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National Programme Manager - Child Development Grant Programme at Save The Children

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.Role Purpose

The Programme Manager will strategically lead and manage the Child Development Grant Programme in Northern Nigeria;
S/he will be accountable for the achievement of programme deliverables and delivery of the joint log-frame within the consortium of Save the Children and Action Against Hunger.

Key Areas of Accountability

Manage and lead programme related strategic liaison with in-country government, donors, consortium INGOs and Agencies. Manage relationships to ensure ongoing programme performance and technical quality assurance.
Ensuring the programme meets or exceeds agreed targets, including reviewing cross-consortium programme performance data and programme management arrangements on a monthly basis, identifying and agreeing residual actions, mitigation activities and influencing consortium partners to ensure partner performance is maintained.
Maintain a close working relationship with the technical team to ensure that the programme achieves technical excellence, embedding continuous improvements in operational aspects of programmes.
Inspire, lead and motivate programme teams to deliver on programme objectives.
Ensure that the project is appropriately staffed across Save the Children and consortium members, including the appropriate combination of expertise across technical and operational areas
Identify, implement and improve accountability mechanisms for operating under commercial arrangements across partnerships and programme consortium arrangements including contract compliance considerations.
Develop programme systems that are flexible and responsive to changing demands of programme implementation.
Ensure that an effective monitoring system is in place for achieving prior agreed targets in relation to programme activities, budget allocations and financial expenditures, ensuring that value for money can be effectively demonstrated to the donor
Identify and effectively manage all key risks related to the programme
Demonstrate and ensure programme implementation demonstrates high levels of commitment to Save the Children and our vision, mission and values in order to ensure the objectives of your role and the country programme are met.
Ensure the effective and efficient use of all Save the Children resources in order to keep costs low and ensure safety in the workplace.
Comply with the requirements of Save the Children's Child Safeguarding Policy to ensure maximum protection for children
Ensure strong budget management and compliance and resource utilisation

Required Qualifications

Prior experience of designing and/or delivering large scale (in excess of £10m) cash transfer programmes
Proven ability to manage large consortiums with a minimum of 4 years experience managing multi-regional or multi-country programmes
Demonstrable track record of meeting or exceeding programme targets, while maintaining technical quality.
Ability to represent the cash transfer programme at a strategic level and engage and influence key stakeholders
Demonstrated experience of working with national and/or regional level government structures to strengthen the capacity of the state to take ownership for and deliver services.
Self-motivated and results orientated.
Highly numerically articulate with a track record of data manipulation and use of spreadsheets and reporting systems.
Experience in management of finance and budget monitoring and risk management.
Proven ability to motivate and develop others
Highly diplomatic and emotionally intelligent with strong oral and written communication skills.
Strong communication, and interpersonal skills in English, with substantial experience in managing multicultural teams
Experience of building, leading and developing a team of senior staff with different backgrounds and expertise
Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in
Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children's aims, values and principles

Desirable Experience and Characteristics:

Post-graduate qualification in Public Health, or Nutrition or Food Security related relevant discipline
Substantial experience of working and living in Africa, ideally with professional experience in Nigeria
Demonstrable understanding of Value for Money and DFID results agenda.
Ability to coach and mentor multi-sectoral partners.

Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice)Accountability:

Accuracy and timeliness in all areas of responsibility
High level of accuracy in work, and ability to analyse complex sets of relationships and situations
Holds self and others accountable


Creating best-in-class EA function
Future-orientated, thinks pro-actively


Working effectively with stakeholders to achieve common goals
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners
Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


Designing more effective admin and value for money systems
Willing to take disciplined risks


Honest, encourages openness and transparency, demonstrates highest levels of integrity.

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