Program Director East African Migration Routes Project


The Opportunity


The Eastern Africa Migration Route Project is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The project, which will be implemented across three countries (Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan) will be directed from a Program Management Unit (PMU), hosted by Save the Children’s Cairo Area Office. The project focus on Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia to strengthen community-based protection mechanisms to enhance local capacity, prevent and respond to child and youth displacement and migration. With a focus on the longer term needs of children and youth on the move, as well as vulnerable children and youth within host communities, Save the Children commits to increase self-reliance through coordinated approaches that deliver integrated services for children at-risk of irregular migration, in transit, and upon arrival to longer-term destinations.


The East African Migration Routes Project is governed and managed by three key bodies – a Steering Committee, a Technical Advisory Group (TAG), and a Project Management Unit (PMU). The latter is headed by the Program Director who is responsible for providing leadership, strategic direction and operational management of the project. Its responsibilities include satisfying all contractual obligations, ensuring work is delivered on time and within budget, ensuring the quality of the program, direct deliverables, and technical assistance provided, and guaranteeing robust monitoring and evaluation of interventions. Program Director will lead the Program Management Unit, composed of Program Director, Program Manager, MEAL and Knowledge Manager, Children on the Move Specialist and Finance Manager.


The Program Director is responsible for providing leadership, strategic direction and operational management of the East African Migration Routes Project. Whilst responsibility for the quality of program delivery resides with the Country Offices, the Program Director will ensure effective management of the overall grant with particular attention to overall project cycle management oversight, contractual compliance, positive Donor and Member relations, and the ensuring proactive technical support is provided. The role will maintain a coherent overview of implementation and performance against key indicators, monitor budgets and have forecasting oversight of the overall grant and ensure appropriate, timely and accurate sharing of information with members, and donors.




  • Academic degree/diploma or equivalent experience in the field
  • Several years of significant senior level programme management experience in an NGO, donor, government or consultancy environment
  • Prior experience of designing and/or delivering large-scale integrated programmes – requiring complex coordination across countries and field offices - in fragile and conflict-affected countries
  • Demonstrable understanding of key humanitarian principles and proven experience in conflict sensitive programming
  • Strong experience with partnership development and working with civil society actors
  • Experience working with participatory methodologies, and/or conducting conflict analyses
  • Experience of working with major donors, particularly SDC
  • Experience in representing programme at a strategic level and engage with key stakeholders
  • Resilient self-starter able to manage through relationships in complex situations
  • Highly diplomatic with excellent political awareness and understanding
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles
  • including rights-based approaches






  • Strong experience in management of finance and budget monitoring, financial forecasting, and risk Management
  • Substantial experience of working and living in complex environments Ability to meet ambitious deadlines with quality deliverables


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.








Date advertised: 21 Sep 2022

Closing date: 12 Oct 2022 - 19:59 EDT

Location: Cairo, Egypt

Department: Programme Operations

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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