Program Development Specialist

Save the Children

Role Purpose

The Program Development Specialist is a new position within Save the Children Cambodia to strengthen our program development function. The post holder will be responsible for spearheading CO fundraising strategies and writing concept notes and proposals for strategic funding opportunities.

The position will be responsible for designing winning concept notes and proposals, ensuring they are strategically aligned to our Country Strategic Plan, are responsive to donors and are technically sound. Recognising the breadth of work of Save the Children in Cambodia, including child protection, education, livelihoods, health, nutrition, and child rights governance, s/he will coordinate and lead work across departments, especially with technical leads, to develop innovative proposals.

S/he will also be required to build and maintain positive working relationships with the different members of Save the Children International who provide programme funding.

Qualifications and experience

  • Master’s degree in development & humanitarian, human rights, English, journalism or other related field


  • Minimum of 7-10 years of progressive work experience in programme development and project design, particularly in the fields of child protection, education, early childhood development, health and nutrition and/or governance.
  • Substantial and proven experience of coordinating the development of/writing winning proposals with key institutional donors.
  • Highly developed interpersonal, presentation and communication skills to work effectively with other team members/departments, as well as influence, inform and negotiate with partners and donors.
  • Sound personal organisational skills, including time management, ability to meet deadlines, multi-tasking, prioritisation of tasks, and working under pressure.
  • Must possess a strong work ethic, have confidence, take initiative, flexible and be a self-motivated, enthusiastic team player as well as individual contributor.
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Excellent writing skills, in particular previous track record drafting concept notes and proposals
  • Creative, flexible, learns quickly and patient.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, meeting multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines.


  • Experience with a recognized national or international organization would be an asset but is not mandatory.
  • Familiarity with the Cambodian context and sensitivity to the needs and challenges of children.
  • Innovation: Ability to easily adapt to changing technologies and constantly explore and learn new technologies, techniques, and protocols.
  • MEAL experience, particularly with developing and measuring indicators
  • Ability to communicate with local staff.

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

How to apply

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document and apply as below link:

Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer, and our working environment is inclusive and accessible. All qualified female candidates and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified for written test and interview.

For more information about Save the Children in Cambodia, visit our website:

We need to keep children safe so our selection process 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.