Position for programme director with heart

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 March, 2008, 12:00am

The role entails expanding the Children of China Fund and requires a philanthropic soul

A philanthropist keen to help children should apply for this position. The Children's Medical Foundation needs a programme director to expand its team and efforts in the establishment of a Children of China Fund - a programme wholly dedicated to children's health in the mainland.

Responsible for the programme design, implementation and fund disbursement, 'the programme director will have an opportunity to directly affect the lives of children in China', said Estella Huang Lung, managing director. 'Often their decisions will have life-changing impacts, one child at a time.' Past commitments include funding support for HIV, neo-natal intensive care and surgeries for children with congenital diseases.

The ideal candidate must have more than 10 years of work experience with five of these at a senior management level working with non-profit organisations, the private sector, the health care field or project management. A background in health care, public administration or management would be useful.

'The best personality would be someone proactive, conscientious and flexible to be successful in a small team atmosphere,' she said, adding that someone who was compassionate, with a positive attitude to making a meaningful difference in the non-profit world would be most suitable.

Managing two staff from the programme team and an advisory team of 12, duties include researching, developing and managing programmes that meet the mandate of the foundation; identifying, assessing and selecting suitable partners and grantees; managing and monitoring progress of programmes, and evaluating and reporting on programmes to assess impact and effectiveness.

The candidate with an advanced degree in public administration, public health, health care management or a related field must have a passion for philanthropy. This job will then provide them with much satisfaction.

'The work at the Children's Medical Foundation is enormously rewarding; very rarely do we find work that is this meaningful,' she said.

'The highlight would be impacting social change, making decisions that directly affect the life of a child and working with the medical profession's best paediatrics in the world.'

However, the candidate must be prepared to deal with the challenges of doing business in China.

'The programme director will also be expected to travel at least once per quarter to visit partner hospitals in Shanghai, recipient hospitals and other locations for needs assessment analyses as needed,' she said.

Fluency in Putonghua and experience working in the mainland are required, as is the ability to manage complex projects.