International Programmes (IP) Workstream Lead - Flexible Operating Model

The Opportunity

Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the International Programmes (IP) Workstream Lead - Flexible Operating Model in the UK/ Remote or any existing Save the Children International Regional or Country office worldwide. Link to website

Role Purpose:

Save the Children is evolving its organisational structure in order to stay true to its mission, vision and values, whilst being able to withstand external pressures – be those geo-political demands; increasing stakeholder expectations; challenging funding environments; reduced access to funding due to localisation; or declining trust in large INGOs. This project is focused on designing and implementing a future-oriented and more flexible operating model whilst maintaining the integrity, cohesion and reputation of the Save the Children movement.

The International Programmes (IP) Workstream Lead holds a critical position within the Flexible Operating Model management team, driving the project’s success. Specifically:

  • Lead the IP Work Stream Programmes functions (12) of the Flexible Operating Model, providing the project with subject matter expertise so that design, development, and implementation decisions reflect the needs of the global Programmes function and alignment with global strategic priorities.
  • Responsible to deliver on the design, development, and implementation of objectives within their functional areas of responsibility.
  • To represent the Flexible Operating Model project across global IP functions and member senior stakeholders, ensuring they remain informed and committed to the project. This includes getting agreement across members, centre, country, and regional programme senior stakeholders to proposals from the Project affecting their functional areas.
  • To ensure that IP Functional Leads/SMTs working/supporting the Project are engaged in all the phases of the Project.
  • Be the focal point of contact within the Project for the Country and/or Regional Offices that are selected to receive a new operating model.

In order to be successful you will bring/have:



  • Significant senior level leadership and management experience in a large and complex international NGO or organization
  • Significant experience managing field operations, across the full spectrum of programming from humanitarian assistance to development, with an understanding also of institutional needs supportive of the global mission.
  • Experience in solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in
  • Excellent business partnering, communication and relationship building skills. Demonstrated ability to develop and manage productive relationships with SC member agencies and senior staff.
  • Experience in implementing organisational structure/operating model change projects in the NGO sector.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and use initiative.
  • Constructive approach
  • Team player, with a full appreciation of the value of collaboration
  • Commitment to the mission, vision and values of Save the Children.

We can offer circa £65,000 per annum (If based in the UK) with an option of flexible working hours. If the role is based outside of the UK, National Terms & Conditions (including pay / salary and benefits) will apply.

This role can be based in the UK/ Remote  or any existing 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 for the duration of the contract.

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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 full copy of the 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.

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27 Sep 2023

11 Oct 2023 - 23:59 GMT


Programme Operations

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