Vice President, Programs

IMA World Health

About the organization

IMA believes all people are children of God and thus deserve to lead healthy and productive lives.
Our vision of health, healing and well-being for all is based on the Christian call to serve one another.
The founding members of IMA, Protestant Churches and church-based organizations, chose to be intentionally ecumenical to provide health services and to build healthy communities around the world.

We can do more together than alone; that spirit of joint action remains foundational to IMA today.
IMA believes the core ecumenical imperatives are unity and respect for all faiths and traditions.


IMA program highlights and projects include the following:

• USAID/Kenya and East Africa Afya Jinjini meaning “health in the city” improves access to and use of maternal, neonatal and child health services; family planning and reproductive health services; water, sanitation and hygiene; and nutrition services in Nairobi’s City Country and reached more than 3,000 mothers and 7,000 children who benefited from weekend child health interventions.

• Access to Primary Health Care (ASSP) prioritizes delivering essential health packages that improve maternal, newborn, and child health for ASSP. Using a comprehensive approach, the project helps train healthcare workers in safe delivery, including delivery of emergency obstetric and neonatal care services.

• Addressing Stunting in Tanzania Early (ASTUTE) through ASTUTE in Tanzania and the National Nutrition Communications Campaign in Indonesia, IMA uses both mass media and grassroots communication methods to encourage parents and other caregivers to adopt healthy behaviors to reduce stunting.

• Provision of Reproductive Health Services Project this UNFPA-funded project provides new services through mobile clinics and outreach as well as through strengthening local capacity to implement the Minimum Initial Service Package for reproductive health, including interventions to address gender-based violence, sexually transmitted infections and HIV services. It also supports sexual and reproductive health outreach activities in partnership with community-based organizations or support groups.

• Rapid Results for Health contracted by South Sudan’s Ministry of Health with funding from World Bank, IMA uses performance-based contracting, training, and other activities to improve health care services at 282 health facilities.

IMA World Health is widely recognized and occupies a critical niche within the global public health field.

To learn more about IMA World Health and their visionary work please visit

Based in the IMA World Health headquarters in Washington, DC, the Vice President, Programs serves as a member of the senior management team and tasked with the goal of enhancing the organization’s ability to fulfill its mission of building healthier communities through collaborations to serve the vulnerable.

The Vice President, Programs directs the Program and Business Development team and reports directly to the CEO. The Vice President will work closely with the CEO, COO and CFO to address operational challenges and seek new opportunities.

The Vice President is expected to be a thought leader in the international development sector and will position and shape the IMA's role in global health, including developing innovative programs and strategies to influence policy discussions and progress on global health issues.

The role demands a seasoned professional adept at strategic thinking and innovation.

This will be a highly visible role with the Vice President representing IMA in various fora and symposia related to global public health and international development. They will also represent IMA to various funders, donors, partners, Ministries of Health, etc. These external responsibilities will be directed towards further building IMA’s brand and reputation in the global public health sector as well as to support HQ business development opportunities.

Integral to the success of the new Vice President, Programs, will be the technical mastery of developing impactful global health programs coupled with the ability to lead, motivate, and inspire excellence in a dedicated staff.



● Provide leadership, management and oversight to IMA’s public health program portfolio, including quality assurance, staff development and strategic direction.

● In collaboration with the senior management team, develop a strategy and plan to expand IMA World Health’s programming and role as an innovative leader in global health.

● Work with IMA’s President & CEO to expand IMA's public health initiatives in core competency areas with the goal to improve health and quality of life through the prevention and treatment of diseases.

● Work with the Country Directors and Country Program Officers to ensure the highest quality program implementation.

● Work with the Directors of Programs and HQ based country teams to ensure the highest quality program support.

● Develop systems, processes and a collaborative management approach to address operational challenges and ensure that IMA is in compliance with contractual and donor requirements.

● Work in partnership with the senior management team, Program HQ and field staff, and other departments to support the development of long-term engagement of IMA World Health in the global health field.

o Provide leadership to develop and strengthen relationships with ministries of health, donors, and local and international partners for effective program implementation.

o Facilitate the prioritization of issues, countries, interventions and implementation partners giving priority emphasis to IMA World Health Members' interests.

o Create a strategy for the provision of technical and programmatic support to Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs) engaged in health activities in countries of interest.

● Support the advancement of the IMA mission by nurturing existing relationships and the establishment and development of new partnerships to enhance the role of IMA in health, relief and development work. Participate in global health networks and consortia appropriate to achieving the tasks and responsibilities of the position.

● Represent IMA World Health Program interests, experience and expertise in varied fora such as national and international conferences, partner and donor agency meetings, member agency meetings, etc. Ensure visibility of IMA program results and achievements through presentations at conferences, workshops and publishing of articles in professional journals.

o Participate with IMA World Health colleagues in preparation of technical briefs and papers reflecting IMA World Health's program expertise for sharing with appropriate policy-making audiences.

● Keep abreast of emerging public health trends, strategies and standards in appropriate public health areas and with colleagues, partners and appropriate policy-making audiences. Represent IMA World Health at the World Health Assembly and international conferences.

o Ensure the preparation and submission of abstracts for competition in professional and technical gatherings.

● Work closely with the External Relations, Communications and Business Development colleagues to develop and strengthen donor relationships


● Serve as a member of the Executive Management Team.

● Oversee a comprehensive and timely reporting schedule for the Program Department.

● Recruit, onboard and develop a highly qualified and engaged Program team.

● Provide ongoing performance feedback to encourage and develop a high performing team. Conduct Annual Performance Appraisals for assigned HQ program staff and overseas staff.

● Provide the IMA Board of Directors reports, documents and publications that showcase and outline Program’s progress towards goals, team information and strategic direction.

● Other duties as assigned.



• Master's degree in Public Health or related field (International Development, Medicine, Nursing, etc.) required. Doctorate in related field preferred.

• Minimum of 17 years international development experience, including at least 5 years resident in a developing country setting, managing public health programs as a senior level professional.

• Experience designing, implementing, and monitoring integrated public health programs in collaboration with national governments.

• Commitment to the faith-based nature of IMA and ability to articulate that core value to varied audiences.

• Willingness to travel 30% or more annually


• A proven record of strong interpersonal and leadership skills leading Program staff and being part of a team-oriented culture, at the organizational and the Program levels.

• Strong interpersonal and leadership skills.

• Successful implementation experience in the geographical regions where IMA programs are established or emerging.

• Excellent English written and oral skills.

• Demonstrated experience working with a multicultural workforce with sensitivity and appreciation of cultural differences.

• Appreciation for, and willingness to commit, to the mission of IMA as a service arm for relief and development agencies of U.S. Protestant denominations.


Commensurate with experience

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