Job Title: Director of Programs
New or Refill: Refill
Core position:
Salary Grade: 10
Division/Dept.: Programs/Asia
Reports to: Country Director
Supervision: Employees   |  Volunteers 
Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Relocation Funds: Negotiable
Travel Required: up to 35% of Annual Travel
Salary Range (per annum): BDT. 2,143,308.00-BDT. 2,839,872.00-BDT. 3,536,436.00

Heifer International is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.


The Director of Programs provides overall leadership and management to two core functions for the Heifer Bangladesh country program: the resource development strategy and process for growing Heifer Bangladesh’s program to reflect a balanced and innovative project portfolio; and the design, planning, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the country program’s portfolio ensuring the quality of projects, implementation, donor reporting, and field level management is of the highest standards.

The Director of Programs supports the translation of Heifer International’s Global Vision and strategy into project implementation and ensures project design and implementation are geared towards achieving scale and impact, attracting funding from diverse funding resources, and that the project implementation processes respond to Heifer International’s need to strengthen global operating systems.


Self-motivated, result-oriented, high integrity, accountable, reliable, values- based, inspirational leader, networker.

(including approximate percentage effort)


Networking, Partnership Building and Resource Mobilization (50%)
Provide leadership and coordination to the resource development work of the country program to grow and develop partnerships (public and private), funding, and collaboration opportunities to increase Heifer’s visibitily and meet Heifer Bangladesh’s long-range resource and program needs.

  • Resource mobilization strategy developed to achieve Country Program Framework objectives.
  • At least two fundraising opportunities identified and responded to annually.
  • At least three partnerships established and maintained annually.
  • Effective designs, innovations and models are developed and incorporated in new projects to achieve the required scale and impact.
  • Strategic partnership are developed at the regional and international levels through the establishment of alliances, participation in key events, supporting donor cultivation and retention.
  • The country team has the necessary capacity to develop quality proposals.
  1. Heifer Bangladesh is positioned and actively represented internally and externally by interfacing, collaborating and coordinating with other teams, funding entities, alliances, and counterparts.
  • At least 50% Catalytic Leverage Funds (CaLF) are mobilized among assisted project groups.
  • At least two field visits of in-country donors to project areas organized annually.
  • Regular stakeholder analysis is conducted to strengthen partnerships and leverage resources.

Program Management, Planning, and Budgeting ( 25%)
Lead the development and implementation of the country program framework and supervise and mentor Program Managers and Thematic Leads to achieve the country program framework’s objectives, goals and overall impact.   

  • Project annual work plans and budgets (annual, quarterly and monthly) developed for all approved projects in line with project documents and donor deliverables.
  • The Bangladesh Country Program Framework is developed and periodically reviewed. Clear actions are developed to address any identified gaps.
  • 100% compliance and accountability in the management of project resources.
  • Over 80% of the planned milestones are achieved by the projects on schedule, budget and scope.
  • Ensure 100% compliance with all project donor contractual obligations by all project staff.
  • Country program Participatory Self Review and Planning is conducted at least every six months.
  • Effective management of partnerships between Self-Help Groups and/or farmer organizations (cooperatives, agri-enterprises) who are supported by the project, to ensure 100% adherence with the LOAs.
  • Project teams undertake the necessary reviews and update work plans and budgets to respond to emerging field implementation challenges and project review processes.

Budget Management & Monitoring (15%)
Provide leadership to the country office’s budget management and monitoring processes and systems to achieve superior budget preparation and implementation. 

  • Monthly and quarterly budget reports for all ongoing projects for highlighting the status of project spending and presenting these in the monthly operational meetings.
  • Project funds spent within acceptance threshold (5%) and all proposed corrective measures to address any variances beyond +/-5%% implemented and spending brought on track within the planned period.
  • Project budget monitored with respect to planned donor disbursements, work plans and financial management procedures.
  • Periodic and timely reviews of budgets and reforecasting of all approved projects work plans undertaken and shared with headquarters and respective donors, ensuring alignment with the donor contracts.
  • All project deliverables are honored, assets transitioned/disposed and properly filed during award/project closure.

Knowledge Management, Documentation and Reporting (10 %)
Provide leadership to the country program’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Systems (MELS) to promote a results-based project management and reporting approach that delivers high-impact, cost efficient programs and projects.

  • All donor reports and project progress reports (narrative and financial) are compliant with the highest quality standards, timelines and donor formats.
  • Heifer International Annual Board Ends report compiled and submitted within the stipulated timelines.
  • Catalytic Leverage Funds (CaLF) quarterly reports are compiled and submitted to the finance team meeting the highest level of standards.
  • At least two successful cases per year per ongoing project are documented from projects and disseminated through different platforms.
  • Lessons learned documented and disseminate to stakeholders before end of each project.
  • Successful business models documented before end of projects for replication or scaling up.
  • Documented and disseminated lessons learned and project impact.
  • Country Program project performance reports based on Key Performance Indicator’s (KPIs) are compiled and reported quarterly.
  • Project closure and final evaluation reports are submitted in a timely manner and meet the highest level of standard.

Any other duties as assigned

Dependent on the specific duties assigned

Minimum Requirements:
Master’s Degree in Rural Development, Project Planning and Management, Agriculture, Agribusiness and Animal Science or other relevant fields of study.

Seven (7) years of relevant experience in Program management, extension and community development work.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Doctorate Degree in Rural Development, Project Planning and Management, Agriculture, Agribusiness and Animal Science or other relevant fields of study.
  • Four (4) years of supervisory/managerial experience.
  • Thorough understanding of programming processes, systems and principles, and the ability to provide leadership and support to staff working at community level.
  • Solid skills, knowledge and foundation in proposal development and project management cycle.
  • Sound understanding of Value Chain Development and Market Systems on various agricultural commodities including beef, dairy, goats and local poultry sub-sectors.
  • Sound understanding of integrated development issues and critical analysis of the root causes of poverty in Bangladesh.
  • Knowledge of International and National development issues, trends, challenges and opportunities and implications to community development.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of strategic planning processes.

Most Critical Proficiencies:

  • Good understanding of annual work planning and budgeting and budget monitoring.
  • A good understanding of monitoring and evaluation processes.
  • Solid project management and reporting skills.
  • Sound project and proposal development skills.
  • A good understanding and sensitivity to issues associated with poverty, hunger and environment, and knowledge of the context to which non-profit organizations operate.
  • Solid knowledge and experience in extension methodologies.
  • Knowledge and experience in training and participatory training methodologies.
  • Team leadership skills, with good abilities of addressing conflicts amongst diverse teams and constituents.
  • Confident in and experienced with the use of technology in development.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Proficient knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, presentation tools, electronic mail (Microsoft Office preferred) and Internet.
  • Knowledge of and experience in agro-enterprise, commodity value-chain and cooperative development.
  • Demonstrated advance proficiency in English, both oral and written.
  • Ability to initiate and cultivate relationships with government entities and potential donor partners.

Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands:

  • Preparing and presenting project reports and presentations in a well-designed and attractive format with superior attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated creativity, ability to think systematically, willingness and ability to incorporate innovative solutions.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work cooperatively, tactfully and diplomatically with culturally diverse groups of people.
  • Willingness and ability to assign and review the work of line-managed staff and to use participatory management skills with junior and senior staff.
  • Proven team leadership and supervisory skills with the ability to train and work cooperatively with a diverse staff.
  • Regularly conduct stakeholder analysis to strengthen partnerships and leveraging of resources.
  • Constant face-to-face, telephone and electronic communication with colleagues and the general public to scale up country program visibility and publicity.
  • May require constant sitting; working at a computer, focusing for extended periods of time and performing office work in the field and/or in remote conditions.
  • Working with sensitive information and maintaining confidentiality and manage donor relationship.
  • Ability to manage and execute multiple tasks with little supervision while meeting strict deadlines.


Heifer International Bangladesh invites application from qualified candidates. Please submit application form along with CV, scanned photo and cover letter addressing to Country Director to on or before September 28, 2019.