Position Title: Director of Programme Operations

Activation Date: 21 October, 2021   Announced Date: 20 October, 2021   Expire Date: 20 November, 2021

Job Location: Kabul
Nationality: National
Category: Other
Employment Type: Full Time
Salary: As Per Organization Salary scale
Vacancy Number: 210007QK
No. Of Jobs: 1
City: Kabul
Organization: Save the Children
Years of Experience: 10 Years of working Experience
Contract Duration:
Gender: Male/Female
Education: Undergraduate degree
Close date: 2021-11-20

About Save the Children:

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 realize 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 workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

SCI - Afghanistan

 Save the Children has been working in Afghanistan since 1976. Our way of working close to people and on their own terms has enabled us to deliver lasting change to tens of thousands of children in the country. The UN Convention of the Rights of the Child is the basis of our work.

We are helping children get a better education, we make it possible for more boys and girls to attend school, we help children protect themselves and influence their own conditions. We work with families, communities and health workers in homes, clinics and hospitals to promote basic health in order to save lives of children and mothers


Job Description:



Oversight and Management of High Quality Programme Implementation


  • Responsible for the overall delivery of high-quality programme implementation in line with the objectives of the country strategy and respective commitments made to supporters.
  • Provide ‘first line’ support to Sr. Programme Managers (and Senior Provincial Managers, where needed) for the effective implementation of activities in all programming sectors including monthly work-planning, control over budget expenditures and participation in AIR meetings so that grant-related activities are completed on time, on budget and that objectives are achieved.
  • Support Senior Programme Managers to ensure that Child Safeguarding is strongly embedded and implemented within all activities and project sites, and that safe programming methodologies are used as standard across the portfolio.
  • Support Senior Programme Managers to regularly incorporate community feedback into project activities so that activities remain appropriate, relevant and appreciated in line with the Core Humanitarian Standard.
  • Instil a culture of field-centred support among direct reports, i.e. through regular visits to the field, systematic analysis and information sharing on integrated programming, incorporation of thematic field staff’s inputs into proposal development processes and ongoing capacity-strengthening.
  • Report incidents related to fraud, safety or harassment immediately through existing reporting channels.
  • Continually draw on the support of the Sr. Humanitarian Adviser to integrate humanitarian preparedness and resilience into all projects irrespective of location, sector or size.
  • Support the Deputy Country Director to manage positive relationships with Members in relation to project updates and implementation.
  • Act as Department Head in the absence of the Deputy Country Director.


Awards Management


  • Support Senior Programme Managers to prepare timely and high-quality donor project reports.
  • Province guidance to direct reports and field staff to ensure compliance with donor requirements.
  • Ensure all projects have Detailed Implementation plan, procurement plan and accordingly phased budget and implement monitoring mechanisms for implementation activities
  • Produce high quality KPI analyses on monthly bases
  • Collaborate with the Senior Awards Manager to ensure that kick-offs and close-out meetings are organised in good time and in advance.
  • Collaborate with the Programme Development & Quality Director (and his/her direct reports) to ensure that proposals are realistic; feasible to implement; and that the monitoring and evaluation of individual projects (incl. baseline and endline data) is of high quality in line with internal processes and workflows.
  • Ensure that key documents are systematically uploaded onto Save the Children’s shared drive.


Team Management


  • Support Senior Programme Managers and Provincial Managers to recruit and provide coaching to field staff at the provincial level.
  • Act as a positive role model and leader for the team, with a ‘can do’ approach, high levels of integrity and promotion of wellbeing at country and provincial level.
  • Cultivate a sense of ‘team’ and collective aspiration among Senior Programme Managers including regular exchanges of expertise; promotion of integration across the sectors and with other functions; and ongoing learning.
  • Ensure that objectives and learning goals are set for each direct report with quarterly follow-up and ongoing feedback through Save the Children’s performance management system.
  • Flag performance issues to supervisor and produce appropriate performance improvement plans where required.
  • Champion learning, creativity, innovation and responsibility that achieves results.
  • Encourage the showcasing of positive and challenging work (including lessons learned) on ‘Workplace’.




  • Supervise Senior Programme Managers to ensure that Memorandums of Understanding are secured with relevant line ministries and civil society (if applicable) in a timely manner.
  • Work with Senior Programme Managers to identify and pursue opportunities for partnership based on Save the Children’s ‘Partnership Principles’ and Theory of Change as outlined in the 2019-2021 Country Strategic Plan.
  • Ensure that appropriate capacity-strengthening initiatives are afforded to partners as part of ongoing project implementation.


SMT Participation


  • Assist in the overall management of the Country Office and elevate feedback from the field to inform E/SMT meetings.


BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)


  • holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


  • sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  • widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


  • builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


  • develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • willing to take disciplined risks.


  • honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity

Job Requirements:


Undergraduate degree with 10+ years of high-value implementation experience within Afghanistan




  • 3+ years of experience in emergency response programmes, including rapid needs assessments and NFI distribution
  • 10+ years of project management experience
  • Strong representation skills and willingness to speak out for children
  • Training, facilitation, briefing and presentation skills
  • Understanding of key humanitarian concepts and developments, e.g. the Humanitarian Principles, the Grand Bargain, the Core Humanitarian Standard and Cluster architecture
  • Strong skills in coordinating and collaborating with others in partnership
  • Proven diplomacy and access negotiation skills
  • Positive, solution-driven, and with a ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Experience in proposal development for institutional donors such as OFDA, ECHO, DFID etc.
  • Strong information and database-management skills
  • Proactive approach to the mainstreaming of humanitarian preparedness and resilience in all activities irrespective of location, theme or project type



  • Experience of logistics, procurement and supply chain management
  • Fluency in Dari and Pashto
  • Experience working in humanitarian emergencies across multiple areas of Afghanistan
  • Previous experience in NNGOs/INGOs, UN etc.


Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

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.

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.


Submission Guideline:

Qualified applicants are highly encouraged to apply for the position by filling in the online application form. In addition to the online application form, they can also attach their CV and cover letter in the online system. Please note that only the applications received through the online portal will be considered for this position.

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It is recommended that you save your username and password for future job applications through the online system.



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