Director of HR and Organizational Development

Save the Children, Juba, South Sudan

Skill Required:, HR and AdminTraining and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
8th April, 2020

Job Description


Reports to: Country Director with indirect reporting lines to the Regional HR Director

South Sudan is one of the most challenging and exciting working environments that Save the Children currently works in. The newest country in the world, its legacy of thirty years of war has yet to be even partly addressed as its new government struggles to both mature and reach out to its people.

More than 6.1 million people – one-half of the population – are in need of humanitarian assistance in South Sudan as a result of continued violence, the impact of a poor harvest and economic downturn. Humanitarian needs exist in all parts of the country, with a recent deterioration of the food security situation and the outbreak of diseases such as cholera and measles. Despite constraints and dangers, humanitarian workers have managed to provide assistance and alleviate the suffering of over 2.8 million South Sudanese to date in 2016. Save the Children has been active in South Sudan for over 20 years.


  • A minimum of 10 years of management experience in a corporate or an NGO environment, including experience in the development and implementation of strategic and operational HR plans through a number of planning cycles
  • Post-Graduate qualifications in Personnel Management or Business Administration (MBA) with specialisation in Human Resources
  • Ability to plan and organize a substantial workload that includes complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities in both development and emergency contexts
  • Highly developed communication skills both written and verbal in order to establish effective relationships with a wide variety of internal and external audiences, including at a geographical distance.
  • Resourcefulness and creativity in order to develop the role of HR / Admin within the Country Office and ensure the most effective support to line management.
  • Experience in capacity building and setting frameworks for staff development.
  • Experience in advising managers on a wide range of HR issues and topics
  • Demonstrated credibility with colleagues and stakeholders at all levels of an organization
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to lead during through periods of change
  • Leadership skills, including the ability to supervise, delegate, coach and mentor both individuals and teams.
  • Analytical, with demonstrated ability to make difficult decisions
  • Ability to coach, mentor, delegate appropriately and provide developmental guidance to supervised staff
  • Team building skills
  • Willingness and ability to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies
  • High level of commitment to the principles of development and to the organizational and programmatic goals of Save the Children


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