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Director of Programme Implementation

Yangon (Myanmar)

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: 2 years

The role

The Director of Programme Implementation (PID) is responsible for the implementation, operational delivery and management of Save the Children Myanmar's core development programmes ensuring the highest level of project quality, accountability and contract compliance. The post holder will be responsible for the delivery and achievement of the goals in Health & Nutrition, Education, Child Protection, Child Rights Governance, HIV/AIDS and Livelihoods.

The post holder is also responsible for capacity building and mentoring of Heads of Programs to ensure these staff develop their capabilities to effectively manage sector portfolios and projects per SCI standards and protocols. Finally, the PID will manage procurement and supply chain and field operations of 36 field offices for the Country Office.

This role is responsible for managing a yearly budget of approximately US 20 million, a staffing complement of approximately 900 (through up to 10 direct reports).

Qualifications and experience

  • At least 10 years overseas experience with proven track record in management of a large and diverse development portfolio

  • The incumbent is an experienced country or manager with significant field operations experience running development programmes

  • Post graduate Masters Degree in development or other social sciences

  • Robust experience of NGO programme 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 programmes and a working knowledge of the programme priorities of the Country Office.

  • Substantial experience and knowledge of effective financial and budgetary control and securing and managing grants (e.g., USAID, EC, ECHO, DIFD).

  • Solid project management skills related to organisational development projects and international, cross-functional teams with a proven history of delivering results.

  • Ability to analyse information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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: Yangon (Myanmar)
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2015-11-10

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