Pacific Program Operations Advisor

Save the Children
  • Location
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jun 19

Position description

Looking for your next career move? Consider this!

Join the Save the Children team contributing to strategic development and delivery of international programming, both in humanitarian and development contexts in the Pacific Region. The role will join the Pacific Program Operations team and provide operations support aimed at ensuring the Pacific country offices and regional office deliver quality operations and meets its dual mandate programming across the region.

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 li fe free from violence. We run programs in Australia 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 full-time permanent position, you will provide technical operations support to Country Offices (COs) to ensure program operations are efficient and of the required scale and impact. You will be expected to ensure quality of operational delivery through supportive monitoring. This role reports to the Pacific Regional Program Operations Director.

You will make an impact by:

  • Delivering high quality on-demand advisory services and analytical products to COs
  • Providing advice on polices, standards, risk and regulatory requirements.
  • Supporting operational excellence of CO program delivery and supply chain functions.
  • Overseeing the delivery of capacity-building plans to develop the requisite technical competencies in program staff.
  • Identifying new business opportunities and channeling leads through the relevant CO or Regional representatives.

Does this sound like you?
You are someone who demonstrates ability to thrive in a matrix management environment. Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching. This role suits those who are motivated by having significant social impact, with strong business acumen. You will be determined to make a difference.


  • At least 5 years’ experience in senior level leadership and management experience with international NGOs, with a solid experience at country management level
  • Demonstrated experience of working in humanitarian and development contexts in international organisations and/or INGOs
  • Significant experience in managing program operations and systems
  • Experience of international development systems, institutions, donors, and best practices
  • Experience in developing and implementing organisational vision and strategies
  • Fluent in English; knowledge of a Pacific language a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in a matrix management environment. Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching.
  • Experience of building personal networks at senior levels, resulting in securing significant new opportunities for the organisation.
  • Willingness to travel throughout the region (varying but expected to be 30%-40% of time).
  • Commitment to Save the Children values.

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:

  • Opportunity to work on additional projects alongside business as usual
  • Individual learning plans to assist in your career development
  • Internal employment and development opportunities
  • Friendly and flexible work environment
  • Child friendly work environment

Sound interesting?
We’d love to hear from you. Submit your cover letter and resume by clicking on the ‘Apply’ section.

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