MTBA Learning Coordinator

The More Than Brides Alliance (MTBA) is looking for a 75% FTE Learning Coordinator (28 hours a week)

The More Than Brides Alliance:
The More Than Brides Alliance consists of Save the Children Netherlands, Simavi, Oxfam Novib, and Population Council; the Coordinator will be administratively placed under the lead organization, Save the Children Netherlands. The mission of the MTBA is to improve Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for young people enabling them to decide if and when to marry and pursue their rights in a supportive environment. 
For the operational coordination a central Programme Management Unit (PMU) is established at the Head Quarters of the lead partner Save the Children in The Hague, headed by an Alliance Coordinator (AC). The MTBA Learning Coordinator will be part of the PMU team and will be based at Save the Children in The Hague. 
Save the Children:
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. 76 staff members working in the International Programme department, the Netherlands Programme department, Lobby & Advocacy, Communications, Fundraising, Finance and Control departments and a Secretariat. 

The Function:
The MTBA Learning Coordinator will be working for the project, Making the Most of What We Know and is responsible for its overall coordination. The coordinator will oversee the development, planning and monitoring of activities between the focal persons in up to nine participating countries, the headquarters of the MTBA partners in the Netherlands and the US, other participating child marriage alliances (Her Choice and Yes I Do), and where relevant, other key stakeholders. The coordinator will be part of the MTB Alliance Programme Management Unit to facilitate communication and coordinate with the MTB Alliance Coordinator and PMU on external communication relating to the project, including between MTBA and the donor, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), and other outside bodies and stakeholders.

This project will overlap with the final year of the three Dutch-funded child marriage alliances’ interventions. MTBA’s multi-level “Marriage, No Child’s Play” intervention is one of these three, aiming to reduce child marriage and its adverse effects on young women and girls and is implemented in Pakistan, India, Mali, Niger and Malawi. The project will also include up to four other countries in which UNICEF’s Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage is active and which offer the best opportunities for cooperation and a sufficient range of context, for a total of up to nine countries.

This role will appeal to a self-motivated candidate with a strong drive to convene diverse stakeholders and actively facilitate consultation and learning processes. Since the project will involve various components and stakeholders, the successful candidate should have strong interpersonal and diplomacy skills and be able to navigate various organizational systems and procedures to get the job done.

This position is part of the SCNL development team, consisting of seven staff members. 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 project management team is part of the International Programme Department (consisting of 23 staff) in Save the Children Netherlands. 

Responsibilities and tasks:

  • Building on existing platforms, thinking and ways of working within the alliance and between alliances, develop and prepare the project structure, processes, roles and responsibilities in more detail based on the proposal approved by MoFA. 
  • Ensure quality delivery of the Making the Most of What We Know project and act pro-actively to steer project with MTBA partners and other partners. 
  • Direct and monitor progress to ensure that the goals and results are achieved. 
  • Make sure that technical and financial reports of high quality are delivered on time. 
  • Where needed and in coordination with the Alliance Coordinator, communicate at management level with the MTBA Steering Committee members.
  • Take the lead in systematically gathering and synthesizing implementation experience through establishing strong two-way communication at country level with the responsible focal persons. 
  • Coordinate closely with the research focal persons and facilitate strong two-way communication with country focal points on the identified themes and relating to the production of public resources for specific audiences.
  • Organize a large, international workshop bringing together researchers and implementers.
  • Work in close coordination with the PMU team consisting of six members: Alliance Coordinator, Business Developer, Financial Programme Manager, PME Coordinator, Lobby & Advocacy Advisor and Communications Advisor. 
  • In collaboration with the project M&E staff, ensure that the process and results are well-documented. 
Organizational Relationships:
The MTBA Learning Coordinator is placed under the alliance lead partner, Save the Children in The Netherlands and reports to Head of International Programmes.

  • Member of the MTBA Programme Management Unit team in the Netherlands.
  • Coordinates the focal persons heading up each of the project components and the part-time project M&E staff.
  • Coordinates with the focal persons in up to nine countries.
  • In the context of the project, liaise with the other two child marriage alliances and Girls Not Brides International.
  • In coordination with the MTB Alliance Coordinator, communicate with the donor, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • In coordination with the MTBA Programme Management Unit, represent the project in international fora through which publications will be disseminated.
Profile, key qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in a field related to International Development Cooperation.
  • A minimum of 7 years’ relevant experience.
  • Background knowledge and experience on theory of change, learning, and capacity building.
  • Understanding of the realities of community-based work in low-resource settings as well as knowledge of research considerations and ways of working (this role will work to bring the two together)
  • Able to operate within a conceptually flexible environment at strategic level.
  • Strong analytic, organisation, and planning skills.
  • Willingness to undertake the administrative tasks associated with organizing a large, international workshop.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and diplomacy skills.
  • Results-oriented in combination with financial insight.
  • Preparedness to travel to the alliance programme countries.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English and French.
  • Permission to work in the Netherlands is required.
Duty Station:
Save the Children Office in The Hague, the Netherlands. 
Our mission:
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.

We offer you:
The opportunity to contribute to the lives of millions of children worldwide. You are part of an international network and you enter in a period where growth and innovation come first. Together with a large group of enthusiastic colleagues you get the chance to achieve great results and at the same time develop yourself further.
Information and Applying:
The vacancy is for 28 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.

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’.

For questions about the position, please contact Zunaira Mughal, Program Monitoring Evaluator. Telephone: 031615698940, email: [email protected]
For questions about the application process, please contact Sayonara Kartawirja, HR advisor. Telephone: 070 338 4448, email: [email protected]
You can apply for the position no later than 6th of October, by sending an email with your curriculum vitae and a motivation letter to [email protected] with the subject line MTBA Learning Coordinator. Preferred start date for the position is 1 December 2019.
A reference check may be requested.
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