Senior Vice President (SVP) of Global Programs

Closing date: 23rd March, 2021

The SVP of Global Programs is a key role on Orbis’s Executive Leadership Team (ELT). The SVP of Global Programs is responsible for leading a global team of professionals to design, deploy, and implement, highly effective training and clinical/medical services to bring quality eye care to those in greatest need.

Senior Vice President (SVP) of Global Programs

Apply Here by March 23rd


The SVP of Global Programs is a key role on Orbis’s Executive Leadership Team (ELT). The SVP of Global Programs is responsible for leading a global team of professionals to design, deploy, and implement, highly effective training and clinical/medical services to bring quality eye care to those in greatest need. Orbis Global Programs work with partners across the health services sector to establish and strengthen existing care and systems while providing long-term, sustainable eye care to communities around the world. The SVP of Global Programs is responsible for leveraging Orbis’s strong market position, existing projects, recent successes of the team, as contributions in the development of recommendations and plans with the objective being that Orbis remains well recognized as the gold standard in ocular health, as well as a thought and operations leader in Global Health. The SVP of Global Programs contributes to the global brand and revenue development and creates a visible and well-known presence as an Orbis representative and advocate.


Reporting to President & CEO, the SVP of Global Programs (SVP) leads Orbis International’s seven Country Directors in Africa, North and South Asia, and has responsibility for ensuring that the global programs portfolio is executed in an effective, efficient and timely manner, while adhering to budget. The SVP has the Vice President of Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning, Quality Assurance and LAC as a direct report, and this position currently supervises the senior program staff in Orbis’s regional divisions (Asia, Africa, Middle East, and Latin America/Caribbean). The SVP is expected to drive and execute a robust model for program and portfolio management to drive efficiencies and strengthen connectivity between HQ and our in-country work.

The position collaborates with the Orbis ELT, the Board of Directors as identified, and numerous internal and external professional colleagues and partners at multiple levels. The Vice President of Clinical Sciences and Technologies (VP CS&T) reports to the CEO, sits on ELT and is a critical colleague and internal business partner for the SVP. The VP CS&T is responsible for strengthening and building Orbis’s leadership in the delivery of patient care and clinical training platforms, as well as growing Orbis’s global brand through the Flying Eye Hospital (FEH), Volunteer Faculty, Aircraft Operations, clinical training, new technology, and the Cybersight telemedicine platform.


Executive Leadership

  • Work in close partnership and collaboration with the CEO and Executive Leadership Team to ensure that Orbis is viewed as an innovative leader and a partner of choice in the area of global public health.
  • Lead and deliver the development of Orbis’s global program vision and strategy, with a focus on global impact, innovation and program excellence and based on three key pillars of medical and clinical excellence, evidence and research, and advocacy.
  • Oversee the development, delivery, and measurement of effective and integrated program strategies and activities by and across countries or around the world.
  • Develop and lead highly capable and knowledgeable capacity around the globe able to execute the global programs strategy.
  • Advise the CEO of current trends, issues, problems, and activities related to eye care and international public health. Serve as a well-known public health advocate on the global stage.

Program Delivery

  • Direct the program planning process to develop annual and long-range goals and objectives which ensure the seamless integration of Orbis programs around the world yet allow a focus on regional and local needs and priorities.
  • Deliver exemplary projects and programs; ensure that staff have the necessary training and tools to do their jobs as efficiently as possible.
  • Facilitate identification and development of areas for program development, innovation, and revenue generation across programs, across Orbis, and from external sources.
  • Ensure the effective deliver of monitoring, evaluation, and learning processes and products so new programming is informed by learning. Oversee the reporting, collection, and sharing of programmatic impacts with key internal partners and donors. Establish performance measures and oversee the design and implementation of a quality monitoring and evaluation process that effectively measures program outcomes.
  • Oversee and facilitate the effective financial management with accountability for meeting institutional standards and expectations.
  • Ensure that all reporting to donors, partners, the Board, governments, institutions, etc. meets compliance standards and exceeds expectations. Promote and leverage the global brand.

External Relations

  • Lead the development and implementation of strategies to build strong relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, partners, and collaborators in the international public health arena.
  • Actively partner with and oversee contribution to Orbis fundraisers and revenue efforts in support of Orbis’s fundraising strategies and plans for effective partnerships with diverse funding sources.
  • Represent Orbis through active participation at external events and conferences focused on global public health issues.
  • Articulate, communicate and advocate Orbis’s vision of its program objectives to external constituencies to advance Orbis’s work and stature around the globe


The ideal candidate will be a leader in global health with demonstrated success leading complex organization and project, exemplary project execution, and strategic vision. They will have an advanced degree in medicine, public health, international development, or a related field. They will have experience in a complex global health organization, will have knowledge of international health care monitoring and evaluation methodologies, and will have on the ground program development experience in a developing country.

The successful candidate will bring demonstrated leadership, intellect, creativity, curiosity, discipline, and resourcefulness. They will have strong analytical, interpersonal, and written and oral communication skills and success in positions requiring communication with a broad and diverse audience. They will be confident, a good listener, and able to make tough decisions. They will have the ability to work with flexibility, efficiency, enthusiasm, and diplomacy, both individually and as part of a complex international team effort. The candidate must have the ability and willingness to travel around the world extensively.

Key competencies include:

International Development and Global Public Health Expertise

  • Demonstrated thought leadership within the global public health and/or international development space
  • Previous international field experience in developing countries
  • Demonstrated knowledge of international health care monitoring and evaluation methodologies
  • Knowledge of eye care, blindness prevention and related organizations is a plus

Team-Building and Leadership Skills

  • Demonstrated ability to attract, inspire, manage, and develop top talent
  • Intrinsic desire to set an example of high performance, endurance, and energy
  • Demonstrated ability to instill an intellectually robust and ethically sound culture

Strategic Program & Portfolio Management

  • Experience developing and implementing innovative strategic plans, including those related to program development
  • Demonstrated record of establishing performance measures, monitoring results, and evaluating program impact, consistently achieving, or surpassing programmatic goals
  • Experience with developing a culture of excellence focused on results, leading by example to meet ambitious targets, and invoking a sense of urgency around this work that motivates and inspires others.

Passion for Mission

  • Strong commitment to and passion for the mission of Orbis
  • Highest level of energy, diplomacy, and persistence to achieving the work of the organization
  • Ability to inspire others when articulating Orbis’s mission, both one-on-one and in front of large audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to be creative in identifying new ways of raising awareness of an organization’s impact and mission.

Interpersonal Skills and Communication

  • Ability to convey a professional and positive image regarding the organization and the global health and development arenas
  • Experience building and sustaining relationships at multiple levels, both within the organization and with external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly articulate thoughts and ideas, both orally and in writing.


  • This is a global position and the successful candidate will have his/her home office at Orbis International HQ in New York City, NY, or any of Orbis Country offices [Ethiopia, Zambia, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, or China]. If not based in New York City, the SVP will be required to travel to HQ each quarter, or more frequently as needs require.

How to Apply

If you would like to find out more about this opportunity and how to apply, please write in the first instance to our international search partners for this appointment, Red Sea Executive Search [email protected], marking your email for the attention of Tim Wingrove and Susan Bandow with the following reference: ORBIS_SVPGP. Or alternatively follow the link to their website for further details

Orbis is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As a global organization, we welcome qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds and cultures who reflect the five Orbis values of Trust, Caring, Commitment, Accountability, and Excellence.

Senior Vice President (SVP) of Global Programs

Apply Here by March 23rd