Director of Programs

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: United States of America
Organization: miraclefeet
Closing date: 11 Jan 2021

Director of Programs

MiracleFeet is a global nonprofit working to eliminate a leading cause of physical disability worldwide. Over two million children live with the severe consequences of a treatable birth defect known as clubfoot, and 175,000 more babies are born with it every year. Thanks to a non-surgical solution called the Ponseti Method, 95% of cases can be fully treated for less than $500. MiracleFeet has scaled this proven, low-cost treatment to 29 countries where children previously had limited or no access to care.


The Director of Programs will develop and support the continued expansion and implementation of high-quality, evidence-based, innovative programs to treat children born with clubfoot in low and middle-income countries. MiracleFeet is currently active in 29 countries throughout Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and has ambitious goals for growth. Together with the Global Clubfoot Initiative (GCI), MiracleFeet contributed to the development of a global strategy, RunFree 2030, to ensure that by the year 2030, at least 70% of children born with clubfoot in low and middle-income countries can access quality clubfoot treatment.

The Director of Programs will lead the programs team, currently nine staff members, and work closely with local consultants who support our data application and M&E efforts. In coordination with our fundraising team, this person will play a leading role in proposal development and in all aspects of grant reporting.

The Director of Programs will cultivate and develop relationships with MiracleFeet’s partners and collaborators, which include a network of over 30 local and international NGOs, and over 300 clubfoot clinics and 650 healthcare workers at public hospitals and facilities that deliver clubfoot treatment (with MiracleFeet’s technical and financial support). The post-holder will drive MiracleFeet’s programs with a view towards increasing advocacy and promoting sustainability, while also identifying potential future partners in new priority countries to support continued expansion.

Additionally, as a member of the Leadership Team, the Director of Programs will serve as a key thought leader across the organization; devise and be accountable for the programs team’s annual plans, budget and goals; and support the implementation of organization-wide (annual and strategic) plans.

This is a full-time, exempt position based in our Chapel Hill, NC office or in any of the countries where MiracleFeet operates. This person will report to the President.

Essential Functions

Program Oversight and Implementation

  • Responsible for overall coordination of program implementation and delivery of high-quality programming, in accordance with MiracleFeet’s global strategy, program model and partnership approach.
  • Work closely with program managers to ensure that country programs progress according to grant agreements (including specific donor requirements) and have plans in place to meet annual child enrollment and treatment quality targets.
  • Set program priorities and guide programs team (including partners) on prioritizing efforts that have the most impact in terms of access to and quality of clubfoot treatment.
  • Leverage treatment quality metrics to support program decision-making and to monitor progress against quality targets, and promote understanding of the role data and measurement play across the organization and among major stakeholders (Ministries of Health, partners, donors, Board of Directors, Medical Advisory Board, GCI members).
  • Analyze program finances, including partner grants, and ensure budgetary decisions are effective, and strategic, and optimize long-term impact for our donors.

Strategic Design and Delivery

  • Lead the programs team in the development a clear plan for MiracleFeet’s programs (growth, saturation, quality, and sustainability) in line with the RunFree 2030 Global Strategy developed by GCI and MiracleFeet’s own strategic plan and global vision of ending clubfoot disability.
  • Oversee efforts to identify new program partners that are organizationally, culturally, and strategically a good fit with MiracleFeet’s program model
  • Provide advice and leadership on country-specific strategies to increase coverage in existing countries, using data and analysis
  • Provide leadership and guidance in developing country-specific advocacy plans to increase local government support for increasing integration of programs into the local health system
  • Work closely with program and fundraising teams to identify new priority countries to advance the goal of 70% global coverage
  • Develop strategies for reaching middle-income countries and populations with a lower cost model, potentially involving pay for service, partnerships with the private healthcare sector or commercializing MiracleFeet’s suite of tools (Brace, CAST and ACT Online)
  • Support – and sometimes lead on – the development of funding proposals and other donor cultivation efforts
  • Stay up to date on the latest innovations and initiatives in global health, disability, newborn and child health, and mHealth; identify and assess how emerging trends may impact MiracleFeet’s work and how they can be integrated into program design and strategy
  • Promote and showcase MiracleFeet-led innovations among peer/sector organizations

Thought Leadership

  • Serve as a member of the MiracleFeet leadership team, contributing actively to overall organizational strategy, including the development of organization-wide goals.
  • Develop strong relationships with the international clubfoot and wider international health communities, including the leaders of other NGOs working in the field, members of GCI and public health experts, and other consortiums/collaborators, especially in the field of disability and children’s health
  • Build cross-sector relationships and collaborative opportunities to integrate clubfoot and disability rehabilitation strategies within sectors such as medical care, community and economic development, international global health initiatives and others
  • Represent MiracleFeet nationally and internationally to raise the profile of clubfoot as a global health priority, further enhance the organization’s reputation and increase awareness of progress around solving the issue of untreated clubfoot
  • Engage in national and international level relationship-building to increase MiracleFeet’s visibility and ensure strategic programmatic and organizational growth

MiracleFeet’s ideal candidate is an experienced leader in the international development sector who has overseen a diverse portfolio of (at least some) health programs, has experience collaborating with government agencies, such as Ministries of Health, and has successfully implemented complex projects >USD$10M from various donors, including USAID. This person is driven by delivering measurable impact and scaling effective solutions. The candidate has worked in multiple countries, speaks at least two languages, and possesses strong multi-cultural fluency. This person has led teams, knows how to delegate, and is a collaborative leader who motivates people through coaching, guidance and feedback. Our ideal candidate uses data effectively to drive decision-making and uncover issues that need to be addressed. They can juggle multiple tasks while keeping the team informed, clear on their priorities, and aligned to the larger organizational goals.

Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by the individual in this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of the position. Employees may have other duties assigned at any time.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in related field
  • At least 10 years’ experience in program implementation and oversight, with at least 5 years in low to middle-income countries, ideally with some experience in medical or public health fields
  • Experience leading projects that require collaboration and cooperation from multiple partner organizations and include significant involvement from government agencies, such as MOH
  • Ability and desire to travel internationally approximately 30% of the time
  • Experience building and managing a team of at least 10 people that are mostly based remotely and across time zones; proven team-building skills
  • Track record of thinking strategically while also executing on a tactical level, with great attention paid to details, budgets, and timelines
  • Demonstrated commitment to optimizing impact with donor’s funds and on scaling proven, effective solutions; action-oriented and results-driven
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to engage and inspire a wide range of audiences
  • Commitment to data-driven decision making
  • Excited about embracing new technology; comfortable learning and using technology
  • Visionary, energetic, and excited about growing an organization and expanding impact; entrepreneurial spirit
  • Passion for building global health programs and improving the lives of children
  • Fluent English, and proficiency in at least one additional language spoken by MiracleFeet partners

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Experience in formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures
  • Experience with government agencies in low and middle-income countries
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with policymakers, national partners (with varying levels of capacity) and other key stakeholders
  • Experience working with community-based coalitions and organizations, community capacity building efforts, and providing technical assistance at community-level and with organizations of varying maturity and capacity
  • Ability to think creatively and innovate around program design and structure; not afraid to question the status quo
  • Knowledge of foundations and public health funding sources highly valued
  • Experience working in entrepreneurial, or small organizations where team members work across several functions (“wear many hats”) and there is a relatively flat hierarchy
  • Interest in being part of an organization that favors action, getting stuff done and rolling up your sleeves to help as needed
  • Commitment to fiscal responsibility; ability to budget creatively, strategically, and responsibly
  • Willing to be flexible with schedule to accommodate colleagues and partners working in other time zones
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects and priorities
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills, particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Commitment to collaborating with marketing, fundraising, and finance and operations team to further organizational goals

How to apply:

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Applications will be accepted until January 11, 2021 or until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is April 1, 2021 (or earlier, depending on availability). MiracleFeet is committed to creating a diverse environment and actively encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Please note that non-U.S. based candidates who do not have legal authorization to work in the United States will be considered for this role under a consultancy basis. MiracleFeet is unable to sponsor employment visas.

MiracleFeet is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

MiracleFeet is committed to child safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all employees to share this commitment.

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