Terms of Reference

Title: Regional Programme Manager

Organisation: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

Programme: Transboundary Landscapes


The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) seeks to enable sustainable and resilient mountain development for improved and equitable livelihoods through knowledge generation and regional cooperation. 

ICIMOD is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge-sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. Working in partnership with regional and international organizations, ICIMOD aims to influence policy and practices to meet environmental and livelihood challenges emerging in the HKH. ICIMOD provides a platform for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers from the region and around the globe to generate and share knowledge, support evidence-based decision making, and encourage regional cooperation. 

ICIMOD works through its six Regional Programmes: 1) Adaptation and Resilience Building, 2) Transboundary Landscapes, 3) River Basins and Cryosphere, 4) Atmosphere, 5) Mountain Environment Regional Information System, and 6) Mountain Knowledge and Action Networks. These regional programmes are supported by four Thematic Areas – Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, Water and Air, and Geospatial Solutions – and underpinned by the Knowledge Management and Communication (KMC) Unit. ICIMOD seeks to contribute to reducing poverty and vulnerability and improving the lives and livelihoods of mountain women, men and children, now and in the future.

ICIMOD is known for its integrated and holistic approaches to address multifaceted challenges of development. Even greater and more effective integration and interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary work are needed to address the complex issues facing the region. ICIMOD’s regional programmes provide platforms for more effective and integrative research, policy-relevant advice, and promotion of sustainable development practices. 

HKH transboundary landscapes are well-known for their aesthetic, cultural, material, biological, and geo-hydrological values, which have an upstream–downstream dynamic. The HKH hosts a wide range of ecosystems which provide numerous services – food, water, energy, biodiversity, and climate regulation – affecting the livelihoods and resilience of poor and vulnerable communities living within the region as well as in downstream areas. 

ICIMOD’s Transboundary Landscapes Regional Programme strives to improve transboundary cooperation among regional member countries through regional policies and strategic partnerships leading to the sustenance of mountain ecosystem services and equitable livelihood benefits at the regional landscape level. The Programme visualizes four north–south transects for the HKH and six identified transboundary landscapes: Kailash, Kangchenjunga, Far Eastern Himalaya, Hindu Kush Karakoram Pamir, Everest, and Cherrapunjee–Chittagong. In addition to initiatives in these landscapes, the Programme’s Regional REDD+ Initiative incorporates incentive-based mechanisms related to greenhouse gas emissions, carbon sequestration, and biodiversity conservation at landscape and regional scales. 

The Transboundary Landscapes Regional Programme fosters regional and transboundary cooperation among the countries, operating on four fundamental pillars: (1) promoting integrated and participatory approaches in ecosystem management; (2) adopting approaches that integrate multi-stakeholder priorities balancing conservation and development; 3) promoting regional acceptance of common frameworks, long-term research and monitoring, common methodologies, information sharing, and collaborative management; and (4) contributing scientific inputs to global policy processes such as the Ramsar Convention, Convention on Biological Diversity, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and Global Landscape Forum. The Programme actively promotes collaboration across boundaries for better management of landscapes that promote ecosystem services and better livelihoods.

Responsibilities and tasks

Role of the Regional Programme Manager

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Director General, the Regional Programme Manager will guide the Programme, assuming programmatic and intellectual leadership and taking responsibility for planning and coordination, budgeting and financial management, coordination and communication with stakeholders, engaging relevant human resources, monitoring the delivery of results, and ensuring the proper dissemination and outreach of impacts. Each regional programme consists of several initiatives headed by programme coordinators. The Regional Programme Manager will directly supervise the concerned programme coordinators and a small core team of programme support staff. 

The regional programmes draw necessary human resources from the four thematic areas. An important responsibility for the Regional Programme Manager will thus be to ensure proper human resource planning through constructive coordination and negotiation with the four theme leaders. 

Main responsibilities
More specifically, the Regional Programme Manager will have the following responsibilities. 

1. Leadership and Regional Programme management
  • Ensure overall guidance, management, and leadership of the Regional Programme and its initiatives and provide guidance to the programme coordinators to ensure that the results are consistent, complementary, of good quality, and in line with the expected Programme objectives 
  • Provide overall guidance for research in close coordination with theme leaders and ensure interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary work that leads to positive development outcomes
  • Ensure efficient and effective engagement of human resources in smooth cooperation with programme coordinators and theme leaders 
  • Ensure the development and monitoring of impact pathways 
  • Motivate and inspire team members towards the delivery of high-quality, impactful results 
  • Liaise and communicate with partners of participating countries to ensure coherence and convergence of the Programme outcomes 
  • Actively participate in and provide inputs to ICIMOD’s strategic planning process

2. Programme planning, monitoring, and reporting 
  • Guide the programme coordinators in preparing the work plans and budgets and, where necessary and relevant, ensure linkage/integration between initiatives
  • Identify and implement appropriate monitoring mechanisms for the smooth implementation of the programme, including follow-up on the performance of the initiatives, in coordination with ICIMOD’s Strategic Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Unit 
  • Manage and constantly review the financial aspects of the Programme 
  • Ensure timely reporting to donors on projects (technical and financial); also ensure timely reporting by partners to ICIMOD 
  • Responsible for impact assessment and case studies in close collaboration with Strategic Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Unit of ICIMOD 

3. Communication and outreach
(In close coordination with programme coordinators and the Knowledge Management and Communication Senior Manager)
  • Develop and maintain communication channels and foster constructive dialogue with different groups of stakeholders in the region and beyond
  • Enable and support the appropriate dissemination of results and findings to policy makers at various levels and to international communities in order to deliver impacts
  • Represent ICIMOD in regional and international fora when required

4. Collaboration and partnership development 
  • Develop (and support programme coordinators in the development of) partnerships with national, regional, and global stakeholders for strategic collaboration to contribute to the Regional Programme objectives
  • Ensure due diligence of partner organizations in close collaboration with ICIMOD’s Strategic Cooperation Unit 
  • Enable and support partner organizations to practise and facilitate regional and national collaboration, partnerships, and networking
  • Ensure that the role and participation of women are effectively integrated within the Programme
  • Ensure close collaboration with the Strategic Cooperation Unit 

5. Team and capacity building 
  • Take leadership in team- and capacity-building activities of the Programme and partner organizations
  • Contribute to a positive, flexible, equitable, and professional working environment within the Regional Programme and ICIMOD as a whole
  • Mentor the Programme’s young colleagues as necessary 

6. Fundraising and resource mobilization
Lead resource mobilization activities to secure expansion of Programme funding in close coordination with the Directorate, including the following responsibilities: 
  • Support ICIMOD’s Directorate in resource mobilization activities to secure expansion of Programme funding
  • Prepare concept notes and proposals
  • Develop and maintain constructive dialogue with sponsors whenever required
  • Explore co-funding opportunities involving regional partners and/or member countries 
7. Work as a team player within ICIMOD to support other activities and promote institutional goals, and work closely with colleagues to contribute to a constructive and professional working environment and to the development of ICIMOD as a fully integrated mountain development centre. Specifically, close and constructive teamwork is required with the theme leaders to ensure optimal use of the Centre’s human resources. 

8. Perform other duties as requested

Minimum Qualifications

  • Postgraduate degree, preferably a PhD degree, with interdisciplinary experience in ecosystem management, biodiversity, ecosystem-based adaptation, natural resources governance, ecology, and resilience. Equivalent relevant work experience will also be considered.
  • At least 10 years of work experience in programme-relevant specialization, of which part has preferably been in the HKH region
  • Five years of experience in a leading or management position, preferably in a multi-cultural environment
  • Experience in the management of large-scale research for development programmes
  • Experience in working in a regional transboundary setting is desirable
  • A proven track record in promoting and supporting gender equity


  • Knowledge: Possess state-of-the-art knowledge on subjects related to the Regional Programme, with the ability to represent institution in international forums
  • Teamwork and cooperation: Provides information to and shares resources with other units; leads teams comprising people with different skill sets at various institutional levels through collaborative decision-making processes
  • Result orientation: Helps the organization achieve its strategic short- and long-term goals leading to increased outcome and impact
  • Cross-cultural impact: Effectively manages the complexity of working in a multi-cultural environment by integrating best practices from different cultures in workplace relationships
  • Leadership: Optimizes resources around long- term plans and programmes while setting high standards
  • Networking, stakeholder management: Identifies relevant stakeholders and partners and engages with them at the strategic level
  • Strategic thinking: Evaluates issues from a multi-functional perspectives to formulate plans and strategies to achieve long-term goals
  • Behavioural flexibility and managing change: Leads by example, adapting to changing situations while creating an environment in which people can adapt to changing situations
  • Market awareness: Seizes windows of opportunity to bring new service offerings to the work of ICIMOD; takes initiative to capitalize on an opportunity for funding
  • Report and proposal writing: Capable of writing and coordinating the preparation of complex project and programme reports, writing successful proposals, and synthesizing results from different thematic areas

Duty Station

The duty station is Kathmandu. Frequent travel in the HKH region may be required.


Three years, with a probation period of six months with a possibility of extension subject to performance and ICIMOD’s future funding levels. Starting date is as early as possible.


Salaries and benefits of ICIMOD are competitive compared with other regional organizations; remuneration is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Gender and Equity Policy

Qualified and eligible women candidates and those from disadvantaged backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. ICIMOD upholds a gender equity policy and is supportive of women professionals. It operates a day-care centre at the campus and is committed to the integration of gender equity at organizational and programmatic levels. 

Method of application

Applicants are requested to apply online before 14 Oct 2019 through ICIMOD's online application system.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.