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Save the Children Head of Child Poverty NGO Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Save the Children

Job Re-Advertisement: Head of Child Poverty (with Expertise in Social Protection) – Somalia / Somaliland Country Office

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Contract: Full-Time

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 fulfil 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 1.9 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 15,000 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.

Role Purpose: The Head of Child Poverty takes overall responsibility for the strategic direction, growth and coordination of Save the Children International’s work on Social Protection (including social safety nets), Financial Inclusion, Food Security & Livelihoods (FSL), Youth Entrepreneurship and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the Somalia/Somaliland programme.

As a senior member of the Technical Support Team in the programme, the Head is responsible for leading and overseeing the development and delivery of high quality, innovative, cost effective programmes in both emergency and long-term development settings, resulting in immediate and lasting change for children.

The Head is also responsible for monitoring programme quality, initiating and taking technical leadership in child poverty focused studies, documentation and dissemination of innovations and good practices by working together with other members of PDQ team; leading on policy research and advocacy through networking and collaboration with relevant civil society organisations and other institutions; playing a leading role in establishing, maintaining and expanding donor relations for the sector

Contract Duration: 2 years with possibility for extension

Location: Nairobi

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree in social sciences; economics; natural resource management or a related field with additional training and 8 years’ experience in Social Protection, Youth Entrepreneurship, Financial Inclusion Programming, Food Security, Livelihoods & TVET, and project planning and management techniques
  • Knowledge of current global and regional debates on sustainable food security and livelihoods, resilience building and TVET models, and especially their linkages with Child Poverty
  • Familiar with the global standards on FSL and resilience programming, and experience in overseeing project implementation according to those standards
  • Recommended a minimum of eight years of relevant technical experience including at senior level
  • Proven experience of developing and managing high quality, innovative and cost-effective technical FSL/TVET projects in fragile and insecure environments, preferably in Somalia context and with International NGOs
  • Proven experience and skills in research and advocacy and influencing institutional, private and/or corporate donors and writing up high quality donor reports
  • Experience of working with local/national governments and capacity building of systems, partners and staff
  • Ability to extensively travel for project monitoring and provide on-site technical support to field teams
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international and matrix management environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required
  • Commitment to Save the Children values

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How to Apply

CLICK HERE to apply online

Please apply in English saving your CV and covering letter as a single document, including your salary expectations for the role.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy

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

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Female candidates are encouraged to apply

Closing date: Tuesday 15 August 2017

All jobs close at midnight UK time on the date specified

Disclaimer: Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents



Updated: August 7, 2017 — 5:32 am
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