Nepal Country Program Director
SUMMARY OF POSITION
The Mountain Institute (TMI) has a forty-year record of delivering practical and tangible solutions for mountain regions in the Himalayas, the Andes, and North America. We are also a leader in advancing the global agenda for sustainable mountain development. Our programs develop and apply tested approaches to conserve mountain habitats and resources, improve mountain economies, sustain mountain cultures, and strengthen the resilience of mountain peoples and environmental services in the face of climate change and other local and global pressures. We are seeking an experienced, enthusiastic, and innovative leader for our Nepal Program. S/he will have a passion for mountain people and places, management and fundraising skills, and a strategic vision for tackling the myriad social, economic, cultural, and environmental issues confronting mountain regions in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya, along with their consequences for downstream communities.
TMI’s next Nepal Program Director will build on our foundation in region to increase the impact of our programs. S/he will coordinate with headquarters, oversee and guide our country-based staff, and be responsible for local organizational strategy, project implementation, fund raising, and financial management and administration. The Director will be the public face of TMI to local government and stakeholders and will have excellent communication skills and the ability to articulate our mission and capabilities. S/he will create and enhance partnerships with local communities, government, international organizations, foundations, and business to conserve and restore mountain ecosystems and address the many challenges facing mountain peoples. S/he will also form part of TMI’s senior management to advance our mission globally through innovative and transformational projects and initiatives.
Under the oversight of TMI’s Executive Director, and in close coordination with other program directors, development and communications staff, and the Finance and Administration division, the Director for Nepal will be responsible for:
Country Program Management
Identify needs within the region and establish country program priorities in-line with TMI’s overall strategies, approaches, and mission.
Oversee and support in-country staff in project administration, execution, and delivery. Supervise staff through providing regular feedback, annual performance evaluations, site visits, etc.
Maintain a strong and cohesive Nepal program team through regular staff meetings, open communications, and addressing needs to enhance performance and reduce constraints. S/he will foster an atmosphere of collegiality, participation, equal opportunity, and merit-based advancement.
Facilitate communication and coordination among Nepal program projects, and with other TMI initiatives in the region and globally. S/he will also insure the salience, effectiveness, and coordination of other TMI activities (non Nepal Program) in country.
Oversee technical and financial interim and final reporting to TMI’s headquarters, donors, partners, and stakeholders.
Assume responsibility for program effectiveness and accountability to donors as well as the mountain communities affected by TMI’s efforts.
Critically measure the effectiveness of TMI programs in country on an ongoing basis, reporting quantitative and qualitative results objectively to senior management and donors. Conduct regular program reviews to capture lessons learned and revise approaches to improve our effectiveness in delivering outcomes and impacts.
Supervise, identify and track prospects for foundation and agency fund raising for the Nepal program in close coordination with other TMI directors and headquarters development staff.
Meet potential donors, speak at fund-raising and other development events, and work to influence donor fund-raising priorities where appropriate.
Develop and submit proposals in close coordination with headquarters, in alignment with institutional priorities and guidelines, while maximizing G&A and full cost recovery.
Provide timely reporting on the agency and foundation funding-pipeline to development staff at headquarters.
Work closely with and support the Executive Director, development staff, and Trustees to enhance TMI’s overall funding, including for non-restricted support.
Partnership Building and Liaison
Build relationships, alliances, and coordination with local organizations in Nepal, South Asia, and more generally as needed and requested.
Represent TMI in national and international fora, conferences, and other venues.
Support TMI’s Executive Director in global partnership building to advance the “mountain agenda” including with the Mountain Partnership, Mountain Forum, IUCN, etc.
Outreach and Communications
Build organizational visibility in-region, and promote TMI’s reputation as a national and global voice for protecting mountain communities and environments.
Promote our institutional accomplishments and effectiveness to target audiences in country through web-based means, brochures, publications, newsletters, and other traditional and new media.
Promote sustainable mountain development in Nepal to national and local government, international agencies, and civil society organizations through meetings, speaking engagements, media interviews, publications (paper and electronic), and general communications.
Undertake communication and outreach in close coordination with other TMI regional programs and in alignment with institutional strategies and branding guidelines.
Foster open, constructive relationships and communication among TMI staff in-region, other regions, and with headquarters sharing ideas, concerns and a commitment to commonly held values and our mission.
Respond to other needs of the Executive Director as identified: e.g., participation in and support for board presentations, program monitoring and evaluation, representation, and institutional planning and strategy development activities.
Contribute to the establishment of TMI as the preferred place of employment for mountain oriented sustainable development, ecology and conservation, cultural protection, climate change, communications, and education professionals.
Write and publish documents, reports, books, and technical papers. Be active in professional societies, attending meetings, workshops, strategy sessions, and etc. to enhance the directors and TMI’s voice as a credible, salient and legitimate leader for mountain sustainable development and conservation.
Contribute to, enlarge upon, and uphold TMI’s policies for Equal Employment Opportunities for women, minorities, and other disadvantaged groups.
Applicants must have an earned doctorate in a field of relevance to sustainable mountain development, or a master’s degree with significant additional professional experience. A minimum of ten years of experience in South Asia is required, preferably in Nepal, with at least five years in senior management. Substantial field experience working in mountain areas is desirable, as it will enhance his or her credibility as a spokesperson and advocate. Total fluency in written and spoken English and Nepali is required, along with excellent interpersonal and communication skills. A track record for successful fundraising is mandatory. The ideal candidate will be financially literate and familiar with, and favorably known to, the range of organizations that provide significant funding to TMI’s work in the region. S/he will be innovative, resilient and patient to overcome funding challenges, and to position TMI as the “go to” NGO for and about mountains. The Nepal Program Director will be a strategic leader and mentor for TMI’s country staff with a track record in managing a team. The ideal candidate will have an inclusive, consultative management style and temperament; but also must be able to analyze critical issues, evaluate available options, and implement decisions promptly and efficiently.
The position is based at Kathmandu, Nepal, and includes a significant travel schedule. A full benefit package will be offered, and the salary will be set commensurate with experience.
To apply, please email a letter of interest, resume, and at least three references with the subject line "Nepal Country Program Director" to:
• Effective communication, leadership and interpersonal skills
• Teaching experience (formal or non-formal)
• Confident leading groups in a remote outdoor setting
• Desire to teach and work with young people from varying economic backgrounds
• A working knowledge of the natural sciences and experience working in the outdoors especially in inclement weather
• Desire to protect and conserve mountain ecosystems
• Bachelor's Degree or equivalent life experience
• Wilderness First Responder (
• Valid driver’s license
• Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and some weekends
• Positive attitude
• Desire to live in a remote place with an outstanding community of outdoor professionals and to work hard to make positive change in our world
• Knowledge of West Virginia flora and fauna
• Experience leading canoe trips
Starting pay is $60 per day. Instructors also receive room (space to pitch a tent or a bed in a dormitory room with other Instructors) and board during their period of employment
Resident Instructors at Spruce Knob are professionals who have dedicated themselves to working with youth; they have the ability to mentor and teach skills in a culture of joy and optimism that youth can relate to. They are cornerstones to the success and implementation of our Mountain Learning Programs. It is their responsibility to guide groups of students through back and front country settings with skill, knowledge, and passion through meaningful experiences drawing out essential lessons along the way. Instructors are responsible for preparing, teaching, and guiding groups of students and adults through high quality educational and recreational programs. Instructors typically work five days a week, although there will be some longer blocks of work required.
This position is a 9 month commitment.
• Maintain a physically and emotionally safe environment for guests and students
• Prepare and deliver hands-on, experiential, and inquiry-based lessons in a remote outdoor setting. Deliver activities for both day and evening programs.
• Lead small groups on day adventures (hiking, canoeing, orienteering, caving) through National Forest
• Occasionally co-lead 3-5 day field courses. Activities may include, backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, hiking and caving
• Facilitate team and community building activities within field groups.
• Implement and model excellent risk management strategies and administer first aid as needed
• Teach and lead groups in the outdoors, in varying weather conditions, and on uneven terrain
• Will be responsible for cleaning facility and gear as part of both pre and post trip
• Prepare and cook meals for visiting educational and rental groups
• Maintain a professional demeanor while interacting with groups and guests
Instructors will participate in all aspects of managing the facility, including: cooking, minor carpentry and repairs, general logistics and emergency response. Typically, these activities fit into slow weeks and take place during scheduled work time.
Mountain Learning education programs bring adventure, conservation, and education together in an academically rigorous environment. The diverse courses offered through these educational programs focus on leadership development and cooperation through hands-on activities and exploring the great outdoors. Mountain Learning programs help students become powerful, secure, knowledgeable individuals with a clear vision of their responsibilities and potential for improving the human condition and the natural world.