Asia Regional Director

Location: Singapore; Starting date: 1 July 2021

The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) is a private diplomacy organisation founded on the principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence. HD operates in more than 40 countries with over 300 employees.  The largest private diplomacy organisation working to address conflict globally, HD is seeking a Director of its Asia programme. HD is engaged in all of Asia’s major conflicts and enjoys relationships of trust with conflict parties throughout the region. The rich portfolio includes work on reducing violence in sub-national conflicts, dialogue to mitigate crises at the national level and a growing array of inter-state engagements involving major powers, including China.

HD is a global mediation actor with a mandate to prevent, mitigate and resolve violent conflict. The Asia programme is managed from a regional office in Singapore and oversees projects and country offices across East and Southeast Asia with a staff of more than forty people. The role of the Asia Director is to provide leadership and inspiration for a talented team of mostly national staff in Asia. 

Specifically, this involves:

  • Leading the Asia programme and staff and managing HD’s relationships with governments and conflict parties in the region;
  • Leading within HD as a member of the Senior Management Team and contributing to thematic and strategic debates for the organisation as a whole;
  • Conceiving and developing activities to reduce conflict and increase peaceful cooperation across the Asian region by facilitating dialogue, offering technical advice to conflict parties and generating agreements;
  • Facilitating dialogue sessions among conflict parties and other relevant actors;
  • Networking and representing HD with donors and other key interlocutors including senior government officials, politicians and civil society representatives;
  • Leading on the development of project proposals and fundraising for the continuation of existing activities and new streams of work, oversee and manage budgets, and report on projects as required, develop broader donor relations in the region;
  • Contributing to policy discussions on mediation issues in Asia both internally and within the wider peacemaking community in the region.

The successful candidate would be expected to develop and build the China programme further, to continue strengthening the funding base for Asia activities, and to expand the programme into new directions as conflict trends dictate. She/He must demonstrate a combination of diplomatic skills, understanding of mediation and peacemaking, as well as deep knowledge of Asia. Ideally she/he would have more than twenty years of experience in Asia working as a mediator or in a related field, speak one or more Asian language, and demonstrate an ability for networking at senior levels.

The position will report to the Executive Director in Geneva, and will be based in Singapore.

If you are interested in this position and meet the criteria defined above, please send your CV and motivation letter, with the subject “Asia Regional Director” to hrgeneva@hdcentre.org by March 30 2021.  

HD promotes equal opportunities in employment and women are encouraged to apply. 

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