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Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation & Reporting (PMER) Coordinator - Bangladesh
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Dhaka
Bangladesh
This position is based in Dhaka office. MCC expatriate and national staff are based both in Dhaka and in several field locations, including Mymensingh and Bogra. 

Dhaka is now one of the world’s mega-cities, with over 15 million population and growing. Consequently, it suffers like many cities from severe traffic congestion. It has a large expatriate population of people working for many other organizations and so there are a number of good restaurants, primarily Chinese, Indian, and Thai available as well as recreational facilities at various national clubs.

Medical care, including care for complex medical problems, is available in Dhaka. MCC has also used medical services of mission hospitals in Bangladesh and hospitals in Bangkok where excellent care is also available. The MCC office has high speed internet connection, and 3G mobile internet is available in most places throughout the country via the cellular networks. 

In Dhaka, Western-style schooling from a British-based curriculum is available for children of all ages, although it provides a more limited curriculum choice for high school students.  Other international schools (including American-based curriculum) exist, but these are prohibitively expensive. Child-care is also readily available from local support staff. 

Bengali language skills are important for communication with national staff as MCCB employs about 20

Bangladeshi staff, most senior staff are fluent in English, and most meetings are conducted bilingually, with translation for both Bengali and English speakers. Speaking at least some Bengali is also necessary for effective interaction with the local culture. Learning the Bengali language is important and encouraged. The local culture is mostly Islamic with a mix of Hindu mysticism. 
While there are no Anabaptist churches in Bangladesh, a variety of Christian churches in Dhaka have regular English and Bengali services.

Located in the tropical zone, Bangladesh has warm weather with heavy rainfall during the monsoon season of June to September. Temperatures can range from 35C/100F during the months of July/August to 10C/50F during January. July is usually the wettest month of the year with high humidity.

Challenges:

Bangladesh is a stimulating socio-cultural context in which to live. It is a land of contrasts - lush green rice fields and high population density, predominantly rural yet having one of the world’s fastest growing mega cities, extreme poverty and generous hospitality, hot humid weather and cooling rains. Like many cities in developing counties, Dhaka exhibits the stark contrast of extreme poverty and extreme wealth sitting side-by side. Outside of Dhaka traffic on highways can be chaotic, with vehicles of all sizes and speeds massing together on roads and buses racing each other.  
In the monsoon season constant rains and high humid can result in significant growth of mold in less ventilated places. The diet is predominantly rice, lentils, fish and meat curries with limited availability of special diet related foods.

While adjustment to the culture, general living and program administration can be challenging at times,
MCC workers have found a rich and rewarding experience in their relationships with the host country and their work. MCC expatriates are able to form meaningful relationships with MCC national staff, some who have worked with MCC for more than 20 years, and other Bangladeshis. These relationships, along with the critical work MCC Bangladesh carries out to alleviate the extreme poverty of this country, help create a meaningful MCC experience which brings hope to all involved. 

Political uncertainty is often a factor complicating travel timing and program operation. The MCC Service Workers need to be able to function well in an environment of great uncertainty.
Mar 02, 2021
Jul 01, 2021
Yes
3 years
All MCC workers are expected to exhibit a commitment to: a personal Christian faith and discipleship; active participation in a Christian church or Christian community; and nonviolent peacemaking. MCC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to employment equity. MCC values diversity and invites all qualified candidates to apply.
  • Degree in Development Studies, Project Management, Social Sciences, Sociology or related fields, or relevant experience. A Masters in Development, Economics, Public Health or related fields preferred.
  • Two years of experience in international development, in program coordination, project management or in a planning, monitoring and evaluation (PME) position
  • Training and/or experience in results-based management, logical framework analysis, and theory of change principles, tools and techniques.
  • Ability to understand and communicate across cultural and linguistic boundaries.
  • Good relational skills that allow him/her to engage with all sectors of society.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills, with ability to network with others in related fields.
  • Patience and flexibility to work in a context where plans change frequently
  • Ability to travel in rural Bangladesh using local transportation (walking, bicycle, bus, shared taxi, train etc.).
  • Willingness to learn Bangla.
  • Ability to write clear reports in English and to edit (for grammar and content) English documents produced by others.
  • Competency with word processing software and database reporting.
​Invitations to serve with MCC are contingent on the successful outcome of criminal background check(s).
The PMER (Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting) Coordinator is tasked with Planning Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting (PMER) and building capacity of MCC Bangladesh staff and MCC Bangladesh partners towards greater independence and sustainability and, alongside the MCC Bangladesh Country Directors (Reps), and in-country Sector Coordinators, will assist in all planning, monitoring and evaluating activities.
Political instability; Security issues; Occasional overnights; Occasional long days; Work requires healthy boundaries; Complex-needs population; Diverse group of stakeholders; Local area not supportive to LGTBQ+ persons
Visit partner organizations and field-based staff to see the projects to better understand their work.
Work with MCC Bangladesh Representatives to evaluate and strengthen projects and ensure timely reporting on projects.
Work together with Sector Coordinators and field staff to explore new project/funding opportunities and ensure that new concept notes and project proposals take account of learnings and past experiences.
Review and make recommendations on submitted project proposals.
Support and build capacity of national staff in regard to PMER activities.  
Review all progress reports for quality ensuring that reports and other project documents capture progress, effectiveness and impact of projects.
Assist staff to gather and monitor key performance indicators of their projects, and compile these together for overall MCC Bangladesh program, and provide support to update the project and program level database in the system. 
Assess capacity of national staff and partners and offer PMER training or workshops to address capacity building needs.
Develop contacts and relationships with relevant external agencies (local government, community-based and NGO entities) to enhance program implementation and sustainability.
Maintain up-to-date knowledge of PMER principles and practices. 
Regularly attend a local church.
Participate in MCC Bangladesh team life and responsibilities, such as team meetings, worker reports, and retreats.
Model non-violent peacemaking in the workplace and community through respectful interactions with others.
Other duties as assigned.
Assignment Narrative:

The PMER Coordinator will provide leadership and coordination for the monitoring and evaluation of the MCC Bangladesh program, working closely and in consultation with the MCC Bangladesh Representatives and the national program staff. The Coordinator will need to travel to different project areas, working with MCC national and local partner staff to help ensure the application of results-based management principles. A key aspect of the role is to work alongside and support national staff and partner organizations to develop their capacity in PMER activities, through on-going support and also formal training sessions as required.

MCC Bangladesh works in the sectors of food security, education and peace/justice, and the PMER Coordinator will be expected to engage with projects in each of these sectors. Much of this work is implemented with and through local community-based NGOs. MCC Bangladesh  works  in an integrated way, with projects in different sectors being implemented in the same villages, with a view to effecting broader community development and change. The Coordinator will also help staff assess this more general impact at the wider community level. 

 
    
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