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Director, Deworm the World Initiative (Washington, DC or Nairobi, Kenya)

Deworm the World Initiative – Various Countries, Flexible
Department Deworm the World Initiative
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor

About Evidence Action:

Evidence Action aims to be a world leader in scaling evidence-based and cost-effective programs to reduce the burden of poverty for hundreds of millions of people in the poorest places. Our two flagship programs, Deworm the World and Dispensers for Safe Water, reached over 280 million people in 2017. These same programs, alongside our No Lean Season program, have been named “Top” or “Standout” charities by GiveWell in 2017, with Deworm the World being named a Top Charity for the fifth year in a row. In parallel to these scaled programs, Evidence Action also leverages its unique Beta incubator to explore what interventions with initial evidence of impact might be suitable for massive scale up to become our next flagship programs. Evidence Action has a presence across 10 countries, with major offices in Washington, DC, Nairobi, Kenya, and Delhi, India.

Role Overview:

The Director, Deworm the World Initiative is a unique opportunity to contribute to the further growth and development of a globally acknowledged success in scaling evidence-based, cost-effective development interventions. Deworm the World works closely with governments and key partners, bringing technical expertise and critical resources to support delivery of government-led school-based deworming programs. The Director will be responsible for management of the Deworm the World portfolio globally, including strategy implementation, program quality, technical inputs, donor reporting and management, and public data sharing. Reporting to the Global Deworming Lead, the Director will lead a team of direct reports across Deworm the World-supported geographies and collaborate closely with regional staff to achieve high program quality and cost-effectiveness. The Director will be driven by impact, able to focus on the big picture and translate that into relevant programmatic details, and able to deliver high quality outputs in a cost-effective manner. The Director will have a highly sophisticated understanding of the opportunities and challenges involved in delivery of technical assistance to support government program implementation, and be creative and solution-oriented in his/her approach. The Director will espouse Evidence Action’s commitment to evidence-based decision making, cost-effectiveness, and transparency to internal and external stakeholders.

What You'd Do:

Program Management and Planning

  • Responsible for delivering the Deworm the World program through a comprehensive portfolio management approach that includes regular assessment of milestones, financial burn rates, and key performance indicators
  • Identify and manage programmatic risks
  • Oversee development and execution of program workplans; ensure regular progress assessment and accountability for achievement of program milestones and deliverables
  • Manage program budget and expenditure, ensuring funds are being spent wisely and accordingly to agreed-upon plans
  • Explore business development opportunities for Deworm the World, including expansion of program geographies in priority areas
  • Work in close partnership with Evidence Action’s regional and matrixed teams on fulfillment of shared objectives, including decisions around new engagements/partnerships and expansion activities

Technical and Program Quality

  • Lead technical direction of the Deworm the World globally, employing a multi-sectoral approach and with a comprehensive understanding of the disease profile and treatment guidelines
  • Ensure high quality standards for school-based deworming technical support to governments and other partners
  • Ensure sharing of best practices and lessons between regions by interacting regularly with and connecting national program teams
  • Lead refinement and analysis of program metrics, using data to inform programmatic decision-making and refinement

Donor and Partner Relationships

  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with Evidence Action donors and partners for deworming, including oversight of contracts and partnership agreements
  • Lead fundraising and proposal development for deworming, in collaboration with program and fundraising staff as appropriate
  • Approve donor reports and key deliverables; facilitate conversations about program progress, challenges and risks

People Management and Human Resource Development

  • Provide coaching, motivation, and inspiration to direct reports and overall program team across geographies
  • Maintain and develop a culture of excellent people management and performance to drive high quality decision-making and demonstrate Evidence Action values
  • Develop and inculcate in other team members an in-depth technical understanding of school-based deworming and the Deworm the World technical assistance model

What You Bring:

Evidence Action places strong value on relevant personal qualities: entrepreneurialism, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic. We seek a highly committed and adaptable individual with a track record of delivering quality results in quickly changing circumstances. You should be able to work independently and effectively in a high-pressure, unstructured environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously whilst mentoring a team to perform consistently. The ideal candidate will also possess cultural sensitivity skills and demonstrate high emotional intelligence, as they will be working closely with government and external partners.

  •  Minimum seven years of progressively increasing management experience, including effective management of a portfolio of programs.Exceptional people management skills, inclusive of internal and external stakeholders; able to work effectively in a “matrixed” environment  
  • Experienced and comfortable working collaboratively across teams and cultures, including with policy makers and senior representatives of international organizations.
  • Strong belief in the importance of evidence-based decision making.
  • Comfort and agility with quantitative assessment, program effectiveness metrics, and financial analysis
  • Track record of management of high-touch donor relationships preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in economics, international relations, public health or related field from a recognized University strongly preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Passionate about social impact and experienced in social enterprise, entrepreneurial nonprofit, or start-up environment.
  • A sense of humor.

Working Conditions

International travel estimated at 25%, across Evidence Action geographies and others as relevant for program and organizational needs. 

This position requires regular interactions with team members across multiple time zones, sometimes outside normal working hours.

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