Head of Programmes Health and Nutrition theme (Healthy Start in Life)

The Opportunity

Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the Head of Programmes Health and Nutrition theme (Healthy Start in Life) in London, UK or any existing Save the Children International Regional or Country office worldwide.

Role Purpose:

The Head of Programmes for the Health and Nutrition theme, is a key member of the Programme Quality and Impact Team which coordinates, facilitates and supports the work of Save the Children country and regional offices and members, to achieve Save the Children’s Breakthrough ambitions, with a specific focus on technical excellence in their given area of expertise.

In particular, the Head of Programmes will:

  • Provide technical leadership in Health and Nutrition with Save the Children technical experts to develop coherent and effective programmatic approaches across contexts, for strategic or priority initiatives. The technical areas under Health and Nutrition include childhood illnesses, sexual and reproductive health and rights, maternal and newborn health, undernutrition and links to healthy and resilient communities.
  • Work closely with all members of the Global Goal Team, and have direct and indirect technical reports, whilst working closely with the Global Goal Team Lead and the Humanitarian Leads (Health, Nutrition and WASH).
  • Work closely with the Global Director for Health and Nutrition and the Goal Team lead on the planning, programme analysis and fund raising activities driving the Healthy Start portfolio.
  • Provide strategic oversight of the development and implementation of Common Approaches, and other programing guidance and tools, by the Technical Working Groups, supporting cooperation across themes and groups
  • Build a team of Regional Technical Experts in Health, Nutrition and WASH, supporting Country Offices to deliver Health and Nutrition outcomes for children with quality and impact, and develop technical excellence in the field
  • Work closely with the Policy & Advocacy Global Function to ensure that advocacy and campaign strategies are informed by the latest programme evidence and learning.
  • Support an increase in research and evidence on what works in Health and Nutrition together with the Research & Evidence Adviser;
  • Support the design and implementation of Public Health and Nutrition strategies in humanitarian contexts, with a focus on increasing capacity, quality and impact;
  • Support health and nutrition technical capacity and continuous professional development across the movement, ensuring this is kept up to date by the latest evidence and learning approaches in the sector;
  • Support the development of working partnerships with multilateral and civil society organizations, academia and the private sector for reaching SC breakthroughs.
  • Work with Partnerships and Fundraising Strategist to connect with resource development colleagues in SCI and members to support the programmatic Health and Nutrition portfolio across the movement.
  • Work with members to engage domestic programmes in programmatic, knowledge management and technical leadership bodies of interest.

In order to be successful, you will bring/have:


  • Significant experience from an international human/child rights organization in a senior position including overseeing program implementation, monitoring and evaluation and maintaining positive relationships with partner organizations and external agencies.
  • Significant senior level international experience designing, implementing and reporting on thematic strategies and programmes
  • Demonstrated leadership and mentoring skills, including the ability to both lead and be a member of a team, and of delivering significant results.
  • Experience of effective team management including building shared objectives, quality control, evaluation, motivation, performance management, staff development and
  • Experience and skills in Health, Nutrition and WASH programming. (Health, Nutrition and WASH Technical Competencies at ‘Leading Edge’ level), both at the national level and across multiple regions.
  • Minimum of a Relevant Master Degree in (relevant academic field) or specific thematic area of focus.
  • Strong programmatic and analytical skills. Demonstrated experience of research, capacity building, M&E and knowledge management. IT skills.
  • Proven technical knowledge on rights based approaches and on Health and Nutrition
  • Excellent writing, communications, facilitation, capacity building and networking skills in English. Knowledge in Spanish, French or Arabic is an asset.
  • Strong ability to mobilize, build partnerships, solve problems, guide and motivate people toward the achievement of agreed goals.
  • Program experience from a regional or country office is desirable.
  • Experience in policy, advocacy and/or fundraising is desirable.

We can offer circa £62,500 per annum (If based in UK) with an option of flexible working hours. If the role is based outside of the UK, National T&C (including pay) will apply.

This role can be based in London or any existing Save the Children International Regional or Country office location on approval, provided the successful candidate has proof of eligibility to work from the preferred location.

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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 at www.savethechildren.net/careers/apply

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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30 Oct 2023

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