Nigeria Joint Response Coordinator
Save the Children International is the lead agency of the Dutch Joint Humanitarian Response for Nigeria. The Joint Response an initiative of currently 5 INGO’s funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and operating under the Dutch Relief Alliance.
This initiative aims to contribute to more effective delivery of humanitarian aid by the Dutch government and humanitarian organisations. By implementing their own projects whilst collaborating under the umbrella of the joint response, the participating agencies aim to provide added value for several actors in the Netherlands and Nigeria. The value added ranges from efficiency gains for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by funding humanitarian response through one humanitarian lead agency; improved learning and innovation by humanitarian agencies through exchanging resources and methodologies; to maximized impact on beneficiaries through strong collaboration in the field, innovation, localization and accountable programming.
The Consortium Coordinator would work under the supervision of SC’s Humanitarian Director and in collaboration with SC Netherlands and relevant colleagues in partner NJR INGOs, is to provide oversight, ensure complementarity and collaborative impact, manage joint and collaborative activities, promote innovation and localization of aid, ensure monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning, and quality implementation of the program. S/he will also lead on effective financial and operational management of the coordination work plan and budget.
Key areas of accountability
- Strategic Leadership and management
- Responsible for the overall planning, implementation and management of the consortium as well as the achievement of the goals and objectives of the consortium in a timely and cost effective manner
- Ensure strong communication and coordination with all consortium members as a means to effectively achieve program objectives. Encourage transparency among and between consortium members to promote coordination and effectiveness
- Constantly look for more effective and efficient implementation and opportunities to increase impact
- Programme Coordination and Quality
- Facilitate and advise implementing partners on reporting tools and adherence with MoU requirements and strategies. Ensure timely and quality reporting to the lead agency in the Netherlands for review and ultimate donor submission.
- Ensure cooperation and coordination between the implementing partners regarding MEAL, knowledge and best practise sharing among member organizations to ensure effective and efficient delivery of the project.
- Promote harmonisation & complementarity amongst members, stimulating efficient use and sharing of resources, capacity and expertise aimed at achieving maximum impact of the joint response.
- Ensure effective coordination of the joint response with INGO, UN, Diplomatic and Cluster coordination mechanisms through rapport building and regular face to face meetings
- Learning, Reporting and Communication
- Ensure timely technical and financial reporting, review and provide feedback on compliance, progress, quality and completeness to members.
- Promote learning among members and organize learning events, plan and facilitate monitoring/support visits by Nigeria Joint Response Manager – Netherlands and the donor.
- Develop communication tools to be used for creating visibility on the response and the situation in Nigeria, eg, infographics and human interest stories. Document and disseminate project best practices, lessons learnt and success stories
- Ensure adherence to the DRA vision 2018 – 2021 with a particular focus on strengthened accountability to beneficiaries, focus on gender transformative programming, localization of aid and harmonized programs and collaboration
- Accountability and Compliance
Qualifications and experience
- Provide assistance and support to country members on programme and budget revisions if and when needed.
- Collect, review and analyze the individual members’ proposed revisions and ensure that they are in line with the guidance on realignment.
- Ensure compliance with MoU and Donor requirements.
- Ensure NJR program expenses are reasonable, allocated as per assigned budget, prudent and spent in accordance with donor rules and regulations to ensure low risk audits.
- At least 5 years experience working (including in a management role) in complex country programs in an emergency response or fragile state
- Previous experience of managing teams in large-scale emergency response
Education: MA / MSc level (or equivalent field experience) in the applied and aid-related sciences
- Experience with M&E, and implementing learning and beneficiary accountability in a large complex program as well as reporting on grants from institutional donors
- Experience of negotiating, developing and implementing successful partnerships with multiple stakeholders
- Significant knowledge of international humanitarian systems, institutions and donors, and of procedures, accountability frameworks and best practices in emergency management
- Proven ability to influence change at an operational and strategic levels
- Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
- 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.
- Previous experience of managing and developing a team and the ability to lead, motivate and develop others
- Commitment to the aims and values of Save the Children (SC). In particular, a good understanding of the SC’s mandate and child-focus, and the ability to ensure this always underpins the support provided.
- Experience in managing a consortium portfolio.
- Previous experience working in NE Nigeria
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 workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.
Please apply here
using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.
Closing date for this advert is 21 March 2018.
Due to the urgency of this position, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
Applicants are advised that Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process. Any request in this direction should be immediately reported as contrary to the values and practices of our organization.