Recruitment at Save the Children for Deputy Team Leaders – Programmes, 18th May, 2017

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 fulfil 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 are recruiting to fill the vacant position below:

Job Title: Deputy Team Leader – Programmes
Maiduguri, Borno State, northeast Nigeria
Contract length: 12 months
The Role

  • The Deputy Team Leader- Programme (DTL-P) is responsible for the direct oversight and overall management of SC’s humanitarian projects in northeast Nigeria. The DTL-Programmes supports the Humanitarian Response Team Leader (RTL) by providing information on the progress of the programmatic interventions, providing direction to individual project managers on their projects and ensuring a multi-sectoral and/or integrated approach across programmes where feasible.
  • The DTL-P will establish working relations with other agencies, looking for opportunities for partnership and harmonisation of approach and with donors to ensure resources are made available to the response.
  • The DTL-P will negotiate the positioning of the humanitarian response within the Country Programme and support the Humanitarian – RTL to ensure the suitable resourcing of the response, manage programmes or country support functions and negotiate and network at an international level. They will ensure that all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to child safeguarding, safety and security, code of conduct, equal opportunities and other relevant policies are in place.
  • The post holder will play a strategic role in defining the effective scale up and management of Save the Children emergency programme to maximise impact and enable positive change for children.
  • The DTL-Programme’s role includes supporting the Humanitarian RTL to identify needs and resources and elaborating programme recommendations for the emergency response in line with Save the Children Nigeria SMT and regional response priorities.
  • The post-holder will take part in developing the response strategy and identification of the necessary resources for the response. In coordination with the Humanitarian PDQ Manager, the DTL-Programme will support project managers to incorporate the relevant thematic advisors to provide appropriate design, training and MEAL functions for programming in North East Nigeria.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Extensive experience (3-5 years) of working within a middle or senior management role within a complex country programme with an iNGO in an emergency response or fragile state
  • Previous experience of managing programme teams in large-scale first phase emergency response is essential
  • Education: MA / MSc level (or equivalent field experience)
  • Middle or senior management experience of multi-national, multi-sector team.
  • Experience of managing multi-donor, multi-site programmes (including ECHO, DFID and OFDA) of USD 5m+ in a first phase response at regional or country level
  • Multi-site security management in insecure environments
  • Experience of international media representation and advocacy
  • Experience of M&E and beneficiary accountability systems in large complex programmes
  • Experience of developing and negotiating successful partnerships with institutional donors
  • Proven ability to influence change at an operational and strategic level
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • Proven reporting and communication skills
  • A high level of written and spoken English
  • Experience of international level representation with key stakeholders, and co-ordination with other NGOs/UN
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of SC. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support


  • Knowledge in Hausa language
  • Previous experience in northeast Nigeria or the Lake Chad basin
  • Previous experience with Save the Children


  • We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
  • Please apply in English using your CV and covering letter as a single document, including your salary expectations for this role.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candiates should send their covering letter and up-to-date CV’s to: [email protected]

Application Deadline: 31st May, 2017.

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