Director, Gender Equality Programs, Mongolia

Location: Mongolia
Deadline: February 28, 2019

In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Asia plays a crucial global role. Would you be excited at the prospect of employing your knowledge and skills to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across this dynamic region?

You could have this opportunity at The Asia Foundation. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, we address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century: governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

The Asia Foundation is seeking a director of Gender Equality Programs for its office in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The director is a senior position, overseeing programs and operations funded by public and private donors, and supporting the country representative in the overall management of the office. The director will be primarily focused on developing, overseeing and managing the Foundation’s portfolio of gender equality programming in Mongolia. This includes a diverse set of current programs currently focused on women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship, anti-trafficking in persons, LGBTI rights and girls education. There will be significant scope to develop the program in new and creative directions based on the context and needs of Mongolia, and in close coordination with local stakeholders. The Mongolia office strives to work in collaborative and cross-sector ways, so the director will also engage with and advise on programs focused on good governance, urban governance, the environment, economic growth and international relations. The director will also periodically assist the country representative in representing The Asia Foundation with the Mongolian government, public sector institutions, civil society partners, donors, diplomatic missions, the private sector, and media. In addition support for the administration of the office, including serving as officer in charge when the country representative is out of office, will be included in this position. This director position is based in Ulaanbaatar and reports to the Mongolia country representative.


  • Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in managing international development programs, staff, or teams, preferably in Asia and with private, public, bilateral or multilateral development institutions and/or nonprofit organizations.
  • Strong understanding of and experience with gender equality programming in Asian contexts.
  • Proven record of fundraising from diverse funding sources (including experience in proposal writing, managing proposal teams, etc.).
  • Program management skills and experience, including designing new programs, establishing monitoring and reporting systems, ensuring compliance with donor regulations, coordinating across multiple programs, and identifying solutions to implementation challenges.
  • Experience working in complex political environments.
  • Excellent financial management skills including effective budget oversight.
  • Good representational and diplomatic skills.
  • Demonstrable decision-making capacity and good judgment.
  • Effective interpersonal skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, including creative thinking.
  • Excellent English-language written communication skills, including proposal writing, report editing, and public interest/media stories; preferably experience in strategic communications.
  • Graduate degree in a relevant field.

Preferred (but not required)

  • Knowledge of Mongolia and understanding of the political, economic, and donor landscape is an advantage.
  • Mongolian language skills are considered an advantage.
  • Experience in scoping, forging, and implementing strategic partnerships with the private sector, foundations, and/or universities based on a shared-value model.
  • Proven skills in research, analysis and writing.
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The Foundation offers excellent benefits and salary commensurate with experience. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

No phone calls please.


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