The Vice President (VP), Asia Pacific position serves as both a geographic and global leader for HKI. As a member of HKI’s Executive Management Team (EMT), s/he is a key contributor to strategic global development initiatives, and organization-wide planning and decision making.
As HKI’s top position in the region, the VP, Asia Pacific will drive the future direction and growth of HKI’s Asia portfolio, providing the leadership needed to both deepen and broaden the organization’s work regionally and in the 7 countries where HKI has a presence. S/he will nurture, oversee and expand HKI’s rich mix of partnerships and initiatives and will be ultimately responsible for the quality of HKI’s technical programs and operational research as well as administrative and financial support systems, compliance and risk management across the entirety of HKI’s program in Asia. The VP, Asia will provide highlevel regional leadership and represent HKI in policy fora and relevant conferences and meetings both within Asia Pacific and internationally.
The VP, Asia Pacific will be expected to promote an integrated approach, identifying crosscutting themes and synergies across the three pillars of our activities (i.e., eye health, nutrition and NTDs). Emphasis also will be placed on undertaking operational research, often with renowned research partners, to establish the evidence base whenever needed, and to leverage evidence into policy changes.
The VP, Asia Pacific will be instrumental in continuous efforts to mobilize resources – both restricted and unrestricted – and to this end will nurture existing donor relationships, proactively identify new opportunities and spearhead proposal submissions. At the same time, s/he will ensure that necessary attention is also given to strengthening the technical and operational dimensions, including human resources, in order to ensure quality programs at the country and regional levels. The VP, Asia Pacific will be supported in these efforts by a senior regional management team of operational, programmatic and technical experts whom s/he will lead and directly supervise. The position is based in HKI’s Asia Pacific Regional Office in Phnom Penh, with considerable regional and international travel.
Reporting to the Senior Vice President, Programs, the VP, Asia Pacific serves on the Executive Management Team for the global organization and leads the Regional Management Team (RMT) for Asia Pacific. The position directly supervises a Regional Director, Operations and a Regional Director, Programs who in turn supervise the Country Directors and regional technical specialists.
HKI has a matrixed reporting structure that respects both the line management and authority within country office and regional hierarchies; and the accountability and oversight duties of subject matter experts and multi-country program managers at the regional and headquarters level. Strong communication skills and a spirit of teamwork among colleagues, both hierarchically and laterally, are essential to thrive within this structure.
HKI’s programs require close relations with governments, partner NGOs, private industry, donors and UN agencies. The Vice President plays a key role in nurturing and overseeing many of these cooperative relationships and representing HKI to donors and the international community, as needed.
Seeking a recognized public health professional with a proven track record of leadership and multifaceted expertise, and a weight of experience as demonstrated by a: