Program Manager Southeast Asia

International Rivers

Thailand 🇹🇭


Full Job Description

About the role

This Program Manager role is a key part of our Southeast Asia team, which has been established to enable the achievement of International Rivers’ mission in the Mekong and Salween basins. A key focus for this role will be the management of projects and grants in Southeast Asia, focusing on the Mekong Inclusion Project Phase 2 (IP2), which is being implemented in consortium with Oxfam. IP2 is co-funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) and the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC).

The Mekong Inclusion Project Phase 2 (IP2) works with vulnerable communities and civil society in the Mekong region to ensure target government and private sector actors at the national and regional levels engage with and include the perspectives of civil society in water resource governance (WRG) and Renewable Energy (RE) policies and plans. It has three outcomes:

1.   Women leaders and representatives of marginalized social groups are playing leadership roles in influencing national and regional state and non-state actors in WRG and energy policy and planning processes.

2.   Riverine communities and civil society actors are engaging with and influencing national and regional WRG and RE policy and planning processes and promoting the interests and rights of vulnerable social groups.

3.   Target government and private sector actors at the national and regional levels increasingly comply with international standards and best practice: and engage with and include the perspectives of civil society in hydropower and RE policies and plans.

Responsibilities include;

  • Managing assigned projects (IP2 and others) including development and implementation of strategic plans, workplans, budgets, documentation and reporting, and leadership of partners and consultants.
  • Supporting the SEA Regional Director as needed including, grant writing, development of strategic plans and directions, development and pursuit of program and fundraising opportunities.
  • Being the key focal and contact point for funders and stakeholders for assigned prjects.
  • Representing International Rivers in key forums and meetings related to assigned programs.
  • Managing and monitoring grants and supporting the implementation of a robust Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) framework for the SEA Program and assigned projects.

About you

You have a passion for the environment and the health and wellbeing of people and our planet and believe in the rights of local communities to have a say in decisions that affect them and the power of people to achieve change. You have a strong understanding of water governance and community rights, with a focus on Asia. You are an experienced program manager but are still looking to grow and develop your skills.


  • 8+ years working in NGO sector, with at least 3 years’ experience managing complex regional projects.
  • Technical skills in water management, renewable energy or a field of relevance.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience in water governance issues in the Mekong region; including GEDSI (Gender, Equity, Disability, and Social Inclusion), hydropower, sustainable energy, fisheries, water pollution and transboundary river basin management.
  • Demonstrated experience in promoting gender equity and social inclusion in program design and implementation.
  • Excellent written (including report writing) and oral communication skills in English (and Mekong language competency preferred)
  • Ability to travel extensively in the Mekong region and occasionally outside the region.
  • Candidates from the Mekong region are encouraged to apply.

What we offer

  • Compensation: 830,000 – 1,260,000 THB per year
  • Hours: Full-time
  • Location: This is a remote working role, so the person can be based anywhere in Thailand provided they have an effective workspace and can travel to the required locations. 
  • Benefits:
    • Remote Office Allowance, if based outside Bangkok
    • 15 days/per year annual leave
    • Health Insurance
    • Support for learning and development
  • Strong work culture: ambitious in our programming and goals whilst also being supportive, collaborative, and flexible. IR fosters a work environment that’s inclusive as well as diverse, where our people can be themselves.  Every idea and perspective is valued so that our work reflects the people and contexts that we serve – the environments and communities that depend on rivers.


If this opportunity fits your skills and experience and your desire to grow and develop then apply now. 

Apply to  and include in the title of the email “Application for SEA Program Manager”. Please provide a cover letter and attach your CV.

Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received, applications will close Monday 16 October but will be reviewed as they are received.

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