Head of Civil Military Engagement Unit

Save the Children International

The Opportunity

Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the Head of Civil Military Engagement Unit in Any existing SCI location


Within Save the Children, the Head of the Civ/Mil Engagement Unit will establish and drive the global Relations with Armed Actors, Access and Negotiations Initiative (RAANI) strategy by fostering cross-functional collaboration across the Humanitarian Team and the wider Save the Children movement.

The Head of the Civ/Mil Engagement Unit will lead the strategic development and embedding of the global policy, approaches, tools and processes related to relations with armed actors, humanitarian access, and humanitarian negotiations. The role will provide strategic leadership in the design, business development, quality implementation and management of related activities and programmes, influencing change and management of relations at all levels. S/he will leverage ongoing learning and activities across global humanitarian and all context teams, while mobilizing resources and supporting advocacy, ultimately to position Save the Children as a thought leader and response actor. The Head of the Civ/Mil Engagement Unit will be expected to resolve, adapt, develop solutions and recommend changes and/or to introduce new procedures and practices with longterm impact across the intersection of Relations with Armed Actors, access negotiations, and these related functions.

The role holder will have a significant level of internal and external representation and communications responsibilities, requiring strong negotiation and influencing skills, vis a vis decision makers, donors, and senior representatives of the global humanitarian community.

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



  • Higher level education degree, Masters or above, in a relevant field (e.g., IHL, Protection of Civilians, International Development, International Relations, Peacebuilding, or Security Studies)
  • Demonstrated technical knowledge of relations with armed actors, civil-military coordination, humanitarian negotiations, humanitarian access,internal and external advocacy, as well as sectors that Save the Children works in, particularly Child Protection and Centrality of Protection
  • At least 5-7 years direct experience working at country or regional level humanitarian and development structures
  • Superiour ability to work across a network of internal and external stakeholders to build a common vision and coordinate actions
  • Demonstrated experience mobilizing resources for humanitarian or development programming, including developing concept notes to full proposals
  • Excels at project management, including establishing systems and processes to promote consistent implementation and timeline follow-up to deliver in scope, on time, and within budget
  • Experience managing staff and teams to drive high performance and results, while fostering a supportive and positive remote work environment
  • Wide experience and comfort in external representation and strategic collaboration with partners, institutional and private donors, as well as international multilateral organizations
  • Significant ability to work in a fast-paced environment and adapt work plans depending on external opportunities; ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple demands while maintaining high-quality standards
  • Willingness to travel to high-risk environments with ongoing humanitarian response, as needed
  • Demonstrated commitment to the Save the Children mission and values
  • Fluent spoken and written English


  • Additional languages, particularly French, Spanish and/or Arabic.

We can offer circa £63,000 per annum (If based in UK) with an option of flexible working hours. If the role is based outside of the UK, National T&C (including pay) will apply.

This role can be based in London or any existing Save the Children International office location on approval, provided the successful candidate has proof of eligibility to work from the preferred location.

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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 salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at www.savethechildren.net/careers/apply

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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