New Business Development Director - Colombia

Fecha límite de aplicación para la vacante 9 Dic 2018 - 5pm

New Business Development Director- Save the Children Colombia (Country Office)

TEAM/PROGRAMME: PDQ- Program Development & Quality Unit


GRADE:   1 – Director

POST TYPE: National


Child Safeguarding:

Level 3:  the role 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 in country programs; or are visiting country programs; ore because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.



Save the Children works in 119 countries. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential.

 Save the Children has been active in Colombia for almost 30 years; defending children’s rights with active programs in education, protection, public policy for children, food security and in livelihoods. These activities take place during emergencies as well, protecting children after natural disasters and in conflict situation. We aim to construct and strengthen the capacity of communities in preventing and preparing for emergencies and in risk management, especially where there are concentrations of children through the provision of child friendly spaces.

 We also work to improve children’s access to good quality education. We’ve helped thousands of children avoid recruitment into armed groups, and we continue to find ways to protect children and young people from violence and exploitation. Nearly 200,000 children benefited from our work in the last year alone.



As a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) in Colombia, the Director of Program Development and Quality (PDQ) is responsible for driving cross-functional engagement in the development and delivery of Country Strategy Plan (CSP), developing annual plans and reporting on results. She/he is responsible for ensuring development and delivery of high quality, evidence-based, innovative programs for children, in all contexts, that contribute to Save the Children’s global Breakthroughs: Learn, Survive, Be Protected. 



 Reports to: Country Director

Dimensions: The current amount raised through grants is around $3 million USD. We want this to grow to ~ $12 million USD by 2019 and ~ $30 million USD by 2030. This role would also sit on the Senior Management Team.

Staff directly reporting to this post:MEAL Officer, PDQ Coordinator, Technical Advisors/Specialists (may include education, child protection, child poverty etc.), and New Business Development Coordinator.



 Strategy, Planning and Reporting

-Lead the development/updating of the Child Rights Situation Analysis, including analysis of country context and taking into account child rights principles, ensuring participation and buy-in from all relevant staff, partners and other stakeholders as necessary

-Lead the SMT to develop/update and drive forward the Country Strategy Plan (CSP) that is in line with the global strategy, Ambition 2030, with child rights at the core of all programming and advocacy work.

-Provide leadership on development of the Country Annual Plan, monitoring of progress against the plan, and completion of accurate, on-time Country Annual Report of outcomes and impact for children, aligned with the Global Results Framework.

-Facilitate the development and pursuit of thematic and cross-cutting strategic priorities in line with the CSP, including gender equality, to guide current and future SC programming and Humanitarian Strategies.

-Support ownership and commitment to the Country Office strategy by all staff and departments through clear communication, regular feedback on progress and engagement of all functions in updates.

-Participate in global discussions and working groups to represent country office, and the voice of children, in strategy design and policy development.

-Support change processes and roll-out new ways of working to improve achievement of the CSP.


 Program Design & Development

-Based on tracking provided by the Awards Management team, review and position for opportunities that will drive the CSP.

-In consultation with the Country Director and Members, ensure technical engagement with donors to pre-position and prepare for opportunities, and engage in strategic positioning work directly as appropriate.

-Play a leading role in designing proposals, including:

  -Engaging with technical experts as needed to ensure high quality, evidence-based designs that draw on needs assessments, learning from past programs and child safeguarding principles;

  -Ensuring partners are identified and appropriately engaged in program design, linking with Operations and Awards teams as need be for assessments, especially to strengthen gender sensitivity at design stage;

  -Ensuring proposal designs and their budgets include robust MEAL plans that are aligned with the Global Results Framework (and therefore advance towards our Breakthroughs), incorporate Common Approaches as relevant, and build in critical learning questions.

-Ensuring the project budget will enable the project to be delivered as designed.

-Incorporating child and community participation into design, as relevant.


 Program Quality and Program Tecnical Excellence

-Ensure the country program delivers high quality, multi-sectoral programming in both development and humanitarian contexts (as appropriate). 

-Monitor and advance technical and operational quality of programmes, including conducting regular field visits to provide feedback on quality benchmarks, soliciting inputs for design of new programs and collecting ideas for innovation.

-Monitor program Key Performance Indicators and, in partnership with other functions, take steps to improve the quality programming platform to meet agreed upon standards.

-Work closely with the Director of Operations to ensure Quality Framework standards are met and procedures are followed throughout the project cycle and across the portfolio.  

-Ensure technical experts proactively and regularly communicate planned requirements for program design, learning and implementation to relevant CO departments/functions.

-Build and lead a team of program technical experts needed to successfully deliver against the CSP. Ensure effective working relationships with SC global, Member and regional technical advisors, procuring technical support as needed to support program and advocacy efforts, including during Emergencies.

-Ensure that program technical experts engage in larger communities of practice within and external to Save the Children, to link with the most relevant and evidence-based approaches and conduct timely and useful review of project reports to support quality reporting for Members and donors

-Ensure that the different technical sectors of the Country Office are coordinated, integrated and support each other to optimize programs and projects.

-Ensure that child safeguarding and safe programming is embedded in program design and considered throughout implementation to ensure that we do all we can to ensure children in our programs are safe, in line with our child safeguarding policy.


Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, Learning (MEAL) and Knowledge management

Oversee a monitoring system that provides timely and accurate project results by embedding MEAL across program implementation. This requires ensuring effective collaboration across MEAL staff, Technical Specialists, Technical Advisors and program implementation teams to develop logframes, indicators, implementation plans, quality benchmarks, monitoring and evaluation frameworks and related tools.

Lead programme quality improvements by monitoring and improving Programme KPI performance, including resourcing and conducting high-quality evaluations to demonstrate outcomes and impact and ensuring that accountability mechanisms are in place for all projects so that identified actions are resolved, with critical issues escalated to senior management.

-Ensure the research, evaluation and policy work of the Country Office contributes to generation of evidence for development and improvement of Common Approaches, sound decision making and policy influencing internally and externally.

-Establish effective program learning and knowledge management systems to support adaptive programming and innovation that improves outcomes for children.



-Play a leading role in identifying nurturing and strengthening strategic partnerships with local and international civil society organizations, NGOs, governments etc., in advancing the country and global strategy to inspire our three breakthroughs for the most deprived and marginalised children.

-Represent Save the Children as part of advocacy and networking with government authorities, donors, partners, civil society actors, children and other stakeholders to build relationships to facilitate achievement of CSP strategic goals and success of our projects for children.

-As appropriate to the country context, provide technical support and capability building to implementing and strategic partners.


Staff Management, Mentorship, and Development

-Ensure appropriate staffing of Program Development and Quality team, and engagement of additional technical support when needed to deliver quality project design and delivery.

-Ensure that all PDQ staff understand and are able to perform their role in delivering first-class, quality programs for children in both development and emergency contexts through effective onboarding and clear workplans.

-Manage individual and team performance using principles of leadership agility, and Save the Children’s performance management system.

-Ensure that staff proactively build and maintain technical, managerial and leadership skills, including competencies in child rights programming, child safeguarding and Common Approaches, providing coaching opportunities when needed.


Commitment in emergencies

-Ensures that the required support is provided promptly, at scale and in line with the rules and principles during emergencies, working closely with the Regional Office

-Supports the Colombia CO organisational readiness to respond to emergencies in line with global SCI emergency goal and benchmarks

contributes to the CO designing and updating a complete set of emergency preparedness actions, based on the contributions and resources of SC members

   -Mounts appropriate and timely proposals at scale to all emergencies consistent with established benchmarks, plans and organizational policies, and in close cooperation with incoming surge teams


SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


-Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values

-Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved


-Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same

-Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others

Future orientated, thinks strategically


-Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters

-Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength

-Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


-Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions

-Willing to take disciplined risks


Honest, encourages openness and transparency



-Minimum eight years of experience with a master’s degree in an NGO or similar environment, preferably including experience developing programs for children.

-Preferred degree in program or NGO management, development studies, or related field.

-Experience in at least one of the Save the Children priority sectors: Heath, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, Education, WASH, FS/L, Child Protection, Child Rights Governance, in development and/or emergencies.

-Practical experience in writing and leading proposals for donors such as USAID, DFID, private sector foundations, UNICEF, and EU/ECHO.

-Strong skills and proven experience in leading strategic planning, change management and program management processes; also from the knowledge and learning perspective.

Strong skills and proven experience in new program development, project design and proposal writing with corporate, foundations and/or institutional donors.

-Good knowledge of the landscape of implementing partners and government structures in Colombia, and experience in developing and managing local partnerships for projects.

-Familiarity with project design methods and tools (including assessments, logical frameworks, and work planning) and strong appreciation for innovation and partnership as part of project development.

-Good analytical skills, effective negotiator, with ability to positively influence cross departmental and cross sector working.

-Strong results orientation, with ability to meet deadlines and produce high-quality products.

-Strong cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

-Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming proposal development teams to meet deadlines.

-Fluency in English and Spanish, both verbal and written

-Excellent writing and editing skills in English and Spanish.

-Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches


NOTE 1: Once the person participates in this call, Save the Children is authorized to test the personal information provided, as well as personal data for the purpose of checking public databases and news related to our anti-fraud policies, money laundering and financing of terrorism.

NOTE 2: In any case, the proponent must not be subject to the prohibitions, disqualifications or incompatibilities to hire, indicated by the constitution and the Law. This manifestation is understood to be made under the seriousness of an oath with the sole filing of the proposal.

Equal opportunities

The holder of the position must perform their tasks considering and respecting the SCI Diversity and Equal Opportunity Policy  

Health and security:

The holder of the position must perform their tasks considering and respecting the Health and Safety Policies.

Resumes will be received until December 09 december, 2018 and must be applied only by the page of Computrabajo, through the following link:

The proposals presented once completed and past the time set for the effect, or filed in dependence different from the one set forth in this document, will NOT BE RECEIVED or taken into account by the committee of selection, which will be recorded in the respective minutes.