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Director of Program Development and Quality - Vanuatu

Save The Children

At Save the Children Australia we pride ourselves on our will to embrace change and mould our programs to suit the ever-changing needs of communities across Australia, the Pacific and beyond. As a member of the Senior Management Team, you will provide leadership in strategic, management and operational issues and share the overall responsibility for the strategic development and quality of Save the Children's programs in Vanuatu. You will provide advice, support and technical direction to a dedicated and experienced team to ensure optimum program impact. We don't shy from new ideas; we need you to stir things up.

Save the Children is no ordinary not-for-profit

We're ambitious, creative and outspoken. We stand up for children's rights. We want all children to be educated, healthy and live a life free from violence. We run programs in Australia and overseas and, if there's a disaster - like an earthquake, drought or conflict - we are there on the ground.

Where you come in:

In this full-time, maximum-term position, based in Port Vila, Vanuatu you will play a key role in defining and pursuing the strategic direction of Save the Children programs in Vanuatu. You will ensure the relevance, strategic coherence and impact of our programs for children. You will be part of our International Programs team, team and report to our Country Director, Vanuatu.

You will make an impact by:

  • Overseeing strategic and program development to ensure thematic excellence across all
  • Leading development of evidence-based strategies, programs and projects to strengthen program integration and spearhead advocacy campaigns
  • Ensuring that all learnings, data and results captured are used to inform programming
  • Identifying and nurturing strategic fundraising opportunities
  • Leading collaboration of organisational program development and quality colleagues and thematic advisors to facilitate strategic alignment and maximise synergies

Does this sound like you?

You understand the social, economic and political issues of the Pacific region and Vanuatu; coupled with your pragmatism, will see you balance technical and operational requirements of the role to deliver successful outcomes. Your emotional maturity, personal resilience and a sense of humour sees you work well in challenging environments. 'Inspirational' is your leadership style as you have a deep understanding of what genuine capacity building looks like and prepared to roll up your sleeves.

This role requires:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Social Sciences, Community Development or a relevant field
  • Demonstrated experience directing and implementing programs for children
  • Extensive experience across multiple sectors including education; child protection; child rights governance; health & nutrition; food security & livelihoods; emergencies
  • Senior management experience
  • Demonstrated business development experience including stakeholder management in a fundraising and donor context
  • Ability to lead effective collaboration across multiple international geographical locations

Working at Save the Children is more than just a job

It's the feeling of knowing that your work is contributing to making the world a better place for children and working with others who feel the same. We offer a competitive salary including generous salary packaging benefits, a friendly and flexible work environment, and great career opportunities - both locally and internationally.

Sound interesting?

We'd love to hear from you. Submit your cover letter and resume by clicking on the 'Apply' section below.

Position Description - PDQ Director - Vanuatu

As part of the selection process, you may be required to undergo a pre-employment medical assessment and psychometric assessment to help us determine your suitability for the role.

Save the Children Australia is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with our obligations under occupational health and safety legislation. If you are successful in this role, prior to commencement of employment you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19, or that you have proof of medical exemption from the vaccine. Acceptable evidence of vaccination includes:

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)
  2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account) or
  3. A letter from the GP who vaccinated you.

At Save the Children, we seek a workforce that is as diverse as our society - in race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexuality, disability, cultures and beliefs - and reflects the communities we work in. We believe diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our culture and core values and we demonstrate this commitment through all our employment practices. Our inclusive workplace culture contributes to making Save the Children a great place to work. We encourage people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds to apply.

Save the Children Australia is a child-safe organisation. All employees are required to undergo a National Police Check, a Working with Children Check (where necessary), and sign our Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.

Save the Children Australia supports the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. If you are successful in your application, we will request consent to access HR held information pertaining to your last 5 years of employment. You can read about the Scheme and our commitment to Safeguarding here.

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