Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. The Head of Digital Solutions will be vital in driving Save the Children’s digital transformation that will allow the NGO to increase its reach and impact. They will implement digital tools that make the work of aid workers more effective, contributing to bettering the lives of millions of children.
About Save the Children
Many children still start life at a disadvantage simply because of who they are and where they are born. They get caught up in war zones, face poverty, disease, and hunger, are impacted by climate change, or are denied an education and other basic rights owed to them. Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. The NGO champions the rights and interests of children worldwide to ensure they not only survive but thrive.
Save the Children responds to major emergencies, delivers innovative development programs, and ensures children’s voices are heard through its campaigns. In 2021, the organization reached nearly forty-three million children across 118 countries. They responded to over a hundred humanitarian emergencies and were involved in more than 250 significant policy and legislative changes. In its work, Save the Children adopts a broader scope than just children. If the best way to protect their rights to survival, protection, and education is to, e.g., train teachers, instruct nurses, and educate local communities, the organization wholeheartedly does so.
“Our ambition for 2030 is to create a world in which no child dies from preventable causes before their fifth birthday, where all children get quality basic education, and violence against children is no longer tolerated.” – Inger Ashing, CEO
Save the Children is a global membership organization consisting of Save the Children International and thirty national institutions. The local organizations focus on aiding children in their region, while Save the Children International supports and strengthens the organization’s global efforts. Next year, the NGO expects to collect 2.7 billion dollars from its donors: from the US government and the EU to many individual contributors. Thanks to their generosity, Save the Children and its twenty-five thousand dedicated staff members can continue to help children worldwide, giving them a better future.
Vacancy: Head of Digital Solutions
A central part of Save the Children’s strategy is to use data and digital technology to ensure quality education, healthcare, and protection for millions more children. That is why Save the Children International is building a team of digital experts and change agents to help the organization expand and accelerate its impact. The Head of Digital Solutions will be part of this new team. Their responsibility will be to identify specific solutions to address some of our most pressing challenges and partner effectively to bring those solutions to scale. Their portfolio will likely include a case management tool to help reunite families that have been separated and solutions to support frontline healthcare workers to diagnose, treat, and/or refer their patients.
“It might be easy to get overwhelmed by the scope of the role. Ultimately, it’s all about focus, about picking the right opportunities. The people in our organizations are open to change and keen to embrace whatever improvement you offer them. That makes this a gratifying job.” – Michael Koutstaal, Chief Transformation Office
The Head of Digital Solutions will be responsible for implementing digital solutions in a humanitarian or development context. Stakeholder management and engagement are crucial elements of that challenge. They will need to identify technology partners to work with and support our local teams to engage with governments, regulators, and other local actors to implement new solutions. The scope of the Head of Digital Solutions will demand solid project management skills and credibility in their interactions with senior leaders and subject matter experts.
To be successful, the Head of Digital Solutions should welcome the challenge of driving a digital transformation in an environment with lots of ambiguity and a lack of data. They will pick up and manage projects from day one and should be open to rolling up their sleeves and getting into the nuts and bolts of the organization. That makes this position a suitable next step for a someone who longs to deliver lasting impact at scale and make a positive difference to the lives of millions of children.
Save the Children is working with Top of Minds to fill this vacancy.
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