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Humanitarian Director – Save the children International – Somalia Country Office – open to nationals and internationals


As a member of the Senior Management Team, provide leadership and strategic direction to all programmatic aspects of Save the Children’s humanitarian and emergency response in Somalia.   The role holder will focus on advocacy, representation, policy, member and donor engagement, UN and cluster engagement, proposal and budget development for humanitarian response, categorization of emergencies and support the field teams in expediting the implementation of humanitarian response projects. The role holder will support the National Humanitarian Adviser and Directly work with the Deputy Country Director – Operations and the Operations Director, Area Reps and collaborate with the RO and SC members and other departments to ensure timely and efficient response that is integrated with pre-existing programming in the 3 Area Offices.

The role holder will also ensure immediate and appropriate response to children’s needs during humanitarian crises as well as cross sector collaboration among technical units. S/he will ensure funding proposals are produced and donor reporting requirements are adhered to, and are of the highest standard and that Save the Children’s commitment to improving quality and accountability in humanitarian work is upheld, and complies with all relevant policies and procedures with respect to child protection, health and safety etc.

In addition, the role holder will represent Save the Children at high-level donor meetings where emergency programing is concerned, ensuring an appropriate positioning of Save the Children within the humanitarian response in Somalia


Reports to: Deputy Country Director of Programme Operations

Staff directly reporting to this post:  Humanitarian Adviser (National Staff)



Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field required, Master’s degree preferred


  • Recommended minimum of 8 years’ experience in humanitarian programme management, preparedness and response in several fragile or complex contexts
  • Significant experience of managing logistics, security and operations
  • Understanding of international humanitarian aid systems and agencies
  • Knowledge of some of the Save the Children’s thematic areas such as Child Survival, Education (EiE), H&N, WASH, CP (CPiE), CRG etc. is required
  • Experience of working in insecure environments and willingness to work and travel in insecure environments
  • Ample knowledge of humanitarian response and transitional program concepts, policies, frameworks, strategies and components, as well as development concepts and frameworks
  • Extensive on the ground experience in multi-sectoral humanitarian response, including food aid programs
  • Solid budgeting skills and knowledge of key donor regulations
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing and negotiation
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Commitment to Save the Children’s practices and procedures and ways of working with children
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written.
  • Competency in Somali language is preferred but not a requirement
  • Commitment to Save the Children values

Application Information:

Please apply in English saving your cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document.

For more information about Save the Children in Somalia and to see a full a job description, visit our website at


Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer, and our working environment is inclusive and accessible.

We need to keep children safe, so our selection process includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy

Application will be closed on 12th December 2022

We need to keep children safe, so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.


Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents


The Organization
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 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. A copy of the full role profile can be found at We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

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