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For over 90 years, Save the Children has been making a difference in children’s lives in more than 120 countries. We are the world’s largest independent child rights organization. 

From emergency relief to long-term development, Save the Children secures a child’s right to health, education and protection.  

Save the Children is an equal opportunity organization dedicated to our core values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity.  

We are looking to recruit the following position to be based in Hargesia, Punltand or Nairobi Offices.

Technical Specialist – Health 

Somalia/Somaliland Country Office
 
Team / Programme: Technical Support Team    

Location: Nairobi / Hargeisa
 
Grade: TBC  (Competitive Package)    

Post Type: National or International
 
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: The Technical Specialist – Health, will provide overall technical support to all projects related to health in Somalia/Somaliland, both in emergencies and development. 

It will play a leading role in capacity building of Area teams, partners, consortium members and other local actors in Somalia/Somaliland in the areas of health. 

The TS will also play a pivotal role in providing adequate technical support to the Area/operations teams to ensure technical quality throughout the project implementation cycle. 

She/he will work with quality programmes and Area teams to promote and disseminate good practices and lessons learned in technical aspects in projects internally and support Area teams in area level advocacy on health for children, mothers and communities.     
 
Scope of Role: 

Reports to: [Head of Health, Nutrition & WASH]

Dimensions: Save the Children works in four regions of Somalia/Somaliland with a current staff complement of approximately 450 staff and current expenditure of approximately US$60 million in 2012.

Staff directly reporting to this post: None

Key Areas of Accountability:

Programme Development 
  • Support the HoHNW in development of ambitious yet practical and integrated HNW plan as part of the Country Annual Plans and contribute from perspective of all aspects of child and maternal health.
  • Provide high quality technical inputs in to developing cost-effective, innovative and sustainable proposals related to child and maternal health and other priority groups in Somalia/Somaliland 
  • Plan and ensure adequate budgets are available in proposals for staff, partner, community capacity building in technical areas in line with project objectives
  • Work with quality programmes team to provide technical guidance and inputs to the Area/operations teams for them to develop concept notes and proposals related to health as mandated under HNW strategy
Technical Capacity Building and Support
  • Develop and implement a relevant and sustainable capacity building plan for Area/operations teams, partners and consortium members in areas of health for quality delivery of health related projects and enhanced local capacity for sustainable promotion of Save the Children’s health goals for children in Somalia/Somaliland    
  • Support Area/operations teams and relevant project/programme managers in relevant technical capacity of parents, communities, schools, teachers, health institutions and government to improve overall quality and access of health services for children, mothers and others in Somalia/Somaliland
  • Build technical capacity in the area teams, partners and consortium members to produce top class donor reports of projects related to basic education, by working with quality programmes team
  • Support the Area/operations team in identifying and addressing technical gaps in planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of health projects, in coordination with quality programmes team
Representation and Advocacy
  • Work with other members in HNW and technical team and quality programmes team to support Area/operations teams in developing local-specific advocacy strategies and messages in the areas of health 
  • Support Area teams as requested and build their capacity to lead representation and advocacy in technical, government and civil society fora within the Area, related to health  
  • Support the HoHNW with evidence and information for effective representation in relevant external fora including donor meetings, clusters and civil society forums related to health   
  • Support HoHNW in identifying key opportunities and events for Save the Children to position itself as the leading organisation for child and maternal health issues in Somalia and Somaliland
  • Support the HoHNW in identifying and securing potential technical resource persons and organisations for their support in advancing Save the Children’s advocacy in the sector
Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation 
  • Work closely with quality programmes and operations teams to ensure that all projects related to health have robust monitoring plans, baselines, reviews and evaluations in line with project designs and donor guidelines
  • Assist the Area teams in technical assessments of local/implementing partners
  • Assist quality programmes team technically to support Area teams and partners to carry out regular monitoring and measure and report on achievement and progress towards project objectives and results.
  • Along with quality programmes team, organise periodic technical project review meetings with Area teams (programme/project managers) and consortium partners and internally share progress and action
  • Carry out extensive field visits to document observations and experiences and share them with Area, quality and technical teams and influence management action for improvement of technical aspects in projects. 
  • Work with quality programmes team to carry out relevant studies and document and disseminate good practices in projects related to health both in emergencies and development 
People Coordination and Support 
  • Work closely with quality programme and operations team in a matrix management environment for development and implementation of high quality projects in health both in development as well as emergency situations. 
  • Provide coaching, mentoring and constructive feedback for learning and development and capacity building of relevant staff managing health programmes/projects in the areas 
  • Support the development of an organisational culture that reflects our dual mandate values, promotes accountability and high performance, encourages a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation, and frees up our people to deliver outstanding results for children and excellent customer service for our members and 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
Qualifications and Experience
  • Degree in maternal/child health/public health or equivalent with training in health programme management
  • Recommended a minimum of six years of relevant technical experience including at senior level
  • Substantial experience in emergency and development health programme design and implementation including in complex emergency context
  • Substantial and proven experience in providing high level technical advisory role in emergency health
  • Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach national staff
  • Proven skills and experience in undertaking assessments and designing/writing quality technical proposals in the sector
  • 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 of developing and managing high quality, innovative and cost-effective health projects in fragile and insecure environments, preferably in Somalia context and with International NGOs
  • Proven experience and skills in advocacy and building work relationship with local/national governments and influencing institutional, private and/or corporate donors
  • Solid experience and excellent skills in capacity building of systems, staff, partners and other actors in health
  • 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 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
  • Willingness to be deployed part or full time in to emergency response as per need and as directed 
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required
  • Commitment to Save the Children values
Child Safeguarding Policy: 
 
Any employee, consultant, contractor or the supplier undertaking an activity on behalf of SCI must sign the Child Safeguarding - Declaration of Acceptance  Form] and comply with the SCI’s Child Safeguarding Policy which is a statement of SCI’s commitment to preventing abuse and protecting children with whom it comes into contact.  

This extends not only to children with whom SCI and its partners work directly, but also includes children whom staff are responsible for. Save the Children's Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.

Head of Education Sector - Somalia / Somaliland Country Office
 
Team / Programme: Somalia/Somaliland County Office
Technical Support Team      

Location:  [Hargeisa with periodic travel to Nairobi]
 
Grade:  TBC  (Competitive Package)    

Post Type: National or International
 
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: The Head of Education Sector (HES) takes overall responsibility for the strategic direction and coordination of Save the Children International’s Education work in the Somalia/Somaliland programme. 

As a senior member of the Technical Support Team in the programme, the HES is responsible for leading and overseeing the development and delivery of high quality, innovative programs in education both in emergency as well as long-term development, resulting in immediate and lasting change for children. 

The HES is responsible for initiating and taking technical leadership in education thematic focused studies, documentation and dissemination of innovations and good practices by working together with quality programmes team. 

She/he is also leading on policy research and advocacy on Education through networking and collaboration with relevant civil society organisations and other institutions. 

The HES plays a leading role in establishing, maintaining and expanding donor relations for the sector.        
 
Scope of Role: 

Reports to: [Director of Technical Support]

Dimensions: Save the Children works in [four] regions in [Somalia/Somaliland] with a current staff complement of approximately [450] staff and current expenditure of approximately [US$60] million each year.

Staff directly reporting to this post: 2-4

Key Areas of Accountability:

Programme Development 
  • Lead on development of thematic strategy in education including basic/primary/ secondary education, teachers education and training and skills training and employment in line with Save the Children’s Country Strategic Plan for Somalia/Somaliland programme
  • Lead in developing and realising ambitious yet practical education plans as part of the Country Annual Plans
  • Work together with quality programmes and operations teams to initiate and design high quality, cost-effective, innovative and sustainable project proposals and concept notes for the sector
  • Proactively seek information on potential donor sources and share project opportunities in education with quality programmes and operations teams linking to Country and Area strategies in education
  • Seek strategic linkage, wherever applicable, with other thematic areas of Somalia/Somaliland programme i.e. child protection, child rights governance, health & nutrition, DRR and Food security & livelihoods for developing integrated programmes for difficult to reach children in Somalia/Somaliland   
Technical Assistance and Capacity Building
  • Lead the development and implementation of relevant and sustainable capacity building strategy for area teams and partners including consortium partners on education in coordination with the operations team 
  • Provide technical guidance and inputs where relevant to the operations and quality programme teams and consortium partners and do technical review of donor reports to ensure that the reports are of high quality from a technical point of view as per expectations in the project proposals
  • Assist the quality programmes team to enhance the capacity of operations teams (e.g. programme/project managers) in developing appropriate systems for documenting and storing relevant information/data needed for donor and member reporting.
  • Provide elaborations and as required directions and trainings to managers in operations teams involved in delivering projects focusing on appropriate approaches and methodologies; conceptual and practical frameworks; standards and tools for effective and quality delivery of education programmes.
Representation and Advocacy
  • Represent Somalia/Somaliland programme in relevant internal and external fora including donor meetings (as appropriate) related to education 
  • Work closely with quality programmes and operations teams to develop policy research and advocacy strategy in education in line with the Country Strategic Plan and global strategy of Save the Children
  • Leverage donor interest and government policies for the difficult to reach children in Somalia/Somaliland both in emergency and development situations through targeted advocacy/key messages
  • Identify and capitalise key opportunities and events for Save the Children to position itself as the leading organisation for children’s education issues in Somalia and Somaliland
  • Work with consortium members wherever applicable to further Save the Children’s mission for children
People Management, Mentoring and Development
  • Ensure that all technical staff in education understand and are able to adapt their roles in both emergency and development contexts
  • Manage the education team; define expectations, provide leadership and support as needed, and evaluate direct reports regularly
  • Ensure the recruitment, training, and promotion of staff as appropriate; ensure availability of and support appropriate professional development opportunities for staff in education
  • Incorporate staff development strategies and Performance Management Systems into team building process. 
  • Oversee that all Education staff proactively build and maintain technical skills and competencies required for leading and/or inputting for first class programmes – both development and emergency nature
  • Manage the performance of all direct reports in Education through: effective use of the Performance Management System including the establishment of clear, measureable objectives, ongoing feedback, periodic reviews and fair and unbiased evaluations; coaching, mentoring and other developmental opportunities; recognition and rewards for outstanding performance; documentation of performance that is less than satisfactory, with appropriate performance improvement workplans
  • Support the development of an organisational culture that reflects our dual mandate values, promotes accountability and high performance, encourages a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation, and frees up our people to deliver outstanding results for children and excellent customer service for our members and donors.  
Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation 
  • Assist quality programmes team to ensure that all education projects and components have robust monitoring plans, baselines, reviews and evaluations in line with project designs and donor guidelines
  • Technically assist quality programmes team in measuring achievement and progress towards program goals and results through the M&E system
  • Lead and work closely with quality programmes team to identify and lead strategic ground breaking research in education for development of innovative programmes and issue-based advocacy
  • Facilitate appropriate dissemination of research findings and good practices documentations in the projects internally and externally to donors, governments, consortium partners and other key actors strategic for immediate and sustainable development of children in Somalia/Somaliland
Knowledge Management
  • Serve as a technical knowledge, skills and experience hub for the sector in Somalia/Somaliland and in doing so play a leading role in introducing innovations in education programmes (gained from existing and emerging Save the Children’s global knowledge and practices) and in turn documenting and sharing best practices and innovations for replication and advocacy together with programme quality team.
  • Work with technical resources among Save the Children members to facilitate sharing and learning in education good practices and leverage their support for strengthening education studies, assessments, innovations, advocacy and capacity building in favour of children in Somalia/Somaliland   
 Budget Holding
  • Manage technical budgets in education efficiently and in line with donor guidelines and project plans as appropriate and as delegated 
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
Qualifications and Experience
  • Post-graduate degree in education or a related field with additional training in education planning and management and project planning and management techniques 
  • Knowledge of current global and regional debates on quality and employment oriented education policies and models
  • 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 education 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
Child Safeguarding Policy: 
 
Any employee, consultant, contractor or the supplier undertaking an activity on behalf of SCI must sign the Child Safeguarding - Declaration of Acceptance  Form] and comply with the SCI’s Child Safeguarding Policy which is a statement of SCI’s commitment to preventing abuse and protecting children with whom it comes into contact.  

This extends not only to children with whom SCI and its partners work directly, but also includes children whom staff are responsible for. Save the Children's Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.

Please send a copy of your CV with a cover letter to EA.recruitment@savethechildren.org. 

For more information please visit our websitewww.savethechildren.net/jobs 

Applications closes on January 10th 2013

Due to the urgency to fill this positions shortlisting will be done as applications stream in. 

Female candidates are encouraged to apply. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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