Regional Director - South Asia

Dhaka, Bangladesh Full-time

Regional Director - South Asia

Deploy technology that improves millions of lives.

1.1 billion people lack any type of formal identifcation, making them functionally invisible in the eyes of the world (World Bank 2017). The inability to accurately ID people costs lives, wastes resources, and prevents millions from escaping poverty.


Simprints is a nonprofit tech company founded by a team of researchers from the University of Cambridge. Backed by Gates Foundation, USAID, DFID, and Grand Challenges Canada, the team has successfully developed the world’s first biometric system designed specifically for frontline workers in developing countries. Our team is drawn from Harvard, Cambridge, McKinsey, BCG, Siemens, and the United Nations, combining over 90 years of engineering and development experience. Experts from USAID have recently awarded Simprints a $2m prize as "one of the 15 most promising innovations to save the lives of mothers and children in developing countries".

“A cheap biometric solution like Simprints’ could become the first source of providing identity to hundreds of millions without identity now. It can allow them access to services and protection from harm—something that they do not have today.” Dr. Sharad Sapra Global Director of UNICEF Innovation

Numerous governments, businesses, and NGOs have committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) “zero” targets, such as ending poverty and hunger. However, these targets are impossible to achieve if we have no idea who we have reached – and who we have missed. Compounded by poor infrastructure and weak national ID schemes, the inability to identify people costs lives, wastes resources, and prevents millions from escaping poverty.  A growing body of evidence demonstrates that biometrics have huge potential to address this challenge, building solid ID systems in short periods of time, improving aid distribution, reducing fraud, and simplifying monitoring and reporting processes (USAID 2017). With biometric IDs, previously ‘invisible’ beneficiaries may access rights and services that enable achievement of the SDGs.

Reliable patient identification is a huge obstacle to the delivery of services by community health workers.  Simprints has just been awarded a $2 million innovation grant to scale up our current maternal, newborn, and child healthcare pilot with BRAC in Bangladesh that will cover 24 districts nationwide, reaching 4.48 million mothers and children living in urban slum areas over the next three years.

10 Reasons to join Simprints

Life is short. We believe work should be awesome, meaningful, and fun. At Simprints we’re taking on global development’s biggest challenges, powered by an amazing culture and incredible people. Work with us, and you will grow faster, learn more, and take on greater responsibilities than nearly any other job.

1. Genuine impact. The opportunity to spearhead our key scale-up program in partnership with BRAC that will reach 4.48 million beneficiaries across Bangladesh.

2. An extensive network of people. Working closely with a diverse range of stakeholders and interfacing with NGOs, social businesses, and governments in South Asia to open doors for future projects to deliver genuine impact.

3. Scaling-up your career. There is huge opportunity to expand and grow within the organisation, for the right candidate this could mean the potential to drive business strategy in the region which contributes to achieving our overarching objective to make Simprints 100% revenue driven by 2020.

4. Working flexible hours. More efficient late at night? Better before the sun rises? That’s fine by us. We are looking for people who get the job done, not for people who work between 9am and 5pm.

5. Unlimited paid time off. We set high quarterly goals, but give people the freedom to choose when and how to recharge. Join a team that trusts you with the job.

6. Fieldwork around the world. An opportunity to join our Project Operations team, experiencing how Simprints impacts the lives of our users and beneficiaries.

7. A focus on personal development and wellbeing. An Eduprints and Wellness allowance of 1.85 Lakhs Taka per annum. Plus free healthy breakfast and snacks.

8. Pace and autonomy. We have a fun, fast-paced Scrum culture that enables individuals and teams to prioritise actions that align with our quarterly and yearly goals.

9. Creativity and Innovation. Quarterly ‘Lego’ days where you can work on any project you want.

10. The proposed salary range for this role is 2.0 - 2.8 Lakhs Taka per month depending on the skills and experience of the successful candidate.

Grow professionally with executive education at Cambridge

We will invest in your ongoing personal and professional development and this will start with an in-depth three to six month onboarding program in Cambridge.

  • You will be fully immersed in the team, learn about Simprints, and build vital relationships with internal stakeholders.
  • Whilst in Cambridge, we will support your participation in the General Management Program at Cambridge University Judge Business School - one of their flagship Executive Education programs.
  • There will also be the added flexibility of working in our London office and meeting with key London-based stakeholders.

Role Overview

Since August 2016, we have launched projects in Bangladesh, Nepal, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Somalia that collectively have reached over 60,000 beneficiaries with essential services. This is just the beginning. We are rapidly extending our reach, implementing projects across sectors and geographies, aiming to impact over 200,000 lives by 2018 and 5 million lives by 2020.

The Regional Director - South Asia is without doubt, this is the most important hire for the region. You will report directly to the COO and will focus on increasing our reach and impact with partners - NGOs, social enterprises, and governments. Your responsibilities will be based around the overarching objective of laying the strong foundations for building our presence across South Asia, and will include:

  • Building and leading the Simprints Asia team.
  • Leading the development of the South Asian market.
  • Ensuring the Bangladesh Technology Team evolves in line with our technical roadmap and robust design methodologies.
  • Managing and leading our flagship scale-up project in partnership with BRAC to ensure a successful outcome.
  • Representing Simprints at ICT4D events globally and building strong relationships.

About you

You have an inspiring passion for leading teams as well as strong desire to blend leading edge technology with progressive development programs. You are skilled at effectively interacting with key stakeholders and have substantial experience with international development programs. You will be a proven self starter with an enquiring mind, and a demonstrated ability to lead large complex projects that drive scale, efficiency and growth.

You are confident, passionate, reliable, deeply collaborative, a quick learner, and thrive in a fast-paced, start-up environment. From one day to the next you might be meeting with senior officials of a NGO, scoping a cash transfer project for refugees across South Asia, negotiating the final terms of a partnership for a nation-wide project with a Ministry of Health, or presenting at a conference to hundreds of ICT4D specialists.

What skills do you have?

At Simprints you will be working within a cross-functional team of passionate engineers and development professionals focused on different aspects of designing our products and deploying them in the field. Therefore, a deep-rooted commitment to collaborative problem solving, robust data-driven insights, and high quality communications is critical. Past experience with the requirements below, and the genuine desire to develop world-class skills, are the ideal fit. You either have the skills outlined below, or you are willing to learn them quickly.

Technical skills

  • Excellent academic foundation. An international education at degree level or higher in relevant topic.
  • Strong business development. 5+ years experience business development experience across South Asia
  • Strategic awareness. Exposure to, and a solid understanding of, developing and executing strategic business opportunities in South Asia.
  • Nurturing talent and building teams. Extensive experience of building and leading teams.
  • Managing complexity. Strong project and program management experience working end-to-end on large, complex projects/programs.
  • Inspiring communication. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Bengali, with the ability to craft precise and compelling stories in both presentation and written formats.
  • Proactive implementation. Proven track record of ‘getting things done’ with strong attention to detail and data-driven decision making

Human skills

  • Intellect. You have a strong ability to synthesize complex data sets and convert them into information that drive business decisions.
  • Problem-solving. You have distinctive problem solving skills and good business judgment. You are capable of responding to tactical and strategic business needs and drive results that deliver genuine impact.
  • Curiosity. You have a desire to think innovatively and explore and understand how different perspectives and complex data blend together to create the bigger picture and context.
  • Learning. You love learning new things, are able to think on your feet, and can pick up new tools and methods quickly.
  • Communication. You are able to collaborate and articulately communicate concepts, ideas and decisions effectively across many levels, and build strong interpersonal relationships with engineers, operational managers, and external stakeholders.
  • Grit. You have a hands-on, can-do attitude and have the drive to dig deep into problems to discover pain points and features from multiple perspectives, and resilience to stay focused on a project to the end.
  • Passion. If being part of team that designs and deploys technology for global health sounds exciting, we want to meet you!

What next?

Please submit your CV and cover letter. For the cover letter, please answer the following questions:

  1. What is your vision for your contribution to the world, what excites you?
  2. Why are you applying to Simprints and not somewhere else?
  3. What value do you think you can bring to the team?

Please also supply the contact details of at least two referees

The selection process will be as follows:

  • 1st stage interview with Head of Talent
  • 2nd stage interview with COO, CEO and one or more of: CTO; Director of Innovation; Director of Research
  • We will then invite you to join the team for a Trial Day, which will incorporate an interview with remaining members of the Board

Targeted start date: 1st of July 2018, with some flexibility for the successful candidate

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