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Deputy Director - Programs and Advocacy

Date Posted
11th April 2017
Consulting & Project Management, Education & Training
Job Type
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Not Disclosed

Job Summary

The Deputy Director of Programs is responsible for the supervision and support of all of the SCI's program activities.

Job Description

In conjunction with the Senior Management Team, will lead the strategic development of the country program. 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 programs, with an emphasis on delivery of quality programs. S/he will directly supervise Program Sector Coordinators, the MEAL team 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.



Strategy, Senior Management and External Relations

  • Provide strategic leadership to SCI programming and staff;
  • Ensure that all programming is designed, managed and implemented in a timely and high-quality manner, and that program decisions are based on reliable and accurate data;
  • Provide overall supervision and support for all program staff, including direct supervision of sector coordinators, MEAL and grants management staff;
  • Ensure that strong and regular coordination takes place between all internal stakeholders, and that SCI is appropriately represented at external coordination fora, and to external stakeholders
  • Provide overall supervision and support for all program staff, including direct supervision of sector coordinators and grants management staff;
  • Support the development of an organizational culture that reflects our mandate values, promotes accountability and high performance, encourages a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation, and encourages staff to deliver outstanding results for children while promoting and rewarding excellent customer service for our members and donors
  • Coordinate the production of high quality policy briefing papers, statements, external communications products and case studies to influence target audiences
  • Ensure the branding, communication and sign off guidelines of Save the Children are uniformly and consistently followed.

  • Lead on the development of relevant and realistic advocacy and communications plans and coordinate their effective implementation

  • In collaboration with CD, identify and manage potential risks associated with Save the Children's public positions and design strategies to mitigate the risks that have been identified


Staff Management, Mentorship, and Development

  • Develop a culture and focus on quality programing
  • Ensure appropriate staffing, the recruitment, training, and promotion of staff as appropriate;
  • Develop staff capacity by the provision of coaching, mentoring and other developmental opportunities;
  • Ensure that all staff understand and are able to perform and contribute within their role during an emergency response;
  • Oversee that all technical sector staff proactively build and maintain technical skills and competencies required for leading and/or advising first class programs - both development and emergency programs




  • Degree in International Development, International Relations, Monitoring and Evaluation, Education, Social Work, or relevant field
  • At least 5 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/use of project design tools;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing project and program proposals for a variety of donors
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising national staff and 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; 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
  • 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

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