The Opportunity

The Director of Programme Operations, Partnership and Award Management (OPMD)  is responsible for the leadership and management of SCI Malawi CO. S/he will be particularly  responsible for management of Area Office Managers, Supply Chain Manager, Humanitarian Management, Award Manager and Partnership Manager while also overseeing National Program Managers as appropriate. The post holder is responsible for the development and implementation (including reporting) of annuals plans of all Area Offices (including programme and project detailed implementation plans, phased budgets, procurement plans, MEAL plans etc.) and implementation of Core Business Processes and standards of the CO related to operations, supply chain, partnership and award management in all Area Offices and CO.

The Director shall ensure that individual accountabilities within her/his scope of responsibility are clearly stated, understood, internalized and operationalized while also defining, recognising and working along the shared accountabilities and responsibilities with other functions of the CO to ensure maximum coordination, efficiency and effectiveness.

The position holder plays a proactive and strategic role in continuously analysing and presenting with recommendations the opportunities and constraints that the CO is/will be encountering and takes timely measures in consultation with her/his line manager in order to ensure the agility and adoptability of the CO operation within the changing contexts.

In order to be successful you will bring/have:


  • Post-graduate degree in Development Studies or other Social Sciences.


  • Minimum of 12 years leadership and management experience in a corporate or an NGO environment running both emergency and development programs.
  • Robust leadership and management experience of programme operations (project cycle management, supply chains, overall field operations management), partnership and award management.
  • In depth understanding of atleast two of thesectoral programs and a working knowledge of theprogram priorities of the Country Office.
  • Good understanding of international humanitarian systems, institutions and donors, and of procedures, compliance requirements, accountability frameworks and best practices in emergency management.
  • Proven results, experience and competencies in building and leading successful teams in the area of project management, partnership and Award management.
  • Ability and experience to analyse information, evaluate options, present compelling business cases for senior decision making and ability to think, plan and act strategically.
  • An in-depth understanding of national  and  international  development  issues particularly in relation to children.
  • Previous experience of managing  and  developing  a  team  and  the  ability  to  lead, motivate and develop others.
  • Excellentinterpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability and willingness to change work practices and hours, and work with incoming teams in the event of major emergencies
  • Willingness to spend up to 50% of time in visiting field offices
  • Understanding and commitment toSave the Children’s vision, mission, values and principles  including rights- based approaches.
  • Very strong attention to detail, problem solving skills, and ability to analyse trends
  • Patient, adaptable, able to improvise, and communicate clearly and effectively under pressure
  • Strong communication (written and spoken) in English, and strong interpersonal skills, with experience in managing multicultural teams

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector. This role is offered on the basis of national terms and conditions only.

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 environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at www.savethechildren.net/careers

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.


All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.