Head of Country, Wales
We are looking for an experienced individual to join us as Head of Save the Children in Wales. Acting as a lead representative for Save the Children, you will lead, develop and bring to scale programmes and campaigns that achieve breakthroughs for children living in poverty in Wales.
At Save the Children UK, our vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation – a better life now and in the future. In recent years, we have made dramatic progress. But there remains much more to do. Working in more than 120 countries, we do whatever it takes to create breakthroughs in the way the world treats children. Together, with our partners, we save children’s lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfil their potential.
In the UK, 4 million children live in poverty, many in families that can’t afford nutritious food, heating and basic household essentials needed to ensure that children are able to learn, enjoy their childhood and thrive in later life. In Wales, nearly one in three children are living in poverty, higher than in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Child poverty is the biggest child rights issue in the UK. For too many children, it destroys childhoods and undermines children’s life chances.
Our work focuses on children’s early years, tackling the impact that poverty has on early learning and breaking the link with children’s life chances. We also support children in the UK as a result of international conflict. We use innovative, effective and evidence-informed programmes, and highly influential policy and campaigns work, to demonstrate what can be achieved, at scale, through vision, ambition and creativity.
This is an exciting role, making a difference to those children who are currently left behind, as well as representing our international work in Wales. As Head of Save the Children in Wales you will lead the delivery of Save the Children’s strategy for the UK within the country and provide strong leadership to the Wales country team.
In addition, you will:
- Mobilise resources to support our planned work, maximising impact for children in line with the overall UK strategy
- Oversee the implementation of programmes in the country
- Develop and manage relationships with local authorities, their representative bodies and other delivery partners across Wales
- Be responsible and accountable for all budget management within country
To be successful in this role, you will be an experienced leader, capable of developing and overseeing a complex programme of support for children and their families. You will be experienced in using what you learn from your work, to influence wider policy and practice; and you will be an experienced spokesperson, helping build relationships and partnerships that improve support for children across Wales. You will be used to working within a fast-paced environment that requires rapid responses to changing priorities and rapid action to respond to children’s needs.
In addition, you will have:
- A good understanding of programme, financial and operational management processes
- Experience of building, leading and developing a team of senior staff with different backgrounds and expertise
- An understanding of the wider policy and media sectors
- Knowledge of the country and wider region funding environment; including experience of raising funds from and working in partnership with private companies and individuals
- Experience of leading change in an organisation which has in turn led to considerable results for the organisation and its stakeholders
- Experience of building personal networks at a senior level, resulting in securing new opportunities for the organisation
- Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in
Our mission is to achieve change in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. If you share our mission, are passionate about making it happen and strongly believe you can contribute then join us and we'll give you every opportunity to succeed. We look forward to hearing from you.
To apply please visit our website.
First round interviews will take place w/c 3rd July
Closing date: 27th June 2017
Please mention Bond when you apply for this position.