Regional Director, Mexico & Central America

  • Executive-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 3 February 2021

Job Description

About PADF

The mission of the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is to create a hemisphere of opportunity for all. We work across Latin America and the Caribbean to make our region stronger—more healthy, peaceful, just, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable for current and future generations. For nearly 60 years, we have served the most vulnerable communities, investing resources throughout the hemisphere. We partner with and enable civil society, governments, and the private sector for the greater good of the region.

The Position: Regional Director, Mexico & Central America

We are seeking an energetic and passionate regional director for Mexico & Central America to grow PADF’s impact in an environment of ongoing change and opportunities. The position requires substantive knowledge of and experience in the region, exceptional operational and team-building skills, and proven business development successes. Reporting to PADF’s Executive Director, the Regional Director (RD) is the PADF representative and senior leader for Mexico & Central America.

Position Summary

The RD is a member of PADF’s leadership team, and works closely with PADF staff from country offices and headquarters (HQ) to ensure an increasing number of people in the region benefit from truly transformative projects. This includes developing a regional strategy aligned with PADF’s strategic plan, and growing PADF’s presence, relevance, and competitiveness across multiple countries. The RD is responsible for PADF’s operations and growth in the region across programmatic areas in human security and human development. RD priorities include:

Operations Management

  • Lead PADF operations in the region, coordinating between country offices and across thematic areas, setting operational standards and expectations, overseeing program management, knowledge-sharing and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL).
  • Drive implementation of all organizational initiatives across the region, including hemisphere-wide policies, processes, methodologies (e.g. Project Management Standards), and teamwork.
  • Program Implementation:
    • Develop strategies to ensure effective program implementation throughout the region.
    • Oversee key project activities, timelines, deadlines, and deliverables to ensure efficient project implementation and reporting.
    • Ensure all project grants and partner organizations comply with PADF and donor regulations.
    • Review and ensure high quality reports and other requirements for donors.
    • Oversee program staff, including country directors and HQ and regional staff as needed. Develop initiatives to train staff and build team cohesion throughout the region.
    • Act as a point of contact between the field offices and the HQ team, partners and donors.
    • Oversee program start up and close out ensuring that compliance is met and that processes are set in place to drive effective program management.
  • Spearhead knowledge management (including documentation of MEL) within and across projects, across the region, and with the rest of the hemisphere.

Financial and Risk Management

  • Lead financial and risk management for all operations, projects, and staff in the region.
  • Oversee the region’s finances, compliance, and operations, in coordination with the Deputy Director of Risk and Accountability (when applicable), as well as the Senior Director, Finance & Risk, to ensure resources are optimized and used in accordance with contractual, statutory, and tax requirements.

New Business and Partnerships

  • Identify and lead in-region partnership and new business opportunities; partner with New Business Development (NBD) and HQ to develop and win concept notes and proposals.
  • In anticipation of significant growth in the region, build and maintain high-level donor/client relationships in and for the region, in partnership with other PADF leaders.
  • Stay abreast of developments and trends in the region (e.g., migration, human rights) and capitalize on opportunities to design and implement truly impactful and transformative initiatives.


  • Drives Results: Consistently achieves results even under tough circumstances. Makes good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward. Solves problems, handling difficult or unexpected situations and providing solutions.
  • Builds Excellence: Builds effective teams and teamwork. Encourages and develops staff. Provides clear direction, delegates, and removes obstacles to get work done. Creates a work environment built on values and integrity and driven by results and impact.
  • Manages Risk: Able to manage uncertainty, creating plans to mitigate risk and take advantage of opportunities. Effectively utilizes data, including financial and operational indicators, to make better business decisions. Proactively identifies and implements opportunities for process improvement and transparency, escalating and seeking help when needed.

Personal Characteristics

The RD has a sincere passion for Mexico & Central America, a strong understanding of the region’s challenges and opportunities, experience designing and implementing multi-million-dollar projects.

  • Action Oriented: Takes on new opportunities and challenges with high energy, a sense of urgency and enthusiasm.
  • Effective Collaborator and Communicator: Team player. Collaborates effectively, using verbal and written communication skillfully for expression, influence, and results. Adapts to the unique needs of different audiences.
  • Proactive: Champions ideas and courses of action. Steps up to address difficult issues. Meets tough situations head on.
  • Creative: Takes the initiative to develop solutions to changing circumstances, heads off problems, and seeks innovative ways to increase sustainable impact, including new partnerships.

Required Qualifications

  • A minimum 15+ years’ work experience in international development overseeing large, complex development programs. Deep knowledge and experience of the Mexico and Central America region, including knowledge of the political and social context, and a strong, high-level, professional, and business network in the region.
  • Proven leadership and team building skills, with a record of managing large, diverse teams and building the capacity of national and international staff. Commitment to inclusive staff development and ethical conduct and leadership.
  • Successful track record in project and program management in the Mexico and Central America region, with a variety of donors and partners. Note that experience with U.S.-funded development projects is a must.
  • Successful track record in program and proposal development for a variety of donors, including bilateral and multilateral organizations, local governments, foundations, and corporations.
  • Knowledge of institutional donor environment and experience with donor and partner relations and program management.
  • Advanced degree in international studies, international development, law, business administration, public policy, or related field
  • Fluency in both English and Spanish is required.
The RD may be based in Washington DC or within Mexico & Central America. If not based in Washington DC, regular travel to DC will likely be required. Travel within LAC is also anticipated. More About PADF

PADF is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established by the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1962.

PADF’s core values are “H-E-A-R-T” = Honesty, Excellence, Accountability, Respect, and Teamwork.

PADF is strong because we are diverse. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. PADF does not discriminate based on ability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or criminal record. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, from a wide span of cultures, languages, socio-economic backgrounds, and perspectives on the world.

PADF is an equal opportunity employer.

About the Organization

About PADF

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) believes in creating a hemisphere of opportunity, for all. We work across Latin America and the Caribbean to make our region stronger—more healthy, peaceful, just, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable for current and future generations. For nearly 60 years, we have served the most vulnerable communities, investing resources throughout the hemisphere. We partner with and enable civil society, governments, and the private sector for the greater good of the region.

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