Director of Health Programs

Food for the Hungry, Washington, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
28th February, 2018

Job Description

At Food for the Hungry, we operate under a set of guiding principles we call “The Heartbeat.” This includes our Values, Vision, and Purpose, which serve as the explanation of who we are and how we work as an organization. Together we follow God’s call responding to human suffering and graduating communities from extreme poverty.

Position Purpose

The Director of Health Programs will provide leadership to a global team of staff who are responsible for the technical/programmatic support and resource development for health, nutrition, and gender projects in FH fields.  The Director of Health Programs will report to the Senior Programs Director and coordinates extensively with the Director of Food Security, Director of Relief and Humanitarian Assistance, Director of Education and Director of Social Behavior Change and related team members.  The Director of Health Programs will also organize his or her team to or provide direct support for the development of new proposals in the areas of health, nutrition and gender in coordination with the Grant Development Department.


Please note: this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Provide leadership in technical/programmatic support for FH’s health and gender projects (35%)

  • Supervise a team of health and gender technical staff that support of tens of millions of dollars of programs throughout all FH fields.
  • Manage direct reports including encouragement, regular communication about goals and plans, monthly review of time sheets and expense reports, and annual performance reviews.
  • Lead the development and updating of CFCT health and gender domain materials to keep FH health programming cutting edge.
  • Plan and facilitate periodic team coordination meetings and unit retreats.
  • Responsible for the unit budget including budget creation, tracking, adjustment and expense justification.
  • Equip unit staff to coordinate with the Grants Development team and FH fields to track project budgets.
  • Support the professional development of unit staff.
  • Present FH’s work in professional forums as appropriate.
  • Organize operational research on FH’s work as appropriate.

Provide project design and proposal development support for health and gender grants (30%).

  • In coordination with the Grant Development Department, Regional and Country Office Leadership, actively support the development health grant opportunities from government, multilateral, and private sources
  • Designate and support unit staff in project design and proposal writing activities.
  • Provide managerial and technical support to ensure the timely and technically accurate submission of proposals.

Provide technical and administrative support for ongoing health interventions in FH’s programs (35%).

  • Cooperate with Grants Development Departments in order to serve as a liaison with donors;
  • Develop and update annual Project Detailed Implementation Plans (DIPs) and corresponding annual and LOA budgets.
  • Coordinate with Grants Development Department and field staff to ensure that technical reports are submitted to donor or lead agencies in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Coordinate with field and health unit staff to assure effective monitoring and evaluation of health and gender projects.
  • Organize and lead global trainings, workshops, research activities and meetings as appropriate.
  • Ensure proper management of project information (e.g., documents, calendars, guidance, and communications) for FH’s health and gender projects.
  • Review of all health and gender-related documents prior to submission to donors and/or lead agencies (e.g., work plans, annual reports).
  • Assist the Relief and Humanitarian Assistance Unit, as needed, to respond to emergency situations through project design, writing proposals, field assessments, and/or contributing to the response in country.

Qualifications:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty/function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Has a vibrant personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Is a consistent witness for Jesus Christ, maintains a courteous Christ-like attitude in dealing with people within and outside of Food for the Hungry. Christian commitment to serving the poor and in full agreement with FH’s Christian foundation and beliefs as expressed in The Heartbeat: our Values, Vision, and Purpose;
  • Proven writing skills;
  • Ability to travel in the US and internationally up to 30% of time per year;
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite;
  • Highly organized;
  • Strong people skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to sit at a computer for 8 hours a day doing repetitive motions on a keyboard;
  • Able to lift up to 25 pounds on a regular basis;
  • Ability to stand for long periods, walking over rough, uneven or rocky surfaces at times;
  • Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, musical notes, etc.) in its most difficult phases. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.

Education and Experience:  Master's degree (M.A.) or equivalent; four to seven years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Supervisor Responsibilities: Directly supervises staff. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints, resolving problems, etc.

Language:  Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and / or boards of directors. Proficiency in spoken and written English. Speaking/writing ability in Spanish, Portuguese, and/or French is preferable, but not required.


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