TITLE: Humanitarian Programme Manager
LOCATION: Based in Niamey humanitarian response)
Could be relocated based on need
CONTRACT LENGTH: 1 year
Level 3: the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.
Save the Children is responding to the ongoing humanitarian crisis that affected the lives and livelihood in Niger through its multi-sectoral response plan. The response plan is focused on addressing the immediate food gaps and livelihoods protection needs of the affected population while also planning for the recovery of livelihoods activities in the longer term. The Humanitarian Programme Manager (HPM) will be deployed to the field as the overall humanitarian response lead for SCI Niger’s humanitarian portfolio, making sure that the overall humanitarian work is implemented in a timely and quality manner in line with SCI’s humanitarian standard operating procedures and mandate. The post-holder will ensure that humanitarian programmes delivered are to the appropriate scale, scope, quality and accountability expected of Save the Children, and incorporate a child focused lens. The HPM, reporting to the Director of Programme Operations and working closely with the Director of Program Development and Quality and other key departments, such as Awards, Finance, HR and Safety and Security as well as local implementing partners. The HPM is responsible for identifying needs and resources and elaborating programmatic, operational and leadership recommendations for the emergency response in line with Save the Children national and global priorities. The post holder will play a leading role in the effective scale up and management of Save the Children emergency programmes to increase impact and enable positive change for children. The HPM will ensure the implementation of SCI Niger’s emergency preparedness, plans, sectoral and multi-sectoral assessments, humanitarian programme and project design and implementation in all humanitarian sectors: Health and Nutrition, Child Protection, Education in Emergencies, and Food Security and Livehoods. WASH, gender and resilience activities and programmatic considerations must be integrated throughout our programming.
SCOPE OF ROLE:
Role Dimensions: The position holders will liase with both internal and external stakeholders to achieve SCI humanitarian ambition in Niger.
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY: Humanitarian Programme Operations and Support:
- Provide programmatic support for of the emergency response programming and activities in Niger
- Ensure strict compliance of programme activities with Save the Children national and global policies and procedures and with relevant donor regulations and agreements, SPHERE guidelines and the NGO code of conduct.
- Take overall leadership in prioritising response sectors and funding where this is limited, in line with SC Global Humanitarian Strategy, ensuring maximum integration between sectors where possible.
- Coordinate closely and support the SMT on response fundraising, supporting the development of high quality concept notes and proposals linked to the response strategy, and engaging effectively with donors’ humanitarian advisors.
- Provide oversight for humanitarian programming implementation to ensure timely & high quality delivery of programme activities.
- Ensure quality programmes and the monitoring of this through regular site visits within the response.
- With Sector Technical Specialists and Field program management staff, and in collaboration with UN agencies, the government, Clusters and other local and international NGO partners, support multi-sectoral assessments, ensuring assessment findings are documented, shared, and validated and that they include children’s needs and gender analyses.
- Ensure optimal safety and security management procedures and practices are in place for the emergency response programme and continually monitor the safety and security situation, adapting staff safety and security procedures accordingly in collaboration and cooperation with the Country Security department.
Humanitarian Programme Development and Quality:
- Collaborate with MEAL to ensure that monitoring & evaluation and accountability processes are in place and compliant with SC MEAL benchmarks and ensuring that feedback is incorporated into programme design and learning disseminated.
- Working with SMT members to design multi-sector response and recovery strategies, programme plans and programme master budgets, ensuring sufficient technical and MEAL expertise is included within budgets, ensuring linkages with existing country programmes and a clear phased plan of action up to 1 year.
- Ensure strong accountability to beneficiaries
- Ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the Sphere Charter and Red Cross Code of Conduct.
- Coordinate with SC members and SC Technical Working Groups to ensure that technical backstopping support is in place.
- Produce high quality and timely sitreps/reports (where necessary) for SC, Donors and within agreed reporting schedules as required.
- In coordination with relevant Country Management team members, ensure the preparation of a timely programme delivery and submitting the donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal SC requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.
- Oversee the delivery of capacity building plans to develop the requisite technical competencies in programme staff.
- Ensure that capacity building plans and performance management systems are in place to develop the requisite competencies in staff to ensure ongoing sustainability and quality of response.
- Coach and mentor, and ensure Technical Advisers include capacity enhancement of national counterparts and link in to wider organisational talent development mechanisms.
Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:
- Take the initiative in documenting lessons learnt, good practice and case studies to shape in-country strategies and programme approaches, and contribute to broader sector learning.
- Working with the Info, Comms and Media team, pro-actively identify advocacy opportunities, case studies and research opportunities which link with wider organisational strategic objectives, and turn these into action.
- Lead on organisational level programme policy, innovation, learning or representation initiatives in consultation with Program Development and Quality team.
- Play a leadership role in shaping communications and media priorities in line with programme priorities, acting as a spokesperson when required.
- Represent Save the Children’s emergency response at the Coordination forums, to donors, the media and members of the humanitarian community.
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 a broad definition of diversity and sees it as a source of organisational 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
- Education to MSc/MA/MEng level in a relevant subject or equivalent field experience
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
- Strong language skills in French and English
- Extensive experience of working internationally in humanitarian programmes
- Previous experience of managing programme teams in large-scale first phase emergency response is essential
- Previous experience of managing a large multi-sector, multi-national team
- Previous experience of programme management across multiple locations
- Experience of managing multi-donor, multi-site programmes (including ECHO, DFID, WFP, USAID , BPRM and BHA) as well as other awards, including transitional phase types of award that contribute to the nexus of humanitarian and development work.
- Security management experience across a large and complex programme.
- Commitment to, thorough understanding of, and able to train staff in participation and accountability approaches
- Demonstrated ability to contributing to setting up monitoring & evaluation systems in large complex programmes.
- Demonstrated ability to set up learning and development processes for a large team
- Proven ability of mentoring and coaching
- Experience of senior level representation
- Experience in developing and negotiating successful partnerships with institutional donors
- Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
- Excellent communication skills
- Proven ability to influence change at an operational and strategic level
- Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of tolerance, respect of diversity, patience, tact and diplomacy
- The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
- Commitment to the aims and principles of SC. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support
We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.
We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
• 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.