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  • Ukraine
  • TBD USD / Year
  • Salary: TBD

Save the Children

Area Director – Eastern Ukraine


The Area Director will oversee all SCI programming in Eastern Ukraine. The portfolio of the area office is between 30 -70 mill USD. He/she will be responsible for all implementation (direct and through partners) and ensure SCI is offering comprehensive humanitarian program that takes into consideration the needs of children and communities in areas affected by the conflict. The Area Director will report into the Deputy Country Director for Operations, and manage a large of team of humanitarian professions across all sectors and program support areas dedicated to the area office


Reports to: Deputy country Director of Programme Operations

Dimensions: Save the Children works throughout Ukraine with area offices in East, Central and Western Ukraine, as well as a remote NGCA office. The area offices are overseeing all partner and direct implementation in their area.

Number of direct reports: approx. 11 (indirect reports 60+ staff members)


Programme Management

  • Manage all programmes in the respective area, oversight of project implementation plans, assess progress of implementation of activities against plans on monthly basis, and document the progress and action corrective measures as and when required. Take the lead in demonstrating practices for quality program implementation.
  • Track budget spending and support the preparation of financial reports and the award review process
  • Ensure that all projects have clear indicators aligned with Save the Children global standards, useful and accurate baseline data and staff friendly reporting formats.
  • Ensure donor reporting, evaluation (including impact evaluation), and documentation.
  • Ensure that country strategy and the annual country plans are implemented and reviewed in line with the regional and global strategies.
  • Maintain clear overview of the security, political and legal context.
  • Ensure appropriate participation of staff in program management and decision making and raise necessary issues at Senior Management Team meetings held at central level.
  • Represent Save the Children in inter agencies meetings and at Governorate level meetings with government officials.
  • Play a key role in partners’ capacity assessment and development for building national civil society.

Office/Staff Management

  • Manage, mentor and motivate the staff in the field to undertake their roles and responsibilities effectively
  • In close coordination with Director Programme Operation and all operations staff, optimally manage the field offices, guest houses, vehicles and other assets including adherence of staff to Save the Children policies and guidelines.
  • Ensure all staff in the area of operations adheres to the safety & security guidelines.
  • Guide the Human Resources team to develop, maintain and implement the Human Resources strategy.
  • Follow Save the Children standards and procedures in terms of supervision, recruitment and evaluation of staff under his/her supervision.
  • Support Save the Children visitors to the Akkar Area office and programmes.

Programme Design and Development

  • Ensure that programmes are designed and implemented in a comprehensive manner while aligning to Save the Children national, regional and global priorities.
  • In close coordination with Project Managers, Technical Advisors and Programme Development & Quality (PDQ) Director improve the quality of programming that shows impact on the situation of children.
  • Help respond to opportunities to expand programmes/impact. Help draft/develop concept papers and proposals with staff, Programme Managers, and other Technical Advisors as requested.
  • Help staff build on synergies and integration among all projects.
  • Support the development/evolution of existing programmes, with the aim of ensuring that staff has the capacity to support others (local partners and government counterparts) in the implementation of quality programmes that show impact.
  • Support staff in the preparation and implementation of advocacy plans as related to their programmes.
  • Support and represent Save the Children in coordination, programme learning and capacity building vis-a-vis national policy/advocacy and strategy planning initiatives as requested by supervisor.
  • Representation, Advocacy and Coordination.
  • Participate in local based coordination with governmental organizations, NGOs and partners.

Staff Management, Mentorship and Development

  • Ensure appropriate staffing within the team.
  • Ensure that all team staff understand and are able to perform their roles in humanitarian programmes.
  • Manage team, define expectations, provide leadership and technical support as needed, and evaluate direct reports regularly.
  • Ensure the recruitment, training, and promotion of staff as appropriate and ensure availability of appropriate professional development opportunities for staff.
  • Incorporate staff development strategies and Performance Management Systems into team building process. Establish result based system and follow up.
  • Actively develop staff under the Area Manager’s line management, including carrying out succession planning for national staff into positions which are currently international
  • Manage the performance of all staff in the team through effective use of the Performance Management System including the establishment of clear, measureable objectives, on-going feedback, periodic reviews and fair and unbiased evaluations.
  • Coaching, mentoring and other developmental opportunities.
  • Recognition and rewards for outstanding performance.
  • Documentation of performance that is less than satisfactory, with appropriate performance improvements/ work plans.


  • Represent Save the Children to donors, and local authorities across the area of operation
  • Maintain close coordination with peer agencies and UN

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



  • At least 8 years/substantial experience working with a humanitarian/ development organisation, including at least 5 years of senior management experience.
  • University degree in related academic discipline or equivalent work experience.
  • Skills and experience in project/programme implementation, monitoring, review and evaluation preferably from a child rights approach in accordance with the Child Rights Convention and international humanitarian rights standards.
  • Substantial people and programme management experience with good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate at all levels.
  • Solid experience in grant management, including budget holding and donor reporting.
  • Substantial understanding or proven experience of security management issues.
  • Ability to produce high quality reports in English.
  • Representational, political awareness and advocacy skills.
  • Ability to work with limited supervision from line manager.
  • Experience of working with partners and a participatory approach.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and computer literate.
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles.


  • Schengen visa

In the case of a Category 1 and Category 2 response, the candidate must reflect the experience and qualifications of a Grade 2. This must include the following proven behaviour/experience:

  • Demonstrate leadership and management skills in a complex international setting.

Previous experience as member of Senior Management Team.

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector. This Role is offered on the basis of International terms and conditions. Also, interviews will be held on ongoing basis, adverts will be closed once a person is identified.

For non- EU citizens; Visa is to be obtained.

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

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.

How to apply

Please follow this link to apply:

Closing date: 9/26/2022