Senior Officer- Policy & Advocacy
Role profile

OUR VISION, MISSION, BELIEFS and AMBITION

Our Vision
Our vision is for a world where all people have access to the technologies that enable them to meet their basic needs and reach their potential, in a way that safeguards the planet today, and for future generations.

Our Beliefs
We believe that:

  • Technology is a key enabler of human development; and that technological innovation has the power to propel us into a better world.
  • All people should have access to, and a voice in, shaping the technologies that can improve their lives.
  • A sustainable future for our planet requires a fundamental shift in the way technology is developed and used.

Our Mission
To develop and demonstrate practical, technology based solutions that enable women and men living in or vulnerable to poverty, to lead dignified lives. To partner with people whose lives are transformed by these efforts and with a range of other organisations: ensuring local ownership, and that the solutions work in the longer term without us. To inspire change through the widespread adoption of sustainable technologies that work - socially, economically and environmentally, so that more people living in or vulnerable to poverty benefit from our learning.

Our Ambition
Our ambition is that by 2030 we will have transformed the way technology is used to improve the lives of people living in, or vulnerable to poverty.

ABOUT US
With 50 years of expertise, Practical Action has a strong heritage, and track record of bringing communities and experts together to find practical, sustainable solutions to enable people to meet their needs, which work for both people and the planet. Technology features in everything we do.

Technology is…
”The tools, and knowledge that people use for living”.

Working throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America, Practical Action improves the lives of around one million people every year through access to energy, sustainable agriculture, water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management, and disaster risk reduction.

We are a trusted partner of many communities, governments, development agencies and the private sector. We are uniquely placed as a knowledge broker with a breadth of capacities that enable us to capture and share knowledge in relevant ways for our diverse audiences. We are influential at national level where we work, and globally and considered a “go-to” agency by those seeking to improve energy access for people living in poverty.

ABOUT THE ROLE
The Senior Officer - Policy & Advocacy plays a coordination role within the Thought Leadership Team accountable for advocating the change ambitions and to build profile of the organization.  We have ambitions to:

  • To make cities in Bangladesh cleaner, healthier places to live and work
  • To help more people harness the transformational power of clean, affordable energy and to reduce avoidable deaths caused by smoke from indoor stoves and fires

SCOPE

Title Senior Officer - Policy & Advocacy
Reporting to Strategic Lead- Urban & Energy
Direct reports None
Groups Thought Leadership Team
Relationships National and International Network of NGOs, CSOs, private companies (i.e FSM Network, Waste Management Foundation, FANSA, SWA, End Water Poverty, Bangladesh WASH Alliance, WASH Clusters, Coalition for Urban Poor, Bangladesh Urban Forum, INGO Forum, Susana, Municipal Association of Bangladesh), National Departments (DPHE, LGED, DoE, UDD, BREB, SREDA, DIFE),  and their WASH, Waste Management and Renewable Energy, Decent Job Projects/Programmes 
Financial scope As delegated/ assigned
Location Dhaka, Bangladesh
Nature of Contract Regular
Grade F
Travel Expected, approximately 1 - 3 weeks per quarter local travel plus 1 week per year international travel

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support to design, facilitate, capture, development and disseminate strategies for achieving change ambitions around Urban and Energy Sector
  • Participate, represent, develop and maintain relationship with different national and international platforms
  • Design and Organise different events like workshops, seminars, convention, dialogue, roundtable, talk show in line with change ambition of Urban and Energy
  • Capture key findings and quick drafting for proceedings of workshops and other events
  • Support to prepare policy position papers, country papers, fact sheets, policy briefs and others
  • Support Programmes Team to design local level advocacy events i.e inclusive city planning and business model, pro poor financing for dignifying the lives of informal waste and sanitation workers
  • Support to strengthen FSM Network to influence the Government of Bangladesh for the promotion of City Wide Inclusive Sanitation System
  • Support to develop and capacitate District/Regional/National chapters of network for cooperatives of informal waste and sanitation workers

EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS

  • Masters degree in Policy& Governance/Engineering/Public Administration/Social Science/ Planning or any other relevant lead  / Agricultural Science or any related field.
  • At least 5 years of experience preferably  in advocacy for a national or international development organization
  • Quick and Excellent Writing and Facilitation Skill A person well organized, attentive to details, and use concise, persuasive writing
  • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities and to set priorities
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills
  • Excellent oral presentation skills Excellent ability to work with a virtual cross-functional team
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple tasks and set priorities
  • Fluency in Bangla and English required
  • Ability to work collaboratively across teams and to contribute strategically

BEHAVIOURAL COMPETENCIES:

Our people are expected to demonstrate the following behaviours:

TEAM STRUCTURE

DURATION OF CONTRACT: Initially for two years, renewable upon satisfactory performance and budget availability.

SALARY & BENEFITS: Monthly Gross BDT 58,000 70,000 and other benefits i.e. Festival Bonus, Gratuity, PF, Insurance coverage as per organisation policy, subject to qualification and experiences.

HOW TO APPLY

Please apply online through uploading your CV mentioning two referees by 19 January 2019.

Although Practical Action Bangladesh is an equal opportunity employer but women candidates are highly encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be called for interview. Practical Action is committed to safeguarding and expects all staff and all those acting on behalf of Practical Action to demonstrate and share this commitment.

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