Vice President, Global Programs

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Organization: VillageReach
Closing date: 24 Sep 2022


VillageReach transforms health care delivery to reach everyone, so that each person has the health care needed to thrive. We develop solutions that improve equity and access to primary health care**.** This includes making sure products are available when and where they are needed and primary health care services are delivered to the most under-reached. Radical collaboration with governments, the private sector and other partners strengthen our ability to scale and sustain these solutions. Our work increases access to quality health care for more than 58 million people in Africa. VillageReach in incorporated in Washington State and has offices in Seattle (USA), Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, and Mozambique.



The Vice President, Global Programs is an Executive Level position responsible for inspiring leadership of VillageReach’s programmatic strategy, quality, and execution. Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President leads a team of country directors and senior technical leaders responsible for developing and executing high quality programming to transform health care delivery to reach the most under-reached communities, in support of the organization’s strategic goals. This position works closely with the VP, Global Operations and the VP, Partnerships & Impact to drive strategic focus, impact, business acumen, excellence, collaboration, and health and wellbeing across teams.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

Program Strategy & Leadership (35%)

  • Provide effective and inspiring leadership for VillageReach programs, developing a broad and deep knowledge of programmatic work and impact and helping us meet our strategic objectives of doubling our reach, significantly increasing our impact, and increasing the scope and scale of our collaborations over the next 3 years.
  • Monitor current industry trends and anticipate their impact on the organization’s direction, impact, growth and programmatic development. Drive change management across program teams in response.
  • Oversee VillageReach solutions, including identifying technical capabilities needed, ensuring adequate resources, and assessing overall impact of solutions. Champion continuous quality improvement to strengthen solution execution, growth, quality and impact.
  • Maintain high standards of quality and excellence in the execution of VillageReach programs, in support of our strategy and theory of change, and in compliance with all organizational policies and practices. Ensure that VillageReach works in all countries with sufficient strategic and operational support.
  • Provide strategic oversight and development of new opportunities and new programs. Ensure appropriate strategic leadership to major programmatic initiatives, especially during planning, start-up and early investment phases.
  • Provide programmatic leadership and input for all strategic planning processes with the President and staff. Guide executive and board decision-making towards achieving our organizational goals and strategies.

Team and Talent Management (25%)

  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain a high performing team of country directors and other senior directors under VP, Global Programs portfolio.
  • Develop strategic country leadership, representation and operations required to deliver on organizational Goals & Strategies
  • Collaborate with People Team to build best-in-class talent management for programmatic staff development, training, mentoring, and performance assessment.
  • Clarify responsibilities, deliverables, milestones, limits for decision-making and interests of the program’s donors, beneficiaries and VillageReach management.
  • Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.

Financial Management (10%)

In collaboration with the Finance and Operations Group:

  • Drive investment mindset across the organization, understanding the relationship between community impact, business need, and organizational financial model to develop and execute revenue growth models.
  • Stay informed of country/program funding status and ensure close monitoring of program revenue and expenditures takes place throughout the fiscal year.
  • Ensure the continued financial viability of VillageReach’s program/service units through sound fiscal management.

Strategic Organizational Representation & Business Development (30%)

  • Promote the organizational mission and goals through personal commitment and modeling of organizational values.
  • Partner with the President and VP, Partnerships & Impact build and manage VillageReach relationships with strategic partners, donors and external constituency groups including community, governmental, and private organizations.
  • Participate in working groups or collaboratives that drive and support VillageReach priorities and enhance VillageReach’s networks. Represent VillageReach to the media and through speaking engagements.
  • Interface with national governments and relevant agencies as requested by Country Directors or Program Leads to ensure mutual understanding of programs.
  • Act as an Officer of the corporation, working with the President, Vice Presidents, and the Board of Directors to ensure the Directors have the information needed to govern and manage the affairs of the organization. Act on behalf of the President when requested.


The following competencies reflect what is expected of all VillageReach employees; including examples of how one might demonstrate each of these competencies in one’s role.

  • Personal Motivation and Drive: Is self-directed in one’s approach to work, but asks for help when needed; holds oneself accountable; undertakes self-development activities; seeks to build and master new skills; looks for and takes advantage of opportunities within the organization
  • Collaboration & Effective Communication: Establishes and maintains effective relations with coworkers, partners & stakeholders and external parties; works collaboratively with others to accomplish organizational and team goals and objectives; works actively to resolve conflicts; expresses ideas and thoughts effectively; selects and uses appropriate communication methods and maintains meaningful communication with virtual coworkers and other parties to keep them informed
  • Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion: Takes personal responsibility for and supports others across the organization in creating and sustaining a diverse work environment where individuals are welcomed, valued, respected and supported; personally committed to attaining cultural competency including self-awareness of one’s own attitudes about culture and cross-cultural interactions; exhibits the willingness and ability to engage openly and respectfully around issues of race, colonialism, identity and culture; upholds equity in access to sharing of information, ideas, and opportunities throughout VillageReach
  • Commitment to Excellence: Produces a high output of work, both in terms of quality and quantity; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; monitors work to ensure quality; has a personal commitment to the mission of VillageReach
  • Solution Orientation & Innovation: Focuses on results and desired outcomes and how to best achieve them; gets the job done; sees opportunities for creative problem-solving while staying within the parameters of good practice; sees old problems in new ways and has novel approaches to solving those problems; contributes original and/or resourceful ideas to their area of responsibility; is able to consider and articulate risks and consequences of proposed innovations and factor these into decision-making


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position directly supervises up to 6 employees. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; monitoring performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; and addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Education & Experience:

  • Advanced degree in relevant field (MBA, MPH, MPA, or other related disciplines)
  • 15+ years’ experience in management and program implementation, with a focus on global health, global development, or a related field. Relevant experience in the private sector considered if candidate displays adequate understanding of the health and development sector.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and thought leadership in one of more of VillageReach’s core areas of expertise – Supply Chain, Data Analytics, Digital Health Technologies, and Human Resources for Health.
  • Strong relationship builder and communicator with experience leading diverse work teams, developing an organization-wide strategy for program excellence, engaging community partners, and partnering with a CEO and board of directors. Experience leading and being responsible for program and operations in a country or regional office preferred.
  • Ability to foster a creative, professional, and open management culture that empowers staff to fulfill their potential and encourages innovative thinking. Excellent capacity building, team building/management, and coordination skills and a comfort in a matrixed and global environment. An ability to delegate responsibilities effectively and coach and mentor staff.
  • Experience working globally with a variety of stakeholders, including local government ministries, funding agencies, other NGOs and the private sector. Combination of public and private sector experience preferred.
  • Proven success having securing resources for critical initiatives, and identifying and cultivating business relationships and partnerships leading to additional income sources and business opportunities.
  • Must be able and willing to travel internationally as required to support job duties (estimated at 30% travel).
  • Willingness to relocate to VillageReach’s Africa Hub (once open) or to work in co-working or home office environment.
  • Established cultural competency in partnering with racial, cultural and linguistically diverse groups.
  • Proven ability to thrive in a fast-paced, often ambiguous environment.

Other Qualifications:

  • Comply with VillageReach’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.
  • Established cultural competency in partnering with racial, cultural and linguistically diverse groups.
  • Demonstrated understanding of challenges with working in rural, underserved and low-income context; experience living in and/or working in a low-income country a plus.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel) and comfortable in a fast-paced technical environment.
  • Fluency in English essential; fluency in French or Portuguese highly desired.

Key Decisions

  • Programmatic opportunities to pursue organizationally
  • Country leadership
  • Program structure and leadership needed to execute on organizational goals & strategies

Environment and Physical Demands:

VillageReach has no private offices, employees work in a shared, open environment with task and conference rooms accessible to employees for privacy and meetings. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Due to the time zone differences between our USA office and our Country Offices and location of other global staff, US based staff are expected to be available for early morning meetings starting at 6am. In addition, our Regional Africa based staff and Country office staff are expected to be available for late afternoon/evening meetings up to 6pm.


VillageReach is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer committed to workforce diversity. We believe that diverse, equitably weighted perspectives foster an organizational capacity to create novel solutions that improve health in the most underserved and hard-to-reach areas. To align our values, innovations and impact, VillageReach is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse global workforce.


This is an immediate hire and therefore resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis until filled. To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter to our online portal:


VillageReach is committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, adults, and beneficiaries with whom it engages. We expect everyone working with us to share this commitment through our code of conduct.All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which may include criminal records. VillageReach participates in the Misconduct Disclosure Scheme and, in line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By applying, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.


VillageReach has an established compensation structure that is based on the relevant market and internally transparent. The range for this position is $132,600 Minimum in approved range to 165,800 Midpoint in approved range. We hire people into the established range based on one’s experience and education and considering internal equity. We do not inquire about salary history.

How to apply


This is an immediate hire and therefore resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis until filled. To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter to our online portal:



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