Regional Programme Operations Director (With right to Live and Work in Kenya)


As a key member of the Regional Senior Leadership Team, theRegional Programme Operations Director for East and Southern Africa will takeshared responsibility for driving SCI’s vision 2030 and oversee and supportCountry Offices in the effective delivery of safe programming for children inline with the country strategic plans.

S/he is responsible for identifying, mitigating and manage risk,enhance cross functional collaboration, whilst ensuring adequate systems are inplace to enable and facilitate quality and compliant programming in allcontexts (humanitarian and development) in line with the core humanitarianstandards, our theory of change and SCI's essential standards.

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

  • Significant (ten years or more) seniorlevel leadership and management experience in a large and complex internationalNGO or organization
  • Significant experience in managing mostor all of the key elements of Operations and Humanitarian systems and areas:proposal development, planning, quality assurance, award management, logistics,emergency response, preparedness and capacity building
  • Substantial knowledge of internationaldevelopment systems, institutions and donors, and of procedures, accountabilityframeworks, risk management and best practices
  • Robust experience in developing andimplementing organisational vision and strategies
  • The highest level of expertise inrepresentation and negotiation with governments/donors and internationalagencies
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in amatrix management environment. Highly developed interpersonal and communicationskills including influencing, negotiation and coaching. 
  • Solid project management skills relatedto organisational development projects and international, cross-functionalteams with a proven history of delivering results.
  • Excellent facilitation and teambuilding skills.
  • Experience of building personalnetworks at senior levels, resulting in securing significant new opportunitiesfor the organisation.
  • Experience of solving complex issuesthrough analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in.
  • Models international development bestpractices, and the leadership behaviours outlined in Save the Children’sstrategy and policies.
  • Ability and willingness to change workpractices and hours in the event of major responses including travelling atshort notice
  • Commitment to Save the Children values.


The duties and responsibilities as setout above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry outadditional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills andexperience.

Two years (Fixed Term)

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work onthe ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or thosethat need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaignand advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and toensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treatschildren 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 ouremployees 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 acollaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrityare highly valued. 

Application Information

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a singledocument. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salaryexpectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflectsour commitment to the protection of children from abuse.


Job description:

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Date advertised: 7 Feb 2019

Closing date: 25 Feb 2019

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Department: Programme Operations

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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