Southeast Asia Regional Director

Location: Manila, Philippines

About IDinsight

We amplify social impact by partnering with leaders to develop tailored solutions. Our mission is to use data and evidence to help leaders combat poverty worldwide.

IDinsight is a mission-driven global advisory, data analytics, and research organization that helps global development leaders maximize their social impact. We tailor a wide range of data and evidence tools, including randomized evaluations and machine learning, to help decision-makers design effective programs and rigorously test what works to support communities. We work with governments, multilateral agencies, foundations, and innovative non-profit organizations in Asia and Africa. Our work spans a wide range of sectors, including agriculture, education, health, governance, sanitation, financial inclusion, and other areas.

We have expertise in a variety of rigorous approaches and methodologies, which we tailor to each client depending on their needs and constraints. To achieve a positive social impact we:

  • Support clients’ use of data and evidence for routine and major decision-making.
  • Inform funding decisions – toward high-impact initiatives and away from less effective programs or approaches.
  • Create and share tools, knowledge, and ideas that expand the use of data and evidence for social good.

IDinsight is committed to non-discrimination in our recruitment, employment practices, and organizational culture, regardless of people’s age, disability, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable law.

Our diverse, growing team of roughly 200 outstanding colleagues operate in nearly two dozen countries around the world.  Learn more about our mission and values at www.IDinsight.org.  

About the Southeast Asia Regional Director role

The Southeast Asia Regional Director (SEARD) role will be supported by the CEO and IDinsight Southeast Asia’s Directors. It will assume critical responsibility for driving large pieces of IDinsight’s work and strategy in Southeast Asia. Further, the SEARD will be supported by high-quality research teams, an excellent operations team that ensures a well-functioning organisation, and a communications team to help amplify the Director’s voice in policy circles. A portion of the SEARD’s time, along with a small budget, will be safeguarded for research, thought leadership, professional development, and leadership coaching. The SEARD will work with the Chief of Staff to help them execute their responsibilities. This includes the annual objectives, key results and coordination across the organisation, and bi-annual performance reviews (including feedback from peers and direct reports), to help them grow and learn as professionals.


The SEARD will be provided significant autonomy to leverage IDinsight as a platform to drive social impact while also being held accountable to clear goals they will set for themselves in consultation with the CEO and other leaders at IDinsight Southeast Asia.

​​The SEARD’s role will be unique and tailored to their strengths and interests. However, at a high level, the role will include the following:

  • Lead IDinsight Southeast Asia towards social impact: The SEARD’s primary responsibility is to drive and increase IDinsight Southeast Asia’s social impact using their experience, expertise, and networks. Towards this goal, the SEARD will help conceptualise, secure, fundraise, and execute impactful initiatives that use data and evidence to drive change. In addition, the SEARD is expected to repeatedly set the north star of social impact for the region, including all project teams, and drive all aspects of the organisation towards this goal.
  • Envision and execute IDinsight’s Southeast Asia strategy: The SEARD will be responsible for working closely with Southeast Asia and global leadership teams to envision, craft, refine and execute IDinsight’s strategy in Southeast Asia.
  • Lead and represent IDinsight Southeast Asia externally: The SEARD will be IDinsight Southeast Asia’s face both within Southeast Asia and globally. They will be expected to apply their considerable experience, expertise, and skills to shape evidence-informed action within one or multiple sectors, regions, or specialisations. This includes writing in leading newspapers and journals, speaking at important conferences, harnessing relationships and networks within the impact community to develop trusted advisory positions with senior leaders, and participating in consultative councils within governments, foundations, and/or non-profits.
  • Lead, mentor and guide project teams: The SEARD will typically also directly lead a small number of projects in addition to the Southeast Asia leadership role. Project leadership involves regularly liaising with senior clients, ensuring the highest research quality and ethics standards, overseeing and mentoring teams (usually 1-2 Managers, with 3-6 members in total), providing a safe and enabling atmosphere for colleagues, and keeping within project budgets.
  • Support organisational development: The SEARD will also contribute to global and regional operations such as recruitment, onboarding and performance reviews. They will be expected to support IDinsight to remain an impact-first, values-based, and nimble organisation even as we grow.
  • Exemplify IDinsight’s mission and values: Ensuring a solid alignment between incoming SEARD and IDinsight’s values will be an essential priority. The SEARD is the face of IDinsight both externally and internally and will be expected to always and unambiguously exemplify our mission and values.


  • Deep passion for development and social impact, and strong alignment with IDinsight’s vision and mission;
  • Record of building strong stakeholder and client relationships, especially with governments in Southeast Asia (particularly the Philippines and Indonesia);
  • Record of impactful thought leadership and advocacy around important social and/or technical issues;
  • Fluency in the role of data and evidence tools – such as impact evaluations, representative surveys, monitoring systems, and/or machine learning – to create insights and impact;
  • Ability to be an inspiring leader in a dynamic, multicultural, and values-based environment;
  • Attitude to thrive in an entrepreneurial setting and be able to adapt to dynamic growth and change;
  • Eagerness to be a lifelong learner with keen intellectual curiosity and sense of humour;
  • Willingness to travel as needed and to work with remote colleagues (around 30%);
  • Experience of 10+ years using data and evidence to improve social impact, ideally in Southeast Asia;
  • An advanced degree (Master’s or Doctoral), preferably in public policy, economics, public administration, business, or public health.

Professional development

Skill and career development are core to IDinsight's values and long-term impact strategy, and have been noted highlights of teammates’ experiences. IDinsighters receive significant mentorship from IDinsight leadership, support from talented peers, and are given considerable autonomy when ready. They maintain professional development plans and are given "stretch" opportunities designed to strengthen a variety of skills. Real-time feedback is embedded in our culture and formal structure enables maximum professional growth. Additionally, teammates have access to an annual professional development stipend that they are encouraged to utilize to explore their career interests and develop their skills.

Nuts & bolts


This position is based in IDinsight’s Manila, Philippines office. Preference will be given to those with pre-existing work authorization in these countries; however, IDInsight will seek work permits where possible for exceptional candidates. 

Start date

The start date of this position is flexible, with preference for candidates that can start immediately. We expect a 2 year minimum commitment, with regular professional development conversations and potential for a long-term career at IDinsight.

Work authorization

IDinsight is able to sponsor employment visas for all nationalities in these locations; however, we will prioritize candidates who do not require IDinsight to sponsor work authorization in the aforementioned countries. All candidates who are not currently located in our country offices listed above will be expected to relocate to their office locations at the onset of their employment. 


Compensation and benefits are commensurate with the qualifications and experiences IDinsight is hiring for, and competitive within the global development sector. We are especially proud of the people-focused benefits we offer including comprehensive international health insurance, including mental health coverage; paid vacation, sick, and parental leave; relocation benefits; a travel stipend; technology and work from home stipends; a professional development budget; and more.

Please note, as a non-profit, we are unable to provide compensation similar to leading private sector organizations. 

How to apply

Please apply for this role through Mission Talent. Please prepare your CV and a motivation letter (one page) that summarizes how your profile aligns with the key requirements, skills and abilities of this role. Both files should be submitted in .doc(x) or .rtf format via this online form: www.mis.tl/CV

After submitting your application, you will receive an automated confirmation. If you do not receive this or have general questions about submitting your application, please write to enquiry@missiontalent.com.

IDinsight’s commitment to reducing power asymmetries

IDinsight is committed to reducing power asymmetries in the social sector. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion reflects our understanding of the need for the sector to abandon unhealthy practices of the past. We wish to be part of a new generation of international NGOs who are honest about this history and transparent about our role in the present. Our commitment is also aligned with the impact of our work. 

We seek a workforce that is inclusive of a variety of perspectives that will help us refine and improve our methods and relationships, and strengthen the services we provide our clients and their communities or constituencies. The following commitments represent our vision for the IDinsight team:

  1. IDinsight will have greater representation from the populations with whom we work and clients we serve.
  2. IDinsight will have greater representation from the countries in which we work.
  3. Across all countries in which we recruit, we will seek greater representation from historically excluded communities.
  4. IDinsight will foster an inclusive work culture that empowers a diverse team to do their best work.

IDinsight is an equal opportunity employer and strives to create a diverse and supportive workplace. 


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