Save the Children , Mudug, Somalia
Partnerships Advisor, Somalia Country Office
Working in partnership is central to Save the Children's Theory of Change on how to maximize our impact for children, and is a key element of the Somalia Country Office's 2019-2021 Country Strategic Plan (CSP) where we work with local partners both to increase the depth and breadth of its programming but even more importantly to improve sustainability, and promote local ownership and the development of a strong civil society that that can promote child rights and accountability for children. Save the Children has a Global Partnership Framework, which aims at ensuring that across the Save the Children movement we have a shared understanding of what partnership means. In addition, this role will be critical in approaching partnership more strategically and to advance our commitments to the localization agenda, including the operationalization of the localization policy, and to implement organizational adjustments needed to adhere to Grand Bargain principles and CHS verification outcomes aimed at operationalizing local partnerships. S/he will work together with internal and external stakeholders and our local partners across the country program to advise, facilitate, coordinate, monitor and support the successful implementation of the Partnership Framework and our Country Office Partnership Strategy; coordinate and monitor the capacity strengthening of our partners; play a lead role in strengthening Save the Children Somalia's approaches to partnership, building on SCI's global partnership principles; work across departments to establish systems and approaches for identifying, pursuing and maintaining effective partnerships that contribute to Save the Children's strategic direction and support reaching breakthroughs for children in Somalia; and engages in internal and external forum on partnerships and localization, contributing to learning and leveraging best practices from other contexts.
In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.
Contract Duration: 2 years
Qualifications and Experience
- Post graduate or Master degree in International relations, Social Sciences, project management and development relevant field
- Minimum 5 years work experience in the humanitarian sector/with NGOs, with at least 2 years' experience in partnership based programming or community based programming
- Sound knowledge of child- and human-rights frameworks, including rights-based programming and in-depth understanding on core elements of approaches and principles to working in partnerships
- Experience in organizational capacity strengthening processes, including excellent training/facilitation, presentation, and communication skills.
- Proven experience in field level representation and networking with key stakeholders and co-ordination with other NGOs/UN
- Proven commitment to and experience in participatory approaches and beneficiary accountability
- An excellent team player with good skills in team work and consultative approach to decision making
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, with a high level of written and spoken English
- The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
- Knowledge of written and spoken Somali is desirable
- Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies
- Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in a matrix management environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
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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We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.