Southeast Asia Regional Director (Jakarta or Kuala Lumpur)

Long-term contract
No remote
Posted on 03-09-2024


Responsible agricultural & forestry production & sourcing that delivers positive outcomes for people, nature & climate

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  • Deliver positive outcomes for people, nature and climate
  • Would suit regional leader with native-level Indonesia/Malay Bahasa
  • Jakarta or Kuala Lumpur based, a member of the global Group Executive Board

The Organisation

Founded in 2000, Proforest is a global leader in the development and implementation of the responsible production and sourcing of agricultural and forestry commodities. We are a not-for-profit group with a global presence across Southeast Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe, and work with governments, the private sector and civil society to deliver positive outcomes for people, nature, and climate where commodities are produced. We work through a combination of consultancy services and longer-term programmes.

Our work in Southeast Asia covers a wide range of commodities, including palm oil, coconut, cocoa, rubber, sugar and timber. We help the downstream companies engage their upstream suppliers to spread their responsible sourcing commitments along the supply chain; support multi-stakeholder collaboration across sectors and landscapes; develop local knowledge and capacity to achieve positive impact.

Benefits & Culture

  • Proforest is globally recognised and highly regarded for its technical expertise.
  • Enjoy a positive, caring, and inclusive collaborative team culture.
  • An opportunity to join a mission-driven organisation and help shape the global strategy

The Role

In this role you will lead the highly skilled and fast-growing Southeast Asia regional team of forty people, based in the Malaysia and Indonesia offices. The position will have overall strategic and management responsibility for the region including overseeing the strategy and execution, delivery of projects and programmes, staff and institutional development.

Reporting to the Group Directors, you will also serve as a member of the Group Executive Board contributing to the development and delivery of global strategy including global institutional responsibilities.

You will be supported by the Malaysian and Indonesian country directors and regional operations director, who are responsible for the day-to-day operations. Your responsibilities will also be to;

  • Own and implement the vision for Proforest in the region, including strategic planning and execution, managing the growth and impact in line with Proforest mission, values and strategy
  • Represent the region, proactively use external presence and relationships to influence and build strategic relationships with key stakeholders including clients, government, and partners
  • Plan and manage the regional budget and operations
  • Oversee the effective planning and delivery of projects and programmes in the region to ensure quality, consistency and positive impacts
  • Provide effective leadership to the country directors, technical managers, and operations director, including prioritising resources across business activities
  • Oversee the management and development of staff and overall institutional development in the region

Skills Required

You share Proforest’s mission and values and you have held similar senior leadership roles in the region, including in Indonesia and/or Malaysia. You offer demonstrated success taking ownership of global strategy within specific geographies, delivering the results and building the capacity of technical, high-performance teams in a multi-cultural environment. You have ideally developed your career in the sustainability, agricultural and forestry commodity sectors in Southeast Asia, working with the private sector, government, and civil society.

You have relevant qualifications, ideally at advanced level, and excellent written and communication skills in English, including strong presentation skills. You are also;

  • Regionally experienced/informed and highly technical competent
  • A strategic thinker, entrepreneurial, adaptable with innovative business planning approach
  • Enthusiastic about driving transformational changes and influencing stakeholders from different backgrounds
  • A native-level Malay/Indonesian Bahasa speaker, reader and writer

If you are an experienced regional leader who wants to help Proforest deliver positive environmental and social outcomes for Southeast Asia, please apply by sending your resume and a cover letter responding to the skills and experience above quoting #1127881, or call Lois Freeke from NGO Recruitment in Melbourne on +61 (0)3 8080 8978.

Please note there is no formal closing date for this role, if you are interested, we would encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

NGO Recruitment values equitable recruitment practices and is committed to representing candidates reflective of the diverse organisations and communities we work with. We welcome and encourage applications from all backgrounds, ages, and identities, and are happy to adjust our recruitment process to support accessibility needs. If you are interested in this position and have most of the skills or experience we are looking for, please go ahead and apply.

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