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FFO/BMZ/GIZProject Director -National/international

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Title: FFO/BMZ/GIZProject Director -National/international

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.

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.

TITLE:FFO/BMZ/GIZProject Director
TEAM/PROGRAMME:Operations

 

LOCATION:

Base of operation is TBD with frequent travel to Puntland, Somaliland, and South Central

GRADE: TBC CONTRACT LENGTH: 2-3 years

Open for both National & International applicants

ROLE PURPOSE:

Save the Children is seeking a Project Director for its proposed 2-3 years FFO/BMZ and any potential funding from the Federal gov’t of Germany projects in Somalia designed to deliver integrated emergency food security/livelihoods assistance, health, nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and child protection (CP) services to drought-affected communities in Puntland, Somaliland, and South Central regions of Somalia and Somaliland. Through these projects, SC will respond to food insecurity, reducing mortality and morbidity levels and increase wellbeing among drought and conflict-affected communities in Somalia through integrated, multi-sectoral programming. We are currently seeking a senior-level Project Director to lead these critical projects in Somalia.

The Project Director (PD)’s base of operations is TBD with up to 75% travel to Puntland, Somaliland, and South Central regions of Somalia to work with Program Managers and FSL,health, nutrition, WASH and CP program teams to provide management and operational guidance, support monitoring and evaluation, and ensure quality of the project. He/she will also ensure effective financial and operational management of the project. The Project Director will represent the projects to FFO, BMZ and other key stakeholders in Somalia, ensuring participation in key technical working groups and sectors (including Cash), and ensuring all projects contribute to the Humanitarian–Development Nexus.

SCOPE OF ROLE:

Reports to:Deputy Country Director – Operations

Reporting to:FFO, BMZ project teams(FSL, Health & Nutrition S. PM, WASH S. PM, CP S. PM, Fin Manager, Awards CO., MEAL CO)

Budget Responsibilities:FFO and BMZ  projects, according to Scheme of Delegation

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

Program Implementation

Working closely with the Field Program Managers and FSL, Health, Nutrition, WASH and CP program managers as well as local partner staff to:

  • Administer the development and successful implementation of detailed work plans that reflect the overall objective of the programme, to contribute to the Humanitarian-Peace-Development Nexus.
  • Lead on the development and compilation of all donor reports and other deliverables to Save the Children Germany and FFO/BMZ in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Lead on all liaison with Save the Children Germany, where related to programme implementation.
  • Oversee and support implementation, including the supervision of proper targeting, identification, registration, and monitoring of beneficiary lists to prevent overlap with other humanitarian and development programs in the intervention areas.
  • Coordinate closely with other humanitarian actors and UN agencies carrying out program activitiesfor geographic mapping and to ensure program activities are in line with national development and humanitarian technical priorities.
  • Ensure that efficient systems are in place to support all aspects of project activity, including financial and grant management, project monitoring and evaluation, and that they support the effective use of project resources in compliance with FFO/BMZregulations.

·         Work closely with the Research, Evaluation, Accountability,Learning and Monitoring (REALM) team (Head of REALM ,REALM  Coordinators, and REALM Officers) to develop appropriate monitoring and evaluation plans and to capture learning opportunities.

  • Oversee timely expenditure of approved budgets, avoiding both underspending and overspending on grant line items.
  • Ensure all administrative procedures are followed, such as those regarding vehicle use and procurement; ensure logistics/administrative staff provide sufficient and timely support to programs and programmatic staff, and that data collection processes are standardized and applied by all field staff, in compliance with data protection laws.
  • Ensure partner implementation of program activities is timely, appropriate, and compliant with program design and donor regulations.

Personnel and Administration

  • Supervise technical program management staff funded by the programs: conduct performance evaluations, identify staff skills development needs and assist the Country Director to meet these needs, provide management support to staff, and maintain office policy of respect and communication between supervisors and subordinates.
  • See that all project staff are aware of and understand SCI policies and procedures; take appropriate disciplinary measures as needed.
  • Promote accountability, communicating expectations and providing constructive feedback through regular performance reviews.
  • Responsible for the timely recruitment, orientation, and training of new staff as needed.

Representation and Leadership

  • The Project Director will represent Save the Children in relevant coordination fora within the country and internationally as and when required.
  • Maintain a strong relationship with Save the Children Germany and relevant donors and lead on conducting regular updates and debriefs for all parties, as necessary.
  • Maintain good working relationships with officials and other humanitarian actors, particularly those within the relevant government agencies (local and national authorities including technical departments, INGOs, NGOs, UN agencies.)
  • Represent SC and maintain good working relationships among the international and local NGO community, among community leadership structures and community-based organizations, and with visiting donor and third-party monitoring teams and other key contacts. Keep abreast of NGO, government, and donor initiatives relevant to SC’s work.
  • Represent SC and the multi-sector program in FFO/BMZ donor meetings and with representatives from FFO/BMZ.
  • Maintain focus on SC program principles.
  • Encourage teamwork, openness, and honesty among FFO/BMZ project staff and between SC and its partners.

Monitoring and evaluation

·         Where security permits, the Project Director will make regular visits to field sites, to monitor and oversee project implementation and offer advice.

·         Work with Monitoring, Evaluation and Research unit to develop tools and ideas to ensure that the program is monitored against measurable and appropriate indicators.

·         Support program assessments, evaluations and other reviews required in the program.

·         Contribute to situation/response analysis and any corresponding revision of program strategy documents and sector response plans ensuring integration with other sectors.

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)

Accountability:

·         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.

·         Creates a managerial environment to lead, enable and maintain our culture of child safeguarding.

Ambition:

·         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

·         Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale

Collaboration:

·         Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to; builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters

·         Works collaboratively to achieve shared goals and thrives on diversity of people and perspectives; knows when to lead and when to follow and how to ensure effective cross-boundary working.

·         Communicates clearly and confidently with others to engage and influence; promotes dialogue and ensures timely and appropriate messages, building confidence and trust.

·         Invests time and energy to actively develop self and others to help realise their full potential, and to build the organisation’s capability for the future.

Creativity:

·         Applies the required technical and professional expertise to the highest standards; promotes and shares best practice within and outside the organization.

·         Develops and implements innovative solutions to adapt and succeed in ever-changing and uncertain global and working environments.

·         Takes effective, considered and timely decisions by gathering and evaluating relevant information from within or outside the organization.

Integrity:

·         Honest, encourages openness and transparency, builds trust and confidence.

·         Displays consistent excellent judgement.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Essential:

  • Minimum seven years of demonstrable professional experience in implementing multi sector programs and at least of five years’ experience in a leadership role in the implementation of projects relevant to FSL and either health, nutrition, WASH or child protection within a complex country program in an emergency response or fragile state

·         Master’s degree or equivalent experience in development, humanitarian response, technical sector (FSL, health, nutrition, WASH or protection), or related field is required.

·         Prior experience designing and managing FFO/BMZ and/or German gov’t  funded food security programs ; familiarity with federal regulations is critical

·         Strong track record in managing portfolios greater than USD 10 million, with proven experience in project management, including budget management and oversight

·         In depth knowledge and experience of logistics systems and requirements in a multi field office, multi program setting

·         Experience with remote management and cash programming

·         Prior experience living and working in conflict or emergency settings.

·         Flexibility and the ability to effectively adjust expectations to on-the ground realities, while adhering to humanitarian minimum standards.

·         Strength in inspiring and enabling others through teamwork, training, and capacity building to realize organizational objectives.

·         Strong understanding of the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus in practice, with experience in designing projects that contribute to achieving the Nexus.

·         Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.

Desirable

·         Previous Project Director experience

·         Prior experience in Somalia

·         Familiarity with the political, social, and cultural context of Somalia

·         Technical experience and background in various components involved in food security projects including, but not limited to voucher/cash transfers, food distribution, market assessments, post distribution monitoring, etc.

CHILD SAFEGUARDING POLICY:

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.

CODE OF CONDUCT

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 apply through below URL

https://stcuk.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=200000W8&lang=en

Applications will close on Feb 18th 2020.

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

Disclaimer:

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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