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Deputy Regional Director for Quality & Growth, Asia & the Middle East

Location:Baltimore, MD
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:International Programs

The Deputy Regional Director for Quality and Growth (QG) works under the direction of the Senior Regional Director for AME and in close coordination with other senior staff of the Livelihoods and Economic Development department, Strategic Partnerships/New Business Development, International Finance, and HR departments to help promote high quality and growth of LWR's work in Livelihoods and Economic Development and supporting overall mission and strategic objectives of LWR & IMA.

Primary duties are to 1) develop peer networks and institutional partnerships to increase the scale and impact of LWR's work and meet the region's business development targets, 2) contribute to the development of high quality proposals related to these partnership opportunities, and 3) oversee program quality and M&E in the region. The DRD for Q&G supervises the Regional Technical Advisor for Monitoring and Evaluation and may also oversee technical advisors or consultants hired for work in the region. 


NBD Positioning

  • Develop and implement a strategy for business intelligence gathering and planning for the Asia & Middle East region
  • Articulate and track a regional and/or country level strategy for leveraging investments from prioritized donors
  • Cultivate relationships with non-traditional donors, e.g. investors, the private sector, impact investors, regional organizations, etc. and other relevant key stakeholders in the international humanitarian and development community
  • Build networks and relationships with potential partners such as peers, local NGOs, and other strategic actors (e.g. private sector, impact investors, regional organizations, peer NGOs, etc.) for possible funding, sharing information on LWR and IMA's strategies, technical approaches, and capacities regionally in AME and at the country level, in coordination with senior relationship managers
  • Coordinate with Senior Relationship Managers (USG/Multilaterals, Foundations, and Private Sector) on building donor relationships in the region.
  • Coordinate visibility and marketing strategies communications and program quality staff to contribute to the region's business development goals.
  • Represent the region at key events, working groups, and other relevant fora.
  • Support/coach regional office and country teams to build skills for engagement with private and public donors and strategic consortium-building 

Capture and Proposal Development

  • Negotiate LWR and IMA's role with partners and consortia related to specific business development opportunities, in coordination with the Capture Team. 
  • Support strategy to influence donors regionally around specific opportunities
  • Lead the Go/No Go process for the region.
  • Lead technical design processes around specific business opportunities
  • Ensure proposals meet organizational standards for program and technical quality
  • Ensure best practices from researchers and peer organizations as well as from LWR & IMA's previous programming are integrated into the technical design of projects

Program Quality:

  • Coordinate closely with LWR's HQ-based Program Quality Team to ensure quality programming using LWR's Design, Monitoring & Evaluation & Learning Framework and minimum standards
  • Supervise the RTA-M&E and participate in Q team/RTA coordination calls and quarterly/annual planning
  • Engage in ongoing professional development.
  • Other duties as assigned
1. Experience in developing and managing partnerships, especially USAID, corporate and other private sector partners.
2. Demonstrated success in contributing to successfully funded US government and foundation grant proposals.
3. Strong project cycle management background with an understanding of how to tools and frameworks related to agriculture, M&E, gender, and resilience are applied to projects to improve program quality.
4. Experience effectively coordinating with a large group of stakeholders, including local partners and community-based organizations, field office staff, headquarters staff, international partners and donors, and technical advisors. Understanding of issues related to Livelihoods and Economic Development.
5. Preferred experience using ICT for development, in particular mobile technology, to improve program efficiency and effectiveness.
6. Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and Word required.
7. Ability and willingness to travel up to 35 percent of time to the regions of assignment. Travel could include adverse conditions and/or crisis zones and may require extended stays in one place.
8. Excellent oral and written communications skills in English required.
9. Commitment to LWR' and IMA's core values and ability to model those values in relationships with colleagues and partners.
10. Experience with and commitment to working in a very diverse workforce.
11. Ability to effectively represent organization to internal and external audiences.
12. Strong written and oral communication skills.


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