International Program Director (Head of Department)
Are you a visionary leader able to develop creative solutions that positively impact on the lives of children and young people? Are you accomplished at influencing policy and program development within an alliance-based organization? Do you have a demonstrated leadership profile including direct experience with rights-based programming in fragile, humanitarian and development contexts? Are you committed to a genuine transformation within the humanitarian system that promotes a tangible shift in resources to the global South?

If so, Save the Children Denmark is looking for a new Director for the International Department who can work with a dynamic and experienced leadership team to further develop Save the Children's work internationally. THE CONTEXT The International department has 45 employees - including 6 Head of units, who are responsible for a geographical focus on the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia and a thematic focus on the global programmes covering Education in Emergencies, MHPSS, Local Leadership and Shifting the Power to Adolescents and Youth. Likewise Save the Children Denmark has a solid position in creating key research partnerships with a number of academic institutions in Denmark and globally to further develop learning and understanding around some of the key challenges for children and young people within fragile states. As the director of a department, you will be part of Save the Children Denmark's Senior Management Team and will thus seek solutions for challenges facing the entire organization. The International director will report directly to the CEO of Save the Children Denmark. THE TASK You will enter Save the Children Denmark in the middle of a Strategic period for the organization. While many of the key focus areas for the strategic period are well established, you will be required to create opportunities that promote the key values and vision of our strategy both within SCI and across the humanitarian field. You will be required to creatively continue the programmatic adaptions that respond to challenges such as climate change or localization. As part of this process, your role as an influencer within SCI will be key. As incoming Director you will continuously work on a dynamic organizational structure that will drive the changes we would like to see for children and young people and which enable effective ways of working in an alliance-based organization, where i.e localization and one humanitarian team is a guiding approach. ABOUT YOU You will have demonstrated international senior leadership experience including within conflict- affected areas, fragile states and humanitarian contexts. You are able to thoughtfully engage with the operational challenges associated with working in these contexts; in addition to the programmatic elements of our work. Your experience with alliance-based organizations will make it possible for you to engage with and influence Save the Children International with ease. You will also have experience from engaging with donors and institutions including the EU and Danida on issues related to programme, policy and advocacy. Of your personal competencies, we first and foremost expect you to share the values ​​of Save the Children. You have a great personal impact as well as strong relational and communicative skills, and in your leadership, you take the lead and set direction, you communicate the path to agreed goals and create strong companionship by motivating, inspiring and delegating. You are a constructive and solution-oriented sparring partner for the line managers in your department, your colleagues in the Save the Children Denmark senior management group, the board and the international SCI network, with whom you will work closely. You must master English at negotiation level. English is the working language in Save the Children International and the International department, which you are responsible for. Speaking and understanding Danish is a plus. TERMS & RECRUITMENT PROCESS Salary and employment conditions in accordance with an individual management contract with reference to our union agreement You are employed with a weekly working time of 37 hours without upper working hours. The position is preferred to be filled with effect from 1st August 2023. The application deadline is 23 March. Interviews will be held in April. Tests may be included in connection with the interviews. Please upload your application through the link below "Søg dette job". CONTACT For further information, please contact Anne Margrethe Rasmussen, Head of Region, Middle East and Eastern Europe mobile/Whatsapp +45 2618 2699 or FURTHER DETAILS Key Tasks: The International Program Director must ensure the overall development, coordination and implementation of strategies and action plans for the department, in collaboration with the Head of Units in the department - and ensure that these are based on SCD's strategy, annual programs and action plans and are in line with SCI strategies. Department leadership tasks include:
  • Strategic direction. Provide leadership on matters concerning the international programs. This includes responsibility for leading the development of the overall strategic vision for the department in conjunction with the General Secretary.
  • Inspire, lead and involve personnel in the department. This includes ongoing competence development of employees in accordance with SCD's strategic needs; providing employees with both formal (start-up/year-end conversations) and ongoing input and feedback on tasks and priorities as well as supporting commitment, motivation, well-being and collaboration in the department; ensuring an optimal organization of the department, including developing, recruiting and retaining talented employees and succession planning in key functions; and ensuring planning of employees' work and attendance, holidays, etc. so that the department can at any time respond to, for example, disasters and critical issues.
  • Financial stewardship. Ensure overall management of departmental budget, including reporting and budget follow-up as well as ensuring that employees are financially covered in accordance with budget, effective pipeline management, etc.
  • Senior Management Team and cross department engagement. Actively participates in the Senior Management Team of SCD and seeks solutions for challenges facing the entire organization. Promote collaboration internally in the department, between employees and across departments and in relevant management forums, including contributing to cross-functional thinking, coordination and optimization of processes and resources across the organization.
  • Influence the direction of the wider Save the Children movement on key priority areas of work where SCD has specific expertise and interest.
  • Representation and engagement. Ensures continued strategic relationship with key stakeholders externally, with a particular focus on Danida as a key strategic partner; and internally in meetings of the SCD Executive Board and its committees; represents SCD to SCI/A at a senior level including engagement in the Global Program Directors group.
  • Accountable for award management and donor compliance: ensuring systems, procedures, and capacity in place to follow donor agreements and projects with country, region and other SC members and partners.
Skills and Experience
  • Demonstrated management skills at Director level including personnel, financial and commercial stewardship. Experienced in leading leaders.
  • Solid experience with strategic and operational International programming obtained through at least 10 years international experience with at least five years in senior leadership roles.
  • Experience with living and working in conflict areas, fragile states and humanitarian contexts
  • Documented results with fundraising/ establishing high level partnerships
  • Experience with alliance-based organizations.
  • Previous success with the development of high performing teams
  • Solid business understanding documented through previous results obtained.
  • Strong English language skills
Red Barnet works in Denmark and more than 120 other countries. We save children’s life. We protect and strengthen them. We fight for their rights. We are always on the children’s side. Every hour. Every day. All over the world.

We are members of the world’s largest independent child rights based organization, Save the Children.

Red Barnet takes the lead in fighting for the most vulnerable children. In Denmark and in the rest of the world. We provide emergency aid and prevent disasters. We fight violence, abuse and bullying. We ensure schooling, build communities and strengthen children’s resilience. Red Barnet wants to promote equality and diversity. We therefore encourage all qualified applicants to apply for the position - regardless of ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion or age. If you want to work for us, you are required to follow our internal child protection policy.

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