Save the Children UK: Programme Lead

Save the Children UK

Programme Lead

£32,725 - £38,500

Fixed term contract for 1 year

UK/Ireland – Remote

The job of a Save the Children UK’s Programme Lead is influential and exciting

  • Do you have significant experience of engaging Irish and international stakeholders such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Irish Aid, Irish Development NGOs?
  • Do you have proven experience of providing creative and innovative approaches in developing new initiatives that contribute towards partnership objectives?
  • Are you motivated by our vision of creating a world where every child doesn't just survive but thrives and can go on to change the world – and of inspiring and leading others to do the same?

If the answers to these questions are yes, we would love to hear from you!


To avoid disappointment, you are advised to submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close the vacancy early if a high volume of applications are received. This is to ensure that we can manage application levels whilst maintaining a positive candidate experience. Unfortunately once a vacancy has closed, we are unable to consider further applications.

About Us

Save the Children UK believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.

Job Purpose

Reporting directly to the Senior Policy & Advocacy Advisor (who is based in in Belfast), you will be responsible for developing and progressing our relationship with the Irish Government and informing our long-term strategic position on the island of Ireland.

The Irish Government is a strategic partner for Save the Children, both in terms of our policy objectives for children and our programme financing. As a result you must have experience in engaging stakeholders in Ireland and internationally - particularly with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Irish Aid, Irish Development NGO’s.

You will be part of our Northern Ireland Country Team, and work with teams across the movement, from Belfast to London to Country Offices to our UN offices in New York to Geneva.

As a rights-based organisation, we are committed to anti-racism and actively opposed systemic oppression of any form. You will support our commitment to celebrate diversity, challenge inequality, and build an inclusive environment for every one of our employees so we can better represent the children we protect.

Main Accountabilities

The Programme Lead’s key duties will be to:

  • Lead relevant engagement strategies, a stakeholder management plan, and participation in events across the Irish institutional landscape
  • Influence Save the Children’s strategic positioning with the Irish Government and peer organisations, define opportunities with the aim of expanding our strategic collaboration, policy influencing and funding
  • Identify and anticipate the impact of current and future funding trends, opportunities and challenges emerging because of Brexit and from the Irish Government through networks and engagement
  • Negotiating the support and buy-in of key stakeholders from across the organisation to contribute to our engagement. Ensuring senior management (Head of Country, Head of Partnership Development) is up to date with the direction of the partnerships and support their engagement with partners
  • Representing Save the Children with the appropriate partner contacts and providing strong support to colleagues in their external engagement (country, regional and HQ levels)
  • Supporting the organisation to continually build strategic understanding of partners and any evolving trends that may impact the development of relationships
  • Researching and proposing new avenues of collaboration and new funding modalities to maximise income and return on investment.
  • Collaborate with Country team members to develop understanding of our partnership and partner management approach
  • Carry out the responsibilities of the role in a way which reflects Save the Children's commitment to safeguarding children in accordance with the Child Safeguarding Policy.

Person Profile

Experience and Skills

  • Strategic skills in partnership management and market assessment in relation to overall positioning with partners
  • Knowledge of and experience working directly with a wide range of institutional donor partners
  • Experience, interest and knowledge of current thinking and future trends and thorough understanding of international development issues
  • Proven experience of providing creative and innovative approaches in developing new initiatives that contribute towards partnership objectives
  • Experience in relationship management, working with institutional donors, trusts and foundations, or equally demanding partners
  • Experience of undertaking industry trend and donor specific research, finding relevant, reliable, and up to date information quickly.


  • Strong leadership behaviours, including external orientation, situational agility, partner focus, delivery of results, strategic vision and purpose, entrepreneurial approach, negotiating & influencing
  • Self-driven: ability to take a pro-active approach and work on own initiative; problem-solving skills and creative thinking in fluid or less structured environments
  • Excellent coordination and relationship building skills in forming and maintaining both internal and external relationships
  • Strong analytical skills with ability to present complex information in a clear and succinct manner, ability to analyse trends and report on key financial metrics
  • A proven team player. Someone who is open, ambitious and who is able and willing to deliver beyond his or her personal brief
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including senior level briefings and presentations, both for internal and external audiences with appropriate attention to detail
  • Ability to deal with competing demands, work well under pressure and maintain fruitful collaboration with a large range of stakeholders
  • Willingness and ability to travel
  • Commitment to Save the Children’s mission, values and approach (includes child focus and equal opportunities).


  • A demonstrable commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion and their practical application and integration in the work environment
  • A commitment to Save the Children UK’s aims and core values of accountability, ambition, collaboration, creativity, and integrity

Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

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General Info

Date Entered/Updated
11th May, 2022
UK / Ireland – Remote
Expiry Date
31st May, 2022