Bangladesh Country Director and Interim Country Director

About the role

We have an exciting opportunity for a Country Director in Bangladesh. We are looking to recruit on an interim basis, as well as a regular appointment.

Reporting to the International Director, the Country Director has overall responsibility for shaping and delivering on our ambitious strategy in Bangladesh.  The Country Director will be a dynamic, exemplary leader with the drive and experience to manage change and achieve impact. Entrepreneurship and new ways of thinking and working will be essential in this role as will good knowledge of the country context. Externally oriented with a proven track record of successful fundraising, building and nurturing strategic relationships with partners, development donors, commercial clients and government, the Country Director will strengthen our profile and grow our portfolio to achieve impact.

Internally, the Country Director will ensure sound, high quality management of all programmes, consultancies and operations to meet our standards and those of the donor or client. They will drive a focus on quality, results-centred delivery and accountability. This will include sound financial management and controls that mitigate risk and ensure that our business model is viable. They will have demonstrated experience of managing and mentoring high performing teams and promoting a culture of excellence and professionalism in all we do.

The Country Director is also a member of Practical Action’s global Strategic Leadership Team, contributing to shaping the group’s overall strategic direction and leading on specific global pieces of work. We expect all our teams, and especially our leaders to have a strong commitment to Practical Action’s vision, mission and values and ensure the protection of children and vulnerable adults with whom we work.


About you

  • Significant experience in the development field and/or consultancy sector, preferably at a senior management level.
  • Experience of developing and leading ambitious, viable strategies.
  • Excellent knowledge of the Bangladesh context, ideally related to: energy, agriculture, WASH and/or climate & resilience.
  • Proven track record of leading portfolio growth
  • Experience of managing a high performing team to achieve results and ability to drive change processes, bringing people along on the journey.
  • Proven track record of managing multi-million pound portfolios, ensuring business viability, compliance, delivery and controls.
  • High caliber representation and leadership in partnership building.
  • Cultural sensitivity and ability to effectively lead a diverse team.
  • A sound understanding of and commitment to gender equality.
  • Commitment to Practical Action’s vision, mission and values.


About us

We are an international development organisation putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.

We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.

We’re a global change-making group. The group consists of a UK registered charity with community projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, an independent development publishing company and a technical consulting service. We combine these specialisms to multiply our impact and help shape a world that works better for everyone.


Additional information

We treat all applications for employment on their merits and do not take into consideration any factors that are not relevant to the job such as disability, race, age, religion, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.

Practical Action is committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks.


How to Apply

All applications to be sent directly to Please refer to the recruitment packs attached before applying and specify whether you are applying for the interim or regular position.

Closing date for Interim Country Director: 17th November

Closing date for Country Director: 1st December

If you have any queries on any aspect of the appointment process, need additional information, or would like to have an informal discussion about the role and the organisation, please email  in the first instance.