Corus International leads an ensemble of social impact organizations working together in the world’s most fragile settings to deliver the holistic, lasting solutions needed to overcome the interconnected challenges of poverty, health care access and climate change. Corus is a new model in the international space, creating a consortium of specialized non-profit and for-profit entities for greater impact. Additional growth is expected.
Corus combines over 150 years of experience of our non-profit and for-profit subsidiary organizations LWR, IMA, CGA Technologies, Ground Up Investing, and LWR Farmers Market. Together, the organizations take a systematic approach to grow rural economies, eliminate extreme poverty, ensure access to quality healthcare, and respond to urgent humanitarian needs in fragile settings.
Further details about the organization can be found at https://corusinternational.org
Position Summary: The Associate Vice President, International Programs (AVPIP) provides leadership and management to the Programs Division in alignment with the overall strategic direction defined by the VP Programs & Operations and Corus global strategy. As part of the Programs & Operations Department, the Programs Division is responsible for developing and implementing country, regional and global strategies and programming in the livelihoods and health sectors; delivering high quality and high impact programs; and representing the organization’s work in health and livelihoods externally to various audiences. The AVPIP addresses operational challenges and ensures that all health and livelihoods programs are managed effectively to meet donor and internal requirements. The AVPIP supervises Senior Regional Directors for the regions where Corus International works (Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Latin America) and oversees a division of around 360 staff working in 20+ countries.
To be a successful, the individual should be innovative with strong leadership, influence and managerial skills, a good communicator, and a confident and goal-oriented executive.
Key Result Areas:
The success of this role is measured by the following KRAs:
- Management of Corus International’s health and livelihoods programming implementation.
- Functioning of a strong Program’s team, able to deliver outstanding results to the communities we serve.
- Achievement of results as set out in project documents and in compliance with donor requirements and regulations.
- Full execution of approved budgets within the established project and fiscal year timeframes.
- Well-functioning country operations in compliance with host government laws.
Roles and Responsibilities:
Technical Programming Implementation
- Provide leadership and management to Corus International’s health and livelihoods program and portfolio, including technical and programmatic quality assurance, staff development and achievement of the department goals.
- Ensure that programming supports and drives best practice and innovative approaches
- In collaboration with the International Operations team, develop systems, processes and a collaborative management approach to address operational challenges and ensure that Corus/IMA/LWR health and livelihood’s portfolio follows contractual and donor requirements and complies with host country regulations.
- Ensure collaboration of the Programs Division with the Humanitarian Assistance Division in support of emergency programming objectives.
- Ensure sound overall financial management of the Program’s Division.
- Lead monthly and quarterly project level financial reviews to identify projects that are not on track and work with the Sr. Director and regional team to course correct as needed.
- Lead semi-annual portfolio review process for the organization to review Corus projects technically and financially.
- Build strong working relationships with CI’s support departments ( e.g Finance, HR, Contracts and Grants, External Relations, Internal Audit, Procurement, IT etc.) to ensure smooth project implementation.
- Ensure compliance with award documents on technical deliverables (workplans, annual budgets, M&E plans, reporting, etc.)
- Ensure that all Corus awards are on track to deliver programmatic results/development impact as per agreement with donor, identify projects that are not on track and work with the Sr. Director and regional team to course correct as needed.
Staff Management and Development
- Participate in the recruitment, onboarding, and development of a highly qualified and engaged team.
- Provide ongoing performance feedback to encourage and develop a high performing team.
- Mentor and support Sr. Directors in project start up and close out processes; mobilize org-wide support for rapid start-ups and ensure close out is planned and implemented on time and on budget without cost overruns.
- Conduct Performance Appraisals for the direct reports HQ program staff.
Strategy and Growth
- Collaborate with the Business Development Department to support efforts in business development to institutional donors.
- Identify opportunities for geographic or programmatic expansion, in collaboration with Business Development leadership and in line with established agency priorities.
- Support and promote, as appropriate, integrated, and collaborative efforts among all parts of Corus International, including IMA World Health, Lutheran World Relief, CGA Technologies and Ground Up Investing in alignment with the overall strategic vision of Corus International.
- Provide leadership to the country teams helping them to develop and strengthen relationships with host country ministries, donors, and local and strategic partnerships.
- Participate in global networks and consortia appropriate to achieving the tasks and responsibilities of the position, helping to shape the organization’s role engagement in external fora and thought leadership groups.
- Establish and maintain strategic partnerships and collaborations and keep abreast of emerging issues in the sectors of Corus’ work, to influence policy discussions and progress on international development issues
- Represent Corus’ program interests, experience and expertise in varied fora such as national and international conferences, partner and donor agency meetings, member agency meetings, etc.
Direct Supervision (4):
- Sr. Regional Directors (4)
The position indirectly supervises a division of over 360 staff working including regional teams in Headquarters and regional and country staff based in 20+ countries.
Education & Experience:
- Master’s degree in Public Health, International Development, Agriculture, or a related field.
- At least 12 years of professional experience managing donor-funded livelihoods, economic development, health, and/or humanitarian response programs in developing countries, including at least 4 years resident in a developing country setting.
- Experience in senior management both at HQ as well as overseas (at a country director or Chief of Party level or higher).
- A proven record of strong interpersonal and leadership skills leading staff and being part of a team-oriented culture.
- Successful implementation experience in one or more of the geographical regions where Corus programs are established or emerging.
- Experience directly managing large awards ($25-50M+) and large, complex country offices. In addition, experience structuring shared support services in an office with multiple projects.
- Experience implementing FCDO, World Bank, USAID, Global Fund work, among others, and overseeing institutional donor compliance requirements from the start up to the close out of large awards.
- Experience developing and managing complex and multiyear budgets from both restricted and unrestricted revenue sources.
- Experience developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and knowledge management strategies for development programs.
- Experience managing operations of programs in developing country settings (finances, administration, legal registration, logistics, safety, and security, and/or human resources).
- Knowledge of the rules and regulations of managing USAID contracts, grants and cooperative agreements and other institutional donors. Prior work experience with a bilateral or multilateral donor agency would be desirable (but is not a requirement).
- Strong ability to work in Excel, PowerPoint and Word required, familiarity with SharePoint.
- Excellent English written and oral skills. Familiarity with French or Spanish would be desirable.
- Demonstrated experience working with a multicultural workforce with sensitivity and appreciation of cultural differences.
- Commitment to the faith-based nature of Corus International and ability to articulate that core value to varied audiences.
- Willingness to travel 20% or more annually, including to insecure environments.
Working Conditions, Travel and Environment:
- The duties of the job require regular work at least 5 days/week. The employee must be available to work outside normal office hours or on the weekends as required.
- This position must be able to travel as required for standard domestic and international business purposes. While performing the duties of this job in different locations, the employee may be exposed to precarious settings under high security risks and/or very basic living conditions and extreme weather conditions, as well as to infectious diseases.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Zero Tolerance to Abuse:
As a member of the Corus Family, each employee is expected to:
- Help to develop and maintain an environment that welcome and develop a diverse workforce.
- Foster a work environment where everyone feels valued and included.
- Support employees’ evaluation and promotion processes based on skills and performance.
- Promote a safe, secure, and respectful environment for all members of Corus family, stakeholders in general, and particularly for the communities we serve.
- Follow the Corus Code of Conduct helping to prevent any type of abuse including workplace harassment, sexual abuse and exploitation, and trafficking in persons.
- Adhere to the Organizational Core Values.
Corus International prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability status, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by U.S. or International law.