Program Officer, Asia

Long-term contract
Full remote
5 yrs of exp.
Posted on 06-19-2024

Vitamin Angels

We strengthen the impact of our partner organizations working to reach the most nutritionally vulnerable groups – pregnant women, infants, and children – who are underserved by existing systems

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Major Duties and Responsibilities

Implement regional programs in a manner consistent with VA's mission, strategic, and operational objectives

  • Manage program partner relationships (e.g., government, NGOs, and academia working at the local, national, and international level), including identification, vetting, qualification, and ongoing support to increase access to VA-supported interventions for underserved populations.
  • Support and facilitate coordination between VA's program partner network and relevant government agencies within the region to ensure programs avoid duplication and reach underserved populations.
  • Work with the Technical Team to ensure learning tools are accessible to program partners and to support monitoring activities.
  • Apply findings from VA's implementation science activities to VA's ongoing programs to support the continual improvement of the implementation and impact of VA-supported interventions.
  • Make recommendations to Senior Staff regarding improvements that can be made according to regional implementation experience.

Forecast, plan, and oversee deployment of regional program resources (e.g., budget and commodities) for implementation activities

  • Work closely with the Senior Program Officer, Logistics Team and Priority Country Teams to ensure regional program commodities are forecasted, coordinated, received, warehoused, allocated, and dispatched according to a timeline that satisfies regional/country annual targets and meets the implementation needs of all program partners.
  • Support regional budget development, implementation, and forecast of expenditures.
  • Ensure all regional program expenditures are properly approved, within budget, and coordinated with other Programs Teams (Learning Solutions, M&E, Logistics, Implementation Science).

Support activities in Priority Countries within the region, including efforts to localize VA's strategy and model

  • Assist with translating and adapting VA's global strategy to VA Priority Countries to develop localized programs, while still maintaining program fidelity.
  • Support initiatives led by Priority Country teams that elevate VA's national visibility and credibility, promote coordination with the national government, and are consistent with VA strategic plan priorities.
  • Facilitate collaboration and coordination of implementation science activities within the country, as needed.
  • Support the hiring and activation of new Country Program Advisors, consistent with VA operational plan, annual budget, and VA standard operating procedures.
  • Support Country Program Advisors within the region.

Ensure application of appropriate administrative and financial controls and procedures to regional programs

  • Ensure relevant administrative reports are completed by program partners.
  • Complete all relevant project administrative documentation in VA's share drive, DropBox, and online database.
  • Review and process invoices.
  • Support drafting and review of all Program Management Unit contracts, memorandum of understandings, and other relevant agreements required to execute program activities.

Support initiatives within VA's Marketing and Development Divisions, as requested.

  • Support planning and execution of VA marketing activities.
  • Support the execution of VA donor trips.
  • Support other organizational and division initiatives as requested.
  • Hire, train, and manage the activities of intern support, as needed and approved.

Qualifications and Skills (Required and Preferred)


  • B.A./B.Sc degree from an accredited university
  • 5+ years of experience in a related role; or 2+ years with a Master's degree in Public Health, International Studies, Global Studies, or a related field from an accredited university
  • Study abroad experience or work abroad experience preferably in a low- and middle-income country
  • Demonstrated ability to work cross-culturally and support globally diverse teams
  • Computer literacy (Microsoft Office suite, Salesforce)
  • Superior written and oral communications skills
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to think critically
  • Ability to manage stress, including but not limited to, stress resulting from local and foreign travel, large crowds, open spaces, shared office space, and daily activities with reasonable accommodations.
  • Ability to lift, or carry, approximately 20-40 lbs. on a regular basis
  • Ability to remain seated and/or stationary for extended periods of time, including but not limited to prolonged air travel, and general job assignments performed at a desk.
  • Must have a valid passport and ability to travel internationally.
  • Ability to walk or hike in conditions which may include uneven surfaces, inclinations, stairs, extreme weather, long distances, elevation changes or extremes, and/or other conditions associated with foreign travel.
  • Ability to receive necessary vaccines and medication for travel to certain countries.

Preferred (not required):

  • Master's degree in Public Health, International Studies, or Global Studies (or a related field) from an accredited university
  • Minimum two years' experience performing program management with an international non-profit organization
  • Experience working in Asia (may include Southeast Asia, South Asia, or the Middle East)
  • Fluency in a second language, relevant to the region
  • Command of financial management and accounting
  • Command of the essential elements of public health programming
  • Understanding of the role of nutrition in public health

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