Deputy Response Team Leader Programmes - Romania

The Opportunity

Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the Deputy Response Team Leader - Programmes at Romania Save the Children International office location.


Following the start of the conflict in Ukraine, thousands of people fled to neighbouring countries including Romania which welcomed more than 90 thousand refugees. STC sent in an initial response team to assess needs of children and their families in Romania and is scaling up programmatic response with its main partner Save The Children Romania which have been working with asylum seekers and children for over 20 years and has a strong network with local civil society organization and authority. The progamme include operating safe space for children and mothers in reception and asylum centre, provision of NFI and psychosocial support at border crossing points, support integration of children in formal and informal education system, supporting child protection system when required, providing legal and other counselling support to families in need. SCI intend to implement a cash and voucher programme in Ukraine and neighbouring countries through UCAN project targeting people on the move and settling in Romania.

The Deputy Team Leader - Programmes is the programmes lead, supporting the overall response Team Leader. The post-holder will ensure that humanitarian programmes delivered are to the appropriate scale, scope, quality and accountability expected of Save the Children, and incorporate a child focused lens. He/She may also take on the role of response Team Leader for some aspects of the emergency response. He/She oversees all needs assessment, programme design, capacity analysis or monitoring & evaluation activities and technical expertise resources (team of child protection, Education, Cash and voucher, MEAL, MHPSS, Gender technical advisers). In most circumstances, the postholder will be expected to mentor and/or capacity-build both international and national staff colleagues. The Deputy Team Leader - Programmes will also be expected to play a role in global level technical working groups, working closely with HO technical advisers on organisational strategy, capacity building, policy and advocacy initiatives.



  • Extensive experience of working within a senior management role within a complex country programme in an emergency response or fragile state
  • Previous experience of managing programme teams in large-scale first phase emergency response is essential
  • Education to MSc/MA/MEng level in a relevant subject or equivalent field experience
  • Previous experience of managing a large multi-sector, multi-national team
  • Previous experience of programme management across multiple locations
  • Experience of managing multi-donor, multi-site programmes (including institutional donors) of GBP 5 – 10m, preferably in complex contexts
  • Commitment to, thorough understanding of, and able to train staff in participation and accountability approaches
  • Demonstrated ability to set up monitoring & evaluation systems in large complex programmes.
  • Demonstrated ability to set up learning and development processes for a large team
  • Proven ability of mentoring and coaching
  • Experience of senior level representation
  • Experience of developing and negotiating successful partnerships with institutional donors
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • 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. A good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support


  • Language skills in Romanian
  • Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant regions/contexts
  • Security management experience across a large programme
  • Specific experience of designing and managing consortia projects
  • Media experience

This role will be based in Romania Save the Children International Regional or Country office location on approval, provided the successful candidate has proof of eligibility to work from the preferred location.

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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.

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.

Application Information:

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

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.

Save the Children does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

Job description:

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Date advertised: 29 Apr 2022

Closing date: 3 Jul 2022 - 14:59 CST

Location: Worldwide, Worldwide

Department: Programme Operations

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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