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  • Posted on: 29 November, 2013 Deadline: 10 December, 2013
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    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 fulfill 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 1.6 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 c14,000 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.



    The role:

    • To lead the operational planning and implementation of the Child Development Grant Programme (CDGP), a five year multi-million pound cash transfer pilot in Northern Nigeria funded by DFID. The CDGP is shortly coming to the end of a 9 month design phase and will begin full implementation in January 2014.
    • The Deputy Programme Manager (DPM) will work closely with the National Programme Manager (NPM) to ensure robust internal management and operational systems to deliver the programme with responsibility across the following areas: logistics and procurement, human resources, financial management and reporting, management of internal consortium partner relationships, management of contracts with service providers to deliver cash transfers, planning short term technical resources and consultancies, and deputising for the NPM where required.
    • The DPM will be accountable for ensuring the programme is delivered to SCI and DFID standards.
    • The DPM will act as a more internally-focused counterpart to the NPM, who has lead responsibility and accountability for the overall programme and manages critical external relationships with Government, DFID and other key stakeholders.

    Required qualifications and experience:
    Essential criteria:

    • At least 5 years' overseas experience in programme and grant management with a proven track record in managing development and / or humanitarian operations in complex operating environments.
    • At least one (1) year experience in the non-profit sector.
    • Previous experience of managing and developing a multicultural team and the ability to lead, motivate and develop others from different backgrounds.
    • Proven experience managing multi-million pound budgets and excellent financial planning and monitoring skills.
    • Proven ability to manage large consortia and multiple partnerships.
    • Substantial experience and knowledge of effective financial and compliance controls and managing donor funding (e.g. DFID, USAID, EC, ECHO etc).
    • Robust experience of NGO programme cycle management, and with experience of working within a complex and matrix organisation structure.
    • Strong technical programming literacy and working knowledge of social protection, cash transfer or nutrition programming.
    • Ability to analyze complex information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically.
    • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills in English with substantial experience in managing multicultural teams.
    • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children's aims, values and principles.

    Desirable criteria:

    • Proven experience managing cash transfer programming.
    • Experience in similar non-profit organization
    • Post-graduate qualification in Public Health, or Nutrition or Food Security related relevant discipline
    • Substantial experience of working and living in Africa, ideally with professional experience in Nigeria
    • Demonstrable understanding of Value for Money and DFID results agenda.
    • We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse

    Method of Application

    To see a full job description, please visit our website at Please apply in English using your CV and covering letter as a single document, including your salary expectations for this role.

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