GATEWAY Project Director

from Save the Children
Closing date: 25 Oct 2019

The Opportunity
The USAID Yemen Gateway project is a 5-year cooperative agreement that will address key quality constraints within the education system and build on the already existing important assets. Gateway will meet USAID’s objective of delivering activities that meet immediate humanitarian priorities and lay the groundwork for rebuilding a quality education system by addressing supply and demand needs alongside threats to child welfare caused by the crisis. Gateway will build on USAID’s support to the School Doors project by strengthening government capacity to shift from humanitarian response to long-term development-oriented activities on their journey to self-reliance. As a system-strengthening activity, Gateway will follow the TEP roadmap and build off investments and key technical resources USAID, GPE, UNICEF and GIZ have put in place, such as the Yemen Early Grade Reading program, to support a more flexible, responsive and stronger education system

The Project Director – Start-up (PDS) will lead the project start-up based in Yemen (Jordan or Djibouti until the Yemen visa is received) until the permanent Project Director joins the project. The PDS manages and oversees a team of matrix and direct reports within the Save the Children International (SCI) Yemen Country Office (CO) reporting to the Deputy Country Director. The emphasis of this role is on jump-starting the project on the ground, with a focus on staff recruitment and contribution to donor deliverables.

S/he facilitates MOUs with the Governments in the North and South, setting up project tools and reports (project pipeline, implementation plan, procurement plan, etc.), ensuring timely communication and oversight of project activities, and serving as a liaison between different functional groups in the CO. This person is accountable for ensuring project activities are implemented within schedule, scope and budget. S/he problem solves to move activities forward or find solutions and/or alternatives to achieve the desired outcomes. The person also ensures an effective flow of information to stakeholders within SCI and SCUS Member escalating roadblocks and issues in a timely manner.

S/he liaises with relevant stakeholders in the SCI CO and with SCUS Member and works in close coordination with the SCUS start-up team.

In order to be successful you will bring/have:

Advanced degree preferred 15+ years relevant work experience required
Significant experience managing donor funded project of a similar size and/or complexity

EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS Proven track record working successfully in an high risk environment
Prior experience with US Government funded projects preferred Proven track record of successful budget and financial management

Knowledge & Skills
Familiarity with education topics Familiarity with MEAL
Ability to manage complex tasks, programs or projects Ability to work in a fast paced environment
Strong writing skills Effective interpersonal skills
Outstanding management and project management skills Self-Starter, independent worker
Flexible, Adaptable, resourceful Excel skills and interest in financial management
Attention to detail, ability to manage complete tasks Strong communication skills
Solid, creative problem-solving skills Cross-cultural understanding
Arabic language skills strongly preferred Fluency in English required

Previous Project Director experience *

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 current remuneration and 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.

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