Deputy Chief of Party

Save the Children, Phnum Penh, Cambodia
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Job Summary

Job Description

The role

The role purpose of the Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP), FCF|REACT is to provide strategic support to the Chief of Party to ensure that the program outcomes are achieved, on time and on budget with effective engagement of key stakeholders.

There will be an initial specific focus on the EU-funded REACT (Responsive and Effective Child Welfare Systems Transformation) program as well as ongoing support to the USAID-funded FCF program. This will include effective management and capacity building of partner organisations, facilitation of strategic engagement with the key government ministry/ies, and donor engagement. The DCoP is a strategically important member of the FCF|REACT team and sits on the FCF|REACT management team and Country Office Extended Senior Management Team (ESMT).

The Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP), FCF|REACT will:

  • Manage and be accountable for activity implementation in line with the implementation plan and budget as agreed to achieve the stated outcomes.
  • Manage and be accountable for approximately nine funded partner organisations, identify any capacity challenges and address these with partner senior management, as required.
  • Facilitate strategic engagement with officials from the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) and other key ministries, at all levels, to enable clear communication, planning and implementation for FCF|REACT including facilitating the government engagement groups (i.e Advisory Board, Secretariat and other cross departments)
  • Build strong relationships with donors and Save the Children members colleagues to ensure effective reporting of achievements and challenges.
  • Engage closely with the FCF|REACT team, particularly the Finance, Child Protection, M&E and Communication colleagues as well as the Country Office team.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

Qualifications and experience


  • Master’s Degree in development or any relevant equivalent field
  • Strategic project management and leadership skills, working in complex environments.
  • A good understanding of child protection, family care and alternative care and other key areas of child protection programming and an understanding of the legal framework and laws related to child protection.
  • A sound understanding of the CP sector in Cambodia, including the work of government agencies, NGO’s and UN agencies.
  • Strong ability to build positive, influential relationships (particularly with partners and government) to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Experience working effectively with government at both national and sub-national levels.
  • Ability to analyse information, evaluate options, and provide recommendations.
  • Strong ability to effectively, and positively, represent organisation/project.
  • Proactive problem solving skills, considering the risks and opportunities posed.

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.

  • Report writing skills, in both Khmer and English.

  • Willingness and ability to change work practices and hours, to be flexible and responsive in the event of emergencies.

  • Ability and willingness to travel.

Commitment to Save the Children values and willingness to abide by SCI’s Child Safe Guarding/Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct


  • Existing relationships with government departments and local NGO partners.
  • Excellent IT (Microsoft Office) skills

Contract length:** Unspecified Duration Contract (UDC)

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 workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.