Senior Director - Humanitarian Portfolio

  • Posted on 13 August 2020

Job Description


The Senior Director, Humanitarian Portfolio will lead the development and performance of Save the Children’s US (SCUS) humanitarian awards portfolio totaling over $315 million in annual funding. In this role, you will strategically engage with donors to position Save the Children as a humanitarian leader and partner of choice. Within SCUS’s Department for Humanitarian Response (DHR), the Senior Director will oversee a growing team of specialists responsible for program development and award management in support of Save the Children’s country offices. As part of the overall team management, you will enable the team’s success by setting standards and proactively supporting learning and professional development. You will oversee efforts to identify challenges, bottlenecks, and risks within humanitarian award management to identify solutions and improvements within the Save the Children movement. You will also ensure SCUS navigates awards in high-risk countries with strong compliance and mitigation measures. The Senior Director is a part of SCUS humanitarian senior management team, reporting directly to the Vice President, Humanitarian Response.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

SCUS Humanitarian Strategy and Donor Engagement (30%)

· Engage with representatives of US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) and US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugee and Migration (BPRM) as well as other funders and humanitarian leaders, ensuring that Save the Children is well positioned as a partner of choice

· Collaborate with the Senior Director, Humanitarian Strategy, Quality & Innovation to leverage Save the Children’s innovation and programmatic integration to demonstrate to donors the agency’s efforts to evolve program delivery strategies

· Coordinate with the Director, Humanitarian Partnerships to identify sector wide trends within and across donors to find new opportunities and promote Save the Children’s responsiveness to donors

· Working closely with the VP, Humanitarian Response, engage with SCUS’s Senior Management Team regarding priority humanitarian responses and formulate a comprehensive and timely support by SCUS to responses

SCUS Program Development (15%)

· Lead efforts to meet annual humanitarian funding targets for funding from BHA, BPRM, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Program (WFP) and private funding source – ensuring effective engagement with Save the Children country offices and technical advisors leading to the submission of high quality and successful funding proposals

· Identify competitive opportunities and provide strategic oversight to proposal development for complex, high-risk countries to ensure Save the Children is positioned to fulfill the necessary requirements, including identifying necessary risk mitigation and program quality measures, in consultation with relevant leadership and compliance advisors

· Advise in high-level partner and consortium formulation to ensure Save the Children is strategically positioned within competitive humanitarian awards

SCUS Award Management and Compliance (20%)

· Ensure effective management of the full life cycle of approximately 100 humanitarian awards with most programs delivered by Save the Children International, including engaging SCUS units, which are aiming to improve award management practices across the agency, based on feedback from the team

· Support award management team to navigate increasing complexity of awards in high risk countries, including Syria and Venezuela to ensure Save the Children is aligned with donor compliance and continuously managing risk

· Coordinate with the Director, Humanitarian Operations, to ensure appropriate support for proposals and awards that include food commodities.

· Lead team in ensuring SCUS provides timely support to country offices using a customer service approach that promotes country-level leadership and ownership; escalating issues where necessary to regional directors or other senior staff

Team Management (25%)

· Develop and manage a growing team of roughly 30 award management specialists in a rapidly changing donor environment and humanitarian landscape

· Implement human resource management strategies (recruitment, orientation, retention, leadership development, succession planning) to meet strategic goals

· For direct reports, ensure new staff orientation, work plan development, performance evaluations, timesheet management/approval, etc.

· Promote professional development throughout the supervision of regular tasks, as well as specific opportunities for staff to build new skills

· Oversee the team budget including effective use of specialist and award manager costs in budgets within funded awards

SCUS Internal Leadership (10%)

· Serve as a member of the agency’s DHR leadership teams, playing an active role in creating and implementing Save the Children’s Humanitarian Business Team strategy and agency-wide annual planning and budget development

· Participate in working groups to inform Save the Children’s design of tools and processes that improve award management tools, guidelines, and procedures.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor Degree or relevant equivalent experience
  • A minimum of10-15 years of relevant experience
  • Proven experience within humanitarian context, including field management experience in chronic or acute humanitarian crisis, with responsibility for program development and award management
  • Demonstrated success in raising substantial funding from relevant humanitarian donors including strong knowledge of USG humanitarian funding modalities and compliance, as well as UN agencies as donors and partners
  • Successful experience leading, managing and developing high-performing teams, including strong managerial knowledge and skills to provide direction and support staff professional development and retention
  • Proven ability to manage ongoing change in external and internal environments in an effective and transparent manner, while promoting staff engagement and morale
  • Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically and proven ability to exercise independent judgment and discretion on significant matters with minimal guidance
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively and respectfully across a range of settings and diverse cultures
  • Proven success in effective professional written and verbal communications in English
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally up to 20% as required, including to humanitarian response settings

Preferred Qualifications

  • Intermediate to professional fluency in a second language (Spanish, French, or Arabic preferred)
  • Ability to manage by influence internally and to work in a federated structure, experience with Save the Children preferred

Why you should join the Save the Children Team…

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.

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About the Organization

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom Save the Children is in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation. Any violations of this policy will be treated as a serious issue.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

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