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Deputy Director - Programs and Advocacy

Date Posted
7th February 2017
Consulting & Project Management
Job Type
Not Disclosed

Job Summary

The Deputy Director of Programs is responsible for the supervision and support of all of the SCI's program activities, and, together with the Country Director, will lead the strategic development of the country program.

Job Description

The position requires considerable travel to the field sites. Working under the supervision of the Country Director, s/he is expected to take the lead in planning, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all the SCI program initiatives, with an emphasis on delivery of quality programs. S/he will directly supervise sector Coordinators and the Grants team, and indirectly a number of other program staff in the field.

S/he champions a team culture of learning and continuous improvement and is responsible for overseeing development of programmes strategies and advocacy initiatives to deliver immediate and lasting change for children


Qualifications and experience

  • Degree in International Development, International Relations, Social Work, or other relevant field;
  • At least five years of international program management experience, including in post-conflict and post disaster settings;
  • Experience directing and implementing programs for children in both emergency and development contexts
  • Extensive international experience implementing programs in disaster and post disaster contexts with a demonstrated knowledge of transitioning relief programs to post-emergency recovery;
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural setting
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of participatory techniques and methodologies, including child participation;
  • Demonstrated experience in project design and use of project design tools;
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising expatriate and national staff, and in mentoring of national staff; strong commitment to staff capacity development;
  • Knowledge of key donor policies and regulations, including USAID, ECHO, UN agencies, and other European government donor agencies;
  • Strong communication and inter-personal skills; must be a strong team player;
  • Excellent written and verbal skills in the English and French languages;
  • Willingness to travel frequently to remote program locations
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills in a complex international setting
  • Significant experience leading strategic planning and in programme design and proposal development
  • Strong understanding of different methodologies of monitoring and evaluation and operational research and experience in developing integrated Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning (MEAL) systems
  • Ability to effectively establish a learning culture within an organisation
  • Experience in successfully establishing and managing collaborative relationships and partnerships with donors and government counterparts.
  • Strong representation and influencing skills
  • Demonstrated use of positive coping strategies in stressful environments
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children's aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches
  • Fluency in written and spoken French and English

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