Meds & Food for Kids (MFK) is dedicated to saving the lives of Haiti’s malnourished children and other nutritionally vulnerable people. MFK accomplishes its mission by meeting the essential nutritional needs of malnourished children, pregnant and nursing women and school children using Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTFs) produced in its factory in Cap-Haitien, Haiti.
MFK has treated nearly 312,000 children in Haiti and another 118,267 in 14 other countries, educated over 2,400 peanut farmers, fed in excess of 32,000 school children, and provided factory jobs for 66 Haitians. In 2011 Haiti’s Ministry of Health formally adopted MFK’s gold standard RUTFs into its national protocols for the treatment of childhood malnutrition, a great boost to offering all the country’s malnourished children the life-saving therapy they deserve.
Meds & Food for Kids seeks a proven leader with a career background that includes working with organizations or companies whose mission, in whole or part, is to improve the lives of underserved and underdeveloped world populations. Candidates should have at least 10 years of overall business and/or nonprofit experience, with five or more years in senior leadership positions.
Although specific work experience in Haiti is not required, experience working in developing countries with a fragile rule of law will be highly desired. Candidates should have strong experience, as a board or staff member, in nonprofit or NGO governance.
Candidates optimally will have demonstrated success in building and leading dynamic multicultural teams through transition and transformation, with a track record of delivering results in complex environments. While subject matter expertise is a positive, more important is the next leader’s ability to identify and leverage the right resources and experts in key operational and programmatic areas, including nutrition, agriculture, manufacturing, global policy, legal, etc.
The ideal candidate will approach their work in an inspirational, visionary and empathic manner while bringing such attributes as business acumen, social entrepreneurism and doggedness. Leading with integrity, respect and transparency, the successful candidate will be adaptable and willing to pitch in with staff when needed. This person will be a strategic thinker with an approach to decision making that reflects the core values of MFK. The next CEO should be a responsive and accessible leader, capable of strong listening and connecting with people at all levels of the organization. This person will have an authentic, trustworthy and direct style of communicating with a diverse group of stakeholders, regardless of their status, be they a Fortune 500 executive, a Haitian farm worker or a government official in Port-au-Prince.
Candidates should have a high level of confidence in their ability to successfully solicit major gifts and grants from individuals, foundations, corporations and social equity players. Experience in organizing and implementing in-kind donation strategies with companies, as the donor or the receiver, would be helpful. Candidates must have significant staff management experience with a focus on values-based leadership and professional development. MFK seeks a leader with experience in public speaking in different venues and with diverse audiences. Excellent written and oral skills are required. The next leader will demonstrate an ability to build and sustain positive relationships with stakeholder groups who support the mission of MFK.
NOTE: Candidates must be willing and able to travel to Haiti on a monthly basis. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution is required; an advanced degree in business or a related field is preferred. The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to learn languages, as Haitian Creole is the language of MFK’s workers.
To apply, submit a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at https://ww2.kittlemansearch.com/Jobs.
For more information about Meds & Food for Kids, click here.
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