Project Director


The Opportunity

Save the Children is launching a speculative recruitment to seek an experienced Project Director to lead the successful delivery of a flagship multi-sector program in Afghanistan – consisting of protection, cash assistance, livelihoods and humanitarian response. The program is expected have a yearly budget of $15mil+ with activities across multiple provinces. The successful postholder will be highly organised and skilled at mobilising teams across different themes towards a common goal. S/he will be an adaptable and proactive team player, with solid ability to drive, manage and track program implementation.


Programme Implementation and Monitoring

* Provide strong leadership, vision and direction to program staff to ensure the delivery of programme targets;

* Take decisions where required to implement the program in highly fluid environments;

* Ensure that effective monitoring and performance management systems are in place for achieving prior agreed programme activity targets, budget allocations and financial expenditures, ensuring that value for money can be effectively demonstrated to the donor and activities and expenditures are compliant with donor requirements;

* Maintain efficient and effective operating systems that are compliant with all Save the Children standards, including safety and security management and child safeguarding;

* Lead the preparation, review and regular revision of the detailed implementation plan, considering agreed milestones, log frame and budget;

* Collaboratory set and review monthly targets and weekly workplans for project staff to ensure that the DIP is delivered;

* Monitor project progress through field visits and meetings with project staff, communities, local and provincial government and other key stakeholders

* Where required, commission, design or participate in field-based needs assessments and gap analyses, including risk and vulnerability assessments;

* Lead on revisions of core implementation documents (milestones, log frame, procurement plan, budget, DIP)

Budget Management

* Ensure the effective and donor-compliant management of the project budget through close collaboration with Awards, Finance and Supply Chain

* Prepare and implement monthly pipeline analyses and monthly spending targets

* Identify potential variances of expenses versus budget, and recommend appropriate adjustments at AIR meetings

* Justify spending variances 10% in quarterly donor reports

Reporting and Documentation

* Play a leading role in the finalisation of donor narrative and financial reports, the submission of budget revisions, and other other donor-required documentation on time

* Support MEAL in the writing of donor progress reports and document case studies of successes, challenges, lessons learned and other project-related feedback

* Ensure that key project documentation is archived at country and field level, with field staff aware of what needs to be kept and recorded

Human Resource Management

* Ensure that the program is appropriately staffed across Save the Children, including the appropriate combination of expertise across technical and operational areas

* Ensure that all direct reports have updated job descriptions, work plans, objectives, development goals and clear lines of communication and reporting

* Support the capacity building of staff in English report writing; budget tracking and utilisation; indicator tracking; and the preparation of detailed implementation plans

Coordination, Business Development & Representation

* Ensure that donor relationship remains positive

* Liaise with the PDQ department to input into funding proposals where required and provide an operational perspective

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.

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.


* Master’s degree or equivalent in education, gender or development studies or a related subject

* Demonstrable experience of developing and managing major donor contracts and grants in excess of $5mil

* 7+ years of project management experience

* Understanding of humanitarian response, livelihoods and resilience is a must, with protection a bonus

* Ability to track and manage project implementation through trackers and other project management techniques

* Experience of project and financial management under donors with stringent requirements such as BPRM, USAID/OFDA, ECHO/EU etc.

* Proven track record of solving complex problems through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in

* Strong representation skills and willingness to speak out for children

* Training, facilitation, briefing and presentation skills

* Experience in proposal development for institutional donors such as OFDA, ECHO, DFID etc.

* Demonstrated experience of building and leading a team of staff with different backgrounds and expertise

* Computer skills, i.e. Microsoft suite

* Previous working experience in fragile states


* Knowledge of the Afghan context

* Fluency in Dari and/or Pashto

* Previous experience in cash transfer programming

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. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

Closing Date for Application: 18 December 2021

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.


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