As a member of the East and Southern Africa Senior Leadership team, you will have shared accountability for Save the Children’s international development and emergency programming in the region of approximately $300 million each year through an organization of over 5,000 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 organizations, aim to drive growth and program quality globally.

The Country Director will lead the growth and transform program quality of the country to new standards, whilst also delivering Save the Children’s strategy within the country through:

  • Delivering quality programmes, including advocacy, for children; and
  • Ensuring world-class stewardship of resources from Members and their donors

In order to be successful, you will bring/have:


  •  Masters degree level qualification or equivalent length of experience in the sector
  • Substantial experience in building, leading and developing a diverse team of senior staff to deliver on both development and humanitarian programs
  • Experience in working with donors to secure and/or manage new large-scale and/or competitive funding
  • Experience in leading high-profile advocacy and campaigning initiatives
  • Experience in managing a growing county office and the need to balance growth with capacity
  • Experience of leading change in an organization has led to considerable results for the organization and its stakeholders
  • Experience in building personal networks, including government, at a senior level, resulting in securing new opportunities for the organization
  • Strategic thinker who is comfortable with developing highly ambitious business strategies at scale and the track record of delivering on these
  • Experience in solving complex issues through analysis, the definition of a clear way forward, and ensuring buy-in
  • Excellent understanding of programme, financial and operational management processes
  • Good understanding of key trends in international and humanitarian development
  • Strong and nuanced cultural awareness
  • Fluency in speaking and writing in English
  • Commitment to the Save the Children values


  •  Demonstrable ability to recruit, lead and develop high caliber specialist senior staff with a range of backgrounds and expertise
  • Strong track record in building high-performance teams and future successors/leaders
  • Evidence of identifying and building strategic and effective business networks at a very senior level, which have resulted in clear business benefit for the organization
  • An innovative approach to solving a range of highly complex issues and galvanizing buy-in to the solutions at all levels
  • Highly developed political acumen and ability to navigate through diverse political situations
  • Prior experience in the region (East and Southern Africa)

Contract duration: Open-ended

Location: Kampala, Uganda

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