Regional Director - Asia -- The Micronutrient Initiative, India

Position Title:Regional Director - Asia
Reports directly to/Position Title:Vice President - Programs and Technical Services
Reports indirectly to:Vice President - Corporate Services & CFO
Date prepared:June 2014

Within the framework of the MI's objectives and strategic and operational plans, directs the continuous development and delivery of MI’s programs within Asia and the implementation of regional and national initiatives in partnership with national and international bodies.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Policy, Planning & Budgeting: Assures the quality of the development and drafting of costed Country Strategies in each of the MI Core countries in Asia. Co-ordinate the development of annual plans and budgets for the Asia Unit for inclusion in annual Program of Work and Budget. Ensure that project development, approval and implementation is carried out in accordance with MI policies and procedures. Approve programming proposals within delegated authority limits.
  • Program Assessment: Maintain an up to date understanding of the situation of Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies within Asia; possess a comprehensive knowledge of the opportunities and barriers to MI programming in the region; contribute to determining MI's Programmatic and Resource Development priorities within Asia.
  • Financial Management: Working closely with the Vice-President - Corporate Services & CFO, manage the financial resources in the Asia Unit by ensuring that all Asian offices are operating within their approved budgets and following all Delegations of Authorities. Keep up to date with all budget variances on a monthly basis and ensure that the donor database is being utilized and regularly updated for all activities as appropriate. Issue financial approvals within delegated authority limits
  • Donor Accountability and Reporting: Manage the compilation and submission of reports and other information required by MI's major donors in Asia; quality assure MI’s reports to its donors and information provided to project partners for Asia.
  • Advocacy & Communications: Represent MI at external meetings as required, including meetings with government officials, the general public, and the media and MI partner network meetings. Initiate and oversee the organization and implementation of various events (workshops, seminars, presentations, meetings, technical consultations) at national, regional and international levels, to facilitate program development and delivery and to raise public and political awareness. Oversee communications activities within the Asia Unit to ensure widespread dissemination and promotion of information on MI program activities and achievements.
  • Organizational Role: Provide input to the operational management of MI through participation in the Executive Management Committee, and, as required, assist the President with engaging Board members.
  • Human Resources: Responsible for the management of human resources in Asia Unit and ensure that all employees are effectively and fairly managed. This includes the development of job descriptions, performance evaluations and recruitment of new employees.

Education/Professional Designations/Experience:
  • Post-graduate academic qualification in nutrition, public health, food sciences, international development or a related field.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years in international development work with demonstrated experience in program development, design and management (with field experience in one or preferably more countries/regions);
  • Demonstrated experience in working collaboratively with public, private sector and civil society organizations and
  • Experience managing human and financial resources.

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