Country Director, Vietnam

The Country Director is responsible for the strategic, revenue generation, and operational management of Orbis activities to fulfill Orbis’s mission in Vietnam. As a key member of the global program team, the Country Director, Vietnam plays an important role in contributing to the overall program strategy and future growth of the organization.

Country Director, Vietnam

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Orbis is a non-profit organization based in New York Orbis that works to prevent and treat blindness through hands-on training, public health education, and improved access to quality eye care, advocacy, and partnerships with local health care organizations. Since 1982, Orbis has been a pioneer in global eye health, and has worked in 92 countries. Orbis story began with our Flying Eye Hospital, a fully-equipped mobile teaching hospital. We have long-term programs in countries including Bangladesh, China, Ethiopia, India, South Africa, Vietnam, and Zambia – with additional programs in parts of Latin America and the Caribbean.


The Country Director is responsible for the strategic, revenue generation, and operational management of Orbis activities to fulfill Orbis’s mission in Vietnam. This includes overseeing all programmatic aspects; stewarding donor relationships; identification and development of new relationships and partnerships with external stakeholders, such as institutional donors, governments, civil society partners and the private sector; and overseeing all operational aspects of the country office and program. As a key member of the global program team, the Country Director, Vietnam plays an important role in contributing to the overall program strategy and future growth of the organization.


Lead the Orbis programs in Vietnam in line with Orbis’s mission, vision and strategic objectives:

  • Lead the strategic planning process for the country office and ensure alignment with the global strategic objectives and priorities, while maintaining a focus on local needs and priorities.
  • Lead the development and implementation of annual operational plans and budgets that ensure programmatic and operational excellence.
  • Oversee the execution of existing eye care programs and keep abreast of eye health care developments in the country, the region and globally to ensure that Orbis’s programs are based on accurate and up-to-date data and information on blindness prevalence and incidence
  • Work closely with Orbis fundraisers to identify funding opportunities for existing and new country programs and actively seek out and follow-up potential funding opportunities with the local representatives of statutory donors, trusts, foundations or other relevant organizations.
  • Oversee the development of project plans and proposals for submission to donors and ensure compliance of grant commitments, restrictions, and reporting requirements.
  • Provide strategic advice and guidance to the Orbis fundraisers and Orbis leadership on the best use of funding resources in the country and develop and implement appropriate infrastructure and systems to attract and sustain funding resources.
  • Serve as a representative at high level meetings and conferences

Actively oversee and manage the development and implementation of program activities in Vietnam:

  • Develop the strategic program objectives and priorities for Orbis programs based on accurate and up-to-date data and information on blindness prevalence and incidence in the countries.
  • Direct the planning, design, development and implementation of program and projects activities. This includes development, implementation and supervision of concept papers, project plans, project agreements, research projects, quality standards and ensuring that work plans are developed for all interventions in the country program and implemented timely.
  • Lead the process of program budget and specific project budget preparations, authorization and the monitoring of timely fund utilization.
  • Work closely with the Global Monitoring and Evaluation team to ensure that Orbis projects achieve their objectives and meet the terms of their donor and government agreements and maintain high standards of professional competence.
  • Ensure the preparation of high quality monthly, quarterly and annual reports on program and project activities, and ensure their timely submission.
  • Make regular field visits to projects and carry out periodic evaluations and reviews of program activities and projects.

Build and maintain strong and positive relationships with partner organizations, donors, government, private sector, the media and other NGOs:

  • Strengthen and maintain relationships with key stakeholders in the country, including donors, international and local NGOs, health authorities at multiple levels, ophthalmologic societies, UN and embassy representatives, partner institutions, and others.
  • Maintain a good understanding of current government and policy and coordinate strategies in the country to influence future policies and practice.
  • Monitor international and local donor policies and report any significant changes to the fundraisers especially new funding opportunities and changes in requirements.
  • Interface with the media and others in order to raise awareness about blindness and its prevention and to strengthen Orbis’s profile in the country.
  • Represent Orbis or ensure representation at relevant donor and/or NGO networks and forums, international meetings and other key events in the sector.

Lead country office team to build capacity and optimize job performance:

  • As the leader of the country team, the Country Director manages the country office staff and builds their capacity to achieve the organization’s strategic objectives through well managed projects.
  • Oversee the recruitment, orientation, development and retention of a high performing multi-disciplinary team that has the capacity to deliver the country office’s strategic objectives
  • Promote strong performance and high standards of professional and personal conduct and emphasize positive and strong lines of communication within the country team as well as with other internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ensure the effective implementation of Orbis’s performance management and development program. Promote and support the professional growth and development of staff.

Ensure proper financial and operational management of the country program:

  • Oversee the development of the country office budgets, monitor the country office expenses and ensure all financial and operational reporting is done accurately and in a timely manner
  • Ensure the country office’s adherence to the organization’s financial and operational policies and procedures as well as all donor contract regulations.
  • Ensure that all general and project agreements are properly drafted, negotiated, and kept up to date.
  • Ensure the safety and security of Orbis staff and visitors to the country program, and the safeguarding of Orbis property and Orbis’s reputation.


  • University degree required, preferably in Medicine, Public Health, International Development, or Business Administration. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum 10 years progressive and successful program management experience, preferably in the NGO or health-care related industry or equivalent experience and education
  • Demonstrated success in program/project development and design, project implementation, and monitoring and evaluation, proposal development and revenue generation and building partnerships and strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Proven successful leadership and management experience, including financial, strategic and human resource management
  • Understanding of the NGO sector, donor environment and experience working closely with communities, government and the private sector preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to work strategically and problem solve creatively and effectively.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills, with ability to articulate vision and goals and other messaging to staff, senior management, key contacts, and media required.
  • Demonstrated ability as a leader and manager, including the ability to inspire others positively and execute projects to completion as well as the capacity to recruit, lead, and marshal the talents of a highly competent and creative staff,
  • Effective interpersonal skills and the ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders and operate with sensitivity, tact, discretion and professionalism.
  • Model and operate with the highest personal and professional integrity and ethics.
  • Working knowledge of Vietnamese and English required
  • Ability to travel up to 30% of the time, both locally and internationally.

Orbis is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As a global organization, we welcome qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds and cultures who reflect the five Orbis values of Trust, Caring, Commitment, Accountability, and Excellence.

Country Director, Vietnam

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