Southest Asia Regional Representative (Medan; Lutheran World Relief)

Southest Asia Regional Representative

Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Location: Indonesia (Medan)
Closing date: 11 Aug 2007

Job Description


The Southeast Asia (SEA) Regional Representative is the leader-manager for LWR’s regional strategy and programmatic direction in the region and is the official spokesperson for LWR in the region. Her/his primary responsibility is for working with the regional team to set the regional strategy, identify funding sources and broadly oversee regional programs to ensure that they contribute to the regional strategy and objectives as well as comport with LWR’s vision, values, and strategy. S/he plays a key role, working with other LWR Departments to link programs and partners to donor, constituent, and advocacy targets.


Program Leadership

1. Provide leadership to County Program Managers (CPMs) in the development and management of country strategies that are consistent with the regional Strategy. Lead active engagement in the development and periodic review of LWR’s regional strategy, policies, procedures, manuals, and guidelines.

2. Oversee the Emergent Development Fund (EDF) for the region, assuring timely project funding in support of the strategy and balancing the project portfolio so that it is consistent with operational outcomes. Ensure that all available funds are used for projects that comply with the strategy. Provide recommendations for allocations of EDF to the countries in the region.

3. Work with CPMs to identify trends for partner accompaniment and capacity building at the regional level. Develop, as appropriate, plans for regional accompaniment or learning exchanges including funding opportunities at the regional level.

4. Monitor, evaluate, and distill lessons learned from the region. Report to LWR headquarters on lessons learned and use that information to improve practice and to inform the next planning cycle. Promote learning among partners in the region, across regional offices, and for LWR as a whole.

5. Review all concept papers, proposals and partner progress reports and provide timely feedback to CPMs.

6. Lead the regional team in developing and integrating a rights-based approach to LWR’s work in the region.

7. Provide technical support to country programs, as requested, based on individual expertise and country level need.

Team Leadership

1. Oversee and develop a strong regional team, organized around operational outcomes and priorities. Ensure team learning and individual and team performance standards and accountability. Provide frequent feedback to, and support for, the regional team. Identify training needs and plan training opportunities for team members to enhance their skills and expertise.

2. Supervise and prepare the annual performance review of the Country Program Managers.
3. Work with the Deputy Regional Director and the Humanitarian Response Manager to ensure a timely response to disasters and complex emergencies in countries where LWR has no country office and collaborate with the CPM in countries where there is an LWR office.

Office Management

1. Assume primary responsibility for the efficient and effective management and administration of the LWR regional office.

2. Prepare and monitor implementation of the budget and cash flow for the office; ensure that generally accepted accounting principles are adhered to in areas including: (a) authority and approval; (b) proper documentation; and (c) physical security.


1. itiate and strengthen relationships with regional church networks, churches’ relief and development units and with non-governmental organizations by sharing LWR’s vision, values, policies, strategies, proposal requirements, and other relevant information.

2. Develop relationships with Lutheran World Federation department of World Services (LSF/DWS), Lutheran World Federation Department of Mission and Development (LWF/DMD), ELCA and LCMS regional staff and consult with these institutions on development issues and activities in the region.

3. Develop relationships with other international NGOs, multilateral institutions, and donor organizations working in the region with a view to expanding LWR’s donor based in the region .

Policy and Advocacy

1. Act as a conduit for regional advocacy issues to inform global LWR policy and advocacy strategies.

2. Keep abreast of, and report on, social, political, environmental, and economic trends in the region.

3. Work with the Public Policy Department to guide and strengthen LWR’s advocacy work in the US by sharing timely information about developments in the region.

Fundraising and Constituent Education

1. Work with the Regional Director or Deputy Regional Director for Asia and the Middle East to develop an annual grant-seeking strategy and to facilitate contacts between Country Program Managers and donors based in the region.

2. Coordinate with the Regional Director or Deputy Regional Director on organization-wide fundraising efforts and related strategies.

3. Work with the Country Program Managers to plan and ensure successful study, VIP and donor visits.


1. Deep commitment to LWR’s core values, principles and rights based approach including gender, cultural equity and participation and ability to model those values in relationships with colleagues and partners.

2. Ten years working experience with a range of international and cross cultural programs including at least three years working on programming with a rights-based approach. Technical expertise in rights based programming a must.

3. Familiarity with key development and economic and social justice issues including rights and gender at a practical and policy level. Practical and intellectual familiarity with the specific countries where LWR works.

4. Post-baccalaureate degree in social sciences, economics/finance, regional studies, agriculture/forestry or other relevant discipline, or equivalent experience.

5. Fluency in English and at least one of the languages spoken in the region, with excellent verbal and written communication skills.

6. Demonstrated ability to manage an office, program, and budget, and to supervise staff.

7. Demonstrated experience in the design, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development and emergency response projects.

8. Good team skills as both a player and leader with ability to cope under difficult circumstances with a high degree of cultural sensitivity. Excellent interpersonal skills.

9. Ability to travel up to 35% of his/her time. Ability to travel at least once a year to headquarters.

10. Proficiency in using Microsoft Word, Excel, e-mail, and web browser software.


This full-time position is located in Medan, Indonesia. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience. An excellent benefit package is offered.
Vacancies Contact
IF INTERESTED, please send 1) A cover letter highlighting relevant experience for this position and salary requirements; and 2) A resume, to . Only candidates selected for interviewing will be contacted.

Reference Code: RW_743Q73-17


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