Regional Director x 2 (Africa and Americas & Caribbean)

The Donkey Sanctuary
Mexico City, Mexico and Nairobi, Kenya
Full time Staff

About The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary is an international animal welfare organisation, offering care and protection to donkeys and mules worldwide.  Working for a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering, and their contribution to humanity is fully valued.  The charity is achieving this by transforming the quality of life for donkeys, mules and people worldwide through greater understanding, collaboration and support, and by promoting lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships. 

There are currently over 50 million donkeys and mules supporting the livelihoods of some of the poorest people on our planet.  When donkeys and mules are well cared for, livelihoods, food production and access to clean water improve, as well as many other things that we often take for granted.  In turn, this ensures healthier, happier and more productive working animals.

The two Roles

The challenge of delivering better welfare on a global scale for millions of donkeys and mules is complex and ever-changing.  In order to affect change on a global scale, the Donkey Sanctuary is looking to recruit two Regional Directors: for Africa and the Americas & Caribbean.

These are demanding yet rewarding opportunities, to help the charity deliver its goal, of a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering, and their contribution to humanity is fully valued.  As Regional Director, you will work closely with the Global Programmes Director, as well as the key stakeholders in the region to build strong programme partnerships and develop and implement regional strategy.

Experience of working internationally at senior leadership level, managing and motivating multi-functional and geographically dispersed teams, with proven abilities to build strong internal and external working relationships is essential.  You will bring expertise in operational planning, successful leadership of a range of evidence-based international programmes.  Your effective programme oversight will enable the charity to grow and further develop its diverse programme portfolio. 

Able to work closely with senior stakeholders including international organisations, government agencies, academics and NGOs; you will be adept at fostering partnerships and networks, representing and promoting the charity to a wide range of audiences.  An excellent communicator and negotiator, you will bring the experience of representing an organisation internationally.

A broad knowledge of the history, work and successes of the charity, including an understanding of the charity’s vision and mission, is desirable, as is a strong conceptual understanding of animal welfare and international development.  If you feel you have the qualities, skills and experience to fulfil one of these varied, rewarding and vital positions, and would like to be part of a dynamic organisation, we would love to hear from you.

These positions are based in Nairobi and Mexico City respectively. The Donkey Sanctuary is willing to consider home-working arrangements with regard to the Regional Director Americas & Caribbean role. Both posts will require international travel. Applicants must have the right to work within the regions.

These are full-time, permanent contracts and we seek to successfully appoint to these positions as soon as possible, so encourage early application.  Closing date for completed applications:

Regional Director Africa 8th December 2019 (

Regional Director Americas & Caribbean 15th December 2019 (

For specific inquiries on the roles, please reach out to the recruitment team through the following email addresses:

Regional Director, Africa:

Regional Director, Americas and Caribbean:

The Donkey Sanctuary is a Disability Confident Employer. The Donkey Sanctuary is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable people (children and adults) and expects all staff and volunteers to undertake this commitment.

Applicants will be subject to safer recruitment processes, including an application for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check where required for the post

Closing date: 
15th November 2019