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Programme Development and Quality Director

Save the Children

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Programme Development and Quality Director 

Save the Children is the world's leading independent organization for children. Its vision is a world in which every child has the right to survive, the right to protection, development and participation. Its mission is to achieve decisive progress in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting changes in their lives. It works in more than 120 countries. Save the Children has extensive experience in the field of emergencies. It is also a development organisation with programmes in the sectors of Health, Nutrition, Food Security and Livelihoods, Child Protection and Education.  To develop its services for children, Save the Children works with government departments, NGOs and national and international institutions, local structures and communities in the countries in which it works.

As a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) in Country, the Director of Program Development and Quality (PDQ) is responsible for driving cross-functional engagement in the development and delivery of Country Strategy Plans (CSPs), developing annual plans and reporting on results. S/he is responsible for ensuring development and delivery of high quality, evidence-based, innovative programs for children, in all contexts, that contribute to Save the Children’s global Breakthroughs: Learn, Survive, Be Protected. The Director of PDQ ensures that a robust monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) system is in place, that the country office engages in the collection and use of evidence and that this is shared across the global organization, and that reliable data is used for decision-making.  One key aspect of the role is ensuring capability building, mentoring and coaching of technical specialists in order to support program quality in line with global standards and key performance indicators. As a senior leader in the country office s/he plays a representational role with the government, donors, partners, peer agencies, SC Members and others.  The Director of PDQ supports strategic positioning with donors and partners and leads on project design to ensure that the country office strategy can be delivered in line with child rights programming principles.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

In order to be successful you will have:
A minimum of 5 years management experience in an NGO environment, including significant field operations experience of full spectrum implementation: running both development and emergency programs and program design
Master’s level qualification in an appropriate technical area (social protection, education, health& nutrition)

 Essential
Strong background in resilience programming for children
Significant knowledge of international humanitarian systems, institutions and donors, and of procedures, accountability frameworks and best practices in emergency management
Significant experience and knowledge of effective financial and budgetary control and significant experience in 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
Ability to analyze information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically – ability to think laterally
An in-depth understanding of national and international development issues in particular in relation to children and child rights
Previous experience of managing and developing a team and the ability to lead, motivate and develop others
Fluency in English and French 

Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches

 Desirable
Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills

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

LOCATION: Ouagadougou

CONTRACT LENGHT: 12 Months with possibility for extension

The Organisation
We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 

 We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
Violence against children is no longer tolerated

 We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:
Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at  https://www.savethechildren.net/careers/apply

 We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

 Applicants are advised that Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process. Any request in this direction should be immediately reported as contrary to the values and practices of our organization.

Job description:
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Closing date: 22 Mar 2019
Location: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Department: Programme, Development and Quality
Type: Fixed-term contract
Schedule: Full-time
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