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Director of Program Development, Quality and Advocay

Save the Children

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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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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.



TITLE:  Director of Program Development, Quality and Advocay_National Position

TEAM/PROGRAMME: PDQ

LOCATION: Beijing, China Country office

GRADE: Grade 1

POST TYPE: National


CHILD SAFEGUARDING:

Level 3:  the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


ROLE PURPOSE:

The Director of Program Development and Quality is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of high quality, innovative programs, in all settings and contexts, that deliver immediate and lasting change for children, ensuring the quality of programs implemented by Save the Children and ensuring that the knowledge we gain from implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs is incorporated into the development of future programs. 


SCOPE OF ROLE:

 

Reports to: Country Director

Staff reporting to this post: 7

Direct:  Education  thematic lead, health and nutrition thematic lead, protection thematic lead, CRG and Advocay manager , MEAL specialist, Inclusive education manager, Youth programme manager

Indirect : NA

Budget Responsibilities: Yes

Role Dimensions: This is a challenging role in a complex environment requiring a dedicated, experienced and highly motivated individual who can operate in a high profile, rapidly transitioning environment. The Director of PDQA leads a team who deliver on the key areas of accountability through their leadership, collaboration, coordination and support to all country office teams, particularly staff in Program Implementation , donor relations and Awards. 


KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY :

 

Strategic Planning

¾     Serve a key member to provide strategic vision and direction to the Save the Children China program.

¾     Take a lead role in developing program strategies and coordinate technical inputs to country strategy papers, annual reports and program/ project proposals

¾     Overall responsibility for conceptualizing and designing cost effective, innovative and high quality programs for children.

¾     Ensure the China Country Office complies with Save the Children Program Quality Framework and Program KPIs

 

Program Design and Resource Mobilisation

¾     Ensure that the China Country Office has a first class, full specture program reflecting the SCI Global Strategy

¾     Lead the conceptualization and design of cost effective, innovative and high quality child-focused emergency and development programs, informed by child participation where possible, and proposal development for such programs/ projects.

¾     Ensure the integration of cross cutting issues into design and implementation including gender, resilience , disbiltity, child participation and child safeguarding

 

Program Quality

¾     Facilitate coordination and integration between programs and projects and between technical sectors

¾     Support the Director of Program Implementation in ensuring that Country Office programs are successfully implemented and monitored, and that all programs/ projects – both development and humanitarian - result in significant improvements for children.

¾     Ensure the provision of high quality technical assistance and capacity building to all country office programs, projects and staff by managing all internal and external technical assistance

¾     Ensure appropriate levels of technical assistance and capacity building is provided to partners.

¾     Proactively seek the involvement of appropriate Member technical assistance, and ensure excellent coordination and cooperation with incoming technical advisors

¾     Ensure application of  the TA protocols and tools

 

Monitoring, Evaluation and Accountability

¾     Ensures that the CO meets SCI MOS and maintains a robust M&E system to measure achievement and progress toward program goals and results

¾     Measurement of achievement and progress toward program goals and results through the M & E system; 

¾     Support and facilitate the development and implementation of M & E systems at program and project level which generate accurate, actionable information in a timely manner.

¾     Develop and oversee a robust M&E system to measure achievement and progress toward national and global program goals and results, including reach and global outcome indicators, and to drive learning and improved program quality

¾     Support and facilitate the use of data for program decision making

¾     Support the design and implementation of and ensure the quality of internal and external evaluations and baseline, midline and endline surveys, in coordination with Director of Program Implementation

¾     Ensure our work is accountable to children and other stakeholders through the establishment and management of effective accountability mechanisms and processes

¾     Support and facilitate the development of a management commitment to respond in a timely and effective manner to information generated by such accountability systems..

¾     Lead or support national and global reporting processes and requirements

 

Advocacy and stragetic  partnership

¾     Lead the development of a clear and realistic advocacy strategy for China Country Office.

¾     Identify  key opportunities  and  events  for  Save  the Children to position  itself  as  the  leading  organisation  for  children’s  issues  in  China.

¾     Ensure that SC receives national recognition for successfully implementing innovative programs for children.

¾     Lead and maintain key national stragetic paternships to quality programme and advocacy  for tehnical guidances,  policy change and implementation.

 

Learning and Innovation

¾     Engage in relevant national and global networks

¾     Foster and champion a culture of evidence building and learning across the country office

¾     Ensure that learning from program monitoring and evaluation is appropriately shared and incorporated into strategic planning and new program development

¾     Make learning from China programs available to other Save the Children country programs in Asia and elsewhere.

¾     Identify, develop and oversee operational and analytical research, coordinate the publication and dissemination of results to Government and other humanitarian and development actors, and ensure that research informs advocacy


Staff management

¾     Ensure appropriate staffing levels and take responsibility for the recruitment, training and mentoring of staff.

¾     Ensure that staff have clearly defined objectives and understand their responsibilities.

¾     Encourage a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation.

¾     Ensure that all staff understand and are able to perform their role in an emergency

¾     Ensure that  technical sector staff proactively build and maintain their technical skills and competencies, and seek to identify and make available appropriate professional development opportunities for staff

¾     Ensure appropriate gender and ethnic diversity within the program team

¾     Develop and implement a succession plan for senior/highly technical roles within own team to ensure program continuity and smooth staff transition.


Education QUALIFICATIONS 

Masters’ degree in a technical field relevant to Save the Children’s key area of work.


EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

Essential

·         Minimum of 7 years’ experience in an NGO environment, ideally including experience in both emergency and development contexts

·         Master’s degree in a relevant discipline is required (social science or development field)

·         Experience in more than one of the Save the Children priority sectors: education; child protection; child rights governance; health and nutrition; food security, livelihoods and social protection.

·         Demonstrated leadership and management skills in a complex international setting with proven track record of people and team management and development

·         Significant experience leading strategic planning and in program design and proposal development

  • Strong      understanding of  different      methodologies of monitoring and evaluation and operational research and      experience in developing integrated MEAL systems

·         Ability to effectively establish a learning culture within an organisation

·         Experience in successfully establishing and managing collaborative relationships and partnerships with donors and government counterparts.

·         Strong representation and influencing skills

·         Experience of management of diverse workforce including effective performance management and utilisation of capacity building, coaching, and mentoring skills

·         Demonstrated use of positive coping strategies in stressful environments 

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

·         Fluency in written and spoken English and Mandarin


Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.


Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.


Child Safeguarding:

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.


If you are interested in this position, please read the Child Safeguarding first, fill in the Application Form and send it back to beijingoffice.china@savethechildren.org before 31 August. 2017