10 Jan 2017

Project Assistant-FSL/STEP


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Job Description


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For over 90 years, Save the Children has been making a difference in children’s lives in more than 120 countries. We are the world’s largest independent child rights organization. From emergency relief to long-term development, Save the Children secures a child’s right to health, education and protection. Save the Children is an equal opportunity organization dedicated to our core values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity. We are looking to recruit for this position to be based in Hargeisa, Somaliland

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer

Please refer the below Job Description for the position description and the key selection criteria.

Project Assistant –FSL/STEP – [Somaliland]
TEAM/PROGRAMME: Somaliland Program

Skills Training & Employment Promotion, livelihoods TV Appeal Project

LOCATION:  [Hargeisa]
GRADE:  TBC  (Competitive Package) POST TYPE: National
Child Safeguarding:

Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people


Under the direct supervision of ESP Project Officer, the Project Assistant is responsible to support the timely implementation of livelihoods and skills training & employment related activities. He/she will also help the EPS Officer in the provision of guidance and advices to empower target beneficiaries to enable them improve the employment outcomes for the youth. He/she will be closely working with the project team for reporting, networking and documentation of all project activities.


Reports to: TBD

Dimensions: Save the Children works in four regions in Somalia/Somaliland] with a current staff complement of approximately [450] staff and current expenditure of approximately [US$60] million each year.

Staff directly reporting to this post: None


Project Planning and Implementation:

·     Under the direction of SCI EPS Officer, support TVET centres in the activity planning and implementation of employment promotion activities.

·         Lead and conduct child sensitive behaviour change beneficiary mobilisation and selection

·         Conduct child sensitive behaviour change training incorporated with entrepreneurship concepts and provide seed money to HHs to enhance investment in children’s food/nutrition and education

·         Lead and conduct child sensitive dramas by closely working with the program team, drama partners and media.

·         Conduct and organize sports tournaments for youth in target areas and ensure that child sensitive behaviour change is promoted during the sport events.

·         Lead and conduct national symposiums in light of child sensitive behaviour change by engaging different players including care givers, policy owners and private child nutrition suppliers

·         Participate in Conducting mass media action campaigns on child, youth and IDP thematic issues

·      Help EPS from TVET centers in job securing and attachment of graduates to potential employers.

·         Ensure that entrepreneurship and Job hunting skills training are delivered to the graduates by ensuring the development and implementation of Job Readiness Skills Development Guidelines/manual

·     Participate in development of IBTVET, BCC and IGA monitoring tools and plan and follow up TVET centres for implementation.

·     Assist in identifying operational problems that may arise during the implementation of employment promotion activities and report to the EPS Officer timely.

·     Ensure that TVET trainings are delivered as per the monthly training plan.

·     Make sure that monthly continuous assessment tests are conducted, filed appropriately at the centres and reported to SCI on time.

·     Support TVET graduates in establishing their owned small enterprises and conduct regular monitoring on their progress.

·     Ensure that all EPS activities are carried out in accordance with Save the Children’s TVET Quality Benchmarks.

·     Advocate for, and encourage entrepreneurship among the TVET graduates, especially through the setting up and development of new, small and innovative enterprises.

·     Assist in conducting corporate social responsibility workshops in regard to youth employment for employers and relevant ministries.

·     Support Employment Promotion Services (EPS) Units at TVET Centres to have closer links with the private sectors and market TVET activities:

·     Support in organising meetings, symposia, etc. to engage potential employers including private sectors and governmental undertakings on a regular terms in view of improving the effectiveness of TVET activities in meeting the local labour market demands.

·     Perform other duties as instructed by the line manager.

Project Monitoring and Reporting:

·         Regularly monitor on implementation status of child sensitive BCC components and skills training activities in TVET centres.

·         Regular monitoring on mothers given the seed money and collect information on how their businesses is fairing plus providing regular mentoring on how to promote the businesses

·         Produce Monthly Progress report on the livelihoods, skills training and employment promotion activities and ensure their documentation within the provided deadline.

·     Working closely with the Project officer, community leaders and centres managers in planning monitoring, reviewing, collating and disseminating programme achievement and learning.

Documentation, Learning and Advocacy:

·         Ensures proper documentation of the project experiences and lessons in form of pictures and documentation leaflets, reports and electronic media.

·         Actively participate advocacy initiates for promotion of child sensitive family financing and youth empowerment and employment

·         Document best practice and lessons learnt from the implementation of the project activities.

·         Under the direct supervision of the project Officer and in collaboration with the other programmes, undertake advocacy activities within the advocacy strategy of SCI in Somaliland.


Collaboration and Networking:

·         Support local centres in proper documentation of skills training activities

·         Promotes collaboration and joint actions with other partners in the area of livelihoods, skill training and entrepreneurships. Closely work with MoLSA in implementation of child sensitive component of the grant

·         Support the project Officer in linking up with other organizations working in the area of livelihoods, skill training and employment opportunities (LNGOs, INGO’s, academic and research institutes).

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 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 others to do the same

·         Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others

·         Future orientated, thinks strategically


·         Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters

·         Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength

·         Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


·         Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions


·         Honest, encourages openness and transparency


  • Degree in management, economics, development, marketing, or relevant field of study
  • Two years’ experience in livelihoods and youth empowerment interventions.
  • Conceptual understanding and practical experience of linking TVET with employment opportunities and livelihood developments
  • Good background and understanding on child sensitive social protection and child sensitive livelihoods
  • Strong report writing skills.
  • Interest and readiness to travel.
  • Knowledge of the project area
  • Computer literate-Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Commitment to realizing children’s rights.

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


Any employee, consultant, contractor or the supplier undertaking an activity on behalf of SCI must sign the Child Safeguarding – Declaration of Acceptance  Form] and comply with the SCI’s Child Safeguarding Policy which is a statement of SCI’s commitment to preventing abuse and protecting children with whom it comes into contact.

This extends not only to children with whom SCI and its partners work directly, but also includes children whom staff are responsible for.  SCI believes that the situation of children must be improved through the promotion of their rights supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children International’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.


Because Save the Children’s work is based on deeply held values and principles, it is essential that our commitment to children’s rights and humanitarian principles is supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.

Application procedures:

Interested candidates are required to submit electronic CV and mandatory cover letter quoting the Job Title on the subject line. The file name of the CV and attachments must be the applicants name and sent to Somaliland.vacancies@savethechildren.org . Applications will close on Jan 20th, 2016 @ 12:00PM.

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer. Women are strongly encouraged to Apply.

Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

We work with children, communities and governments all over the world and we believe in the right person for the job regardless of where you come from and how you identify yourself. We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to ensuring that only those who are suitable to work with children are considered for these posts. All successful applicants will therefore be


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