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Editor: Donald C. Clarke
George Washington University Law School

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Rural Development Institute seeks China Country Director for Beijing office

Here's another job opening at RDI:

Rural Development Institute ( is hiring a China Country Director in Beijing, China.

RDI is an international nonprofit organization working to secure land rights for the world’s poorest people, those 3.4 billion chiefly rural people who live on less than $2 a day.  For 40 years, RDI professionals have worked with the governments of 40 developing countries, foreign aid agencies, and other partners to design and implement laws, policies, and programs that provide opportunity, further economic growth, and promote social justice. To date, RDI has helped provide land rights to more than 400,000,000 people.

The China Country Director (CCD) will be responsible for helping to define and ultimately for ensuring that the China team meets all RDI’s China program objectives.  The CCD provides leadership, direction, and coordination to China’s program staff in China and ensures coordination with RDI’s staff in the international headquarters to ensure the effective achievement of RDI’s China program objectives.  The CCD will not only lead the overall China program team, but be an active member of that team on various program tasks (research, writing, etc.), including on task teams where s/he plays a supporting rather than a lead role.  The CCD will be responsible – both directly and indirectly through other China team members – for initiating, fostering, and enhancing key partnership relationships with government partners, program partners, and donor partners.  The CCD will be responsible for recommending annual China work plans and budgets to the RDI Management Team and to effectively execute the approved work plans consistent with the budget.  The CCD will provide regular program and financial reports to RDI’s Leadership Team, Board of Directors, and donors.  The CCD will build and maintain a cohesive, effective, collaborative, and collegial China program team.  The CCD will also provide vision, management expertise, information, advice and counsel concerning the affairs of the organization to the President ad CEO.

Qualified candidates will possess;

- Graduate degree in Law, Economics (including Agricultural, Natural Resource or Institutional Economics), Sociology, or a closely related field. Preferred undergraduate degree in area studies, business, anthropology, economics, geography, political science, sociology, or other field related to international development.

- Minimum 10 years overall relevant work experience, a minimum 5 of which should have been in a management position responsible for overall operations of an organization or major program/division as well as revenue generation and/or fundraising.

- Fluency in written and spoken Mandarin.

- Fluency in written and spoken English.

- Strong leadership to set and communicate vision and strategy, team building skills and ability to manage budget processes and P&L.

- Knowledge of public policy, legal, economic, sociological, political, institutional, geographic, and/or anthropological concepts and information.

- Experience in managing senior level relationships – both internal and external – in an international context.

- Communications skills include an ability to make and use distinctions as to types, frequency, tenor, and levels of communications, depending upon the circumstances, audience, recipient, and content.

If you feel you are interested in learning more details about the position, please submit your resume and/or cover letter to

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