Director, Program Development, Global Health

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The Director, Program Development – Global Health, is a full-time position that will drive ThinkWell’s growth strategy and new business functions. The Director will identify and deliver new collaborations and partnerships, to leverage existing work and unlock new funding streams and foster innovative ways of addressing old challenges within health systems. This will be attained through facilitating strategic, collaborative thinking with the program teams and designing innovative, financially sound programs in direct support of ThinkWell’s mission and objectives. The Director will be a proactive networker and play a major role in external engagement with global actors and facilitation of country team engagement with both regional and national actors. Leveraging from our existing strengths in health systems, growth areas will include commercial sector engagement, innovations and technology, with a focus on determinants of health.

Currently, we have four main pillars of growth which are led by our program and design teams;

-Maintaining and leveraging existing work as led by Program Directors and their teams
-Adjacent areas of growth which pivot from existing work; this is a collaborative with Program Directors and Design lab
-Seeking new opportunities that are directly related to our core domain areas of analytics, advisory, capacity building, strategic facilitation, and program implementation; this is led by Design lab in collaboration with program teams
-Designing new and innovative areas for diversification of our portfolio of programs, which is led by design lab.

The Director reports to the Managing Director, Programs and leads the Design Lab team, the ThinkWell hub for designing and creating technical programs, while contributing actively to various leadership groups within the organization.

The position is fully remote and can be based anywhere, preferably in the United States or Switzerland.

What you’ll do:
Growth strategy and program development

Proactively facilitate the growth of our program portfolio while infusing creativity and innovation at all stages from design to delivery;
Drive program expansion in new domain areas and secure new funding sources through a range of strategies including: spinning off innovations from our existing portfolio, and productizing scalable approaches, developing complementary partnerships and leveraging existing partnerships;
Embrace and represent the technical aspects of our work externally and serve as a key ideation expert, to design innovations for non-traditional areas of work and leverage opportunities within existing traditional projects to ideate innovations for non-traditional funders;
Co-lead with country directors for new business development in order to expand in existing and new areas for comprehensive, transformational impact for existing countries;
Maintain awareness of major funding opportunities for core areas of ThinkWell’s interests;
Apply technical background in health systems development to identify new business opportunities and approaches with practical insight;
Put pen to paper to frame and write technical proposals when needed;
Bring forward a no-holds-barred, entrepreneurial, creative approach to developing new business.

Design Lab Leadership
Serve as a ThinkWell ambassador both internally and externally through networking with donors, program partners, and other stakeholders at technical meetings/events;
Work with the Communications director to develop external communications materials that enhance our visibility and profile;
Work with Program directors to identify innovative approaches within their portfolios that could serve as seeds for future fundraising, actively support design, concept development and proposals with teams;
Oversee the Design Lab team, and provide mentorship and training to project teams on ideation, capture, business development strategies, and submission of quality proposals;
Work closely with ThinkWell’s contracts, finance, and administration teams to ensure coherent working arrangements for all procurement and adherence to due diligence requirements for new business submissions.

  • University degree in international health, health economics, or equivalent and 12+ years experience or graduate degree and 10+ years experience;
  • Significant technical knowledge in health systems and substantive work experience in health and adjacent sectors;
  • Extensive experience working with traditional bilateral donors, foundations and philanthropy groups;
  • Demonstrated skills in strategy development and implementation, leadership, capacity building, fundraising, impact investing and problem solving;
  • Demonstrated team and people management abilities with a focus on growing staff, mentoring and coaching junior professionals;
  • A senior leader with an entrepreneurial mindset who is able to rally staff around ThinkWell’s mission and priorities;
  • A thoughtful systems thinker with grounded, pragmatic understanding of the complexities of our work;
  • Demonstrated ability to engage effectively with external strategic partners, donors, and stakeholders;
  • Outstanding cross-cultural communication skills, including the ability to relate respectfully with staff at all levels, ages, genders, nationalities and orientations as well as across work areas;
  • Excellent spoken, analytical, and writing skills in English and preferably a second language (eg, French);
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 20%.