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The Client

Practical Action brings communities and experts together to find practical and lasting solutions to help people lift themselves out of poverty, while safeguarding the environment. They work predominantly under four themes; Sustainable Energy Access, Food & Agriculture, Urban Water & Waste, and Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangladesh.

Key Objectives

Oxford HR partnered with Practical Action to find and appoint their Country Director Bangladesh.


  • Executive Search
Hasin meeting local farmers

Hasin Jahan was the appointed candidate. Hasin is a development professional with specialised experience in the water, sanitation and environment sectors. She sought to broaden her horizons to other sectors. Practical Action’s diverse sector portfolio was attractive, and offered the most appropriate platform to expand her skills, experience and expertise in bringing about positive changes to people’s lives. Leveraging her previous experience, this presented an opportunity to work on a wider spectrum.

Over her 3 years’ tenure, she has been able to establish her dynamic leadership in the organisation and strive to enable the organisation to operate as ‘one Practical Action’ through team effort and collaboration.

She has played a significant role in revising Practical Action’s global strategy and affixing organisational change ambitions to human-centred development, to bring about greater impact.

She is really excited to see how her plans pan out and pave the way for the greater ambitions of Practical Action. She is motivated to continue innovating and implementing new ideas together with her team, to impact people’s lives for the better. Her work is challenging and demanding, with highs and lows,  but it is always rewarding to see how their efforts change people’s lives.

When asked about the support from Oxford HR in the recruitment process, Hasin highlighted the clarity of the process. She spoke positively of the friendly interface that created a sense of comfort and transparency for candidates.

In the long-term, Hasin wants to continue her self-development and strengthen her leadership capacity. She looks forward to expanding her contribution to impact not only within the country, but beyond.

Hasin helping with farming

I highly recommend Oxford HR, for their ability to utilise their strong network of candidates to forge and maintain mutually beneficial relationships

Hasin JahanCountry Director Bangladesh, Practical Action