Regional Head of Humanitarian

Site Save the Children

Save the Children recruits a Regional Head of Humanitarian.

The role

The primary purpose of the Regional Head of Humanitarian is to provide support to Country Offices (COs) on Humanitarian Preparedness and Response against Save the Children’s quality benchmarks and policies. S/he also provides advice on all programmatic and operational aspects of humanitarian affairs across the West & Central Africa (WCA) region.

S/he supports COs in ensuring humanitarian activities are effective and efficient, and meet goals and objectives of Save the Children, its donors, and the needs of affected populations, and/or red flag issues to his/her line manager. S/he ensures the Save the Children COs are adequately prepared to respond to new emergencies and plays an important role in humanitarian coordination at regional level.

The post holder plays a strategic role in supporting COs in effective scale-up and management of Save the Children humanitarian programmes to increase impact and enable positive change for children. This includes working closely with Regional Operations Managers, Operations Backstops as well as the Humanitarian focal points and/or Directors of Programme Operations within COs to secure additional resources and support through Members and Centre.

Qualifications and experience

  • MA / MSc level in International Cooperation/Humanitarian Aid, a relevant subject or equivalent field experience
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and French.
  • Computer literate in Microsoft word, excel etc.
  • Minimum 5 years of proven experience in planning, coordination and management, preferably in the INGO sector and / or in an international environment
  • Previous experience of humanitarian programme management, preparedness and response in volatile contexts
  • Experience working in a regional and/or country office with preference in the WCA region
  • Experience of managing multi-donor, multi-site programmes
  • Experience in developing and delivering training, as well as mentoring and coaching.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proven ability to influence change at an operational and strategic level
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
  • Commitment to and understanding of SCI’s aims, values and principles.


  • Solid networking experience
  • Humanitarian leadership experience in conflict zones
  • Contract length: 2 years

Location : Dakar/Senegal

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.

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.

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

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Applicants are advised that Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process. Any request in this direction should be immediately reported as contrary to the values and practices of our organization.

Closing date: 22 Sep 2021 – 23:59 GMT.

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