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Job title: Regional Director, Asia

Reporting to: Vice President, Program Operations

Managerial Responsibilities: Directly supervises all Country Directors within region and 4-6 staff within the regional office.

Salary: Competitive

Location: New Delhi (India) with international travel requirements (up to 30 – 40% of time)

Link to source :Appointment Brief



Good nutrition is the foundation for human development. It is the critical ingredient every one of us needs to survive and to thrive. Without it, the brain cannot develop fully, the body cannot grow properly, the immune system cannot function effectively, and individual potential can be stunted, permanently.


Just as malnutrition creates often insurmountable barriers, proper nutrition can open a world of opportunity – because good nutrition is so much more than a full stomach. The right nutrition at the right time builds the capacity to dream, it fuels the power to achieve, and it lays the foundation upon which we can build a healthier, fairer and more productive world.


At Nutrition International we believe that world is possible, but to build it we need to fundamentally change the way we approach development. We need to break down silos, take a ‘no missed opportunities’ approach, and focus on the ‘how’ of reaching people living in poverty with what works. We need to put the people we serve and the issues they face at the center, build up partnerships that address those issues, and scale up investment. In essence, we need to do development differently.




For 25 years, we have focused on delivering low-cost, high-impact, nutrition interventions to people in need. Working alongside governments as an expert ally, we combine deep technical expertise with a flexible approach, increasing impact without increasing complexity or cost. We serve as a force multiplier across the development ecosystem, using our unique combination

of capabilities to help countries overcome barriers to scaling up nutrition, domestic resource mobilization as well as local government capacity and ownership.


Many development activities are siloed by competitive institutional mandates, the availability of financing, donor preferences or sectoral boundaries – rather than driven by the best interests   of the people they are meant to serve. NI seeks to break these silos in pursuit of a “no missed opportunities approach.” We do this by using nutrition as a pathfinder, by adding value through

packages and double-duty actions rather than single interventions, and by welding nutrition onto other platforms and sectors where it is missing.


At Nutrition International we don’t just fight on behalf of the people we serve, as if they were a passive, powerless force. We work with communities, empowering them to make better choices for themselves and their families, and to have louder voices so they can change the way things are.


From modest beginnings as a specialized Canadian Initiative, we have become a global nutrition organization, with world-class technical expertise, cost-effectiveness and global influence.

Despite significant growth, our mission remains unchanged, we exist to do the greatest good for the people we serve.





At Nutrition International, we want to see a world where everyone, everywhere, is free from malnutrition and able to reach their full potential. Building upon our core strengths, we concentrate our interventions in 10 high-priority countries, while providing global technical assistance, vitamin A and salt iodization programs in more than 50 others.


We achieve impact by increasing coverage of low-cost, high-impact interventions for those who need them; by maximizing our leverage, utilizing new delivery platforms and creating new partnerships, and by using our influence strategically to increase the priority and funding of nutrition through research, advocacy, and knowledge creation as well as sharing. The interlocking nature of these three strategic components, guided by the cross-cutting focus on gender equality, form the basis of our approach.


Nutrition is one of the lowest-cost, highest-impact investments in human potential/capital. Nutrition investments create a virtuous circle linking nutrition to health, education, economic empowerment, equality, peace and stability. To date, Nutrition International has mobilized

1 billion dollars in the fight against malnutrition; nearly one third of that in the last five years.


Between now and 2030 Nutrition International’s programming will make a significant measurable contribution towards the Sustainable Development Goals, both through proven health impacts, saving lives and averting cases of anemia and stunting, but also through human capital impacts, increasing IQs and years of schooling. Combined, these impacts will generate billions in economic activity, providing governments with increased revenues which can be used to bolster social systems and improve services.


Because a focus on gender equality underpins all of Nutrition International’s programming, these impacts will directly support the empowerment of women and girls across Asia and Africa to make their own choices, improve their nutrition, and their lives. Enabling women and girls to

be healthier, attend school longer and do better while there, increases their lifetime earnings, decision-making power and agency.


Overall Purpose


Within the framework of Nutrition International’s objectives and strategic and operational plans, directs the continuous development and delivery of Nutrition International’s programs within Asia and the implementation of regional and national initiatives in partnership with national and international bodies.


Policy, Planning & Budgeting

Assure the quality of the development and drafting of costed Country Strategies in each of Nutrition International’s Core countries in Asia. Co-ordinate the development of annual plans and budgets for the Asia region for inclusion in annual Program of Work and Budget. Ensure that project development, approval and implementation is carried out in accordance with Nutrition International policies and procedures. Approve programming proposals within delegated authority.

Program Assessment

Maintain an up to date understanding of the situation of Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies within Asia; possess a comprehensive knowledge of the opportunities and barriers to Nutrition International programming in the region; contribute to determining Nutrition International’s Programmatic and Resource Development priorities within Asia.

Financial Management

Working closely with the Vice-President – Corporate Services & CFO, manage the financial resources in the Asia Unit by ensuring that all Asian offices are operating within their approved budgets and following all Delegations of Authorities. Keep up to date with all budget variances on a monthly basis and ensure that the donor database is being utilized and regularly updated for all activities as appropriate. Issue financial approvals within delegated authority limits.

Donor Accountability and Reporting


Manage the compilation and submission of reports and other information required by Nutrition International’s major donors in Asia; quality assure Nutrition International’s reports to its donors and information provided to project partners for Asia.


Advocacy & Communications


Represent Nutrition International at external meetings as required, including meetings with government officials, the general public, and the media and Nutrition International partner network meetings. Initiate and oversee the organization and implementation of various events (workshops, seminars, presentations, meetings, technical consultations) at national, regional and international levels, to facilitate program development and delivery and to raise public and political awareness. Oversee communications activities within the Asia region to ensure widespread dissemination and promotion of information on Nutrition International program activities and achievements.


Safety and Security


The Regional Director is responsible for the safety and security of all staff and Offices within his or her region. They will ensure safety and security procedures are in place and functioning and provide ongoing support to the Country Directors. In the event of a critical security incident, they will support the country office and be the point of contact for communication and requests for additional support and resources from HQ.



• Post-graduate academic qualification in nutrition, public health, food sciences, international development or a related field or equivalent experience

Skills and Experience

• Extensive international development work with demonstrated experience in program development, design and management (with field experience in one or preferably more countries/regions)

• Demonstrated experience in working collaboratively with public, private sector and civil society organizations

• Significant experience managing human and financial resources

• Broad understanding of public health and development approaches and delivery strategies; including concepts of impact and cost effectiveness

• Understanding of global international agencies and organizational strategies and structures

• Understanding of specific considerations in the operating environment of Asia;

• Excellent program management skills including strong analytical skills, and experience in strategic, operational and program planning and budgeting

• Good interpersonal and negotiation skills within international environment

• Strong financial management skills

• Strong human resource management skills, especially working across cultures

• Must be highly self-directed

Language skills

• English – Essential




Please submit your current CV with a supporting statement of no more than 500 words, outlining how you meet the role description and person specification via the Prospectus website:

 Nutrition International is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. Applications are welcomed from all sections of the community.





Deadline for applications: 9 July 2019


Interviews with Prospectus: 15 – 26 July 2019

First Panel Interviews: Early August 2019

Second Panel Interviews: Mid-August 2019




For an informal, confidential discussion about this role, please contact our retained advisors Fiona Wansborough or Eva Farina at Prospectus via email at: and


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