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Country Director- Ivory Coast


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: Open Ended

The role

As a member of the West & Central Africa Senior Leadership team, you will have shared accountability for Save the Children's international development and emergency programming in the region of approximately $70 million each year through an organisation of over 1,000 people. To achieve our ambitious goals and breakthroughs for children, the leadership team will, in collaboration with Save the Children Members and in conjunction with the other regional organisations, aim to drive growth to $2 billion by 2015.

The Country Director will lead the transformation of the country to a new operating model, whilst also delivering Save the Children's strategy within the country through:

  • Delivering quality programmes, including advocacy, for children; and

Serving Members and their donors

Qualifications and experience

  • Master's degree or equivalent in a relevant field
  • Five or more years of experience in similar leadership roles, ideally in a large and complex international NGO
  • Experience of building, leading and developing a team of senior staff with different backgrounds and expertise
  • Experience of managing a crisis situation requiring quick changes to priorities and rapid action to respond
  • Experience of leading change in an organisation which has led to considerable results for the organisation and its stakeholders
  • Experience of building personal networks at a senior level, resulting in securing new opportunities for the organisation
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in
  • Good understanding of key trends in international and humanitarian development
  • Experience and knowledge of context and actors in WCA region.
  • Experience of working with large, complex donors to secure and/or manage new large-scale and/or competitive funding
  • Good understanding of programme, financial and operational management processes
  • Good understanding of key trends in international and humanitarian development
  • A fluency and speaking and writing in both French and English is required for this role

Commitment to the Save the Children values

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: Abidjan
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2015-10-19

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