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Regional Director (MENA/LAC), US or UK

Reports to: 
Executive Director
Closing date: 
Tuesday 7th May 2019

The Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) – an international NGO with over 20 years’ experience of giving voice to people at the front lines of conflict, crisis and change – has a vacancy for a Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Latin America and Caribbean (LAC). This position may be based in either the Washington or London office. The Regional Director reports to the Executive Director, is a member of the Executive Management Team and collaborates closely with program and administrative directors. This individual has oversight and responsibility for all projects and employees across both regions. The skills and talents that a candidate brings to bear in this position are critical to driving the success of our operations.

We are looking for a talented, motivated senior-level program director with expertise in one or both of the designated regions who is ready to advance to an executive role. You will be able to make sound decisions on a variety of day-to-day challenges and are excited at the prospect of creating or improving upon systems and procedures. You are a problem solver, not a blame seeker, an excellent motivator and team player and understand the areas in which your programming and work will interact with other departments globally. Finally, you will be an excellent communicator and an exceptional professional manager, able to listen and understand, as well as articulate and respond appropriately to competing priorities.

The Role:

The Regional Director implements programs in the specified regions, ensuring that deliverables and budgetary goals are met. Represents the organization to donors and other stakeholders and provides strategic business development guidance. May serve as an interim Country Director in the region as required.  

You will:

  • Establish the strategic direction and vision for the regions and identify future needs.
  • Establish policies as necessary to ensure the effective execution of programs. Provide broad-ranging guidance to ensure programmatic excellence. Liaise with other departments to ensure timely support to field programs and broader organizational development. Troubleshoot field-based HR and Finance problems, and any other program-related issues.
  • Lead and direct regional program and administrative staff in HQ and field offices. This includes organizing general workflow; supervising and training staff; ensuring that adherence to corporate policies and procedures; and approving and implementing operational procedures and schedules.
  • Prepare and monitor the regions' budgets and operations throughout the year to ensure adherence to budgetary controls and timely delivery of programs, i.e., burn rate.
  • Coordinate, support, and provide strategic business development guidance based on  knowledge and experience in the regions. In collaboration with Business Development, advance existing and new business opportunities in the region and assist with other IWPR regions as needed.
  • Represent IWPR and regional interests to internal and external audiences/stakeholders.
  • Travel to the regions of responsibility regularly.
  • Ensure a work environment that is non-discriminatory and promotes open dialogue on gender-related and culturally sensitive issues.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Master’s degree in international relations, political science, journalism, or related field. Minimum of 12 years of relevant work experience in the international development sector with in-depth knowledge of USG funders. Regional experience preferred. Minimum three years of experience in a senior management position required. Equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • In-depth knowledge of social, political, and economic development theories and practices, understanding of the media and of journalism practices, and familiarity with the history, society, and culture of the designated regions.
  • Demonstrated leadership and vision in international operations, including the proven ability to successfully lead a multi-national team.
  • Exceptional project management skills, including the ability to effectively deploy resources and manage multiple projects.
  • Excellent critical thinking skills and proven ability to make timely and sound decisions based on accurate judgment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills, including the ability to conduct meetings, write reports, and speak in a public forum. Superior diplomatic and negotiation skills. Ability to present and discuss technical information related to programs.
  • Excellent organizational skills including the ability to multi-task and work well under pressure in a fast-paced team environment and to respond rapidly to changing environments.
  • English fluency required. Fluency in regional language preferred.
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally.

How to apply:

The position for a Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) may be based in either the Washington or London office.


Principals only. No calls please. Women and minorities encouraged to apply. Only those who have been selected for interviews will be contacted. IWPR will never ask for payment for recruitment.

This position description is not an exhaustive list of all functions that the incumbent is expected to perform, but is instead a summary of the primary responsibilities and requirements of the job. The incumbent may be asked to perform duties not included in this position description. IWPR reserves the right to revise position descriptions at any time based on changes to the required job responsibilities. Staff will be informed of any changes to their job responsibilities. 

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