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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Job Opportunities at Save the Children International, Apply Before 17 Sep 2016

Child Rights Governance Technical Specialist– Tanzania Country Office

TEAM/PROGRAMME:Director of Programme Development and Quality
LOCATION:  Dar es Salaam with frequent travel to the field
GRADE:  Grade 3 POST TYPE: National
Child Safeguarding: Level 3 - the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

ROLE PURPOSE: 
Save the Children has been working in the child rights governance (CRG)sector on Mainland and Zanzibar, and will be expanding these activities in the coming years.  The position of CRG Specialist will advance this work on a technical level and ensure excellence in programming, including demonstration of tangible results for children in Tanzania.  The CRG Specialistwill provide strategic and operational leadership in this process.  She/he will assume the overall responsibility for the growth, development and implementation of the Child Rights Governance portfolio.  S/He must bring an innovative leadership profile with a proven track record of working with children and governance and a sound technical background in programme design and delivery. The post holder should also have a solid understanding of the child rights governance sector and government structures (national and local level) in Tanzania and some of the current challenges to enforce, protect and fulfil child rights in the country.

SCOPE OF ROLE:
Save the Children has been operational in Tanzania since 1986 with an initial presence in Zanzibar, extending to the Mainland with multi-sector programming.  Currently five sub office locations in  Zanzibar, Shinyanga, Lindi, Mbeya and Kigoma regions provide services to children in the areas of child rights, child protection, health and nutrition, livelihoods and education.  Save the Children is also engaged in emergency response, particularly for Burundi refugees in Nyarugusu and Nduta camps.

Reports to: Director of Programme Development and Quality (with strong links to Director of Programme Implementation)

Dimensions:The job has five core functions: project management, strategy, quality programming, resource mobilisation, monitoring and evaluation and advocacy and representation.  Child rights and child participation forms part of all that Save the Children does throughout spectrum of humanitarian to development.

Staff directly reporting to this post:  None.

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

Strategy:

  • Provide overall oversight and strategic guidance, strong leadership and technically sound decision-making processes in the CRG portfolio.
  • Lead on development of thematic strategy for CRG in line with Save the Children’s Country Strategic Plan for the United Republic of Tanzania, with support and guidance from the Director of Programme Development and Quality (DPDQ).
  • Lead in developing and realising practical CRG plans as part of Country Annual Plans.
  • Contribute to strategic discussions regarding child rights and participation in the country office.



Technical Programme Quality:
Based on guidance and in coordination with the DPDQ and DPI

  • Support the operations team in identifying and addressing technical gaps in planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of CRG projects, in coordination with quality programmes team 
  • Lead on and ensure the technical quality delivery of CRG projects of the country programme
  • Support operations teams and relevant project/programme managers in relevant technical capacity of children, parents, communities, schools, other institutions and government to improve child rights government and child participation, including in humanitarian settings.
  • Build technical capacity in the operation teams, partners and child rights networks to produce top class donor reports of projects related to child rights governance, by working with MEAL and Award Management teams.
  • Review all CRG reports for technical quality and ensure information is correctly presented as per Save the Children global standards, evidence base and reality in Tanzania.
  • Collaborate with and respond to technical assistance from Save the Children Members, coordinating inputs as appropriate for projects.
  • Review research and participate in discussions related to CRG programming to ensure technical excellence and innovation in our projects.
  • Represent the CRG portfolio to the Programme Development and Quality team, especially in weekly and quarterly programme review meetings.



Monitoring and Evaluation 

  • Work closely with quality programmes and operations teams to ensure that all projects related to CRG have robust monitoring plans, baselines, reviews and evaluations in line with project designs and donor guidelines.
  • Assist the operation team in technical assessments of local/implementing partners
  • Assist MEAL team, Operation teams and partners to carry out regular monitoring and measure and report on achievement and progress towards project objectives and results. 
  • Organise periodic technical project review meetings with operation teams (programme/project managers) and partners and internally share progress and action
  • Carry out extensive field visits to document observations and experiences and share them with operation, MEAL and finance teams and influence management action for improvement of technical and quality aspects in projects.  
  • Work with MEAL and operation teams to carry out relevant studies and document and disseminate good practices in projects related to CRG 
  • Develop monitoring and reporting systems for existing programmes with field staff and Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) team, and update senior management on progress towards targets, as well as programme learning.
  • Coordinate innovation and testing of new strategies through operational research and careful documentation of project decisions and outcomes.
  • Write case studies of CRG successes and challenges.



Advocacy and Representation:

  • Work with quality programmes team to support operations teams in developing local-specific advocacy strategies and messages in the area of CRG 
  • Support operation teams as requested and build their capacity to lead representation and advocacy in technical, government and civil society fora within Tanzania for CRG 
  • Participate as delegated in relevant internal and external fora including donor meetings and clusters related to CRG and thereby take proactive actions to profile SC’s work and exploited possible opportunities   
  • Identify key opportunities and events for Save the Children to position itself as the leading organisation for CRG in Tanzania
  • Identify and secure potential technical resource persons and organisations for their support in advancing Save the Children’s advocacy in the CRG sectors. This involves forging partnerships with local and international child rights agencies.
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationship with CRG technical advisors of SC members and SCI CRG Initiatives (globally and regionally), thereby ensuring that the country programme benefits from possible opportunities (funding and other programme developments areas) arising from such relationships.


Resource Mobilisation:

  • Work together with programme operation team to initiate and design high quality, cost-effective, innovative and sustainable project proposals and concept notes related to child rights.
  • Proactively seek information on potential donor sources and share project opportunities in CRG with quality programmes and operations teams linking to country CRG strategy.
  • Write proposals and design logframes/results frameworks for new CRG projects.
  • Develop concept notes for potential donors.

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 others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically

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 honesty and transparency in all financial matters.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Degree in child rights, social science or related field; training and experience in child rights and project planning and management techniques, is expected. At least 5 years of professional.
  • Knowledge of current regional and local debates on CRG policies and practices 
  • Prior experience at a senior level,managing large grants (excess of US$500,000) and complex projects.
  • Technical expertise in child rights governance and child participation.
  • Demonstrated experience of developing and managing relationships and funding from donors or other development partners.
  • Demonstrated experience working with international, national and/or regional level government structures to strengthen the capacity of the government to deliver services.
  • Proven experience in programme development, project cycle management and monitoring and evaluation related to the sector including writing up high quality project/donor reports
  • Proven experience and skills in advocacy and building work relationships with local/national governments and influencing institutional, private and/or corporate donors 
  • Solid experience and excellent skills in leading and building capacity of systems, staff, partners and other actors related to CRG 
  • 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
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
  • Experience of building personal networks, resulting in securing new opportunities for the organisation.
  • Experience solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in of others.
  • Commitment to the Save the Children values and willingness to abide by Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding Policy.
  • Ability to read, write and speak in Kiswahili.  


DESIRABLE:

  • Exposure to NGO project design and delivery: at least 5 years working on child rights development projects.
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international 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.

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Education Specialist– Tanzania Country Office

TEAM/PROGRAMME:Programme Development and Quality
LOCATION:  Dar-es-Salaam with frequent travel to the field
GRADE:  Grade 3 POST TYPE: National 
Child Safeguarding: 
Level 3 - the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

ROLE PURPOSE
Save the Children is expanding its activities in the education sector, particularly in early childhood development and basic (primary) education.  The Education Specialistwill provide strategic and technical leadership in this process.  She/he will assume the overall responsibility for the growth and development of the education portfolio, including training for staff implementing in the field and operations research to test new approaches or the application of approaches in Tanzania.  S/He must bring an innovative leadership profile with a proven track record in education and a sound technical background in programme design and delivery. The postholder should also have a solid understanding of the public education sector in Tanzania and some of the current challenges to delivery of quality basic education.The position is a core actor in mobilising new resources for our education portfolio.

SCOPE OF ROLE: 

Reports to: Director of Programme Development and Quality

Dimensions:Save the Children has been operational in Tanzania (starting in Zanzibar) since 1986.  It is currently starting a new strategic plan period (2016-2018), with approximately $8 million projected spend in 2016.  The advocacy work at Save the Children in Tanzania is a strong component of the Programme Development and Quality Team, but is implemented through Programme Operations in the field offices and through projects. The ”Every Last Child” campaign in Tanzania focuses on ending child marriage which has not yet attracted sufficient political action. The necessary policies, systems and operational structures required to address child marriage are largely lacking and accorded low-priority on the national development agenda. The project funded by Breakthrough Strategic Investment will support the campaign by piloting a diagnostic toolkit to identify which children are excluded and what are the drivers behind their exclusion. The project will be designed in consultation with national statistics authorities, local academics and other organisations working on exclusion and data to engage their expertise as well as build longer-term relationships with these actors in support of other activities connected to the campaign.

Staff directly reporting to this post: to be determined

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

Strategic Planning and Programme Development
  • Be fully aware of and actively participate in the development and review of country strategy and thematic programme plans.  Specifically lead the development and implementation of the Educationstrategy in collaboration with other technical sectors.  
  • Build on technical knowledge, personal understanding of education policy and services in Tanzania, and current/previous programming to develop projects for funding in close coordination with the programme quality team (including monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning). Ensure all new programming supports the achievement of Save the Children strategic and thematic objectives in both development and humanitarian contexts.  Maintain a gender sensitive lens and work towards gender equity in programmes.  All programming must reflect the Government of Tanzania’s priorities (or influencing updates in policy) and be aligned to building their capacity to effectively provide education services to all Tanzanians, particularly adolescent girls and the disabled. 
  • Analyse donor priorities and positions on issues related to education; identifying institutional funding opportunities and developing/maintaining contacts with potential donors, partners and key technical agencies.  Ensure that new partnerships in this technical area reflect the programme quality we expect of ourselves.
  • Ensure that programme strategy supports and demonstrates good practice in child safeguarding and gender mainstreaming.
  • Using a child rights programming lens, ensure that our Education programming is built around the Theory of Change and aligns with Global Initiative strategic directions for Education, including Education in Emergencies (where appropriate).

Advocacy and Policy Development
  • Be fully aware of national policies, strategies and other initiatives and developments by the Government of Tanzania and other stakeholders relating to Education (especially early childhood development and primary education), and critical intersections with child protection, health and nutrition, and child poverty.  Regularly assess and communicate the implications for Save the Children’s programme and priorities of any changes in the operating environment relevant to this theme in close collaboration with the relevant Specialist(s).
  • Help to clearly articulate the Education advocacy messages for the Tanzania country office.  Develop an advocacy plan (with timeline and key outcomes) and ensure its implementation at national, county and community level, particularly aligned to ending corporal punishment and elimination of child marriage.
  • Develop policy briefs and position papers when required related to the Education programme in coordination with the Child Protection, Health and Nutrition, Child Rights Governance and Senior Campaign and Advocacy Manager.  This may require technical collaboration with other Technical Specialists within the country office or within the SC Members.
  • Represent and advocate for Save the Children with UN agencies, donors, Government of Tanzania, NGOs and others at the highest levels in both verbal and written communications to ensure Save the Children is seen as the lead international agency in terms of innovation and quality of implementation that focus on education and child protection issues.  Specifically ensure the following:
  1. Participation in regular working groups and technical meetings.
  2. Ensure presence at relevant Education partner coordination meetings, especially with the Government of Tanzania and key donors
  3. Advise field teams to ensure adequate field visibility through attendance at technical meetings at regional and district level.
  4. Ensure active dissemination of programme findings and lessons learned through the production of high technical quality lessons learned documents and their effective dissemination to key stakeholders
  5. Participate in and contribute to SC Global Initiative activities for Education, as relevant.

Programme Quality
  • Monitor and provide timely, relevant, accurate input on overall technical aspects of Save the Children Education programme work in Tanzania.  The position will be required to travel 30-40% of the time to Save the Children field locations.
  • Liaise with the Programme Operations department to ensure all Education and other programme staff receive the necessary and appropriate technical support. In consultation with staff and project managers agree on the range of advice, support, training and/or other assistance required from you to facilitate high quality programming and ensure it is delivered in a timely fashion.  This will involve regular visits to Save the Children operational areas. 
  • Assist in the development of tools for project staff and partners to improve the quality of Education work.  Where necessary provide technical training for project staff and partners as required (e.g. newborn child survival focus, community health workers, care and support, monitoring tools, programme quality tools, etc.).
  • Where external consultants (local or international) are required to technically support or monitor and evaluate projects, lead the recruitment and subsequent management of contracted consultants as per the recruitment guidelines. 
  • Review relevant monitoring reports to donors to ensure that technical debates are well articulated and reports are of acceptable quality before submission. Provide support where necessary to improve report writing skills.   
  • Provide input on partner selection and coach partners in Education programming principles.
  • Analyse and provide feedback on programme implementation to ensure gender equity and adequate child participation.

Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Ensure the development of an M&E framework and key indicators for nutrition that helps each project improve quality of reporting, clearly articulate progress and impact of projects, identify issues for advocacy and new programmes/projects in the future.  
  • Participate in the design of baseline, mid-term and end of project evaluations for Health and Nutrition programmes, or Education components of multi-sectoral programmes.  Monitor the evaluation process and provide input and clarification as needed.  Review evaluation findings and ensure that lessons and recommendations are captured in the Lessons Learned database.
  • Regularly review and monitor education programmes for child safeguarding issues.  Take corrective action in modifying programme activities and/or report incidents.

Other
  • Participate actively in PDQ programme meetings, planning and review activities, providing enhanced insight into Education programming.
  • Actively participate in key relevant internal meetings such as Quarterly Programme Review Meetings, BVA review meetings and Field office meetings as required.  Participate in any Donor visit to project(s) within the country office portfolio, as required.   
  • Ensure the recruitment and training of health and nutrition programme staff in technical areas of expertise as appropriate and ensure availability of appropriate professional development opportunities.
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 others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically
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
  • Models child safeguarding standards and ensures others in the agency do as well
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelors’ degree or equivalent in education or related field.  At least 5 years of professional experience (not limited to teaching experience alone).
  • Demonstrated experience in designing technical strategies around education, specifically early childhood development and primary education.
  • Experience with early grade reading/literacy and numeracy.
  • Prior experience at a senior level,advising projects of at least Tshs. 50 million.
  • Technical expertise in education, specifically pre-primary and/or primary education.
  • Demonstrated experience of developing and managing relationships and funding from donors such as DFID, USAID, World Bank or other development partners. 
  • Demonstrated experience working with national and/or regional level government structures to strengthen the capacity of the government to deliver services.
  • Ability to work with local structures to plan and effectuate change in behaviour around teacher training, pre-primary and basic education and community mobilisation.  Demonstrated ability to work at a community level.
  • Strong English communication and interpersonal skills, especially working with multicultural teams.
  • Experience in building personal networks, resulting new opportunities for the organisation.
  • Experience solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in of others.
  • Commitment to the Save the Children values and willingness to abide by Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding Policy.
  • Ability to read, write and speak in Kiswahili.  
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required.  

DESIRABLE:
  • Exposure to NGO project design and delivery: 3+ years with education development projects.
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind sets
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in.
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