Director Programme Operations

About Save the Children

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. 

We collaborate with children, civil society organisations, communities, governments and the private sector to share knowledge, influence others and build capacity to ensure children’s rights are met.

Save the Children in Senegal implements projects through various thematics( child protection, Child Rights Governance, Health, Education..), based on innovation and partnership with governments, civil societies, communities, families and children to inspire in the way children are treated in the world.







Under the supervision of the Regional Programme Manager, the main role of the Child Rights Governance Coordinator will:

-      Further the Rights of the Child, specifically in the Child Rights Governance priority area.

-      Oversee one or several child rights Governance-related thematic and projects of Save the Children in Senegal and partners, including advocacy and humanitarian preparedness and response, ensuring high impact, quality implementation and strict compliance with donor and Save the Children requirements.

-      Lead the operational planning and development of one or several Child Rights Governance (CRG) projects for the Senegal CO, in collaboration with the Programs, Program Development and Quality.



He/she will be responsible for the following tasks:


Program Management:

·         Control, manage and serve as the budget holder for Child Rights Governance projects under the management of the Senegal Country Office

·         Ensure effective management of Child Rights Governance partners to ensure timely delivery of program outcomes, progress, projects donor reports.

·         Maintain up to date the Detailed Implementation Plan, Indicator Tracking Table, MEAL Plan, log frame ensuring that they reflect eventual progress and changes in the project

·         Consolidate progress from different partners into one quarterly project report as per the approved format.


Partner Management

·         Ensure that every Child Rights Governance partnership is designed and managed so that it furthers achievement of SCI strategy and strengthens local and national capacity to deliver for children;

·         Analyse potential partners using documented selection methods and ensure that all partners comply with Save the Children and donor requirements and regulations; 

·         Oversee program implementation of existing Child Rights Governance partners and ensure appropriate partners are engaged in Child Rights Governance projects, advocacy and emergency preparedness activities;

·         Undertake regular field visits of SC supported projects lead by partners, to ensure that project implementation adheres to partnership agreements; and that partners receive necessary guidance, input and assistance during all phases of the project cycle;

·         Ensure regular partner evaluation and ensure that capacity building and exit strategies are in place for the partners working on Child Rights Governance programs.


Budget Management

The Child Rights Governance Coordinator is entirely responsible of the budget of projects under his/her responsibility, as per the approved scheme of delegation:

·         Monitor the budget on a monthly basis, ensuring that the budget variance analysis reflect the actual expenditures as per the phased budget;

·         Monitor the disbursement of the sub-grants ensuring that budgets are spent as per the contractual agreements;

·         Ensure quality and timely financial reporting, flagging any critical discrepancy between actuals vs planned expenditures and taking appropriate corrective actions as per the donor guidelines.

·         Put in place adequate control mechanisms to reduce risk in general and particularly fraud.


Accountability and Awards management

·         Overall accountability for award  management for specific Child Rights Governance projects in the Senegal Country Office, including:

o   Support proposal development

o   Implementation (including managing sub-awards when necessary)

o   Reporting on a timely basis, in line with donors/SC requirements

o   Close-out

·         Ensure good institutional learning within Child Rights Governance encompassing documentation and storage in shared areas of case studies, good practises and lessons learned and the production and promotion of high quality reports in French and English.

·         Represent SC in the media in issues related with Child Rights Governance as requested

·         Compliance with SCI Child safeguarding policies and code of conduct.


Assessment, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)

·         Accountability for monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) for the project(s) with guidance of the M&E Specialist in Senegal Country Office, including:

·         Supporting the assessment and design processes including the Child Rights Situational Analysis and other baselines

·         Maintain a robust M&E system to measure achievement and progress toward program goals and results that are in line with the SCI global Child Rights Governance strategy

·         Ensure that the partners have the capacity to undertake M&E of the programs that contribute to the Global SCI Indicators

·         In collaboration with the PDQ, support the Country Annual Planning and Country Annual Reporting on the Child Rights Governance thematic and contribute to the Country Strategic Planning.

-          Ensure compliance with Essential Standards for MEAL;

-          Carry out regular project monitoring by applying SC tools and processes;

-          Control evidence and validation of data reported by partners.


Child Safeguarding

o   Contribute to ensure compliance of the program and organization to  the essential standards on accountability as set in the Quality Framework

o   Ensure CS is integrated in all steps of the program cycle.

o   Integrate Child Safeguarding in professional objectives and performance reviews of the line managed team.

o   Respect and Promote the Child Safeguarding Policy and local procedures and enable environment for reporting on cases.

o   Identify CS related activities (awareness, capacity building and communication material) in project activities and budget while reviewing proposals

o   Support in collaboration with the MEAL team the set-up of complaint management system in participation with the affected communities.






·         Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field (or equivalent experience).

·         A minimum of 3 years management experience in a corporate or an NGO environment

  • Solid project management skills and experience in :

·         Program planning, implementation and reporting

·         Design Monitoring and evaluation

·         Financial management of programs (including budget development and financial monitoring skills)

·         Partner management and sub-grants

  • An  in-depth  understanding  of  and experience in child protection and child rights issues, preferably in Senegal and West Africa
  • Ability to analyse information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically
  • Previous  experience  of managing  and  developing  a  team  and  the  ability  to  lead, motivate and develop others
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Fluency in French , professional proficiency in English
  • Ability and willingness to change work practices and hours, and work with incoming teams in the event of major emergencies
  • Commitment  to  and understanding  of  Save  the  Children’s  aims,  values  and principles  including rights-based approaches

If you want to make change for children, we want to hear from you!



In order to apply for this job, please send your CV and Cover Letter to

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Please note that the closing date for applications is on…, 2018 at Midnight GMT


NB: Please note this position is national with local terms and conditions. 




Our selection processes reflect our commitment to safeguard children from abuse.


Child safeguarding

Save the Children is committed to ensuring that all our personnel and programmes are absolutely safe for children.

We undertake rigorous procedures to ensure that only people suitable to work with children are allowed to join our organisation and all candidates will be therefore be subject to this scrutiny.



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The role

As a member of the Senior Management Team, the Director of Programme Operations shares the overall responsibility for the direction and coordination of the Country Office. The Director of Programme Operations in his/her capacity is responsible for the implementation of all programming in country, including providing senior leadership and oversight of all area/field offices, emergency preparedness and response (including DRR), Awards management, Logistics (Supply Chain) and ICT (Information and Communication Technology) for the Country Office in DRC.


  • Recommended a minimum of 10 years’ management experience in an NGO environment, including significant field operations experience running both emergency and development programs

  • Masters’ degree in development or other social sciences or equivalent experience 

  • Robust experience of NGO emergency program cycle management, and with experience of working within a complex and matrix organisation structure

  • Substantial experience in logistics, including procurement, supply chain, fleet management & inventory

  • Significant knowledge of international humanitarian systems, institutions and donors, and of procedures, accountability frameworks and best practices in emergency management

  • Substantial experience and knowledge of effective financial and budgetary control and 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 analyse information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically

  • An in-depth understanding of  national  and  international  development  issues  in particular in relation to children

  • Previous experience of managing  and  developing  a  team  and  the  ability  to  lead, motivate and develop others

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills

  • Fluency in written and spoken French and English 

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

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

  • Knowledge of the Central African and Great Lakes region (desirable)


    Contract length: 24 Months


    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

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

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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Date advertised: 12 Feb 2020

Closing date: 4 Mar 2020 - 23:59 GMT

Location: Kinshasa, Congo, the Democratic Republic of

Department: Programme Operations

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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