In line with the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) mandate to work in developing countries in the areas of professional development and democratic governance, the Bangladesh country office has had long standing cooperation with the Bangladesh Election Commission (BEC). Since 1997 UNDP Bangladesh has been proving support to BEC with a view to strengthening the democratic electoral process in Bangladesh through institutional capacity building which promoted an efficient and transparent electoral system.
UNDP has a 5-year technical assistance project to provide support to BEC. The project Strengthening Election Management in Bangladesh (SEMB) is focused on supporting greater capacity of the BEC by strengthening institutional and professional capacity. It therefore recognises the BEC is at a key juncture in its development and it will be vital for it to consolidate and systematise the advances it has made, thereby increasing the chances that the standards set in the 2008 elections can be maintained.. This 5-year electoral support project consists of technical assistance designed to enhance and further consolidate the institutional and professional capacities of the BEC, its Secretariat and local offices to deliver its mandated functions of conducting fair, credible and transparent elections and further consolidating itself as a permanent, professional, credible and independent institution of governance. Specifically, the following outcomes are envisaged for the programme:
Professionalised and strengthened training by the BEC Strengthened BEC capacity to efficiently manage decentralisation and institutional growth Reformed communications department and outreach to stakeholders Professionalised and strengthened ICT wing of the BEC Enhanced capacities to prepare and disseminate a credible and accurate photo voter register Support to activities in the run up to the parliamentary elections in 2014
In order to successful implementation of the project, UNDP is seeking for a Finance Expert (National) to provide support to Project Coordinator in dealing the financial matters of the project.