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Country Director, Papua New Guinea - Port Moresby

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At Save the Children we pride ourselves on our will to embrace change and mould our programs to suit the ever-changing needs of communities across Australia, the Pacific and beyond. As a member of the Senior Management Team, you will provide leadership in strategic, management and operational issues and share the overall responsibility for the strategic direction of our programming in Papua New Guineas. You will provide advice, support and technical direction to a dedicated and experienced team to ensure optimum program impact. We don't shy from new ideas; we need you to stir things up.

Save the Children is no ordinary not-for-profit.

We're ambitious, creative, and outspoken. We stand up for children's rights. We want all children to be educated, healthy and live a life free from violence. We run programs in Australia and overseas and, if there's a disaster - like an earthquake, drought or conflict - we are there on the ground.

Where you come in

In this permanent position, based in Port Moresby, PNG, you will engage, lead, motivate and inspire the team to create long-term positive impact on the lives of Papua New Guinea' children. You will grow the scale and quality of programs and operations through innovative and creative business partnerships to achieve strategic priorities and targets, including country office financial stability. This is a key appointment for our PNG Country Office and we hope to attract a PNG National with invaluable local knowledge to support our work, but will also consider Expatriate applicants who demonstrate good cultural awareness and pacific region experience. You will serve as key member of our Pacific Senior Management Team and report to the Pacific Regional Director.

You will make an impact by:

  • Developing, engaging and inspiring staff through proactive leadership
  • Thinking innovatively to identify and capture new growth opportunities through traditional and non-traditional means
  • Improving operational sustainability
  • Providing strategic and operational oversight of program quality, governance and outcomes
  • Understanding the importance of, and proactively participating in networking and strategic stakeholder engagement

Does this sound like you?

You have a strong leader presence and can coach, guide and engage with staff at any level. Strong networking skills sees you build rapport easily and keep an 'ear to the ground' for new growth opportunities. A natural communicator, you are as comfortable in Government meetings as you are in the field. Flexing between strategy, operations and transactions when required you are not afraid to get your hands dirty.

This role requires:

  • Tertiary qualifications in a related field of community development / social science or relevant discipline
  • Extensive experience in a senior management capacity in the development industry
  • Strong financial acumen including management of large-scale budgets
  • Demonstrated experience creating and developing innovative business growth opportunities
  • Experience in development programming
  • Coalition building capabilities, external networking and experience in developing strategic partnerships
  • Experience gained working in remote locations, ideally within a Pacific nation or similar

Working at Save the Children is more than just a job.

It's the feeling of knowing that your work is contributing to making the world a better place for children and working with others who feel the same. In addition to a connection to social causes and a global movement, you will have access to:

  • Opportunity to work on additional projects alongside business as usual
  • Individual learning plans to assist in your career development
  • Internal employment and development opportunities
  • Friendly and flexible work environment
  • Child friendly work environment
  • Support for workplace wellness, including access to our Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

For more information regarding our employee benefits, please follow this link.

Sound interesting?

We'd love to hear from you. Submit your cover letter and resume by clicking the "Apply Now" button.

Position Description - Country Director, PNG

We have tested our application process with diverse groups in mind, with the intent to ensure it's straightforward and accessible for all to apply. Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our culture and improve our ability to reach our most vulnerable client groups. But we also know there is no one-size fits-all when it comes to recruitment - so if we didn't quite hit the mark for you, please let us know! We're dedicated to ensuring Save the Children Australia is a workplace suitable for all people and can modify our processes to suit you - no matter your race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexuality, neurodiversity, culture and beliefs.

Save the Children Australia is a child-safe organisation. All employees are required to undergo a National Police Check, a Working with Children Check, and sign our Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct. We also support the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. You can read about the Scheme and our commitment to Safeguarding here.

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