Job Position Available: Executive Director

Executive Director

The Executive Director (ED) has the overall responsibility for MSRI’s operation and reports and is answerable to the Board of Governors. We are looking for someone who:

  • Has the full capacity to lead an entire organisation and at the same time be a team player
  • Is highly fluent in both English and Malaysian languages (written and spoken)
  • Is capable of communicating and engaging effectively with people of various backgrounds
  • Is honest and transparent
  • Has the drive to deal with a demanding workload and hectic schedules; and to deliver results
  • Has excellent negotiation skills
  • Possesses the willingness to learn and receive feedback for continuous improvement
  • Possesses the willingness to build collaborative relationships with implementing partners, sponsors and funders


Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Conceptualises and supervises the planning and implementation of MSRI’s programmes and policies
  • Supervises and guides senior programme management staff and carry out performance appraisals with HR
  • Oversees the overall financial planning, including the supervision of budgets for MSRI’s operation and programmes
  • Develops and coordinates fundraising efforts with the assistance of the programme management team and Funding Manager
  • Coordinates the submission of narrative and financial reports to the Board of Governors, the Malaysian authorities, and funders
  • Represents MSRI outside of the organisation at the appropriate level, including the media, Malaysian authorities and organisations, and internationally, as directed by the Board of Governors
  • Coordinates and supervises cooperation with local and international NGOs and funders
  • Develops and supervises the research and publications programme
  • Ensures all programmes and other matters pertaining to MSRI’s best interests are taken care of


Educational Qualification:

Advanced Degree in Social Science, Political Science, International Relations, Law, Business Administration, or any field related


Experiences Required:

  • A minimum of 10 years of management experience; preferably at NGOs
  • Previous experience in senior leadership role
  • Has in-depth knowledge and understanding of best practices in management and governance
  • Substantial work experience with disadvantaged and marginalised groups; preferably refugees and asylum-seekers


Essential Skills:

  • Highly proficient (both written and spoken) in English and Bahasa Malaysia
  • IT literate, especially in Microsoft Office, e-mail, social media, and the internet as a whole
  • Hands-on budget management skills; including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
  • Strong organisational skills; including planning, delegating, programme development and task facilitation
  • Possesses a substantial knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations
  • Has the ability to convey the organisation’s vision of strategic future to staff, board members, volunteers and donors
  • Has the ability to collaborate with and motivate board members, staff and volunteers
  • Has the ability to engage with volunteer groups, donors, collaborating partners and refugee communities
  • Has in-depth knowledge about matters concerning refugees and asylum-seekers, especially in Malaysia and within the ASEAN region
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership