Deputy Response Team Leader Operations - Romania

The Opportunity

Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the Deputy Response Team Leader Operations at Romania Save the Children International office location.


Following the start of the conflict in Ukraine, thousands of people fled to neighbouring countries including Romania which welcomed more than 90 thousand refugees. STC sent in an initial response team to assess needs of children and their families in Romania and is scaling up programmatic response with its main partner Save The Children Romania which have been working with asylum seekers and children for over 20 years and has a strong network with local civil society organization and authority. The progamme include operating safe space for children and mothers in reception and asylum centre, provision of NFI and psychosocial support at border crossing points, support integration of children in formal and informal education system, supporting child protection system when required, providing legal and other counselling support to families in need. SCI intend to implement a cash and voucher programme in Ukraine and neighbouring countries through UCAN project targeting people on the move and settling in Romania.

The Deputy Team Leader of Operations is providing support the Team Leader in managing the Romania refugee response, and provide operational expertise and direction in delivering programmes, in collaboration with the Middle East and Eastern Europe Regional office SMT members. The post-holder will effectively and efficiently coordinate operations systems, processes and activities so that programmes are delivered on time according to organisational strategy, operational plans, donor requirements and within allocated budgets. They will take leadership on aspects related to management of the field offices’ structures and, dependant on size and structure of the response will include the management of other relevant programme delivery departments, such as security, logistics and fleet/transport systems, awards management. The post holder will play a strategic role in the effective scale up and management of Save the Children emergency programmes to increase impact and enable positive change for children.



  • Extensive experience of working within a senior management role within a complex country programme in an emergency response or fragile state; and/or extensive experience of setting up responses in out of area contexts (either where no SC presence or CO presence); and/or extensive experience of working in high income contexts
  • Previous experience of managing programme teams in large-scale first phase emergency response is essential
  • Education to MSc/MA/MEng level in a relevant subject or equivalent field experience
  • Previous experience of managing a large multi-sector, multi-national team
  • Previous experience of programme management across multiple locations
  • Experience of managing multi-donor, multi-site, multi-sector programmes (including ECHO, DFID and OFDA) Security management experience across a large programme.
  • Demonstrated ability to set up operational management systems in a large complex programme
  • In depth knowledge and experience of logistics systems and requirements in a multi field office, multi programme setting
  • Experience of supporting MEAL systems in large complex programmes
  • Proven ability of mentoring and coaching
  • Experience of senior level representation
  • Experience of developing and negotiating successful partnerships with institutional donors
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proven ability to influence change at an operational and strategic level
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • A high level of written and spoken English


  • Fluent in Romanian
  • Media experience
  • Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant regions/context

This role will be based in Romania 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 copy of the full role profile can be found 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.

Job description:

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Date advertised: 29 Apr 2022

Closing date: 29 May 2022 - 16:59 CST

Location: Worldwide, Worldwide

Department: Programme Operations

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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