Save the Children, Lilongwe, Malawi

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
22nd June, 2018

Job Description

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 fulfil 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.

Role Purpose: As a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) in Country, the Director of Program Development and Quality (PDQ) is responsible for driving the country office program strategy, developing annual plans and reporting on results. The Director of PDQ also responsible for ensuring development of high quality, evidence based, innovative programs for children, in all contexts, that contribute to Save the Children's global Breakthroughs: Learn, Survive, Be Protected. S/he ensures that a robust monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) system is in place, and that reliable data is used for decision-making. One key aspect of the role is to recruit technical specialists in order to support program quality in line with global standards and key performance indicators. When on board, the Director will build these specialists' capacity as needed, including coaching and mentorship. The Director of PDQ supports donor interface and resource development to ensure that the country office strategy can be delivered

Contract Duration: 2 years

Qualifications and Experience : Atleast a Masters degree level of qualification in social science, human rights or any postgraduate qualification in development studies will be required with a minimum of ten years of progressive senior management and/or development experience in a public, corporate or an NGO environment, including experience leading and implementing programs for children. The interested candidates should have experience in more than one of the Save the Children's thematic sectors: education, child protection, child rights governance, health and nutrition, child poverty and emergencies with basic understanding of advocacy, policy and government systems in the host country. Additional experience in managing teams for resource mobilisation and submitting proposals in excess of US$10 million including credibility to lobby, influence and represent Save the Children at all levels.

The ability to travel extensively within Malawi is required.


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