Deputy Regional Director, LAC

Deputy Regional Director, LAC

HIAS - Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society

Panama, Panama


HIAS seeks a Deputy Regional Director, LAC to support HIAS’ programs and operations in the LAC region and engage in advocacy, communications, and coordination with key stakeholders, including UN agencies, INGOs, local organizations, and government agencies. The Deputy Regional Director, LAC will report to the Regional Director, LAC, and will support HIAS’ operations in Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Aruba, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

The LAC displacement and humanitarian context is complex and requires robust partnerships, quality interventions and effective coordination to meet the needs of diverse migrant populations, primarily Venezuelans, Nicaraguans, Colombians and those from Northern Central America. HIAS’ humanitarian assistance programming in the region consists of gender-based violence prevention and response (GBV), community-based mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS), economic inclusion, legal protection, WASH and urgent protection needs.

Organizationally, HIAS is guided by its Refugee Rights Framework. This rights-based approach, grounded in international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law and practice, provides a programming framework for HIAS’ focus on refugee protection. This framework prioritizes programming impact that ensures forcibly displaced people realize their potential and become contributors to society, with this impact being achieved through the realization of legal and civil rights and social and economic rights including through: 1) the right to protection from harm, violence and discrimination, 2) the right to recovery from the shock of displacement, and 3) the right to economic self-sufficiency and inclusion.



  • Support coordination between programming and operations with the objective of improving the quality of HIAS programs and the impact on the populations that HIAS serves by liaising with Finance, Budget & Fiscal Compliance, Security and IT at the regional and HQ level to assure country operations have the necessary tools and support to implement programs;
  • Assist the Regional Director, LAC to facilitate a close and efficient coordination of regional staff and HIAS HQ’s support to country offices on programming, operational and funding issues and assist in navigating the organization on behalf of the country programs;
  • Support the Regional Director, LAC to coordinate with HIAS’ technical program staff to ensure HIAS’ methodologies and approaches are uniformly implemented across HIAS LAC programs, taking into account respective local contexts;
  • Contributes to the development and roll-out of new HQ guidance, ensuring that the guidance is contextualized for each country operation;
  • Support the Regional Director, LAC to coordinate with HQ finance and grants management in the follow up of program spending and financial and project compliance and to work with field leadership and HQ finance and grants management to address variances


  • Working closely with the Regional Director, LAC and the Regional Advocacy & Communications Officer, LAC, s/he contributes to and shapes policy, advocacy, messaging, and strategies that focus on the LAC region or individual countries in the region at the international, US, EU, regional and country level;
  • Supports the development and implementation of an advocacy strategy for HIAS in LAC appropriately modified to each country context in close coordination with HIAS’s Regional Advocacy & Communications Officer, LAC and relevant country office staff, and by liaising with HIAS Advocacy and Communication teams;
  • Stays abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment in the region;
  • In close coordination with HIAS’s Regional Advocacy & Communications Officer, LAC and other HIAS colleagues, contributes to increase HIAS’ visibility regionally, including by attending regional coordination meetings and advocacy briefings and speaking on behalf of HIAS, as needed.


  • In line with HIAS’ organizational strategic goals, supports the diversification of regional and global funding;
  • Contributes to the program design, drafting, budget development, and editing of high-quality proposals that are competitive and align with HIAS’ Refugee Rights Framework as needed;
  • Supports the Regional Director, LAC to manage and maintain donor relations and coordination in LAC;
  • Supports the Regional Director, LAC to coordinate with Institutional Development, Technical Directors and Technical Advisors to mobilize resources for the Country Offices and provides business development support;
  • Works with Institutional Development to ensure the timely submission of high-quality proposals that align with HIAS organizational and regional strategy.


  • Graduate degree in International Relations, International Development or related field, or equivalent field experience with a minimum of 10 years in senior program management roles, with a preference for INGO, UN, or government agency experience within the humanitarian sector;
  • A diverse background in delivering humanitarian assistance programs, with a strong understanding of operations and program delivery;
  • Strong background in refugee and migration issues, preferably within the LAC region, with experience in protection programming preferred;
  • Strategic thinker and excellent problem-solving skills with ability to work collaboratively to focus on program delivery that meet HIAS’ strategic priorities;
  • Demonstrated expertise in representation and negotiations, resulting in securing significant opportunities for the organization;
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, with demonstrated ability to relate well with a wide variety of colleagues, stakeholders, and beneficiaries, alike;
  • Ability to mediate competing interests, handle multiple priorities and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment;
  • Self-starter, able to identify opportunities and needs, and respond to them efficiently while taking into account the priorities of a range of stakeholders;
  • Ability to work well autonomously and in teams; excellent organizational and problem-solving skills; comfortable working virtually with colleagues overseas;
  • Excellent oral and written Spanish and English language skills required;
  • Ability to travel up to 35% of the year, at times to complex operating environments.

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