Program Officer, Asia

Vitamin Angel Alliance Inc
Full Time
Posted 24 days ago
Job description

Vitamin Angels

Position Description

Position: Program Officer, Asia or Senior Program Officer, Asia

Employer: The Vitamin Angel Alliance, Inc. (VA)

Location: Goleta, CA or Remote, USA

Vitamin Angels is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We are a dedicated group of individuals who aim to foster a supportive environment where everyone can contribute, thrive, and grow.

Role or Purpose of the Position

Vitamin Angels (VA) is a public health nonprofit working to improve nutrition and health outcomes in low-resource settings worldwide. We strengthen, extend, and amplify 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. In close collaboration with our partners we:

  • Deliver an evidence-based package of solutions that focuses on the first 2,000 days.
  • Provide technical assistance to expand and strengthen evidence-based nutrition services provided by our program partners.
  • Support advocacy efforts to create an enabling environment for optimal nutrition outcomes.

The Program Officer, Asia works to develop and implement evidence-based, regionally-appropriate programs sponsored by VA. This position is part of VA's Program Operations Team and will work closely with the Senior Regional Technical Director - Asia, VA's country teams, and VA's network of program partner organizations in the region. The main purpose of the position is to:

  • Develop and manage regional programs in a manner consistent with VA’s mission, strategic, and operational objectives;
  • Support activities in Priority Countries within the region, including efforts to localize VA’s strategy and model
  • Forecast, plan, and oversee deployment of regional program resources (e.g., cash, and commodities) for implementation activities;
  • Ensure application of appropriate administrative and financial controls and procedures to regional programs
  • Support initiatives within VA’s Marketing and Development Divisions, as requested.

The Program Officer, Asia applies expertise in all aspects of program design, management, and implementation while working to promote, exemplify and further the mission[1], values and culture of VA.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Develop and manage 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 to 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.

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 with the Senior Regional Technical Director, Asia to execute implementation science activities within the country.
  • Manage the hiring and activation of new Country Program Advisors, consistent with VA operational plan, annual budget, and VA standard operating procedures.
  • Serve as the main point of contact for Country Program Advisors within the region.

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

  • Work closely with the 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.
  • Manage 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).

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.
  • 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.

Level of Decision-Making

Within the bounds of VA’s mission, values and policies, and sound professional practices, the Program Officer has the discretion to use independent judgement to make decisions of importance within the company. Specific authorities associated with this position and their implementation procedures will be determined in conjunction with the Senior Program Manager.

Organizational Relationships

VA operates under a collaborative, matrix management model. The Program Officer, who is supervised by a Senior Program Manager with respect to overall assignments and performance, interacts daily with all members of the VA team. Each Program Officer establishes their daily work priorities and ensures that project activities continue consistent with the established schedule and budget.

Reports to:

Senior Program Manager, Program Operations Team


Programs Operations Team, Program Division

Primary working relationships:

Senior Program Managers

Other regional Program Officers

Senior Regional Technical Director, Asia

Independent consultants situated in key priority countries

Associate Director, Program Operations

Learning Solutions Team

Monitoring & Evaluation Team

VA program partners

VA technical counterparts


Travel required


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (Required and Desired)


  • B.A./B.Sc degree from an accredited university
  • Master’s degree in Public Health, International Studies, or Global Studies (or a related field) from an accredited university or 5+ years of experience in a related role
  • 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 travel, large crowds, open spaces, shared office space, and daily activities
  • Ability to remain seated for extended periods of time, including but not limited to prolonged air travel, and general job assignments perform at a desk

Highly desirable:

  • Minimum two years’ experience performing program management with an international non-profit organization
  • Experience working in the region
  • 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

To be considered for a Senior Program Officer role, required knowledge, skills, and abilities include:

  • At least five years of experience in a Program Officer role (or equivalent), supporting the implementation of public health programming
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, including the ability to support advisors and partners in delivering on their goals/objectives
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with people at all levels and across functional areas. Skilled at developing processes, building consensus, clarifying expectations, and facilitating decision-making across a diverse group of stakeholders

Challenges of the Position

The special challenges for the Program Officer, Asia are multi-fold. This person must: i) function effectively in an organization under continuing transformation and growth, ii) recognize and thrive in a non-profit organization driven by an unusual primary revenue generation model – cause marketing promotions in association with retail products and Corporate Social Responsibility programs, iii) be comfortable with an organization that seeks to apply, as feasible, market and business oriented solutions to its non-profit work, iv) function within a working environment that self-initiative and collaboration among many team members both internal and external to VA, and v) possess an ability to work effectively/efficiently and thrive in an environment in which many VA team members both internal and external to the Program Division are situated in multiple time zones and accessible only by phone, email, or videoconferencing software.


Applications will be accepted until April 29, 2022 or until a qualified applicant is identified.


Comprehensive benefit package includes: Medical, Dental and Vision Care, Life Insurance, 401(k), Paid Time Off, Holidays, Wellness Program and more.

[1] Our mission is to help at-risk populations in need – specifically pregnant women, new mothers, and children under five – gain access to life changing vitamins and minerals.

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