Community Development Specialist (Anticipated)




Counterpart International

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Counterpart International is a global development organization that empowers people and communities to implement innovative and enduring solutions to social, economic, and environmental challenges. For nearly 50 years, Counterpart has been forging partnerships with communities in need to address complex problems related to economic development, food security and nutrition, and building effective governance and institutions.

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Counterpart International is seeking a Community Development Specialist for a 5-year, $20 million Leadership Development Program in Bangladesh. The program aims to promote community leaders and youth as change agents for democracy and development by promoting greater understanding of democratic practices and values and providing opportunities for community leaders and young people to engage in community development. With direction from the Chief of Party and designated Counterpart HQ staff, the Specialist will be responsible for providing technical support in encouraging citizens to participate in local governance and policy development. The Specialist will oversee the building of strong participatory mechanisms for citizens to engage on local development affecting democracy and governance principles. The Specialist will develop skills and knowledge built around specific development issues, then find mentoring opportunities for community leaders.

This is a local position and only natives of Bangladesh will be  considered.


  • A minimum of 5-7 years international or regional professional experience.
  • Previous experience implementing and managing complex USAID-funded governance and civil society programs, preferably in South Asia focused on community development.
  • Demonstrated expertise in leadership development through training and community development.
  • Master’s Degree in NGO Management, International Development, an MBA, or other relevant field of study.
  • Understanding of the socio-cultural issues and nuances of working with community, civil society, youth, gender and government settings is highly desirable. 
  • Demonstrated capabilities in at least one of the following areas: community development, leadership development, training and networking in a context similar to Bangladesh.
  • Strong communications and interpersonal skills to meet the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the program and to effectively coordinate with a wide range of regional stakeholders.
  • Language (reading, writing, and speaking): English fluency required.
  • Ability to work under pressure and manage multiple programs/activities for the assigned country.

Counterpart is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans and the physically challenged are encouraged to apply.