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Partnership Coordinator  – Southern States, Somalia

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Partnership Coordinator _Southern States Somali-National 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. 

SCOPE OF ROLE:

The purpose of this post is to lead partnership information management, shares and coordinates information across departments in southern states.

Under the direction of the Area awards Manager, the Area partnership Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring that the partners adhere to all its partner management obligations with Save the Children and externally with donors. This will include in leading the partner qualification/ vetting process for selecting right partner which can increase the scale and quality of our reach. This position is specifically responsible for ensuring compliance with financial and administrative requirements, donor specific requirements and making of recommendations for improvements for partners.

Reports to: Area Awards Manager

Staff reporting to this post: No

Dimensions: Save the Children has been working in Somalia for more than 60 years. The Country Office has over 600 staff across 14 field offices (Boroma, Burao and Hargeisa in Somaliland; Bossaso, Garowe, Galkayo and Gardo in Puntland; Beletweyne, Adaado, Abudwak, Baidoa, Kismayo, Dhobley and Mogadishu in southern states). 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.

TITLE:  Partnership Coordinator  – Southern States
TEAM/PROGRAMME: LOCATION: Mogadishu
GRADE: 3 TYPE OF CONTRACT: National
CHILD SAFEGUARDING:

Level 1:  the post holder will not have contact with children and/or young people, or access to personal data about children or young people, as part of their work; therefore, a police check will not be mandatory for this post unless the content of the post changes, in which case the Child Safeguarding level should be reviewed.

Level 3: either the post holder will have access to personal data about children and/or young people as part of their work; or the post holder will be working in a ‘regulated’ position (accountant, barrister, solicitor, legal executive); therefore, a police check will be required (at ‘standard’ level in the UK or equivalent in other countries).

ROLE PURPOSE: The purpose of this post is to lead partnership information management, shares and coordinates information across departments in southern states.

Under the direction of the Area awards Manager , the Area partnership Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring that the partners adheres to all its partner management obligations with Save the Children and externally with donors. This will include in leading the partner qualification/ vetting process for selecting right partner which can increase the scale and quality of our reach . This position is specifically responsible for ensuring compliance with financial and administrative requirements, donor specific requirements and making of recommendations for improvements for partners.

SCOPE OF ROLE:

Reports to: Area Awards Manager

Staff reporting to this post: No.

Role Dimensions: This role will work closely with Program Implementation/ Operations, PDQ, Supply Chain, Partnerships, and Finance on proposals, financial and narrative reporting, monitoring and analysis, and compliance processes for active partners. 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. 

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

Partnership Management

  • Ensure all partnership management cycle processes final approved documentation is available to all relevant staff at area level and that all relevant   information generated at the area office level is uploaded in the system and maintained in hard copy in a timely manner.

·       Lead in undertaking of partner vetting and partnerships assessments at area level to ensure donor compliance requirements are factored into this.

  • Create the partner on AMS, upload the relevant documents on AMS and manage the vetting process with the compliance teams at Centre.
  • Update MOU/SGAs tracker sheet on monthly basis and share to program teams to share agreements timely for review.
  • Lead review and finalization of MOUs/SGAs and their Amendments and facilitate CD/AR signature based on the Scheme of Delegation.
  • Ensure sub award agreement for partners are timely generated on AMS for CD signature and upload required Award documents.
  • Ensure partner kick off meetings are done promptly for all new sub award agreements and that proper coding structure and budgets are communicated to partners .
  • Conduct separate meeting with partners on BVA and follow up on agreed actions.
  • Coordinate with program operations to ensure partner close out meetings are conducted in a timely manner and ensure that all meetings are recorded and these minutes filed on partner tap in AMS and follow up actions done.
  • Monitor and track country office partner functional indicators (KPIs) and report on these to the Awards Manager.
  • Follow up Finance and Program teams to submit partner reports and upload on AMS in a timely manner.
  • Update partner reporting schedule regularly.
  • Quality assurance on all award documents before sharing with internal and third   parties.

Partner Capacity building, Compliance (systems, processes, donor) & Audits

  • Communicate donor compliance requirements to relevant partner staff during the kick off meetings, document the meeting minutes and upload on AMS. Update the relevant partner tap in AMS.
  • Ensure that donor compliance refreshers and check are done quarterly for the partners in the area office portfolio
  • Accountable for driving partner tap AMS data completeness and quality for relevant SGA implemented by partners. This including conducting regular check on AMS documentation of all active partners in the area and ensure proper maintenance.
  • Make support visit to the partner office to enhance partner compliance to donor and SCI regulations & policies
  • Carry out refresher trainings on compliance for Partner staff in collaboration with finance and supply chain team.

·       Support Partnerships Advisor in capacity building and compliance support with all new and existing partners including regular monitoring   and systems in place so that partner delivery meets donor expectations and requirements, in collaboration with programme operations.

·       Support the delivery of capacity building to other teams in the CO and to Partner organisations

  • Ensure partner audits being conducted at area office are handled smoothly and all issues arising communicated with the Awards Manager.
  • Ensure that any exit meetings are documented and minutes shared with the Awards Manager in a timely manner to avoid back and forth with auditors during the input of management comments
  • Collaborate with finance to review the partner documentation to ensure sufficient         for audit purposes and compliance with donor rules and regulations
  • Provide any support required in Partnership Monitoring.
  • Support the area office in undertaking the capacity building for gaps in federal and state lines ministries which is part of Southern states area priorities in 2021.
  • Consolidate and lead the capacity building assessments for federal and state lines ministries to contribute the location which is part of SCI Somalia country strategic plan.
  • Support the area office towards movement from MOU – Sub award agreements to complement the country strategic plan towards localisation.

Desired Competencies Delivering Results.

  • Translates complex contextual information into planning and achieving results effectively
  • Ability to take a range of potentially complex and conflicting information and make decisions
  • Designs and reviews large and complex operations to ensure maximum impact
  • Establishes clear and compelling objectives with teams and individuals and monitors progress and performance
  • Holds others accountable for achieving results and challenges underperformance

Working effectively with others

  • Puts mechanisms in place to ensure effective collaborative working   across functions
  • Breaks down silo working and challenges behaviors that are not collaborative
  • Knows when to follow and lend leadership to strengthen other leaders

Problem Solving and decision making

  • Identifies         and addresses root causes of long-term problems facing the country programme
  • Brings in external perspective to ensure strategic decision making   remains relevant and future focused
  • Provides a strategic framework to support decision making
  • Explores and analyses external trends and their potential impact on strategic choices
  • Takes calculated risks and has the courage to stand by decisions despite resistance
BEHAVIOURS (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.

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

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

·       Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.

Collaboration:

·       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.

Creativity:

·       develops and encourages new and innovative solutions

·       Willing to take disciplined risks.

Integrity:

·       honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity

QUALIFICATIONS  

·       Professional qualification in Business, International Development, Finance/Accounting or similar

EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

·       University degree in International Development, Business Administration or Finance

·       Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching

·       3 years and above of experience managing grants, contracts & sub agreements with knowledge of major funders’ guidelines (e.g. USAID, ECHO, DFID, CIDA, SIDA etc.)

·       Relevant experience managing donor funded projects with International NGO’s particularly those addressing human/children’s rights and those applying partnership approaches

·       Strong analytical skills and strategic planning abilities. Computer literacy and excellent documentation skills are a must

·       Ability to proactively identify issues and problem-solving skills to address these

·       Ability to establish and maintain conducive collegial relations and perform effectively as a member of a team

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

·       Fluency in English and Somalia language.

·       Computer literate.

·       Excellent time management and planning capacity

·       Availability and willingness to work extra hours during times of humanitarian responses

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.

CHILD SAFEGUARING POLICY:

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 required to complete a Police Check and must sign onto our Child Protection Policy and organizational Code of Conduct.

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.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Professional qualification in Business, International Development, Finance/Accounting or similar

EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

  • University degree in International Development, Business Administration or Finance
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  • 3 years and above of experience managing grants, contracts & sub agreements with knowledge of major funders’ guidelines (e.g. USAID, ECHO, DFID, CIDA, SIDA etc.)
  • Relevant experience managing donor funded projects with International NGO’s particularly those addressing human/children’s rights and those applying partnership approaches
  • Strong analytical skills and strategic planning abilities. Computer literacy and excellent documentation skills are a must
  • Ability to proactively identify issues and problem-solving skills to address these
  • Ability to establish and maintain conducive collegial relations and perform effectively as a member of a team
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Fluency in English and Somalia language.
  • Computer literate.
  • Excellent time management and planning capacity
  • Availability and willingness to work extra hours during times of humanitarian responses

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.

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 https://somalia.savethechildren.net/careers

https://stcuk.taleo.net/careersection/jobdetail.ftl?job=210002AX&lang=en

Application will be close on 10th  April 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.

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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