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Group Executive Director - International Programs

Save The Children

Are you an exceptional leader able to provide direction for Save the Children Australia's international development and humanitarian programs? We are looking for someone with a cohesive leadership style and remarkable interpersonal skills crucial to building relationships and inspiring teams to deliver Save the Children's international program responses as and when they arise. Does this sound like you? We'd love to talk to you about taking on the challenge of implementing an ambitious strategy and creating impact that will last for generations.

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. We're ambitious to grow the scale of our programs and the way we create impact, including through technology and diverse business models.

Where you come in:

In this full-time, permanent role based in our Carlton office, you will contribute to the overall strategic direction and delivery of the organisation. Working closely with the Board and key external stakeholders such as Government agencies and reporting to the Group CEO, you will across other global locations

You will make an impact by:

  • Leading our International Programs team to deliver high quality and impactful development and humanitarian programs.
  • Providing overall program oversight, including ensuring the production and submission of all deliverables in a timely, compliant and cost-effective manner.
  • Driving program quality improvement in line with Save the Children's commitments to evidence and impact and our standards for development programs, emergency response and disaster mitigation.
  • Providing support and working collaboratively with our policy, government affairs and public affairs teams.
  • Supporting our portfolio of social enterprises to deliver impact for children in new and innovative ways.
  • Grow and maintain relationships with key institutional donors like DFAT, the Green Climate Fund and the Global Partnership for Education to achieve funding and program objectives.
  • Overseeing our humanitarian responses, as and when required.

Does this sound like you?

With a deep understanding of international development and humanitarian issues, your impact in this role will create a sustainable difference to the lives of children engaged in humanitarian relief. An outspoken advocate for children's rights, you effectively liaise and negotiate with key stakeholders on development and humanitarian issues, acting as an ambassador at the highest levels including national and international media arenas.

This role requires:

  • Exceptional stakeholder relationship management capability, including experience with government agencies and multi-lateral agencies and mechanisms.
  • Ability to analyse strategic trends and to design a meaningful and informed plan.
  • Ability to act as a non-partisan ambassador at the highest levels, including government and media, locally and internationally.
  • Experience working internationally with demonstrated awareness of country political, socio-economic, and cultural contexts.
  • Proven experience overseeing large Government grants, major private donors or complex multi-sectorial operations.
  • Proven ability to execute in complex and challenging environments.

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, you will have access to:

  • Opportunity to work on additional projects alongside business as usual.
  • Internal employment and development opportunities.
  • Friendly and flexible work environment.
  • Agile work environment including working from home.
  • Pet friendly work environment.
  • Child friendly work environment.
  • Support for workplace wellness, including access to our Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
  • Competitive salary + super.
  • Full salary packaging benefits.
  • Festive leave in addition to regular leave benefits.

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 online by clicking 'Apply'.

Position Description - Group Executive Director International Programs

*We understand flexibility is important to you. We've advertised this role as a Full-time/Permanent role in Carlton, but if you're looking for something slightly different, please let us know. We offer flexible hours, remote working, and flexible job structure, among many other employee benefits. All are available for the right candidate!

Save the Children is committed to providing and maintaining a safe working environment for its employees and client groups, consistent with our obligations under OH&S legislation. Successful applicants are required to provide evidence of vaccination against COVID-19, or proof of medical exemption.

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 where necessary, 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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