Human Resource Division
BRAC's Human Resource Division works to enforce procedural justice, intensify transparency and equity, and promote innovation and quality. We ensure a working environment where BRAC staff are nurtured and treated with dignity and respect.The HRD is composed of eight sections - Policy, Progress and Communication, Performance Management, Human Resource Field Operations, Staff Separation and Compensation Management, Recruitment and Placement, Human Resource Information System, Gender Justice & Diversity, and Sexual Harassment Elimination (SHarE) and Staff Relations.Under the Human Resource Field Operations (HRFO), HR officers working at the head office coordinate and provide support to 15 decentralised HR field offices to accelerate HR services to BRAC field staff. In 2007, the division processed 132,525 applications and recruited 19,010 staff.

Investigation
 The Investigation Unit is a part of our internal redress mechanism. The department was also engaged in investigation on staff grievances under the Staff Redressal Committee. Later, in 2006 a separate Investigation Unit was formed to address the increased number of complaints under the Monitoring Department. The unit was created to uphold organizational ethics and values and to ensure greater transparency and accountability of overall management and internal observation procedures. Accordingly, all complaints regarding maladministration, abuse of discretion, negligence, oppression, nepotism, indecent behavior, arbitrariness, sexual harassment and discrimination fall under the coverage of department's investigation unit.

Procurement
BRAC has a separate Procurement Department that manages the requisitioning of purchases for the programmes. In all aspects, it follows BRAC Procurement Guidelines and Implementation Procedures, which are transparent and were developed in line with international procurement standards

Knowledge & Capacity Building
Given that development is a complex process requiring a strong dedication to learning, sharing of knowledge and being responsive to the needs of the poor, BRAC places a strong emphasis on organisational development while simultaneously engaging in the process of capacity building on a national scale to accelerate societal emancipation.

Research and Evaluation Division
The Research and Evaluation Division (RED) of BRAC was established in 1975 as an in-house but independent facility to support BRAC's existing development programmes with continuous and rigorous evaluation, and provide forward looking analysis of emerging issues as inputs to new innovations. Over the years, RED has also become a leading centre of primary research on issues of national development interest for which it actively partners with many national and international research institutions. In 2007, RED completed 56 research reports and had 20 research articles published in reputed peer reviewed journals in Bangladesh and abroad. RED also has its own publication series in the form of Working Papers and Research Monographs.

With BRAC going international, RED in 2007 has also begun extending research and evaluation support to its programmes outside Bangladesh.This is going to expand significantly over the coming years making RED into a global development research centre with exciting south to south knowledge partnership possibilities.

All publications of RED are available in bound volumes at the Ayesha Abed Library of BRAC University. Abstracts of completed studies are available in the RED Annual Report. RED also has its own website (www.brac.net/research) where all the publications are available.

Training Division
From the beginning, BRAC has incorporated training as an integral part of all development programmes in an effort to inform and educate our employees and improve their knowledge, skills and behaviour. The training programme was formally established in 1978 with the creation of the first Training and Resource Centre at Savar and was later named BRAC Training Division (BTD).We now have 22 Training Resource Centres across the country providing intensive training to BRAC staff.

BTD is responsible for the capacity building and professional development of all BRAC staff and development professionals.  Our activities include designing and providing training courses to BRAC's development practitioners and programme participants, capacity building of both local and international NGOs and government staff through professional management and needs-based training, and the extension of appropriate support facilities to other organisations for their own training, workshops, and conferences.
The division focuses on making training participatory, learnercentred, problem-focused and needs-oriented. It promotes individual involvement in the training process as well as group interaction. In 2007, BTD developed new training courses in subjects such as Management Skills,Development, Effective Meetings, and Individual and Group Behaviour in order to increase staff and management capacity.The division also carried out bespoke training courses and consultancy services for government officials and development organisations from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Southern Sudan, Tajikistan and Uganda.

In 2007, a total of 118,810 participants took part in development and management related training courses and 193,421 participated in occupational skills development training courses and workshops.

BRAC Local Representative Workshops: BRAC's Local Representative workshops ensure that field managers are kept up-to-date on current BRAC activities and policies. In 2007, 64 district and 462 sub district local representatives attended quarterly workshops organised at different training centres.

Development Professionals: DevPro is a new professional development course for mid level managers at BRAC. Fluency in the English, business skills, and development theory and practice are central themes of the course content. 173 students from different BRAC programmes graduated in 2007.

Internship Programme: The internship unit caters to the needs of national and international students and professionals and offers a range of internship options throughout the year. In 2007, the unit hosted 114 interns (50 from the Independent University Bangladesh) from 11 countries.


Public Affairs & Communications
The Public Affairs & Communications (PAC) department is responsible for the management of BRAC’s identity, internal and external communications and media relations. The department produces communications resources such as annual reports and films and maintains the website to disseminate information on BRAC activities and works to ensure complete and accurate representation and understanding of the organization for both internal and external audiences.

In 2004, PAC in partnership with the BRAC Training Division, began coordinating the Salma Sobhan Fellowship for Women in Journalism. Conceived and funded jointly by the Pratichi Trust and BRAC, the fellowship works to develop district- based women journalists in an effort to increase the representation of women in the national media.