We believe every child deserves a future. Around the world, too many children start life at a disadvantage simply because of who they are and where they come from. Millions of children are dying from preventable causes, face poverty, violence, disease and hunger. They are caught up in war zones and disasters they did nothing to create. And they are denied an education and other basic rights owed to them.
All children deserve better. We champion the rights and interests of children worldwide, putting the most vulnerable children first.
With 25,000 dedicated staff across 118 countries, we respond to major emergencies, deliver innovative development programmes, and ensure children’s voices are heard through our campaigning to build a better future for and with children.
About the role
Save the Children is seeking a transformational development / humanitarian executive to lead our Global Goal on Safety Nets and Resilient Families – with a thematic focus on Child Poverty (which includes work on social protection, cash and voucher assistance, food security and livelihoods and adolescents), Climate Change and Urban Programming.
The role will report to the Chief Impact Officer and directly leads a team of 7-10 and assumes leadership of a wider global technical cadre of 100 technical experts around in the world.
The role will be offered on a permanent basis. It can be based in any existing Save The Children location.
At this critical time for children, when hunger and poverty have been rising, and the climate crisis is worsening inequalities – this role has huge potential for transformational impact. Save the Children has embarked on a “Inequality and Climate” campaign, and prioritised child poverty and tackling the climate crisis over the coming strategy period. This is a really crucial decade for all children – and we are looking for an inspirational leader to support our global teams to drive impact at scale, and support our ‘shifting power’ agenda.
Taking advantage of Save the Children’s vast network of program experts and global footprint, this global leader will use innovation, technology, data, and research to ensure that Save the Children stands as a state of the art institution working with children and their communities efficiently and effectively. This position will provide an unparalleled opportunity to implement the cutting-edge of development, humanitarian and human rights theory and practice across a network of 100+ countries and 25,000 staff. This includes helping Save the Children become effectively localized, data-driven, productively partnered, a powerful advocate, and to stand as one of the world’s most recognized voices in the defence of children’s rights, everywhere.
This is the most senior Climate Change, Child Poverty and Urban role in Save the Children. This role has overall accountability for the quality and impact of our Child Rights Programming (Service delivery, system building/policy/Advocacy, and civil society/partnerships) in Child Poverty, Climate Change, and Urban programmes and advocacy across Save the Children. The role holder will promote programme innovation and draw on and contribute to the best global evidence on what works to guarantee children’s rights, and particularly their right to an adequate standard of living, and their right to a healthy environment.
As part of Save the Children’s 2030 Ambition, the organisation has chosen to inspire three Breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, so that every child, and especially those suffering from inequality and discrimination can Survive, Learn and be Protected.
This role will lead organisational efforts to achieve our 2022-24 strategy for children, particularly the 4th goal, working to ensure that:
Although leading on the fourth goal, our work on climate change, child poverty and urban issues cut across all Breakthroughs and Goals. We are looking for a leader who can work collaboratively and in integrated ways across the full spectrum of contexts.
Key Areas of Accountability
The Program, Quality and Impact function across Save the Children is currently undergoing a significant transformation to ensure that we work closely together as one team to maximize our impact for children. This may mean changes to the scope of this role. The Global Child Poverty, Climate and Urban Director must be highly agile and comfortable leading and adapting to change.
Management of Global Climate Change, Child Poverty and Urban cadres
Programme Quality and Impact
Internal and External Representation
New Business Development and Programme Design
Behaviours (Values in Practice)
Child Poverty and Climate Technical Competencies
Climate change competencies are under development, but we’d expect also ‘leading edge’ competency in one or more of the child poverty competencies:
Skills and Experience
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.
HOW TO APPLY
Closing date: 27th October 2023
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