Regional Manager, South East Asia and Pacific Region

ICCO Cooperation, a global, non-governmental organization, seeks motivated colleagues who support our mission to end poverty and injustice in developing countries. Are you also committed to create a world where people can live in dignity and secure their livelihoods? Then we would like to meet you.

From a coherent theory of change ICCO Cooperation designs, manages and implements programs for inclusive development with focus on inclusive markets, food and nutrition security and responsible business. Gender, climate and the rights of marginalized groups are cross-cutting issues. We offer brokering services for public private partnerships. We’re also experienced in working with a wide range of financial tools.

Our organization consists of a Global Office in The Netherlands (Utrecht) and 5 Regional Offices in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We are active in a variety of countries through our country representatives. Also we have an ICCO USA establishment in Washington D.C.

ICCO Cooperation has approximately 350 employees and a turnover of approximately € 40 mln. in 2018

ICCO Cooperation is a global development enterprise, with both NGO and business features, and our mission is to empower people to build sustainable livelihoods within a society that upholds their rights. We do this by strengthening agricultural systems through partnerships with enterprising people. Our headquarters is based in the Netherlands with five regional and multiple country offices in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and in the USA. ICCO has a track record of more than 50 years at local, national and international levels. ICCO Cooperation has been working in South East Asia since the 1970’s

For our Regional Office in South East Asia and Pacific on Bali, Indonesia, we are looking for experienced candidates for the position of:

South East Asia and Pacific Region
(Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam)

Duty station:
Indonesia, Denpasar

Intended starting date is November 2018

About the South East Asia Office
The regional office in South East Asia works in 4 countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam. The region has a total of 45 staff spread across 4 countries. Our work specifically contributes to strengthening food & nutrition security (SDG 2) and economic empowerment (SDG 8) of smallholder farmers and SMEs, but our work also incorporates cross-cutting issues, such as Reducing Inequalities (SDG 10), Responsible Business (SDG 12) and Public Private Partnerships (SDG 17). We have four priority topics including Climate Resilient Agricultural Systems, New Technologies, Youth Entrepreneurship and Blending.

We believe that long-term success can be achieved through programs and investments carried out by enterprising people and organizations. We have put our non-profit and commercial entities under one umbrella and bring stakeholders together, benefiting from the strengths of each. In public-private partnerships ICCO take up the role of co-financer, co-entrepreneur, co-implementer, and lobbyist. Together with our partners in Southeast Asia, ICCO’s interventions strategies focus on responsible business, inclusive markets and sustainable food production and consumption. In a strategic partnership with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ICCO also works on lobbying and advocacy to help CSOs contribute to decreasing inequality and social injustices. We make use of the following approaches and methods in our programs: Markets for the Poor (M4P), Value Chain Development (VCD), Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), Business Incubation and Impact Investment, and Business and Human Rights (BHR). For more information, please visit our website.

Purpose of the position of Regional Manager
Purpose of the position is to represent the ICCO Cooperation in South East Asian region. As ICCO is a decentralized organization this means that the Regional Manager has advanced authorities and is accountable for the proper development, implementation and consolidation of ICCO Cooperation programs in the region; and has to ensure and maximize available resources for ICCO Cooperation programs in the region.

Responsibilities of the Regional Manager
The main responsibility of the Regional Manager is to manage the process of strategy development, program development and implementation, program innovation, program evaluation and fundraising/ business development in the region, in line with the mission, vision and overall strategy of the organization.

This entails:

  1. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with partner organizations coalitions, networks and sister agencies of the Cooperation and its members.
  2. Represent the ICCO Cooperation in the South East Asian region and being able to establish and maintain fruitful relationships with the private sector, governmental officials, embassies/consulates, international and national organizations, SME’s. donor representatives, as well as national and international media.
  3. Ensure that programs in the region are developed, implemented and evaluated in line with (multi) annual plans, taking preventive and corrective actions where and when necessary.
  4. Develop and implement strategies for targeting and obtaining funds and other resources to ensure continuation of existing programs and/or implementation of new programs in the region.
  5. Ensure that budgets are spent in accordance with donor requirements and ICCO budget lines, within an appropriate time frame. Of specific importance is to provide overall leadership and oversight of the 4 G4AW programs which are implemented in the region. And ensure that all proposed output and outcomes are achieved in line with the agreed targets.
  6. Achieving of programmatic, financial and fundraising and business development targets.
  7. Have final responsibility for all matters related to the functioning of the office, e.g. human resources, finance and administration, legal and programmatic matters, etc.
  8. Ensure a positive office atmosphere that contributes to staff motivation, to innovative and entrepreneurial staff behaviour and excellent results.
  9. Supervise all regional and national staff.

Position in the organization
The Regional Manager is a member of the ICCO Management Team and reports to the Executive Board.

Qualifications needed
The Regional Manager

  • is a strong strategic thinker and a visionary & innovative leader;
  • is able to build and maintain a network outside of the usual NGO context;
  • is able to identify and exploit opportunities and has an entrepreneurial mind-set;
  • is able to work effectively in a decentralized multi-cultural and multireligious work environment;
  • is a people’s manager with a business-like approach
  • Is able to create and capture new opportunities and transform them in commercial viable propositions.

Furthermore, he/she has

  • Substantial experience in business development, programma management and financial management.
  • an NGO background with experience in private sector cooperation, or private sector background with an understanding of NGO ambitions;
  • substantial experience (over 10 years) in a relevant field of which at least 5 years in a senior management position;
  • an academic level of working and thinking;
  • relevant work experience within the South East Asian region and a relevant network in the region;
  • up-to-date knowledge of development issues, change processes and North-South co-operation, the socio-political environment in the South East Asian region and the role of religion and FBO’s in development;
  • relevant experience with business development and fundraising (private sector, bilateral donors, government institutions, etc.);creative and experimental to create and capture new opportunities; and most of all: being able to develop commercially viable propositions
  • strong financial and analytical skills;
  • excellent language skills in English, preferably good language skills in Dutch and being able to speak Indonesian is a plus
  • knowledge of civil society in The Netherlands, including the role of churches;
  • affinity with the Christian roots of the ICCO Cooperation.

Terms of Employment
Terms and conditions of the South East Asian Regional Office will be valid.

For Dutch nationals the ICCO terms and conditions for Postings abroad will be applied. The candidate must be able to obtain a work permit in Indonesia. This usually can last up to 6 months, so the candidate needs to be flexible to start working from other countries or from Global Office in the Netherlands. Having a work permit is a condition for a possible extension of the contract

Information and Application

  • A medical check and an external assessment will be part of the procedure.
  • For information about the vacancy you can contact Wim Hart, member of the Executive Board, telephone number +31 (0) 6 533 301 36
  • For information on terms of employment you can contact Marian Oppelaar, HR Advisor, by phone: +31 (0)30-8801858 or by e-mail:
  • Please send your motivation letter and CV in English to:
  • Before the 3rd of September 2018, stating vacancy number 2018-007 and job title.
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