Director, Program Implementation


Save the Children, a not for profit with over 40 years of experience in PNG seeks to hire a Director, Program Implementation to join the Pacific Senior Management team.

We’ve been supporting communities in Papua New Guinea (PNG) for 40 years, working across all regions, and are committed to be a platform for transformative and lasting change for children, their families and their communities. You will oversee all aspects of program implementation across PNG ensuring on-time, in-budget high quality delivery. There will be opportunities to step-in and step-up into the Country Director role where required and could be the stepping stone you need in your career trajectory. Save the Children has a significant and varied portfolio of work across PNG, we don’t shy away form new ideas; we need you to stir things up.

Save the Children is no ordinary not-for-profit.
We’re ambitious, creative and outspoken. We stand up for children’s rights. We want all children to be educated, healthy and live a life free from violence. We run programs in PNG and overseas and, if there’s a disaster – like an earthquake, drought or conflict – we are there on the ground.

Where you come in

In this 3-year max-term accompanied position, based in Port Moresby, you will be accountable for all aspects of program implementation and have significant representational responsibilities with key government ministries and non-governmental stakeholders, as well as Country Director responsibilities when required. You will be part of the Pacific Senior Management team and report to the Pacific Regional Director.
You will make an impact by

  • Contributing to program concept and design to support funding submissions and the strategic growth of the PNG portfolio
  • Effectively translating program design into implementation, delivery and direction through to final report submission
  • Leading and building capability within local project teams to ensure activities are in-line with program design
  • Leading development of evidence-based strategies, programs and projects to strengthen program integration
  • Being the key conduit between the donor and the project teams
  • Building strong and effective relationships with key stakeholders to promote child and youth-focused approaches through spearheading advocacy campaigns

If we could compose the perfect you

You hold solid and extensive program implementation experience and seek an opportunity that will give you experience and exposure into a Country Director leadership role. Your deep understanding of community development lends itself to your adaptability, cultural sensitivity and enjoyment in working with diverse colleagues and stakeholders. Dynamic, inspirational, calm and approachable are words that are often used to describe you. You build connections with people through a variety of means and can make lasting positive impact quickly.

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The role requires

  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant / related discipline
  • Proven experience in directing and implementing child-centric programs
  • Senior management experience in health, education, protection, livelihood sectors in a developing country context
  • Sound program cycle management experience within a complex organisation structure
  • Substantial knowledge / experience in humanitarian response
  • Team leadership and development experience with diverse national and international staff
  • Strong stakeholder engagement skills with an advocacy focus

Working at Save the Children is more than just a job.
It’s the feeling of knowing that your work is contributing to making the world a better place for children and working with others who feel the same. In addition to a connection to social causes, you will have access to:

  • Coaching and support from the Pacific Regional Director
  • Accommodation + basic utilities
  • Mobilisation and demobilisation airfares
  • Annual flights to your home base
  • Friendly and flexible work environment
  • Additional annual leave options available
  • International career opportunities

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