• Leilani Sikkema

Director of Program Development and Quality


Applications close Sun 05 December 2021


● An exciting opportunity to know that your work contributes to making the world a better place for children

● Contract 3-year position open to Vanuatu Citizens and Residents

● Based in Port Vila with travel to the islands


The Organisation

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children, making a difference to children’s lives in over 100 countries. From emergency relief to long-term development, Save the Children secures a child’s right to health, education and protection.


Save the Children Australia in Vanuatu aims to achieve positive outcomes for vulnerable children and young people in the areas of health and well-being, child rights, child protection and safeguarding. We advocate on behalf children and promote the rights of the child.


The Position

The Program Development and Quality (PDQ) Director plays a key role in defining and pursuing the strategic direction for Save the Children’s programs in Vanuatu, ensuring the relevance, strategic coherence, and impact of our programs for children. They have specific oversight for strategic portfolio development ensuring that programs demonstrate thematic excellence in contributing to Save the Children’s three priority breakthroughs for children: no child dies from preventable causes before their fifth birthday; all children learn from a quality basic education; and violence against children is no longer tolerated.


The PDQ Director manages technical advisors to develop evidence-based strategies and programs. They oversee the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) function and ensure that learning is used to inform programs. They work closely with the Director of Program Implementation to strengthen program integration and ensure our work is delivering measurable impact that is communicated to our stakeholders and partners.


The PDQ Director mentors, coaches and capacitates the PDQ team to ensure delivery and national team development.


The PDQ Director will receive technical supervision from a Regional PDQ director and will engage Pacific-wide to contribute to an area of practice, promote common approaches and best-in-class results for program quality, technical excellence and real-time monitoring and evaluation.


Essential Selection Criteria

► Minimum of 8 years' experience directing programs and monitoring outcomes in a socially responsible organisation and/or business

► Demonstrated experience in working alongside national staff in a culturally sensitive manner to build capacity

► Demonstrated leadership and management skills in a complex international setting

► Significant experience leading strategic planning, program design and proposal development

► Conversant with diverse monitoring and evaluation methodologies, operational research approaches and integrated MEAL systems

► Experience in successfully establishing and managing collaborative relationships and partnerships with counterparts

► Strong representation and influencing skills

► Experience managing a diverse workforce, including effective performance management and utilisation of capacity building, coaching, and mentoring skills

► Demonstrated use of positive coping strategies in fast paced environments

► Fluency in written and spoken English (Bislama is highly desirable)

► Conversant with diverse monitoring and evaluation methodologies, operational research approaches and integrated MEAL systems


Desirable Criteria

► Knowledge of Bislama and French

► Experience in an NGO environment

► Experience working in Vanuatu

► Working experience in innovation and technology


Job Description

Please read the Job Description before applying. Click here or here to download: https://tinyurl.com/y6e7fkk8


Apply Online

Applications for this role must be submitted online using the link below. Click here to apply: https://tinyurl.com/y5z2ubuq


  • Vanuatu citizens are strongly encouraged to apply

  • Female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply

  • Applicants with a disability are encouraged to apply


Applications close Sun 05 December 2021

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