Senior Specialist - Orphan, Vulnerable Children and Child Protection

  • Posted on 25 February 2021

Job Description


The Senior Specialist, OVC and Child Protection will provide high-quality technical support for Save the Children’s work in Child Protection, especially focusing on orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) programming and measurable systemic capacity building approaches. You will contribute to strategic plans and develop and maintain key external partnerships with other Save the Children members, donors, and key stakeholders to advance and expand our Child Protection work, providing technical leadership on new business development opportunities—from capture through proposal development—especially on USAID and PEPFAR opportunities. You will also provide tailored technical assistance to country offices, particularly on knowledge management, data analysis and use, and program learning and innovation.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Public and Private Resource Mobilization—40%

  • Contribute to strategic funding strategies for Child Protection programming priorities, reflecting new trends with PEPFAR and in line with USAID’s Journey to Self-Reliance
  • Establish and maintain external relationships with key donors and stakeholders that contribute to the Child Protection team’s long-term funding strategies
  • Provide technical leadership for large-scale new business opportunities, including technical inputs and decision-making for capture analysis, partnering decisions, and project design and measurement
  • Oversee and lead on the technical development, writing, and submission of quality proposals for small-scale new business opportunities

Technical Assistance and Quality Programming—20%

  • Provide regular in-person and remote technical assistance to country offices in developing strategies for Child Protection, especially for children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Review and provide feedback to program inputs, outputs and processes, including logical and result frameworks, implementation work plans, assessments and research designs, training manuals/ materials, and reports of current Child Protection portfolio
  • Strengthen country program staff capacity for implementing high-quality Child Protection programs, including the use of Monitoring and Evaluation tools and systems
  • Assist in the adaptation of tools, manuals, technical guidance and other evidence-based Child Protection resources to new contexts and programs
  • Develop a comprehensive, evidence-informed approach for effective civil society and child protection system capacity building in line with donor expectations, and lead on the global knowledge management, learning, and dissemination of related technical products
  • Recommend and lead implementation of new technical inputs to improve Child Protection outcomes for the most marginalized children, especially with integrated approaches

Program Learning and Innovation—20%

  • Document successful approaches in OVC and capacity building programs, and recommend how to incorporate across current portfolio and incorporate into new projects
  • Identify best practices from field programs, test/evaluate/help to document them, and promote uptake more widely among partners and program community
  • Identify evidence gaps and priorities for research and documentation
  • Contribute to knowledge management, internal and external communication, and dissemination of data/ results
  • Contribute to a culture of “learning through failing” that builds creativity and innovation

Global Program Strategy and Market Positioning—20%

  • Contribute to Save the Children’s Child Protection strategy development and implementation, liaising with other program colleagues, departments, and country offices
  • Represent Save the Children to external audiences and networks, especially those prioritized and aligned with our strategy, and play key role in linking with USG opportunities
  • Collaborate with global partners to develop new evidence and start of the art approaches for Child Protection

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum Bachelor Degree or equivalent relevant experience, plus at least 5 years of related experience
  • Demonstrated experience providing technical guidance on designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting for competitive USG opportunities
  • Proven experience in technical design, proposal development, and reporting for PEPFAR OVC programming
  • Proven successful professional interpersonal skills with demonstrated capacity to be a team player and to work independently and with informed initiative
  • Proven success as a problem solver with creativity, flexibility, and collaboration
  • Demonstrated ability in prioritizing multiple tasks and deliverables across a portfolio of projects and new business opportunities while maintaining deadlines
  • Professional proficiency in verbal and written English, with demonstrated success in presenting information to groups of various sizes and understanding
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and belonging
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally, approximately 40% of the time, often to complex and fragile environments

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience living and working in developing country contexts
  • Demonstrated experience developing technical assistance, programmatic guidance, or training curriculums
  • Familiarity with and commitment to addressing gender equality in programming
  • Qualitative and quantitative program monitoring and evaluation skills
  • French language skills

Why you should join the Save the Children Team…

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.

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About the Organization

About Save the Children

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.

Our work for children and their families requires that we commit—at every opportunity—to work together to identify and dismantle persistent systemic and structural racism, inequality, and any other forms of discrimination in this country and beyond. As an anti-racist organization, Save the Children will not tolerate discrimination in any form—in our employment practices, amongst our staff, in our leadership or toward the people we serve. We stand in solidarity with all people to fight for equal rights, justice, inclusion, and belonging.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

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Save the Children is committed to minimizing safety and security risks for our valued employees, ensuring all are given training, support and information to reduce their risk exposure while maximizing the impact of our programs for children and families. Our shared duty, both agency and individual, is to seek and maintain safe working conditions for all.

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