Business Development Officer : CARE

Business Development Officer at CARE Bangladesh

CARE Bangladesh has published a job circular for the position of Business Development Officer.

Position Title: Business Development Officer

Position: 01
Location: Moheskhali Field Office under CARE Bangladesh Cox’s Bazar Regional Office.
Duration: Duration of the Contract will be up to December 31, 2022 with possibility of extension.

I. Job Summary:
CARE is one of the world’s leading international humanitarian and development organizations, committed to helping people in poor communities improve their lives and alleviate poverty. Founded in 1945, CARE is working across 104 countries to fight global poverty and marginalization. CARE has been active in Bangladesh since 1949 being one of the largest country offices of CARE. CARE works to help people achieve social and economic well-being, while being among the best in their fields. In CARE, put women and girls at the center of our work because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. CARE Bangladesh is currently shifting towards a program approach, where it has developed longer-term impact visions to have more sustainable changes in the lives of the extreme poor and marginalized.Cox’s Bazar is amongst the poorest districts of Bangladesh. In Ukhia, 33% of people live below the poverty line, and 17% below the extreme poverty line. This is linked to the region’s poor land quality and high risk of natural disaster. Since the Myanmar refugee influx in fall 2017, over 902,984 refugees or 201,150 households (HH)s have settled in Cox’s Bazar. Despite the support of the Government of Bangladesh and the global humanitarian community, the large concentration of refugees has resulted in commodity and housing price hikes, falling agricultural and other low-skill labor wages, and severe environmental degradation. Depletion of natural resources and competition for economic resources has placed new strain on the host community. Data obtained from several secondary sources indicates that more than two million people from the host community population of Cox’s Bazar district have been directly or indirectly affected by the Rohingya influx, about 27% living in Maheshkhali, Kutubdia and Pekua, who are facing disruption on their day-to-day income-generating activities and regular livelihood. Recent research also supports the need for a comprehensive approach to build and improve resilience for the affected communities in Cox’s Bazar, emphasizing economic empowerment of refugee and host community women through home-based enterprises and value chain activities. Women living within these host community areas, especially the ultra-poor and those with disabilities are most vulnerable in this particular context. In the overall context of Bangladesh, women have less access than men to markets, assets, decision making and other livelihood opportunities, and are less resilient to disaster and health shocks. Current livelihood practices in these areas include agriculture, fishing, dry fish and other small-scale business; most of which have been negatively impacted due to the Rohingya crisis, impacting livelihoods of the host communities.Thus, to address these problems in the host community areas, specifically for women, CARE brings a comprehensive set of interventions under WFP EFSN Livelihood project. These shall help build their capacity and enhance skills, make behavioral change to achieve personal and social wellbeing, at the same time provide direct financial support for entrepreneurship and business development to ensure sustainable livelihoods. In addition to these interventions, this project works on improving household resilience and economic sustainability through financial inclusion, market linkage building and promoting collective action. This project engages with 15,000 extremely poor, marginalized and disabled women whose livelihood has been negatively impacted by the change happened in the local economy due to the Rohingya crisis, the effect of climate change and recent lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic. Business Development Officer (BDO) will be responsible for creating an enabling environment for entrepreneurship and business development following market driven approach, for the population identified as the most vulnerable in the targeted communities. The BDO shall be accountable for Regular follow-up, technical support, value addition on Marketing and Promotion of enterprises. S/he will be assigned to develop market linkages for small enterprises. S/he will also be responsible for establishing technical partnerships with GOB extension agents. BDO shall support the behavioral change campaign and capacity building activities while aligning business development opportunities.  The BDO will be based at Cox’s Bazar. 
II. Responsibilities and Tasks:% of Time
Responsibility # 1: Develop an enabling environment for entrepreneurship and business development for population identified as the most vulnerable in targeted communities     30%
Facilitate business development training need assessmentModule development on entrepreneurship development, business selection and business planning (EDT)Provide capacity building training on Entrepreneurship development business selection and business planning (EDT) for beneficiaries.Review business plan and endorsement. 
Responsibility # 2: Implementation of market linkage initiatives through collective actions and life-skills development    25%
 Develop Technical partnership with relevant GoB extension agents.Provide Backward and forward linkage support with business entities.Provide IGA skills development training on selected business for technical issues, startup and management.Creating linkage with local higher value markets and Rohingya camp base market system (including WFP run markets). 
Responsibility # 3:  Support in behavioral change initiative through campaigns and promotion of better business practices    25%
Assist in community level awareness sessions and community mobilization on specific issues related to livelihood and better living.Support in behavioral change package training programAssist training on post harvest management and ICT for online marketing of productsPromote group-based production, aggregation and collective action for marketing of products.
Responsibility # 4: Information collection, preservation, Monitoring, reporting and other ad-hoc tasks   20%
Assess business development progress in regular basis Submission of monthly ’Progress Monitoring’ sheet to supervisorAttend relevant stakeholders’ meetings, personal capacity building events in the form of training, cross-visits, etc. Address ad-hoc information requirementsFollow up market relations and leadership capacities.Carry out regular monitoring and follow up of enterprise & business to make it profitable.
Responsibility # 5 Adhere to and support CARE Bangladesh’s Safety and Security policy and systems
As part of this role, the job holder will be expected to adhere to and support CARE Bangladesh’s Safety and Security policy and systems as part of their day to day duties, and comply, at all times, to safety & security protocols and directives, including reporting. Staff must maintain situational and self – awareness and be aware of the safety – security related consequences of their actions upon themselves, their team and the organization as a whole.
Responsibility # 6 Safeguarding
CARE is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct and expects staff to promote the welfare of children, young people and adults at all times.  CARE expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our Code of Conduct.  We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate this commitment are recruited to work with us.
III. Reporting to:  
Project Coordinator
IV. Working Conditions:  
The positions are based in Moheskhali
V.   Qualifications and Experience:  
Masters in Agriculture/Fisheries/LivestockMinimum 3 to 4 years professional experience in the relevant field.Prior experience of working in Livelihood, value chain and market system development.Excellent verbal and written communication skills.Should have good understanding of MS Office applications.
VI.  Core Competencies:  
Facilitation skills, knowledge on livelihood program implementation.Knowledge of multicultural intervention and ability to deal with GO, NGO, Private sectorExperience on Participating Learning Action and Community Led development approachGood understanding about Cox’s Bazar host community, its dynamics, power structure and development issues.
VII.  Authority
Can implement approved budgeted activities. Can take decision in program implementation using his/her own judgment and seek help from supervisor, if required.
VII.  Key relationship
Project Coordinator, Upazila Project officers, Livestock Officer Admin and Logistics, Community Mobilizers, Disability and inclusion officer, Business Development Support officer, Public Private Livestock related stakeholders.  

Candidates need to be highly motivated and committed to CARE Bangladesh’s vision, mission, and long-term development work to significantly improve the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalized Candidates must be capable of displaying great learning agility, support and encourage knowledge sharing across projects, for the ultimate benefit of all of CARE’s mission wide initiatives.

Interested candidates meeting the above requirements should apply through CARE Bangladesh’s e-recruitment sitehttps://career.carebangladesh.org/care-recruitment/home/jobDetails/1010 on or before June 30, 2022. 


  • CARE Bangladesh aims to attract and select a diverse workforce ensuring equal opportunity to everyone, irrespective of race, age, gender, HIV status, class, ethnicity, disability, location and religion.
  • Women are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Any personal persuasion/phone-call will result in disqualification of candidature. We guarantee an interview to disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria.
  • CARE Bangladesh has a non-negotiable policy of ZERO TOLERANCE towards discrimination, harassment and abuse. All employees are expected to abide by the Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse & Child Protection Policy of CARE Bangladesh.
  • Internal and external applicants shall be treated equally in the entire selection process.
  • To ensure transparent processes during recruitment, internal candidates should discuss potential applications with their Line Managers to ensure endorsement of their applications by respective Line Managers.
  • There is no cost involved with applying for positions with CARE Bangladesh. Any solicitation of job application costs should be regarded as fraudulent.

Job Source: CARE Bangladesh Career

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