Executive Director, Mekong InstitutePOSITION PROFILE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MEKONG INSTITUTE1. Location: Mekong Institute, Khon Kaen, ThailandEstablished in 1996, Mekong Institute (MI) is an intergovernmental organization owned and operated by the six countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). MI promotes regional development, cooperation and integration through capacity development programs and projects in the areas of agriculture development and commercialization, trade and investment facilitation and innovation and technological connectivity.2. Concept Statement:The Executive Director is the chief executive of the organization. The Executive Director enacts MI’s vision and role in accelerating sustainable social and economic development and poverty alleviation in the GMS.The Executive Director provides strategic and organizational leadership to establish MI as the pre-eminent center of excellence in research and knowledge dissemination that serves the development needs of the GMS.The Executive Director is highly knowledgeable of the broad economic and management principles underpinning MI’s programs and projects and has the ability to effectively present these principles and expound MI’s course content to prospective development partners.3. Purpose of Position:To lead and develop MI as a center of excellence through the provision and facilitation of trainings, research studies and policy dialogues in the broad areas of trade and investment; agricultural development and commercialization; as well as innovation and technology; among othersTo ensure that MI’s mission, objectives and values, as set out in the MI Charter and established by the Council and Steering Committee, are fulfilled in a cost-efficient, timely and professional mannerTo manage MI staff, assets and resources to ensure that the organization provides sustainable, cost-effective and quality training services that meet the priority development needs of the GMSTo provide leadership in marketing MI’s services to governments within and outside GMS, as well as other bilateral and multilateral development organizationsTo be a catalyst in developing and implementing new ideas and strategies—in compliance with the Council’s policies and the MI Charter—to ensure the continuing financial viability of the organizationTo coordinate and facilitate the Quarterly Executive meetings, as well as oversee the organization and implementation of high-level regional activities such as the bi-annual Governing Board meeting and annual Mekong ForumTo lead and regularly coordinate the Senior Management Team (SMT) meetings and provide guidance on strategic planning and direction.To seek financial and technical support from development partners for the implementation of new initiatives in accordance with MI’s Strategic Plan4. Responsible to:Mekong Institute CouncilMekong Institute Steering Committee5. Responsible for:The management of MI staff, assets and resourcesThe fulfillment of requirements and partnership agreements between MI and donor organizations or agenciesThe accomplishment of MI’s financial, academic, legal and other contractual obligations and responsibilitiesThe protection and promotion of MI’s Charter and Council policiesThe engagement with other third-party representatives in promoting MI services6. Qualifications:Strong and documented management skills and experience to guide a large and diverse organization, including demonstrated ability to attract, retain and deploy the best possible staff. S/he must be able to set clear standards for accountability, probity, and risk management to ensure sound and transparent financial management and deliver continuing improvement of MI’s technical servicesStrong knowledge and understanding of the socioeconomic and geopolitical landscape of the GMS, with focused expertise on regional cooperation and integration and/or sustainable economic and social development in relation to the GMS Economic Cooperation ProgramExcellent communication skills to fulfill MI’s responsibility of accountability and transparency to members of the Council, Steering Committee and donor partnersStrong advocacy skills to be utilized in public speaking, media interviews and presentation of MI’s services to international and regional bodies.Holds a minimum of 15 years relevant work experience, of which at least 6 years were in executive/senior management positions, preferably with a background of leading large-scale development projects and/or training and research organizationsA PhD/post graduate degree in economics, trade, business, management, international relations, education or another related fieldsFormerly or currently a resident of any GMS member countries and is willing to relocate to the MI Headquarters in Khon Kaen, Thailand.7. MI Dimensions:MI is comprised of a 60-member staff representing GMS and non-GMS countries. The organization holds an annual operational budget of US$ 4 to 5 million.8. Coordination with:International and RegionalNational (Thailand)a. Key government and private sector agencies in GMS countries, includingc. Government agenciesb. GMS coordinating agenciesb. Embassies and consulate-general officesc. Bilateral and multilateral development agenciesc. Academic institutions and think tanksd. UN, UNESCAP, ASEAN, ADB and other international and multilateralc. Academic institutions and think tanks9. Principal Tasks and Accountabilities:Provide leadership in the review, preparation, presentation and implementation of MI’s five-year strategic plan, annual work program, operational plan, budget framework, strategic direction and monitoring and evaluation of operational programsMobilize resources and funds required to support MI’s programs and projectsProvide leadership in the formulation and staff compliance of administrative and operational policies, procedures and practicesDevelop institutional capacity and quality assurance for the alignment of MI’s thematic areas with the MI strategic planLead MI’s efforts in building relationships with other regional international organizations, think tanks, research institutes and bilateral agencies in the region and beyondReview MI’s organizational structure and operational manual when needed and recommend changes and realignments to the MI Council where necessary to ensure efficient operations through optimum allocation of available staffing resourcesDevelop and recommend institutional and programmatic policies and objectives for consideration by the CouncilEnsure that all approved plans and programs are fully implemented by directing and coordinating all MI activitiesEnhance MI’s status and visibility through attendance and presentations at international, regional and national conferences, workshops, policy dialogue meetings and other similar foraMonitor current and emerging trends in the region to ensure that MI programs remain relevant and responsive to capacity building needs and development initiativesOversee the cost-effective and sustainable management of MI’s financial resources. This includes the presentation of MI’s annual budget for Council approvalProvide advice to the Steering Committee on the appointment of external auditors, and ensure that all sound recommendations of the auditors are fully compliedEnsure that all services delivered by MI are of high quality and meet all its legal and contractual obligations. S/he must also ascertain that all activities comply with the laws of the country in which they take placeFoster good relations and maintain close liaison with all key stakeholders, including Council and Steering Committee members, as well as representatives of GMS government agencies, bilateral and multilateral development agencies and donors, Khon Kaen University and other universities and training/research institutionsOrganize and participate in the Council and Steering Committee meetings and any other sub-committee meetingsPerform other tasks as requested by the Council or Steering Committee10. Terms and Conditions:The successful candidate will be offered an initial contract of three years. The possibility of re-appointment will be contingent on the results of the performance evaluation at the end of the three-year period. MI offers a competitive remuneration package in the same standing as other international organizations. The salary and other benefits, which will be negotiated between the selected candidate and the Director of Finance and Administration, will be based on MI’s salary structure.11. Application Requirements:Interested applicants must submit the following: (a) expression of interest, which should include a one-page attachment detailing the applicant’s viability for the position, as well as proposed strategies to promote MI services, fortify financial standing and reinforce resource mobilization; (b) curriculum vitae; and (c) three letters of references to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Saturday, February 29, 2020.The documents must be addressed to the Mekong Institute Selection Subcommittee, Mekong Institute, 123 Mittraphap Road, Khon Kaen, Thailand 40002. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview. The Greater Mekong Subregion is composed of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Yunnan Province and Guangxi Autonomous Region of the People Republic of China.