Chief of Party


The Opportunity


Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfill their potential. We work together, with our partners from civil societies and government, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. We reached approximately two million populations and invests over 40 million US dollars annually to reach more children than ever before, through programs in Health, Nutrition, Education, Protection and Child Rights and Governance, Livelihood, HIV, and AIDS, and Humanitarian Crises.

Save the Children (SC) is seeking a Project Director/Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated USAID-funded Adolescent Reproductive Health/Family Planning (RH/FP) program in Nepal. The COP will oversee project design and implementation and provide technical expertise and quality assurance for project activities. S/he will be SC’s primary point of contact with all relevant stakeholders, including USAID, Ministry of Health, and other international and local partners. The COP will lead a team of experts implementing project activities; prepare reports, annual operating plans, and project deliverables; and ensure the program is compliant with USAID and Save the Children’s regulations. As the project is expected to align with the objectives of the Government of Nepal, the COP will also ensure all activities support in-country priorities, complement existing initiatives, and include plans for sustainability.


This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.

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.



  • Lead the development of all project deliverables (e.g., strategic plans, annual and quarterly work plans, detailed budgets, procurement, and supply management plans);
  • Supervise and monitor the work of project staff and performance of consortium partners, providing support to ensure high-quality implementation that aligns with USAID guidelines and FP High Impact Practices;
  • Oversee the development and application of strong M&E systems, program monitoring tools, and efficient mechanisms that support high-quality implementation;
  • Emphasize the use of data and learning for ongoing program improvement and adaptation;
  • Establish compliance with US Government regulations, policies, and procedures and Save the Children guidelines;
  • Represent the project externally and maintain effective communication, coordination, and positive relationships with key counterparts, such as from USAID, Government of Nepal ministries and divisions (e.g., Ministry of Health and Population, Family Welfare Division, and the National Health Training Center), other international implementing partners, and local NGOs;
  • Actively participate as a member of the Country Extended Senior Management Team, contributing to country strategic plans;
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where the project team strives to achieve excellence and ensure a cohesive workplace for optimum staff retention;
  • Ensure staff understand SC’s vision and values and fully adhere to SC’s Code of Conduct principles;
  • Ensure project funds are used appropriately and efficiently; and
  • Lead coordination and maintain communication with SCUS


Qualifications and Experience

  • Masters-level degree in Public Health, Non-Profit Management, Clinical background in medicine or nursing or related
  • Minimum 10 years (7 years for GSI group)* of professional experience designing, managing, and implementing donor-funded FP/RH, adolescent health, social and behavior change, and/or health systems strengthening programs;
  • At least five years of experience in a senior management role (e.g., as a Program Director, COP, or Deputy COP) leading large, multi-stakeholder programming in a developing country or countries.



  • Familiarity with the processes, procedures, and policies of the Government of Nepal;
  • In-depth knowledge of USAID approaches and regulations;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead teams effectively;
  • Creative problem-solving skills with the ability to work effectively in resource-constrained environments; and
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of Nepali


Required No.(s): 1(National / International)

Contract length: Fixed Term

Location: Based in Country Office, Kathmandu

 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 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.

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.

Save the Children does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.


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