Head of Regional Office (Rakhine State) - Myanmar

The Opportunity

The Head of Regional Office (Rakhine Region) will provide managerial oversight and support to Save the Children's operations in Rakhine State. The Head of Regional Office role ensures that all projects and field offices within his/her region receive quality operational support (primarily HR, admin, logistics and finance), that line management is effective, and that programmes are operating in a safe and secure environment. This position will lead the implementation of Save the Children's strategy in Rakhine.

In addition, this assignment will have a particular focus on gaining operational effectiveness and efficiency as well as ensuring high standards of compliance. The HORO will also be expected to strengthen SC's external coordination and representation in Rakhine State, through networking and strategic positioning, and support the identification of opportunities for SC to develop further its programs in the area.

Key Responsibilities

Leadership and Representation

  • Monitor and analyse the humanitarian, political, cultural, social and economic context in Rakhine State and propose operational directions and strategic positioning.
  • Through the Senior Program Manager, ensure alignment of programs and interventions with strategic positioning.
  • Ensure coordination, communication and liaison with key stakeholders, including relevant government departments, regional and local authorities, UN agencies, international and national NGOs and other relevant civil society organisations active in the region.
  • Together with the Senior Program Manager for Rakhine, represent Save the Children at regional events, including the Rakhine Coordination Group, INGO Head of Office meetings, and coordination meetings with the Rakhine State Government.
  • Represent Save the Children at national level events, including the Rakhine Country Directors meetings if requested, relevant meetings of the INGO forum, and meetings with donors
  • In consultation with key advocacy staff, support efforts at local level to change policies and practices for wider and lasting impact on the lives of children in his/her region
  • Support and participate in the hosting of visits to Rakhine state by donors, Save the Children staff, and other relevant stakeholders

Programme Growth and Learning

  • Contribute to programme design and budget planning, providing operational input and ensuring that associated regional and field office costs are correctly budgeted and resourced.
  • Support the development of programmes in Rakhine State, including Northern Rakhine State, through development of strong government relationships, particularly with GAD, DSW, MOE and UN agencies, and through operational input and support to programme design.
  • Ensure long and short term emergency risks and hazards analysis and response plan in the region is updated and support emergency preparedness planning.

Team Management and Development

  • Directly manage the regional operations team, and provide administrative line management of Senior Program Manager.
  • Regularly visit the field offices to provide appropriate monitoring, guidance and support to the programme support staff
  • Ensure effective collaboration and coordination between the field office staff, and with Yangon teams, reacting quickly and decisively to bring any team challenges and problems to a swift and satisfactory resolution
  • Ensure staff wellbeing, engagement, and learning and development of staff are sufficiently prioritised
  • Build and nurture smooth and effective inter-team relationships based on trust and cooperative approaches, and ensure project implementation is not constrained by inappropriate management behaviours or exceedingly bureaucratic attitudes
  • Lead the regional team in responding to changing internal and external factors with getting support from Yangon HO.
  • Ensure the recruitment, training and promotion of field-based support staff as appropriate and ensure availability of appropriate professional development opportunities
  • Ensure the effective use of the HR performance management system including the establishment of clear, measureable objectives, ongoing feedback, periodic reviews and fair and unbiased evaluations
  • Ensure the documentation of performance that is less than satisfactory, develop appropriate performance improvements/ work plans and take appropriate performance management actions in line with country programme/Save the Children policy

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.

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, salary expectations, notice period and visa status in your country of work. A copy of the full role profile can be found at www.savethechildren.net/careers

Closing Date for Application: 17 September 2019

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.

Location: Sittwe, Myanmar

Contract - Full-Time

Closing date: Tuesday 17 September 2019

All jobs close at midnight UK time on the date specified

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