Save the Children South Africa, based in Pretoria, South Africa has a vacancy for the position of
The Programme Director will assume overall responsibility for implementing the Save the Children South Africa Vision 2020 and will ensure that the projects and programmes of Save the Children South Africa are of excellent technical quality, attract significant donor funding and contribute significantly to national/global learning, advocacy and programme development.
In line with SCSA’s Vision2020, the Programme Director will ensure that the Programmes Department contributes to making SCSA a respected, credible thought leader in the children’s sector in South Africa. The Programme Director will be responsible for the alignment of SCSA’s programmes to those of SCI and regularly engage with SCI and other Members to promote the strategic direction of SCSA and to attract the necessary resources to grow the quality and reach of SCSA programmes.
As part of the core Senior Management Team, the post-holder will also contribute to the development and/review of SCSA’s strategic direction and policy formulation.
The Programme Director is responsible for coordinating effective programming in Save the Children South Africa.
Candidates for this challenging senior position must have:
- Masters in Development Studies or Social Sciences or relevant thematic discipline or equivalent experience.
- Good understanding of South African policies and legislation related to children
- At least 5 years INGO/ Development Agency experience in programme development and implementation at a full time in-country context at a senior management level.
- A demonstrable understanding of how International NGO’s work and the proven experience in engaging with various structures in International NGOs.
- Demonstrable understanding of advocacy and campaigning, with a national and international context.
- Superior strategy, project proposal and report writing skills.
- Extensive experience of working in community-based approaches and at least one Save the Children technical area (health, education, child protection, nutrition, food security or livelihoods)
- Conversant with current thematic issues and debates in the Southern Africa region.
- Excellent understanding of rights-based programming.
- Excellent planning and coordination skills.
- Excellent written and oral presentation skills
- Ability to lead and motivate a team of highly qualified and diverse staff.
- Excellent experience in community based approaches in the area of child protection.
- Good understanding of donor environment; EC, USAid, DFID, SIDA etc.
- Prior experience in emergency programme development,