Senior Coordination and Govt. Relation Officer

No. of Vacancy: 01 (one), Location: Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh,
Job Type: Fixed Term for one year until end of March 2020

[Only Bangladeshi national are eligible to apply]

Salary & Benefits: BDT. 1,056,451 per annum (13 months) plus 10% market supplement with other benefits e.g. medical for spouse and children, contributory Provident fund, gratuity, leave & Insurance etc.

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.

Oxfam tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves, and for others. We take on issues like land rights, climate change and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty.

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Note: All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks.

The Role:

This position will be responsible for coordinating Oxfam’s response with government and other national actors in Cox’s Bazar district and Ukhia and Teknaf sub-districts respectively. He will liaise and network with the various government officials, military coordination officers, and local, national and international NGO representatives. They will also ensure that Oxfam’s operations have all the necessary government approvals and support the Oxfam team to make sure our programmes are legally compliant. They will submit requests for approval for our operations to the government and keep government officials informed about the progress of our work.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • Liaise with relevant government authorities, military units, and other stakeholders at district, sub-district and camp levels on operational issues relevant to the field activities.
  • Represent Oxfam in all relevant government-led and military coordination meetings at district, sub-district and camp level, and report back to the Govt. and Field Relation Manager and the Oxfam programme teams working the respective area.
  • Keep Oxfam programme teams updated about government coordination structures and decisions, and advise about relevant permits and authorisations and how to obtain them.
  • Ensure all Oxfam programme activities are appropriately certified by officials authorized to do so, in order to ensure smooth reporting against FD-6 and FD-7 approvals.
  • Formally introduce requests for authorization to government officials at district, sub-district and camp level as required per Oxfam programme activities. Help programme teams anticipate which approvals will be needed as per programme planning.
  • Support the development and translation of new FD-6 and FD-7 proposals, in coordination with programme, funding and business support teams.
  • Translate relevant programme and project document from English into Banga (and back), and write formal forwarding letters to accompany these when submitting them to government officials for approval or endorsement
  • Ensure that Oxfam operations are legally compliant, and advise Oxfam programme and business support teams about necessary steps to ensure compliance.
  • Compile and submit programme progress reports against FD-6 and FD-7 agreements to government officials
  • Arrange meetings and introduce programme teams and visitors to authorities.
  • Ensure that local authorities and military understand that Oxfam’s work is based on humanitarian principles and as such impartial, neutral and independent – and if necessary, explain these principles.
  • Assess distribution field locations and ensure that access for humanitarian aid is coordinate with relevant authorities.
  • Inform relevant government officials and bodies about the progress of Oxfam’s work, both formally and informally.
  • Together with the logistics and admin team, keep an overview of Oxfam field trips within their area of responsibility.
  • Arrange visits of internal and external visitors to the camp sites, ensuring that authorities are informed and permits are secured whenever necessary. When necessary, discuss and arrange security arrangements with authorities for VIP visits.
  • Help in security management of Oxfam field teams by reporting any security-related incidents to the Govt. and Field Relation Manager, and by advising on field trips
  • Collect field activities information, and a schedule about official meetings, and report to Govt. and Field Relation Manager
  • Support field assessments by information collection about displacement, population mobility, movement flows, and new settlements in camp areas.
  • Supervise security aspects of field activities, risk assessment and local security aspects and report to and advise Govt. and Field Relation Manager in this regard.
  • Cover for the Govt. and Field Relation Manager when requested to do so.
  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Govt. and Field Relation Manager.

Skills, experience and knowledge


  • Relevant government / administrative experience of 4 years with minimum 1 year working experience in working in humanitarian or development programme-related areas;
  • Excellent verbal and written English and Bangla skills;
  • Able to write formal letters and documents in Bangla on a computer
  • Proficient in using email, internet and Microsoft Office
  • Proven understanding in the legal regulations and administrative procedures in obtaining government approvals for humanitarian work (FD-6/7)
  • A solid understanding of the government coordination structures, mandates of different ministries and internal hierarchies.
  • Excellent communicator with strong written and reporting skills, and an excellent ability to influence verbally to persuade with diplomacy and tact;
  • Adaptable and able to work under pressure in a demanding and fast-moving environment;
  • Initiative and motivation to work independently and develop solutions to problems. Highly flexible in style with the ability to produce creative and pragmatic solutions to complex problems;


  • Experience in managing or coordinating humanitarian programmes;
  • Experience in successfully managing FD-7 and FD-6 applications


  • Required to adhere to Oxfam’s principles and values as well as the promotion of gender justice and women's rights Understanding of and commitment to adhere to equity, diversity, gender, child safety and staff health and wellbeing principles


Apply online
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  • For internal applicants:
  • Search for the vacancy using the reference number INT5397
  • Complete the online application process
  • Ensure you submit your application before midnight (GMT) on the closing date. Unless a different time is specified in the advert.
What will I need
  • Each recruitment is unique and you will need to follow the instructions part of the online application process. You will usually be asked to provide:
    • Your personal contact details
    • The details of your referee(s)
    • Details on how you meet the skills, experience and knowledge that are required for this role
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Application Deadline: 23 March 2019 by 5:00 pm.

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Note: All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks.