Head of Office- Based in North East Syria At Save the Children

The Opportunity

Head of Office- Based in North East Syria

As the most Senior Position in North East Syria (NES) for Save the Children (SCI), the Head of Office will lead and have day to day oversight for all of SCI’s activities in NES. The post holder will have responsibility for a team of over 200 staff and 500 incentive workers across 3 Field Offices with an annual portfolio of circa $12-15m, which includes programming in the sectors of Child Protection, Education, Nutrition, Food Security and Livelihoods, WASH, and Emergency Response. The post holder will play a key role in ensuring that SCI responds to the changing context and needs across NES as they emerge, including growing the strength and capacity of the operational platform to meet the increasing needs of children in both existing operational areas and new locations.

Reporting to the Director of Operations in the Syria Response Office (SRO) and as a member of the Extended Senior Management Team (ESMT) for the SRO, the NES HoO will not only be expected to lead the NES team, but also to contribute to the wider strategic leadership and direction of the SRO and ensure good collaboration with the other Areas Offices covering North West Syria (NWS) and South/Central Syria (SCS).

The post-holder will be required to effectively and efficiently coordinate operations systems, processes and activities across NES, so that programmes are delivered on time according to organisational strategy, donor requirements and within allocated budgets. S/He will take leadership on aspects related to program delivery, staffing structure and management, security, logistics, finance, IT and M&E systems.

In order to be successful you will bring/have:



  • Minimum of 10 years’ management experience in a corporate or an NGO environment, including significant field operations experience running both emergency and development programs
  • Robust experience of NGO development and emergency program cycle management, and with experience of working within a complex and matrix organisation structure.
  • Previous experience of leading and motivating a large and diverse team in a complex and changing context.
  • A very good understanding of at least 3 of the sectoral programs.
  • Significant knowledge of international humanitarian systems, institutions and donors, and of procedures, accountability frameworks and best practices in emergency management
  • Substantial experience and knowledge of effective financial and budgetary control and securing and managing grants from major institutional donors
  • Solid project management skills related to organisational development projects and international, cross-functional teams with a proven history of delivering results
  • Ability to analyse information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically
  • An in-depth understanding of national and international development issues in particular in relation to children
  • Previous experience of managing and developing a team and the ability to lead, motivate and develop others
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken and English, experience in written and spoken Arabic or Kurdish is a benefit
  • Ability and willingness to change work practices and hours, and work with incoming teams in the event of major emergencies
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector (if you prefer to add a specific salary range please do).

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 environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at www.savethechildren.net/careers

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.

How to apply

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