Deputy Project Manager - Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Support

from Relief International
Closing date: 01 Nov 2019

POSITION SUMMARY: Deputy Project Manager – Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Support (YES)

Proposal-Based Recruitment

About RI:

Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in 18 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.

Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.

Relief International includes the four corporate members of the RI Alliance: RI-US, RI-UK, MRCA/RI-France and RI-Europe. Under our alliance agreement, we operate as a single, shared management structure. In addition, RI has country offices registered as affiliates of one of the alliance members in an additional 18 countries.

Position Summary:

Deputy Project Manager – Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Support (YES) will provide management and technical support to Program Manager who will have overall responsibility for the management, strategic planning, implementation, financial management, and reporting aspects of RI’s anticipated 3 year-long USAID program in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. The program’s objective is to reduce the risk of conflict by creating sustainable, market oriented resilient livelihood opportunities for host communities and promoting social cohesion in Cox’s Bazar. This project will be implemented as part of USAID’s New Partnership Initiative (NPI): Conflict-Prevention and Recovery Program (CPRP), with the aim of building capacity of local entity sub-awardees and moving them towards directs awards with USAID.

This position will ensure internal management and external coordination for successful project outcomes. S/he will assist Program Manager to oversee a consortium of local partners tasked with the direct implementation of youth skill development and social cohesion initiatives, and building capacity of local authorities and CSOs. S/he will be expected to support the Program Manager to establish and maintain systems for oversight and implementation of planned activities, contribute to reporting on technical activities and financial management. In addition, the Deputy Project Manager will support in designing and executing a tailored capacity strengthening interventions for the consortium’s local partners, with the aim of transitioning them to direct award with USAID.

Specific responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Support the Program Manager in achieving project goals by providing technical and operational support.
  • Provide support to programmatic teams, including identifying and promoting clear communications on issues of budget management and programmatic activities, compliance, monitoring and evaluation, and documentation.
  • Ensure compliance among key staff with USAID, local policies, and RI policies and procedures.
  • Contribute to the development of reports for the donor, the host country and RI policies and procedures.
  • In coordination with the Program Manager, oversee budgets to ensure all expenditures follow RI and donor policies and regulations as well as within the scope of the program budget.
  • In the absence of Program Manager, serve as Acting Program Manager, represent RI with partners and key stakeholders, maintain positive relationships with USAID, local authorities, and the country office team.
  • Assist Program Manager to ensure rapid roll-out and supervision of activities.
  • Support Program Manager to effectively work with other consortium members to assure a coordinated and timely execution of work plans and participate in the Project Steering Committee that will meet regularly to discuss project progress.
  • Actively participate in overseeing planning, quality assurance and supervision of program monitoring, evaluating, and reporting;
  • Provide support for oversight of delivery, management, and monitoring of sub grants.
  • Coordinate with appropriate stakeholders in all aspects of project planning, monitoring, and implementation
  • Ensure compliance with and implementation of all donor-related, RI, and project specific policies.
  • Support to establish, improve, and maintain accurate administrative, financial, and sub grantee monitoring systems in collaboration with the Finance Manager;
  • Monitor project training and on-site capacity building activities, ensuring the development of local institutional and personal capacities fostering country ownership and sustainability of interventions;
  • Serve as a liaison between the project partners and Program Manager;
  • Conduct budget monitoring and cost control based on sound financial and accounting
  • Support to ensure technical, financial, contractual and political integrity are maintained to safeguard RI reputation in Bangladesh
  • Ensure effective collaboration, coordination and internal partnerships with other RI projects, and departments to build synergies across programs for maximum impact.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Successful candidates will have strong management skills, significant project management experience and leadership experience. Experience managing and building the capacity of local implementing partners is highly desired.

Education: Bachelor’s and Master’s level degree required in international development, political science, conflict studies, development studies, or a relevant social science and humanities discipline.

Relevant Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum 7 years of professional experience in a skill development, local partner capacity building preferably under USAID programs or UN programs. Experience working on similarly complex programs which seek to build the capacity of local actors in multiple technical areas and management capacity required.
  • Work on programs involving social cohesion, youth skill development, TVET in Bangladesh or other developing countries highly desirable;
  • At least 3 years of experience in a senior-management position for a USAID-funded project.
  • Demonstrated experience with similarly complex projects in South Asian countries, Bangladesh experience highly prioritized, involving coordination with multiple programs, and partner institutions.
  • Demonstrated experience with the current up-to-date ideas about effective social cohesion and Do No Harm practices and applications in programs managed or influenced.
  • Experience supervising and mentoring direct-reports.
  • Commitment to local capacity building and the ability to engage local stakeholders in project design and implementation.
  • Strong coordination, project planning, and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing systems and overseeing program start-up under limited time constraints as well as program close-out.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and consensus-building skills and ability to promote coordination among diverse interests and institutions.
  • Good understanding of procurement processes, procedures and grants management.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, problem solving, conflict and ethical management skills;
  • Fluency in English and Bengali is required;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted, so candidates are encouraged to apply early. A decision may be finalized before the deadline.

Note- This is a proposal-based recruitment. Hiring is subject to project being awarded to RI and completion of full checks including background and reference checks. Interested applicants should submit their application through RI Career page. Resumes may not exceed two pages in length and shall be in chronological order starting from most recent experience. Successful applicant will sign a Letter of Commitment indicating a) availability to serve in the position immediately as the project is awarded, b) intention to serve for the expected term of the project (3 years) and, agreement that compensation is subject to USAID approval.

RI Values:

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities. We value:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Agility and Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability
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