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Project Leader

Closing Date: 2nd of August
Posted 2 weeks ago



The position is expected to be based at the regional office in Dhaka, Bangladesh, but will interact regularly with administrative and supportive systems at our headquarters and in South Asia.



CIMMYT is a cutting-edge, non-profit, international organization dedicated to solving tomorrow’s problems today. It is entrusted with fostering improved quantity, quality, and dependability of production systems and basic cereals such as maize, wheat, triticale, sorghum, millets, and associated crops through applied agricultural science, particularly in the Global South, through building strong partnerships. This combination enhances the livelihood trajectories and resilience of millions of resource-poor farmers, while working towards a more productive, inclusive, and resilient agrifood system within planetary boundaries.


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Position Overview

CIMMYT is anticipating the request for various Climate Smart Agricultural Activities in Bangladesh in the coming 12 months.


In preparation for these anticipated requests, CIMMYT is seeking a dynamic, self-motivated, and outcome-oriented professional for the position of Project Leader with an excellent track record with similar projects that focus on Agriculture, Food Security, and Climate Smart approaches, with a strong preference for Bangladesh or South Asia experience.


Specific duties:

  • Provide management, leadership, and technical guidance for the project.
  • Lead project implementation and assign and oversee project staff, partners, and consultants’ work based on the project’s annual work plan.
  • Manage project subcontractors to ensure proper implementation of their scopes of work and adherence to proper budget management.
  • Ensure budgetary and fiscal planning along with the financial report to be prepared and submitted to the donor.
  • Ensure proper cooperation with and among project partners, including government and private sector entities, to ensure reaching project outcomes.
  • Ensure proper MEL design, data gathering, and reporting of data toward project outcomes.
  • Lead development of semi-annual/annual reports as required with input from staff and partners and submit to PMU.
  • Managing relationships with the implementing partners i.e. public and private sector, as required for smooth implementation.
  • In conjunction with CIMMYT Bangladesh country office leadership, brief representatives on project progress and accomplishments.
  • In conjunction with CIMMYT Bangladesh country office leadership, meet with GOB partners and other interested parties to keep them informed and involved in project activities.
  • Develop annual work plans in conjunction with partners, project staff, and ensure timely approvals.


Required academic qualifications, skills, and attitudes.

The successful candidate will have the following profile:

  • Master’s degree (PhD preferred) in Agriculture, Environment or interactions between Agriculture and Science, or a related field.
  • Minimum of 15 years relevant experience implementing and managing large projects
  • Demonstrated active participation in and understanding of climate-smart technologies and market systems approaches.
  • Demonstrated ability to deal with market constraints and supply chain management systems.
  • Familiarity with Bangladesh’s agricultural production and seed systems and previous experience in Bangladesh is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage numerous partnerships.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with interdisciplinary teams.
  • Ability and experience supervising staff.
  • Strong English language skills, both written and spoken. Bangla language skills are a plus.
  • Willingness to travel frequently, both internationally and to rural Bangladesh.


This position is for an initial fixed term of (3) years, after which further employment is subject to performance and the continued availability of funds. CIMMYT’s internationally competitive salary and benefits include housing allowance, car, comprehensive health and life insurance, assistance for children’s education, paid vacation, annual home travel airfare, contribution to a retirement plan, and generous assistance with relocation shipment.


CIMMYT is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equality, teamwork, and respect for diversity. Women are encouraged to apply.


Applicants should send an up-to-date CV and a one-page cover letter, including copies of the highest diploma/degree, training certificates related to the position, and names and email addresses of 3 professional referees to Ms. Auree de Carbon by email at:  no later than August 2, 2024, 18:00 CET. Please indicate in the Subject’ of the email the title “Application for the post of Project Leader.”


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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