Director Of Programme Operations

Save the Children, Cairo, Egypt

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme ManagementTraining and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
9th June, 2015

Job Description

The role

  • Save the Children has worked in Egypt since 1982 to improve children's access to health services; support the most vulnerable children to access quality early childhood and primary education; work with children living and working on the streets of Cairo and in the Delta region children at risk of irregular migration to build protection mechanisms and viable alternatives to migration.
  • In an effort to help Egypt achieve its commitments to Millennium Development Goals, Save the Children also combats illiteracy, improves maternal and child health and livelihood opportunities and prepares young people for independent lives through active participation in their communities' development.
  • Children's rights to protection, education, health, participation and a decent standard of living are the main drivers of Save the Children's programming in Egypt.
  • Save the Children currently works in 12 Governorates across Upper and Lower Egypt, and in 5 informal settlements in Cairo.
  • In addition over the last two years we have built up a significant emergency response programme aimed at assisting Syrian refugees in country.
  • Our current staff complement is around 250 people and our FY15 budget is roughly US $12M.
  • Key to our success for children is close partnership and collaboration with government ministries at national, governorate and district level, and with more than 25 local NGO/CDA partners.

Qualifications and experience


  • Recommended a minimum of 5 years of senior management experience in a corporate or an NGO environment, including significant field operations experience running both emergency and development programs
  • Master's degree in development or other social sciences
  • Robust experience of NGO emergency program cycle management, and with experience of working within a complex and matrix organization structure
  • A very good understanding of at least 3 of the sectoral programs and a working knowledge of the program priorities of the Country Office
  • Substantial experience in logistics, including procurement, supply chain, fleet management & inventory
  • Significant knowledge of international humanitarian systems, institutions and donors, and of procedures, accountability frameworks and best practices in emergency management
  • Substantial experience and knowledge of effective financial and budgetary control and securing and managing grants from major institutional donors
  • Solid project management skills related to organizational development projects and international, cross-functional teams with a proven history of delivering results
  • Ability to analyze information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically
  • An in-depth understanding of national and international development issues and best practice in particular in relation to children
  • Previous experience of managing and developing a team and the ability to lead, motivate and develop others
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Proficiency in Arabic desirable.
  • Ability and willingness to change work practices and hours, and work with incoming teams in the event of major emergencies
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children's aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches


  • Fluency in Arabic language


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