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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 1.9 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.
Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with c15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We’re changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.
Contract length: Initial 15 months
The Director will lead the establishment and strategic development of an interim secretariat, to help push forward the establishment of mother and child welfare standards in the tea industry of Sri Lanka, ensuring the proper coordination of all relevant bodies and institutions necessary for its success.
This project will model a private public partnership among the key actors in the tea industry in Sri Lanka to create a value proposition that makes good nutrition good business. Through the support of Save the Children Hong Kong, Save the Children US and several private donors some $6 million has been raised since early 2015 to support our health, education, nutrition and protection work on the Tea Estates. This has allowed Save the Children in Sri Lanka to forge partnerships with The Ministry of Health, The Ministry of Plantation Industries and the Ministry of Plantation Infrastructure and Development, The Sri Lankan Tea Board, the Plantation Human Development Trust and The Planters Association of Ceylon among others. During this same period and with the endorsement of these same partners Save the Children has been instrumental in raising and promoting an idea of Tea Certification to help achieve relevant standards around maternal and child welfare on the Tea Estates through a more strategic, long lasting and locally owned intervention. The proposed Secretariat is designed to bring together all relevant stakeholders to translate the broad principles of this idea into a concrete, real and effective strategy over an envisaged 18 – 24 month period. We are now looking for a talented, committed professional to head up an interim secretariat within Save the Children to help push this forward, with the eventual aim of such a body being hosted by one of the key partners involved in the Tea industry mentioned above.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Post-graduate /graduate degree in Marketing or related discipline and at least 5 years’ experience in areas of economic development.
- Experience must include project and strategic planning, monitoring & evaluation, and support/coaching, budget preparation, and designing pilot work and developing models for replication.
- Demonstrated experience in using quantitative and qualitative assessment tools and excellent analytical skills.
- Strong leadership and interpersonal skills with experience of representation and negotiation at senior levels in a range of forums with experience of building personal external networks at senior level, resulting in securing significant new opportunities for the organisation.
- Record of accomplishment of delivering results and impact at national level or within equivalent large-scale programmes/operations while managing organisational risks.
- Experience of managing and developing teams of international and national professional staff in different locations, demonstrating significant results and leading and motivating senior professionals in public and private sectors.
- Experience of successfully influencing other large organisations to change their policies or priorities, and of effective media representation.
- A Strong A strong understanding of key trends in international development with a specific focus on public / private partnerships, and of the evolving role of international NGOs and Corporate Social Responsibility.
We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
To see a full job description, please visit our website at http://www.savethechildren.net/jobs
Please apply in English using your CV and covering letter as a single document, including your salary expectations for this role. Closing date for this advert is 14th Oct 2016.