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Programme Coordinator, FES Bangladesh in Dhaka

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is a non-profit German foundation, funded by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany. The oldest German political foundation, FES has more than 100 offices around the world and its headquarters are located in Bonn and Berlin. The foundation is committed to the social and economic upgrading, in the spirit of social democracy, through education, research and international cooperation.

FES began working in Bangladesh in 2014. Since then it has been facilitating inclusive dialogues and research on social justice with a focus on labour and social partnership, sustainable development and international cooperation. For more information please visit our Facebook page:

Position description: Programme Coordinator (PC)

Status: Contract-based local employee (full-time)

Salary: Negotiable

Location: Dhaka

The role requires:

  • Drafting and designing of national and regional activities
  • Managing and facilitating the implementation and course of activities in close cooperation with local partners
  • Monitoring and evaluating projects (both national and regional) and its related activities
  • Preparing follow-up strategies
  • Financial and administrative monitoring of projects
  • Providing substantial analysis of the current political, social and economic developments, through the preparation of papers and reports
  • Continuous monitoring of media coverage
  • Translating and interpreting for the Resident Director and foreign delegates
  • Performing any other tasks that may be assigned by the Resident Director.

Required qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in political science, international relations, social studies, law or other related fields
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in project management, preferably with an NGO or INGO
  • Knowledge on current development in the fields of politics, labour movement, trade regimes, industrial relations and gender
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, intercultural and organizational skills
  • Team-player, detail-oriented and good networking skills
  • Good time management, problem-solving and critical thinking abilities
  • Project management skills and experience (desirable)
  • Displays excellent analytical skills and very good editorial capacities
  • Excellent command of MS Office Programme (i.e. Word, Excel, Power Point)
  • Fluent in the dynamics of Social Media (such as Facebook, Twitter)
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills (esp. in English) including report writing
  • Written and spoken proficiency in Bangla is also essential
  • Proficiency in the German language is not mandatory but preferred
  • Cultural awareness and experience in working with stakeholders from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Ready to travel in Bangladesh and abroad.

Sounds interesting?

If this sounds like something that you are interested in, please submit the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae (2 pages max. with a recent passport-sized photograph) with detailed references
  • Motivation Letter (1-2 pages max.)
  • An essay (2 pages max) explaining the main challenges facing the labour movement in the RMG sector in Bangladesh
  • Scanned copies of academic certificates, document of earlier employment
  • Two Letters of Recommendation.

Applications close at 2:00pm on Thursday 7 June 2018. Only complete applications sent by email will be accepted: application.fes(at)

We know diversity makes a positive difference and we encourage people of ethnic and religious minorities and other diverse backgrounds to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.


Thank you for your interest in an internship with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Asia. For internships in the Singapore-based FES Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia see for more information below. For internship opportunities in any of our 13 other offices in Asia, get information on our About page and contact the respective country offices.

More information

An internship at the Singapore-based FES Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia offers the possibility to experience and support the work of a political foundation at the regional level in Asia.

Who can apply

You may apply for an internship if you are an advanced student (minimum final year of B.A. studies) of Political Science, Social Sciences, Economics or related studies and display strong interest in international cooperation. FES scholarship recipients and applicants with a keen interest and preliminary experiences in the field of labour and trade issues, trade unions, feminism and social protection are particularly welcomed to apply. English proficiency is a must for our work. German and/or other Asian languages are beneficial.

Duration of internship and what to expect

During an FES Singapore internship, you will experience the working environment of a German political foundation and its cooperation activities in the field of social justice. Interns are required to support the FES team in its daily work, including organizing and implementing workshops and conferences, doing desk research, writing reports and assisting in office administration. The maximum internship duration is 3 months.

Upon request, FES can provide you with more detailed information on living and working in Singapore. Please be informed that standards of living in Singapore are very high which translates into high living expenses while living here. Due to internal regulations, FES can only offer a minor contribution to your internship-related expenses. In total FES will support you with 450 €uro/month. Additional expenses like flight ticket, visa fees, health insurance, etc., are not covered by FES.

How to apply

Applications (to be written in English) should be submitted at least 3 months in advance of your preferred starting date of the internship. You are requested to include the following documents in your application:

  • Motivation letter (1-1.5 page): What motivated you to apply for an internship with FES? Why did you choose the FES Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia based in Singapore? What do you expect from the internship? How can you contribute to our work? Please state your preferred time window for the internship. You may indicate two time windows in case your availability is flexible;
  • Curriculum Vitae (please also state your date of birth);
  • Recent overview of grades and study credits issued by your university;
  • Other relevant documents, e.g., reference letters from previous internships.

Once you are shortlisted you will be invited for a brief skype interview. Upon a successful application, you will need to apply for a visa and work permit under the Singapore Work Holiday Programme which permits you to enter Singapore for the purpose of your internship only. Singapore has specific and strict regulations for internship applicants based on age and university affiliation.

For details on visa matters please refer to the website of the Ministry of Manpower of Singapore.

Please send your application by email to FES Office Administrator Ms. Patricia D'Cotta at info[at]

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia

7500A Beach Road
The Plaza
Singapore 199591

+65 6297 6760


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