Senior Child Protection Program Manager


The Senior Child Protection Program Manager will ensure the effective management and coordination of multi-area and multi-funded child protection projects. The Manager will lead the operational implementation of child protection projects while coordinating technical needs and overseeing related advocacy and emergency portfolio, The CP Program Manager will ensure effective management of the overall grant with particular attention to contractual compliance, donor and the provision of proactive support to the Area Offices as required.

The role will maintain a coherent overview of implementation and performance against key CP

indicators, monitor budgets and have forecasting oversight of overall grants and ensure appropriate, timely and accurate sharing of information with SRO main office, members, and donors.


Project oversight and management

·       Manage and lead Programme-related strategic liaison with donor, area offices, Program

·       Development and Quality, member and the main SRO office

·       Support field Offices to meet agreed targets. To include regularly reviewing cross-programme performance data and programme management arrangements on a monthly basis, identifying and agreeing residual actions and mitigation activities with key project stakeholders and Save the Children members to ensure performance is maintained

·       Ensure the development and application of common standards, tools and practices for programme planning, implementation, monitoring, learning and reporting across the projects

·       Provide review of identified key risks, triggers and contingency plans related to the programme, and verify and support Area Offices to ensure risks are being effectively managed

·       Ensure the effective planning and implementation of activities that cut across the programme, including assessments, studies, capacity building initiatives, setting up and running of centralized data management, evidence and knowledge management, and dissemination activities

·       Work with the members, MEAL Technical Advisor, and MEAL Managers and other technical advisors, to establish effective monitoring systems are in relation to programme activities, budget allocations and financial expenditure.

·       Review work plans, procurement approaches and key Programme elements, including through a Value for money lens, contributing to effective programming and accountability to the donor

·       Work closely with colleagues at the Area Office and Syria Response Office to maintain an accurate and timely budget analysis of the awards detailed oversight of forecasting and financial performance, to support and ensure grant components forecast effectively

·       Maintain detailed understanding of budget flows, and the impact of this on budget forecasting

·       Hold monthly  calls  with  each  component’s  implementation  team  to  discuss  financial performance and review BvA

·       Lead discussions on necessary and timely budget realignments, and provide oversight of budget revisions with Area Offices, Syria Response Office and Members across the entire grant


Budget management

·       Serve as overall budget holder for the programme.

·       Prepare and compile annual plans, budgets, quarterly and annual reports for the programme based on donors, government other stakeholder’s requirements.

·       Make periodic programme and budget revisions as required.

·       Ensure effective and efficient utilization of programme budget and other resources for the intended purpose.

·       Ensure that partner finance planning and reports are in line with the project agreement and requirements

from donors and governments.

·       Facilitate communication and interaction between implementing partners and SC finance team

·       Ensure that plans are implemented as per agreed and approved budgets,


Monitoring, evaluation and quality assurance

·       In coordination with Education PDQ team and MEAL Advisors, supports the field office to design results-based monitoring and evaluation process for the programme.

·       Regularly follow-up and monitor the programme to ensure proper and efficient implementation.

·       Plan and facilitate regularly schedule reviews of projects with partners and stakeholders.

·       Coordinate and facilitate assessments and evaluations.

·       Manage knowledge and experiences from the learning process and replicate good practices.

·       Ensure the proper utilization and use of monitoring and evaluation systems are put in place.

·       Prepare and compile quarterly and annual reports for the programme based on donors and partners requirements.


Partner management and capacity building and Representation

·       Work closely with implementing partners in the course of programme planning, implementation and preparation of periodic completion reports, annual and quarterly programme budgets and expenditures.

·       Ensure that partnerships are maintained and functioning properly as per signed contract agreement.

·       Maintain regular communication and interaction with partners to facilitate and promote learning and information sharing.

·       Provide technical support to partners in the course of project implementation.

·       Represents the SCI at National and Regional events in relation to the programme.


Documentation and Learning

·      Ensure proper documentation of experiences and lessons (including pictures and video documentation) learned in the course of programme implementation.

·      Organize and properly maintain database and information related to the programme.

·      Facilitate and participate in studies and reviews related to the programme.

·      Facilitate and ensure dissemination of information and study/reviews.

·       Provide information/inputs to be used for SC information and communication materials.

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our 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 capacity to improve performance and applying appropriate measures when results are not achieved.


·       Sets ambitious and challenging goals for himself/herself (and their team).

·       Takes responsibility for his/her own personal actions and encourages others to do the same.

·       Widely shares his/her personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others

·       Future orientated, thinks strategically


·       Builds and maintains effective relationships, his/her 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

Job Requirements

In order to be successful you will bring/have:

  • MSc in Psychology, Sociology, Social Work or Social Sciences related fields with 5 years of experience / BA in Social Sciences related fields with 8+ years of experience.
  • At least 5 years of management experience in emergency, fragile state or development programmes at international/ regional level
  • Management experience implementing capacity building programmes in complex settings
  • Management experience in one or more of the following programmes: child protection, partnerships, institutional capacity building or organizational development
  • Experience of remote managing programmes in complex settings
  • Proven capacity to supervise, and coach staff and partners on both technical and programme management skills
  • Experience of, and commitment to, working through partners and contributing to partnership strategies at large
  • Ability to analyse information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
  • Proven ability to represent the organisation to donors and other stakeholders
  • A team player who is able to work collaboratively and with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • A high level of written and spoken English
  • 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

The Organisatio n
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 environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

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