Business Development Officer

Good Neighbors is an international humanitarian and development non-governmental organization with membership in General Consultative Status in the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC). Good Neighbors Bangladesh, established in 1996, is operating 16 Community Development Projects (CDP) and 3 Projects with Specific Program (PSP) in 12 districts for child protection, education, health, women empowerment, income-generating activities, DRR, and Rohingya Emergency Response Project. Winner of MDG 2 award in 2007. Good Neighbors Bangladesh (GNB) intends to recruit suitable personnel for the following position for its Building Resilience to Achieve Zero Hunger (BRAZH) project as a trustworthy partner of UNWFP: 
Position: Business Development Officer (BDO)
Job Location: Sadar Upazila, Kurigram
Basic Requirement:

  • Education: Master degree in Business Administration/ Agriculture/Economics or Social Science from any reputed university
  • Experience: 5 years’ work experience; with at least 3 years’ experience in IGA, enterprise, markets-based or value chain development projects
  • Age: Minimum age 35 years (as on 01st September 2021)
  • Call for interview: Interview will be held in Kurigram office with the short-listed candidates only (please provide your active email address)
Contract Information:Consolidated Remuneration: Tk. 36,750 (per month)
Contract Period: Contractual (04) months_ November’2021-February’2022
Terms of Reference for Business Development Officer:

Background:

The World Food Programme of the United Nations has been implementing the Building Resilience to Achieve Zero Hunger (BRAZH) project with the support of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in flood-prone area of Kurigram district since 2018.

The aim of the project is to improve the food security of flood-affected households and communities in Kurigram district by developing and implementing innovative approaches which can be effectively used to enhance resilience. The project identifies three approaches which include; climate risk insurance, forecast-based financing, and seasonal livelihood planning, which function as integrated risk transfer mechanisms to prevent a sharp increase in poverty following a disaster.

The seasonal livelihood planning tool aims to enhance understanding of the relationship between seasonality and household economics. The Seasonal Livelihood Programme incorporates an integrated context analysis that combines historical trends of food security, nutrition, and shocks with other information such as roads, markets, and land degradation to identify priority areas for interventions and appropriate programme strategies. Through Integrated Seasonal Livelihood Programming tools, the project will demonstrate potential livelihood options for the vulnerably communities. Through Community-Based Participatory Planning (CBPP) at the local level the project already planned some income generating activities such as agriculture farming, livestock rearing, poultry rearing, fish cultivation, handicrafts, mechanics, electrician etc which will be the focus area of work for the Business Development Officer.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The primary role of the BDO will be to design and implement resilient livelihoods activities, with a focus on linking with potential local, regional and national markets. The BDO will:

  • Plan, develop, design, implement, and monitor the SLP, FbF and CRI activities
  • Support and guide on the development of producer organizations and small-scale enterprises to develop business plan, financial projection, financial analysis and business management
  • Provide support to smallholder farmers, community-based organization/cooperatives, traders association and small enterprises on business plan and management
  • Conduct market assessment and analyses the information to design project activities
  • Identify and analyses the potential opportunities to improve project participants’ access to markets and to improve efficiency of market actors.
  • Identify potential service providers, input/output market actors, project partners and producers (households) and develop strategies for analyzing and addressing their constraints.
  • Prepare monthly/quarterly implementation plan for the assigned area in accordance with detailed annual activity plan of the project.
  • Provide technical support to the participants to develop business plans for various income generating activities through facilitating consultation process with the women;
  • Design and develop training programme and appropriate training materials on entrepreneurship development, income generating activities based on needs of the women participants of the project and incorporate behavioral change communication (BCC) component in the regular training activities;
  • Facilitate competitive IGA/value chain for agricultural input & product marketing
  • Analyze the knowledge and behavior of participant groups/MSEs and their constraints to increase production and access to markets.
  • Organize and facilitate different workshops/meetings, orientation and discussion sessions for project staff and stakeholders.
  • Supervise and monitor training programmes delivered by Filed Trainer including training quality and provide technical support for corrective actions;
  • Establish collaboration and working relationship with the union and upazilla level officials such as DAE, DLS, DoF, Youth Development to engage them in providing technical support and monitoring the project activities
  • Facilitate project beneficiaries to establish linkage with input and output market actors
  • Closely monitor and follow up income generating activities initiated by the beneficiaries through regular field visits
  • Contribute in developing M & E tools, collect data, analyses and prepare report.
  • Produce project progress report, case studies, blogs and publications
Required Qualifications and Skills for the position:

  • Master’s in Business Administration/ Agriculture/Economics or Social Science from any reputed university
  • 5 years’ work experience; with at least 2 years’ experience in IGA, enterprise, markets-based or value chain development projects;
  • Experience and demonstrable skills in financial projection; income statement, cash flow and reviewing financial performance.
  • Past proven experience in context analysis, programme assessment and report writing
  • Clear understanding of market research, market analysis, risk financing and value chain development.
  • Knowledge and experience of gender, climate change, risk reduction and risk transfer programming for smallholder farmers and most vulnerable households
  • Financial management, including leadership and influencing skills, willing to work in team.
  • Knowledge and understanding of diversity, cultural and political sensitivities.
  • An ability and willingness to work towards deadlines, in a planned and inclusive way
  • Demonstrable communication, facilitation and representation skills (in English and local language preferably).
Application Procedure:If you think you are the right match for the above-mentioned position and can join GNB immediately (within a very short time), follow the application instructions accordingly:

Please download the prescribed format from the GNB website homepage and email your application to: dipok@gnbangla.org or physically- Upazila Coordinator, WFP Building Resilience to Achieve Zero Hunger Project, Velakopa Road, Chamrargola, Sadar Upazila, Kurigram by 10 October 2021. 

Please mention the position name in the email subject line.

Applications that are not in the ‘prescribed format’Application Format or incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Only short-listed candidates will be called for an assessment.
Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

Good Neighbors Bangladesh is concerned about the rights of children and women and has a “Zero Tolerance” policy for any kind of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.