About UNDP in Bangladesh

 Primary school BangladeshBangladesh is well on its way in attaining a number of it's key MDG targets. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh

Since 1972, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been partnering with the people and communities of Bangladesh at various levels to build a resilient nation with strong focus on sustainable human development-led growth.  Since its inception, UNDP and its partners accomplished key results in the areas of governance, poverty reduction, environment, energy and climate change, disaster management, and achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  Over the years of dedicated partnership with government agencies and partners, UNDP Bangladesh is viewed as an honest broker, bringing about transformational changes in the lives and livelihoods of the people of Bangladesh. 

What do we want to accomplish?

UNDP Bangladesh is committed to assist Bangladesh and its people in establishing sustainable pathways to development and a resilient nation.  In the 2013 Human Development Report, Bangladesh has been flagged as a “rising star”, halving poverty and attaining gender parity in primary education.  Staying on course with these results, UNDP Bangladesh is working towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 while gearing towards middle income status for Bangladesh by 2021.  We combine global networks and best practices to indigenous knowledge and experiences to overcome challenges in the areas of:

  • Poverty Reduction and the Achievement of the MDGs
  • Democratic Governance
  • Crisis Prevention and Recovery
  • Environment and Energy for Sustainable Development

UNDP Bangladesh brings together government agencies and development partners to use aid effectively.  In all our work, we have strong focus on capacity building, human rights and women’s empowerment. 

What are our results?

In the last decade, UNDP Bangladesh has supported Bangladesh in achieving transformational changes that have improved the lives of millions of people and pulled them out of chronic and extreme poverty.  Surging ahead with a 6.7% GDP per annum, Bangladesh is well on its way to becoming a middle income country with an equitable growth focus.  Bangladesh has been recognized as one of 18 countries that have made rapid progress in the past decade according to the HDR 2013, displaying strong economic growth and human development in comparison to South Asian neighbors. 

Who are the decision makers?

The Resident Coordinator, Mr. Robert Watkins, heads the UN System in Bangladesh and is the Resident Representative for UNDP in the country. UNDP’s Country Director, Ms. Pauline Tamesis, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of UNDP Bangladesh. Deputy Country Director, Mr. Nick Beresford and Operations Manager, Mr Anas Qarman are responsible for programme and operations management respectively.

UNDP works closely with the Government of Bangladesh. The UNDP programmes are prepared in consultation with the government, civil society organizations, United Nations organizations and other development partners. In order to facilitate a consultative and participatory approach, an UNDAF Steering Committee comprised of the Government and UNCT was set up to oversee the UNDAF’s formulation and implementation. Similarly, an UNDAF Coordination Group will monitor implementation, ensuring progress towards the target results, and an UNDAF M&E Group will lead the monitoring process. In addition, Government counterparts and development partners will participate in UNDAF Joint Annual Reviews to document UNDAF achievements and challenges.

How many are we?

UNDP Bangladesh houses a total of 118 fixed term contract holders and 890 service contract holders.  The highest competitive and transparent processes are maintained to award the best candidate for the positions.  All job listings are found at the job site of the country office.

Our Consultants

List of all current consultants (SCs, SSAs) who will receive $30,000 or more from the CO over a 12 month period.  For each consultant, the total amount of compensation and/or compensation rate should be included.

Consultants Amount of contract (USD)/contract duration
Consultant 1 USD 49,957 (USD 999.14 per day including all expenses for 50 working days from 30 June 2013 until 31 December 2013)
Consultant 2
USD 45,200 (USD 452 per day including all expenses for 100 working days from 19 March 2013 until 18 September 2013)
Consultant 3
USD 56,520 (USD 866.21 per day including all expenses for 3 months from 5 April 2013 to 04 July 2013 but a no-cost extension has been given until 20 July 2013.)
Consultant 4
USD 50,459 (USD773.32 per day including all expenses for 3 months from 20 May 2013 until 19 August 2013)