"Save The Children - Job Vacancy "Humanitarian Director Gaza Response

Save The Children

Job Vacancy

Humanitarian Director Gaza Response

Post location:  Field Office in Gaza

Contract Duration and Level of Effort: 12 months with possibility for extension

***Due to the urgency to fill this role, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Kindly note that the position might be filled before the vacancy announcement is closed; therefore, early applications are encouraged.***

***This role will be contingent upon securing available funds, and we might use this vacancy to fill more than one post.***


The humanitarian director provides oversight and strategic direction to the response programme in collaboration with the Country Director and the Operations Director. The humanitarian director is responsible for identifying needs and resources and elaborating programmatic, operational, strategic and leadership recommendations for the emergency response in line with Save the Children national and global priorities. The post-holder will develop and manage programmes or country support functions and negotiate and network at an international level. They will ensure that all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to child safeguarding, safety and security, code of conduct, equal opportunities, risk management and other relevant policies are in place and in line with the COs interaction framework mitigating compliance risk. The post holder will play a leading role in the effective scale up and management of Save the Children emergency programmes to increase impact and enable positive change for children.


Reports to: Country Director

Staff reporting to this post: Area Director – Gaza


Response Strategy & Humanitarian Leadership

  • Assume overall oversight of the Gaza emergency response in collaboration with the Country Director and other relevant CO SMT members.
  • Ensuring strict compliance of programme activities with Save the Children national and global policies and procedures and with relevant donor regulations and agreements, SPHERE guidelines and the NGO code of conduct in line with the COs interaction framework mitigating compliance risk.
  • Monitor Local and Regional context developments and lead on updating the strategic planning for the humanitarian response to ensure an effective emergency response in all of its phases of delivery.
  • Having oversight over the development of relevant master budgets, aligned with the Response Strategy objectives, for the duration of the response and for multiple sites and multiple sectors where appropriate. S/he will take overall leadership on the implementation of the Response relevant budgets, while keeping relevant stakeholders informed and ensuring any corrective actions are taken where required. 
  • In coordination with relevant (E)SMT level members from both the Response and CO teams, s/he will ensure the preparation of a timely programme delivery and submitting the donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal SCI requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.
  • Ensuring that the relevant project monitoring plans and systems for identifying and tracking the indicators and develop processes/procedures and forms to support monitoring and inform learning are established and implemented.
  • Ensure optimal safety and security management procedures and practices are in place for the emergency response programme and continually monitor the safety and security situation, adapting staff safety and security procedures accordingly in collaboration and cooperation with the Country Security Manager.
  • Oversee effective functioning of logistics systems to procure, store and distribute stock, supplies and services for the timely delivery of project objectives at national level.
  • Ensure strong accountability to beneficiaries.
  • Plan, identify and resource appropriate and effective structure & staffing needs for entire response; In liaison with the HR Director ensuring that personnel policies are in accordance with national laws)
  • Oversee the development & implementation of staff well-being (policy) and ensure appropriate staff well-being and R&R policy and processes in place.

Capacity Building:

  • Ensure that capacity building plans and performance management systems are in place to develop the requisite competencies in staff to ensure ongoing sustainability and quality of response.
  • Coach and mentor international staff and national level counterparts and link in to wider organisational talent development mechanisms.
  • Ensure succession planning for key roles for the response.

Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:

  • Represent Save the Children’s emergency response on a national, regional and international level to donors, the media and members of the humanitarian community. 
  • Help shape broader sector strategies through influence of and leadership within inter-agency coordination forums, ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed.
  • Regularly, in coordination with the country director, undertake high level representation and advocacy with Government partners and officials as well as donor representatives. Establish systems for communication with local Government partners, relevant line departments and community representations in the project area(s) in line with SCIs interaction policy for oPt. 
  • Lead on organisational level operational practice, innovation and learning in consultation with Humanitarian team. 
  • Ensure SCI response review framework is implemented and lessons learnt / recommendations followed up


  • Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities, SCs interaction policy and other relevant policies and procedures.


In order to be successful you will bring/have: 



  • 10+ Extensive experience of working within a senior management role and within a complex country programme in an emergency response or fragile state setting; 
  • Previous experience of managing programme teams in large-scale/complex, first phase emergency response is essential
  • Degree or equivalent field experience
  • Senior management experience of leading a diverse, multi-function and/or multi-sector team at a Country Director or other relevant SMT level.
  • Experience of managing multi-donor, multi-site programmes (including ECHO, DFID and OFDA) of GBP 40m+ in a first phase response at regional or country level
  • Multi-site security management in insecure environments
  • Experience of international level representation with key stakeholders, and co-ordination with other NGOs/UN
  • Experience of international media representation and advocacy
  • Experience of M&E and beneficiary accountability systems in large complex programmes
  • Experience of developing and negotiating successful partnerships with institutional donors
  • Proven ability to influence change at an operational and strategic level
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • A high level of written and spoken English 
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of SC. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support


  • Fluent in English, Arab 

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector

Save the Children promotes a diverse and inclusive work environment, women and people with different abilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Organisation

Save the Children works in development and humanitarian contexts with children and partners to help families, communities, and governments identify and use innovations to ensure all children survive, learn and are protected.

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 realize 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 environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued. 

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at:

 Search Jobs - SCI Career Site Careers (oraclecloud.com).

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

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