Country Director

West and Central Africa is known for the region in the world where it is particularly hard to be a child.


To help our region achieve the GLOBAL STRATEGY: AMBITION FOR CHILDREN 2030, we are recruiting a Country Director for our DRC County Office.


Reporting to the Regional Director for West and Central Africa, this exciting career opportunity will suit someone with significant ambition, high potential and passion for making a difference in the lives of children.


As a member of the West & Central Africa Senior Leadership team, you will have shared accountability for Save the Children’s international development and emergency programming in the region of approximately $180 million (2019) through an organisation of over 2,400 people. To achieve our ambitious goals and breakthroughs for children, the leadership team will, in collaboration with Save the Children Members and in conjunction with the other regional organisations, aim to drive growth of the donor landscape to $2.7 billion this year.

The Country Director will lead the transformation of the country office to a new operating model, whilst also delivering Save the Children’s strategy within the country through:

  • Delivering quality programmes, including advocacy, for children; and
  • Serving Members and their donors


Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field

Experienced leader who has held senior positions in complex/high profile/ multinational organisations

Experience of working with large, complex donors (USAID, EU, DFID etc.) to secure and/or manage new large-scale and/or competitive funding

Understanding of key trends in international and humanitarian development

Demonstrable ability to recruit, lead and develop high calibre specialist senior staff with a range of backgrounds and expertise

Strong track record in building high performance teams and future successors/leaders

Ability to manage and motivate self and others to respond to a significant and complex crisis situation in extraordinary circumstances, requiring swift action and rapid changes in priorities

Innovative approach to solving a range of highly complex issues and galvanising buy-in to the solutions at all levels

Experience and knowledge of context and actors in WCA region.

Fluency and speaking and writing in both French and English

Commitment to the Save the Children vision, principles, mission and values

Experience on humanitarian programs and ability to work in a volatile environment preferred.

What’s in it for you?

  • Leadership role in a challenging context
  • Working with a dynamic team, supervising 8 including 5 directors (Program Operations, Program Development & Quality, Finance, HR /Admin, Humanitarian) and 3 senior managers (the Head of Advocacy and Campaign, the Head of Internal Control, and the Safety and Security Manager)
  • Open Ended - International Contract with competitive salary
  • Expensive Posting Allowance & Education allowance for children under 18
  • Long term Saving Plan; Life Insurance, CIGNA Health care plan

Are you interested in using your expertise and experience to build a better world for children?

Job description:

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Date advertised: 5 Nov 2019

Closing date: 20 Nov 2019 - 00:59 WAT

Location: Kinshasa, Congo, the Democratic Republic of

Department: Programme Operations

Type: Permanent

Schedule: Full-time

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