DIRECTOR – PDQL – Save the Children – Jakarta

The role

We are currently looking for Director of Program Development, Quality and Learning (PDQL-D) to be based in Indonesia.


Yayasan Sayangi Tunas Cilik (Save the Children Indonesia) is changing for the better. We’ve begun to build a national organization that aims to be a strong, local, and self-sustaining voice for children in Indonesia. To this end, SC Indonesia has been designated as a “Prospect Member“. As ‘Prospect Member’ Indonesia has been identified as part of the next way of new member development, which focusses on strengthening and localizing our voice for children in strategic middle income countries. Indonesia has been authorized by member ballot to start fundraising locally as a first step towards building a financially sustainable local organization. Future work will also involve developing a strong local governance structure and building key partnerships with local government, the private sector, local civil society among others. Success of the pilot phase will set Indonesia on a pathway to full membership.

The Director of Program Development, Quality and Learning (PDQL-D) shares in the overall responsibility for the leadership, strategic vision and direction of the Yayasan Sayangi Tunas Cilik country programme. The PDQL-D in his/her capacity is responsible for overseeing and ensuring strategic development of high quality, evidence based, innovative programs, in all settings and contexts, that deliver immediate and lasting change for children and contribute to Save the Children’s global breakthroughs; leading the development and implementation of the Country Strategic Plan (CSP); ensuring robust learning and knowledge management processes are in place; and coordinating external representation. The role will lead on provision of technical inputs to ensure achievement of advocacy goals at sub-national and national levels. The role will also lead on revenue generation and increasing the country’s funding portfolio in line with the CSP, through leading on program design and development of funding proposals. One of the key aspects of the role is ensuring capacity building, mentoring and coaching of technical advisors, MEAL and Research team in order to build technical excellence and ensure a strong PDQL department.

The PDQL-D plays a crucial leadership role in the Indonesia Programme and operates in a challenging role within a complex environment requiring a dedicated, experienced and highly motivated leader who can operate in a high profile, rapidly transitioning environment. The PDQL-D leads a team who deliver on the key areas of accountability through their leadership, collaboration, coordination and support to all country office teams. The post holder will work very closely with multiple internal stakeholders including Program Implementations, Awards, Humanitarian, Advocacy and Campaigns, and Fundraising, Marketing and Communications teams in raising the profile of Save the Children in Indonesia on the following area:

  • Strategic Planning: will work closely with CEO, COO, Advocacy Director and Fundraising & Marketing Director, and will contribute to HR (Child Safeguarding), Risk, and Finance (Budgeting).
  • Technical Excellence in Programming: will work closely with HR, Program Implementation Director, and Advocacy Director, and will contribute to Technical Advisors, Area PDQ, MEAL, and Program Implementation Director.
  • Program Design and Technical Assistance: will work closely with Humanitarian, Area Managers, Area PDQ, Program Implementation Director, Awards, Advocacy Director, HR (Child Safeguarding), Finance, and will contribute to Risk.
  • Research, Evidence and Learning: will work closely with Advocacy Director, Program Implementation Director, Communications (Evidence Publication), and Technical Advisors, and will contribute to HR on setting up technical competencies, Communications (Branding), and Fundraising.
  • Program Development: will work closely with CEO, Awards, Area PDQ, Finance, Advocacy and Campaign, and will contribute to Risk.
  • Fundraising: will work closely with CEO, Finance, Awards, Area Managers, and Program Implementation Director.

The post holder will contribute to the standards as noted in the Member Accountability Framework as follows:

  • Lead on High Quality Programmes
  • Co-lead on Effective Management, specifically on Strategy and Planning
  • Co-lead on Financial Sustainability and Growth, specifically on Fundraising
  • Co-lead on Effective Advocacy for Children
  • Contribute to Strong Governance and Leadership
  • Contribute to achieving Strong Brand
  • Contribute to robust Child Safeguarding
  • Contribute to management having an active role in the movement

The post holder will be responsible for the following Global KPI’s:

  • Lead on KPI 06: On-time reporting (Member) and KPI 07: Quality of reporting
  • Lead on KPI 15-19: Gender Marker, Meal Resourcing, Evaluation Report Quality, Quality Benchmarks, Accountability Mechanism
  • Lead on MI 06: On-time reporting (Donor), MI 07: Outstanding Reports, MI11: Portfolio Sustainability and MI12: Proposal Win Rate
  • Contribute to achievement of Risk and Financial Management indicators
  • Contribute to achievement of Global Management Indicators

Qualifications and experience


Masters’ degree in a technical field relevant to Save the Children’s key area of work.


  • A minimum of seven years of progressive senior management and/ or development experience in a corporate or an NGO environment, including experience directing and implementing programs for children.
  • A very good understanding of at least 3 of the sectoral programmes and a working knowledge of the programme priorities of the Country Office.
  • Strong skills and proven experience in leading strategic planning.
  • Substantial experience and knowledge of effective financial and budgetary control and securing and managing grants (e.g., USAID, SIDA and DIFD grants).
  • Strong skills and proven experience of new program development and design of donor proposals with corporate sector, foundations and institutional donors.
  • Solid project cycle management skills related to organisational development projects and international, cross-functional teams with a proven history of delivering results.
  • Experience in developing, using, managing and developing Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) systems.
  • Ability to analyse information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Excellent listening and inter-personal skills; ability to work with diversified populations.
  • Effective negotiator, with the capacity and ability to positively influence and represent Save the Children internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming teams, particularly during emergencies and to meet proposal deadlines.


  • An in depth understanding of national and international development issues in particular in relation to children.
  • Experience working with high level government agencies and academics on issues related to children
  • Management and leadership skills and experience including demonstrated capacity to successfully lead diverse teams.
  • Training, capacity building, coaching and mentorship skills.
  • High level of self-awareness and willingness to take criticism as an opportunity for growth.
  • Advanced fluency in both English and Bahasa desirable.
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches.

Contract length: 2 years

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.

Application Information:

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

Closing date for this advert is 7 March 2018.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

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