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Education Programme Manager-Mogadishu- Somali Nationals Only

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. 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.

ROLE PURPOSE:

To lead the technical delivery of the Save the Children’s Basic Primary Education activities in Southern States, with particular relation to managing the technical programme planning and implementation; training and capacity building o the SC education team.

SCOPE OF ROLE:

Reports to: Head of Programs

Country Dimensions:Save the Children has been working in Somalia for more than 60 years. The Country Office has over 500 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). Our Country Office coordination and administration base is in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2017, as a result of significant scale up for the countrywide drought response, our annual spend FY2017 was US$117 million and we reached more than 2 million people through our humanitarian and longer term development work in Health, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Education, Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL), Child Protection and Child Rights Governance. The Country Office manages 61 active awards totalling US$165 million from a range of governmental/institutional donors, including DFID, ECHO, EU, FFP, OFDA, and DANIDA being some of our largest.

Staff directly reporting to this post: N/A

Location: Kismayo- Somalia

TITLE: Education Programme Manager
TEAM/PROGRAMME: Education LOCATION:  Mogadishu with regular travel to project sites in SS
GRADE: 2 POST TYPE: National
Child Safeguarding:

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; ore because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

ROLE PURPOSE:

To lead the technical delivery of the Save the Children’s Basic Primary Education activities in Southern States, with particular relation to managing the technical programme planning and implementation; training and capacity building o the SC education team.

SCOPE OF ROLE:

Reports to: Head of Programmes

Country Dimensions:  Save the Children has been working in Somalia for more than 60 years. The Country Office has over 500 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). Our Country Office coordination and administration base is in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2017, as a result of significant scale up for the countrywide drought response, our annual spend FY2017 was US$117 million and we reached more than 2 million people through our humanitarian and longer term development work in Health, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Education, Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL), Child Protection and Child Rights Governance. The Country Office manages 61 active awards totalling US$165 million from a range of governmental/institutional donors, including DFID, ECHO, EU, FFP, OFDA, and DANIDA being some of our largest.

Number of direct reports: 3

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

Project Planning

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY: Programme Development

·         Initiate, lead, organise and undertake (as applicable) together with education team needs assessments and surveys that form the basis for initiating or developing new projects in relation to primary education, teachers training, skills training and employment and capacity building subsectors

·         Play an active role in initiating and preparing of concept notes and proposals in all sub-sectors of education mentioned above

·         Ensure that all assessments and proposals are prepared taking into account SCI’s Theory of Change and Child Rights Programming (CRP) principles and approaches

Project/Program Implementation

·         Work closely with Head of Education and subsector technical specialists in planning, technical execution, monitoring and reporting of all education programmes/projects

·         Manage implementation of all education programmes of SCI in southern States in accordance with requirements stipulated in the project documents

·         Ensure that detailed action plans are prepared and implemented for all education subsectors of education implemented in Southern States

·         Ensure that projects are implemented in accordance with the work plans and the involvement of partners and concerned stakeholders at all levels

·         Support project implementing partners in preparing plans for implementing project activities and ensure coordination within and among projects and partners.  Provide support to implementing partners and ensure that they apply appropriate project implementation strategies and approaches as indicated in the project documents

·         Ensure that SCI and its partners implement project activities in a most efficient, effective and sustainable manner

·         Provide qualitative management and technical leadership in introducing and/or strengthening Save the Children’s education programme in Southern States, Ensure that sound project/program monitoring and evaluation system/tools are developed and applied and thereby ensure that project progress (activities and outputs), results and immediate objectives (outcomes) and impacts are systematically tracked, documented and shared as appropriate.

·         As security permits to travel project sites of SCI and partners in Southern States and conduct regular monitoring of projects together with project team

·         Ensure the participation of children/target groups in M&E based on CRP principles and approaches

·         Organise regular project review meetings involving all stakeholders and partners in Southern States and ensure that planning/implementation of projects are informed by the outcomes of the reviews. This includes regular steering committee meetings and following up of agreed action points between SCI and consortium members

·         Ensure that in coordination with MEAL team good practices and lessons are documented and shared internally and externally as appropriate

Coordination and Collaboration

·         Ensure that all SCI supported education programmes are implemented using a Sector Wide Approach in general and in close coordination with SCI and other actors and partners operating Somalia

·         Establish good working relationship with FMOE, regional states and their offices at regional and district levels and ensure that they take a leading role in planning, managing and monitoring of project activities

·         Maintain close technical collaboration with like-minded (strategic) and other stakeholders engaged in education sector in Southern States and ensure that up to date information is maintained as to their activities and plans that could help identify areas of collaboration/coordination and planning of our future actions.

Staff Management

·         Manage the education officers; define expectations, provide leadership and support as needed, and evaluate direct reports regularly

·         Manage and provide leadership to education project officers in accordance with the terms and conditions of SCI and in agreement with Education Programme Manager

·         Apply performance management system in line with SCI guidelines and minimum standards with project officers under his/her supervision in consultation with the HOP.

·         Identify program staff performance gaps and plan appropriate actions in consultation with HOP

·         Ensure team work among education team members.

·         Ensure that project officers understand and are able to adapt their roles and responsibilities in both emergency and development contexts

·         Establish planning, review and feedback mechanisms for staff members

·         Support project officers proactively build and maintain technical skills and competencies required for leading and/or inputting for first class programmes – both development and emergency nature

·         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.

Coordination and Collaboration

·         Ensure that education projects are implemented in close coordination with SCI’s and other actors’ education projects

·         Establish good working relationship with respective MOEs and their offices at regional and district levels, teachers, CECs, and children and ensure that they take the leading role in planning, managing and monitoring of project activities

·         Attend and play proactive in cluster meetings and other working groups as required by EPM

 

Report Preparation and Submission

  • Ensure timely project monitoring reports are produced and shared with SCI programme implementation staff, MEAL Manager and partners for action
  • Ensure that SCI local partners in Southern States submit timely and adequate project technical and financial reports as per the reporting requirements
  • Together with appropriate finance/grant management staff verify completeness/ appropriateness of partners’ financial report before compilation and submission to donors
  • Provide technical support to local partners in order for them to prepare and submit required reports
  • Prepare timely and high quality project progress and completion reports that meet donor requirements.

People Management, Mentoring and Development 

·         Ensure that all education team members understand and are able to adapt their roles in both emergency and development contexts

·         Manage the education team; define expectations, provide leadership and support as needed

·         Ensure the recruitment, training, and promotion of staff as appropriate; ensure availability of and support appropriate professional development opportunities for staff in education

·         Incorporate staff development strategies and Performance Management Systems into team building process

·         Oversee that all Education staff proactively build and maintain technical skills and competencies required for leading and/or inputting for first class programmes – both development and emergency nature

·         Manage the performance of all direct reports in Education through: effective use of the Performance Management System including the establishment of clear, measureable objectives, ongoing feedback, periodic reviews and fair and unbiased evaluations; coaching, mentoring and other developmental opportunities; recognition and rewards for outstanding performance; documentation of performance that is less than satisfactory, with appropriate performance improvement workplans

·         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

Budget Holding/Management

·         Act as primary budget holder of all education projects/programmes in Southern States

·         Take part in preparation of education project/programme 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

SAVE THE CHILDREN COMPETENCY FRAMEWORK

DELIVERING RESULTS (SKILLED)

•         Maintains a broad strategic perspective at the same time as an awareness of the detail of a situation

•          Establishes clear and compelling objectives with teams and individuals and monitors progress and performance

•         Creates and applies measures and metrics to track performance

•         Holds others accountable for achieving results and challenges underperformance

•         Demonstrates financial awareness and a concern for cost effectiveness

DEVELOPING SELF AND OTHERS (ACCOMPLISHED)

•         Gives regular positive and constructive feedback to others

•         Identifies clear development needs and development plans through regular constructive reviews of their own performance (and their team’s where appropriate)

•         Creates space for others to learn and provides challenging and stretching tasks and assignments when people are ready for them

•             Coaches others to learn from their experiences on the job and to use the resources available to them

PROBLEM SOLVING AND DECISION MAKING (SKILLED)

•         Gathers the right information and uses critical thinking to make effective and timely decisions

•         Stays with a problem or challenge until a solution is reached or no longer reasonably attainable.

•         Knows when to involve others in a decision

•         Demonstrates awareness of the wider external influences that impact on decision making

•         Simplifies processes and procedures wherever possible

INNOVATING AND ADAPTING (SKILLED)

  • Suggests creative improvements and better ways of working
  • Seeks out and applies successful ideas from others to overcome challenges
  • Shifts tasks, roles and priorities to perform effectively under changing or unclear conditions
  • Applies lessons learned to enhance future ways of working

APPLYING TECHNICAL AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE (SKILLED)

•         Delivers work that reflects a good knowledge and application of technical and professional standards

•          Keeps up to date with trends in their work area

•         Maintains ethical and professional behaviour in accordance with relevant codes of conducts WORKING EFFECTIVELY WITH OTHERS(ACCOMPLISHED)

•         Enables people from a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives to contribute to positive outcomes

•         Breaks down silo working and challenges behaviours that are not collaborative

•         Knows when to follow and lend leadership to strengthen other leaders

•         Recognises when trust is broken and seeks to resolve conflict and re-establish trust

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

·         Post-graduate degree in education or a related field with additional training in education planning and management; project planning and management techniques

·         Recommended a minimum of five years of relevant hands on experience in managing diversified (primary/secondary education, teacher training, skills training, capacity development of education administrations) and large-scale education programme in the context of both emergency and development

·         Proven experience of developing and managing high quality, innovative and cost-effective education projects in fragile and insecure environments, preferably in Somalia context and with International NGOs

·         Demonstrated skill and experience in writing up high quality donor reports

·         Proven 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 influencing, negotiation and coaching

·         Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international and matrix management environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures

·         Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in

·         Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours

·         Ability in managing stress and deliver timely results in context of having competing and pressing priorities

·         Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required Commitment to Save the Children International values

Desirable

·         Strong commitment to children and their need for education;

·         Ability to meet deadlines;

·         Knowledge of psychosocial approaches

Date of issue:  24th  December, 2019         Author: Reviewed Hops

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Post-graduate degree in education or a related field with additional training in education planning and management; project planning and management techniques
  • Recommended a minimum of five years of relevant hands on experience in managing diversified (primary/secondary education, teacher training, skills training, capacity development of education administrations) and large-scale education programme in the context of both emergency and development
  • Proven experience of developing and managing high quality, innovative and cost-effective education projects in fragile and insecure environments, preferably in Somalia context and with International NGOs
  • Demonstrated skill and experience in writing up high quality donor reports
  • Proven 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 influencing, negotiation and coaching
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international and matrix management environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours
  • Ability in managing stress and deliver timely results in context of having competing and pressing priorities
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required Commitment to Save the Children International values

Desirable

  • Strong commitment to children and their need for education;
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of psychosocial approaches

Please apply in English saving your CV and covering letter as a single document. To see a full a job description, please visit our website at www.savethechildren.net/jobs

https://stcuk.taleo.net/careersection/jobdetail.ftl?job=2000008I&lang=en

Application will be closed on 20th January 2020.

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.

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