaborative and adaptive learning.
  • Provide one-to-one support on CLA in addition to the systematic capacity building initiatives.
  • Coordinate and facilitate the regional Community of Practice (CoP) to leverage the knowledge management efforts of the program.

 

Responsibility # 3: Initiate and act on CLA and Storytelling.

30%

  • Analyze and utilize M&E information meaningfully while developing contents.
  • Identify, collect and synthesize qualitative data and information from the communities.
  • Collaborate with the technical team to influence program implementation in an effective manner based on findings and learning emanating from the ground.
  • Capture and disseminate success and impact stories from the community.

 

Responsibility # 4: Branding.

15%

  • Practice and promote the branding guidelines and policies of USAID as well as CARE Bangladesh for any kind of materials development.
  • Actively engage with the development of tools, policies and guidelines that will help staff to become better communicators.
  • Initiate innovative/new medium of communications platforms to communicate.
  • Produce and distribute merchandising items for branding.

 

Responsibility # 5 Networking.

20%

  • Representing the program in various platforms/ forums.
  • Regularly communicate with the local media (print and TV), community radio (if any) to share press release, or photo story.
  • Maintain regular communications with CARE and USAID’s communications group.
  • Deal with vendors/externals to facilitate communication works.

 


III.           Reporting to:  

The Senior Officer, Learning and Communication reports directly to the Knowledge Management Coordinator.


IV.          Working Condition:  

This position is based at the regional offices in Kishoreganj and Sirajganj. The SO-LC is expected to spend approximately 60% of his/her work time in the project operating areas and local institutions.


  • Qualification:
  • 3-5 years relevant experience in communication, learning and networking in a development organization.
  • Post-graduation in any discipline.
  • Skilled in using word processing, presentation and publication software and preparation of professional documents.
  • Skills in writing photo-stories.
  • Proven ability to produce Information-Education-Communication (IEC) materials targeted to a diverse users.
  • Fluency in written and spoken Bangla & English with experience of writing and editing for different audiences.
  • Technical skills are highly desirable, including knowledge of the professional use of emerging media technologies and social media (Twitter, YouTube etc.); with proficiency in design and visual media, including experience using Adobe Suite, Microsoft Publisher and/or online design platforms.
  • Experience solve problems with energy and a positive attitude.
  • Knowledge of USAID policies related to publication and communication are preferred.
  • Basic knowledge of Monitoring and Evaluation system.

VI.          Core Competencies:

  • Good interpersonal, communications and team building skills.
  • Personality to deal with all the staff and other actors on the ground.
  • Well acquainted with social media and digital marketing.
  • Interest in the role of information and communications technology in supporting more efficient working, organizational culture, and internal and external communications.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and within a team.
  • Ability to manage and priorities workload with competing deadlines.
  • Commitment to CARE’s vision, mission and values.
  • Ability to translate and convey sophisticated, sometimes sensitive, information to target audiences.
  • Demonstrable sound business judgment when determining what to communicate, when to communicate, and how to communicate.
  • Understanding of evolving communications technologies and measurements of communications effectiveness.

Candidates need to be highly motivated and committed to CARE Bangladesh’s vision, mission, and long-term development work to significantly improve the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalized Candidates must be capable of displaying great learning agility, support and encourage knowledge sharing across projects, for the ultimate benefit of all of CARE’s mission wide initiatives.

Compensation
Attractive remuneration package will be offered to the really deserving candidate. In addition, CARE offers Provident Fund, Gratuity, Festival Bonus, Leave Encashment, Life and Health Insurance, Working Mother Benefits etc.

Interested candidates meeting the above requirements should apply through CARE Bangladesh’s e-recruitment site: http://www.er-carebangladesh.org/care-recruitment/home on or before December 06, 2018

Note:

  • CARE Bangladesh aims to attract and select a diverse workforce ensuring equal opportunity to everyone, irrespective of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, HIV status, class, ethnicity, disability, location and religion.
  • Women are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Any personal persuasion/phone-call will result in disqualification of candidature. We guarantee an interview to disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria.
  • CARE Bangladesh has a non-negotiable policy of ZERO TOLERANCE towards discrimination, harassment and abuse. All employees are expected to abide by the Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse & Child Protection Policy of CARE Bangladesh.
  • Internal and external applicants shall be treated equally in the entire selection process.
  • There is no cost involved with applying for positions with CARE Bangladesh. Any solicitation of job application costs should be regarded as fraudulent.