Director of Programme Development, Quality and Impact (DPDQI)

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: Save the Children
Closing date: 2 Jun 2021



Reporting to the Deputy Country Director for Program Development, Quality and Impact the DPQI will be primarily responsible for leading the technical Thematic priorities and functions of the Country Office. As such the position holder will be responsible for ensuring high technical excellence through maintaining and leading high calibre and accountable technical teams in education; health & nutrition; food security, livelihoods and resilience; child protection and migration, child rights governance, advocacy and campaign. Within the framework of the Country Strategy, she/he will be responsible for overseeing the development and adaptation of thematic strategies that can guide the CO program towards SCI's breakthroughs of ensuring the survival, learning/development and protection of children. She/he will drive high quality program development and implementation through the application of innovative approaches that can help address the needs, rights and problems of children in general and full application of SCI's Programming Principles, Common Approaches, quality benchmarks, gender equality marker, accountability framework etc. in both humanitarian and development contexts. The job holder will be responsible to ensure quality delivery through development of technical capabilities of staff and partners, generating technically sound evidences and learnings of outcomes and impacts for internal program improvement actions and inform CO's advocacy initiatives within all thematic priorities by working closely with CO's MEAL, Advocacy and program implementation teams.

In order to be successful you will bring/have:


  • Recommended a minimum of 12 years program development and management experience in a corporate or an NGO environment, including experience directing implementing programs for children in both emergency and development contexts, preferably with solid experience in more than one of the Save the Children priority sectors: education, protection, rights governance, HIV/AIDs, health and nutrition, and emergencies
  • Recognized leadership role in relevant technical areas at both field and country level
  • Masters degree in development management or related fields
  • Solid and senior level experience of program development and quality works leading senior technical teams
  • Strong strategic abilities and experience within the child sector
  • Proven conceptual and practical senior level experiences in managing and leading teams in all aspects of program cycle.
  • Good analytical and writing skills. Effective negotiator, with the ability to positively influence cross departmental and cross sector working
  • Credibility to lobby, influence and represent Save the Children at all levels
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming teams, in emergencies
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children's aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

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 environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at careers

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.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.


Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agent

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