Chief of Party

January 30, 2024
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Job Description

About Save the Children:

Save the Children, a global organization employing approximately 25,000 individuals worldwide, operates in over 100 countries. Our mission is to aid children affected by crises, provide healthcare, education, and child protection, and advocate for children’s rights. We are dedicated to achieving breakthroughs by 2030, ensuring no child dies from preventable causes, all children receive quality education, and violence against children is eradicated.

SCI – Afghanistan:

Operating in Afghanistan since 1976, Save the Children has delivered lasting change to thousands of children. Aligned with the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, we focus on education, enabling access to schools, protecting children, and influencing positive conditions. Join our team to contribute to this transformative mission.

Job Description:

CHILD SAFEGUARDING: Level 3 – The post holder will have frequent or intensive contact with children, working on country programs, visiting programs, or responsible for implementing the staff vetting process.


Save the Children International-Afghanistan is the Grant Manager for part of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) funding to Afghanistan (2023-2025). The program involves a consortium of grantees/partners, both National and International, focusing on educational needs in selected provinces. As the Chief of Party (COP), you will lead the effective implementation of the GPE Consortium program, with a budget of approximately $50 million.


Reports to: Deputy Country Director – Program Operations

Staff Reporting: Finance Manager, Awards and Partnership Manager, MEAL Manager, Project Manager

Budget Responsibility: Yes

Dimensions: Frequent interaction with consortium partners, coordination with UNICEF, ECW grantees, and other education actors. Representation of the consortium to line ministries, GPE Steering Committee, UNESCO, and within the Education Cluster.


Strategy and Leadership:

  • Lead the overall strategic direction of the consortium, conducting strategic reviews and visioning.
  • Ensure effective governance and management arrangements, engaging with and supporting the Steering Committee.
  • Act as the main representative of the consortium with Line Ministry, UN and NGO counterparts, and the Education Cluster.
  • Coordinate with Save the Children functional leads on operational priorities.

Consortium and Program Management:

  • Review, refine, and finalize strategies, methodologies, and inputs in GPE Consortium managed grant.
  • Ensure consolidated program movement, avoiding duplication and overlap.
  • Institute joint project planning and reviewing with consortium partners.
  • Facilitate consortium partners in improving the quality and scope of the program.
  • Maintain oversight of performance, delivery, and timely quality reporting to the Steering Committee.
  • Oversee the program budget, risk management process, and the next phase of the strategic planning process.

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice):


Holds self and the team accountable for decision-making and resource management.

Gives freedom to the team to deliver, provides necessary development, and applies appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


Sets ambitious goals, takes responsibility for personal development, and encourages the team to do the same.

Shares a personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others, thinks strategically and globally.


Builds and maintains effective relationships with the team, colleagues, Members, and external partners.

Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength, and is approachable and a good listener.


Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions.

Willing to take disciplined risks.


Honest, encourages openness and transparency, and demonstrates the highest levels of integrity.

Job Requirements:



  • At least 10 years’ senior leadership experience in humanitarian or international development, with five years as Chief of Party/Team Leader.
  • Master’s degree in education, international development, management, or a relevant subject.
  • Demonstrated experience in building relations, influencing stakeholders, and managing people and teams.
  • Proven ability to lead strategic development and change processes.
  • Experience in managing large grants-based programs and partnerships with local organizations.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills.


Experience managing large education programs.

Knowledge of key issues and strategies in support of the education sector in Afghanistan.

Experience in Afghanistan or similar contexts.

Submission Guideline:

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply through the online application form [link]. Attach CV and cover letter in the online system. Save your login details for future applications.

Save the Children International provides equal employment opportunities and does not ask for money at any recruitment stage. We are committed to the protection of children from abuse.

“Save the Children strongly encourages applications from women. Minimum country requirements for potential female applicants will be followed.”

Submission Email:

[Online Application Link]

See Also: Finance Director