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  • Posted on: 23 April, 2015 Deadline: 29 April, 2015
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    Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children working in over 120 countries worldwide to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Save the Children has been active in Nigeria since 2001 with a programme of work that is spread over 20 States reaching an estimated 25million beneficiaries directly and indirectly with core thematic work in education, child protection, hunger and livelihoods, child rights governance, health and nutrition.

    Deputy Team Leader


    Save the Children International is a 'dual mandate' organisation and as such equal priority will be given to both humanitarian and development work. This is the only way we will be able to ensure that some of the fundamental rights that we believe children have, such as survival, safety and constant access to protection and education can be guaranteed. As part of a commitment to work with children through humanitarian interventions Save the Children will support programmes in both sudden onset and chronic emergency situations.

    Save the Children in Nigeria has experienced a rapid scale up of development programming from 10 to 30 million over the past three years, including flagship projects in Child Protection, Survival FSL and access to health services. There is much to be learned from these programmes and staff are willing to support the humanitarian scale-up. At the same time all systems and processes are highly overstretched and the agreement from the CD and SMT is that the humanitarian team will build its own infrastructure in parallel to the pre-existing Country Programme Structure ROLE

    The Deputy Team Leader is responsible for managing the strategic design and modification of the humanitarian response in line with the Response Strategy and Master budget. This will include supporting the Humanitarian Programme Manager to identify needs and resources and elaborating programme recommendations for the emergency response in line with Save the Children Nigeria SMT and regional response priorities. The post-holder will develop the response strategy and identification of the necessary resources for the response. The DTL will support the Humanitarian Programme Manager by ensuring the Technical Advisor teams provide appropriate design, training and MEAL functions for programming in North East Nigeria. The DTL will establish working relations with other agencies, looking for opportunities for partnership and harmonisation of approach and with donors to ensure resources are made available to the response

    The DTL will negotiate the positioning of the humanitarian response within the Country Programme and support the SMT to ensure the suitable resourcing of the response. manage programmes or country support functions and negotiate and network at an international level. They will ensure that all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to child safeguarding, safety and security, code of conduct, equal opportunities and other relevant policies are in place. The post holder will play a strategic role in defining the effective scale up and management of Save the Children emergency programmes to maximise impact and enable positive change for children.


    • · Extensive experience of working within a senior management role within a complex country programme in an emergency response or fragile state
    • · Previous experience of managing programme teams in large-scale first phase emergency response is essential
    • · Education: MA / MSc level (or equivalent field experience)
    • · Senior management experience of multi-national, multi-sector team at a Country Director level.
    • · Experience of managing multi-donor, multi-site programmes (including ECHO, DFID and OFDA) of GBP 5m+ in a first phase response at regional or country level
    • · Multi-site security management in insecure environments
    • · Experience of international level representation with key stakeholders, and co-ordination with other NGOs/UN
    • · Experience of international media representation and advocacy
    • · Experience of M&E and beneficiary accountability systems in large complex programmes
    • · Experience of developing and negotiating successful partnerships with institutional donors
    • · Proven ability to influence change at an operational and strategic level
    • · Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
    • · A high level of written and spoken English
    • · The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
    • · Commitment to the aims and principles of SC. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support

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    Programme Manager


    Save the Children International is the lead agency of the Dutch Joint Humanitarian Response for Nigeria. The consortium is an initiative of 11 INGO’s funded by the Netherlands Ministry for Foreign Affairs and include; CARE, Cordaid, Dorcas, HealthNet-TPO, ICCO & Kerk in Actie, OXFAM-Novib, PLAN, Stichting Vluchteling, World Vision, ZOA and Save the Children

    This initiative aims to contribute to more effective delivery of humanitarian aid by Dutch government and humanitarian organisations. By implementing their own projects whilst collaborating under the umbrella of the joint response, the participating agencies aim to provide added value for several actors in the Netherlands and South Sudan. The value added ranges from efficiency gains for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by funding humanitarian response through one humanitarian lead agency; to improved learning and innovation by humanitarian agencies through exchanging resources and methodologies.

    The projects are implemented in the Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL), Health, Non-food Items and Emergency Shelter (NFI), Nutrition, (Child) Protection and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sectors. The identified results and locations fall largely within the strategic framework and objectives of the UNOCHA Crisis Response Plan as revised by June 2014.

    The Programme Manager role will be the overall lead for the consortium to ensure effective programme implementation, monitoring, reporting, learning and innovation, coordination and donor liaison.


    • · A self-starter with a minimum of Master’s degree in Social Sciences or relevant discipline
    • · At least five years’ experience working experience in a senior management position within an emergency context,
    • · Experience in more than one of the core sectors (Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL), Health, Non-food Items and Emergency Shelter (NFI), Nutrition, (Child) Protection and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).
    • · Robust implementation and NGO emergency program cycle management experience, and with experience of working within a complex and matrix organisation structure
    • · Significant knowledge of international humanitarian systems, institutions and donors, and of procedures, accountability frameworks and best practices in emergency management
    • · Substantial experience and knowledge of effective financial and budgetary control and securing and managing grants from major institutional donors
    • · Solid project management skills related to organisational development projects and international, cross-functional teams with a proven history of delivering results
    • · Ability to analyze information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically
    • · An in-depth understanding of national and international development issues in particular in relation to children
    • · Previous experience of managing and developing a team and the ability to lead, motivate and develop others
    • · Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
    • · Fluency in written and spoken English.
    • · Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches


    • · Previous experience in Nigeria
    • · Experience in managing a consortium portfolio.
    • · Spoken Dutch is an added value.


    Method of Application

    Kindly send your C.V. and covering letter on or before 29th of April 2015 explaining why you are suitable to State position clearly in the subject field as applications without appropriate subject will be disqualified. Also, applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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