The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness is an alliance of over 140 civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
IAPB’S mission is to eliminate the main causes of avoidable blindness and visual impairment by bringing together government and NGOs to facilitate the planning, development and implementation of sustainable national eye care programmes. IAPB promotes VISION 2020, a global initiative launched in 1999 that aims to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020, its joint initiative with the World Health Organization.
We are on the cusp of the near elimination of the scourge of trachoma, an infectious disease that puts over 182 million people at risk of blindness across the world. It has taken bold leadership, a creative collation of corporate, public and not for profit agencies working in unison and a relentless focus on achieving results. This is an important victory and yet so much blindness in the world is still preventable. Put simply, vision impairment that affects 3 out of every 4 people is totally avoidable.
Eye health, whether in the form of cataract surgery, laser treatment or the provision of spectacles is one of the most cost-effective and life-enhancing forms of healthcare.
The advent of new technologies, such as portable eye-testing via smartphones in Africa, means that ground-breaking solutions can be scaled up quickly and with great impact.
As we approach 2020 now is the time to galvanise the agenda around a new programme of action.
IAPB’s role is pivotal in unifying and amplifying the voice of the eye sector, igniting the passion of its membership, and raising their sights beyond 2020 around a programme of activities of high impact and influence.
As Chief Executive, you will come with a strong track record of motivating and managing teams to achieve outstanding results. You’ll have exceptional people and communication skills and demonstrable evidence of strategic and financial planning in an organisation of a similar scale and level of complexity. You’ll also have excellent relationship building skills, with an innate ability to influence and lead within a networked environment and with senior leaders from across Governments, international organisations, the corporate world and civil society organisations.
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Applications must be received by Thursday 7th December 2017.