Director of Awards Management

Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential. We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Director of Awards ManagementRef Id: 190000KMLocation: AbujaEmployee Status: Fixed TermRole PurposeAs a member of a Senior Management Team, the position of Director of Awards is central to the delivery of a high quality country programme and is accountable for providing strategic direction and creative leadership to the awards function to ensure that this goal is achieved.The role offers a leadership opportunity for an individual highly experienced in grants management, business development and donor communications. It requires an individual capable of supporting ambitious fundraising targets well above the current portfolio of over 30 awards valued at $35m.The individual will build strong positive working relationships with all SMT colleagues and will play a strong coordination role across the Save the Children movement and with donors to ensure compliance. S/he will lead on the coordination of high quality proposals, effective planning and timely analytical reporting.The position will own the Partnership Strategy and be able to assess potential partners effectively and as necessary to build their capacity. Monitoring partner engagements while maintaining systems, processes and the day to day management and capacity building of the awards team will be a key functionIn 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.Key Areas of AccountabilityDeveloping self and others; Networking:Building a high performing award management team (AM) to support good practice and high quality delivery across the Country OfficeLead Award Management related capacity building both within the AM team and for other relevant staff members including budget holdersDevelop strong relationships with the region, centre, members and other Award Directors in the region; escalate issues through the correct channels when requiredCommunicating with impact:Play a strategic role central to the SMT on all aspects of award management and in particular donor and SCI complaince;Lead the coordination of proposals, working with PDQ, Finance and Operations to produce high quality, fully costed proposals.Work closely with operations to ensure effective planning, regular reviews and the production of timely reports that accurately reflect the impact achieved and lessons learnt during the implementation of an awardBuild and maintain relationships with relevant networks and award management staff of similar organisations in the country, as well as local representatives of donor organisationsCompliance (systems, processes & donor):To engage globally on the development of Save the Children systems and processes and the sharing of best practiceTo ensure that the Award Management System (AMS) is effectively maintained and up to date for all awards and sub-awards including authorisation and document retentionTo ensure that key staff (including partners) have a clear understanding of donor compliance requirements throughout the project management cycle and that there is a complete audit trail of the implementation and reporting for all awardsMonitoring and analysis:Working in collaboration with the Finance Director and SMT, ensure the CO has a clear framework for master budget development, cost allocation, monitoring of award budgets, phasing and forecasting, ensuring alignment between the master budget and funding tracker.Using strong financial analysis skills to oversee the award portfolio and pipelineTo work in collaboration with the finance department and provide technical advice regarding strategic donor costs allocations with a view to minimise compliance issues where possibleLeadership, portfolio management & strategy:Define the strategic direction of the awards management unit and undertake effective planning that supports the unit to establish and maintain an efficient and  effective awards management processTo oversee the performance of SCI’s key indicators and provide other management information to identify and address operational issues that could impact negatively on the delivery of programmesWork with SMT to engage with donors and identify possible funding opportunities in line with CO strategyTo support in the development of a Country Office funding strategy that enables proactive engagement across Save the Children globally and with donors to secure funding opportunities in a timely manner, making recommendations and flagging issues to Senior ManagementTo provide detailed analysis of current/ pipeline awards to senior managementTo engage with Save the Children globally and provide information to support in the building of professional relationships with donors to identify strategic fundraising opportunities 

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