Senior Regional Director, Middle East, Europe & Asia

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Global Communities

Senior Regional Director, Middle East, Europe & Asia 2

Position description

Global Communities works at the intersection of humanitarian assistance, sustainable development and financial inclusion to save lives, advance equity and secure strong futures. We support communities at the forefront of their own development in more than 35 countries, partnering with local leaders, governments, civil society and the private sector to achieve a shared vision of a more just, prosperous and equitable global community.



  1. Regional Strategy and Growth (30%)
  • In collaboration with Global Programs and country leadership, and in support of organizational strategic priorities, lead regional planning and establish priorities for growth and development in the region with a focus on integrating humanitarian response, stabilization and resilience programming and coordination at the program, country and regional levels.
  • Work closely with Global Programs senior management colleagues to ensure regional plan and country strategies are compelling, competitive, and informed by timely, relevant contextual analysis of the unique operating environments in the region, country, and relevant sub-national areas.
  • Support country leaders to develop and implement country strategies and growth plans and contribute to business development efforts. Offer technical leadership and assistance in developing and managing country-level crisis preparedness and response plans.
  • Identify, develop and strengthen relationships with current and prospective public and private donors and partners.
  1. Program Delivery (20%)
  • Work closely with other Senior Regional Directors and across other GC departments to improve organizational policies, standard operating procedures and project management capabilities to ensure efficient and effective program implementation and operational performance.
  • Support Senior Regional Manager to monitor program delivery and quality assurance across regional portfolio. Monitor portfolio performance analysis and reporting to proactively identify, escalate and resolve performance issues that may result in delays, unmet targets or unallowable costs.
  • Conduct high level financial analysis of the regional portfolio, identify issues or management challenges, and propose and implement solutions alongside HQ and country leadership.
  • Review and approve internal annual budgeting and quarterly forecasting exercises; and communicate to leadership on regional and country office financial health.
  1. Country Operations & Risk Management (25%)
  • In coordination with other internal stakeholders, assess, identify and mitigate risks and develop risk management approaches that enable successful country operations and program delivery.
  • Ensure effective country management and support structures are in place to manage the complexity and diversity of shorter-term humanitarian response and longer-term stabilization programming.
  • Ensure country offices understand and comply with organizational policies and procedures, and ensure appropriate monitoring, control and accountability mechanisms are implemented.
  • Ensure effective communication, coordination and integration between Headquarters (HQ) and field, across functions and management structures to enable efficient and coordinated support to country offices and project teams.
  1. Team Management (25%)
  • Supervise and manage the performance and professional development of senior field leaders and program management staff
  • Direct staff to prioritize, coordinate, and distribute the flow of work based on available resources and changing demands across projects and countries.
  • Conduct regular country office visits, meet and connect with country senior management teams and staff, provide mentorship and guidance.
  • Lead the selection process for country and field program leaders; ensure country offices are resourced and staffed with appropriate skills
  • Promote departmental, cross-departmental, intra-regional and global learning through the support of regional exchanges and peer learning in the pursuit of programmatic excellence.


  • Travel internationally up to 30 percent of time; provide surge support to county teams to manage transitions and staffing gaps as required.
  • Serve as lead humanitarian response coordinator for the region.
  • Promote a culture of excellence, inclusion, learning, support, diversity and innovation.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Extensive knowledge of the international development field, including public and private sector actors.
  • Demonstrated experience and results managing, coordinating and integrating international development projects across the nexus of humanitarian, development and peace-building sectors.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and adherence to humanitarian principles.
  • Demonstrated capability in strategic visioning, planning and execution including program development, resource mobilization and operational excellence.
  • Exceptional leadership, management and supervisory skills with demonstrated experience managing, mentoring and developing capacity of professional staff and teams in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead effectively with a diverse, multi-cultural team across geographies, and involving matrix relationships with other functions and departments.
  • Excellent dispute resolution, facilitation and team building skills.
  • Excellent project management skills. Recognized project management certification (e.g., PMP, PMD Pro) a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex field-based operations, including a high level of working knowledge across management, finance, administration, procurement, logistics, HR, legal, and security functions.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage emergency response and/or humanitarian programs in highly insecure, conflict-affected environments and high-risk locations.
  • Knowledge of the governance, peace and security context in Middle East, Europe and Asia regions and experience working with government partners.
  • Hands-on experience in designing, implementing, and monitoring development projects with experience in the areas of peace and security a distinct advantage.
  • Demonstrated ability to read, analyze, interpret, and develop actionable insights from financial, programmatic, and contractual data and information. Excellent analytical skills. High level of financial literacy.
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with a broad range of stakeholders including public and private donors, host government, international and local NGOs, and private sector.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and foster a culture of high performance, accountability, learning, respect, diversity and inclusion.
  • Fluency in English and other second language in the region preferred (written and verbal)
  • Advanced computer skills in a Windows based environment including the Microsoft Suite and a high level of comfort working with technology solutions.

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