Deputy Team Leader – Programme Operations at Save the Children Nigeria

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 vacant position below:Job Title: Deputy Team Leader – Programme OperationsLocation: BornoJob Type: Full-TimeProject SummaryLevel 3. The responsibilities of this post may require the post holder to have regular contact with children and young people. In the overseas context all posts are considered to be level 3.As part of these responsibilities the post holder will support the establishment of child safeguarding systems, promote a culture of keeping children safe, and ensure that potential harm to children (by our own staff and/or as a result of how we do our work) is identified and addressed on an ongoing basis.The post holder should report and respond to interventions as determined by position related responsibilities identified in the Child Safeguarding Policy.The RoleThe Deputy Team Leader- Programme Operations (DTL-P) is responsible for the direct oversight and overall management of SC’s humanitarian projects in northeast Nigeria. The DTL-Programme Operations supports the Humanitarian Response Team Leader (RTL) by providing information on the progress of the programmatic interventions, providing direction to individual project managers on their projects and ensuring a multi-sectoral and/or integrated approach across programmes where feasible.The DTL-Programme’s role includes supporting the Humanitarian RTL to identify needs and resources and elaborating programme recommendations for the emergency response in line with Save the Children Nigeria SMT and regional response priorities.The post-holder will take part in developing the response strategy and identification of the necessary resources for the response.In coordination with the Humanitarian PDQ Manager, the DTL-Programme Operations will support project managers to incorporate the relevant thematic advisors to provide appropriate design, training and MEAL functions for programming in North East Nigeria.The DTL-P will establish working relations with other agencies, looking for opportunities for partnership and harmonisation of approach and with donors to ensure resources are made available to the response.The DTL-P will negotiate the positioning of the humanitarian response within the Country Programme and support the Humanitarian – RTL to ensure the suitable resourcing of the response, manage programmes or country support functions and negotiate and network at an international level.They will ensure that all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to child safeguarding, safety and security, code of conduct, equal opportunities and other relevant policies are in place.The post holder will play a strategic role in defining the effective scale up and management of Save the Children emergency programme to maximise impact and enable positive change for children.Main ResponsibilitiesProgramme Support:In collaboration with the Humanitarian Response Team Leader, assume overall oversight of the programmatic side of the SC Nigeria humanitarian responseEnsure the large number of multiple grants (across the 5 sectors), contribute to the achievement of the response strategy ensuring strict compliance of programme activities with Save the Children national and global policies and procedures and with relevant donor regulations and agreements, SPHERE guidelines and the NGO code of conduct.Ensure the integration of other sectors to strengthen the quality and geographical coverage of the humanitarian response to include new areas of need and additional sectors like early recovery/resilienceTake overall leadership and oversight on the management of response budgets of US$ 10-20 million of annual budget, keeping relevant stakeholders informed and ensuring any corrective actions are taken to meet donor guidelinesReview all donor project reports as per the reporting matrix and work with the respective project managers to finalize drafts at field level before submitting to CO and SC MemberEnsure all donor project reports meet the respective donors’ guidelinesSupport on the revision of the response master budget for the Nigerian response, based on direction from the Team Leader and Director for Humanitarian Programme.In coordination with the TAs and the awards team, ensure the preparation of timely programme and donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal SC requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.Work with the TAs develop scaling up plans for programming, based on existing Nigerian experience and the experience during the early months of the responseEstablish project monitoring plans and systems for identifying and tracking the indicators and develop processes/procedures and forms to support monitoring and inform learning.Ensure optimal safety and security management procedures and practices are in place for the emergency response programme and continually monitor the safety and security situation, adapting staff safety and security procedures accordingly in collaboration and cooperation with the Safety and Security Coordinator in Borno.Through embedding direct and remote processes into each sector programme design, ensure strong accountability to beneficiariesPlan, identify and resource appropriate and effective structure & staffing needs for entire response (including ensuring that personnel policies are in accordance with national laws)Perform other tasks as outlined by the line managerCapacity Building:Coach and train project managers on PCM to ensure coherent project managementEnsure that all programme designs and budgets sufficiently incorporate pre-deployment training requirements and capacity building plans and performance management systems are in place. Ensure training plans include capability statements and measuring systems to allow the development of the requisite competencies in staff at each level to ensure timely delivery of a quality of responseCoach and mentor international and national staff and partners and link in to wider organisational talent development mechanisms.Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:Represent Save the Children’s emergency response on a national, regional and international level to donors, the media and members of the humanitarian community.Help shape broader sector strategies through influence of and leadership within inter-agency coordination forums, ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressedRegularly undertake high level representation and advocacy with Government partners and officials as well as donor representatives. Establish systems for communication with local Government partners, relevant line departments and community representations in the project area(s).Lead on organisational level operational practice, innovation and learning in consultation with Humanitarian team.Oversee the implementation of Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to child rights and safeguarding, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policiesCore BehavioursUnderstanding humanitarian contexts and application of humanitarian principles:Demonstrates strategic leadership in disaster coordination mechanisms and interagency cooperationApplies humanitarian principles to complex situations to generate both short and long-term organisational and sector-wide strategiesMaintaining and developing collaborative relationships:Quickly builds and leads high performing teamsApplies distributed leadership amongst a teamShares success whilst being accountable for difficult outcomesOperating safely and securely:Monitors security risks and ensures organisational protocols are consistently followed by staffTakes appropriate action and provides appropriate direction and support to team members in the event of a critical incidentReduces vulnerability by complying with safety and security protocols set by the organisationAchieving results effectively:Leads strategically on accountability initiatives, ensuring accountability processes are in place and achieving resultsBuilds consensus and ownership around difficult decisions and/or complex courses of actionMaintains focus on strategic issues and overall organisational and sector-wide impactManaging yourself in a pressured and changing environment:Ensures that wider team remains positive and focussed on the objectives and goals in a rapidly changing environmentAble to proactively build & maintain levels of resilience in othersAdapts leadership approach to the situationCommunicates humanitarian values and motivates others towards themMaintains simultaneously a broad strategic perspective and awareness of the detail of a situationDemonstrates personal integrity by using one’s position responsibly and fairlyLeadership: Action; Thinking; Self; Inspiring; Developing Others:Removes obstacles to ensure strategic objectives are metAligns ideas and solutions to strategic imperativesContinual efforts at self improvement in evidenceCreates and communicates a compelling vision which inspires othersUses global networks to influence strategy or actionDemonstrates managerial courage by willingness to confront difficult situations, take potentially unpopular decisions and communicate clearly to create consensus notwithstanding differenceCreates a team environment where team members feel able to contribute, champion or challenge decisionsEnsures processes are in place across the team to strengthen the capacity of staff and partners in line with individual and organisational objectives 

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