Save the Children East Africa Associate Area Director Job in Nairobi Kenya

Save the Children Norway currently have programs in East and Southern Africa through Country Offices in Ethiopia, Uganda, Somalia, South Sudan, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. 
To ensure our interests in the region, follow-up on our program implementation in East and Southern Africa and identify new opportunities for funding, Save the Children Norway seeks a well-qualified person to fill a position as Associate Area Director for East Africa for a two years’ engagement. 
The position includes 20% time allocated to Technical Assistance on Child Rights and strengthening of Civil Society to selected Country Programs. 


Work location will be the Nairobi regional office with extensive travelling to relevant Save the Children Country Offices and programs in the region.
Key tasks
  • Close follow up on program planning and development, as well as assist on program implementation and reporting for selected countries in Save the Children Norway’s East and Southern Africa portfolio, in close collaboration with head office in Oslo and Country offices
  • Build relationship with the management team in prioritized country offices in East and Southern Africa to ensure closer communication and engagement with country programs about Save the Children Norway’s strategic priorities, principles and methods
  • Contribute to regional coordination of Save the Children Norway’s activities in East and Southern Africa
  • Initiate and assist on identifying and pursuing fundraising opportunities by building relationships with local embassies, UN, EU and other international organizations and potential donors
  • Provide oversight, support and quality assurance on Child Rights and strengthening of Civil Society to selected Country Programs in the region (20%)
  • Build relationships with relevant INGOs and international community in the region
  • Support selected country programs in application processes
  • Communicate regional results in the organization, and promote internal and external dissemination of Save the Children Norway’s learning in the region
Essential qualifications
  • International experience and program understanding.
  • Solid knowledge of Norwegian development and humanitarian aid systems and priorities will be given particular consideration.
  • Broad understanding of human rights, child rights and development issues, international relations and the international humanitarian systems
  • Ability, knowledge and influence to make strategic assessments of focus and prioritization of management team in country programs
  • Experience from project and team management, communication and coordination
  • Sound strategic thinking and planning skills, including ability to think creatively and innovate and to set priorities, manageable work plans and evaluate progress
  • Knowledge and experience on Child Rights and working in partnership with local civil society – preferably in the context of the region
  • Ability to adjust to new environments and to collaborate with colleagues from different cultures and contexts
  • Knowledge of Save the Children Norway and commitment to Save the Children’s mission, values and approach
  • A professional qualification at minimum master level
  • Strong communications skills in English essential and Norwegian a strong advantage (both written and verbal)
What we offer
  • Enriching and meaningful work in an international dynamic organization
  • Good career opportunities
  • Positive and exciting work environment
Save the Children Norway offers a challenging position among highly competent and engaged colleagues. 
Work location will be in the Nairobi regional office and the position reports to Area Director East Africa in Oslo. 
Terms and conditions will be agreed during the recruitment process.

If you like more information regarding the position, please contact Area Director Henrik Stabell: .  

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