Regional Director (Greater Mekong)

Phnom Penh, Cambodia 🇰🇭


Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, CI empowers societies so they can responsibly and sustainably care for nature for the well-being of humanity. CI’s scientific excellence is matched with our pragmatic and effective engagement with governments, private sector, and civil society wherever we work.  From post-conflict situations to economies in the midst of rapid growth, we adapt our approaches to enable conservation with development where conservation ma tters most.

CI-Greater Mekong program is in a state of growth and development, aiming to expand beyond Cambodia’s borders while maintaining effective program delivery in Cambodia. Do you have what it takes to lead the CI Greater Mekong Program?


Include strategic development and implementation of CI’s conservation agenda within the region in line with CI’s global vision and mission; effective two-way communication with the Asia-Pacific Field Division (APFD) and CI-HQ; development of new strategic and programmatic components; support to CI-HQ and APFD for global strategic and programmatic development; partner and government engagement; staff capacity building and team development; effective budget and staff management; and donor liaison and fund-raising.  The position has a heavy emphasis on the Cambodia program as the rest of the regional program work is under development. The position reports to the APFD Senior Vice President.

Primary duties include working with APFD and HQ staff to develop effective strategies for conservation both within the region and in Cambodia; forging and maintaining strong and effective partnerships with regional governments, donors, development agencies, businesses and other partners; frequent reviews and management of team progress and effectiveness; financial and operational overview and support to ensure responsible management of annual budgets and donors; identification of capacity gaps for staff and development of training to achieve effective national teams for a shared future; identification of donor opportunities and production of proposals with high success rate; identification of new opportunities for strategic amplification of successful outcomes across the Greater Mekong region and in Cambodia without fragmentation or mission drift.


Required (critical to successful job performance.  Applicants not meeting required skills may not be hired)

  • At least ten years related experience in a developing country; over five years of southeast Asian experience.
  • Extensive experience working with government Ministries, Agencies and other key institutions.
  • Demonstrated technical experience in conservation and development.
  • Proven skills in effective personnel and financial management.
  • Experience working with bi-lateral and multilateral donor agencies.
  • Strong fundraising capabilities, with proven ability to develop winning proposals.
  • Knowledge and understanding of conservation economics, sustainable financing, trust fund and local livelihood issues
  • Clear understanding and experience of development and conservation issues in Southeast Asia.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Proven experience in research, project implementation, fieldwork and leadership.
  • Experience with institutional strategy development and implementation


  • Basic Khmer and French Language skills
  • Experience living overseas
  • An understanding of Asian cultures
  • International and Khmer driving licenses
  • Publication experience

Working Condition

  • This position is based in-region – with regular field trips to all program Scapes for project review and donor visits.  This would require significant international travel, both within Asia Pacific region and to CI HQ. This role often requires work out of normal office hours, for example when involved in meetings and discussions with CI-HQ staff where there is an 11-12hr time difference.