Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Regional Director - The Union (Apply by: 28 March 2014)

The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) is an international scientific organisation headquartered in Paris, France since 1920. It has regional and country offices in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America and South-East Asia regions. For more information about The Union visit www.theunion.org

Since 2009, one of The Union’s largest offices, USEA manages Project Axshya, a Global Fund Round 9 project designed to extend the reach of India’s Revised National TB Control Programme through advocacy, communication and social mobilisation activities in 300 districts across 21 states. Other key projects range from support sub-national tobacco control campaigns in India, Nepal and Bangladesh through the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use to Project LIGHT, which brought fluorescent LED microscopes to 200 medical colleges across India. USEA also coordinates training to build capacity in the management of TB and MDR-TB, operational research, programme management and other skills. The USEA employs 93 local staff and consultants.

The Position

Overall Role:

Reporting to the Interim Executive Director and in close collaboration with Union staff in the region, the Regional Director of The Union South-East Asia office shall provide leadership, management of all Union programme activities of The Union South-East office, as well as oversee the development, funding and implementation of the strategy in the region. The USEA employs 93 local staff and consultants.

Main Responsibilities:

Leadership and Strategy

Lead the strategic development of The Union’s programmes in the region.

Provide overall leadership to The Union South-East Asia office in the development and implementation of public health programmes.

Participate in the development of the advocacy strategy of The Union South-East Office and act as its lead advocate on all policy issues.

Manage and develop the regional office and staff consistent with the strategic goals of The Union.

Represent The Union South-East Asia Office in its relationships with the media, community organisations, suppliers, competitors, professional organisations and similar groups.

Act as the lead spokesperson for The Union South-East Asia Office activities and ensure timely implementation and the smooth operation of all the regional programme activities.

Liaise and maintain close and effective strong working relationships with national and international organisations, including the World Health Organization, national institutes of health, national TB and HIV associations, educational institutions, funding agencies, foundations, and ministries of health, etc.

Devise and implement a strategy of high-level communication and collaboration with key stakeholders, including government and NGO sectors.

Provide information, advice, and counsel to the Interim Executive Director and the Scientific Director in the creation of policies, programmes, and strategic direction of The Union South-East Asia Office.

Protect The Union South-East Asia Office’s legal interests and maintain its operations within the law.

Ensure that procedures meet contractual and regulatory obligations. 

Programme Development/Fundraising

Lead the development and annual plans and budgets for the programmes in the South-East Asia region in close collaboration with the partners and donors, and ensure that all plans are complementary to and synergistic with plans to be carried out through other funding resources.

Oversee field sites in the fulfillment of their duties according to programme design.

Identify and develop opportunities for programme growth, including resource development.

Develop and implement a funding strategy for all Union public health programmes in the South-East Asia region.

Liaise with donors regarding current activities and future funding opportunities.

Liaise with other technical departments of The Union in developing grant proposals for all public health programmes of The Union. 

Finance and Human Resources Management

Responsible for the financial management of The Union South-East Asia Office, including the development and implementation of the annual budget. Provide for the appropriate control and accountability of all funds, physical assets and other property.

Guide and provide expert advice on The Union’s grant programme in the region, actively identifying potential grantees in priority areas and providing advice and inputs to the grants review committee in its decision-making,

Provides for the appropriate control and accountability of all funds, physical assets and other property.

Identify, recruit and supervise Union staff and consultants in the region according to identified needs and priorities, and in line with program growth. Foster a culture that rewards both individual and group achievement among professional staff, consultants, and support personnel.

Create a shared vision among the staff of The Union South-East Office of The Union’s programme’s aims and role in achieving these.


Prepare written reports as required by the Interim Executive Director and the Scientific Director.

Perform any other relevant duties as assigned by the Interim Executive Director and the Scientific Director.


Minimum 10 years’ professional experience in TB, HIV, Tobacco Control or public health programme management, preferably a medical doctor with a post graduate degree in public health or other relevant degree

Proven capabilities in leadership, management and programme development at national level.

Strategic planning skills with sound analytical ability and good judgment.

Highly developed theoretical and practical knowledge of a wide range of work procedures and practices of technical/scientific programmes.

Strong negotiation and advocacy skills to interact with people at all levels in a multicultural and multi-disciplinary environment.

Comprehensive knowledge and experience working with donor and technical agencies such as, but not limited to USAID, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), and the World Health Organization, as well as with host-country governments.

Significant experience in programme sustainability and capacity building, project monitoring and evaluation.

Proven expertise in finance, budgets and auditing.

Experience in resource-limited countries, mainly acquired in South-East Asia and the Pacific.

Ability to relate to and motivate staff effectively.

Fluency in written and spoken English. Ability to speak a local language a strong advantage.

Willingness and ability to travel throughout India and outside the country if necessary.

Identifies with The Union’s vision and mission, and core values Quality, Accountability, Independence andSolidarity.

How to apply:

Please send your CV and a cover letter, including your salary expectations, to hr@theunion.org. Preference will be given to local applicants.

Apply by: 28 March 2014

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