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Save the Children recruits 01 Area manager

Save the Children recruits 01 Area manager

Save the Children
Administration-Gestion
02-02-2020

 

Introducing the Organization

We employ approximately 25,000 people worldwide and work on the ground in more than 100 countries to help children affected by crises or those in need of better health care, education and child protection. We also campaign and defend at the highest level, to realize the rights of children and to make their voices heard.
We are working on three advances in the way the world treats children by 2030 :

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children have a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We recognize that great people are a great organization and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our employees and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, as well as a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity and integrity are highly valued.

In Niger, Save the Children International works with state services, NGOs and national and international institutions, local structures and communities in the regions of Niger. Maradi, Zinder, Diffa and Niamey. Our programs are focused on the areas of Health, Nutrition, Food Security and Means of Existence, Child Protection and Education.

Title : Area Manager

Location : Zinder, Diffa

ROLE PURPOSE:

To provide effective management oversight of the implementation of Save the Children’s programme plans in the area, through direct and partner led activities.  The post holder will firmly institute finance, human resources and operations systems in the area of operation and will ensure effective representation of Save the Children to local authorities, INGOs and NGOS, and in other forums. The post holder will be a high performing team builder, sensitive to the cultural, political and security environment of Niger and will lead and manage staff covering operations and programmes in Child Protection, Health & Nutrition, Education, Water/Sanitation and Food Security & Livelihoods. The Area Manager is responsible for ensuring the development of all staff, and for identifying needs and resources and elaborating programme recommendations, in line with Save the Children’s national and global priorities.

 

CHILD SAFEGUARDING:

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 programmes; or are visiting country programmes; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

SCOPE OF ROLE:

Reports to: Director of Programme Operations

Staff reporting to this post:

Direct: Field Managers, Heads of sub-field offices, Program Managers, Head of program, Project Coordinators, Senior Finance Officer, Senior Admin HR Officer, Senior Logistics Officer, Safety and Security coordinators, all coordinators Finance, Logistics and Human Resource

Budget Responsibilities: TBC

Role Dimensions: Since 2005, in response to the nutrition crisis, SCI has been working in health and nutrition in support of regional public health directions and health districts in Maradi, Zinder and Diffa regions in 2010, with a team based in each of these three regions and the Niamey Coordination Office. SCI manages a widely diversified portfolio and implements integrated multi-sector programmes, covering health, nutrition, water, hygiene and sanitation, food security – livelihoods, education, child protection and governance of children’s rights, targeted at the most vulnerable such as children and women.

 

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

Programme Management

  • Manage all programmes in the designated area of Niger (both development and humanitarian), draw project implementation plans, assess progress of implementation of activities against plans on monthly basis, and document the progress and action corrective measures as and when required. Take the lead in demonstrating practices for quality programmes implementation;
  • Mount appropriate and timely responses at scale to all emergencies consistent with established benchmarks, plans and organizational policies, and in close cooperation with incoming surge teams
  • Oversee baseline surveys, beneficiaries’ satisfaction surveys and endline surveys, regular monitoring, review and evaluation conducted by the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Coordinator and team.
  • Manage partner relationships for SCI funded projects implemented in the area of responsibility;
  • Manage the implementation of programme and operational activities by national partners, effectively using the assistance of technical sector advisors and operational support staff, and ensuring coherence with Save the Children’s Niger country strategies;
  • In close coordination with the Partnership Adviser, support and advise the Country SMT in the development of strategic plans for project and organizational expansion with Niger partners, by maintaining an overview of the external political, social, economic and humanitarian context both locally and nationally;
  • Ensure that partnership projects and reports are delivered according to Save the Children and donor contractual requirements, within the agreed timescale and budget;
  • Effectively uses support services (Logs, Admin, HR, Finance and Awards) to undertake key activities and work alongside Technical Programme Co-ordinators to ensure that all programme activities run smoothly;
  • Work with the Director of Operations and the Programme Development and Quality team to support the development of Save the Children’s overall programme strategy in Niger, including a master budget
  • Track budget spending and support the preparation of financial reports;
  • Ensure that all projects have clear indicators aligned with SC global standards, useful and accurate baseline data and staff friendly reporting formats;
  • Ensure donor reporting, evaluation (including impact evaluation), and documentation;
  • Ensure that country strategy and the annual country plans are implemented and reviewed in line with the regional and global strategies;
  • Maintain clear overview of the humanitarian, political, legal and security context and how changes and developments may affect the programme implementation and ensure this is communicated regularly to the SMT;
  • Ensure appropriate participation of staff in programme management and decision making, raising issues in Senior Management Meetings held at central level;
  • Represent Save the Children in inter agency meetings, clusters and at Governorate level meetings with government officials.

Programme Design and Development

  • Ensure that programmes are designed and implemented in a comprehensive manner while aligning to SCI national, regional and global priorities;
  • In close coordination with Project Managers, advisors and PDQ Director, improve the quality of programming that shows impact on the situation of children;
  • Help respond to opportunities to expand programmes/impact. Help draft/develop concept papers and proposals with staff, Programme Managers, and other Technical Advisors as requested;
  • Help staff build on synergies among all projects;
  • Support the development/evolution of existing programmes, with the aim of ensuring that staff has the capacity to support others (local partners and government counterparts) in the implementation of quality programmes that show impact;
  • Support staff in the preparation and implementation of advocacy plans as related to their programmes;
  • Ensure that programme learning is built into the programme cycle and shared with the technical advisors, implementation team and SMT.

Logistics, Supply Chain and ICT

  • Oversee the Logistics activities in support to all field activities
  • Ensure efficient application of SCI Logistics policies, procedures, tools and systems
  • Ensure a good planning and implementation of the procurement
  • Ensure quality warehousing and support distributions in the field
  • Ensure Logistics and ICT equipment and systems run well for an effective and efficient programme delivery: vehicle fleet, computers, office Equipment’s, internet equipment’s, communication and security equipment, etc.

Administration, Awards and Finance

  • Take overall responsibility for managing the office, ensuring efficient application of SC’s policies, procedures and administrative systems and the application of the Management Standards of the organisation.
  • Working with the different thematic managers, take overall Budget holder responsibility for the management of all donor grants.
  • Ensure that existing Scheme of delegation, finance guidelines and related administrative procedures are adhered to and that grant finances are kept in an exemplary state.
  • The post holder is accountable for the donor compliance of all grants on the base and to make sure that budgets are not over- or under spent.

Security management

  • Ensure optimal security management procedures and practices are in place and continually monitor the security situation; adapting staff safety procedures accordingly and that appropriate and timely measure are put in place to reduce risks and threats to Save the Children staff, assets, operations and beneficiaries.
  • Ensure security guidelines are updated and adhered to and that all new international staff and visitors receive appropriate security briefings.
  • Ensure that security incidents are duly reported on information is effectively collected and exchanged with staff and other organisations,
  • Produce ad hoc sitreps and analyses the security and humanitarian situation.

Child Safeguarding Policy

  • Ensure the Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding Policy is understood by all staff and that it is integrated into all aspects of the team’s work.
  • Supports implementation by CSP Focal Points Persons of the various tasks linked with CSP induction, trainings and awareness raising, investigation and reporting on CSP cases and allegation.
  • Liaises with the national CSP Focal Point to timely review and update CSP risks and mitigation measures and to documents these.

Advocacy

  • In coordination with the line manager, represent Save the Children to civil society, local authorities, donors and members of the humanitarian community.
  • Establish and maintain contact with all key actors relevant to programme implementation (military, government, ministries, UN and NGOs) in the area and share programme successes and challenges.

Programme Management

  • Manage all programmes in the designated area of Niger (both development and humanitarian), draw project implementation plans, assess progress of implementation of activities against plans on monthly basis, and document the progress and action corrective measures as and when required. Take the lead in demonstrating practices for quality programmes implementation;
  • Mount appropriate and timely responses at scale to all emergencies consistent with established benchmarks, plans and organizational policies, and in close cooperation with incoming surge teams
  • Oversee baseline surveys, beneficiaries’ satisfaction surveys and endline surveys, regular monitoring, review and evaluation conducted by the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Coordinator and team.
  • Manage partner relationships for SCI funded projects implemented in the area of responsibility;
  • Manage the implementation of programme and operational activities by national partners, effectively using the assistance of technical sector advisors and operational support staff, and ensuring coherence with Save the Children’s Niger country strategies;
  • In close coordination with the Partnership Adviser, support and advise the Country SMT in the development of strategic plans for project and organizational expansion with Niger partners, by maintaining an overview of the external political, social, economic and humanitarian context both locally and nationally;
  • Ensure that partnership projects and reports are delivered according to Save the Children and donor contractual requirements, within the agreed timescale and budget;
  • Effectively uses support services (Logs, Admin, HR, Finance and Awards) to undertake key activities and work alongside Technical Programme Co-ordinators to ensure that all programme activities run smoothly;
  • Work with the Director of Operations and the Programme Development and Quality team to support the development of Save the Children’s overall programme strategy in Niger, including a master budget
  • Track budget spending and support the preparation of financial reports;
  • Ensure that all projects have clear indicators aligned with SC global standards, useful and accurate baseline data and staff friendly reporting formats;
  • Ensure donor reporting, evaluation (including impact evaluation), and documentation;
  • Ensure that country strategy and the annual country plans are implemented and reviewed in line with the regional and global strategies;
  • Maintain clear overview of the humanitarian, political, legal and security context and how changes and developments may affect the programme implementation and ensure this is communicated regularly to the SMT;
  • Ensure appropriate participation of staff in programme management and decision making, raising issues in Senior Management Meetings held at central level;
  • Represent Save the Children in inter agency meetings, clusters and at Governorate level meetings with government officials.

Programme Design and Development

  • Ensure that programmes are designed and implemented in a comprehensive manner while aligning to SCI national, regional and global priorities;
  • In close coordination with Project Managers, advisors and PDQ Director, improve the quality of programming that shows impact on the situation of children;
  • Help respond to opportunities to expand programmes/impact. Help draft/develop concept papers and proposals with staff, Programme Managers, and other Technical Advisors as requested;
  • Help staff build on synergies among all projects;
  • Support the development/evolution of existing programmes, with the aim of ensuring that staff has the capacity to support others (local partners and government counterparts) in the implementation of quality programmes that show impact;
  • Support staff in the preparation and implementation of advocacy plans as related to their programmes;
  • Ensure that programme learning is built into the programme cycle and shared with the technical advisors, implementation team and SMT.

Logistics, Supply Chain and ICT

  • Oversee the Logistics activities in support to all field activities
  • Ensure efficient application of SCI Logistics policies, procedures, tools and systems
  • Ensure a good planning and implementation of the procurement
  • Ensure quality warehousing and support distributions in the field
  • Ensure Logistics and ICT equipment and systems run well for an effective and efficient programme delivery: vehicle fleet, computers, office Equipment’s, internet equipment’s, communication and security equipment, etc.

Administration, Awards and Finance

  • Take overall responsibility for managing the office, ensuring efficient application of SC’s policies, procedures and administrative systems and the application of the Management Standards of the organisation.
  • Working with the different thematic managers, take overall Budget holder responsibility for the management of all donor grants.
  • Ensure that existing Scheme of delegation, finance guidelines and related administrative procedures are adhered to and that grant finances are kept in an exemplary state.
  • The post holder is accountable for the donor compliance of all grants on the base and to make sure that budgets are not over- or under spent.

Security management

  • Ensure optimal security management procedures and practices are in place and continually monitor the security situation; adapting staff safety procedures accordingly and that appropriate and timely measure are put in place to reduce risks and threats to Save the Children staff, assets, operations and beneficiaries.
  • Ensure security guidelines are updated and adhered to and that all new international staff and visitors receive appropriate security briefings.
  • Ensure that security incidents are duly reported on information is effectively collected and exchanged with staff and other organisations,
  • Produce ad hoc sitreps and analyses the security and humanitarian situation.

Child Safeguarding Policy

  • Ensure the Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding Policy is understood by all staff and that it is integrated into all aspects of the team’s work.
  • Supports implementation by CSP Focal Points Persons of the various tasks linked with CSP induction, trainings and awareness raising, investigation and reporting on CSP cases and allegation.
  • Liaises with the national CSP Focal Point to timely review and update CSP risks and mitigation measures and to documents these.

Advocacy

  • In coordination with the line manager, represent Save the Children to civil society, local authorities, donors and members of the humanitarian community.
  • Establish and maintain contact with all key actors relevant to programme implementation (military, government, ministries, UN and NGOs) in the area and share programme successes and challenges.

HR and People Management, Mentorship, and Development

  • Ensure with support from the HR team and DPO, the appropriate staffing of the Area programme offices, planning and implementing specific actions to recruit, manage and motivate staff in the Area offices as per SC standards and procedures;
  • Manage, mentor and motivate his/herstaff to undertake his/her roles and responsibilities effectively;
  • Ensure that Area staffs have clearly defined objectives, understand their responsibilities and receive meaningful feedback on their performance. Ensure compliance with Performance Management systems and evaluations. Document performance that is less than satisfactory, with appropriate performance improvements/ work plans.
  •  Incorporate staff development strategies into the team building process and ensure staff are able to perform the duties expected.  Identify coaching, mentoring and other developmental opportunities.
  • Create and maintain a cooperative and positive working environment where national and expatriate staff has clear roles and responsibilities, participate in decision making and are supported in progressing towards their personal development objectives.
  • Comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies

 

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our 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 

  • University degree in related academic discipline or equivalent work experience;

 

EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

Essential :

  • At least 5 years/substantial experience working with a humanitarian/ development organisation, including significant experience working at field level.
  • Skills and experience in project/programme implementation, monitoring, review and evaluation preferably from a child rights approach in accordance with the CRC and international humanitarian rights standards.
  • Substantial people and programme management experience with good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate at all levels.
  • Solid experience in grant management, including budget holding and donor reporting.
  • Substantial understanding or proven experience of security management issues.
  • Ability to produce high quality reports in French and English.
  • Representational, political awareness and advocacy skills.
  • Ability to work with limited supervision from line manager.
  • Experience of working with partners and a participatory approach.
  • Fluency in written and spoken French and English and computer literate.
  • Commitment to and understanding of SCI’s aims, values and principles;

 

Desirable:

Experience and/or interest in working in Niger and more specifically in the Diffa region

 

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.

Safeguarding our Staff:

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy

Health and Safety

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

 

 

FINAL DISPOSITIONS

We must ensure the safety of children through our selection processes, which reflect our commitment to the protection of children and include rigorous reference surveys.

Interested applicants must exclusively send their files (CV and cover letter) by e-mail only once, to our address: https://stcuk.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobsearch.ftl?lang=fr_FR 02 February 2020 at 18:00 (GMT-1).

No physical applications will be accepted.

NB: //Save the Children International has a child-defence policy, which every candidate must respect and defend. We are //Zero// tolerant of any case of child abuse.// Save the Children encourages female and disability candidates.

EN: It is made known to applicants that Save the Children International does not request any payment or fees throughout the recruitment process. Any request to this effect must be immediately reported as contrary to the values and practices of our organization. EN: 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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