Skills Development Specialist

Position Title
Skills Development Specialist

Contract period
31 December 2019 with the possibility of extension (subject to funding)

Line Manager
Education Programme Manager

Based in Cox’s Bazar with frequent field visits to the Rohingya refugee camps

DCA (DanChurchAid) is a Danish humanitarian, non-government and non-profit organisation working in Bangladesh since 1971. DCA (DanChurchAid) is a faith-based, non-missionary organization. We work for the poor, vulnerable and socially excluded communities and believe in life before death.

The DCA Bangladesh invites applications from qualified and competent Bangladeshi candidates for the position of Skills Development Specialist for Rohingya Response Programme. The selected candidate will receive 6-month contract with possible extension.

Purpose of the job (Brief)
The Skills Development Specialist will work closely with the Education Programme Manager and Capacity Building Coordinator on the skills development training and host community intervention of a new project. The tasks will include the identification of skills of youth in the refugee community as well as the needs of the labour market. In the host community the needs of the existing government structures will be discussed and the intervention designed based on the needs. Additionally, the specialist will support the capacity building of other education sector partners. S/he will also build linkages with the other stakeholders.

Key duties and responsibilities include:

Technical Project Management

  • Conduct needs assessment to identify available skills of refugee youth in the Rohingya community as well as skills needed in the community/at the market.
  • Assess the detailed needs of the government led vocational training available in Ukhiya and Tekaf.
  • Based on the needs assessment, support the expatriate manager in designing the detailed programme.
  • In consultation with other stakeholders and DCA’s livelihood team, design the skills development modules and material needed.
  • Support the capacity building of other partners.
  • Support the design and facilitate relevant training of trainers on e.g. linking learning to earning;
  • Closely collaborate with GBV and Livelihood Coordinator to ensure education activities are integrated in DCA’s other activities. 
  • Provide support, technical and management advice to the skills development components and ensure linkages with local markets.
  • Visit project activities on a regular basis and provide constructive feedback and suggestions to the team.
  • Lead procurement requests of needed material.
  • Ensure field concerns and challenges are brought to the attention of relevant stakeholders, in line with complaints mechanism.
  • Other duties as requested by the supervisor.

Coordination, collaboration& networking

  • Coordinate with community leaders to ensure acceptance of the programme and raise awareness of the right to education for adolescent and youth.
  • Carry out and update mapping of actors providing skills development activities and develop a strong network.
  • Interact with relevant government agencies and other organization for further coordination of the education activities.
  • Establish and maintain close links with procurement, logistics and finance officers to ensure that programme related procurement is carried out smoothly.

Report project progress and monitor project activities

  • Assist in developing M&E plan; actively monitor and evaluate the progress of the implementation to ensure quality project implementation.
  • Based on regular monitoring, data collection, and management draft recommendations for improved project delivery. 
  • Prepare monthly/quarterly progress report, case studies and concept notes as per donor requirements. 
  • Contribute to reports, sitreps and to the preparations of new proposal.
  • Assist education programme team to build capacity of DCA staff and relevant stakeholders to ensure a reliable M&E system for better data collection and management and to ensure ethical data collection and information management.

Staff Supervision & Development

  • Provide regular supervision, mentoring, guidance and required training to staff and partners.
  • Provide technical support to field staff and partners.
  • Ensure that all Education staff understands code of conducts.

Accountability and Core Humanitarian Standard

  • Be familiar with accountability and Core Humanitarian Standard. Monitoring and reporting of complaints and feedback as per DCA complaints mechanism policy. 
  • Be familiar with INEE Minimum Standards.

Professional skills and qualifications needed in the position

  • Postgraduate in education or related field and a minimum 2 years of experience in the field of vocational training required.
  • Good understanding of the Rohingya response and previous experience working with a NGO required;
  • Experience in conducting training and building capacity of implementing partners and government entities required.
  • Strong management skills and the ability to work well in a team.
  • Experience implementing activities for women and girls as well as youth programming preferred.
  • Clear understanding of gender, human rights, issues surrounding violence against women and girls.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and ability to maintain confidentiality and respect for beneficiaries.
  • Positive and professional attitude, strong problem-solving skills to address gaps and challenges.
  • Strong ability to organize work, meet deadlines, maintain composure, prioritize work under pressure, coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication, listening and observation skills, including ability to create trust, support, respect and interact with women of all ages, background and diversity.
  • Experience in writing brief narrative reports.
  • Computer literate, including Microsoft Word and Excel.

Fluency in Bengali and English (required)

**Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
**Recruitment depends on funding.

Only online applications consisting of minimum a CV and a cover letter will be considered. 

  • The candidate must have personal commitment to social equity and equal rights and opportunities and adhere to the staff policies of DCA on Sexual Harassment and Anti-Corruption.
  • DCA needs people with excellent interpersonal communication skills and a good team spirit.
  • Willingness to be flexible is essential.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
  • DCA promotes equal opportunities for women and men from different caste, ethnic and religious backgrounds and encourages them to apply for these posts within DCA.
  • For information about DCA visit

If any technical problem arises to apply using link please notify us at:; Ms. Eva Costa

Closing date for applications: 22 June 2019

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