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program Development Manager
Save the Children International



 Section/Unit: Programme Development and Quality
 Grade Level: 3
 Supervisor: Head of Programme Development
 No. of Post: 1
 Duty Station: Khartoum
 Duration: 1 year
 Closing Date: 05 July 2022


Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential. We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises. Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with 15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office.


Level 3:  the role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.



Sudan has been the fastest growing country office for Save the Children in East and Southern Africa.  The 2022-2024 funding stretch goal is to raise 70 Million USD, to support children in need and deliver life saving activities. The Programme Development Manager is a position within the Programme Development and Quality Team. The Programme Development Manager will identify and track donor opportunities, facilitate donor engagement, assist in developing fundraising strategies, and coordinate proposal development for extensive and strategic funding opportunities. The position requires innovative thinking and creativity to package our programme strategies to attract the proper donor support and grow our portfolio effectively.  S/He will write sections of proposals that speak to our overall capabilities, while coordinating the input of internal and external stakeholders including technical advisors, Operations, Finance, HR and Security into proposals and budgets.

Recognising that many conversations with donors involve a review or update around current grants as well as discussions about new opportunities, the Programme Development Manager will also be expected to stay closely informed about the progress of all major institutional grants and able to speak to results in crucial reporting documents. The Programme Development Manager will be located in Khartoum. The role is expected to represent Save the Children Sudan with external donors as well as work internally across SCA.

 Duties and responsibilities:


New Programme Development

  • Identify, research, and disseminate information on new funding opportunities from bilateral, multi-lateral, and other institutional donors.  Use creative approaches to link programme aspirations to donor priorities, while also effectively influencing the strategies of donors.
  • Cultivate business relationships with external stakeholders and potential partners for large scale or strategic funding opportunities, either as a prime or sub-recipient in joint ventures.
  • Work with Members to explore the potential for innovative ways to fundraise.
  • Keep track of up-coming funding opportunities, donor engagement and proposal development process. 
  • Provide regular updates to the Head of Programme Development, Director of Programme Development and Quality and SMT on the status of the funding portfolio and key trends to monitor.
  • Participate in key donor meetings, when necessary, to foster long-term collaboration and engagement.
  • Examine and evaluate innovative new partnerships, and ensure that Save the Children maximizes its opportunity to showcase and replicate the Theory of Change.
  • Ensure key contacts, required formats, and donor strategies are kept up-to-date at the country office level.

    Facilitate donor engagement

  • Support the Head of Programme Development to cultivate excellent working relationships with donor agencies at the regional and country-level as appropriate.
  • Working with colleagues in Awards Management, plan and initiate regular donor check-in/update visits with major institutional donors in Khartoum.
  • Working with colleagues in PDQ, set ambitious targets for donor engagement and influencing donor strategies, focusing on BHA, SHF/OCHA, ECW, NMFA, UNCHR,  and EU
  • Represent the Sudan office in relevant donor forums, workshops and conferences where new Programme development opportunities can be formulated.

    Coordinate proposal development

  • Directly manage the development of high-value or complex proposals or bids, building on global, regional and national expertise, and ensuring the highest quality product.
  • Drive interdepartmental coordination for programme and proposals development with Programme Operations (for field team inputs, logistics requirements, costings, etc.), Security, Awards Management, Finance & Grants, and HR (for staffing requirements).
  • Ensure full internal and member review and sign off as per the proposal development process.
  • Draft key sections of proposals that are standard inputs – e.g. capability statements; country context and programme experience, while drawing on the expertise of technical advisors, Operations, Finance, HR and Security.
  • With in-country TAs, seek out and facilitate input of technical advice from backstops or members to ensure that programmes benefit from Save the Children’s global expertise, while remaining relevant to the local context. Facilitate engagement of consultants on large-scale proposals, or when technical specialists are needed. 
  • Produce proposal development schedules and track timelines, ensuring and facilitating coordination amongst teams – PDQ, Programme Operations, Finance, HR, Security and Member Services.
  • In collaboratin with the Head of Programme development, lead the formation of consortia, including split of geographic location, thematic location and budget in collaboration with TS, Awards and other relevant colleagues.
  • Ensure Gender Marker tool is used effectively to ensure all proosals are gender sensitive at a minimum;
  • Ensure that Programme Quality Framework and Theory of Change is addressed in all new proposals and that key elements of programme quality are included (e.g. child participation, child safeguarding, gender, lessons learned from past proposals, accountability, risk assessments, effective and sustainable partnerships, etc.).
  • Coordinate Value for Money calculations in proposal development, as required by donors.
  • Capacity building

  • Broker and support training opportunities and resources to build capacity in programme staff –– i.e. donor enagagement, opportunity capture, proposal development, and woking with consortia.
  • In coordination with the Head of Programme development, ensure the ongoing review of internal processes and WoW and seek constant improvement for proposal development processes.

 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:



  • Development professional with a relevant Masters’ Degree or equivalent professional experience.
  • Recommended 3 years experience in a both emergency and development contexts, preferably with solid experience in more than one of the Save the Children priority sectors: education, protection, child rights governance, and health and nutrition; experience in both development and complex emergencies preferred.
  • Excellent coordination and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels, and pull together input from a diverse team.
  • Excellent writing/editing, budget development and presentation/communication skills.
  • Experience in presenting project information to donors and partners.
  • Experience in coordinating development of large-scale or strategic proposals, including the development of multi-million dollar project budgets.
  • Proven representation skills.
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets.
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in.
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner.
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies.
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required.
  • Commitment to Save the Children values, including willingness to abide by and enforce the Child Safeguarding policy.
  • Desirable:

  • Significant experience in the region
  • Arabic Language skills
  • Experience with BHA, UNCHR, ECW, SHF/OCHA

Females are strongly encouraged to apply for this post.

Application, full CV, copy of qualifications and experience certificates should be delivered directly to HAC Labour Department, Khartoum – End of Gamojoria Street. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for written test and interviews. All inquiries should be addressed directly to Labour Office–HAC Khartoum. Closing date will be on day: 05/07/2022. Any application after this date will not be considered.

To apply follow the link: https://stcuk.taleo.net/careersection/jobdetail.ftl?job=220004VC&lang=en

Females are strongly encouraged to apply for this post.

Application, full CV, copy of qualifications and experience certificates should be delivered directly to HAC Labour Department, Khartoum – End of Gamojoria Street. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for written test and interviews. All inquiries should be addressed directly to Labour Office–HAC Khartoum. Closing date will be on day: 05/07/2022. Any application after this date will not be considered.


 Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents. SCI will be undertaking child-safeguarding checks for all candidates. Selected candidate will asked to provide police checking prior to signing contract.

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