VP of Program Development
SUMMARYResponsible for strategic direction, leadership and management of the Program Development Division. Plays major role in developing strategic partnerships and in networking, profiling, and collaborating externally with other agencies and foundations active in international child development. Provides leadership and oversight to the development, implementation and coordination of program models and business/resource development to maximize impact on core outcomes for children. Leads organizational efforts in grant acquisition, policy advocacy, impact reporting, and brand visibility within the international NGO community. Contributes significantly in setting global organizational policy and direction, and in long-term strategic planning and implementation. Acts as liaison to Board of Directors on programmatic matters.DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIESExternal Representation and NetworkingServe as the head of office and chief representative in the DC communityBuild and promote the organizational visibility and brand within the international development community including representation of Organization in international development forums.Serve as the organizational representative on the Alliance Program CommitteeIdentify and provide inputs to inter-agency consortiums and alliances on issues consistent with Organization priorities and interests.Strengthen Organization's positioning as a thought leader.Network, connect, and position Organization with US government, intergovernmental agencies/donors, foundations, and philanthropists active in international child developmentProgram Quality and Assessment:Provide leadership and oversight for the development, evolution, and evaluation of programs to achieve core outcomes for children. Promote innovations and ensure effective development and communication of guidance to enable program staff at all levels to adopt them.Identify major program quality risks and facilitate a process to address themProvide leadership and guidance for Program Development staff to harness sponsorship, Alliance, advancement in technology, networks, local and strategic partnerships and build the required organizational competencies to integrate them in program practiceProvide leadership for the development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation system and promote its use for accountability, institutional learning, documentation, impact demonstration, and capture and dissemination of knowledge internally and externallyLeads organizational efforts to engage with external centers of excellence and knowledge and facilitate transfer of knowledge and cutting edge practices to strengthen country programs.Oversee the policy advocacy effort and ensures its relevance, alignment, and effectiveness. Leads organizational efforts to engage in policy advocacy, including strategies to engage the US government, as well as promoting a consistent Country Office engagement in advocacy to advance core outcomes for Children.Mobilize needed technical resources to support effective emergency responses and disaster risk reductionBusiness and Resource Development:Oversee the development and regular update of strategies and plans and lead continuous efforts to strengthen the overall health of the grants portfolioOversee and engage in the development of strategies to strengthen Organization competitiveness to acquire grants from government and private donorsOversee the development and execution of annual plans to achieve revenue and other annual grants targetsCultivate strategic partnerships/relationships to support grants acquisition and for advancing organizational programmatic priorities.Lead continuous development, alignment, and deployment of resources ( technical, financial, and relationships) required for vibrant grants portfolioFacilitate effective relationships with Alliance members and access by country offices to their government and private donors.Oversee and enable effective mobilization for proposals to governments and FoundationsOversee the staffing and well-functioning of the Global Grants TeamExplore and test innovative 'blue ocean' approach for future grants acquisitionEngage and provide intelligence and cultivate relationships with Foundations and other non-traditional donorsOrganizational Culture and LeadershipActs as a member of the Executive Team and the Global Operations Leadership Team to ensure effective coordination and implementation of organizational strategic and operational priorities.Participates and actively contributes to the agenda of the Program Committee of the BoardFosters interdivisional collaboration, especially in areas such as program monitoring, program and sponsorship integration, and resource developmentPromotes Child Safeguarding in all that Organization does.QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE Minimum of 10 years of relevant child development and protection experience at a leadership level, preferably in an international development organization at a headquarters level.Minimum of 5 years living and working in a developing country; fluency in English required; fluency in a second major language of business for Organization (French, Spanish, Portuguese) preferred.Demonstrated significant knowledge and experience and achievements in strategic partnerships and external visibility; and the theory, concepts and technical practice of child development and protection programs, particularly as they are applied in resource poor environments, including safeguarding children.Outstanding oral/written communication, presentation, interpersonal and listening skills - someone who can clearly articulate organization's message, be an effective spokesperson and inspire and earn the respect of his/her internal and external stakeholders.Demonstrated leadership experience in leading and managing in complex multi-cultural work environments with significant numbers of staff and stakeholders.Demonstrated experience in change management and large scale capacity building in complex environments with limited resources.Demonstrated experience in developing strategic fundraising programs and growth initiatives.Demonstrated experience developing, managing and evaluating programs and services to achieve global objectives.Proven experience developing and managing partnerships to leverage impact.Experience managing programs/operations in an international setting; must enjoy extensive international travel.Excellent people management skills and knowledge of talent development strategies.Track record in developing and evolving program innovations.EDUCATION Minimum of Master's degree in a relevant field, PhD preferred.