Team Leader/Project Director

  The Opportunity  

Save the Children is seeking an experienced Team Leader/Project Director for an anticipated DFID-funded 5-year resilience contract. The position will be based in Lilongwe, Malawi. This is an exciting opportunity to lead an innovative and strategically important programme at the cutting edge of resilience in Malawi, with the goal of reducing extreme poverty and ending the recurrent cycle of hunger and humanitarian assistance. The programme will work at multiple levels - household, community, district and central government. The Team Leader/Project Director will need to ensure the programme can effectively contribute to strengthening policy coherence and donor co-ordination between social protection and humanitarian programming, and improving the evidence base against which future investment decisions can be made as a country. As such, this position is a high profile in Malawi and potentially internationally, seeking to learn from and build on best practices and develop evidence-based innovative resilient livelihoods.


The Team Leader/Project Director is responsible for providing leadership, strategic direction and operational management of the programme, and is directly accountable for ensuring achievement of the programme deliverables. The Team Leader/Project Director's responsibilities include satisfying all contractual obligations, ensuring work is delivered on time and within budget, ensuring the quality of the programme, direct deliverables, and technical assistance provided, and guaranteeing robust monitoring and evaluation of interventions. The Team Leader/Project Director is expected to be a highly qualified professional with strong experience in programme management, team leadership, technical assistance and DFID contract management. The programme will be implemented through a donor contract (rather than a grant) and the Team Leader/Project Director will be required to expertly lead the programme utilising their commercial/contractual, technical and managerial skills and experience, to meet and exceed programme targets.

  In order to be successful you will bring/be:
  • Thorough understanding and demonstrable experience of managing donor contracts, with strong understanding of DFID contracting mechanisms and performance management. Note that management of donor grants is not sufficient. Applicants must have significant experience of managing programmes funded by donors through a competitive commercial contracting process.
  • A minimum of 12 years' experience working in international humanitarian and/or development aid, preferably with strengthening resilience of poor and vulnerable households to shocks and stresses, food security and livelihood programming and at least 5 or more years in a senior management leadership position
  • Previous experience as Team Leader/Project Director, or Deputy Team Leader/Project Director in large donor contracts (£10m+), preferably with DFID as the donor
  • Proven ability to manage large and complex contracts with substantial experience of managing multi-agency/partner programmes
  • Knowledge and understanding of the DFID results agenda
  • Prior management experience of DFID-funded programmes, including payment by results contracts
  • Thorough understanding of Value for Money, and its incorporation into programme design, management, and adaptation
  • Demonstrable record of accomplishment of meeting or exceeding programme targets, while maintaining technical quality
  • Ability to represent Save the Children and the programme at a strategic level and engage and influence key stakeholders at all levels
  • Track record of working successfully with national level government structures, national NGOs and local communities
  • Self-motivated and results orientated
  • Highly proficient with demonstrable experience of data analysis and reporting tools
  • Experience in management of finance and budget monitoring, risk management and contingency planning
  • Highly diplomatic and emotionally intelligent with strong oral and written communication skills in English
  • Substantial experience of guiding and leading strong teams in a multicultural context with a focus on coaching and mentoring
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in
  • Commitment to Save the Children's aims, values and principles.


  • Post-graduate qualification in social science, international development, or other relevant discipline
  • Substantial experience of working and living in the region, ideally with professional experience in Malawi
  • Technical experience in strengthening resilience of poor and vulnerable households to shocks and stresses, food security and livelihood programming.
    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;
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated.

We know that great people make a great organisation, 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 workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.


Application Information:


Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.


The closing date for applications is 16th March 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so interested individuals should apply early.


Note that this role is subject to donor funding being secured.


We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

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Location: Lilongwe, Malawi

Contract - Full-Time

Closing date: Sunday 25 March 2018

All jobs close at midnight UK time on the date specified

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