Panama: Regional Program Director, Latin America and Caribbean

Organization: Save the Children
Country: Panama
Closing date: 30 Nov 2016

LOCATION: Panama City, Panama


ROLE PURPOSE: The post holder, in close collaboration with the Regional Director, will influence and increase the impact of Save the Children´s programs in countries of the Latin America and Caribbean Region. The Regional Program Director will ensure quality and innovative programs are delivered across the region, monitoring their effective implementation and seeking through these programs immediate and lasting changes in the lives of children.

Reports to: Regional Director, LAC
Regional dimensions: Save the Children has 6 country offices and 1 prospect Member in the Latin American and Caribbean Region with a current staff complement of approximately 800 staff. In addition, the Regional Office manages projects with regional Save the Children Members and partner organizations. Current expenditures is approximately $40 million each year.

Staff directly reporting to this post: The team reporting directly to the Program Director consists of 4-6 staff members including a MEAL staff, Project directors, Operations Manager, Children on the Move Coordinator and Resource Development Specialist.


Programmatic leadership and management:

  • Serve as the trusted partner of the Regional Director on all programme strategy and quality matters.
  • Ensure that programs are based on child right situation analysis and to the global program and advocacy objectives of the Save the Children members
  • Represent Save the Children in regional program and technical fora and with donors of regional development and projects.

Program Area Focus:

  • Oversight of processes to ensure program quality, strengthening systems for proposal development, support to technical capacity building.

Program Development and Quality Support

  • Support country offices in the development of innovative programs, and knowledge sharing across and between regions.
  • Actively engage in formulating and demonstrating theories of change and rights based approach
  • Seek the involvement of member technical assistance as required

Regional Programming

  • Provide programmatic leadership for the implementation of regional programmes, which includes the development of regional (or cross regional) proposals.
  • Support the Peru CO in overseeing the Regional Program of SCI in LAC
  • Ensure the coherence of advocacy and program work, particularly in terms of aligning and supporting the regional and global strategy.

Knowledge Management

Staff Management, Mentorship, and Development


  • Relevant post-graduate education in a relevant field.
  • Extensive experience in senior level leadership role(s) ideally in a large and complex international NGO or organization
  • Extensive international experience in LAC
  • Proven experience with formulating and demonstrating theories of change and rights based approach is preferred
  • Substantial Programmatic support and implementation expertise,.
  • Demonstrable record of accomplishment of leading substantial change – maximising benefits and minimising risks.
  • Successful track record of implementing simple, effective monitoring systems.
  • Experience of building, leading and developing programmatic staff with different backgrounds and expertise.
  • Experience of building personal networks at senior levels, resulting in securing significant new opportunities for the organisation.
  • Ability and willingness to change work practices and hours in the event of major emergencies
  • Willingness to travel in developing countries.
  • Excellent written English and Spanish language skills required, French is a plus

How to apply:

Application Email: Please apply with a covering letter and up-to-date CV to: ''

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