Feed International is looking for a Vice President (VP), of Programs (global role): Apply Now!!!

The Vice President (VP), of Programs will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the formulation, supervision, and management of the global programs and for playing a major role in developing the department’s policies. The position will be a part of the Senior Management team that drives the overall strategy for the organization and represents Feed International on a global basis. This role reports to the President of Feed International.

Note that applications will be accepted from candidates who are legally able to work in any of the countries where Feed International Operations is based.

Essential Functions:

Program Leadership & Management (70 percent)

  • Overseeing program development, delivery, and evaluation.
  • Responsible for setting program goals, strategies, and performance metrics.
  • Managing program budgets and ensuring efficient resource allocation.
  • Drive continuous improvement in program quality and support strengthening capacity, operations, and results across the global organization to ensure ongoing programmatic excellence.
  • Oversee the planning, development, and reporting of all programmatic activities and operations globally to maximize programmatic and organizational impact.
  • Manage, develop, coach, and retain high-performance team members, empowering them to elevate their level of responsibility, span of control, and performance.
  • Work with staff to develop systems to ensure consistent, high-quality project management.
  • Provide leadership in the development of inter-team communication and cohesiveness, sustaining culture and supporting staff during organizational growth.
  • Work with program teams in the review and presentation of unsolicited proposals.
  • Work with the program teams in responding to non-routine grant status reports and budget changes.
  • Work with the Grants Manager to develop and maintain appropriate grant tracking and reporting.
  • Ensure the effective and timely delivery of all program funder requirements, reports, and agreements.
  • Actively participate in the Senior Management Team, providing strategic program and field perspective and contributing to the development and implementation of shared global strategies and priorities.
  • Ensure program operations comply with organizational standards for safety and security, child protection, and the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse.

Business Development and External Relationships (10 percent)

  • Working with Business Development, ensure proposal design, development, planning, and budgeting by program staff to enable timely submission of grants and contract agreements.
  • Identify and participate in key fora, events, and representation opportunities to raise organizational visibility and facilitate networking / strategic engagements with funders and partners.
  • Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing programs and the growth of the organization; cultivate existing relationships and develop new funder relationships.
  • Building and maintaining partnerships with international organizations, governments, and stakeholders.

Finance (10 percent)

  • Work with the President, VP of International Finance, Grants Manager and other program staff to coordinate the timing and amount of planned grant payout with the availability of funds.
  • Develop the annual operating budget for the department
  • Review monthly reports and address negative variances.

Knowledge Management (10 percent)

  • Develop the necessary systems, processes, and tools to better support the facilitation, collection, and sharing of knowledge that is generated by the programs.
  • Develop a dissemination system to share organizational learning with a broad range of communities.
  • Ensure that key project outcomes and/or policy, advocacy, and legislation are evaluated and leveraged for maximum programmatic and organizational impact.
  • Work collaboratively with the senior management team to integrate cross-program activities and functions.
  • Ensuring that program teams have access to relevant research, best practices, and data.
  • Promoting learning and knowledge sharing across the organization.
  • Monitoring program impact and adjusting strategies based on evidence.

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BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)


  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Feed the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


  • Sets ambitious and challenging personal and team goals, takes responsibility for own personal development, and encourages teams to do the same
  • Widely shares personal vision for Feed the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with team, colleagues, Donors and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks.


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity



  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., humanities or social sciences, international development, Public Health) or equivalent.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • 10+ years of experience managing NGO operations and programs, in international development or humanitarian operations, including a minimum of 8 years in developing countries.
  • Demonstrated experience leading and empowering a diverse, cross-cultural senior management team with an emphasis on collaboration and accountability.
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing strategic partnerships and alliances and serving in a senior representation role.
  • Proven ability to support resource mobilization efforts and a track record of leading teams in strategy development and implementation, delivery of high-quality programs with demonstrated impact and results.
  • Experience and success in management, teambuilding, and consensus building.
  • Ability to work as a partner in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and spoken.
  • Ability to work under tight time constraints; and
  • Ability to translate conceptual direction into concrete grant plans.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills.
  • The ability to think and work strategically with a wide range of senior leaders.
  • Capacity to coordinate efforts involving various projects and multiple players.
  • Ability to travel up to 30% of the time including upon occasion to remote locations with basic amenities.
  • Flexibility to rapidly adjust prioritization of activities to changing contexts and requirements.

Additional job responsibilities

The job duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the post holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reason and in line with their level of skills and experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

Computer Skills – Intermediate skills using Microsoft Office products Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Advanced MS Excel skills, experience with MAS 90 and SAGE 100 helpful but not required. Experience with QuickBooks preferred.

English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Oral Communication – Speak clearly, persuasively, and professionally in positive or negative situations; listen and gets clarification; respond well to questions; demonstrate group presentation skills; participate in meetings.

Written Communication – Write clearly and informatively; edit work for spelling and grammar; vary writing style to meet needs; present numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.

Teamwork – Balance team and individual responsibilities; exhibit objectivity and openness to others’ views; give and welcome feedback; contribute to building a positive team spirit; put success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; support everyone’s efforts to succeed.

Ethics – Treat people with respect; keep commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and ethically; upholds organizational values.

Reasoning – Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form; ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.


Feed the Children strives to provide an environment free from sexual exploitation and abuse and harassment in all places where relief and development programs are implemented. Feed the Children holds a zero-tolerance policy against sexual exploitation and abuse and harassment. Feed the Children expects its employees to maintain high ethical standards, protect organizational integrity and reputation, and ensure that Feed the Children work is carried out in honest and fair methods, in alignment with the Feed the Children safeguarding and associated policies. Violations to stated policies will be subject to corrective action up to and including termination of employment.


This job description should not be interpreted as all inclusive. It is intended to identify the major responsibilities and requirements of this job. The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this description. Any essential function or requirement of this job will be evaluated as necessary should an incumbent or applicant be unable to perform the function or meet the requirement due to a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Reasonable accommodation for the specific disability will be made for the incumbent or applicant when possible.

How to apply

Please send your CV, and cover letter, highlighting your suitability for the role to email address: [email protected] by 12 July 2024. Please ensure that you indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line of the email.

Note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. FEED International reserves the right to not fill any advertised post.

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