Bangladesh: Director, Development

Organization: International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research
Country: Bangladesh
Closing date: 05 Sep 2018

icddr,b, formerly the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, is an international public health research institution based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and has a 58 year history of innovation. Its research agenda, which reflects the full spectrum of global health challenges affecting people living in poverty, is articulated in detail in its current Strategic Plan (available at In recognition of its scientific and humanitarian contributions, icddr,b has won many international awards, including most notably: • In 2001, the first Gates Award for Global Health for its development live-saving solutions, most notably oral rehydration solution, an innovation credited with saving 50 million lives; • In 2017, the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize in recognition of icddr,b’s innovative approach to solving global health issues impacting the world’s most impoverished communities. Reporting to the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director, the Director of Development will have a bold, exciting mandate:

  1. To provide vision, leadership and strategy for significant growth across the fundraising spectrum;
  2. To build the development team and transform it into a world-class fundraising operation;
  3. To position icddr,b for greater development innovation, execution and success.
  4. To move icddr,b to greater visibility in the donor community and financial sustainability;
  5. To expand icddr,b’s fundraising capacity to achieve significantly higher revenue targets and greater success. icddr,b invites applications for the position of Director of Development in Dhaka, Bangladesh. icddr,b offers internationally competitive remuneration at UN equivalent P5 level paid in US Dollars. The appointment will be made on a fixed-term basis initially for three (3) years, which is renewable depending on performance. Roles and Responsibilities • Develop and implement a global resource mobilization strategy for icddr,b, including cultivating and sustaining relationships with donors and potential donors, governments, and NGOs, and other constituencies both nationally and globally; • Provide strategic guidance to icddr,b’s Board, Executive Director and senior leaders on resource development issues to ensure a coordinated and synergistic approach between the organization’s resource development, communications and scientific research activities; • Cultivate and maintain long-term relationships with current donors in Europe, North America and Asia, including overseeing timely and accurate reporting, regular donor briefings, and donor recognition and stewardship activities; • Lead efforts to develop and maintain icddr,b’s capacity to identify and track funding priorities and prospects, key contacts, and funding mechanisms in current and potential donor countries and organizations.

Required Qualifications and Experience: • A Masters degree or equivalent in International Relations, Public Health or other related field; • A minimum of ten years’ experience and a track record of management-level resource development experience, preferably internationally, including in Europe and Asia; • A track record of designing and implementing resource development strategies and plans; • The ability to build and sustain relationships with donors, governments, foundations and corporations; • Demonstrated leadership skills, including the ability to think strategically, delegate where appropriate, to prioritize competing demands and to influence colleagues; • Executive presence, leadership and communication/influencing skills; • Knowledge of issues related to global health, the Sustainable Development Goals, and public health research and innovation; • Experience in building strategic relationships and working in developing countries; • Exceptional written and oral English communications skills, including the ability to respond clearly, creatively and decisively to donors and potential donors; • Experience working and communicating effectively with an international network of donor representatives; experience identifying and managing consultants; and excellent interpersonal and listening skills; • Demonstrated experience as a partner and sounding board who is able to give proactive advice, feedback and counsel to the Board, Executive Director, and senior leaders; • Ability to undertake extensive travel in pursuit of icddr,b’s fundraising priorities.

How to apply:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please send your CV –
• Setting out your career history with key responsibilities and relevant achievements, including where applicable budgets and number of people managed;
• A statement of suitability (no longer than two pages) explaining why this role is of interest to you and how your personal skills, qualities, and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria set out in the person specification, to:

• Please ensure that both documents contain your full name.