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Director of Program Development

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: 6 months

The role The Director of Program Development is responsible for coordinating and tracking all development and humanitarian proposal development opportunities and processes, and assisting in the development and implementation of the CO fundraising strategy. S/he and/or members of her team lead in-country proposal development processes including planning, coordination of all inputs including budgeting and partnering; and working with members to finalize proposals. S/he works very closely with a wide variety of actors within the CO and with possible donors and partners including supporting or leading important negotiations on pre-positioning or proposal modification. Main CO contacts are Program Operations in Addis and the field, Finance, Awards, and Program Development and Quality (PDQ) teams. S\he is a member of the CO Senior Management Team.

Qualifications and experience * Minimum five years of experience with a master's degree or eight years experience with a bachelor's degree, in an NGO or similar environment, including experience developing programs for children in both emergency and development contexts. * Preferred degree in program or NGO management, development studies, or related field. * Solid experience in more than one of the Save the Children priority sectors: Heath, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, Education, WASH, FS/L, Child Protection, Child Rights Governance, in development and emergencies * Practical experience and successful track record in writing and leading proposals for a variety of donors, particularly USAID, DFID, private sector foundations, UNICEF, and EU/ECHO. * Good knowledge of the development and emergency donor environment and expectations in Ethiopia preferred, with solid experience cultivating positive relationships with donors and managing partners during proposal processes. * Strong communications and negotiations skills. * Management experience and capacity. * Good analytical skills * Proven ability to work cross departmentally and cross sector working. * Good knowledge of the landscape of implementing partners and government structures in Ethiopia preferred. * Proven experience in developing local partnerships for projects. * Familiarity with project design methods and tools (including assessments, logical frameworks, and work planning) and strong appreciation for innovation and partnership as part of project development. * Experience with developing capacity building tools and coaching teams. * Strong results orientation, with ability to meet deadlines and produce high-quality products. * Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures including with different Save the Children members. * Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming proposal development teams to meet deadlines. * Strong verbal and written communications skills. Superior writing and editing skills in English. * Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children's aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches

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  • Organization: Save the Children
  • Location: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2016-01-04

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