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Head of Programs / Deputy Country Director - Ethiopia

Hollows Foundation
Closing date
  • Exciting leadership opportunity;
  • Working with an FHFE country team of 80+ staff;
  • Current programme portfolio averaging 7-10 million dollars / per year;
  • Rapidly expanding comprehensive eye health and Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) programs;
  • Health systems strengthening with Federal and Regional governments;
  • Complex portfolio of programmes financed by USAID, ANCP, DFID, RTI, etc.;

The Fred Hollows Foundation is a development organisation working in more than 25 countries. We help train and empower local eye doctors, nurses and health workers to create a sustainable system of care in the communities that need it most. The work we do has a very clear purpose: to make sure everyone, whether they’re rich or poor, has access to high quality, affordable eye health.

We focus on preventable and treatable diseases such as cataract, trachoma and diabetic retinopathy. Our in-country work involves strengthening the eye health systems, local training and providing affordable technology, so that doctors, nurses and health care workers can provide promotion, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation or referral services to communities in need of eye health services. We use research to improve our understanding of avoidable blindness, then use our findings to implement strategies and advocate for change. As part of our global efforts to eliminate blindness, The Fred Hollows Foundation has been working in Ethiopia in its effort to eliminate trachoma by 2020 in the Oromia Region, a region with one of the highest burdens of trachoma in the world. We established the Ethiopia program in 2013 and are now the largest implementing partner for USAID NTD funding. Our program head office is in Addis Ababa, with four operational hubs, across 16 zones in the Oromia region with a target population of over 26 million people.

Reporting to the Country Director you will be a key contributor to organizational strategic thinking and planning and will have direct responsibility for programming. You will have the assistance of senior program leaders and a sizeable programme team. You will be responsible for safeguarding and sustaining our impeccable programme outputs and will contribute to efforts to scale up FHFE’s work towards comprehensive eye health. You will also be expected to help FHFE establish and maintain quality best practice standards, determine system improvements and implementing changes.

You will need to have a significant amount of complex program management experience in international development, preferably from the health sector. Your communication skills need to be first class, to establish strong external relationships, to get things done, as well as have had experience navigating a centralised western office and engaging with diverse teams. You will also need to have had significant change management experience, be an adaptive leader and have proven ability learn on the fly.

While this role’s main base is Addis Ababa, frequent travel to our program areas will be necessary as well as some limited international travel.

How to Apply

How to Apply?

Applications should be made via our website: and should include your resume and cover letter addressing all areas expressed in the ‘experience, skills & attributes’ section of the Role Purpose.

Alternatively, If you would like further information please contact our Talent Acquisition Specialist Victoria Cawley on +61 2 8741 1996 or via email at

Applications Close: Friday, 28th September 2018

The Fred Hollows Foundation is committed to protecting the rights of children in all areas where we work. Applicants are advised that The Foundation reserves the right to conduct police checks and other screening procedures to ensure we maintain and promote a child safe environment.