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Global Vice President of Programs


This is a Full-time position in Mission posted 22/12/2021.

VisionSpring Carreer opportunities in Mission Global Vice President of Programs Jobs opportunities in Mission at VisionSpring

# Job Description


The pioneering social enterprise, VisionSpring, seeks an entrepreneurial
global vice president to lead the expansion of VisionSpring’s programs that
accelerate the uptake of eyeglasses as a powerful tool for social and economic
development. Why eyeglasses? Eyeglasses are a low-cost, high-impact, scalable
product that enable people to maintain their livelihoods, achieve in school,
stay safe on the roads, and participate fully in society, yet 1.1 billion
mostly low-income people do not have the eyeglasses they need to see well and
do well.

In 2021, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the ‘Vision for Everyone’
resolution recognizing eye health and vision correction as a driver of
multiple sustainable development goals. Member states at the 74th World Health
Assembly agreed to increase the effective coverage of refractive errors with
eyeglasses or contact lenses by 40% by the year 2030. With this new global
consensus and VisionSpring’s 20-year track record of delivering vision access
solutions, we are poised to scale-up our most promising service delivery
models, working together with government, private sector, and NGO partners.
The first-ever global vice president of programs leads this effort with team
members and partners in eight countries.

The global VP strengthens and expands VisionSpring’s See to Earn, See to
Learn, and See to Be Safe programs focused on working adults, school-aged
children, and drivers, respectively. The person in this role builds out the
programs department with responsibility for program strategy and design;
service quality and customer experience; monitoring, evaluation, and learning;
knowledge ; strategic partnerships; innovation management; and
ensuring that funding proposals are technically sound. The global VP directly
manages an initial team of eight people and, working with country and regional
directors, fosters the success of a 175-person team delivering $4.5 million in
program services that screen the vision of more than 3.5 million people

The person in this role may be based in, or relocate to, any one of
VisionSpring’s eight key markets—Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nigeria,
Uganda, Vietnam, or Zambia—and should expect a heavy travel schedule. The
global VP reports to the CEO who is located in VisionSpring’s New York support


–>Mission-driven, entrepreneurial leader. You build an organization to deliver on its long-term outcomes. You foster ideation, iteration, and learning, and take calculated risks.
–>Customer centric. Beneficiary is a bad word in your book. You center program and process design around defined value propositions, customer experience, and feedback.
–>Scalable is necessary. You are motivated to build services that reach millions of people based on their unit economics, repeatability, customer demand, and market opportunity.
–>Inclusive player-coach. You mentor and develop people. In a diverse, growth-stage organization, you create opportunities for participation and increased responsibility. You model vulnerability, accountability, and roll-up your sleeves to deliver when needed.
–>Resource mobilizer. You build cases for support rooted in rigorous program design, evidence of impact, a track record of delivery, and multi-stakeholder partnerships.


–>VisionSpring is creating access to affordable eyewear, everywhere. Clear vision creates opportunities for increased learning, work, safety, civic participation, and quality of life.
–>As a social enterprise, social change motivates us first. Our focus on sales and revenue targets serves and advances our mission objective—to increase functioning, productivity, and income earning potential for our low-income consumers by correcting refractive error with eyeglasses. Every $1 of philanthropy invested in VisionSpring yields an unprecedented $43 in increased earning potential at the household level.
–>We are working to transform the systemic dysfunction of an optical market that has failed to deliver eyeglasses—a 700-year-old technology—to 1.1 billion consumers in need of vision correction, most of whom live on less than $4 a day.
–>We serve low-income consumers, not as beneficiaries but as customers. Our customers expect a high-quality and affordable product, and they will spend limited discretionary income for the immediate and tangible benefits of vision correction.
–>We run our business on both sales metrics and social impact measures. We use a range of nonprofit and business practices to get the job done.
–>We believe in scaling our impact, not our organization. We are a lean team of doers.


Program Strategy and Design

–>Through an inclusive process, develop a five-year strategy for scaling-up programs to serve more customers in VisionSpring’s priority segments and maintain newly achieved eyeglasses coverage rates. Ensure customer centricity through articulated value propositions, program quality and efficacy, and evidence of impact.
–>Identify and harness opportunities for innovation to accelerate customer acquisition, create efficiencies in service delivery, and expand program financing.
–>Maintain program design fidelity and efficiency as initiatives progress through pilot, replication, and scaling stages. Coordinate continual improvement across markets and adaptations to local contexts.
–>Collaborate with the COO and team leaders to develop country-specific implementation plans to achieve enterprise-wide annual program goals.

Resource Mobilization and Strategic Partnerships

–>Partner with fundraising and business development teams to secure and effectively utilize philanthropic funds, terms of service contracts, and other revenue. Ensure proposals and reports are technically sound, contributing content related to program design, performance frameworks, work plans, and budgets.
–>Organize VisionSpring’s ability to deliver on performance-based funding for program services, including strengthening our approach to project cycle management.
–>Lead the coordination of multi-stakeholder partnerships that draw private sector, government, industry associations, and NGO actors into collective action to accelerate the uptake of eyeglasses, including the Clear Vision Workplace Alliance India, Vietnam, and Bangladesh, the Clear Vision Collective Bangladesh, and Clear Vision Assam India.
–>Develop a synchronized approach across markets to support governments in incorporating refractive error services into universal health coverage and primary care services through direct collaboration and policy development.
–>Represent VisionSpring in external forums to share what we are learning, garner additional support, and launch new partnerships.

Program Quality and Customer Experience

–>Establish an enterprise-wide practice for gathering customer feedback and the perspectives of customer-facing team members to continually inform service value and performance improvements.
–>Guide and strengthen the supportive supervision system to maintain service quality and enhance the skills of team members and partners, for example, pertaining to vision camp set-up, product selection, accurate diagnosis, effective counseling, referral pathways, data collection, etc.
–>Strengthen our evidence-based approach to overcoming barriers to glasses acquisition and wearing among adults and children, for example, pertaining to awareness raising, demand generation, behavior change, and addressing myths and social stigma.
–>Collaborate with marketing and communications team to enhance the customer-facing brand and experience.

Monitoring and Evaluation

–>Maintain systems and team capacity for monitoring program and project performance, including through standardized logic models, results frameworks, data collection tools, and dashboards.
–>Guide the design and execution of program evaluations, operational research, and A/B testing. Oversee collaboration with external researchers, including to conduct randomized controlled trials.
–>Build-out a long-term research and evaluation strategy that underpins VisionSpring’s business objectives and informs the systems change goals of the eye care sector.
–>Maintain data systems ensuring they contain timely and accurate program and customer information, and have a clear governance approach.
–>Cultivate VisionSpring’s culture and practice of using data to drive decision making, adaptation, transparency, and risk-taking.
–>Facilitate the public sharing of findings and results including through peer-reviewed publications.

Knowledge Management

–>Guide the documentation of VisionSpring’s unique service delivery models and know-how, including through program guidelines, tool kits, and budget and financial models, to be shared across teams and with implementing partners and the larger sector.
–>Oversee the development and delivery of training, rooted in competency-based learning for adults and intended for use among VisionSpring teams and by our partners.
–>Establish an enterprise-wide system for teams to access and disseminate information about our practices and knowledge pertaining to markets, customers, and program services.
–>Oversee the development of and adherence to program service SOPs.

Innovation Management

–>Partner with the COO to formalize the systems and practices to generate, test, evaluate, and prioritize new products, services, business models, financing, and customer-facing technology.
–>Facilitate and track the incubation of concepts such that anyone can move the organization forward if proposals align with our mission, organizational goals, and time horizons.
–>Partner with the COO to integrate the most impactful, cost-effective concepts into the core business for mainstreaming or scale-up.
–>Nurture a culture and processes that combine creativity and rigorous iteration, expertise and a beginner’s mindset, and openness to ideas from everywhere within the enterprise, our ecosystem, and beyond.


–>VisionSpring offers competitive benefits, including a performance-based bonus, health insurance, and five weeks of paid time off.
–>Salary range will be disclosed to candidates invited for a preliminary interview.

At VisionSpring, diversity, equity, and inclusion are directly aligned with
our core value to advance equity. Our mission is predicated on removing a
fundamental barrier to full economic and social participation—uncorrected
blurry vision. The values that underpin our mission energize our commitment to
a diverse and inclusive team. A diverse team also allows VisionSpring to
approach problems with nuance and develop unique insights that drive an
outsized positive impact in the world. We actively recruit, develop, and
retain talented people from diverse backgrounds and support everyone in being
exactly who they are. VisionSpring is an equal opportunity employer and
welcomes people from all experiences, abilities, and perspectives to apply.


–>Minimum of 15 years of professional experience inclusive of program strategy, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, proposal development, supportive supervision, and knowledge management.
–>Expertise in bringing about long-term behavior change and the adoption of products or technology by low-income consumers in the context of improving social and/or economic outcomes.
–>Prior experience working with geographically distributed teams of more than 50 people, and securing funding and/or managing budgets of $3 million or more.
–>Demonstrated commitment to respectful collaboration with colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
–>Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English.
–>Must meet the highest standards of ethics and personal integrity.
–>Willingness to travel up to 50% of time among eight key markets—India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia—and annually to New York City.
–>EXTRA CREDIT—Additional consideration will be given to candidates with any of the following: 1 Experience with social enterprise models that blend earned revenue with philanthropic capital; 2 Experience with pro-poor commodities/products that require wrap-around services to enable uptake by customers and market penetration; 3 Experience with eye health and optical services; 4 Master’s degree in relevant field, such as public health, economics, or a social science; 5 Research design, execution, and/or peer-reviewed publication; 6 Working knowledge of statistics and statistics software SPSS, SAS, etc.; 7 Project management certification and/or project cycle management expertise; 8 Familiarity with customer relationship management systems such as Salesforce, electronic medical records, and/or other management information systems; 9 Working knowledge of a language spoken in one or more of our key markets—Bangladesh, India, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia, and Vietnam; and/or 10 Prior experience working to achieve any of these six SDGs—1-No Poverty, 3-Health and Well-being, 3.6-Road Safety, 4-Quality , 5-Gender Equality, and/or 8-Decent Work and Economic Growth.

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Closing Date : 31st December , 2021.

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