Head of Programs

The END Fund

Posted: 6/25/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Programs

Primary domain: International/Foreign Affairs

City: New York

Postal code: 10016

State: New York

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$20M +



Mission statement:

The END Fund focuses on delivering neglected tropical disease (NTD) treatments to those in need by growing and engaging a community of activist-philanthropists, managing high-impact strategic investments, and working in collaboration with government, NGO, pharmaceutical, and academic partners. We aim to take a systems approach to understanding, engaging with, and influencing the broad ecosystem of stakeholders working on ending NTDs. 

Position Details:

Job Description:


The END Fund is the world’s leading collaborative philanthropic investment vehicle dedicated to controlling and eliminating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). NTDs are parasitic and bacterial infectious diseases – including intestinal worms, river blindness, trachoma, schistosomiasis and lymphatic filariasis – that affect over 1.7 billion people globally. The END Fund’s vision is to ensure people can live healthy and prosperous lives free of the risk of NTDs and has set out to accomplish this by:

  • Mobilizing and investing resources for maximum impact, 

  • Advocating for innovative, integrated and cost-effective NTD programs; and

  • Facilitating philanthropic and private sector engagement to end these diseases.

Engaging a community of activist-philanthropists and taking a systems approach, the END Fund works in collaboration with governments, local and international NGOs, pharmaceutical companies, and academic partners on the global campaign to control and eliminate the most prevalent NTDs by 2030. Since its founding in 2012 through 2019, the END Fund and its partners have provided over 920 million treatments for NTDs worth more than $1 billion. In 2019 alone, they reached more than 121 million people with more than 196 million NTD treatments, representing an almost 10-fold increase from 2012. The END Fund works globally in over 25 countries, with a primary emphasis in Africa.


The END Fund Programs team is responsible for sourcing, designing, managing, supporting, and monitoring the fund’s project investments, which total more than $30 million per year across three programmatic sub-funds: the Flagship Fund, the Deworming Innovation Fund, and the Reaching the Last Mile Fund. The END Fund is seeking a world class public health and international development professional to serve as the organization’s next Head of Programs, reporting to the CEO and leading the portfolio of international programs and grant management initiatives to combat neglected tropical diseases. An empathic and effective leader and team player, the successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in strategic program development, program implementation, grant management, and organizational and sector-wide leadership. 

This individual will also have strong relationships inside the global public health and development community, the ability to build bridges and partnerships for impact, and communicate about public health priorities across sectors. This individual will help to grow the END Fund portfolio of program investments with the aspiration of freeing hundreds of millions of people from the burden of NTDs by 2030.

The Head of Programs will lead a highly skilled, growing department (currently 12 staff, including direct management responsibility for 5 senior team members), and others as hired. As a member of the senior leadership team, the Head of Programs will work in close collaboration with the broad ecosystem of NTD partners and donors and the END Fund Board of Directors, CEO, peer department heads, and staff at all levels to design, implement, monitor and continuously improve the strategic programmatic agenda for the END Fund, as well as contribute positively and proactively to the organization and sector’s success more broadly.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Programmatic Strategy & Execution

  • Lead the refinement of the organization's short- and long-term programmatic strategy with an emphasis on impact and innovation, building on the END Fund’s track record and maintaining a relentless focus on the fund’s mission

  • Develop and lead the implementation of program models in alignment with the strategic plan, community needs and best practices in the field to maximize impact and enhance cost efficiency

  • Drive and oversee the execution of the END Fund’s strategic goals across current and new programmatic models 

  • Ensure programmatic design, prioritization and grants management practices reflect a high degree of quality, consistency, and deep alignment with the END Fund’s values

  • Oversee all due diligence, monitoring, reporting, and measurement expectations with implementing partners (grantees)

  • Ensure the systems and processes are in place to support the END Fund’s programmatic efforts and future growth and scaling

Executive Leadership & Team Management

  • Build, manage and lead the END Fund’s programs team, including an existing growing staff of (currently) 12 and external consultants, ensuring continuous learning and improvement as a function and as individuals 

  • Lead annual grantmaking and operating budget development for the programs department; oversee ongoing cash flow management to ensure strong accountability

  • Serve as a member of the END Fund’s senior leadership team, contributing to the development and refinement of organizational strategy, goals and operational plans, helping to grow the organization in service of the mission

  • Build consensus and inspire support and participation in the END Fund’s programmatic goals and activities among staff, Board, donors, and other external stakeholders

  • Report regularly to the Board of Directors and other donors on programmatic strategy and results 

  • Serve as a resource and mentor to all staff across the organization, contributing a programmatic perspective to fundraising, external communications, and other initiatives as required  

  • Serve as a model of the END Fund’s values – Results and Efficiency; Servant Leadership; Excellence and Stewardship; and Joy and the Transformational Power of Giving – and actively work to ensure the mission, vision, values and culture are alive and present in the organization’s programmatic function

Partnership Management & Thought Leadership

  • Serve as a key ambassador for the END Fund and its mission, representing the END Fund and the NTD sector through relationship building, knowledge sharing and dissemination of findings 

  • Identify, cultivate and manage relationships with potential and current program implementing partners and other sector actors 

  • Support the END Fund’s best-in-class stewardship of philanthropic investments by participating actively in donor engagement and impact reporting; contributions will include donor meetings, program updates, learning and innovation analysis; and other reporting methods 

  • In consultation with the CEO and Board, put in place the principles and policies that determine "rules of engagement" with different partner types (funders, NGO’s, foreign and local governments, community leaders, health practitioners, pharmaceutical companies, etc.)

LOCATION:  Flexible 


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • At least 15-20 years of professional experience in international development and public health, as well as knowledge of the neglected tropical disease sector and complementary sectors, such as water and sanitation, maternal/child health, nutrition, health systems, infectious disease control, disease surveillance, community-based development, etc.  

  • Graduate degree in a related field required, doctoral degree preferred

  • An experienced executive, with a track record of strategic leadership and team management 

  • A public health and international development professional, with significant experience living and working to address health and development challenges in low-resource settings 

  • Ability to work with and relate to staff and partners in multicultural settings in a proactive and contextual manner and develop positive and trusting cross-cultural relationships

  • Exceptional strategic thinking skills, with the ability to design an innovative, iterative programmatic strategy in the face of complexity and ambiguity 

  • Exceptional communication skills, with an ability to convey complex topics in a clear and compelling manner to a broad range of stakeholders, both verbally and in writing

  • Experience building partnerships with complex institutions and governments, particularly Ministries of Health, in the global health field

  • Commitment to continuous learning and improvement, as an executive and an organization, with a relentless pursuit of excellence, efficiency and effectiveness 

  • Deeply respectful of all stakeholders necessary for systems change, including philanthropists, implementing partners, community leaders, and beneficiaries

  • Sophisticated understanding of how to create change through a collective impact model

  • Ability and willingness to travel approximately 25-50% of the time 
  • Mission-driven and values-centered, with passion for the END Fund’s mission and effecting positive change in the lives of people at risk of NTDs; deep commitment to the END Fund’s mission, culture, and values an absolute must 


The END Fund seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits.


Commensurate with Experience

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The END Fund is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. It is our policy and intent that all qualified persons be given full and equal opportunities for employment, training, promotions, wages, benefits, and all other privileges, terms, and conditions of employment. 

This policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, nationality, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, transgender status, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, family history, status with regard to public assistance, or status with regard to disability or age except where such status is a bona fide occupational qualification, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. The END Fund will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with known disabilities. We provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment in accordance with applicable equal employment opportunity and affirmative action laws, directives, and regulations of federal, state, and local governing bodies or agencies thereof, including the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, and all applicable laws providing for non-discrimination in employment against individuals with disabilities. The END Fund commits to ensuring that all of its practices are in alignment with this commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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