Regional Programme Manager

The role

Save the Children is recruiting for an experienced Regional Program Manager who will be responsible for leading a multi-country program funded by ECHO to be implemented in Burkina (Oudalan, Seno, Loroum, and Yatenga), Mali (Mopti, Timbuktu and Gao), and Niger (Tillaberi, Ayerou, Tera and Torondi).

This is a strategic partnership with ECHO in the Sahel that will seek to strengthen  the  resilience, wellbeing and learning of crisis-affected girls and boys through a multi-country,  integrated approach to education in emergencies and child protection in emergencies. The programme will also provide children with the mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) needed to support their development, learning and resilience.

The Program Manager will be responsible for coordinating and overseeing the quality of the implementation of the programme, providing overall strategic leadership and managerial oversight of the administrative, programmatic, technical, MEAL and operational aspects. S/he will oversee the day-to-day implementation of the programme, including the teams in the field as per the organigram. S/he will be accountable for the timely and quality implementation of activities, compliance with donor rules and regulations and effective stakeholder relationship management. S/he will be also be responsible for developing and maintaining strong working relationships with the donor, Governments and partners in all three countries of implementation, acting as the primary liaison and program representative.

S/he will also be responsible for the overall management of areas related to finance, budgetary management and oversight, and partner sub-contract management, as well as other operational and administrative duties required by the programme, ensuring that they are executed efficiently and effectively by the regional team and the teams in the field.


  • Relevant university degree (Education or other Social Science, International Development, etc.)

Experience and Skills

  • Solid experience in managing humanitarian (with a focus on Education in Emergency, Child Protection in Emergency programming)
  • Solid experience in managing multisector programs
  • Capacity building and experience working with local partners  
  • Solid experience in remote management and implementation in complex and insecure environments
  • Solid experience in management of consortia and/or cross border programs with focus on matrix management
  • Experience in resiliency programming in complex/insecure enviornments.
  • Fluency in written and spoken French
  • Sound knowledge and prior experience in managing EU funded program
  • Proven skills in program management and administration, including grants management and donor compliance
  • Proven skills in program monitoring and reporting.
  • Prior experience in managing complex budgets
  • Prior experience of working at senior management level in multy country programs.
  • Prior experience working in emergency response contexts or fragile states.
  • Strong skills in staff management, moderation, conflict resolution and capacity-building
  • Ability to lead a programme and support a team working from remote locations
  • Willingness to field travel to remote locations
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills and the ability to think and plan strategically.
  • Ability to work with limited supervision.
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children aims, values and principles.

  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Knowledge of the localisation agenda and experience working with national partners and capacity building of these
  • Experience in promoting children’s participation in programming, design, implementation and evaluation
  • Working experience in challenging and insecure contexts and/or similar.
  • Capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult working circumstances.
  • Experience working on Nexus programming

 Contract length: 02 Years

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. 

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Applicants are advised that Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process. Any request in this direction should be immediately reported as contrary to the values and practices of our organization.

Date advertised: 23 Jun 2020

Closing date: 8 Jul 2020 - 00:59 WAT

Location: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Department: Programme Operations

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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