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Senior SAGAL Social Protection Technical Advisor- MoLSA – Mogadishu, Somalia

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TITLE:  Senior SAGAL Social Protection Technical Advisor- MoLSA


12 months renewable

CHILD SAFEGUARDING: (select only one)

 Level 1:  A basic criminal record background (DBS) check is required/equivalent police record check.

Level 2: 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).

Level 3:  the post 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 country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


The Senior MoLSA SAGAL Social Protection Technical Advisor will be responsible to provide technical advice in the design and implementation of social protection programming, which includes the design and piloting of social transfer models, the provision of capacity strengthening, advisory, policy and planning support to the SAGAL programme. The Senior MoLSA SAGAL Social Protection Technical Advisor will report to the Social Affairs Director and will work with the Senior MoLSA SAGAL Advisor and Senior MoLSA SAGAL Research Expert Advisor.


Reports to: Area Representative

Staff reporting to this post: N/A

Budget Responsibilities: £xxxx per year

Role Dimensions:

Requires diplomacy, advising, collaborating, building relationships and negotiating with a variety of stakeholders. Must be able to make a technical case for policy decisions and be able to make the case within various layers of political and community networks.


1.      Lead in the provision of technical advisory, support and direction to the SAGAL project, specifically in the design and development of the cash based social transfer prototype (Social Transfers System testing).

2.      Contribute to the preparation of the Standard Operating Procedures, a government-owned and led social transfer model, ensuring that project implementation follows the stipulations of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

3.      Ensure ST-4 reflects the values and vision of the programme and are operational and functioning according to the technical design as governed by a set of aforementioned SOPs.

4.      Ensure that all social cash transfers are gender responsive, accessible and inclusive of marginalised populations, particularly displaced populations and persons with disabilities.

5.      Technically advise the MEAL activities of the SAGAL social cash transfers, ensuring a strong foundation for demonstrating impact.

6.      Provide a technical review and support on the timely preparation of progress and other relevant reports to MoLSA, the Somali Cash Consortium, and the Donors.

7.      Engage with the research and learning personnel to ensure learning pieces are technically sound to fill learning and evidence gaps in a way that will support strong systems development initiatives.

8.      Train and orient staff to concepts of inclusive social protection, safety nets, operationalisation, and all related capacity building of FGS and FMS staff.

9.      Technically support in monitoring the compliance of activities with all project and donor requirements.

10.   Participate in all joint implementation and supervision missions monitoring missions, and project related workshops, consultations, meetings as required. This may include travel to project sites throughout the country.

11.   Execute any other assignment as required by the management.

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)


·       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.


·       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.


·       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

·       willing to take disciplined risks.


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


Master’s degree in social policy or social care, development economics, development international affairs, or a related field with at least 5 years of work experience in safety nets/social protection; or a bachelor’s degree with at least 8 years of work experience in relevant fields.


·       Proven record of knowledge, experience in working with the national governments in designing social protection/safety net policies and/or programmes.

·       Demonstrated organization, initiative, and time management skills.

·       Proven ability to solve problems and follow through with tasks with minimal supervision.

·       Proven experience in advising, collaborating, building relationships and negotiating with high level Government officials, donor partners and diverse local stakeholders is required.

·       Firsthand knowledge of fragile contexts and sensitivity to the underlying social, economic and cultural context, in particular, is desired.

·       Readiness and proven ability to work in multi-cultural environment; and

·       Complete fluency and writing skills in English is required, spoken and written Somali is desired.

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.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Adult Safeguarding.

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy, all employees are also expected to carry out their duties in accordance with SCI protection from sexual exploitation abuse.

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.

Female qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Interested and qualified applicants can view the profile and apply for this position through the below URLs:- https://stcuk.taleo.net/careersection/jobdetail.ftl?job=2100029M&lang=en

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