The VP, NTDs is a member of HKI’s globally distributed headquarters function (Global Management) comprised of senior leaders in Africa, Asia and the US.
Reporting to the Senior Vice President (SVP) Programs, the VP, NTDs will work closely with Regional and Technical VPs, senior technical advisors dedicated to NTDs and cross-cutting areas such as Monitoring & Evaluation, and relevant regional directors and country directors.
The role directly supervises senior level program staff in the US responsible for the management of specific multi-country program portfolios. Indirect reports include professional level program and finance staff who provide support to country offices.
HKI’s programs require close relations with governments, partner NGOs, private industry, donors and UN agencies. The VP, NTDs plays a key role in nurturing and overseeing many of these cooperative relationships and representing HKI to donors and the international community, as needed.
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 wherever they are located. Regular communication and a spirit of team work among colleagues, both hierarchically and laterally are essential to make this structure thrive.
The VP, NTDs will harness the existing collective expertise within the organization to further enhance the strategic direction and growth of HKI’s NTD portfolio, ensuring that high-quality programs continue to be developed and are effectively delivered in-line with the organizational mission and international and scientific norms. As a senior member of HKI’s program team, s/he will lend his/her unique perspective and expertise to organizational strategic planning initiatives..
A major focus for the VP, NTDs will be to proactively identify and lead new business development opportunities in NTDs across HKI’s geographical reach, and to manage these processes across all levels of the organization. Growing the portfolio will be in line with HKI’s overall business plan, including diversification of our donor base. Priority will be given to expanding our portfolios to include relevant prevention strategies including behavior change and WASH.
The ideal candidate will be a recognized global expert in NTDs with a broad mastery of the multiple aspects of NTDs, in-depth knowledge of one or more specialty areas and a demonstrated ability to rapidly learn new specialty areas. S/he will have a strong commitment to serving country office teams and to supporting their capacity to design and implement high quality NTD programs.
Working in the context of this full team approach, the VP, NTDs will coordinate HKI’s existing internal NTD expertise as well as draw on an extensive network of external experts to guide the development of new cutting-edge NTD initiatives to ensure HKI maintains a strong leadership position in the global NTD community, especially as new NTD trends emerge. The VP, NTDs will lead the roll out of a new generation of NTD activities in 8 African countries that focus on the integration of chemotherapy into other existing non-NTD program platforms to achieve long- term national buy-in and sustainability. S/he will work closely with global colleagues to continually refine HKI’s NTD programming standards and guide an ongoing internal capacity- building strategy to ensure that all NTD staff maintain state-of-the-art approaches. The position requires both international and domestic US travel.