Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfill their potential.
We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.
We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.
Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with 15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We're changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.
As a leader of the Country Leadership Team, you will have shared accountability for Save the Children's international development and emergency programming in the region of approximately $30 million each year through a country programme of over 400+ staff. To achieve our ambitious goals and breakthroughs for children, the leadership team will, in collaboration with Save the Children Members and in conjunction with the other regional organisations, aim to drive global growth to $2.7 billion by 2019.
The Country Director will lead the transformation of the country to a new operating model, whilst also delivering Save the Children's strategy within the country through: -
- Leading the delivery of transformational change in-country,
- Safeguarding children and our employees
- Taking a strong lead on corporate governance and compliance
- Developing and holding both Senior Management Team and country programme staff accountable for the delivery of strategic and operational plans
- Ensuring minimal safety and security risks to staff hence maximized impact for children
- Representing Save the Children to donors, governments and other policy managers
Qualifications and Experience
- Experience of building, leading and developing a team of senior staff with different backgrounds and expertise
- Experience of managing a crisis situation requiring quick changes to priorities and rapid action to respond
- Experience of leading change in an organisation which has led to considerable results for the organisation and its stakeholders
- Experience of building personal networks at a senior level, resulting in securing new opportunities for the organisation
- Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in
- Good understanding of programme, financial and operational management processes
- Good understanding of key trends in international and humanitarian development
- Fluency in English (written and spoken) is required for this role
- Commitment to the Save the Children value
- Demonstrable ability to recruit, lead and develop high calibre specialist senior staff with a range of backgrounds and expertise
- Strong track record in building high performance teams and future successors/leaders
- Evidence of identifying and building strategic and effective business networks at a very senior level, which have resulted in clear business benefit for the organisation
- Innovative approach to solving a range of highly complex issues and galvanising buy-in to the solutions at all levels
- Highly developed political acumen and ability to navigate through diverse political situations