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Director, Financial Services and Employment

Washington D.C


The Director, Financial Services and Employment (FSE), provides leadership for the development of SC programs that promote financial services and employment for youth and women. The position manages and deploys staff to ensure quality programs throughout SC, developing quality standards for SC’s program implementation. Responsible for portfolio strategy and focus, program growth, and quality programming. The Director, FSE, oversees a multi-country, multi-donor portfolio of programs. This position has significant impact on the Agency in terms of risk mitigation, award management and compliance, and donor satisfaction for a large, significant portfolio of projects.


Global Program Strategy and Market Position

  • Determines the vision, strategy, and desired results for SC’s Financial Services and Employment (FSE) portfolio in collaboration with the Hunger and Livelihoods Senior Management Team and technical staff, and other senior colleagues in Health, Nutrition and HIV/AIDS, and Education and Child Development. Is accountable for achieving the results set out in strategic and operational plans.
  • Develops and articulates program approaches that meet the needs of vulnerable children and consider gender differences, and monitors global progress toward agreed-upon goals and related indicators.
  • Integrates lessons learned into programs.
  • Raises SC’s profile and reputation through representing SCUS with US and international organizations working on FSE programs and policy, including colleague PVOs, SC members, InterAction, UN and other fora.
  • Monitors new developments in FSE programming.
  • Collaborates closely with the Hunger and Livelihoods M&E staff in developing appropriate research initiatives to develop the evidence base for FSE programming and advocacy.
  • Identifies best practices from field programs and partner agencies, ensures documentation and dissemination, and promotes uptake within the agency.

Portfolio and Award Management

  • Creates and sustains relationships with USAID and other donors in order to facilitate communication about donor satisfaction, and program direction and compliance.
  • Oversees compliance for all FSE awards including production of annual work plans, quarterly and annual reports, and reviews of program implementation.
  • Manages support for all Country Office (CO) FSE program issues, problems, reporting and requirements, drawing on the range of resources within SC to solve problems and coordinating with appropriate technical staff to address programmatic challenges and opportunities in a timely way.
  • Guides capacity building of CO teams and HO staff to manage FSE awards.
  • Monitors program accomplishments, identifies and/or responds to needs for technical assistance to keep programs on track, and oversees global progress toward agreed-upon goals and related indicators.
  • Promotes quality improvements in FSE programs, identifying and sharing tools, and guiding development of tools and standards for managing and monitoring program outputs and budgets.

Resource Mobilization

  • Develops long-term funding strategies for FSE programs in consultation with New Business Development and Resource Development.
  • Takes the lead in: 1) identifying new global resources to support FSE programs; and, 2) positioning SC to access them.
  • Leads FSE new business development, managing development and submission of quality technical and cost proposals, and providing technical support to Country or Regional Offices as needed.

Human Resource Management

  • Supervises FSE program and award management staff, ensuring programmatic, conceptual and strategic integration of programs and capacities. Coordinates with other DHL business line leads to ensure technical staff support for program and proposal development is available to assist COs in a timely, effective manner.
  • Initiates planning and implementation of skill development for SC staff.
  • Identifies and maintains cadre of competent FSE specialists and consultants for use/deployment in a range of program areas.


  • Minimum of 10-15 years of experience managing youth financial services and employment programs, including significant work overseas.
  • Experience with youth development programs, youth livelihoods programming and women’s economic development strategies; experience designing, launching, and managing programs that promote financially sustainable provision of essential goods and services at the community level/social enterprise approaches.
  • Strong program design skills and successful program development track record essential.
  • Master’s degree in relevant technical area.
  • Staff management experience required.
  • Advanced level of knowledge in programs related to financial services and employment, encompassing traditional and new approaches to mitigating risk and promoting household economic and food security.
  • Knowledge of best practices in programming that builds economic capabilities for youth, women, and communities.
  • Ability to play a strategic and lead role in developing programs, proposals, and policies.
  • Proven excellence in management of grants and contracts.
  • Highly skilled in the provision of technical assistance to field programs. Ability to work effectively with multi-cultural teams, using interpersonal styles to gain acceptance of ideas or plans, modifying behavior to accommodate tasks, situations, and individuals involved.
  • Excellent written and oral skills in English; relevant second language strongly preferred (French, Spanish).
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines, manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Demonstrates SC core values.
  • Ability to travel internationally (up to 20%).

Employee Type


Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Each year, we and our partners reach millions of children in communities around the world. Join our dedicated and diverse staff in their work to improve the well-being of children everywhere.

Save the Children provides an attractive benefits package including competitive salaries, a matching retirement plan, health and welfare benefits, life insurance, an employee assistance program, generous time off and much more. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

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  • Organization: Save the Children
  • Location: Washington D.C
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Finance and Banking
    • Labour Market Policy
    • Office Management, Administration and Finance
    • Office Management, Administration and Finance
    • Finance and Banking
    • Labour Market Policy
  • Closing Date: 2015-11-30

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