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Position: Director
Location: Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP)
Application Deadline: 31 March 2013

1. Background
The Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP) is a regional, autonomous, multi-disciplinary and financially self-sustained Center established within the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). RRC.AP’s mandate is to provide high quality technical support for capacity building and informed decision-making required by governments, inter-governmental organizations and non-state actors in the region for the realization of national and sub-regional objectives and targets. At present, RRC.AP’s portfolio includes secretarial and technical support to inter-governmental cooperation on monitoring and mitigation of air pollution in South and Southeast Asia, and support to building up inter-governmental cooperation on health and environment. RRC.AP also provides support to a regional climate change adaptation program, to cooperation on waste management, and to other projects. The center operates in partnership with international and regional organizations in Asia and the Pacific, including IGES, SEI and other organizations. Of particular importance is the long-term partnership between UNEP and RRC.AP, which is governed by a Memorandum of Understanding, the most recent one from 2011. The partnership with UNEP and RRC.AP is overseen by an Advisory Committee, made up of representatives from UNEP, AIT and selected other stakeholders. RRC.AP is also guided by a Regional Advisory Group.

RRC.AP’s activities are funded by UNEP, other UN agencies, ADB, international development agencies, governments, and others.

At present, RRC.AP has 23 professional and support staff members, recruited from across the region. The RRC.AP office is located within the campus of AIT at Pathumthani, north of Bangkok.

2. Responsibilities and duties
The Director has overall responsible for planning, operation and management of RRC.AP which includes but is not limited to the following:

Partner and stakeholder engagement (40%)

  • Responsibility for building and maintaining effective communication and relationships with governments in the region, inter-governmental and sub-regional/regional organizations; civil society organizations and academia and other stake holders;
  • Providing strategic guidance for resource mobilization;
  • Expanding collaboration with existing partners, governments, international development agencies and civil society actors;
  • Representing RRC.AP externally and chairing the Advisory Committee Meetings and the Meetings with the Advisory Board;
  • Ensuring quality program delivery and reporting to donors; and
  • Representing RRC.AP at important events and international and regional meetings and forums.

Program development and resource mobilization (40%)

  • Ensuring that RRC.AP maintains a sufficient project portfolio, necessary staffing and financial resources;
  • Identifying priority program areas to be targeted for resource mobilization and potential funding resources from key donor organizations;
  • Ensuring that RRC.AP adjusts and updates its services and product delivery to respond to new requirements and demand from partners and clients through a program for internal capacity building; and
  • Overseeing the development of project proposal with partners and sustenance of existing partnership arrangements.

Operational management and delivery of results (20%)

  • Overseeing day-to-day operations and finances;
  • Exercising authority over personnel and human resources, ensuring that RRC.AP staff have competencies and skills to deliver results;
  • Leading the development and implementation of internal policies to ensure efficiency, transparency, ethics and accountability;
  • Complying with AIT policies and procedures and donors’ requirements; and
  • Organizing Advisory Committee meetings with UNEP, AIT and other partners; in accordance with the current MoU.

3. Qualifications and professional working experience

  • Demonstrated expertise in environmental policy, climate change, atmospheric pollution, or other areas relevant to the program work of RRC.AP;
  • Postgraduate degree in environmental science, international relations, or any field relevant to the program work of RRC.AP;
  • Proven leadership and strategic planning abilities;
  • At least 15 years of relevant professional experience, of which at least 10 years has been in managerial positions at the regional or international level;
  • Experience of project development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and/or resource mobilization. particularly in the Asian region;
  • Proven interpersonal, cross-cultural and negotiating skills, excellent oral and written communication skills in English; and
  • Experience working in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment.

Interested Applicants should send letter of application,the current CV to
Deputy Director
Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP)-UNEP Collaborating Centre
Asian Institute of Technology, 3rd Floor, Outreach Bldg.
P.O. Box 4, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120,Thailand