Save the Children Canada is a member of Save the Children International, a federation that works in more than 120 countries worldwide delivering programs focused on health and nutrition, education, child protection, child poverty, humanitarian response, and child rights governance. As the world’s leading independent organization for children, Save the Children’s vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development, and participation. We live our values every day– Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity. The Head of Thematic Quality is a leadership role on Save the Children Canada’s International Programs team. Overseeing a team of nine (9) dedicated Technical Advisors and Senior Technical Advisors, the Head of Thematic Quality sets a strategic vision and ensures cohesion across all thematic program areas, including Education, Child Rights & Protection, Health and Nutrition, Livelihoods and Gender Equality.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Facilitate the development of a shared strategic vision for programs team across thematic areas that drives overall program quality, cohesion and innovation through Annual Operating Plans and 3 year Strategy processes
  • Support the development of the evidence base on program impact and identify opportunities to share the story of our programs, including with strategic donors and partners (both internal and external)
  • Act as the bridge between programs team and senior leadership, ensuring visibility for thematic work and input/alignment to organizational goals
  • Develop relationships and strategic partnerships with relevant networks and stakeholders in the development sector in Canada and abroad
  • Set clear team and individual performance objectives that drive continuous improvement, program quality, and shared learning.
  • Champion team learning and development, creating space for shared learning and capacity-building (e.g. joint debriefs, trainings)
  • Work closely with the Business Development team to ensure donor engagement strategies align with program team’s technical strengths, and support capacity building of team to maximize strategic opportunities
  • Oversee program team’s engagement with Business Development and Policy and Advocacy team, including ensuring Save the Children’s donor engagement and government relations represent Save the Children’s technical expertise
  • Act as a final peer review for narrative proposals, providing a ‘clean read’ to ensure overall clarity and coherence

Qualifications (include but are not limited to):

  • Master degree in International Development / Social Services / Political Science or related field
  • 10+ years of experience working in International Development / INGO sector
  • Seasoned people manager that is passionate about leading high performing teams
  • Experience supporting two or more relevant thematic areas in: Education, Child Protection, Health and Nutrition, Livelihoods and Gender Equality
  • Field experience in managing development and humanitarian programs and/or supporting technical quality is strongly preferred
  • Evidence of supporting successful donor engagement and business development processes is preferred, experience with Canadian donors an asset
  • Excellent planning and facilitation skills to support collective ways of working
  • Strategic thinker who keeps abreast of new trends and developments, identifies opportunities for improvement, and sets clear direction and priorities
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to develop strong working relationships with internal/external stakeholders, across multiple cultures
  • Innovative, develops new ideas and demonstrates adaptability
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills to create new processes
  • French / Spanish / Arabic considered an asset
  • Ability to travel internationally on an occasional basis
  • Demonstrates strong commitment to Save the Children’s Mission, Vision and Values
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills including presentation skills
  • Must adhere to Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding policy and protocols


  • If you are interested in this position, please e-mail your resume and cover letter to [email protected] by September 29, 2019, with subject heading “Head, Thematic Quality” We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
  • To help us track our recruitment effort, please indicate in both  your e-mail  and cover letter where (vacanciesincanada.ca) you saw this posting. 

SCC is committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (‘AODA’). If you require accommodation for disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Human Resources (416) 221-5501 ext. 262.

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