Humanitarian Leadership Academy Regional Lead



The purpose of this role is to drive forward the localisation capacity strengthening agenda both across the movement and as a critical stakeholder in the wider ecosystem in the respective region. This role will work with the Humantarian Leadership Academy’s Head of Regions in the development of the WCA regional capacity strengthening model ensuring that it encapsulates the current capacity and partnerships in place and will increase the profile and identify opportunities both across the movement and the wider sector in the accessibility and uptake of learning solutions at a national and local level.


Reports to: Head of Humanitarian with matrix line management to the Humanitarian Leadership Academy’s Head of Regions

Staff directly reporting to this post: 2   

Role Dimension: This role will sit within the West and Central Africa (WCA) regional Humanitarian Unit and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy (HLA).  The HLA is a newly formed team combines digital learning platforms, creative learning content and the delivery of quality accredited capacity strengthening in an exciting offer that is both unique and unmatched anywhere across the sector.  Capacity-strengthening and user-centred learning is, and will continue to be, of increasing importance - a key area to ensure the sector is able to respond effectively and efficiently to crises. The new HLA enables SCUK to offer the most effective and impactful humanitarian capacity strengthening resource for both the Save the Children movement, the wider humanitarian sector and beyond.


Responsible for leading and setting the strategic direction of the regional capacity strengthening model and localisation agenda – this should include identifying the learning needs and opportunities across the region as well as identifying growth areas and ensuring coordination and complementarity of other capacity strengthening initiatives across the region with other stakeholders.

Work with relevant regional leads including Head of Humanitarian, Head of Regions in Humanitarian Leadership Academy and L&D leads to identify, prioritise and implement capacity strengthening work.

Lead a regional, cross sector capacity strengthening group to ensure greater coordination of efforts, develop emerging networks, information and knowledge exchange, identification of opportunities.

Provide effective coordination of the different regional initiatives including a capacity building component to ensure different programs are aligned to the same strategic direction of the regional capacity strengthening model.

Represent SC in external coordination forums to ensure adequate coordination with other stakeholders working on humanitarian capacity building (INGOs, UN Agencies, donors and other relevant organisations and platforms).

Lead regular communications and monitoring the evolution of SC strategic partnership with BIOFORCE. 

This role is part of the Extended Management Leadership Team (EMT) of the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, together with the Director and Heads of Team.  The EMT feeds into team vision and strategic decision-making, work planning, prioritisation and resource mobilisation, and ensures coordination across teams and consistency in communications, in accordance with the EMT Terms of Reference.

Accountable for developing the annual regional capacity strengthening plan for the SC movement which considers the learning needs and the learning solutions, products and services to meet these needs and how we can support the needs of other stakeholders in the region.

Manage and develop staff within the WCA Humanitarian Leadership Academy Centre, ensuring that they have relevant, clear and achievable objectives, manageable workloads and appropriate professional development plans.

Working closely with the PDQ team and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy’s Creative Partnerships and New Business Development Team in identifying and pursuing emerging partnerships and new business opportunities.

Chair the WCA Humanitarian Capacity Building steering group with all SC stakeholders involved in capacity building for the region to ensure coordination and complementary of different actions.

Representation on the HCBG [Humanitarian Capacity Building Group] including lead role in for the implementation and operationalisation of the HCBG workplan at the regional level.

Contribute to supporting strong ways of working across the HLA, as well as taking individual responsibility for building an inclusive and supportive team culture.

People Management:

As a people manager at Save the Children, you are responsible for managing employees and resources to achieve specific short and long term functional or organisational goals with integrity.  As a manager you are be self-aware and hold yourself and others accountable through performance and behaviour.  You’ll proactively develop relationships built on trust, provide staff with clear guidance and direction; use coaching techniques to support personal ambition and professional development.  You’ll create an inclusive environment where team members feel safe to express ideas and acknowledge mistakes.  You’ll support team, organisational and individual creativity, aligned to SCUK strategy and ensure the health and wellbeing of team members

The Regional Lead is to carry out the responsibilities of the role in a way which reflects:

Save the Children’s commitment to safeguarding children in accordance with the Child Safeguarding Policy,

A commitment to Save the Children’s vision, mission, values and approach,

A commitment to diversity and inclusivity and promoting equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work,

A commitment to effective management of risk, by operating within the Charity’s code of conduct, policies, procedures and controls and by carrying out the risk management and assurance responsibilities of the role as set out in the Risk Policy and Procedures.


Any other duties as assigned by the Head of Humanitarian and Head of Regions

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)


Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same

Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters

Values diversity and gender, sees it as a source of competitive strength


Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions

Willing to take disciplined risks.


Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity


Perfectly bilingual in English and French (reading/writing/speaking)

Strong understanding of the WCA context and dynamics, including field experience and good awareness of humanitarian issues

Strategic mind-set and approach with experience at working at senior levels within an organisation

Strong partnership working and influencing skills, including experience of developing partnerships with Universities, external organisations and leading strategic workstreams

Excellent programme management and organisational skills gained through managing complex cross-organisational projects

A strong understanding of adult learning and work-place learning methodology

Public speaking and training facilitation experience

Capacity to work independently and be proactive

Experience in developing new capacity building programmes, including overseeing writing of content

A good understanding of monitoring and evaluating approaches and methodologies

Experience of people development approaches and excellent facilitation and training skills

Experience of managing teams and individuals, including recruitment and selection processes

Budgeting, financial management skills gained through budget-holding responsibilities

Experience in a humanitarian programme and broad understanding of humanitarian issues, international relations and the international humanitarian system

Problem solving, negotiation and contracting skills

Ability to communicate ideas clearly and influence at a senior level

Coaching/mentoring skills

Opportunistic – able to spot the potential to build capacity in an emergency context

Advocacy and networking skills

Ability to travel internationally, occasionally at short notice and to remote and insecure locations

Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

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.

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Job description:

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Date advertised: 14 Sep 2021

Closing date: 28 Sep 2021 - 23:59 GMT

Location: Dakar, Senegal

Department: Programme Operations

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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