Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential. We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises. Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with 15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office.
Duties and responsibilities:
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
To carry out the responsibilities of the role in a way that reflects Save the Children’s commitment to safeguarding children in accordance with the Child Safeguarding Policy.
- Line management for FSL volunteers and coordination with local partners
- Responsible for all FSL kick-off meetings, targeting, verification of beneficiaries, direct implementation of activities, monitoring, review and Closure meetings.
- Contribute to the development of FSL sector strategy, technical SOPs, and guidelines by conducting need assessments and discussions with the community.
- Ensure that humanitarian international standards and approaches are adhered to (such as, but not limited to, Humanitarian Accountability Partnership International (HAP-I) Benchmarks, SPHERE, DAC Accountability Framework) and Save the Children’s Child Rights Programming tools and approaches.
- Ensure compliance of projects implementation to Donor and SC regulations.
- Support the management of food security and livelihood (FSL) awards, ensuring that operational aspects of projects and reports are delivered according to SC and donor contractual requirements, within the agreed timescale and budget.
- Act as cash transfer programming focal point in the field, social protection support in management of the cash delivery service provider and transporters, conduct periodic review and jointly develop improvement plans.
FSL Project Management:
- In collaboration with FSL coordinator,
- responsible for preparation and timely delivery of detailed projects implementation,
- procurement and budget spending plans whilst ensuring that off targets are timely identified and mitigated.
- Develop tools and templates to monitor the progress and implementation of FSL activities
- Responsible for technical capacity support on implementation modalities, plans and strategies., including cash and social support programs.
- Manage effective planning, coordination and communication with service provider, transporter, logistics and field team to ensure cohesive implementation of the FSL and cash transfer activities.
- Identify learning and training opportunities for staff and volunteers and work as a mentor and role model for less experienced staff.
- Provide necessary technical training and develop appropriate technical guidelines and materials to SC’s and partner’s staff.
- Line management of junior project staffs/volunteers and conduct mid-term and annual performance review ensure clear objectives are set and conduct regular feedback sessions.
- Ensure integration/coordination from both design and implementation of actions with other sectors (Education, WASH, Nutrition, Health and Child protection).
- Conduct frequent field visit to project areas to ensure quality implementation, provide technical guidance.
- Conduct monthly project progress reviews including progress against objective, indicators, activities as well as budget vs actual and report on the project progress.
- Responsible for FSL projects monitoring, taking corrective measures and ensure that resources are used effectively.
- Responsible for quality and timely preparations of internal reports, project progress reports and any other SC internal reports as required.
Programme Development and Quality:
- Support on context analysis, identification of needs and participate actively in development and review of FSL need assessments, post distribution surveys and annual plans in line with SC country strategic plan.
- Actively involve in development of quality/wining FSL concept notes and project proposals. This include provision of technical inputs, development of theory of change & Logframes, activity budget and review of proposals.
- Lead market price monitorings, Integrate and promote market-based responses with lens of recovery, resilience and gender.
- Contribute in FSL sector strategy development, annual planning, and reporting.
- With support from FSL coordinator & MEAL team, lead technical and needs assessment and timely submission of quality reports.
- Work closely with the MEAL team, to support continuous monitoring of project implementation, quality, measuring of all indicators as well as ensuring that accountability mechanisms in place are reviewed, known to and utilised by beneficiaries. Review all complaints and work with responsible field technical teams or stakeholders to resolve them.
- Provide evidence and learning on Food Security and Livelihoods. Work with MEAL proactively lead and/or support documentation lessons learnt, best practices, case studies for projects to inform improved design of new projects and showcasing SC work to key stakeholders
Representation, coordination, and Advocacy:
- Liaise and collaborate with relevant local and national stakeholders, and represent SC in relevant coordination meetings.
- Represent the principles and work of Save the Children to donors, United Nations, NGOs and INGOs, government and other forum at state level as and when required.
- Ensure effective stakeholder participation throughout the project implementation.
- Responsible for the development of advocacy messages within projects, ensuring linkages to overall country advocacy plan.
- In collaboration with senior programme staff, assist in advocacy activities that target decision-makers at all levels.
COMPETENCIES FOR THIS ROLE:
- Delivering Results
Takes personal responsibility and holds other accountable for delivering high quality, timely response, meeting the priorities of affected communities.
Programme Support (typically will be for small or medium-sized emergencies):
- Complies with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures;
- Ensures efficient and transparent use of resources in accordance with internal controls
- Actively manages risk and takes action to reduce risk.
- Actively engages in disaster coordination mechanisms and interagency cooperation
- Leads on the development of an organisational response based on an understanding of the contexts
- Creates measures and metrics to track performance;
- Documents lessons learned and applies them to future projects
- Innovating and Adapting:
Develops and implements innovative solutions to adapt and succeed in ever-changing and uncertain global and working environments.
- Makes changes to improve performance as a result of information received.
- Ensures beneficiary and partner feedback is incorporated into programme design, planning and learning;
- Adapts plans and approaches based upon awareness of the external context
- Openly talks about doing things differently, pushing the boundaries and ways of working.
- Working effectively with others
Works collaboratively to achieve shared goals and thrives on diversity of people and perspectives.
- Develops strategies for teams to work across traditional boundaries, working in diverse environments.
- Establishes clear objectives with teams and individuals and monitors progress and performance
- Promotes collaborative working across boundaries.
- Uses negotiation and conflict resolution skills to support positive outcomes
- Demonstrates an understanding of wider UN/NGO security coordination and how the organisation can benefit from, and contribute to, those mechanisms
- Undertakes effective risk assessments and develops contingency plans
- Takes appropriate, coordinated and consistent action to handle situations of personal risk and risk for others
Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:
- University degree in Social Sciences, Development studies, Rural Development, Agriculture/food security, Economics and/or related discipline.
- Minimum 3 years of experience from working as a Project Manager in a humanitarian setting managing food security and Livelihoods programming
- Management experience of operational aspects of Cash Transfer and FSL Programming.
- Understanding of field level representation with key stakeholders and co-ordination with other NGOs/UN
- Strong ability to work with diverse groups/individuals – ranging from local partners, local authorities, humanitarian community and the private sector.
- Demonstrable understanding of M&E and beneficiary accountability
- Excellent planning, management and coordination skills, with the ability to organise a substantial workload comprised of complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities
- Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy;
- A high level of written and spoken English;
- The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances;
- Good attention to detail;
- Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant regions/contexts;
- Experience in the livelihood assessments, both field data collection and analysis.
- Commitment to the aims and principles of Save the Children. In particular, a good understanding of the mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support
- Programme management experience including WFP and institutional donors such as DFID, OFDA, FFO and ECHO
- National level representation with key stakeholders and co-ordination with other NGOs/UN;