Programme Developoment and Quality Director

Antioch | Ankara

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 15,000 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.

Contract length: 12 months

The role

The Programme Development and Quality (PDQ) Director leads on the development of high quality, innovative programs that deliver immediate and lasting change for children based on data and experience gathered from the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) of those programs. The role supports programmes in North West Syria and in Turkey.

The position ensures that programmes are designed in accordance with the country strategy and the values shared between Save the Children and partners. The position is also response for ensuring the quality of programmes and coordinating technical capacity building of partners.

The position also provides leadership, working closely with the DCD-Programmes and others in the Senior Management Team (SMT) in assuring that the Save programme is closely coordinated with the humanitarian community and coordination architectures nationally and regionally, incorporating research and best practices to inform the quality of our work.



  • At least 4-5 years' experience at similar are equal levels in an NGO environment, including experience directing and implementing programs for children in both emergency and development contexts, preferably with solid experience in more than one of the Save the Children priority sectors: education, protection, emergencies
  • Recognized leadership role in relevant technical areas at both field and country level
  • University degree in Social Sciences, in an area of social development
  • A general appreciation of the issues concerning the NGO sector, both development and humanitarian issues
  • Solid experience of developing and managing monitoring and learning systems
  • Good analytical skills. Effective negotiator, with the ability to positively influence cross departmental and cross sector working
  • Credibility to lobby, influence and represent Save the Children at all levels
  • Resource management, training , capacity building, coaching, and mentoring skills
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming teams, in emergencies
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Ability to work within a team


  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children's aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches
  • Knowledge of Arabic will be an asset

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Please apply in English using your CV and covering letter as a single document, including your salary expectations for this role.

Application Email: Please apply with a covering letter and up-to-date CV to: ''

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: Save the Children
  • Location: Antioch | Ankara
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation
    • Development Cooperation
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2016-03-24

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