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Area Representative Job Vacancy in Nairobi Kenya

Save the Children (SC) is an international organization with 27 member organizations across the globe. It is united by a common mission and brand but, to some extent, has until now been working independently from country to country and within countries.

With the decision by all Save the Children organizations to create an International Programmes Unit (IPU) taken in 2010, Save the Children aims to create a stronger voice for children by unifying the operations in all countries.

This will result in one organisation at the national level in each country and a unified programme delivery structure for all Save the Children International Members.

Save the Children works in the three “zones” of Somalia: Somaliland, Puntland and Central South Somalia (CSS). Due to constraints on security, and the need to liaise with UN agencies, other NGOs and donors, the country office is based in Nairobi. Directors and senior managers are expected to travel extensively to monitor and support programme work in all parts of Somalia that are accessible and where security threats are being effectively mitigated.Save the Children has been engaged in Somalia for over 20 years. The programme has substantially grown since and intends to continue long-term.

During the drought crisis of 2011, the programme in Somalia expanded exponentially and we presently work across 5 regions of Somalia with offices in Hiran, Abudwaq and a shared office with our partner in Mogadishu.

The post holder will be based in Nairobi, at present there is no access for international staff to Abudwaq and Hiran. Therefore, a strong understanding of remote support to Save the Children staff and partners is a vital component of this position.

This is a new position within the organisation; due to the large growth of operations in Somalia over the past 8 months a decision was taken to split Somalia into southern and central regions, with an Area Representative for each. A Transition Manager will be in place for a number of months to support the change in the structure, working closely with the Area Representatives and their teams, Operations Director and Humanitarian Director.

Job Purpose: The Area Representative has overall responsibility for the development, management and delivery of good quality programmes in Central Somalia.

S/he will work through Field Managers based in Galgaduud and and Hiran to ensure that all aspects of programming are coordinated resulting in efficiency, high team moral and cost effectiveness and ensure that Save the Children continues to reach more children.

As the senior representative of Save the Children in Central Somalia, s/he will ensure that Save the Children’s programmes implement key humanitarian principles and that we work in close collaboration with other key stakeholders and the government to promote and advocate for realisation of children’s rights.

For additional information on the job description, working context, person’s specifications, please visit:

Our selection processes reflect our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Our people are as diverse as the challenges we face.

Applications should be forwarded to:

Application Closing Date: Will be Friday 13th April 2012.

However, the closing date may be earlier than this date due to the urgency in filling the position.

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