Regional Director – Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe

The Opportunity

Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as Regional Director – Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe based in Amman, Jordan.


As Save the Children’s (SC’s) Regional Director for Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe (MENAEE), you will be leading the organization’s efforts to ensure that by 2030 all children – in one of the most complex region in the world - can survive, learn and be protected from violence.

COVID-19, conflict and climate together are negatively impacting children on a greater scale than we have seen in decades. To counter these forces, during the 2022-24 strategy period Save the Children will transform our impact for children with renewed urgency. We will drive four strategic goals that are mutually reinforcing in a child’s life – ensuring a healthy and nutritious start, a safe return to school and learning, a life free from violence, and a resilient family with resources to support them. We will change how we work as one global diverse organisation, more strategically with partners, and in alliance with children and local actors, so we can accelerate impact – leveraging advocacy and campaigning, digital and data, and improving our efficiency and return on resources.

Save the Children works in 14 countries (12 SCI country offices and 2 National Offices) in the MENAEE Region with approximately 2,700 staff and an annual expenditure of approximately $300 million. We are also a key humanitarian player and leading voice for children in the region.

As a key member of the International Programs Senior Management Team, you will have shared accountability for Save the Children’s global humanitarian and development programming of over $1 billion each year through an organisation of 17,000 people. To achieve our ambitious goals and breakthroughs for children, the leadership team will, in collaboration with Save the Children Members, drive increasing SC global growth and impact over the 22-24 strategy period. 

The Regional Director will lead the region in achieving SC’s strategy through the delivery of quality programs and strong advocacy for children, while meeting member and donor expectations for timely and effective operational delivery that is compliant with applicable legal, regulatory and policy frameworks. To this aim, the Regional Director will work very closely with the MENAEE Regional Office Senior Management Team, the MENAEE Country Directors, SC Members, and other stakeholders across the movement to engage with donors, the UN, and governments at all levels, leveraging the networks that support the SC mission, vision and strategy.

An outstanding Regional Director is critical to ensuring the continued success of our mission in the region. To be successful in this role, the Regional Director will have significant senior level leadership and management experience in large and complex country and/or regional programs, as well as senior field experience in both long term development and humanitarian response. With substantial knowledge of international humanitarian systems, donors and institutions, and best practices in program quality and operations, the Regional Director will also have significant expertise in representation, negotiation and advocacy with government, donors and international organizations in order to influence policy for children and to establish sound and supportive partnerships with SC. Given the complexity and challenging environment in this region, previous experience in managing a large and complex region will be desirable.


  • Experience of building, leading and developing a large, dispersed team of senior staff with different backgrounds and expertise
  • Experience of managing a major crisis requiring quick changes to priorities and rapid action to respond
  • Experience of leading change in a complex global organisation which has led to significant results for the organisation and their stakeholders
  • Demonstrable security management experience in a complex environment with a commitment to ensuring staff safety & security
  • Experience in working in rapidly changing political environments and/or other unstable operating settings
  • Experience of building personal networks at senior levels, resulting in securing significant new opportunities for the organisation
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in
  • Strong understanding of program, financial and operational management processes
  • Strong understanding of key trends in international and humanitarian development
  • Commitment to Save the Children values

The individual must clearly have a passion for the mission of Save the Children. The incumbent will be the external facing side of Save the Children in the MENAEE region and should bring with the reputation and gravitas that such a role would entail. This individual should also have access to and network with key stakeholders such as country governments, regional bodies, civil society and other key partners to be able to make inroads to these institutions.

Fundraising is of fundamental importance for the organisation and it will be important for this individual to bring an understanding of sources of funds and, ideally, an individual network that could help be the champions for the cause of Save the Children.

It is also vitally important that this individual come from a background and organisation where they had significant experience to understand the operational imperatives of managing a large budget and complex set of programs in such challenging humanitarian contexts.

High personal integrity and passion for the mission of Save the Children are fundamental for this senior strategic leadership role. The right candidate will be honest, encourage openness and transparency, defend and promote child rights and always act in the best interest of children.

Previous experience of managing a large and complex region will be a highly desirable attribute.

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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 salary expectations. 
A full copy of the role profile can be found available for download 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.

Save the Children does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

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16 Feb 2024

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