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China: Director of Program Development, Quality and Advocacy

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Organization: Save the Children
Country: China
Closing date: 07 Aug 2017

The Opportunity

We are currently looking for Director of Program Development, Quality and Advocacy _ National Position to be based in Beijing, China Country office.

The Director of Program Development, Quality and Advocacy is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of high quality, innovative programs, in all settings and contexts, that deliver immediate and lasting change for children, ensuring the quality of programs implemented by Save the Children and ensuring that the knowledge we gain from implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs is incorporated into the development of future programs.

Role Dimensions: This is a challenging role in a complex environment requiring a dedicated, experienced and highly motivated individual who can operate in a high profile, rapidly transitioning environment. The Director of PDQA leads a team who deliver on the key areas of accountability through their leadership, collaboration, coordination and support to all country office teams, particularly staff in Program Implementation , donor relations and Awards.


Strategic Planning

  • Serve a key member to provide strategic vision and direction to the Save the Children China
  • Take a lead role in developing program strategies and coordinate technical inputs to country strategy papers, annual reports and program/ project proposals
  • Overall responsibility for conceptualizing and designing cost effective, innovative and high quality programs for children.
  • Ensure the China Country Office complies with Save the Children Program Quality Framework and Program KPIs

Program Design and Resource Mobilisation

  • Ensure that the China Country Office has a first class, full specture program reflecting the SCI Global Strategy
  • Lead the conceptualization and design of cost effective, innovative and high quality child-focused emergency and development programs, informed by child participation where possible, and proposal development for such programs/ projects.
  • Ensure the integration of cross cutting issues into design and implementation including gender, resilience , disbiltity, child participation and child safeguarding

Program Quality

  • Facilitate coordination and integration between programs and projects and between technical sectors
  • Support the Director of Program Implementation in ensuring that Country Office programs are successfully implemented and monitored, and that all programs/ projects - both development and humanitarian - result in significant improvements for children.
  • Ensure the provision of high quality technical assistance and capacity building to all country office programs, projects and staff by managing all internal and external technical assistance
  • Ensure appropriate levels of technical assistance and capacity building is provided to partners.
  • Proactively seek the involvement of appropriate Member technical assistance, and ensure excellent coordination and cooperation with incoming technical advisors
  • Ensure application of the TA protocols and tools

Monitoring, Evaluation and Accountability

  • Ensures that the CO meets SCI MOS and maintains a robust M&E system to measure achievement and progress toward program goals and results
  • Measurement of achievement and progress toward program goals and results through the M & E system;
  • Support and facilitate the development and implementation of M & E systems at program and project level which generate accurate, actionable information in a timely manner.
  • Develop and oversee a robust M&E system to measure achievement and progress toward national and global program goals and results, including reach and global outcome indicators, and to drive learning and improved program quality
  • Support and facilitate the use of data for program decision making
  • Support the design and implementation of and ensure the quality of internal and external evaluations and baseline, midline and endline surveys, in coordination with Director of Program Implementation
  • Ensure our work is accountable to children and other stakeholders through the establishment and management of effective accountability mechanisms and processes
  • Support and facilitate the development of a management commitment to respond in a timely and effective manner to information generated by such accountability systems..
  • Lead or support national and global reporting processes and requirements

Advocacy and stragetic partnership

  • Lead the development of a clear and realistic advocacy strategy for China Country Office.
  • Identify key opportunities and events for Save the Children to position itself as the leading organisation for children's issues in China.
  • Ensure that SC receives national recognition for successfully implementing innovative programs for children.
  • Lead and maintain key national stragetic paternships to quality programme and advocacy for tehnical guidances, policy change and implementation.

Learning and Innovation

  • Engage in relevant national and global networks
  • Foster and champion a culture of evidence building and learning across the country office
  • Ensure that learning from program monitoring and evaluation is appropriately shared and incorporated into strategic planning and new program development
  • Make learning from China programs available to other Save the Children country programs in Asia and elsewhere.
  • Identify, develop and oversee operational and analytical research, coordinate the publication and dissemination of results to Government and other humanitarian and development actors, and ensure that research informs advocacy

Staff management

  • Ensure appropriate staffing levels and take responsibility for the recruitment, training and mentoring of staff.
  • Ensure that staff have clearly defined objectives and understand their responsibilities.
  • Encourage a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation.
  • Ensure that all staff understand and are able to perform their role in an emergency
  • Ensure that technical sector staff proactively build and maintain their technical skills and competencies, and seek to identify and make available appropriate professional development opportunities for staff
  • Ensure appropriate gender and ethnic diversity within the program team
  • Develop and implement a succession plan for senior/highly technical roles within own team to ensure program continuity and smooth staff transition.

Qualifications and experience


Masters degree in a technical field relevant to Save the Children's key area of work.


  • Minimum of 7 years' experience in an NGO environment, ideally including experience in both emergency and development contexts
  • Master's degree in a relevant discipline is required (social science or development field)
  • Experience in more than one of the Save the Children priority sectors: education; child protection; child rights governance; health and nutrition; food security, livelihoods and social protection.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills in a complex international setting with proven track record of people and team management and development
  • Significant experience leading strategic planning and in program design and proposal development
  • Strong understanding of different methodologies of monitoring and evaluation and operational research and experience in developing integrated MEAL systems
  • Ability to effectively establish a learning culture within an organisation
  • Experience in successfully establishing and managing collaborative relationships and partnerships with donors and government counterparts.
  • Strong representation and influencing skills
  • Experience of management of diverse workforce including effective performance management and utilisation of capacity building, coaching, and mentoring skills
  • Demonstrated use of positive coping strategies in stressful environments
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children'saims, values and principles including rights-based approaches
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Mandarin

Contract length: Permanent (National Position)

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.Â

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.Â

Closing date for this advert is 7 August 2017.

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

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