Career Opportunities with Democracy International

Deputy Chief of Party

Democracy International, Inc., a USA based international organization, is implementing a USAID project entitled Promoting Peace and Justice (PPJ) in Bangladesh for a period of three years. USAID’s PPJ program is designed to directly address the factors currently constraining Bangladesh’s justice system and seeks to collaborate with government and CSO counterparts to expand access to justice.

DI is recruiting a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) to oversee project management and directly support the Chief of Party (COP) for its PPJ office in Dhaka.

Position Description

The Deputy Chief of Party will be responsible for all operations including but not limited to administration, logistics, procurement, budgeting, finance, and property management. The Deputy Chief of Party will also be responsible for ensuring that project implementation is compliant with USAID regulations and procedures and with specifications outlined in the Scope of Work. This will include monitoring grantee worthiness, ensuring that procurement processes are perceived as fair and transparent by beneficiary communities, reviewing financial management activities and monitoring grant implementation.

Key Responsibilities:

The Deputy Chief of Party’s areas of responsibility include:

  1. Provide guidance and coordinate support to the programmatic teams and sub-grantees, including identifying and promoting clear communications on issues of programmatic and budget management activities, compliance, monitoring and evaluation, and documentation.
  2. Manage day-to-day activities in the area of operations (including the project’s facilities such as office space, equipment and project vehicles) and act as the Chief of Party when s/he is absent from the project.
  3. Coordinate with consortium partners at headquarters and in Bangladesh to ensure effective oversight of program activities in Dhaka and each regional office.
  4. Act as the consortium liaison with ministries, GoB, and USAID.
    offices in Bangladesh and Washington, DC in the areas of oversight, reporting, and compliance.
  5. In coordination with the COP, oversee the development and monitoring of project budgets to ensure all expenditures comply with DI and donor policies and regulations as well as within the scope of the program’s long-term budget.
  6. Ensure that timely cash flow analyses and projections are provided and accurate for internal management purposes and to the donor, as needed.
  7. Review and oversee administrative, procurement, and financial management procedures and recommend improvements as needed.
  8. Directly supervise administrative, human resources, and financial staff, both expatriate and local nationals. Oversee staff capacity-building across the program and provide evaluation and workforce management to ensure their continued growth.
  9. Represent DI at meetings, workshops, and other events.
  10. Contribute to the development of reports for the donor.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. University Diploma (equivalent of a four-year degree) in Law, Social Science or any other related field.
  2. Minimum of eight years of experience with complex, high-speed and challenging field operations in Bangladesh or other South Asian countries with at least two years of supervisory experience.
  3. Minimum of five years of experience managing a procurement team and knowledge of USAID regulations and rules for procurement.
  4. Demonstrated experience working with Judiciary, local government authorities, and government ministries.
  5. Experience with grant making, preferably in-kind and small grants.
  6. Knowledge of best practices in procurement and prevention and detection of fraud and conflicts of interest.
  7. Experience in the hiring and supervising of local personnel and training local staff to fulfil operational responsibilities for project implementation.
  8. Experience with international donor programs’ policies and procedures regarding financial management, financial reporting, procurement processes, systems, and grants management.
  9. Complete fluency in written and oral Bangla and English.
  10. Other responsibilities as needed.

Application Process:

  1. Interested and qualified persons are required to apply through the Democracy International website at: All applications must include an application letter addressing relevant qualifications, and an updated resume. 
  2. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
  3. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
  4. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
  5. No phone calls please.