Save the Children International
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· No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
· All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
· Violence against children is no longer tolerated
We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.
The Livelihoods and Youth Empowerment TA provides strategic direction and technical oversight to the country office (CO) programs in areas of livelihoods and youth empowerment. Under the general direction and guidance of the PDQA Director, the Livelihoods and Youth Empowerment TA provides technical leadership to all our sectoral work in these sectors with responsibility for developing clear strategic and operational plans, identifying fundraising needs and leading the development of technical proposals, forging strong partnerships with Government, UN, NGO and local civil society counterparts, as well as providing technical support to our implementing teams across all field locations in Iraq. S/he undertakes regular assessment to understand capacity gaps and initiates capacity strengthening efforts.
SCOPE OF ROLE:
Reports to: PDQA Director
Staff reporting to this post: n/a
Budget Responsibilities: n/a
Role Dimensions: Iraq is a transition context and the focus of the role will be leading SCI livelihoods and youth empowerment programs with a nexus focus. The post-holder represents SC in relevant Workings Groups (WGs) and technical fora.
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY :
• Lead on developing high quality livelihoods and youth empowerment proposals, integrated across other sectors, with a gender, climate and social cohesion cross cutting lens.
• Build on technical knowledge, latest research in the sector and current/previous programming to proactively develop innovative proposals for new programming addressing the changing context in Iraq in close coordination with the business development team.
• Ensure all new programming supports the achievement of Save the Children Country and Thematic/strategic objectives.
• Lead on designing relevant components of multi-sectoral technical assessments (including cash feasibility and market assessment) in coordination with other SC thematic areas and other external sector agencies, ensuring assessment findings are documented and that all assessments include a specific analysis of children’s needs.
• Provide technical support to program teams and conduct regular monitoring visits to ensure quality programming is being implemented (for example, monitoring against logframes, individual performance management and work plans).
• To be fully aware of and actively participate in the development and review of any Country Strategic and Thematic Plans. Specifically lead in the preparation of situational analyses, background information, policy formulations, establishing indicators etc in the area of livelihoods and youth empowerment.
• Provide support in the development of tools and guidline documents (SOPs) for project staff and partners to improve the quality of food security and livelihoods work. Where necessary provide technical training for project staff and partners as required (HEA, Life Skills for Success, monitoring and evaluation, market assessment).
• Review relevant monitoring reports 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. Lead in the evaluation and review process for all livelihood and youth empowerment projects including the development of Terms of Reference, selection and management of consultants. 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 and Terms of Reference.
• Pro-actively identify advocacy opportunities, case studies and research opportunities which link with wider organisational strategic objectives, ensure that youth voices are represented and turn these into action.
• As needed, lead in technical inputs to procurement of program goods or services involving multiple locations, large-scale use of resources, and/or a high level of risk to the agency to ensure program relevance, quality, adherence to technical guidelines, and efficient use of resources.
• Ensure timely support to Partnerships Manager on technical identification, selection, and adequate assessment of strategic & implementing partners; maintain strong coordinated working relationships with partners, including relevant government stakeholders.
• Actively participate in key relevant internal meetings such as Extended Senior Management Team or Area-based meetings as required. Participate in any Donor visit to project(s) within your portfolio as required.
• Represent and advocate for Save the Children with UN agencies, Donors, Government, 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 livelihoods and youth empowerment.
• Ensure active dissemination of programmes findings and lessons learned through the production of high technical quality lessons learned documents and their effective dissemination to key stakeholders.
• Donor reporting in close coordination with Awards team.
• Demonstrate leadership in relation to Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child safe guarding, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.
BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)
• 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.
• sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
• widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
• future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.
• 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.
• develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
• willing to take disciplined risks.
• honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity
Qualifications & Preferred Skills
Development sector professional with a relevant Masters’ Degree or equivalent professional experience.
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
• Minimum of 5 years’ experience in Livelihoods (or related youth programming), with experience in humanitarian and developmental contexts in an NGO, UN, etc
• Strong commitment to capacity building of national staff and partners with willingness to adopt a participatory and consultative management approach.
• Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels, taking into account cultural and language difficulties. Tact and diplomacy are essential
• Experience of working in insecure/conflict situations and security management.
• Willingness to travel regularly and in difficult circumstances
• Fluent in spoken and written English
• Previous work experience in Iraq or other areas in the Middle East
• Knowledge and understanding of SPHERE Standard and other principles of humanitarian work.
• Experience in promoting children’s participation in programme design, implementation and evaluation.
• Good understanding of poverty reduction strategy framework and related processes.
• Working experience in planning and response to large-scale food insecurity situations.
• Language skills in Arabic
How To Apply
Please apply here using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.
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