Programme Manager (32-38 hours per week tbd)

Save the Children Netherlands is recruiting for an experienced Programme Manager to manage the “Work: No Child’s Business” programme for Save the Children Netherlands (SCNL) and liaise with Country Offices and Alliance Partners.

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. 76 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 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.
The Programme Manager will manage the Work: No Child’s Business (WNCB) programme for Save the Children Netherlands, and work in collaboration with alliance partners, the Stop Child Labour Coalition (Lead agency HIVOS) and UNICEF Netherlands. The programme's objective is that children and youth are free from child labour and enjoy their rights to quality education and (future) decent work, hereby contributing to SDG 8.7. We aim to achieve this impact in six programme countries with high prevalence of child labour across different supply chains: Côte d’Ivoire, India, Mali, Viet Nam, Uganda and Jordan. To achieve our envisaged impact, the Alliance will collaboratively address the root causes of child labour as well as remove key barriers to the elimination of child labour and to the protection of child rights. The programme manager will work in close collaboration with the technical advisors, MEAL advisor and the Lobby & Advocacy department 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.

The position
The Programme Manager will be responsible for managing the (consortium) grant for SCNL, overseeing the implementation of the grant by 6 SC Country Offices and facilitating, guiding, and supporting their work. You will also be representing SC in the Alliance Coordination Team, which will be tasked to discuss and agree on all operational, technical, MEAL, advocacy, etc. matters within the consortium. Within SCNL, you will coordinate with Technical Experts, Advocacy, MEAL and Finance staff, to ensure team spirit and a well-aligned vision and position of SC within and towards the consortium.      
We are looking for a seasoned development practitioner with experience in managing complex, multi-country grants and with excellent liaison and coordination skills and experience.
You are a highly motivated professional with relevant experience of at least 4 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 the field of child labour, and/or child right’s and business principles, and/or child protection 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 co-lead consortium matters, to guide and support Save the Children interventions and country teams.
Responsibilities and tasks

  • Overall responsible for oversight of the Save the Children part of the project, which will be implemented by 6 Country Offices.
  • Provide guidance and support to the Save the Children Country Offices. This includes:
  • Ensuring good quality programme planning and implementation
  • Ensuring that excellent performance monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning takes place -at CO level, at SCNL level and at consortium level.
  • Responsible for meeting deadlines and milestones, in line with alliance agreements,
  • Proactive identification and addressal of (potential) bottlenecks and issues and ensure timely adaptation of the project,
  • 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 MEAL, L&A, TA and Finance staff. Build a team spirit and a common vision and positioning around the WNCB team and ensure smooth ways of working.
  • Pro-actively liaise with relevant bodies and people in Save the Children International and solicit their timely support and action to help enhance the quality of the WNCB project.
  • Represent Save the Children Netherlands in the WNCB coalition through the Alliance Coordination team, in consultation with others
  • Ensure donor compliance and timely quality reporting on behalf of Save the Children.
  • Responsible for developing other proposals relevant to the same thematic, in consultation with other colleagues and COs.
  • 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.
  • Consult colleagues, share information, help build team spirit and reconcile potential conflicts.
  • Master’s degree in international development studies, child rights, social science or similar relevant field.
  • At least 4 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 coordinator or 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 English and working knowledge of French or Arabic.
  • 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 least 8 years of working experience with 4 years in the field.
  • Knowledge and experience in child protection and/or child labour and/or CRBP.
  • Residency in or around The Hague
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’.
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 following the government (BBRA) salary scales, scale 10, with a  minimum of EUR 2.683,91 and a maximum of 4.313,89 based on a 38 hour working week.
To apply:
For questions about the position, please contact Annegre de Roos at 070 338 44 48, 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 22 october 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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