Save the Children (USA)

Project Director, Child Protection Compact Activity

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Last update: Nov 17, 2023 Last update: Nov 17, 2023


Deadline: Dec 15, 2023
Location: Cote d'Ivoire Cote d'Ivoire
Job type:Contract, 12 months +
English, FrenchEnglish, French
Work experience: Min 8 years
Date posted:Nov 16, 2023


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Save the Children is currently recruiting for an upcoming U.S. Department of State Child Protection Compact (CPC) partnership opportunity focused on advancing and strengthening efforts of the Government of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire and civil society organizations to combat child trafficking in a victim-centered, coordinated, sustainable, and multi-sectoral approach to support an effective system of justice, prevention, and protection. This multi-year partnership (at least five years) will implement a victim-centered prevention strategy that addresses targeted risk factors, promotes high-quality comprehensive victim protection, and investigates, prosecutes, and convicts perpetrators of child trafficking. The goal of the U.S.-Cote d’Ivoire CPC Partnership is to support the Government of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire in combatting forced child labor and child sex trafficking in a coordinated and proactive manner with the following broad objectives of: Prevention, Protection, Prosecution, and Partnership.

The Program Director will primarily be responsible for the oversight and overall delivery of a high-quality project focused on addressing child protection in Cote d’Ivoire. The Program Director will work in close collaboration with the Country Director, and team of Save the Children, Cote d’Ivoire. The Program Director will also lead CPC staff, Ivorian consortium partners, and work closely with the Cote d’Ivoire government’s Ministry of Employment and Social Protection; Ministry of Women, Families and Children; Ministry of Justice; Child Labor Observation and Monitoring System of Cote d’Ivoire (SOSTECI), The National Monitoring Committee for Actions to Combat Trafficking, Exploitation and Child Labor (CNS)and other relevant ministries and inter-ministerial committees, Anti-Trafficking actors, and the civil society to oversee the activities delivered under this project.

What You'll be Doing (Essential Duties):

Strategic Project Management (30%)

  • Overall technical and administrative leadership of the project to ensure the quality of project interventions;
  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships between consortium partners, and with the wider civil society, international community, government agencies and networks working on child protection and TIP in close collaboration with Cote d’Ivoire program team;
  • Work closely with the Cote d’Ivoire government to ensure strong integrated programing, support broader anti-trafficking strategies, and mitigate duplicative efforts;
  • Establish and implement an effective governance structure for the project that ensures government leadership and buy-in, harmonization, and sustainability;
  • Contribute to the development, review and revision of the project strategy;
  • Engage closely with other Save the Children Child Protection programs to ensure cohesion and integration, and facilitate close working relationships.

Donor Compliance and Operations (25%)

  • Serve as the project’s primary point of contact with the U.S. Department of State with regards to overall project implementation and management matters relating to the grant/cooperative agreement;
  • Oversee and ensure the submission of high-quality narrative and financial reports, annual plans, and other donor reporting requirements;
  • Monitor programmatic, financial and administrative performance of the project, supervising and ensuring that standard project administrative and financial procedures are followed;
  • Work with the project leadership team to ensure that consortium partners are provided with the adequate support and that project plans are achieved;
  • Ensure compliance to U.S. Federal Awardee controls, and Department of State rules and regulations;
  • Ensure that all project activities are aligned and implemented according to Save the Children guidelines.

 Staff Leadership and Management (20%)

  • Manage and supervise the work of all field staff, long-term staff, short-term staff, consortium partners, and/or sub-partners, as proposed; 
  • Work with the HR Department to ensure appropriate staffing for the project, planning and implementing strategies to recruit, manage and motivate staff;
  • Ensure appropriate gender and ethnic diversity within the project team;
  • Ensure compliance with staff development strategies and support Performance Management systems and evaluations;
  • Establish and maintain a culture of teamwork, participation, and accountability for Save the Children program excellence;
  • Put in place appropriate management systems, including regular team and individual meetings, mechanisms for cross department coordination and collaboration, and norms and practices that are results driven.

Communications (5%)

  •  Ensure smooth and effective internal and external communications and coordination of project activities;
  •  Fully inform Save the Children’s home and field office on all matters relating to the project, and maintain appropriate links with partner organizations; 
  • Lead the development and implementation of the project’s communication and knowledge sharing strategy;
  • Ensure strong, consistent internal communication with partners that meets their needs for policies, compliance, knowledge and information sharing;
  • Ensure the production of high quality communications materials including website, bulletins, social media, fact sheets, brochures including photos and videos.
  • Work closely with the communications contact in the country office.

As a member of the SMT (10%), contribute to:

  • Leadership of the Cote d’Ivoire Country Office
  • Support the development of an organizational culture that reflects our dual mandate values, promotes accountability and high performance, encourages a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation, and frees up our people to deliver outstanding results for children
  • Help establish, maintain, and improve active and regular working relationships with host government authorities, donors, partner agencies including major institutional donors, and local and international NGOs;
  • Engage in country strategy, program strategy and operational strategies;
  • Support SMT in implementing country priorities;
  • Ensure the implementation of learning activities across the project to embed a ‘culture of learning’ including the establishment of a Knowledge Sharing Group, learning events, and sharing data across the movement;
  • Contribute to the larger learning agenda/strategy of child protection for Save the Children in Cote d’Ivoire
  • Contribute to strengthening and implementing a strong safeguarding system (child safeguarding, beneficiaries safeguarding, staff safeguarding) – including prevention, awareness raising, reporting, case management, etc.

Representation (10%)

  • Represent Save the Children in child protection committees, anti-trafficking working groups, and other relevant national networks; and
  • Establish, maintain, and improve active and regular working relationships to represent the principles and work of SC to representatives of other organizations (UN System, NGOs, INGOs, counterparts, donors, government authorities)
  • Engage closely with external actors within the region and in the country office

Required Qualifications:

  •  Master’s Degree in international development, public policy, social work/sciences or related field
  •  Minimum of eight years of relevant experience in a senior management position (Team Leader, Program Director, Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party) in a program of similar complexity and size
  •  Experience managing U.S. Government-supported projects and activities (USAID, Department of State, DOL)
  • Past technical experience in any of the following areas: counter trafficking in persons, labor rights, private sector partnerships, rule of law, advocacy, capacity strengthening of government ministries working on child trafficking
  • Excellent management, communication and negotiation skills, demonstrating the ability to lead and build consensus, cooperation, and coalitions among individuals, civil society groups, private sector, and government officials
  • Proven experience developing effective working relationships with government ministries, international organizations, donors, academics, community based and grass roots organizations
  • Sound financial management experience, including budgeting and reporting
  • Experience working in Cote d’Ivoire or the West Africa region strongly preferred 
  • Experience with gender equality and/or social inclusion experience, preferred 
  • Commitment to Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding and other global policies, and to Save the Children values
  • Strong understanding of the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children and commitment to family-based care
  • Practical knowledge of current thematic issues and debates regarding child protection in developing countries, and of the major institutional donors
  • Excellent understanding of rights based/child rights programming
  • Fluency in English and French

Qualified local candidates are encouraged to apply.

 About Save the Children

No matter your role when you join Save the Children, each and every day you will challenge yourself to devote your skills, talent and expertise to changing the world for kids. It’s an ambitious goal, and a meaningful one no matter how you see yourself professionally: an accountant, a writer, a data analyst, a teacher, a driver, a designer, or any one of the hundreds of dozens of roles we’re looking to fill every day.

You see, Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share. 

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