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Deputy Country Director - National Programs

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

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: 3 years

The role:

The Deputy Country Director of National Programmes shares in the overall responsibility for the direction and coordination of National Progams, focussing on the management and support of programmes in the areas of Health, Malaria and HIV/AIDS, Emergency Nutrition, Education, Child Protection, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Food Security and related areas depending on the development of programmes, in an extremely large country program

Qualifications and experience

  • Recommended a minimum of 10 years management experience in a corporate or an NGO environment, including significant field operations experience running both emergency and development programs
  • Experience in running large development programs, preferably as Chief of Party or Project Director

  • Bachelor in development or other social sciences, Masters degree preferred

  • Robust experience of NGO emergency program cycle management, and with experience of working within a complex and matrix organisation 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

  • Knowledge of international humanitarian systems, institutions and donors, and of procedures, accountability frameworks and best practices in emergency management an asset

  • 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

  • Excellent conceptual and analytical skills, effective negotiator, with the ability to positively influence cross departmental and cross sectoral working relationship

  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in

  • Strong skills and expertise in operational planning, financial and budget management as well as people management

  • 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

  • Demonstrated ability to set and achieve objectives

  • Experience in program development and good knowledge of donors (including multilateral, institutional, and corporates) and context

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills

  • Fluency in written and spoken English

  • Ability and willingness to change work practices and hours, and work with incoming teams in the event of major emergencies

  • Flexible and adaptable to dynamic changes and fast-paced work environment

  • 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.

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  • Organization: Save the Children
  • Location: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2015-10-13

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