SOS Children's Village International Regional Director of Program Development Jobs in Ethiopia

SOS Children's Village International Regional Director of Program Development Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Id: 200130

Category: Legal, Social Sciences and Community
Location: Addis Ababa
Career Level: Managerial Level (Manager, Supervisor, Director)

Job Description

(Job Ref: SOS/27/2)

Context of the position

Established in 1949, SOS Children's Villages International (CVI) is a dynamic, international social development organization working globally to meet the needs and protect the interests and rights of children without parental care and those who are at the risk of losing it.

Job Summary

The Regional Director of Program Development for ESAF is responsible for providing strategic leadership to the development and delivery of the programmes in the ESAF that is aligned and guided by the SOS Children’s Villages International global strategies.

Under the general direction and leadership of International Director Region (IDR), the incumbent ensures excellence in SOS CVI strategy and programme development, delivery of programmes, programme quality, monitoring and evaluation, internal and external advocacy and communication and immediate response of disaster and emergency in full alignment with the Countries’ Strategy in ESAF and SOS Children’s Villages global programme strategy.

Main Clients

  • International Director of Region (IDR)
  • Relevant IO department staff
  • Regional Programme Development Advisor and team
  • SOS Children’s Villages International Representatives (CVI Reps)
  • Regional Function Directors
  • National Directors (NDs)
  • National Advocacy Advisors
  • IO PS Liaison and Advocacy unit
  • SOS Children’s Villages International

    Key Duties and Responsibilities:

    Strategic Leadership:

  • Provide strategic and technical leadership to design and implementation of strategies, programmes and projects in line with the overall SOS CVI global, Regional and Members
  • Associations (MA) strategy by coordinating and engaging with the staff and partners, taking an integrated approach to policy change, campaigning and communications.
  • Ensure quality policy standards and organizational learning environment is promoted through monitoring the implementation of federation programme policies and quality standards in Member Associations (MAs); this includes training and supporting MAs on programme related policy implementation.
  • Initiate and contribute to development of federation programme related policies, standards and guidelines; this includes working on regional supporting tools to fill gap areas and promote innovations.
  • Develop, lead and support the regional programme network consisting of national, regional programme co-workers, supporting cross-national, cross-regional knowledge sharing and steering national and regional development.
  • Support core-care-co-workers skills trainings (in alignment with HROD) and build programme capacity in MAs to enhance child development
  • Ensure the consistent monitoring of programme quality in MAs and the execution of programme audits. Drive the active prevention of child abuse and the implementation of transparent reporting systems in MAs.
  • Ensure management, development coordination, roll-out, operation and first level user support of international / regional programme systems and database applications in close cooperation with regional ICT. Ensure close cooperation with MAs providing support, guidance and capacity building on programme topics
  • In a drive towards research, innovation and development this position supports programme development and promotes new innovations through initiating new pilot program in the MAs.
  • This position encourages the MAs to liaise with the other MAs to ensure best practice sharing amongst themselves and to the region.
  • The post also support international research projects through facilitating the participation of MAs to gain experience from other countries and use them in their own MA.
  • Oversee the programme planning process in the region for both new and existing programmes and support ongoing consolidation and prioritization.
  • This includes participating in programme planning workshops in MAs and consideration of best practice within and outside the region.
  • Develop and foster partnerships on a regional level, focusing on impact for programme work
  • Ensure that there is a strong linkage between Advocacy, Communications and Programmes so that advocacy is evidence based and programme driven and projects are further strengthened and improved through advocacy and communications.
  • Oversee the lead in supporting the MAs in advocacy activities, mainly with national governments and build advocacy capacity.
  • Promote advocacy activities, both local
    and international development cooperation and monitor external regional trends
  • Work closely with the CVI Reps to guide and support the Member Associations (MAs) on key programme planning, delivery, monitoring and evaluation which includes developing project proposals, M&E policies and guidelines, risks mitigation and cross-organizational priorities and strategies.
  • Actively participate and work in collaboration with the strategy and programme department within the International Office.
  • Ensure the overview of the overall programme implementation with the quality standard and allocated time frame, especially with the standards of donors requirement.
  • Lead, manage and provide capacity building support to employees in programme development by ensuring clear goals and accountabilities are established and achieved
  • Ensure individuals’ performance and development needs are met, and employees are high performing and engaged
  • Identify capacity gaps in programme development work with the MAs and the Region to address them
  • Foster a team environment, people management skills that includes diplomacy and also providing leadership and technical support as needed, support and evaluate direct reports regularly.

    Job Requirements

    Qualifications and Experience

  • A Master’s degree (or equivalent experience) in a human rights, children’s rights, strategy and advocacy, international law, political science or international development related discipline.
  • At least 10 years of senior leadership experience in senior leadership position especially in programme development, advocacy, campaigns, communications and government and stakeholder engagement mainly in Eastern & Southern Africa region
  • In-depth understanding of children’s rights, alternative care, community development, disaster and emergency response and management, and protection and/or investment in children.
  • In-depth understanding of children’s rights, alternative care, community development, disaster and emergency response and management, and protection and/or investment in children.
  • Solid experience in policy and advocacy work with a non-governmental organization or international organizations.
  • Significant experience of leading or coordinating Programme development and disaster response.
  • Experience of international work environments and intercultural communication, including a strong understanding of NGO structures, the UN human rights system and how these operate
  • Networking skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of the African Union, European Union, UN and their role in social policies
  • Knowledge and understanding of the donor communities like DFID, USAID, NORAD, EU, UN, Corporates, etc
  • Experience of creating networks of influence, and an ability to manage diverse professional relationships, thereby securing significant new opportunities for the organization
  • A demonstrable ability to speak and communicate effectively, and to tailor messages to different audiences in different platforms.
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in.

    Knowledge, skills, abilities and behavioral competences

  • Ability to develop advocacy strategies.
  • Ability to oversee advocacy and communication role.
  • Highly skilled in assessment of operational gap in communication and Advocacy work in the region.
  • Ability to Cascade Action of Federation in Advocacy and communication.
  • Proven Skills in monitoring and evaluation of implementation of Advocacy work.
  • High Supervision skills to supervise advocacy and program team
  • Ability to continuously develop the capacity of regional and national advocacy team.
  • Ability to prepare and consolidate implementation framework

    How to Apply

    If you believe you are the right candidate for the above position, please send your application letter, detailed curriculum vitae (CV), and photocopies of academic certificates, and names and contact details of three referees as Single Document.

    NB This position is open to those who are residents in Ethiopia and/or who are living in other countries but willing to relocate and serve with local contracts. In addition, the position does not attract International benefits.

    Candidates who responded to earlier advertisement need not re-apply.

    Applications that are late, or do not have CV or certificates attached, will be disqualified. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. E-mail applications should bear the reference number of the position in the subject line of the email.

    Email to: Applications including at least three traceable referees should be sent electronically to:

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