Position Title, Location & Contract Duration

Senior Project Officer - Counsellor under Gender, GBV & Protection Sector for Humanitarian Response Program, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

02 positions, based in Camp area under Ukhia

The duration of the proposed contract is up to December 31, 2019

The of the proposed contract is up to December 31, 2019

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 95 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.

Since August 2017, the heavy influx of Myanmar nationals into Cox’s Bazaar requires emergency response in accordance with CARE’s humanitarian mandate. CARE is responding to the crisis in multiple sectors including Health and Nutrition, Sexual and Reproductive Health, WASH, and Protection & Gender Based Violence (GBV).

CARE is recruiting Senior Project Officer - Counsellor for its emergency operation in Cox’s Bazar with assistance targeted at displaced Rohingya and host communities. S/he will be supporting the implementation of PSS services on SSWG under Gender, GBV & Protection sector.

S/he will be responsible for helping displaced Myanmar Nationals to recover more quickly through supporting quality implementation of Gender, GBV and Protection Projects of CARE ERRI program with GBV & Protection Project Manager implementing partners and with other sectors. The candidate is expected to have demonstrated knowledge and experience of providing PSS service in GBV and protection projects in humanitarian response.

Reporting to the GBV And Protection Program Manager will be based in the Ukhiya Team Office in Cox’s Bazar district.

II.    Responsibilities and Tasks: 

% of time

Responsibility # 1: Counselling


  • Actively promotes the availability of counselling services.
  • Conducts individual and group counselling for beneficiaries.
  • Conducting Group Awareness Session.
  • Refers GBV survivor’s to the case worker or other services according to their need. (e.g. Health services, legal services, safe shelter etc.)
  • Conducting Psychological First Aid session
  • Contributes to the quality, timely and effective implementation of  PSS  services in projects on Gender, GBV and protection;
  • Contributes to ensuring that projects are of quality and at par with IASC, CARE policy and other international humanitarian standards.


Responsibility # 2: Documentation, Monitoring and Reporting & Coordination, Representation & Network Development


  • Documents PSS activities, coordination meetings and other activities related to the project;
  • Keeps systematic records of work and maintains confidentiality
  • Support the monitoring and collecting feedback from beneficiaries/stakeholders on the project to inform project implementation;
  • In coordination project manager, TC- MHPSS and in collaboration with MEAL team, monitor targets and indicators
  • Develops work plans and reports of activities;
  • Provides weekly, monthly and periodic counselling reports to the project manager & TC-MHPSS of tasks and activities.
  • Coordinate with other MHPSS actor in camp level & attend in PSS related meetings.


Responsibility # 3: continuing education & Support Capacity Building Actions


  • Takes active part in trainings, taking supervisions weekly basis from TC-MHPSS.
  • Discusses difficulties and problems in counselling with supervisor.
  • Organize and support the conduct of capacity building activities with SSWG Officer & project manager.
  • Support the facilitation workshops, trainings on gender, GBV and protection. 
  • Feedback any identified capacity building needs of field staff on  PFA,  gender, GBV and protection.


Responsibility # 4: Other Activities


  • Participate in the meetings and activities  in camp level as assigned
  • Perform any other duties as and when required.   


III. Reporting to:  

Sector Lead-GBV

IV.  Working Condition:  

Based in the camp of operation during all working hours, Ukhia, Cox’s Bazar district.

  • Qualification:
  • 3 to 5 years of relevant work experience in providing PSS services of emergency projects, especially in Gender, GBV and Protection prevention and response programming;
  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in Clinical  Psychology , Counseling Psychology , Psychology , social sciences, development and humanitarian studies, social work other relevant subject area or a combination of significant management and provision of Gender, GBV and Protection in humanitarian  and development contexts.
  • Practical field experience in GBV in emergencies, women and girls protection, psychosocial programming in emergency or development contexts
  • Strong knowledge of Gender, GBV, PFA and MHPSS issues & Basic counselling skills, IASC MHPSS guidelines.
  • Demonstrated field experience working in camps or spontaneous/informal/makeshift settlements.
  • Has experience designing and delivering training to a number of different stakeholders.
  • Practical experience in training and/or facilitation of groups
  • Experience in supporting program design, implementation and M&E
  • Experience in conducting field-based baseline assessments
  • Work experience in Cox Bazar Context with  other international organizations, large NGOs and/or governmental development agencies a plus
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of  Gender, GBV and Protection in humanitarian contexts;
  • Well-developed text writing skills and demonstrated skills in developing training curriculums and manuals that are adapted to local contexts and target audiences.
  • Strong participatory training and/or facilitation skills
  • Has experience in monitoring and evaluations systems and approaches
  • Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively, including the ability to advocate for and explain difficult psychosocial issues
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good communication skills in Bangla and English.

VI.  Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrated competency to work independently with minimum supervision.
  • Commitment and energy to work across multiple sectors and with a variety of actors.
  • Ability to work effectively in a culturally diverse organization.
  • Ability to communicate ideas in a culturally-sensitive manner.
  •  Willingness to live and work in difficult and rapidly changing conditions.
  • Able to inspire and show empathy to beneficiaries.
  • Experience of procedures and best practice in emergency operational management.
  • Ability and willingness to travel and stay in the field.
  • Proactive and have the desire to learn and build professional expertise.

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.
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 January 09, 2019. 


  • 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.