Save the Children works across a broad range of partners as per our Theory of Change and our partnership principles. This program will focus on partnerships with local civil society organisations in the countries where we operate. Civic space for civil society, including child rights organisations, is increasingly being challenged, but Save the Children believes that a strong civil society is crucial to promote, defend and demand accountability for children’s rights.
Therefore, Save the Children is recruiting for an experienced Regional Program Manager who will be responsible for leading a regional and multi-country program (2022-2026) funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to be implemented in Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, the Gambia, Côte d’Ivoire and at the regional level.
This is a strategic partnership with Sida in West Africa that will seek to build partnerships with CSOs and strengthen local civil society capacities in defending Child Protection and promoting Child Rights Governance through a regional and multi-country, integrated approach. The programme will also enable civic space allowing civil society to promote child rights.
Relevant university degree (International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Child Right, Political Science, Sociology or other Social Science, International Development, etc.)
A minimum of 5 years’ of demonstrated experience in program management and administration, including grants management, donor compliance and managing complex grants.
A minimum of 2 years’ proven experience in managing regional and/or multi-country programs, demonstrating the ability to matrix manage
Knowledge of and proven experience of working in Child rights programming and Child Rights Governance
A minimum of 5 years’ proven experience of working on civil society partner capacity building and strengthening programmes in line with localization agenda and children rights promotion
Solid experience in working collaboratively through equal partnerships
A minimum of 2 years’ experience in directly managing European (preferably Swedish) funded program
Excellent written and spoken level of French and English
Proven excellent skills in program performance and quality monitoring and reporting.
Proven excellent skills in multistakeholder management, both internally and externally, with a strong ability to project strategic vision, adherence and buy-in.
Strong analytical and conceptual skills and the ability to think and plan strategically.
Ability to work with limited supervision.
Solid experience in remote management and implementation in complex and insecure environments
Strong skills in staff management, moderation, conflict resolution and capacity-building
Prior experience working in emergency response contexts or fragile states.
Solid experience in managing multisector programs
Knowledge of the localisation agenda and experience working with national partners and capacity building of these
Capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult working circumstances.
Experience working on Nexus programming
Familiar with accountability and feedback mechanisms including for children
Contract length: 2 Years with possibility for extension
Location : Any of the following three program implementation countries where SCI has direct presence: Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali
We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.
We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
Violence against children is no longer tolerated
We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.
Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.
We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
Applicants are advised that Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process. Any request in this direction should be immediately reported as contrary to the values and practices of our organization.
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