Country Director

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Niamey, Niger
Apply by 16 January 2017
Executive-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 3 January 2017

Job Description


Level 3: the role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; ore because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


As a member of the West & Central Africa Senior Leadership team, you will have shared accountability for Save the Children’s international development and emergency programming in the region of approximately $180 million through an organisation of over 2,400 people.

To achieve our ambitious goals and breakthroughs for children, the leadership team will, in collaboration with Save the Children Members and in conjunction with the other regional organisations, aim to drive growth to $2.7 billion by 2018.

The Country Director will lead the transformation of both countries to a new operating model, whilst also delivering Save the Children’s strategy through:

  • Delivering quality programmes, including advocacy, for children; and
  • Serving Members and their donors


Reports to: Regional Director West & Central Africa

Dimensions: Save the Children has been actively working in Niger since the food crisis of 2005. Our programs cover four distinct regions of the country (Maradi, Zinder, Diffa and urban Niamey) and span a diversity of sectors including nutrition, health, food security and livelihoods, WASH, education and child protection. With a full-spectrum approach to programming, we engage in both long-term development projects and emergency interventions, building the resilience and improving the lives of girls and boys throughout the country. The Niger country program employs nearly 404 staff and has an annual operating budget of 35 million USD. We work directly with families and communities; foster the participation of children, and partner with local organizations, UN bodies, International NGOs and the Nigerien government to deliver results.

Number of direct reports: Country Senior Management Team (SMT)


Strategic Leadership

  • Provide vision and direction for the Niger country programme
  • Effectively lead a high performing SMT to deliver against strategy and to model behaviours and values expected of staff
  • Take responsibility for the leadership and management of staff and programme in Niger
  • Ensure ongoing, current analysis of the national socio-economic, security and political situation in country
  • Develop the Country Strategy and ensure ongoing review progress against key country and organisational level objectives, indicators and targets
  • Ensuring that the focus of the organisation remains on the rights and needs of children
  • Contribute to regional and global knowledge and learning

Human Resource Management

  • Ensure that Save the Children attracts and retains high calibre staff
  • Pro-actively develop and coach staff to optimise their potential in pursuit of Save the Children’s objectives
  • Ensure effective implementation of HR policies and procedures at country level, in line with HR policies, procedures and guidelines and local labour law
  • Ensure consistent implementation of strong performance management systems throughout the country team
  • Foster a collegial, supportive and respectful culture within the Niger team

Programme Development and Management

  • Ensure programme interventions are in line with technical best practice and emerging national policies as well as with country and strategic objectives, strategies, policies and approaches.
  • Ensure that effective monitoring and evaluation systems are implemented in line with policies, systems and guidelines.
  • Ensure that programme learning is effectively captured and communicated
  • Preparing for and implementing rapid and effective responses to major emergencies affecting children, including building relationships with key humanitarian and development decision-makers and partners in-country

Financial and Admin Management

  • Ensure effective financial budgeting and management systems, processes and controls are in place and are fully compliant with operating standards and local legal requirements
  • Ensure effective Save the Children and donor compliant procurement and asset management systems, processes and controls are in place
  • Ensure that partner organisations are assessed in relation to financial management and governance standards and are supported to address capacity weaknesses

Audit and Corporate Governance compliance

  • Ensure compliance with all host government requirements in relation to registration, taxation, labour law, auditing, fraud etc.
  • Ensure that internal and external audits are undertaken in a timely and efficient manner in line with policy and back donor and host government requirements
  • Ensure follow-up on recommendations arising out of audits of operations and take appropriate actions where necessary

Institutional Funding

  • Ensure full compliance with Member and donor requirements in relation to awards secured for the country programme
  • Network actively and play a lead role in management level dialogue with members, donors and other INGOs on accessing and managing awards

Security Management

  • Develop, establish and manage Niger programme security plans and procedures in line with policies, systems and guidelines
  • Maintain, document and communicate up to date analyses of the changing security context
  • Ensure all staff adhere to security guidelines

Representation, Communications and Advocacy:

  • Develop and maintain good relations with Members and their donors
  • Represent Save the Children’s interests in Niger including Government Institutions, UN agencies, EU and donor delegations, international & local NGOs
  • Ensure the timely provision of internal and external communications material as required


  • Any other duties as assigned by the Regional Director



  • Master degree level qualification or equivalent length of experience in the sector
  • Substantial experience of building, leading and developing a diverse team of senior staff to deliver on both development and humanitarian programs
  • Experience working with large, complex donors to secure and/or manage new large-scale and/or competitive funding
  • Experience of managing a humanitarian crisis situation requiring quick changes to priorities and rapid action to respond
  • Excellent understanding and experience of risk, programme, financial and operational management processes
  • Experience of successfully leading change in an organisation
  • Experience of building effective personal networks at a senior level
  • Experience of managing security in a complex and rapidly changing environment
  • Experience of solving complex issues
  • Good understanding of key trends in international and humanitarian development
  • Commitment to Save the Children values
  • Fluency in French/English


  • Experience of Niger with sound knowledge of the country context and key government and civil society stakeholders
  • Fluency in local language

About the Organization

Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with c15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We're changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.

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