Programme Manager (SRHR)

Save the Children Netherlands is recruiting for an experienced Programme Manager to manage a large SRHR programme for Save the Children Netherlands (SCNL) and liaise with 3 Country Offices.  

The organisation
Save the Children helps children in need. We give children in the world a healthy start, the chance to learn, and protection from injustice and danger.  We do whatever it takes to improve the lives of children, and thereby also the future of our world.
Save the Children is there where children need us: in communities in 124 countries with around 27.000 local staff members. The save the Children Netherlands office is based in The Hague with ca. 86 staff members working in the International Programme department, the Netherlands Programme department, Lobby & Advocacy, Communications, Fundraising, Finance and Control departments and a secretariat.

Role in the organization
This position is part of the SCNL Programme Management team. The team contributes to Save the Children Netherlands by managing its project portfolio and realising efficient and effective cooperation with Save the Children International (SCI) country offices and partner organisations. The Programme Management team is part of the International Programme Department in Save the Children Netherlands.
The Programme Manager will manage an SRHR programme entitled Adolescent Transition in West Africa. The programme’s objective is to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescents in the Liptako Gourma area, that falls within Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. The programme manager will work in close collaboration with the technical advisors and the financial programme manager during the implementation of the programme. 

The Programme Manager reports to the Head of International Programmes and works primarily in our office in The Hague, with regular travel to the country offices.

The position
The Programme Manager will be responsible for managing the grant for SCNL, overseeing the implementation of the grant by three SC Country Offices (Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso) and facilitating, guiding, and supporting their work. Within SCNL, you will coordinate with Technical Experts and Finance staff, to ensure the programme is implemented according to the Theory of Change in all three countries.

The position will also support the International Programme Department in more general ways. This could include new resource mobilisation, more general planning and support to other programmes where relevant and when time allows. We are looking for a seasoned development practitioner with experience in managing complex, multi-country grants and with excellent coordination skills and experience.

You are a highly motivated professional with relevant experience of at least 5 years in the international development sector, of which at least 3 years of field experience. You have significant experience in programme/project management and project cycle management. Experience in managing programmes in the field of SRHR and/or adolescent development would be a strong asset.  You want to excel at work and aim to deliver high quality support to colleagues in the field (without direct line management) with the aim of the highest quality of results for children and adolescents at risk. You are result oriented, perform well under pressure and you are eager to help guide, build, plan, monitor, improve, and document the programme. You are willing to travel regularly to the field to guide and support Save the Children interventions and country teams.
Responsibilities and tasks

  • Overall responsible for oversight of the project, which will be implemented by three Country Offices.
  • Provide guidance and support to the Save the Children Country Offices. This includes:
  • Ensuring timely and good quality programme planning and implementation.
  • Ensuring that excellent performance monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning takes place.
  • Responsible for meeting deadlines and milestones, in line with detailed implementation plans.
  • Proactive identification and addressal of (potential) bottlenecks and issues and ensure timely adaptation of the programme.
  • Analysis of data and soliciting further information to support decision making.
  • Advising colleagues in the field, in collaboration with Technical Advisers and the MEAL Advisor.
  • Responsible for coordination with other staff in SCNL, such as TA and Finance staff.
  • Pro-actively liaise with relevant bodies and people in Save the Children International and solicit their timely support and action to ensure programme progress.
  • Ensure donor compliance and timely quality reporting on behalf of Save the Children.
  • Process awards in Save the Children’s international and national database systems.
  • Maintain internal contract overview and ensure compliance with IATI.
  • In collaboration with the Finance Team and Country Offices, monitor expenditure and propose amendments to budgets and ensure the allocation of resources according to the budget.
  • Master’s degree in international development studies, child rights, social science or similar relevant field.
  • At least 5 years of relevant working experience in the international development sector.
  • Previous experience in a similar role.
  • At least 3 years of field experience.
  • An experienced and skilled programme manager. Experience coordinating or managing multi-country grants.
  • Experience with all stages of the programme management cycle.
  • Experience with financial programme management.
  • Fluent in written and spoken French and English.
  • Willingness and availability to travel independently to programme countries.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with different stakeholders at all levels.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Professional attitude, highly motivated, and excellent team player.
  • You have a qualified nationality or permit to work in The Netherlands.
At Save the Children we are committed to the safeguarding and protection of children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to work with children are recruited to work for us. This post is subject to a range of vetting checks including a criminal records disclosure. Candidates will also be expected to participate in the application for a ‘Declaration of Behavior’.

Child Safeguarding
We need to keep children safe. Therefore, our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our child protection standards, including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy.
We offer:
Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. If you share our mission, are passionate about making it happen and strongly believe you can contribute then join us and we'll give you every opportunity to succeed. We look forward to hearing from you.
The vacancy is for 32-38 hours per week for an initial period of a year. In the case of good performance and a mutual match, a renewed contract is possible. We offer a salary in line with the nonprofit sector, following the government (BBRA) salary scales, in scale 10, with a minimum of EUR 2.683,91 and a maximum of EUR 4313,89.
Preferred start date for the position is December 1st.
To apply:
For questions about the position, please contact Dominique Bovens at 070 338 4448, email: [email protected]
For questions about the application process, please contact Sayonara Kartawirja, HR Officer at 070 338 4448, [email protected].
You can apply for the position no later than 24 November 2019 by sending your C.V. and a motivation letter to [email protected] with the subject line Programme Manager.
A reference check may be requested.

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