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DFID recruiting Education Adviser

Bangladesh, 06 October 2014


The UK Department for International Development (DFID) would like to recruit a dynamic education professional with good knowledge of the Bangladesh education sector to help manage and deliver results for DFID's significant investment in education in Bangladesh.

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to join one of the largest Human Development teams (HD team) in DFID, which encompasses health, education, water and sanitation programmes. The education portfolio is one of the largest in the DFID Bangladesh office with an overall programme of over £150 million for the current period 2011-2015.

DFID is the largest bilateral donor in the education sector in Bangladesh providing support through a large government sector programme, and projects with non­government organisations. The support to the public sector is provided through the government-led Primary Education Development Programme (PEDP 3). Additional projects focus on priority areas including English language training, skills training and non-formal education.

The UK government has a strong focus on ensuring results and obtaining the best value for money for investments, building sustainable systems and supporting women and girls. DFID Bangladesh intends to expand the scope of the education portfolio by investing in the secondary level of education in future.

Job Description and Duties

The Education Adviser will be a member of the HD team. The HD team, under the leadership of the HD Team leader consists of two education advisers, two health advisers, two programme managers, two deputy programme managers and a programme officer. The new education adviser will work alongside the other education adviser and relevant programme management staff.

The education Adviser will report directly to the Human Development Team Leader, providing technical support to programme delivery, results reporting and advice on education issues throughout the DFID Bangladesh portfolio. He/she will be the focal point for support to the primary education sector programme, technical assistance, implementation issues and policy dialogue with the government. The Adviser will play a key role in providing advice on education issues and will contribute to the efficient and effective operation of the Human Development team, corporate requirements and office management.

Specific tasks will be negotiated with the successful candidate and will depend on the skills and experience of the individual. Key requirements of the post will include:

Sector programme

  • Provide technical leadership for the Sector Programme, which is a government-led and multi-donor funded programme aimed at improving quality and equity of primary education throughout the country. DFID's contribution is GBP 120 million to this USD 10 billion programme. DFID is the largest bilateral donor in the programme and plays an influential role in implementation decisions, results assessment, technical assistance and policy dialogue.

  • Identify and manage technical assistance to the sector programme as and when needed. This will include developing the ToR, negotiating the ToR with the government, oversee procurement and ensure delivery of tasks.

  • Work closely with cross cutting advisers including the Public Financial Management adviser and Social Development adviser for devising the most appropriate advice to the programme and to DFID.

  • Prepare and participate in DFID and other sector or project reviews and evaluations;

Education portfolio

  • Contribute to the measurement and communication of results;

  • Take lead on developing new programmes, especially in secondary education;

  • Provide high quality information and advice in a timely manner (e.g. briefings, communications pieces, analyses, case studies, results data, UK parliamentary questions);

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders in the sector, ensuring a common understanding and approach with the other members of the HD team;

  • Maintain and further develop in-depth technical knowledge and understanding of Bangladesh's primary education issues, strategies and policies and organisations and institutions as well as keeping abreast of developments in the global evidence base;

  • Represent and promote DFID and ensuring coherent and strategic donor coordination;

  • Contribute to DFID Bangladesh's strategic thinking and forward programming as well as other office priorities and corporate requirements;

  • Contribute to DFID's education professional cadre through contribution to global policy and programmatic debates and participation in meetings and professional events.

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