Regional Director (Indonesia)

Ford Foundation

Jakarta, Indonesia

The Ford Foundation seeks to hire a dynamic, creative and strategic leader to serve as its Regional Director for Indonesia. Building on Ford’s rich legacy in and longstanding commitment to promoting social justice and reducing inequality in the region, the Regional Director will oversee and lead the Foundation’s program development and manage the Foundation’s team, external relations and administrative operations in Indonesia.


The Regional Director directs the Foundation’s activities in Indonesia - providing overall leadership to the Foundation’s strategy and grant-making programs, managing the office and team in Jakarta, and representing the Foundation to government, business, civil society leaders, the media and the donor community. The Regional Director reports to a supervising Program Vice President based in New York.

The Regional Director is the Foundation’s leader and ambassador in the region to many important constituencies. Specifically, the Regional Director assesses local political, social, cultural and economic developments and helps shape the Foundation’s strategy in the region and guides its programming and grant-making priorities in alignment with the Foundation’s mission, values and goals. The Regional Director facilitates development, continuous refinement periodic refresh and ongoing implementation of a globally relevant and locally grounded integrated office vision and innovative grant-making strategy; synthesizes learning and enhances the quality and impact of programming; and promotes a collaborative working environment in the office and across areas of expertise that maximizes the diverse backgrounds, perspectives and skills of staff to accomplish Foundation goals. The Regional Director manages, coaches, galvanizes and works closely with a small team of program staff in developing, monitoring and evaluating integrated grant programs and projects in support of regional goals. The Regional Director also works with a global Strategy and Learning team to build a monitoring and evaluation framework to gauge impact and generate and capture learning.

Additionally, the Regional Director prepares and manages the office’s $13 million annual grant budget and overseas administrative staff with responsibilities for accounting, grants administration, and general services functions. The Regional Director maintains effective ties and promotes strategic partnerships with local leaders, governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations, the media and other donors to leverage new resources, scale impact, and advance the goals of the office—including through speeches, interviews blog posts and other writings. The Regional Director also collaborates with staff in the Foundation’s New York headquarters to oversee all workforce needs and legal matters, ensures that the Foundation complies with all relevant Indonesian laws and statutory obligations in a timely manner, maintains constructive working relations with government.

Ford operates as a matrix organization. Hence, the Regional Director also works closely with senior management staff from around the world including New-York-based Thematic Directors responsible for global thematic strategies, and Regional Directors in the Foundation’s other nine (9) regions worldwide to help shape and integrate various aspects of the Foundation’s work regionally and globally. In addition, Directors are supported by the Director of Strategy and Learning and the Director of BUILD a cross-cutting initiative of the Foundation, both based at headquarters.

The Foundation’s regional strategy and programs in Indonesia focus on:

  • strengthening democratic institutions;
  • pushing for greater government accountability;
  • creating opportunities for diversity; and
  • promoting fairer markets.

These goals support the ongoing process of reform underway in the world's largest Muslim-majority nation. Much of Ford’s programming in Indonesia is in natural resource governance, civic engagement and government, creative expression (including the arts), and livelihood opportunities. 


  • A senior organizational leader with a proven record of leadership, strategic design, planning, and management success;
  • Subject-matter expertise in one or more of the Foundation’s thematic areas - more specifically in natural resource governance, civic engagement and government, creative expression (including the arts), and/or demonstration of strong cross-cutting work in social justice arena - particularly in the region;
  • Exceptional strategic design and planning skills;
  • Substantial previous experience in and deep understanding of the social, cultural, economic and political landscape of Indonesia, especially as it relates to the drivers of inequality - as well as the country’s broader engagement with Asia and global developments;
  • Exceptional leadership presence - internally and externally;
  • Demonstrated exceptional people management and team management skills, including the ability to build teams, constructively lead and coach a staff;
  • Proven abilities to diplomatically manage complex relationships with private and public sector stakeholders in the region;
  • An understanding of development and social change processes and a proven track record of achieving change;
  • In-depth knowledge of the philanthropic sector and grant-making capabilities in social development sector;
  • A proven ability to think analytically, independently and critically with agility to translate ideas and insights into action through coherent and viable program work;
  • An action oriented, entrepreneurial person who is a self-starter that can work independently, as well as in teams;
  • Ability to effectively lead a regional office within a larger matrixed global organization with headquarters in New York and strategize/solve problems through solicitation of relevant internal expertise (Operations, Human Resources, Finance, Legal Services, Communications);
  • An understanding of the civil society landscape in Indonesia;
  • Administrative skills, in particular an appreciation for the importance of strong fiscal management;
  • Strong facilitation skills – the ability to listen and learn from diverse perspectives;
  • Exemplary communication skills - strong active listening skills and public presentation skills;
  • Fluency in both oral and written English required and proficiency or fluency in Indonesian preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to be a productive member of a community of people at work, respecting differences while working toward shared goals; comfort with periods of ambiguity; constructive participation in on-going organizational development;
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, and the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Strong time management proficiency;
  • Sound, mature judgment and integrity;
  • Personal qualities of humility and capacity for self-reflection;
  • Ability to motivate staff through effective leadership, mentoring, coaching, development, facilitation, evaluation and rewards;
  • A passion for social justice and reducing inequality as well as commitment to Ford's mission and core values of equity and fairness, diversity, voice and participation, knowledge and creativity, humility and respect, and honesty and integrity.


  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience leading strategies, people and teams;
  • An advanced graduate degree in relevant field of study or BA and equivalent experience;
  • Ability to travel extensively on behalf of the Foundation;
  • Creativity, energy and non-traditional thinking capacity;
  • Written and oral fluency in English.


  • Commitment to the Foundation’s mission and core values of equity, fairness, and diversity;
  • Personal qualities of humility, capacity for self-reflection, and a sense of humor;
  • Discretion and ability to handle confidential issues;
  • Action-oriented and entrepreneurial self-starter who can work well independently and in teams.

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