Save the Children Career Opportunity – Director of Program Development and Quality

Location: Uganda
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 fulfill 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.

There are 30 national Save the Children organisations around the world. By the end of 2012 all our international programmes will be delivered through a merged operation with 14 000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We’re changing to become more efficient, mor e aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.

The role: The Director of Program Development and Quality shares in the overall responsibility for the direction and coordination of the Country Office program. As a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) in Uganda, the Director of Program Development and Quality is responsible for overseeing the development of high quality, innovative programs that deliver immediate and lasting change for children and monitoring the quality of the implementation of those programs. Provide technical assistance and appropriate monitoring and evaluation in emergency responses.

Qualifications and Experience
As a member of the Senior Management Team, contribute to:
·         Leadership of the Uganda Country Office
·         Support the development of an organisational culture that reflects our dual mandate values, promotes accountability and high performance, encourages a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation, and frees up our people to deliver outstanding results for children and excellent customer service for our members and donors
·         Help design and implement a coherent organizational structure that is consistent with agency practices and appropriate to programme needs
·         Help establish, maintain, and improve active and regular working relationships with: host government authorities, partner agencies including humanitarian and development donors, and local and international NGOs
Strategic Planning
·         Provide strategic vision and direction to the Save the Children Uganda program
·         Take a lead role in developing program strategies and annual plans ensuring coordination of all technical input to country strategy, proposals and reports
·         Participate in conceptualizing and designing cost effective, innovative and high quality programs to serve difficult to reach children
·         Ensure that programs are relevant to children in Uganda and to the global program and advocacy objectives of the Save the Children members
·         Program Design and Technical Assistance
·         Ensure that the Uganda Country Office has a first class, multi-sectoral and dual mandate program reflecting all priority technical and sector aspects of the Save the Children global strategy
·         Ensure the design and development of child focused emergency and development programs of a high quality that contribute to the Country Office’s strategies and plans, informed by child participation where possible
·         Support the Director of Program Operations in the implementation and monitoring of all longer term technical goals, objectives and policies
Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation
·         Maintain a robust M&E system to measure achievement and progress toward program goals and results
·         Measure achievement and progress toward program goals and results through the M&E system
·         Lead on internal and external program/project evaluations as necessary and ensure the execution of baseline, periodic, and final evaluations as necessary in coordination with Director of Program Operations
·         Lead the development of an advocacy strategy for the Uganda Country Office. Support thematic directors to articulate their top priority advocacy objectives in line with the new Country Strategic Plan
·         Identify key opportunities and events for Save the Children Uganda to position itself as the leading organisation for children’s issues in Uganda
Staff Management, Mentorship, and Development – Program Development and Quality
·         Ensure appropriate staffing within Program Development and Quality
·         Ensure that all staff understand and are able to perform their role in an emergency
·         Manage Program Development and Quality team; define expectations, provide leadership and technical support as needed, and evaluate direct reports regularly
·         Ensure the recruitment, training, and promotion of staff as appropriate and ensure availability of appropriate professional development opportunities for staff
How to apply:
When applying please include details of your current salary in covering letter
We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
Please note that the closing date for applications is 14th August 2012For further information on this role, please see our website at
Please apply with a covering letter and up-to-date CV to the link provided
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