SNaP Project Manager – Hargeisa, Somaliland

Save the Children International

SNaP Project Manager – Hargeisa, Somaliland


Closing date 10 May 2021


[SNaP Project Manager]

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.

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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. We’re changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.


The SNaP Manager will assist the CRG/CP Programme Manager in developing, planning, implementing, monitoring, reporting and coordinate its works of child protection program activities in Somaliland. The Manager will lead the implementation of Challenging Harmful Attitudes and Norms Project that aims:

  • Enhancing civic engagement to support gender equality for women and girls
  • Improving knowledge of and attitudes to gender discriminatory social norms such as female genital mutilation and child marriage
  • Increasing social and economic empowerment of women and girls

Contract Duration: 12 Months

Location: Hargeisa


Programme development and implementation

  • Initiate, lead, organise and undertake (as applicable) together with other child protection team needs assessments and surveys that form the basis for initiating or developing new projects in relation to child protection, prevention/protecting children against harmful practices, violations, neglect, and abuse.
  • With support from the Child Protection Manager and/or other senior programme staff, develop project plans and budgets. From the strategy initiate programming in the following areas as appropriate:
    • Enhancing civic engagement to support gender equality for women and girls
    • Improving knowledge of and attitudes to gender discriminatory social norms such as female genital mutilation and child marriage
    • Increasing social and economic empowerment of women and girls
    • Support to the psychosocial (physical, social, emotional) wellbeing of children and their families
    • Prevention and response to sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) and gender-based violence (GBV)
    • Prevention and response to the main risks for children’s exposure to physical harm
    • Integration of child protection and gender in to other core sectors.
  • Prepare and oversee project implementation to ensure timely delivery of project activities (for example, monitoring against log frames, individual performance management work plans).
  • With support from the CP/CRG P. Manager prepare timely programme and donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal SC requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.
  • With support from the CP/CRG P. Manager with the HR team, identify technical staffing needs in Challenging Harmful Attitudes and Norms for Gender Equality and Empowerment and support rapid recruitment, induction and training of new staff.
  • With support from the CP/CRG P. Manager identify programme supplies needs and coordinate with the logistics team to put in place a sensible phased procurement plan.

MEAL Activities and Project Reporting:

  • With support from the MEAL team put in place an M & E plan for the SNaP Project, ensuring this links to reporting requirements, and capacity build child protection field staff in carrying out the work. Where possible, use the M&E framework to build an evidence-base for child protection programming interventions.
  • With support from the MEAL put in place accountability activities for your project, ensuring that feedback from children and their families is considered in project design.
  • Ensure that SCI local partners in Somaliland submit timely and adequate project technical and financial reports as per the reporting requirements.

Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:

  • Ensure that Save the Children’s work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Government, and support Interagency Coordination forums including the Child Protection Working Group, advocating for the specific needs of children. This may involve supporting the coordination of working groups and sub-working groups.
  • With support from the Lead Child Protection Manager and/or other senior programme staff, assist in advocacy activities that target decision-makers in-country.
  • Contribute to communications and media work as required.

Budget Holding/Management

  • Act as primary budget holder of the Challenging Harmful Attitudes and Norms for Gender Equality and Empowerment in Somalia (CHANGES) project in Somaliland
  • Take part in preparation of child protection project budget
  • Prepare project cash flows and manage project budget as per SCI minimum standards and donors’ requirements
  • Monitor project budget utilisation (budget/expenditure) against project implementation progress and propose necessary adjustments and/or actions

Qualifications and Experience

  • Education to BSc/BA level in Social Work, Human rights, International Relations, Development Studies or similar or equivalent field experience.
  • Recommended a minimum of 5 years of relevant hands on experience in managing child protection projects in the context of both emergency and development
  • Previous experience of managing team and project management
  • Ability to identify the main gaps in child protection in the given context to inform a holistic response for children.
  • Experience in training and capacity building, particularly in strengthening various duty bearers’ response to child protection and on child protection issues.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluating child protection programmes in emergency, transition and development contexts
  • Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability
  • Some experience of representation and ability to represent SC effectively in external forums.
  • Proven experience of working with local/national governments and capacity building of systems, partners and staff
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
  • 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 working circumstances.
  • Commitment to and understanding of child rights and the aims and principles of SCI

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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

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