Country Director

Job posted by: Save the Children - International - Fri, 14 Feb 2014

Job Details:

Organisation: Save the Children - International

Deadline Thu, 3 Apr 2014

Job type: Permanent

Location: Yemen

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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 1.6 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 c14, 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: Open ended

The role
As Country Director for Save the Children’s Country Office in Yemen you will have primary responsibility for delivering Save the Children’s strategy within the country through: delivering quality programmes, including advocacy, for children; and serving Save the Children Member organisations and their donors. The current annual budget is approx. $30M, and the overall grant portfolio is $50M.

As a member of the Middle East & Eurasia Senior Leadership team, you will have shared accountability for Save the Children’s international development and emergency programming in the region of $100+ million each year through an organisation of 1500+ people.

Qualifications and experience
* Substantial senior level leadership and management experience
* Proven experience building, leading and developing a team of senior staff with different backgrounds and expertise
* Experience managing a crisis situation requiring quick changes to priorities and rapid action to respond
* Proven experience in growing, innovative country programmes
* Experience leading change in an organisation which has led to measurable results for the organisation and its stakeholders
* Experience of building personal networks at a senior level, resulting in securing new opportunities for the organisation
* Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in
* Fluent in written and spoken English
* Ability to speak and read Arabic ( highly desirable)
* Good understanding of programme, financial and operational management processes
* Good understanding of key trends in international and humanitarian development
* Good understanding of UN Cluster System
* Commitment to the Save the Children values

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

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