Save the Children hiring Programme Operations Officer.
Currently 420 million children – nearly one-fifth of children worldwide – are living in a conflict zone; a rise of nearly 30 million children from 2016. This number has doubled since the end of the cold war. 142 million children are living in high-intensity conflict-zones; that is, in conflict zones with more than 1,000 battle-related deaths in a year. The numbers of ‘Grave Violations’ against children during armed conflict have almost tripled since 2010. Hundreds of thousands of children are dying every year as a result of indirect effects of conflict- including malnutrition, disease and the breakdown of healthcare, water and sanitation. In Africa, 1 in 4 children will be caught up in intense conflicts and 6 of the 10 most dangerous places for children to live are in Africa. Conflict settings are where the toughest obstacles exist to achieving Save the Children’s breakthroughs as some of the worst forms of violence against children are perpetrated in conflict settings.
The Programme Operations Officer will provide operations platform support (coordination, planning, implementation and reporting) and improvement for quality delivery and thereby contribute to Save the Children’s Protection of Children in Conflict Programmatic ambitions and the Stop the War on Children Campaign through a complex Pan-African Programme that has been growing since its inception in 2013. The CAAC Programme supports programming and advocacy initiatives targeting children in situations of armed conflict and a wide range of actors such as the African Union, Regional Economic Comminities (RECs), Regional Mechanisms (RMs), Treaty Bodies, Bilateral Institutions, Member States, Civil Society Organisations and Armed Actors both State and Non-State at strategic policy and decision making level to address the complex subject of children in situations of conflict.
Postgraduate extensive thorough working knowledge in Child Protection in Armed Coflict and Emergencies.
Experience And Skills
- 5 years or more experience in Child Protection Programming with at least 3 years Pan African/Regional Level experience.
- Demonstrated Professional or Specialist working knowledge and experience in Child Protection and specifically Peace and Security Programming working with armed actors.
- Solid understanding and engagement with the African Union Peace and Security Architecture.
- Solid understanding of Armed Actors engagement and relations
- Demonstrated experience of capacity building of armed actors.
- Demonstrated capability to make decisions with creativity and some independent judgment
- Demonstrated experience in influencing to obtain the cooperation of others.
- Proven excellence in working in a team, being a team player, and significant experience working in an international organisation.
- An appreciation and understanding of how to manoeuvre in a context of shrinking space for civil society, ensuring Save the Children’s integrity and child rights are not compromised
- Demonstrated knowledge of children’s issues, rights-based program approaches, and child safeguarding principles.
- Strong skills and proven experience in program management processes; also from the knowledge and learning perspective.
- Able to work well under pressure and deadlines
- Excellent listening, inter-personal, communication and networking skills; proven experience and effectiveness working across functional teams and in a matrixed structure; and an ability to work with diverse populations.
- High level of self-awareness and willingness to take feedback for growth and self-development.
- Excellent analytical skills.
- Effective negotiator, with the ability to positively influence cross departmental and cross sector work
- Proven experience in designing Terms of Reference and ability to design and review evaluation tools and approaches.
- 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
- Exemplary level of spoken and written French
- Fluency in English, both verbal and written, desirable
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.
Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.
We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
Applicants are advised that Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process. Any request in this direction should be immediately reported as contrary to the values and practices of our organization.
Application deadline: 05 Oct 2020.
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