Governance Coordinator
CARE Bangladesh

Career Opportunity

Position: Governance Coordinator

Position Title: Governance Coordinator

Project name: Joint Action for Nutrition Outcome (JANO) Project

1 position, based at Dhaka

This Contract will be up to August 31, 2023

 Job Summary:  

CARE Bangladesh, a non-profit international development organization, is implementing a project on local nutrition governance styled as Joint Action for Nutrition Governance (JANO). CARE is currently looking for a Governance Coordinator for providing strategic oversight and technical support to this project in relevant thematic areas. The project aims to support the governance structures at the regional and local levels for effective implementation of National Plan of Action for Nutrition (NPAN-II). This will work at multiple levels of local government institutions, specifically with the nutrition committees at the district, upazila and union levels – focusing on strengthening local nutrition-governance mechanisms, and scaling-up multi-sectoral nutrition-sensitive programming. The project will facilitate developing solutions emerging from communities, government line departments, local government and the private sector. This project will replicate proven best practices to scale up innovative local governance models for better nutrition outcomes. The project intends to impact on several of the core challenges faced by selected districts in north-west region of Bangladesh

The Governance Coordinator will be responsible for providing strategic and technical support to the consortium partners and project stakeholders of JANO. The areas of support include strengthening union, upazila and district level local governance system around nutrition related services; assist LG institutions and processes on nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive planning, progressive budgeting and effective utilization of resources; promote transparency, quality of participation and sustainability of interventions. The person will help the project team in defining governance strategy and instruments which will help them implementing the interventions as per need. The person will provide assistance to the senior team leader, governance manager and capacity building manager of by reviewing key documents, methodologies and processes and suggest pragmatic solutions to the challenges. This person will help the team in linking the local issues with national context vis-à-vis food and nutrition governance and policies.  


II.     Responsibilities and Tasks:  

Describe the major responsibilities, principal tasks, competencies and end results for which the position is accountable (try to limit responsibilities to five).  List the responsibilities in the order of importance and state the percentage of time the employee spends on each responsibility during a typical year.

Employees who supervise other regular employees on a continuous basis should have Staff Management as the number one Job Responsibility.  The general rule of thumb for percentage of time for management of others is 5% per direct report.  Example: If a supervisor has six direct reports then at least 30% of his/her job should be allocated to supervising those employees.


% of Time

Responsibility # 1: Strategic and technical support to the team to reinforce nutrition governance


  • Provide thematic support to STL and team members in developing annual plan and operational strategy.
  • Reinforce governance-nutrition-gender nexus and deepening the insight among the project stakeholders.
  • Provide support  to governance manager and team in developing methodology and tools around accountability and efficacy of local governance structures for providing better nutritional services. This includes community score card, social audit, UP self-evaluation, participatory budget etc.


Responsibility # 2: Participatory research for evidence generation and learning


  • Provide support to M&E coordinator, governance manager and STL to rollout governance marker.
  • Assist team in developing and reviewing methodology and terms of reference for conducting study and survey as per project plan and need.
  • Prepare/ review need based fact sheets, briefing papers, monographs following the outcome of research, survey and field observations.





Responsibility # 3: Collaboration and networking and representation


  • Undertake initiative among the partners, peers and governance stakeholders to collaborate among each other for reaching towards common goal as per NPAN II.
  • Support communities for expanding and deepening civic space at various levels with an aim to promote food, nutrition and community level public services.
  • Networking with relevant forum/ platforms to pursue common agenda.


Responsibility # 4: Advocacy  and policy influencing


  • Initiate and facilitate processes to link local level issues/ policy asks with regional and national processes with an aim to realize better nutritional outcome at the grassroots level.
  • Develop advocacy strategy and conduct power analysis to pitch policy asks to the relevant government offices.
  • Initiate social dialogue to engage community and policy actors to address the policy gaps.
  • Develop advocacy and policy papers and relevant materials and facilitate to publish and disseminate among the wider audience.


Responsibility # 5: Security


As part of this role, the job holder will be expected to adhere to and support CARE Bangladesh’s Safety and Security policy and systems as part of their day to day duties, and comply, at all times, to safety & security protocols and directives, including reporting. Staff must maintain situational and self – awareness and be aware of the safety – security related consequences of their actions upon themselves, their team and the organization as a whole.


Responsibility # 6: Safeguarding


CARE Bangladesh is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct and expects staff to promote the welfare of children, young people and adults at all times.  CARE Bangladesh expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our Code of Conduct.  We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate this commitment are recruited to work with us.



III.           Reporting:  

  • Governance Coordinator will report to STL, JANO. S/he will closely work with Director, ERPP and Governance Manager of JANO.


IV.          Working Condition:  

  • The position is based in Dhaka with up to 40% field travel.


V. Qualification:

  • At least 7-8 years’ professional experience in local governance and participatory development with minimum 5 years’ experiences at managerial role in relevant field.
  • Master’s degree in Governance and Public Policy, Development Studies, Rural Development and/ or relevant fields.
  • Trained in policy research, participatory methods, accountability tools and advocacy.
  • Credible track record in preparing fact sheet, policy briefs and advocacy and campaigning strategy.
  • Experience in working with government, partner NGOs, and civil society organizations.

VI.          Core Competencies:  

  •  Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English is needed must.
  • Good conceptual understanding on governance issues, structures and challenges of Bangladesh.
  • Pragmatic knowledge on food and nutritional security, its relations to governance, gender and market.
  • Team player, participatory in decision making and self-starter.
  • Ability to manage stress and multi-tasking.
  • Computer literacy on MS Office suite, virtual communications (Zoom, Skype etc.), social media etc.
  • Excellent presentation, communication and networking skills.
  • Ensure and Promote GEDI and be GEDI sensitive, creating an enabling environment where diversity can flourish and all staff and stakeholders experience inclusion and appreciation

Candidates need to be highly motivated and committed to CARE Bangladesh’s vision, mission, and long-term development work to significantly improve the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalized Candidates must be capable of displaying great learning agility, support and encourage knowledge sharing across projects, for the ultimate benefit of all of CARE’s mission wide initiatives.


Attractive remuneration package will be offered to the really deserving candidate. In addition, CARE offers Provident Fund, Gratuity, Festival Bonus, Leave Encashment, Life and Health Insurance, Working Mother Benefits etc.

Interested candidates meeting the above requirements should apply through CARE Bangladesh’s e-recruitment site: on or before June 20, 2021. 


  • CARE Bangladesh aims to attract and select a diverse workforce ensuring equal opportunity to everyone, irrespective of race, age, gender, HIV status, class, ethnicity, disability, location and religion.
  • Women are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Any personal persuasion/phone-call will result in disqualification of candidature. We guarantee an interview to disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria.
  • CARE Bangladesh has a non-negotiable policy of ZERO TOLERANCE towards discrimination, harassment and abuse. All employees are expected to abide by the Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse & Child Protection Policy of CARE Bangladesh.
  • Internal and external applicants shall be treated equally in the entire selection process.
  • To ensure transparent processes during recruitment, internal candidates should discuss potential applications with their Line Managers to ensure endorsement of their applications by respective Line Managers.
  • There is no cost involved with applying for positions with CARE Bangladesh. Any solicitation of job application costs should be regarded as fraudulent.
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