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Job Description

Country Director - India

HCP Cureblindness

New Delhi

1. POSITION VACANT: Country Director - India, HCP Cureblindness, New Delhi




Commencing operations in Nepal in 1995 as the Himalayan Cataract Project, HCP Cureblindness is an international charity headquartered in the US which believes that avoidable blindness can and must be overcome.


Blindness is a daily challenge, for over 43 million individuals, with an additional 295 million persons suffering from moderate to severe vision impairment. Approximately 90% of these persons live in low- and middle-income communities, where access to eye care is severely limited, exacerbating the difficulties they face. 80% of this burden is treatable or preventable and more than 17 million blind people can be cured with a 10-minute cataract surgery. In addition, millions more who suffer from corneal blindness, which is often preventable or treatable, can also be helped.


HCP Cureblindness has worked alongside a capable network of collaborators for more than 25 years, to help people around the world retain and regain their sight by developing high-quality, cost-effective eye care systems in underserved areas. With the help of partners in more than 25 countries, HCP Cureblindness has provided more than 1.4 million sight-restoring surgeries and screened more than 14.5 million people to provide care and basic treatments. HCP Cureblindness has also trained more than 19,500 eye health professionals and established five eye hospitals.


HCP Cureblindness is expanding its team to meet new challenges, scale its work, and broaden its reach and seeking individuals who are passionate about changing lives and want to be part of a team that is working together to reach new heights. HCP Cureblindness wants leaders who can aim high, make things happen, and are invested in building a positive team dynamic to bring the work to life.


For more information about HCP Cureblindness, please visit, https://cureblindness.org/


Overview of India Country Program


HCP Cureblindness and its affiliates began working in India in 2009 with the mission of eliminating needless blindness through a health system-strengthening approach. Thanks to close collaboration with public and private partners nationally and internationally, several key access-to-care milestones have been achieved, including more than 100,000 cornea transplants performed by HCP’s partners, the launch of innovative cornea screening and treatment programs at the community level, and the advancement of policies designed to ensure health system sustainability. Looking forward, HCP aims to expand its impact in India through partnerships and local investment.




Reporting to the AVP, Asia, the Country Director - India (CDI) will be responsible for developing the strategy and sustainable, regional capability and capacity to eliminate needless blindness and also provide overall management and strategic leadership to HCP’s India Country Office, including finance, administration, risk, legal and financial compliance management, and programmatic activities. The CDI will represent HCP Cureblindness in all issues relating to the country program. S/he shall also play a key role in donor relations and manage the country strategy and project implementation in conjunction with HCP Cureblindness leaders across all geographies.


Essential Key Job Responsibilities:


(A) Leadership and Governance

(1) Oversee implementation of strategic vision and direction for overall program design,

implementation, and proposal development. Work closely with the country and global team to accomplish strategic goals;
(2) Build and maintain highly collaborative working relationships with counterparts in other HCP Cureblindness offices, including regional offices, national offices and headquarters. Engage as an active member of the country team and matrixed program teams;
(3) Foster a positive and productive organizational culture in alignment with HCP Cureblindness's global culture and values;
(4) Instill operational and business management rigour in the organization, in the areas of scorecard, analysis, reporting, financial accountability, partner relationship management, and day-to-day operations;
(5) Achieve and exceed organizational goals for training, infrastructure development, patient care and prevention;
(6) Manage the India Advisory Board and legal, financial, and regulatory obligations associated with doing business in the country. Ensure all program activities and support functions comply with applicable national and international laws and regulations, including in-country FCRA registration;
(7) Partner with the development team to develop and nurture in-country potential proposal partners and identify potential relationships and opportunities to generate funding from international and bilateral agencies and other prospective donors. Provide support for proposals as needed for submission to donors and others for fundraising and marketing purposes;
(8) Represent HCP Cureblindness in meetings with government officials, international donor agencies, and national advisory groups pertinent to its project activities;
(9) Foster deep relationships with current and prospective partners and advance relationships in accordance with organizational strategy;
(10) Manage the overall program and support functions, including reviewing and refining management structures and overseeing the development and maintenance of operational procedures for individual projects and support functions;
(11) Analyze eye care needs, trends and political developments in the country and the surrounding region to anticipate new projects and initiatives;
(12) Travel extensively, both domestically and internationally up to two weeks in a month.


(B) Program Management
(1) Accountable for all aspects of running an effective, efficient India program in line with organizational strategy and annual plans;
(2) Lead and support advocacy initiatives, and develop and strengthen strategic partnerships and linkages to support and increase the reach and impact of the organization’s programs;

(3) Lead the Country Office staff to implement the program portfolio, ensuring quality oversight through effective program monitoring;
(4) Oversee agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with programmatic and government partners; Ensure the occurrence of routine monitoring and reporting;
(5) Ensure the achievement of program objectives in partnership with country office staff;

(6) Oversee narrative and financial programmatic reporting to donors and headquarters;

(7) Foster and enable an organizational culture that supports effective learning, sharing and continual improvement of program quality;

(8) Serve the organization in a global technical leadership capacity, in addition to leading the Country Office.


(C) Finance and Administration
(1) Oversee HCP Cureblindness India Country Office’s Finance, HR, compliance and administration policies, in accordance with local regulations;
(2) Develop the annual country budget, in collaboration with concerned HCP Cureblindness managers;
(3) Manage program spending in line with approved budgets. Analyze projected cash flow, decide on the timing of major expenses, oversee audits and anticipate where over or under-spending may occur and ensure necessary corrective action;

(4) Ensure sufficient and appropriate controls are in place to prevent fraud and that relevant staff receive the required information and training to minimize the risk of occurrence within the country program;
(5) Closely oversee compliance with the laws and regulations of India, with emphasis on FCRA and regulatory requirements;
(6) Oversee all HR-related issues within the program including job descriptions, recruitment, performance management, development and training, health and safety, team structures, capability disciplinary action, etc. in collaboration with relevant staff and managers;

(7) Reflect the vision and mission of HCP Cureblindness when interacting with team members and provide them with leadership, advice, support and appropriate communication.


(D) Risk and Security Management
(1) Identify all risks and implement mitigating measures in conjunction with the India country team, regional leadership, and HCP Cureblindness HQ;
(2) Oversee the updation and implementation of country location security plans, guidelines and manuals, working to minimize health risks and secure HCP Cureblindness assets;
(3) Ensure appropriate security procedures and awareness are maintained throughout the country program;
(4) Take the lead on decision-making and contingency planning during security incidents or threats, working with HCP Cureblindness HQ and the India country team to identify and monitor risk.




Graduate with a master’s degree preferably in Business Administration, International Development, Global Health, Social Work, or other relevant disciplines.



(1) 10 years of experience in public health or related fields with an INGO, with at least five years of experience at the director or manager level;

(2) Demonstrated ability to undertake high-level representation and advocacy. Experience of working with government, international and local NGOs, corporations, and donors, is a substantial asset.


Skills and Competencies
(1) Strong working knowledge of English and Hindi (spoken and written);

(2) Advanced leadership and project management skills. Demonstrated experience and skills in leadership, staff management, program development and management, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation and public speaking;
(3) Demonstrated ability to develop and create budgets and monitor financial status;

(4) Demonstrated capacity to mobilize program funding including donor cultivation and grant writing;

(5) Knowledge and experience managing compliance to diverse donors;
(6) Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively lead a team, communicate a vision, make timely and transparent decisions, and manage conflict;

(7) Creative, open-minded, flexible, self-learner;
(8) Strong visioning, strategic planning, implementation ability and effective under pressure, results-oriented and proactive with the ability to multitask.


Additional Qualifications Include:
(1) Excitement to join a non-profit institution poised to expand global operations.

(2) Outgoing personality that can collaborate with a variety of personalities at all levels of the organization, building relationships and shared goals across departments and partner organizations;
(3) A sense of discretion and a high degree of professionalism is required; Ability to maintain confidentiality of highly sensitive information;

(4) Demonstrates a highly professional and cooperative demeanour with supervisors, coworkers and partners;
(5) Strong interpersonal, communication, facilitation, and presentation skills;
(6) Detail oriented and able to efficiently prioritize tasks;
(7) Flexibility to adjust and contribute to continually evolving work situations and changing priorities;
(8) Excellent computer skills and technical aptitude, proficient with Google Workspace, MS Office, Asana (and other cloud-based software), MacOS, and experience with Apple hardware;
(9) Committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion.


Physical Requirements:
(1) Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.

(2) Physically fit to do justice to a demanding role entailing frequent travel




Gross compensation budgeted for the position is attractive and in alignment with salaries paid by leading I/NGOs for leadership roles. The offer made to the selected candidate shall be commensurate with qualifications, experience, and salary history.


6. LOCATION: New Delhi






Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd.
1/1B, Choudhary Hetram House, Bharat Nagar 
New Friends Colony, New Delhi 110 025
Phone Nos.: 011- 4081 9900; 4165 3612




Eligible candidates interested in this position are requested to apply using the link https://bit.ly/Apply-CDI-HCP online at the earliest.