Technical Advisor – Capacity Building & Policy Advocacy

The Asia Foundation (the Foundation) is looking for skilled and ambitious candidates to serve as the Dhaka-based Technical Advisor – Capacity Building & Policy Advocacy for the 2016-2021 "Women`s Economic Empowerment through Strengthening Market Systems" (WEESMS) project funded by the Embassy of Sweden and implemented by the Foundation in partnership with International Development Enterprises (iDE). WEESMS aims to i) increase the number of women entrepreneurs and growth of women-led SMEs, ii) improve women’s access to formal and informal employment opportunities, and iii) increase retention rates of women already in the labor market across the 2-4 targeted sectors.

Total Post: 1 (One)

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical leadership and oversight of the conceptualization, design, and implementation of capacity building and policy advocacy initiatives under the WEESMS project, including but not limited to designing and delivering training curricula; overseeing follow up; and monitoring impact of activities.
  • Provide technical and operational oversight of the design, organization, and facilitation of policy advocacy initiatives under the WEESMS project, including but not limited to identifying and communicating with appropriate stakeholders; setting budgets, workplans, and agendas; overseeing follow up; and monitoring impact.
  • Monitor project progress against the performance management system defined in the project plan.
  • Ensure assigned project components are implemented within the agreed timeline and the allocated budget.
  • Networking for collaboration with business networks, business membership organizations, women chambers of commerce, employers’ associations, relevant government institutions, and other stakeholders.
  • Prepare regular updates, including verbal and written communications, and written reports as required for program reporting as per the guidance of the Deputy Team Leader.


  • Master’s Degree in international development, economics, political science, or a relevant social science discipline. Bachelor's Degree with demonstrated relevant experience of at least 6-7 years may be substituted.

Qualifications and work experience

Work Experience
  • At least five years of   public policy and capacity building experience in one or more of the following areas: women’s economic empowerment; women’s entrepreneurship; gender equality; business enabling environment.
  • Demonstrated success in the design and implementation of capacity building and/or policy advocacy initiatives at the national or local levels in Bangladesh.
  • Proven experience working for international organizations or agencies on program and financial management, including work planning, implementation, reporting, and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience implementing complex, multi-stakeholder activities, including coordination and coalition building with diverse stakeholders, such as government officials, international and donor agencies, private sector companies, national and local civil society organizations.
  • Experience creating professional written reports, policy briefs, and/or blog posts.

Management Skills and Knowledge

  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Good understanding of political economy analysis/approach and application to project implementation.
  • Excellent stakeholder management and relationship building skills at national and local levels.
  • Ability to take key program messages and activity outputs and communicate them effectively to different audiences through multiple mediums.

Personal Skills

  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to multi-task and handle complex programming challenges.
  • Ability to work effectively within a team to achieve mutual goals.
  • Ability to develop new ideas and flexibility to go the extra mile to make them become reality and in completing assigned work.
  • Effective communication and strong interpersonal skills; an even temperament and good sense of humour.


  • Willingness to travel throughout Bangladesh.
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office and cloud-based systems.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Bangla.

Job Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Reports to: Deputy Team Leader, WEESMS Project (The Asia Foundation)

How to Apply: This recruitment is open; candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Please submit a CV of no more than four (4) pages along with a cover letter of not more than one (1) page detailing your experience and suitability for the role to Applications that do not clearly address the suitability of the candidate for this specific position will not be reviewed. We thank all applicants, however only those making the shortlist will be contacted.

About The Asia Foundation: The Asia Foundation is a non-profit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, the Foundation’s programs address critical issues—governance and law, economic development, women's empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation—to encourage Asia's continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region.

Since 1954, The Asia Foundation has supported Bangladesh’s progress toward and achievement of its development priorities and goals through long-standing partnerships with the government, civil society, religious communities and leaders, the private sector, and the Bangladeshi people. With a focus on gender equality, civic accountability, and social cohesion across all facets of our work, the Bangladesh Country Office encourages innovation and creativity in tackling community challenges, building leadership capacity that reflects the country’s diversity, and facilitating broad-based participation in the country’s development to help ensure that no one is left behind.

The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, or any other protected class.

Deadline: June 20, 2019 @ 5pm Bangladesh Standard Time