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SOS Children's Villages, founded in 1949, is the world's largest non-governmental organization focused on supporting children and young people without parental care, or at risk of losing it.
Child neglect, abuse and abandonment is everywhere. Families are at risk of separation. Locally led, we work in more than 130 countries and territories to strengthen families who are under pressure so they can stay together. When this is not in a child or young person's best interests, we provide quality care according to their unique needs.
Together with partners, donors, communities, children, young people and families, we enable children to grow up with the bonds they need to develop and become their strongest selves. We speak up for each child's rights and advocate for change so all children can grow up in a supportive environment.
Location: Innsbruck, Vienna, Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Dakar, Faridabad, Skopje
Duration: limited contract of 5 years, with possibility of prolongation (full time)
The International Director Programme Development leads the International Program Development Function in the General Secretariat. The objective of the International Programme Development function is to drive programme strategy and policy frames that enable Member Associations (MAs) to deliver high quality, locally relevant and impactful programmes for children and young people without or at risk of losing adequate parental care. It does this by working very closely with -and drawing on the expertise of- Member Associations, regional offices and other functions in the General Secretariat. Programme strategy and policy frames are holistically informed by the experience, evidence and innovation from the work of SOS Children’s Villages around the globe, and captures the voices and knowledge of children and young people themselves. Best practice and learnings from the alternative care sector and the wider not-for-profit sector are consistently sought; ensuring the Programme Development function enables SOS Children’s Villages to provide global thought-leadership on programmes for children and young people.
International Director Program Development will:
The International Director leads a team of programme development experts and advisors ensuring they have the support, environment and resources needed to grow and perform. S/he is a member of the GSC Leadership Team.
Tasks & Responsibilities
Strategy and policy content leadership
Linking & learning, knowledge management
Programme Management Processes and Systems Oversight
Programme development team and network leadership
Strong leadership & team management skills and the ability to build, lead and get the best out of a team
At least 10 years of progressive programme development/innovation experience including at managerial level and in an international organization, including in an international children’s rights, human rights, development or humanitarian NGO or network
Previous work experience in programme delivery preferably in relation to child rights and/or family strengthening and alternative care. This can be with national and/or local organizations with a focus on delivering programme change and innovation on the ground and with participation.
Experience with/understanding of humanitarian programs is beneficial.
Strong leadership, strategic management and communication skills
Strong skills in programme development and innovation
Sound knowledge of international trends, policies and programmes regarding children without parental care or at risk of losing it, child rights. protection and development issues
Solid understanding of safeguarding with the ability to incorporate and live safeguarding in his/her daily work
Experience in steering large stakeholders' engagement to develop joint priorities, activities and projects and plans
Strong communication, negotiation, representation and diplomatic skills, including the use of social media for communication and networking
Results based management or similar experience with logical and results-based approach
What We Stand For
SOS Children’s Villages is committed to creating and maintaining a caring and protective environment, which promotes its core values, and prevents and addresses child abuse and exploitation. We strongly condemn all forms of child abuse and exploitation, be it within or outside of our organization, and always respond to any case of proven, alleged or attempted abuse within our sphere of influence according to its nature. Efforts ensure that mechanisms are in place to raise awareness, aid prevention, encourage reporting and ease response. They range from human resource development actions such as training and counselling to measures such as suspension, dismissal, and legal action.
SOS Children’s Villages is committed to creating and maintaining a safe working environment for our staff, the children and young people and the communities that we work for. The organization prohibits harassment, exploitation and abuses by or of any employee, supervisor, manager, child, young people, community, contractor, applicant, or other individual with whom SOS Children’s Villages employees come into contact by virtue of their work. All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our prevention and protection against Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Abuse policy.
In addition, SOS Children’s Villages apply a zero tolerance concerning any fraud situation. The organization does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.
Successful candidates will have to submit a criminal record certificate, current within the last three years. In accordance with the organisation’s child protection policy, these positions will be subject to criminal record checks.
If you are interested in this position, please submit your detailed application in English by the 31st of May, 2023 at https://careers-sos-kd.icims.com
Due to the high level of responses, SOS Children Villages can only respond to shortlisted candidates.