Director, Asia and Eurasia Partnerships

  • Location
    Stamford, Connecticut
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Feb 27

Position description

Americares is a health-focused relief and development nonprofit organization that responds to people affected by poverty or disaster with life-changing health programs, medicine and medical supplies. Americares is the world's leading nonprofit provider of donated medicine and medical supplies, delivering over $500 million in innovative health programs and quality medical aid to more than 90 countries and all 50 U.S. states each year. For more information,

The Asia & Eurasia Partnerships portfolio delivered $79.5 million in assistance to partners in 11 countries across the region in FY2016. This assistance is centered on Americares Access to Medicine (A2M) program through the distribution of donated medicines and medical supplies and also includes project funding support and multiple country offices in the region. The portfolio is poised for expansion with the recent transition of the Philippines country office from an Emergency Response and Recovery operation to an ongoing programs operation. Further expansion will take place upon hiring of the Director with the transition of the Nepal and India country offices. 

The Partnership Director has the responsibility for overseeing all activities in the Asia and Eurasia program portfolio including upcoming expansion and subsequent resource acquisition requirements. The Director is supported by Associate Directors for Asia and Eurasia respectively, who manage all the day to day activities within each portfolio. 

The Director is responsible for setting and implementing the overall strategy and vision for the Asia and Eurasia regional portfolio in line with Americares 3 and 10 year strategy. Americares has 4 program areas: Access to Medicines (A2M), Emergency Response (ER), Clinical Services and Community Health with an additional emphasis on 5 health themes: Women's and Children's Health, Infectious Disease, Mental Health, Health System Strengthening and Non-communicable disease with a focus on diabetes and hypertension. 

The Director will lead identification and pursuit of strategic opportunities, in particular funding opportunities along with business and strategic partnership development, and will work with his/her team to ensure excellence in programmatic execution. The Director will work closely with her/his team to identify innovative solutions/approaches to health issues and prepare/design programming activities. 

The role is highly collaborative and involves regular engagement with internal and external stakeholders.


Strategic planning and execution of strategic plan

  • In alignment with Americares 3 and 10 year strategic objectives, work with the VP to define the strategic vision for the Asia & Eurasia portfolio.
  • Translate the strategic vision into executable program activities.
  • Work with team to develop Country/Regional plans for program development and partnership management and expansion (GIK and programmatic) aligned with Americares strategic objectives and taking into consideration Americares existing resources and requirements for further growth 
    • Detailed country operating plans should be put in place and evaluated on an annual basis for Americares offices in: Nepal, India and the Philippines.
    • Develop A2M ongoing country plans for locations where Americares does not have offices, should outline Americares yearly partner activities including shipping schedules/special initiatives as well as highlight potential areas for targeted program activities such as partner capacity building or disease specific support potential.
    • Additionally, country plans should include ideas for areas which could be targeted for greater expansion either via existing partnership or through the development of new partnerships;
    • Regional Plans should examine Americares overall activities in the region and assess the need based on a combination of health and regulatory indicators to determine new countries for Americares involvement in the region as well as the availability of Americares resources.
  • Regularly assess areas for expansion including the need/potential to develop new partnerships in order to serve communities in need.
  • Developing new partnerships, with an emphasis on priority countries, for both GIK support as well as programmatic initiatives.
  • Engage in annual review and update of organizations strategic objective.
  • Be ready to develop and implement innovative solutions to complex problems

Field Operations

  • Oversee country offices in India, Nepal and The Philippines 
    • Ensure country office programs operating as planned/in alignment with Americares global strategy through regular oversight of program and operational activities
    • Ensure finances on track and maintain detailed understanding of timelines for funding availability
    • Ensure exit plans in place should program need to wind down due to funding issues
    • Work with team to develop detailed country plans
  • Responsible for direct oversight of Country Directors 
    • Philippines ongoing operations led by Associate Director of Asia
    • India and Nepal day to day administrative operations supported by Senior Associate, Asia

Program/Partnership Oversight and Development

  • Ensure high level of execution of our programs and partnerships through the successful design, delivery and evaluation of our projects against targets to achieve health impact – with an emphasis on disciplined Project Management and robust M&E activities
  • Help develop and oversee quality improvement and improved health metrics.
  • Build alliances and develop collaborative approaches with donors, peer NGOs, partners, government agencies and other local and international stakeholders
  • Ensure all A2M partnerships tracking against plans and support team with troubleshooting issues as they arise. 
    • Develop in-depth understanding of A2M program and partnerships in order to advocate for partner and understand product match requirements, logistical issues and local regulatory environment.
    • Work with Emergency Response team to determine appropriate responses in the region and execute against a mutually agreed upon plan.


  • Provide leadership, day-to-day management, vision and inspiration to team, creating team collaboration and cohesiveness
  • Create a team climate where staff members feel engaged, motivated and productive; and provide clarity, alignment, strong sense of connection, and development opportunities for direct reports
  • Conduct quarterly performance check-ins and annual performance reviews for all direct reports.

Actively support Americares resource acquisition efforts:

  • Lead proposal development for bilateral and private funding opportunities within region.
  • Support donor engagement activities as needed
  • Lead business and strategic partnerships development


  • Leadership of team to ensure successful execution of Americares strategic plan
  • Implementation excellence through joint "ownership" with field staff.
  • Ensure partner/program performance consistent with Americares standards.
  • Effective resource acquisition and deployment to have a significant impact on local healthcare.
  • Comprehensive partner, country and regional plans which guide Americares activities in region of responsibility.
  • Quantitative and qualitative reporting about Americares partnerships in order to define impact and support resource acquisition efforts.


  • Foster Americares values of respect, collaboration & teamwork, trust, passion and commitment, compassion, and excellence.
  • Coach, support and develop department staff to increase individual and team effectiveness and ensure full team engagement and satisfaction.
  • Develop and manage implementation of plans to increase department operating performance.


  • Master's degree or higher with at least 10 years of related work experience or equivalent job experience: 
    • Global health, medical relief, international aid, healthcare, and/or pharmaceutical,
    • Program management/administration or operations management,
    • Diversity of experience in different organizational capacities and culture contexts
  • In-depth cultural/regional knowledge of Asia and/or Eurasia, either native or experience abroad
  • Knowledge of USG funding agencies and relationships in these agencies a plus but not required
  • Successful staff management & development experience with the ability to successfully motivate a team to accomplish the goals of the department and organization
  • Strong track record of fact-based, proactive problem solving incorporating both demand and supply issues
  • Strong organization skills; attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and strong communications skills
  • Team orientation; balanced focus on personal accountability and team goals
  • 15% - 20% travel required
  • Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the United States.

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