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Regional Director - Asia Pacific Region (APR)


The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international non-governmental organisation (INGO) with a mission to accompany, serve, and advocate for refugees and forcibly displaced people. JRS was founded in 1980 and currently has a presence in 50 countries. JRS undertakes services at local, national and regional levels with the support and guidance of an international office (IO) in Rome. The style of JRS service is human and spiritual, working in situations of greatest need, seeking the long-term well-being of refugees and displaced people while not neglecting their immediate or urgent needs.

JRS’ services focus on the fields of education, emergency assistance, psychosocial support and livelihood activities. Currently, more than 733,000 individuals are direct beneficiaries of JRS projects.


The Regional Director (RD) is responsible for all JRS/APR humanitarian response activities across the JRS Asia Pacific Region, which currently include projects in Australia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines. S/he is also the principal convener of the JRS/APR Advisory Council.  In addition, s/he is a member of the JRS international Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and participates in discernment and major decision making at an international level. The ideal Regional Director candidate will bring significant leadership and management experience; a passion for humanitarian work, especially from an international perspective; and expertise with refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons in the region.

Thailand, Bangkok

Report to
International Director


Main Duties and Responsibilities

The successful Regional Director (RD) candidate is capable of leading programmes, teams and operations in different countries as well as exploring potential for new programmes in the region.  S/he will be able to advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons and fundraise to develop and maintain the region’s capacity and operations.  Particular responsibilities include:

Leadership and Management:  The RD will offer strong leadership to all members of JRS Regional Team, building team spirit, cohesion, motivation, commitment and quality performance. He/she will also be responsible of all JRS departments at the Regional level and guarantee compliance with all JRS policies and procedures and compliance with commitments to funders and other stakeholders.

The RD will provide guidance, supervision and support to country directors and project teams. S/he is directly responsible for regional and country-level strategic planning, successful program delivery, and performance management of all programming within the region, as well as oversight of program support operations such as security, finance, risk analysis, and HR operations. 

Partnerships and Collaboration:  The RD will be responsible for maintaining and strengthening external relations and coordination with different stakeholders, including but not limited to: UNHCR, other institutional and private funders, the Society of Jesus, the Catholic Church, governments, key NGOs, and other religious partners.  

Country Office Support: The RD will support Country Directors by providing appropriate resources so that programmes meet stated objectives; are in line with JRS mission, approach and strategy; respond to the needs of forcibly displaced communities, and are implemented to the highest standards, on time, and on budget. The RD also supports new programme development at the regional and country-level, ensuring that new programmes fit within JRS strategy, are technically sound, and meet budgetary requirements.

JRS International: The RD will work closely with the JRS international office, serve on the Senior Leadership Team, and provide insight and guidance on global-level strategy, approach, policies, systems effectiveness and improvements.


Required Education and Experience

  • An advanced, accredited university degree in Management, Political Sciences, Law, International Development or another related discipline. An undergraduate degree with strong relevant field experience will be considered in lieu of an advanced degree. 
  • Minimum of seven years’ experience of increasing responsibilities in human service organizations, ideally in humanitarian or development organizations with a strong human rights and/or faith background.  Experience in project development and management, work with refugees in urban settings, and/or advocacy with forcibly displaced people is a particular advantage.
  • Demonstrated evidence of leadership in a professional setting/humanitarian response with the ability to think strategically, motivate others, create new projects, solve problems and be part of a multi-cultural and multi-faith team.
  • Proven performance in organizational management, including leadership of staff, budget development and management, and general office coordination. 
  • Demonstrated ability to fundraise.
  • Demonstrated evidence of an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • A proven ability to capture impact and learning from operations and feed it into new programmes.
  • Knowledge of and/or familiarity with key concepts and current trends in forced migration and challenges faced by forcibly displaced people.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen, effectively communicate, negotiate and work creatively with stakeholders of varying backgrounds:  beneficiaries, government representatives, church leaders and refugee groups among them.

Required Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent proficiency in written and verbal English; a professional working knowledge of a language spoken in the region (Thai, Khmer, Burmese, Bahasa, etc.) is desirable.
  • Excellent communication and presentation capacities, able to persuasively articulate JRS’s message and impact to external audiences.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a multi-cultural, international, high-energy professional environment.
  • Strong analytical, strategic-thinking and planning capabilities.
  • Understanding of and commitment to humanitarian relief work and international humanitarian standards.
  • Advanced computer proficiencies in MS Office, Adobe Suite, and SharePoint.
  • Familiarity with the Jesuit network is an asset; the successful candidate will be willing to extend and deepen her/his knowledge of Ignatian spirituality, a key aspect of the JRS mission and vision.  
Required Core Values
  • Commitment to JRS’s mission, vision and values; the ability to convey with enthusiasm JRS’s role in accompanying and serving forcibly displaced people and to advocate for their right to protection and a life in dignity. 
  • High integrity, honesty and confidentiality; ability to deal tactfully and discreetly with people, situations and information.
  • Acceptance of diversity and inclusion as a core value; willingness to work in flexible, sub-optimal and multi-cultural environments.

The position requires regular travel to JRS locations in the region, periodic travel beyond the region, and participation in two SLT meetings each year (one always in Rome, one hosted in a region).


Contract is for three (3) years renewable, with an initial probation period of one (1) year. 

The JRS remuneration policy is aligned with the JRS ethos to offer effective and professional services and at the same time to express solidarity with people served. The salary is calculated with the use of a post-adjustment multiplier and takes into account years of relevant experience and the degree of responsibility in the role. Details will be discussed with short-listed candidates.

All applicants are requested to send the following documents to : 

1. Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English, including three (3) professional references with contact information, phone and email address. 

2. A cover letter describing the candidate's desire and motivation to work for JRS and how her/his qualifications and experience meet the requirements for this position.

Deadline: until the position is filled. Screening of applicants will begin immediately, and interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Thank you for your interest in joining JRS.

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