Country Director, Cambodia
Helen Keller International
Country Director, Cambodia
(Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
Helen Keller International (HKI) is an international non-governmental organization whose mission is to save the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged by combating the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition. We do this by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition. Established in 1915, HKI maintains its Headquarters in New York City, with Regional Offices in Senegal and Phnom Penh to support the 22 countries offices in Africa and Asia.
We are currently seeking a Country Director in Cambodia to represent HKI and lead the country office and its programs, reflecting HKI’s mission and ensuring technical excellence in the delivery of all activities.
Country Program Overview:
Since 1992, HKI has been working to design, test and establish sustainable evidence-based approaches to enhance health and nutrition for Cambodians, particularly women and children. HKI’s work in Cambodia began with a Child Survival project that aimed to address vitamin A deficiency and iodine deficiency through various intervention strategies including supplementation, homestead food production and salt iodization. HKI also implemented a school health project integrating basic eye care messages into the primary school curriculum. Since then, the HKI portfolio has expanded to include extensive national advocacy and technical support to 25 provinces to improve the vitamin A supplementation coverage, a national nutrition survey to define the problem, testing of an in-home food fortification strategy, extensive work in homestead food production including operations research studies, nutritional support for people living with HIV/AIDS, and a school health program for soil-transmitted helminthes. HKI’s programs are integrated at all levels of the government health and education structure by helping to develop its human resources and infrastructure, conduct needs assessments, analyze local context to inform program design and monitor and evaluate program progress and impact. HKI also works with government and local partners to ensure community participation and ownership and create demand for nutrition and health services.
HKI-Cambodia is currently implementing nutrition and neglected tropical disease programs in the following areas:
- Integrated homestead food production and nutrition education/behavior change communication to promote optimal nutrition behaviors among poor rural households.
- ‘Fish on Farms’ is an operations research project to assess the value added of adding fish to the integrated homestead food production model. HKI works in conjunction with the Department of Health, local partners and the University of British Columbia.
- A national school health program to develop and implement a curriculum in all primary schools for soil-transmitted helminthes. HKI is working with the Department of Education and the Department of Health.
- A micronutrient powder social marketing project to test demand creation strategies and materials at the community level. HKI is working with the Department of Health.
- HKI-Cambodia is part of a 4 country initiative to review and collect data on the promotion of and use of fortified complementary food products in the country in order to gain evidence on what is going on and what the consequences may be.
In the next few years, HKI-Cambodia will seek to expand all the above country-level programs to new areas of the country reaching additional beneficiaries and to improve the delivery models. HKI will also assess the possibility of beginning a project in eye health. HKI is one of the key technical assistance organizations in Cambodia for nutrition and food security; as well as school health.
Scope of the Position:
Based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the Country Director reports to the Asia Pacific Regional Director-Operations, and directs the work of staff and interns/consultants in Cambodia. The Country Director collaborates closely with the Asia-Pacific Regional Office (APRO) staff including the Regional Director-Programs and the Vice President for Asia Pacific; other Country Directors; and headquarters (HQ) staff. External collaboration includes representatives of governmental, international, university and non-governmental organizations within Cambodia, as well as some donors.
Overall Management and Leadership
- Provide strategic leadership and develop action plans to further the overall mission and specific programs of HKI that meet the evolving conditions in Cambodia.
- Manage project personnel to achieve the objectives agreed to in grants and contracts for HKI Cambodia projects.
- Keep APRO and others informed about progress of the projects, plans for the development of new programs/projects/activities and donor involvement in the overall program.
- Represent HKI and provide technical input to the government, international donor agencies and technical advisory groups pertinent to project activities.
- Oversee research design, methodology and dissemination of information needed to monitor and evaluate project activities.
- Disseminate findings from HKI projects that are of importance to decision-makers in a position to fund or implement projects in Cambodia and internationally.
- Ensure that narrative reports are submitted to APRO, HQ and donors as required by project agreements.
Financial and Administrative
- Work with APRO and HQ to manage development of annual field budgets.
- Ensure compliance with procedures required by grant or contract agreements for Cambodia projects, and oversee the preparation and timely submission of required financial reports.
- Authorize expenditures for grant or contract allocations for Cambodia projects.
- Hire and manage personnel and lead initiatives to develop staff capacity.
Fundraising & Program Promotion
- Identify funding opportunities from corporations, foundations, governmental organizations, international and bilateral agencies in Cambodia. Develop and nurture in-country donor relationships and identify potential partners to participate in joint proposals.
- Lead and prepare concept papers and proposals and provide other information as needed for submission to donors and others for fundraising and marketing purposes.
- At minimum, a Master’s degree in public health, nutrition, development or related field plus 10 years of program related experience, with at least 5 years in an international setting, preferably working with a non-governmental organization, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Very good oral and written English language skills, including the ability to quickly synthesize complex technical and programmatic issues into concise communications.
- Demonstrated experience and skills in leadership, staff management, program development and management, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation and public speaking.
- Technical knowledge in an area related to HKI’s mission and programs.
- Demonstrated ability to generate program funding including donor cultivation and grant writing
- Computer literate in use of word-processing, spreadsheet and statistical software; experience in data analysis and interpretation is highly desirable
- Ability to travel within Cambodia at least 25% of the time and periodically internationally.
- Experience working within the Cambodian or Asian development context is a plus.
The initial contract is for two years with possibility of renewal.
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to HKI.Recruitment@hki.org noting the job title in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.