PDQ Director

Save the Children, Free Town, Sierra Leone

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st March, 2017


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 c15,000 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.
Contract length: 01 year renewable
The role:As a member of the Senior Management Team, the Director of Program Development and Quality shares in the overall responsibility for the direction and coordination of the Country Office. She/he is responsible for all technical strategic development, implementation and ensuring that programme quality standards are met through full spectrum response for children. As Sierra Leone is recovering from the worst Ebola outbreak, S/he is responsible for continued high level surveillance and ensuring the needs of children affected by the Ebola are continued to be addressed. She/he is responsible for ensuring the Sierra Leone country office achieves the objectives of the Country Strategic Plan 2016-18.
Qualifications and experience

  • A minimum of 5 years management experience in an NGO environment, including significant field operations experience of full spectrum implementation: running both development and emergency programs
  • Significant knowledge of international humanitarian systems, institutions and donors, and of procedures, accountability frameworks and best practices in emergency management
  • Strong background in resilience programming for children
  • Master's level qualification in an appropriate technical area (social protection, education, health)
  • 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 organisational 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 - ability to think laterally
  • An in-depth understanding of national and international development issues 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 English
  • 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

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
Please apply in English using your CV and covering letter as a single document, including your salary expectations for this role.
Please note that only shorlisted candidates will be contacted.


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