Human Resources & Administration Director

The Opportunity

As a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) in the Malawi, the Director of HR and Admin shares in the overall responsibility for the direction and coordination of the Country Office (CO).  The Director is accountable for the provision of effective HR service, staff development and in developing an organisational culture, which reflects Save the Children’s values, mission and purpose. In addition, the Director will be accountable for administrative services management, safeguarding, and relevant government relationships. The remit covers both emergencies and development programming contexts

In order to be successful you will bring/have:


  • Recommended minimum of 10 years management and organisational development experience in a corporate or an NGO environment, including experience in the development of strategic and operational support services plans and their implementation in a professional work environment over a sustained period of time
  • Bachelor degree in Human Resources Management, Business Administration, Social Sciences, or other related academic discipline essential
  • Masters and/or postgraduate specialisation in Human Resources or related field is preferred
  • Ability to plan and organise a substantial workload that includes complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities in both development and emergency contexts
  • Resourcefulness and creativity in developing the role of HR within the programme and ensuring the most effective support to line management;Willingness and ability to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies
  • Demonstrated credibility with colleagues and stakeholders at all levels of an organization
  • Strong motivator and proven track record of demonstrating leadership
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to demonstrate skills in leading a multi- disciplined team through a period of change
  • Leadership skills, including the ability to supervise and motivate qualified professional staff with strong personal value systems
  • Analytical, decision making and strategic planning skills and the ability to handle multiple priorities
  • 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  to ensure CO has the surge capacity to grow and to work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies
  • Competent level skills in core IT applications, particularly MS Office suite
  • A commitment to the values and principles of Save the Children’s mission

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector.  The role is open to Malawian nationals only.

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 current remuneration and 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.

Job description:

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Date advertised: 21 Jun 2022

Closing date: 8 Jul 2022 - 23:59 CAT

Location: Lilongwe, Malawi

Department: Human Resources

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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