Deputy Regional Director, Asia and Middle East

Deputy Regional Director, Asia and Middle East

Deputy Regional Director, Asia and Middle East

Deputy Regional Director, Asia and Middle East

August 24, 2023
Beirut, Lebanon
Position type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Travel required?
Base salary (minimum)
Not specified


Corus International is the parent of a family of world-class organizations working to deliver the holistic, lasting solutions needed to end extreme poverty once and for all. We are a global leader in international development, with 150 years of combined experience across our brands. Our nonprofit and for-profit subsidiaries include IMA World Health and its fundraising brand Corus World Health, Lutheran World Relief, CGA Technologies, Ground Up Investing, and Farmers Market Brands. Our more than 800 employees around the globe are experts in their fields and dedicated to helping the world's most vulnerable people break the cycle of poverty and lead healthy lives.

Corus International is seeking a Deputy Regional Director, Asia and Middle East to join its International Programs and Operations team within the International Programs and Operations Department. This is a field position and will be based in Lebanon.

The Deputy Regional Director is responsible for ensuring country offices in their region operate in ways that are compliant with local law, donor regulations, and Corus policies and procedures that maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of program delivery. The Deputy Regional Director is the liaison between the regional and country offices and HQ departments such as Finance and Administration and Human Resources and other teams to ensure operations run smoothly and in compliance with local regulations as well as organizational policies and procedures. The Deputy Regional Director also supports and backstops the Senior Regional Director in overall regional oversight and management.

Key Result Areas:

The success of this role is measured by the following KRAs:

  1. Deliver, on time, high-quality draft budget and forecast documents for review and approval by the Senior Regional Director and other senior managers in the department.
  2. Provide timely support (directly or by connecting to relevant HQ resources) to regional office and country office teams to address operational issues.
  3. Provide thought partnership and practical backstopping support to the Senior Regional Director.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Leadership and Management

  1. Provide strategic, advisory, and management support to the Senior Regional Director. As needed and upon delegation of authority, serve as the Acting Senior Regional Director to provide approvals and authorizations.
  1. Supervise Regional Finance and Administration Managers, including setting objectives, monitoring performance, and ensuring coordinated approaches to finance and administration support to the region.
  1. Serve as the liaison between country offices and HQ support departments, including Finance and Administration and Human Resources, to deliver support and troubleshoot issues related to HR, security, finance, procurement, IT, and other operations functions.

Project Development and Portfolio Management

  1. Support business development efforts, specifically contributing to ensuring adequate start-up, management, security, procurement, close-out, and other administrative and operations aspects of project management.
  2. Coordinate and/or provide surge support for project start-up and close-out, as well as for humanitarian assistance responses.
  3. Coordinate budgeting and forecasting, as well as budget variance and burn rate analyses, for the region in collaboration with International Finance and General Accounting. Support audit exercises as needed in both audit preparation and responding to findings.

Policies and Procedures

  1. Contribute to setting operational strategies, policies, and procedures for the department, and ensure roll-out of policies and procedures at the regional office and country office levels.
  2. Identify staff who are accountable for compliance with policies and procedures as well as those who are responsible for carrying them out, and support training and coaching of those staff to understand and implement the policies and procedures.
  3. Assess where additional support is needed and connect relevant technical resources from the regional office or HQ.
  4. Through the Regional Finance and Administration Managers and the country finance and administration staff they manage, ensure the consistent application of operational policies and procedures (e.g., finance, procurement, IT, HR, and security).
  5. Identify and address operational challenges and issues, through formal and informal assessments, both remotely and through deployments to work face-to-face with country staff and/or partners.

Documentation, Reporting, and Data Management

  1. Support country registration or registration renewal procedures, obtaining supporting documents and legal documents (such as Powers of Attorney) from HQ that are needed to support registration activities. Maintain current and historic documentation of Corus/LWR/IMA registration.
  2. Support country teams in managing office and other facility leases, following procedures and approvals for new leases and renewals. Maintain current and historic documentation of facility leases.
  3. Maintain other centralized inventories and trackers, such as telecommunications equipment and vehicles.
  4. Support Program Managers and country teams to prepare high quality internal and external technical and financial reports.


  1. Engage in professional development and other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
  2. Lead Program Support capacity building for Country Finance and Administration staff


Supervises the Regional Finance and Administration Manager, and other staff as assigned.

Education & Experience:

  1. Bachelor's degree in international development or related field.
  2. At least 7 years of experience in international development operations with demonstrated experience working in complex environments preferably in the Middle East and/or Asia.
  3. Strong skills in budget development, oversight and analysis.
  4. 3 or more years of experience managing staff.
  5. Working knowledge and experience applying rules and regulations of US government and other institutional donors such as USAID, USDA, BHA, FCDO, BMGF, and Global Fund.
  6. Minimum of 3 years' experience managing projects operations funded by institutional donors. Experience working with acquisition (contract) instruments a plus.
  7. Experience designing and leading trainings, coaching, and other methodologies to build staff capacities in the wide range of operations components.


  1. Excellent English writing skills and analytical capabilities is required.
  2. Advanced cross-cultural sensitivity, including experience working with professional and support staff in a multicultural, multi-linguistic environment.
  3. Proficiency in Microsoft 365 applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and SharePoint.
  4. Working knowledge of management software programs, including NetSuite, QuickBooks, and CenterPoint Payroll
  5. Multiple years of financial and account reporting experience
  6. Experience in human resources, finance, and IT management, and be able to develop and maintain an environment of trust, diversity, and inclusion within the operations team.
  7. Authorization to work in Lebanon without work permit sponsorship.

Other Duties:

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties or responsibilities for the position. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. All positions are required to perform any additional tasks assigned by the supervisor. Global positions that are bound by contracts will not be changed without notice and approval.

Working Conditions, Travel and Environment

  • This position must be able to travel up to 30% of time annually for standard domestic and international business purposes. While performing the duties of this job in different locations, the employee may be exposed to precarious settings under high security risks and/or very basic living conditions and outside weather conditions, as well as to infectious diseases.

Physical and Mental Requirements

  • The physical requirements that may be needed to execute responsibilities may include bending, standing, and walking.
  • The mental requirements that are essential to satisfactorily executing the responsibilities outlined in this job description include, but not limited to: learning new tasks, comprehending, and retaining information, completing tasks independently, effectively communicating verbally and in writing, demonstrating proficiency in using computer software to perform assigned tasks.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Zero Tolerance to Abuse

As a member of the Corus Family, each employee is expected to:

  • Help to develop and maintain an environment that welcomes and develops a diverse workforce.
  • Foster a work environment where everyone feels valued and included.
  • Support employees' evaluation and promotion processes based on skills and performance.
  • Promote a safe, secure, and respectful environment for all members of Corus family, stakeholders in general, and particularly for the communities we serve.
  • Follow Corus Code of Conduct helping to prevent any type of abuse including workplace harassment, sexual abuse and exploitation, and trafficking in persons.
  • Adhere to the Organizational Core Values of Inclusion, Disruptive, Interconnected and Agile.

Corus International is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, marital status, protected veteran, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state or federal laws.

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