Mekong Regional Director

Mekong Regional Director - Mekong Regional Program

Title: Mekong Regional Director
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Division: Global Health Programs

PATH is a global organization that works to accelerate health equity by bringing together public institutions, businesses, social enterprises, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. With expertise in science, health, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales solutions—including vaccines, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and innovative approaches to strengthening health systems worldwide.

The Mekong Region is comprised of country offices located in Vietnam and Myanmar. We also provide assistance to public health programs in Cambodia and Laos and have plans to expand to other countries in the region. Our regional, multi-country approach is enabling PATH to maximize regional talent and expertise, learn and replicate in similar environments, and address public health threats such as multi-drug resistant tuberculosis and malaria that know no borders.

PATH's program leaders are recognized for their innovative and creative talents and ability to envision a world where good health is within reach for everyone. Through representation and leadership, program development, and management, they work with dedicated staff seeking solutions to some of the world's greatest health problems. The Regional Director, Mekong will have a key role in overseeing and managing the continued growth of our programs in line with PATH strategy. Reporting to PATH's Senior Director, Country Programs this position is based in Hanoi.

Key success factors for this position include executive maturity that can build 1) regional business development, partnerships and Government and donors engagement in Vietnam, Myanmar and other countries in the region; 2) collaborative teams within PATH Mekong and with PATH Headquarters to ensure high-quality programs that provide value for money for donors; and 3) PATH Mekong office’s technical credibility and expertise in global health.  The successful candidate will have a proven track record in identifying, engaging and developing new revenue streams and in leading business development through engagement with traditional donors, public and private entities. This is a leader who cultivates long-term relationships with a variety of external partners, leveraging those relationships to create new opportunities for PATH in Mekong region.

The Regional Director must also be an accomplished professional who can attract and retain top scientific and operational talents and build and inspire high functioning teams.  The Regional Leader is responsible for building and maintaining diverse and sustainable donor and project portfolios and for quality execution of solutions and projects across all of PATH’s platforms ensuring scientific integrity.  He / she will represent PATH locally and internationally and elevate our standing as the leading NGO in global health innovation, in the development and scale up of devices, diagnostics, drugs, vaccines and service delivery.  


The Regional Director accomplishes these objectives through:

  • Technical Leadership
    • Partnering with peers across the organization to ensure programmatic and scientific integrity and programmatic excellence through collaboration.
    • Ensuring PATH programs in the region are designed and implemented with state of the art scientific rigor and excellence.
    • Anticipating, understanding, and responding to scientific, regulatory and policy trends in Mekong region to ensure PATH’s leadership in the innovation and project implementation spaces
    • Connecting and understanding global health trends with an understanding of the Mekong regions’ public health landscape and trends to develop new business streams and to make programmatic decisions.
    • Lead Mekong program teams to design program objectives, key interventions and evaluation strategies which are clear, measurable, and consistent with PATH policies and mission; provide backstopping and mentorship as required.
    • Developing and nurturing the scientific and technical development of regional staff to develop the next generation of public health leaders.
    • Leveraging PATH’s policy and advocacy expertise to inform regional programs and projects at the regional level.
  • Business Leadership
    • Serve as PATH’s legal country representative for the Vietnam program.
    • Develop and maintain relationships with Governments, donors, private sector, and industry donors, as well as with other NGOs and UN agencies, to execute on PATH’s programmatic objectives.
    • Implement and delivering on regional strategy that is aligned with PATH’s organizational strategy.
    • Regularly reviewing and adapting the strategy to adapt to our changing environment
    • Identify, develop, and pursue new funding opportunities that align with organizational and regional strategies.
    • Ensure project goals and objectives are achieved within established budgets and fulfill PATH’s agreements with donors.
    • Engage and collaborate with HQ resources to drive innovation in business development and program implementation in Mekong region.
    • Provide oversight and ensure donor compliance through the monitoring and evaluation of all projects at Mekong.
    • Identify and manage financial, legal, and technical risks for the organization, escalating risk issues to HQ appropriately.
    • Engage local media as appropriate and leveraging PATH public relations expertise to highlight PATH’s contributions and impact in Mekong.
    • Use external communications to strategically raise PATH’s local profile and position PATH as an NGO of choice in Mekong region.
    • In conjunction with PATH Leadership, effectively manage crises and conflicts.
  • People and Operations Leadership
    • Providing leadership to all Mekong staff by engaging in effective change management, frequent communication, and fostering the professional development of country staff.
    • Modeling an open and inclusive leadership style by encouraging contributions, feedback, and participation by all employees.
    • Modeling accountability and professionalism in all interactions, internally as well as externally.
    • Develop and maintain appropriate systems and processes to ensure regular communication among program teams and to create a collaborative environment within the regional program.
    • Fostering a high-performance culture focused on technical excellence, integrity and quality.
    • Overseeing and ensuring the development and implementation of effective work planning and management systems, including management of staff Level of Effort, result in effective and efficient programs and projects.
    • Ensuring that all aspects of PATH’s operations comply with PATH policies and local laws.

Required skills and experience:

  • Degree in public health, medicine, social sciences, business or related field, and a minimum of 10 years of experience managing projects and/or offices and staff, including at least three years of leadership experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated success serving in an executive or senior leadership role, overseeing all the functions and operations of the entity.
  • Effective leadership skills and progressive people management experience, including managing through senior leaders, systems and processes.
  • Demonstrated success in multi-cultural leadership and management in a highly matrixed organization with multi-project offices.
  • Proven record of business development, resource mobilization, and partnership building in a competitive landscape.
  • Solid experience in business development in an NGO context.
  • Record of accomplishment in successful networking as well as demonstrated understanding of global health trends and expertise in working with governments, non-profit organizations, and the private sector to achieve public health impact.
  • Experience fundraising from US Government and private corporations.
  • Proven ability to develop business and organizational vision by implementing a strategic roadmap.
  • Technical expertise in one or more of the primary programming areas of the PATH program in the Mekong; namely, immunization, infectious diseases including HIV, TB, malaria, non-communicable diseases, emerging health threats, nutrition.
  • Knowledge of in-country needs and opportunities and experience with implementation of programs in low resource settings.
  • Experience with project conceptualization and design, proposal development, fundraising, program delivery, and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated financial, administrative, and operational acumen.
  • Fluency in English with excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Vietnamese or Burmese is preferable.
  • High level of emotional intelligence.
  • Ability to mentor global health professionals at different career stage.
  • Ability to effectively scope problems, anticipate and preempt emerging issues and to make decisions in ambiguous contexts.
  • Work experience in the Mekong region, preferably in a regional role is highly preferred.
  • Experience working within an international nongovernmental organization preferred.
  • Ability to travel up to 50%, domestic and international.

PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued.

PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment.
PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

Deadline & How to Apply:

All applications are made online. For a full job description and to apply online, please access via this link ( or visit PATH website ( then go to (Resources/Jobs/Job listings/Asia/Management/Leadership). Deadline for applications: November 2, 2018.

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Fri, 2018-11-02