WC2H, London (On-site)
circa £80,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

The Opportunity

Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the– Global Child Protection Director in London or any existing Save the Children office location.

Role Purpose:

Save the Children is seeking a transformational development / humanitarian executive to lead our Child Protection work globally. Taking advantage of Save the Children's vast network of program experts and global footprint, this global leader will use innovation, technology, data, and research to ensure that Save the Children stands as a state of the art institution working with children and their communities efficiently and effectively. This position will provide an unparalleled opportunity to implement the cutting-edge of development, humanitarian and human rights theory and practice across a network of 100+ countries and 25,000 staff. This includes helping Save the Children become effectively localized, data-driven, productively partnered, a powerful advocate, and to stand as one of the world's most recognized voices in the defense of the rights of every child everywhere.

This is the most senior Child Protection role in Save the Children. This role has overall accountability for the quality and impact of Child Protection programmes and advocacy across Save the Children, promoting programme innovation and drawing on and contributing to the best global evidence on what works to guarantee children’s rights, and particularly their right to live free from violence.

In order to be successful you will bring/have:


Education to Master’s level, with a qualification in social work, psychology, law, international development, international relations, economics, management, politics, or a related field is desirable.

  • Inspirational leader with ability to communicate the vision for the Breakthrough that ‘violence against children is no longer tolerated’.
  • Strong leadership skills, including demonstrated experience in motivating large direct and indirect teams
  • Significant international development and humanitarian contexts experience designing, implementing and evaluating programmes relating to child protection and other relevant child rights programming.
  • Thorough knowledge and track record of influencing child protection public and programme policy, and other relevant child rights programming, in development and humanitarian contexts.
  • Demonstrable ability to engage effectively across internal/external stakeholders and communities
  • Knowledge of policy, research and evidence-based methodologies with regards to child protection programming, and other relevant child-focused programming.
  • A clear understanding of and commitment to gender analysis in informing programmes and policy.
  • A combination of technical, research, public advocacy and, local experience.
  • Understands that work of development and humanitarian action can be complex and volatile.
  • Country level experience in international development, preferably through long-term assignments.
  • Proven experience delivering results and outputs
  • Energy and drive to create change in a large complex organisation
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching – ability to work with people of all levels from CEO to junior staff and across all functions,
  • Experience creating and managing high-performing teams including building shared objectives, quality control, evaluation, motivation, performance management, staff development and training.
  • Commitment to building and supporting a diverse and inclusive technical leadership team
  • Demonstrates ability to make technical expertise relevant and available to inform programs
  • Engaging with donors and public finance stakeholders across humanitarian, development and developed contexts.
  • An understanding of and commitment to Save the Children’s mission, values and programme approaches.
  • Fluent spoken and written English


Additional languages, particularly French, Spanish and/or Arabic.

  • Senior leadership experience working in Save the Children, another large INGO, donor or multilateral agency

We offer an option of flexible working hours. If the role is based outside of the UK, National T&C (including pay) will apply.

This role can be based in London or any existing Save the Children office location on approval, provided the successful candidate has proof of eligibility to work from the preferred location.

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 salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at our website.

We will be conducting interviews on a rolling basis while the advert is still live, once the hiring decision is made the role will be closed. Only candidates invited to the interview round will be contacted

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.

Save the Children does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.


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Refreshed on: 03 February 2022
Closed date: 24 February 2022 at 23:30
Tags: Senior Management, Management

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