Jobs at Save the Children

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 a member of the West and Central Africa Senior Leadership team, you will have shared accountability for Save the Children's international development and emergency programming in the region of approximately $120 million in 2014 through an organisation of nearly 1500 people. To achieve our ambitious goals and breakthroughs for children, the leadership team will, in collaboration with Save the Children Members and in conjunction with the other regional organisations, aim to drive growth to $2 billion by 2015.

The Country Director will lead the transformation of the country to a new operating model, whilst also delivering Save the Children's strategy within the country through:

Delivering quality programmes, including advocacy, for children; and
Serving Members and their donors

Required qualifications and experience:

Experience of working with large, complex donors to secure and/or manage new large-scale and/or competitive funding
Experience of building, leading and developing a team of senior staff with different backgrounds and expertise
Experience of managing a crisis situation requiring quick changes to priorities and rapid action to respond
Experience of leading change in an organisation which has led to considerable 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
Good understanding of programme, financial and operational management processes
Good understanding of key trends in international and humanitarian development
Experienced leader who has held senior positions in complex/high profile/ multinational organisations
Demonstrable ability to recruit, lead and develop high calibre specialist senior staff with a range of backgrounds and expertise
Strong track record in building high performance teams and future successors/leaders
Experience of leading a large, highly complex organisation through significant change with clear business benefit
Strategic thinker who is comfortable with developing highly ambitious business strategies at scale and the track record of delivering on these
Ability to manage and motivate self and others to respond to a significant and complex crisis situation in extraordinary circumstances, requiring swift action and rapid changes in priorities
Evidence of identifying and building strategic and effective business networks at a very senior level, which have resulted in clear business benefit for the organisation
Innovative approach to solving a range of highly complex issues and galvanising buy-in to the solutions at all levels
Highly developed political acumen and ability to navigate through complex political situations
Strong and nuanced cultural awareness
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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Please apply in English using your CV and covering letter as a single document, including your salary expectations for this role.

Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Permanent - Full-Time
Closing date: Wednesday 15 January 2014
Location: Abuja
Experience: 0 year(s)
Course of Study: Not Specified
Required Grade: Not Specified