Child Safeguarding Level 3: The role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff. ROLE PURPOSE: As a member of the Latin America and the Caribbean Senior Leadership team, you will have shared accountability for Save the Children's international development and emergency programming in the region of approximately $6-8 million each year through an organisation of nearly 133 people. The Country Director will continue to strengthen the management of the country in the new SCI operating model, whilst also delivering Save the Children's strategy within the country through:
- Delivering quality programmes, including advocacy, for children; and
- Ensuring world class stewardship of resources from Members and their donors
SCOPE OF ROLE: Reports to: Regional Director, Latin America and the Caribbean Dimensions: Haiti is a country of high complexity, with a budget of approximately $6-8 million Staff directly reporting to this post: Senior Management Team in the Country KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY: As a member of the Regional Senior Leadership Team, contribute to strategic development and delivery of international programming, in both humanitarian and development contexts, in line with the Save the Children mandate, strategy and theory of change.
Deliver transformational change in-country, including:
- Developing and delivering improved outcomes for children through delivery of the Save the Children global programme strategy.
- Engaging Save the Children staff, partners and other stakeholders to create real shared ownership and collaboration
- Creating an environment of continuous learning, where staff are encouraged and supported to grow and develop and are willing to be held accountable for their commitments
- Ensuring that the focus of the organisation remains on the rights and needs of children
- Be accountable, and develop the capacity of, mentor and hold staff accountable for:
- Developing strong country strategy and operational plans that identify and address significant issues facing children, and are in line with Save the Children's overall strategy (with a focus on Global Initiatives) and theory of change
- Preparing for and implementing rapid and effective responses to major emergencies affecting children, including building relationships with key humanitarian and development decision-makers and partners in-country
- Delivering programmes and advocacy in line with the country strategy, operational plans, budgets and Save the Children Member requirements that result in significant impact for children
- Collaborating with colleagues in the region to deliver any regional programmes and advocacy, in line with regional strategies, operational plans, budgets and Save the Children member requirements that result in significant impact for children
- Developing and maintaining good relations with Save the Children Members and their donors
- Growing the country programme to become the leading NGO addressing children's issues in the country
- Developing and maintaining efficient and effective operating systems, and ensure compliance with all Save the Children Quality Framework for Country Office Management, with a particular focus on risk mitigation, child safeguarding, fraud prevention, and safety & security management
- Developing and coaching staff to optimise their potential in pursuit of Save the Children's objectives
- Contributing to global knowledge and learning in Save the Children
Ensure the continued financial and programmatic sustainability of Save the Children in Haiti by:
- Working closely with Save the Children Members to develop a strong and strategic portfolio of awards designed to further the country strategic plan.
- Engage with local and international donors to identify funding opportunitie sand to project the stable, efficient and competent organization to partner with.
- Develop and support the implementation of a strong resource mobilization strategy that further the country strategic plan.
Additional Responsibilities Representation
- Lead on presenting SC's activities and achievements to donors, government and other policy makers.
- Ensure that we have the right staff participating in the right meetings to maximise our influence among donors and government departments as we work towards effective implementation of positive policy change.
- Establish Save the Children as the 'go to' force working with and for children.
Audit, Corporate Governance compliance and Fraud Save The Children is committed to being an effective steward of funds we receive from our various donors. We take compliance with their requirements and our own requirements very seriously. We also maintain a 'zero tolerance' policy toward fraudulent, dishonest and corrupt practices. Where they are detected, it will be investigated and take appropriate action against staff, volunteers, partners, vendors, suppliers and any other implicated party. Therefore, the Country Director is accountable for the implementation of and compliance with all aspects of the Anti-Fraud policy.
- Ensure compliance with all host government requirements in relation to registration, taxation, labour law, auditing, fraud etc.
- Ensure that internal and external audits are undertaken in a timely and efficient manner in line with policy and back donor and host government requirements
- Ensure follow-up on recommendations arising out of audits of operations and take appropriate actions where necessary
- Ensure all incidents of fraud are rapidly investigated, with decisive action taken and lessons learnt applied immediately and sustainably.
Security Management Save the Children is committed to minimizing safety and security risks to staff and ensuring staff are given training, support and information to reduce their risk exposure while maximizing the impact for children. Therefore, the Country Director is accountable for the implementation of and compliance with all aspects of the Safety and Security policy
- Ensure the Country office has security plans and procedures in line with policies, systems and guidelines
- Maintain, document and communicate up to date analyses of the changing security context
- Ensure all staff adhere to security guidelines
Child Safeguarding Children who come into contact with Save the Children as a result of our activities must be safeguarded to the maximum possible extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of child abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. The Country Director is accountable for the implementation of and compliance with all aspects of the policy.
- Understand and fulfil responsibilities in achieving compliance of Save the Children's Child Safeguarding Policy standards.
- Provide overall leadership and oversight to the development of country level child safeguarding systems with the aim of achieving full compliance with the Child Safeguarding Policy's criteria
SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice) Accountability:
- Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving results together with children and role modelling Save the Children values
- Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
- Creates a managerial environment in-country to lead, enable and maintain our culture of child safeguarding
- Sets ambitious and challenging goals for self and team, takes responsibility for own personal development and encourages team to do the same
- Widely shares personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
- Future oriented, thinks strategically and on a global scale
- Builds and maintains effective relationships, with own team, colleagues, members, donors and partners
- Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
- Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
- Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
- Willing to take disciplined risks
- Honest, encourages openness and transparency
- Always acts in the best interests of children
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- Experienced leader who has held a senior position in a relatively complex organisation.
- Track record in recruiting, leading and developing calibre specialist senior staff with a range of backgrounds and expertise
- Track record in developing and empowering staff to deputise for and succeed to own role
- Experience of leading a complex organisation through a major period of change
- Strategic thinker who is comfortable with developing ambitious business strategies and has a good track record of delivering on these
- Ability to manage and motivate self and others to respond to a major crisis situation, requiring swift action and rapid changes in priorities
- Evidence of identifying and building strategic and effective business networks at a senior level, which have resulted in clear business benefit for the organisation
- Innovative approach to solving a range of complex issues and galvanising buy-in to the solutions at all levels
- Attuned political acumen and sensitivity
- Strong cultural awareness
- French and English required; Creole language skills highly recommended