Deputy Regional Director for Partnerships - Asia (Open to location)
About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.
Mercy Corps currently works in the following countries in Asia: Bangladesh,India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Nepal, Thailand and Timor Leste. These are countries undergoing dramatic transitions that have the potential to create significant opportunity for development and change. The region is at the nexus of poverty and development, of disaster and resilience. Across the region there is booming private-sector led growth, with many multinational companies seeing these countries as market opportunities as well as an area for them to develop new market channels and ways of doing business, focusing on the large numbers of poor. Mercy Corps actively engages with these private sector partners in the region and will expand on those strategic partnerships to achieve greater impact. The Deputy Regional Director for Partnerships will play a key role in driving these partnerships.
General Position Summary
Mercy Corps is seeking a resourceful and entrepreneurial leader with a passion for impact investing and shared value partnerships. The Deputy Regional Director in Asia will forge new partnerships, particularly within the private sector, and increase Mercy Corps’s profile in the region. S/he will identify strategic funding opportunities in line with programmatic priorities, and support regional and country teams to successfully capitalize on them. S/he will drive a steady increase of funding through new partnerships and deeper relationships with existing partners, as well as skillfully represent Mercy Corps.
Essential Job Responsibilities
Strategy and Vision
- Define Mercy Corps’s private sector engagement strategy in the region, leveraging the organization’s deep track record in launching MFIs, investing in venture-backed startups, and developing shared value partnerships.
- Strategically position Mercy Corps for new opportunities in the region and prioritize partnership development with strategic donors and actors, especially within the private sector.
- Work closely with Mercy Corps country leadership to identify strategic opportunities and potential funders.
- Connect teams to ideas, partners and resources to drive creative solutions for greater impact.
Influence and Representation
- Engage with prospective donors to shape and influence their strategies and funding priorities.
- Develop and nurture strong external relationships and networks to support program success.
- Identify and pursue areas for thought leadership, including building connections with civil society leaders, government officials, donors, private sector partners, relevant diplomatic missions and other actors.
- Serve as a respected representative for Mercy Corps in Asia, promoting the organization’s capabilities, expertise, innovation, strategic vision and values.
Program Development and Portfolio Growth
- Explore and evaluate funding opportunities that support regional objectives
- Coordinate and prioritize the development of concept notes, proposals and other funding requests, ensuring quality submissions that maximize chances for success
- Position Mercy Corps for strategic funding opportunities that build on country and/or regional programmatic priorities
Program Quality and Team Support
- Support on-time, on-budget, on-scope implementation of programs
- Champion adherence to Mercy Corps’s best practices, policies and procedures
- Encourage a culture of innovation and learning among all Mercy Corps staff in the region
- Collaborate with Mercy Corps teams to ensure highest program quality
- Participate in the recruitment and onboarding of key Mercy Corps team members
- All team members are expected to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves
Accountability to Beneficiaries
- Support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to beneficiaries, and to international standards guiding international relief and development work
- Actively engage beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of programs
Reports Directly To: Regional Director, Asia
Works Directly With: Country Directors in Asia, other regional management and technical staff, Corporate and Foundation Partners Team, Mercy Corps Ventures Team and others
Knowledge and Experience
- MA/S or equivalent in international development, social science, business administration or other relevant field.
- 7 to 10 years of experience in senior management, such as team management, finance and administration, donor relations, and/or communications
- Significant experience in program design/development and strategic planning
- Demonstrated experience with private sector is essential
- Demonstrated understanding of the critical development issues in Asia
- Demonstrated proficiency with grant management and related financial requirements
- Successful and proven negotiation and communication skills
- Strong preference given to candidates with prior experience in Asia
The ideal candidate is exceptional at building partnerships and alliances. S/he is a skilled communicator, able to develop and utilize strong relationships with staff, partners and donors and inspires others to take action. S/he demonstrates excellent organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills, and must be able to work productively within multiple teams. The ideal candidate also has a deep understanding of the region, its recent history and current political and economic trends.
Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps’ vision. Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment