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Chief of Party (Proposal Recruitment)


Job Description

  • Level 2: the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff


  • Save the Children is seeking Chief of Party (COP) candidates for several upcoming opportunities to lead and manage all aspects of health/nutrition programming within Ethiopia. This senior leadership position will provide overall strategic direction in the design, management, implementation and overall quality assurance of the project. The COP will be Save the Children’s primary point of contact with USAID and all relevant stakeholders. This position will collaborate with the local government and other critical partners to provide high-level support for effective capacity building at the local level and sustainability of the project interventions. The COP will oversee a team of experts and support staff, prepare reports and annual operating plans, align project initiatives with in-country priorities and ensure the program is compliant with USAID and Save the Children’s regulations.
  •   This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

  • The COP is responsible for developing a strong, coherent vision and initiating innovative strategies across the program activities.  They will act as the key liaison between the donor and all other counterparts, including government officials. The COP will lead and/or participate in strategic and high-level policy forums and meetings with various actors and advocate for broader technical issues. The COP will also ensure adherence to overall technical and programmatic quality in implementation and the timely submission of all deliverables to the donor.
  •   Develop strategic plans, annual and quarterly work plans, and overall management of the program in line with USAID guidelines to achieve project objectives;
  •  Ensure high quality technical leadership and oversight is in place for the program;
  •   Lead the team to provide proper coordination and guidance among local government, country-wide initiatives, community partners, NGOs and other key stakeholders;
  •   Support the development of strong M&E mechanisms, program monitoring tools and efficient systems to ensure high quality implementation;
  •   Establish compliance with USG regulations, procedures and Save the Children guidelines;
  •   Represent Save the Children with partners and key stakeholders, maintain positive relationships with USAID, local ministries, and the country office team;
  •   Establish effective communication and coordination with personnel from the government in order to implement interventions and incorporate country-wide priorities;
  •  Actively participate as a member of the Country Extended Senior Management Team (ESMT), contributing to country strategic plans;
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where the project team strives to achieve excellence;
  •  Incorporate SC’s vision and values and full adherence to Code of Conduct principles;
  •   Closely monitor security dynamics in the project areas and report to the Country Director on significant changes in the security context.

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)


  •   Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  •   Holds suppliers accountable to deliver on their responsibilities


  •  Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and takes responsibility for their own personal development
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  •   Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale


  •  Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to; builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  •   Values diversity and different people’s perspectives, able to work cross-culturally.


  •   Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  •   Cuts away bureaucracy and encourages an entrepreneurial approach


  •   Honest, encourages openness and transparency, builds trust and confidence
  •   Displays consistent excellent judgement


Job Requirements


•  Master’s Degree in international development, nutrition programs, youth, education or related field required

•  Minimum of eight years of progressively international work experience in managing and implementing USG programs in Eastern Africa

•   Proven senior management experience in nutrition, education, and working in a multi-cultural environment. Previous COP experience preferred

• Proven ability in understanding, creating and implementing solutions in order to achieve measurable results within development projects

•  Demonstrated skills in leadership, mentoring, motivating and supervision over multi-cultural teams within a dynamic setting

•  Demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships with the private sector, local NGOs and government officials

•  Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations

•  Solid oral and written communication and interpersonal skills in English

Preferred Qualifications

•  Prior experience as Chief of Party or Deputy COP

•  Knowledge of local language preferred


Generic Competencies

·      Child Rights: Promotes an enabling environment for participation, and accountability to children

·      Be the Innovator: Promotes innovation to find new and better approaches to driving progress for children

Deliver Results at Scale: Promotes a clear focus on impact in a project and programme design, management, and oversight

Generic Competencies

  • Being the Voice of Children: Promotes evidence-based policy and public engagement that includes the voices of children and their communities
  • Advancing Equality & Inclusion: Displays a commitment to ensuring everything we do considers the most deprived and marginalized children and adolescent
  • Building & Strengthening Partnerships: Promotes working with diverse partners as critical to delivery

Child Rights: Promotes the rights of children in own work and in work with colleagues and peers,

Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI’s global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Gender Equality Policies, supported by relevant procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

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.

Safeguarding our Staff:

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy.

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SC Health and Safety policies and procedures.

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector. The duty station of the position holder will be in Addis Ababa This role is offered on the basis of national terms and conditions only.

The Organization
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 realize 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.

How to Apply

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 http://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.

Interested applicants who meet the MINIMUM requirements should apply using the below link:



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