Center for Natural Resource Studies (CNRS):: Project Manager (PM) Job Circular


Center for Natural Resource Studies (CNRS)

Project : Reducing Dietary Related Risks Associated with Non-communicable Diseases in Bangladesh

Project Period: August 2016 to July 2019


Position: Project Manager (PM)

No. of Vacancies: 01

Joining Date: Preferably by 1 December 2016

“Reducing Dietary Related Risks Associated with Non-communicable Diseases in Bangladesh” is an action research project is funded by International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada and led by a reputed national NGO based in Dhaka. The Project Manager is the Head of Operations of this project and primary point of contact, and is responsible for overseeing and coordinating project operations and providing support to activities that are conducted in the Upazillas/Unions of Moulvibazar, Sylhet, Sunamgonj, Jamalpur, Sherpur, Pabna, and Khulna districts. S/he will be responsible for assuring achievements of project implementation objectives, activities and targeted results. Under the overall leadership and guidance of Principal Investigator of this project s/he will lead the effort to ensure full collaboration of the other partners e.g. University Manitoba (UM), Canada, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI), Dhaka University, (DU) and Chanel I.

Job Description / Responsibility

  • Coordinate with IDRC Management as and when needed for the overall project cycle management including contract modification, approval of annual implementation plan and budget, etc.;
  • Keep liaison, interaction and functional linkage with the respective government agencies, local government bodies and stakeholders at central and field level;
  • Keep coordination among the project stakeholders and do regular communication;
  • Support, coordinate and manage day-to-day field activities of the project sitesi.e. Upazillas/Unions, district and national level activities and supervise, monitoring field team and performance evaluation;
  • Facilitate liaison and overall communication and coordination among centrally based project technical specialists and Upazilla/Union level staffs;
  • Moderate, organize and facilitate trainings, meetings and workshops, develop session plans, contribute in preparing the modules and guidelines and prepare event completion reports;
  • Facilitate in work planning and setting of project targets, in an integrated and coherent manner;
  • Responsible for monitoring, evaluation and reporting of progress in project implementation and achievement of targeted results following project’s result based framework/logframe and document lessons learnt;
  • Support quality control and timely submission of all project deliverables;
  • Represent project and CNRS in different forums;
  • Provide support in understanding and compliance of CNRS organizational and IDRC’s policies and regulations among the internal stakeholders/ project collaborators;
  • Facilitate the financial management team to ensure timely financial and administrative delivery as per requirement;
  • Support compliance with procurement, accounting, documentation and reporting according to project/organizational policies and procedures;
  • Coordinate staff recruitment, performance appraisal and other activities as and when required;
  • Provide guidance and accompaniment support to all project staff, and ensure effective coordination and collaboration;
  • Approve travel and movement of the staff members as and when required;
  • Advise CNRS on administrative and personnel management procedures and issues;
  • Support for making synergy with the similar nature of projects and outreach;
  • Advocacy with different Ministries and Departments of Bangladesh government;
  • Assist in exploratory research related to NCDs and consumer preference study;
  • Organize International, National and local level workshops and events;
  • Arrange, development and impart TV programs and communication materialsfor building awareness among the targeted population on relation among cooking, consumption and NCDs;
  • Ensure the leveraging support from other projects;
  • Effort to ensure full collaboration of the other partners e.g. University Manitoba (UM), Canada, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI), Dhaka University, (DU) and Chanel I.
  • Any other job as assigned
  • The position is primarily reportable and accountable to Team Leader/ Principal Investigator for technical aspects and to Executive Director for administrative aspects.

Job Nature:  Full-time

Educational Requirements

  • Masters in any discipline

Experience Requirements

  • At least 10 years’ experience in exploratory research (preferably in health/ NCD/ Nutrition), community based agriculture (horticulture), health &nutrition and other development activities of which 3 years is in managerial level.

Additional Job Requirements

  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Bangla language.
  • Proven analytical abilities, good documentation skills
  • Proven leadership quality
  • Proficiency with MS applications and research tools
  • Having non-discriminatory and gender sensitive perception
  • Ability to work under stressful situations and meet deadlines

Salary Range: Gross BDT 76,000/month

Job Location: Dhaka with frequent filed visit.

Apply Instruction

Application should be submitted to the following e-mail address, with a note “Project Manager-IDRC” to be mentioned in the subject line by 10th November, 2016 COB. Applicants should submit a current resume and cover letter stating his/her competency for the position; otherwise the application may not be considered. Applicants must enclose his/her Photograph with CV. Women are encouraged to apply. CNRS would like to graciously thank all applicants for their interest but only candidates who meet aforesaid requisite criteria, and are short listed will be contacted.

Project  Information

“Reducing Dietary Related Risks Associated with Non-communicable Diseases in Bangladesh” project will lead coordinated actions to effectively promote balanced diet and vegetable consumption and associated benefits across multiple stakeholders (e.g. consumers, producers, and healthcare systems) for reducing dietary related risks associated with NCDs. The project will work with women-led cooperatives, school students, youth groups, and the private sector, directly reaching more than 30,000 populations. A consortium of a non-government organization, a government research institute, and a Bangladeshi university will lead the project. They will mobilize 2 major government divisions and the private sector to build small and medium vegetable enterprises to promote balanced dietary habit in Bangladesh. The collective work will serve to increase significantly the income of more than 28,000 farmers in Bangladesh and purchasing capacity of many more to buy vegetables and other less processed food along the value chain.

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