Programme Director

Location: Beijing, China
Duration:4 years, with six months’ probation
Report to: Director General

The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) is a leading inter-governmental development organization committed to reducing poverty and protecting the environment through the use of bamboo and rattan. With headquarters in Beijing, China and offices in India, Ethiopia, Ghana and Ecuador, INBAR works with over 39 countries member countries worldwide and has links with partners in over 50 international, regional, and national organizations.

INBAR is currently seeking an experienced and highly capable Programme Director who is a senior member of staff in the INBAR Secretariat, and a member of the Executive Management Team. The Director is responsible for the development and management of the globalprogramme of the organization. The Programme Director manages a small team in Beijing, and oversees technical staff in INBAR Regional Offices.  Fundraising to generate additional resources and staff is part of the job. INBAR offers a competitive salary free of taxes in China, and limited international recruitment conditions.

  • Manage all technical staff of the INBAR secretariat in Beijing and oversee the operations of technical staff in the INBAR Regional Offices (currently in India, Ethiopia, Ghana and Ecuador).
  • Develop and implement a global programme of activities, including budget preparation and annual planning.
  • Develop, maintain and enhance collaboration with other technical organisations, including FAO, UNEP, UNDP, CIFOR, ICRAF, GIZ, SNV and others.
  • Maintain a roster of global consultants and experts that can be engaged for short-term tasks when needed.
  • Monitor programme activities and advise the Director-General of critical issues.
  • Develop a number of large, global or regional programmes in key areas of interest, such as landscape restoration, climate change adaptation and mitigation, construction, biodiversity conservation, livelihoods support, economic development, in consultation with other key member of the secretariat, including the INBAR Membership Unit.
  • Work together with the Director for Communications and Outreach with regards to editing and English language control of major communications products from INBAR Headquarters, including proposals for funding, reports and newsletters.
  • Represent INBAR at technical events and conferences
  • Oversee and take part in publishing new INBAR technical reports
  • Ensure that innovation in bamboo and rattan cultivation, development, production, use and marketing is publicized by INBAR, and try to make connections with relevant third parties
  • And other tasks delegated by the Director-General

  • Advanced degree in natural resource management or related topic.  Understanding and knowledge about bamboo and rattan will be an advantage
  • At least 15 yearswork experience including 10 years international experience.  Experience in Asia will be an advantage
  • Strategic planning experience
  • Programme development and management experience
  • Excellent English communication.  French, Spanish or Chinese will be an advantage
  • Willing to work in a small office with cross-cultural international staff, and therefore flexible in work planning and execution
  • Experience in proposal writing, and donor relations is essential
  • Good humoured and a team player

Application Process
Applications will be accepted until 31 May, 2014. All applications will be acknowledged, however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Please send a cover letter with your Curriculum Vitae to:
Human Resources Department, INBAR: Li Xin,,
Please indicate the position to which you are applying in the email subject line.
Length of initial contract: 4 years, with 6 months' probation
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