Bangladesh Red Crescent Society
National Headquarters
684-686, Red Crescent Sarak, Bara Moghbazar, Dhaka-1217

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

The Red Cross - Red Crescent movement is the largest volunteer organization in the world. Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) is a national society of the movement, constituted on 31 March 1973 by the President's Order No. 26 of 1973 with retrospective effect from 16 December 1971. This is the biggest humanitarian organization in Bangladesh. As an auxiliary to the government, the Society provides humanitarian assistance to the vulnerable people over the last 50 years and has undertaken a wide range of activities in humanitarian response, disaster management, health, capacity building and in promoting Red Cross/Red Crescent ideals and principles.

Currently, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society is looking for a suitable Bangladeshi national for the following position of its International Humanitarian Law (IHL) programme supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) based in NHQ at Dhaka:

Job Title : Senior Program Officer- International Humanitarian Law (IHL)
No. of position : 01 (One)
Job Nature : Contractual
Reportable To : In-Charge, International Department.
Duration of contract : 12 months (with possibility of extension).
Salary Range : Up to 70,000 BDT (Other benefits as per organizationís policy).
Age Limit : Maximum 45 years.
Duty Station : National Head Quarters, Dhaka.

Organizational context

The Bangladesh Red Cross Society was constituted on 31 March 1973. The Society was recognized by ICRC on 20 September 1973 and admitted to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies on 2 November 1973. The name and emblem were changed from Red Cross to Red Crescent on 4th April 1988 vide Act 25 of 1988. BDRCS National Headquarters at Red Crescent Sarak, Boro Moghbazar, Dhaka is the Secretariat of the Society. The Secretary General, appointed by the Managing Board, heads the Secretariat. The BDRCS has 68 Units. A Unit is constituted in each district and in the Metropolitan cities of Dhaka. Chittagong, Rajshahi & Khulna. Its vision is to become a leading humanitarian organization by mobilizing the power of humanity. And mission statement is The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, a volunteer-based humanitarian organization, endeavors to prevent and reduce human sufferings and save lives of the most vulnerable and marginalized groups by providing effective and efficient services through mobilizing resources in emergencies and normal time. The Statutes of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement gives a unique mandate to the National Society to disseminate IHL during the peace time and therefore BDRCS planned different activities to disseminate IHL with public authority and relevant stakeholders. 

Job purpose

The Sr. Programme Officer will support in the planning, implementing, coordinating, and following up IHL activities of BDRCS in close coordination with IR department. The incumbent will also play vital role to mainstream IHL into various programmes and within the organizational priority of BDRCS. S/he will also support capacity development of the staff and volunteer on IHL and build innovative partnership with relevant stakeholders including ICRC.

Furthermore, the programmer officer will provide regular programmatic and operational support to ensure timely and effective implementation in line with the agreed activities, work plan, and budget. S/he will also liaise with relevant departments. The post holder will also ensure that all activities are aligning with BDRCS standing order.

Job duties and responsibilities

  • Work with the International Relation department to develop IHL strategies, plan and implement all IHL activities.
  • Liaison with relevant departments during the design and implementation phase of IHL activities.
  • Organize capacity building training, orientation, briefing for staff and volunteers.
  • Support respective branch official and branch volunteers to build branch capacity on IHL.
  • Identify coordination initiatives, issues and actions among partners and other stakeholders on IHL.
  • Support IHL dissemination activities of BDRCS in close liaison with the government and relevant stakeholders including ICRC.
  • Represent national society externally in IHL events and participate in dissemination sessions.
  • Contribute to the development of learning tools in the area of IHL promotion and dissemination and integrate them in BDRCS staff/volunteer trainings.
  • Maintain contact with National IHL Committee and develop strategies and action plans related to IHL treaty participation by Bangladesh and development of relevant domestic legal and policy frameworks.
  • Contribute to the International Conference of Red Cross and Red Crescent, including in preparation for the Conference, and play an active role in the domestic implementation of IHL related resolutions and pledges.
  • Develop, implement and monitor budgets for activities as required.
  • Actively participate in meeting and policy dialogue, prepare all required documents, record meeting minutes, and follow up on actions with regular updates.
  • Contribute to the development of concept notes, position papers, strategy, and support conceptual forward planning as required.
  • Ensure quality programme implementation through regular monitoring and technical inputs.
  • Follow up on challenges and opportunities for the implementation of planned activities in various projects and coordinate the mitigation and adaptation with BDRCS and its partners.
  • Interact with partners and stakeholders, including the government, ICRC, partner national societies, and other organizations dealing with relevant legal and thematic issues.
  • Ensure accurate and timely reporting as per requirements of the donor and partners.
  • Any other responsibility in areas of IHL as assigned by Line Manager from time to time.

 

  Duties applicable to all staff


1.

Actively work towards the achievement of the BDRCS goals

2.

Abide by and work in accordance with the Red Cross and Red Crescent principles

3.

Perform any other work-related duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by the line manager

Position Requirements

Education

  Required

Preferred

Master’s in Law or Relevant Discipline

X

 

Specialization in IHL or related area of international law.

 

X

Experience

 

Required 

Preferred

At least 3 years of working experience in implementing project/programme in national or international organization related to international humanitarian law/human rights law.

X

 

Experience in development and management of  project/programme.

X

 

Confirmed experience in report writing, proposal writing, and developing response plan

X

 

Proven experience in general office management and administration including procurement and logistics

X

 

Knowledge and Skills

Required 

Preferred

Very good knowledge of IHL and other related fields of international law and willingness to improve IHL expertise over the time

X

 

Excellent computer skills (MS Office package, Word, Excel, Presentation, database, Outlook).

X

 

Excellent public-speaking and negotiation skills

X

 

Excellent analytical, team working and communication skills (oral and written)

X

 

Excellent drafting skills including preparing complex technical documents

X

 

Ability to work independently, as well as in a team with the capacity to take initiative as and when appropriate

X

 

Capacity to prioritize work and ability to multi-task within set deadlines

X

 

Willing to travel and operate in a demanding working environment

X

 

Languages

Required 

Preferred

Excellent written and verbal communication skill in English and Bangla

X

 

Application Instructions:

  • Departmental clearance will be required for internal candidates.

If you think you are competent enough for the position, please apply online before 05:00 pm, January 10, 2022.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified for interview.

BDRCS is an equal opportunity employer