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Deputy Country Director, Programme Develpment & Quality (DCD PDQ Director) Save the Children International Somalia Country Office 

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.

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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 15,000 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.


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The Deputy Country Director of Program Development and Quality shares in the overall responsibility for the direction and coordination of the Country Office program. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team  (SLT)  in  Somalia/Somaliland,  the  Deputy  Country  Director  of  Program Development and Quality is responsible for overseeing and ensuring the development of high quality, innovative programs that deliver immediate and lasting change for children. The DCD PDQ is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of robust Monitoring, Accountability and Learning system that can ensure programme quality across the country programme and generate evidences for programme improvement.  In addition, the DCD-PDQ takes a leading role in operationalizing effective Research, Evaluation and Policy system within the Country Office that can produce research and evaluation outputs/results to inform the Country Office’s programming knowledge, practices and advocacy actions. The DCD PDQ leads technical aspects of the Country Office within the sectors of education, child protection, child rights governance, child poverty and health and nutrition sectors and as such ensures that the Country Office develops and implements high quality programmes in the sectors through building high organisational technical competence and provision of quality technical assistance. DCD PDQ also oversees the COs engagement with Clusters including co-leadership of the Health and Education Clusters.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.


Reports to: Country Director

Staff Directly Reporting to this Role: 7

Direct: Deputy PDQ Director, Head Program Development, Director REALM, Health Cluster Coordinator, Knowledge Management Manager, Gender Specialist, Disability Specialist

Indirect: N/A

Budget Responsibilities: N/A

Role Dimensions:

The Deputy Country Director – PDQ oversees PDQ department and its direct responsibilities outlined below. She/he also deputises for the CD as and when required. As an important member of the Senior Leadership Team, She/he works closely with other SLT members to supports the CD

and ensure strategic leadership of the country office, help manage strategic relationships with stakeholders including donors and government.



•    Recommended a minimum of 12 years’ management experience in a corporate or an NGO environment, including working in range of different cultures, experience directing and implementing programs for children in both emergency and development contexts, preferably with solid experience in more than one of the Save the Children priority sectors: education, protection, rights governance, HIV/AIDs, health and nutrition, and emergencies

•    Recognized leadership role in relevant technical areas at both field and country level

•    A general appreciation of the issues concerning the NGO sector, both development and humanitarian issues

•    Solid experience of developing and managing monitoring and learning systems

•    Good analytical skills. Effective negotiator, with the ability to positively influence cross departmental and cross sector policy and program work

•    Credibility to lobby, influence and represent Save the Children at all levels


•    Resource management, training, capacity building, coaching, and mentoring skills

•      Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with

incoming teams, in emergencies

•    Ability and willingness to spend up to 30% of time in Somalia/Somaliland.

•    Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches

  • Fluency in written and spoken English

Please apply in English saving your CV and covering letter as a single document. To see a full a job description, please visit our website at

 Application will be close on 18th   Oct 2021.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.


Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents

 5 OCT 2021

 18 OCT 2021 – 20:59 UTC






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