Deputy Director- Program Development & Quality(PDQ)
Save the Children
Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In Nepal 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 invites applications from the interested and eligible candidates, who are reliable, accountable, have the ability to deliver results with the highest level of integrity and who value diversity, for the following position(s):

Deputy Director- Program Development & Quality(PDQ)

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Department: EQ Response Team

Location: Kathmandu 

Team/Programme: Child Protection-EQ

Contract Length: 1 year

CHILD SAFEGUARDING: Level 3 - The responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

The Deputy Director–Programme Development and Quality (PDQ) will be the programmes lead, supporting the Humanitarian Director.  The post-holder will ensure that humanitarian programmes delivered are to the appropriate scale, scope, quality and accountability expected of Save the Children, and incorporate a child focused lens.  The post holder will be expected to mentor and/or capacity-build both international and national staff colleagues. The Deputy Team Leader – Programme Development and Quality will also play a role in global level technical working groups, working closely with HO technical advisers on organisational strategy, capacity building, policy and advocacy initiatives.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • The major responsibility for this role is to ensure proper integration of monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) into all program design and implementation. 
  • Support MEAL Manager to roll out new tools to staff and partners
  • Ensure that the MEAL team gathers reliable data and that program team uses it to improve program design
  • Take overall leadership on ensuring monitoring & evaluation processes are in place and compliance with Save the Children M&E benchmarks.
  • Take overall leadership on accountability, ensuring that feedback is incorporated into programme design and learning disseminated to the wider sector.

Fundraising and Support:

  • Take overall leadership on assessments, ensuring assessment findings are documented and that all assessments include a specific analysis of children’s needs.
  • Take overall leadership on designing multi-sector response and recovery strategies, programme plans and programme master budgets, ensuring sufficient technical expertise is included within budgets, ensuring linkages with existing country programmes. 
  • Take overall leadership in prioritising response sectors or funding where this is limited, in line with Save the Children International Global Humanitarian Strategy, ensuring maximum integration between sectors where possible.
  • Take overall leadership on response fundraising, ensuring the development of high quality concept notes and proposals linked to the response strategy, and engage effectively with donors’ humanitarian advisers.
  • Have oversight over programme implementation to ensure timely & high quality delivery of programme activities.
  • Ensure quality programmes and the monitoring of this through regular site visits within the response. 
  • As a member of a response Senior Management Team, play a leadership role in the overall management of Save the Children emergency responses. 
  • In coordination with the Team Leader and Deputy Team Leader – Operations, ensure the preparation of timely programme and donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal Save the Children requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.
  • Take overall leadership on ensuring technical staffing needs (both national and international) for emergency programmes are met.
  • Coordinate with the Deputy Team Leader - Operations to ensure programme supply strategies are in place.
  • To ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the Sphere Charter and Red Cross Code of Conduct.
  • Carry out short advisory visits to country programmes in order to design new programmes, develop proposals or review/monitor/evaluate ongoing programmes.
  • Coordinate with Save the Children members and Save the Children Technical Working Groups to ensure that technical backstopping support is in place.

Capacity Building:

  • Oversee the delivery of capacity building plans to develop the requisite technical competencies in programme staff.
  • Coach and mentor Technical Advisers and national level counterparts and link in to wider organisational talent development mechanisms.

Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:

  • Help shape broader sector strategies through influence of and leadership within inter-agency coordination forums, ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed.  This may involve representing Save the Children within Humanitarian Country Team fora.
  • Take the initiative in documenting lessons learnt, best practice and case studies to shape in-country strategies and programme approaches, and contribute to broader sector learning.
  • Pro-actively identify advocacy opportunities, case studies and research opportunities which link with wider organisational strategic objectives, and turn these into action.
  • Lead on organisational level programme policy, innovation, learning or representation initiatives in consultation with Save the Children Member advisory teams.
  • Play a leadership role in shaping communications and media priorities in line with programme priorities, acting as a spokesperson when required.


  • Master of Social Sciences or relevant discipline(s) 

Relevant Experience:   

  • 10 years’ (7 years* for application from GSI group) of experience based in a developing country with responsibility for the development, implementation and/or technical support of development programs in related field

Essential Attributes:

  • Extensive experience of working within a senior management role within a complex country programme in an emergency response or fragile state
  • Previous experience of managing programme teams in large-scale first phase emergency response is essential
  • Previous experience of managing a large multi-sector, multi-national team
  • Previous experience of programme management across multiple locations 
  • Experience of managing multi-donor, multi-site programmes (including ECHO, DFID and OFDA) of GBP 5-10m
  • Security management experience across a large programme.
  • Commitment to, thorough understanding of, and able to train staff in participation and accountability approaches
  • Demonstrated ability to set up monitoring & evaluation systems in large complex programmes.
  • Demonstrated ability to set up learning and development processes for a large team
  • Proven ability of mentoring and coaching
  • Experience of senior level representation
  • Experience of developing and negotiating successful partnerships with institutional donors
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proven ability to influence change at an operational and strategic level
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • A high level of written and spoken English 
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of Save the Children. In particular, a good understanding of the Save the Children  mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support

Desirable Attributes:  

  • Language skills in Nepali or Hindi 
  • Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant regions/contexts
  • Specific experience of designing and managing consortia projects
  • Media experience




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