Senior PDQ Manager
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):

Senior PDQ Manager

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Location: Kathmandu 
Team/Programme:  EQ    
Contract Length: 1 year – June 2017

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 Senior Manager–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 post-holder 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 accountability, ensuring that feedback is incorporated into programme design and learning disseminated to the wider sector.

Fundraising and Support:

  • 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 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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:

  • Coach and mentor Technical Advisers and national level counterparts and link in to wider organisational talent development mechanisms.

Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:

  • 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.
  • Play a leadership role in shaping communications and media priorities in line with programme priorities, acting as a spokesperson when required.

Budget Authority:

  • This position will have nominal budget authority in order to facilitate project implementation. However, this is not the primary responsibility of this role



  • 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



  • Masters’ Degree in Management or related Social Science

Relevant Experience: 

  • 7 years’ (5 years for application from GSI group) of working experience within a senior management role within a complex country programme in an emergency response or fragile state

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 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
  • 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

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