Save the Children International
Head of Child Poverty Reduction – Flexible (Garowe/ Hargeisa/ Mogadishu)
Title: Head of Child Poverty Reduction – Flexible (Garowe/ Hargeisa/ Mogadishu)
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Contract Duration: Two Years
Location: Flexible Garowe/ Hargeisa/ Mogadishu
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TITLE: Head of Child Poverty Reduction – Somalia Country Office
|TEAM/PROGRAMME: Programme Development and Quality (PDQ) Team||LOCATION: Somalia/Somaliland – Flexible (Garowe /Hargeisa / Mogadishu)|
|GRADE: Nat 1 / Tier 4||CONTRACT TYPE: National/International|
|CONTRACT LENGTH: 2 Years|
Level 3: the role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.
The Head of Child Poverty Reduction takes overall responsibility in setting the strategic direction, growth and coordination of Save the Children International’s work on Child Poverty Reduction in Somalia, which includes cash transfer programming, social protection and shock responsive safety nets, economic resilience, climate adaptation and resilience, food security and livelihoods and youth economic empowerment programming, including TVET. This includes leading and overseeing the development and delivery of high quality and cost-effective programmes in both humanitarian and long -term development settings, resulting in immediate and lasting change for children. In collaboration with the Research and Evaluations team, the Head of Child Poverty Reduction will also provide technical leadership in child poverty focused studies, documentation and dissemination of innovations and good practices to inform project design, implementation and policy and advocacy efforts in line with the Country Office’s Evidence & Learning Agenda. S/he will also be responsible for networking, collaboration and partnerships with relevant stakeholders in the country, Government ministries, UN agencies and civil society organisations, as well as playing a leading role in establishing, maintaining and expanding donor relations to mobilise resources in line with the sector’s strategic ambitions.
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.
SCOPE OF ROLE:
Reports to: Deputy Director for Programme Development & Quality
Staff directly reporting to this post: 4 Technical Specialists (1 focused on economic resilience, 1 focused on anticipatory action, 1 on Youth Economic Empowerment and 1 on Social Protection)
Budget Responsibilities: None
Primary Technical area: Child Poverty Reduction
Secondary Technical area: Food Security & Livelihoods/Economic Resilience, Child Sensitive Social Protection/Shock Responsive Safety Nets, Youth Economic Empowerment
Dimensions: Save the Children has been working in Somalia for more almost 70 years. The Country Office has 600 staff across 14 field offices (Boroma, Burao and Hargeisa in Somaliland; Bosasso, Garowe, Galkayo and Gardo in Puntland; Beletweyne, Adaado, Abudwak, Baidoa, Kismayo, Dhobley and Mogadishu in Central South Somalia). In 2020, with an annual spent of US$117 million, we reached more than 3 million people through our humanitarian and longer-term development work in Child Survival (Health, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH)); Education; Child Poverty Reduction; Child Protection; and Child Rights Governance. Our Child Poverty Reduction portfolio for 2020 was $29.8million, accounting for 26% of the overall portfolio, with key donors being USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), European Union, FCDO, BMZ (Germany), African Development Bank.
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
Provide technical inputs into the design, development, monitoring and reporting of the Country Strategic Plan and Annual Plans, including driving the development and realisation of ambitious yet practical Child Poverty strategies and plans
Provide strategic direction and leadership to the Child Poverty Reduction team to roll out global initiatives in Somalia aimed at delivering concrete results for the three organisational breakthroughs for children (Survive, Learn, Be Protected)
Work with other thematic leads to seek opportunities and linkages, wherever applicable, for programmatic integration with other thematic areas (Child protection, Education, Health, Nutrition, WASH) to increase depth of impact for vulnerable children
Provide thought leadership and technical guidance to the Senior Management Team (SMT), Program Development & Quality (PDQ) department and Child Poverty Reduction team to advance Save the Children’s relevance in Child Poverty Reduction sub-themes in relation to emerging trends and priorities, such as Anticipatory Action, Social Protection, Climate Change, Urbanisation, Localisation etc.
Actively inputs into strategic fundraising to support implementation of the Child Poverty Reduction Strategic Plan, including analysis of donor priorities and positions on issues related to child poverty, and identify synergies and scope for collaboration
Along with the Country Director, Deputy Country Director – PDQ and Head of Program Development, maintain excellent professional relationships with key government stakeholders, existing donors, as well as engaging potential donors, to continuously leverage support and resources for the Child Poverty Reduction portfolio
Provide timely and quality technical inputs into project design and proposal development for Child Poverty funding opportunities by bringing together learnings from programme delivery, global best practices, innovation, and donor interests.
Lead and work together with the Child Poverty Reduction technical specialists and operations teams to ensure that Child Poverty Reduction programs are implemented to a high standard of quality, are cost-effective, and sustainable, including undertaking regular project monitoring and provision of technical recommendations
Lead and work together with the Child Poverty Reduction technical specialists to provide technical supportive supervision to project teams, including training on appropriate approaches and methodologies; conceptual and practical frameworks; monitoring frameworks, standards and tools for effective and quality delivery of Child Poverty Reduction programmes
Provide technical review, guidance and inputs to donor reports to ensure that the reports are of high technical quality, aligning to Child Poverty Reduction strategic plans and deliverables in project proposals.
Representation and Advocacy:
Represent and position Save the Children Somalia programme in high-level and strategic internal and external fora related to child poverty, including influencing key stakeholders in Somalia e.g. donors, Government, UN agencies and NGOs
Work closely with the Head of Advocacy and Campaigns to develop and disseminate policy briefs and position papers in child poverty in line with the Country Strategic Plan and global strategy of Save the Children
Identify and capitalise on key opportunities and events for Save the Children to showcase and position itself as the leading organisation for child poverty reduction, linked to realising children’s rights in Somalia.
Learning and Knowledge Management:
Work closely with the Research, Evaluation, Accountability, Learning & Monitoring (REALM) team to track progress towards Child Poverty Reduction programme and global indicators, and utilisation of data to inform decision making and course correction
Lead and foster a culture in the technical and operations teams of the systematic collecting, documenting, sharing and utilising of evidence, learning and best practices in Child Poverty Reduction to drive quality and impact of programming and advocacy
Provide technical review, guidance and inputs into Child Poverty Reduction focused research studies and evaluations and facilitate the dissemination and uptake of research findings, learning and best practices documentation in child poverty both internally and externally to donors, governments, consortium partners and other key actors
Serve as a technical knowledge, skills and experience hub for the sector in Somalia, and in doing so play a leading role in introducing innovations in Child Poverty Reduction programmes gained from existing and emerging Save the Children’s global, regional and Somalia knowledge and practices.
People Management & Development:
Provide leadership to the Child Poverty Reduction team, including strategic vision and direction, team cohesion and team building
Lead, in coordination with HR, the recruitment, professional development and promotion of direct line reports as appropriate, including the identification of development opportunities, such as coaching/training/stretch assignments to build and maintain technical skills and competencies required for leading first class programmes
Provide day-to-day direct line management of the Child Poverty Reduction technical specialists, including: Managing and defining expectations; delegation of roles, responsibilities and tasks among the team; providing technical guidance and support to the team as needed
Undertake performance management, including setting of annual goals and quarterly deliverables, undertaking quarterly reviews, and provision of feedback to ensure delivery of results
Support the development of an organisational culture that reflects our dual mandate values, promotes accountability and high performance, encourages a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation, and frees up our people to deliver outstanding results for children and excellent customer service for our members and donors.
SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice):
Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
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
Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
Builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
Values diversity and different people’s perspectives, able to work cross-culturally
Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
Cuts away bureaucracy and encourages an entrepreneurial approach
Honest, encourages openness and transparency, builds trust and confidence
Displays consistent excellent judgement.
Master’s degree in social sciences; economics; natural resource management or a related field.
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
8 years’ experience in developing, overseeing and delivering high quality and cost-effective poverty reduction programmes (experience in social protection or youth economic empowerment or climate change/economic resilience preferable)
Experience in strategic planning, including an ability to prioritize among competing demands and opportunities, and an ability to scan the horizon and manage risks
Experience working in Somalia or similar fragile/conflict/humanitarian contexts is desirable
Experience of working with local/national governments and capacity building of systems, partners and staff
Ability to extensively travel for project monitoring and provide on-site technical support to field teams
Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner, and experience of being a strategic influencer with relevant stakeholders, building personal networks at senior levels, resulting in securing significant new opportunities for the organization
Experience of building, leading and developing staff in a matrix management and remote management environment
Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
Strong results delivery with the ability to solve complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in
Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies
Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required
Commitment to Save the Children values.
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.
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures. The post holder must commit to work in an international agency that respects racial diversity and fights racism in all forms; and to model positive behaviours and respect to all colleagues, partners and communities.
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.
Safeguarding our Staff and Adult Safeguarding:
The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy, all employees are also expected to carry out their duties in accordance with the SCI protection from sexual exploitation abuse policy.
Health and Safety
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.
Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.
Qualified persons with disabilities and qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.
Qualifications & Experience
- 8 years’ experience in developing, overseeing and delivering high quality and cost-effective poverty reduction programmes (experience in social protection or youth economic empowerment or climate change/economic resilience preferable)
- Experience in strategic planning, including an ability to prioritize among competing demands and opportunities, and an ability to scan the horizon and manage risks
- Experience working in Somalia or similar fragile/conflict/humanitarian contexts is desirable
- Experience of working with local/national governments and capacity building of systems, partners and staff
- Ability to extensively travel for project monitoring and provide on-site technical support to field teams Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner, and experience of being a strategic influencer with relevant stakeholders, building personal networks at senior levels, resulting in securing significant new opportunities for the organization
The Application will close on 24th June,2021
We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy
Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.
Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents
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