Senior Specialist, US Border Response

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 11 May 2021
  • New Mexico, United States | Arizona, United States | Texas, United States | California, United States
  • Remote position
  • Closing on 16 May 2021

Job Description


The Senior Specialist, U.S. Border Response Programs leads and manages the technical delivery of Save the Children’s U.S. Border Response programs and strategies at the state and local levels across a four state region. You will be responsible for partner identification and management, program planning and delivery; ongoing partner needs assessments, and management of distribution of supplies. You will provide technical support, program data collection and reporting, and will help design and deliver program and training content that best meets the needs of partners and program goals, including engaging external training resources when needed.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Serve as Child Protection Technical Lead for the U.S. Border Response Programs (25%)

  • Support the development of U.S. border response strategy; contribute to the development of goals, objectives and inputs. Provide ongoing technical assistance as needed.
  • Create and strengthen program and guidance materials, tools and processes to improve program quality and impact.
  • Lead, with the guidance of the Sr. Specialist Child Protection in Emergencies, ongoing community needs assessments and make recommendations on Border Response child protection programming implementation, adaptation and contextualization as needed
  • Contribute to internal and external dialogue on children in emergencies through working groups, trainings and presentations as a child protection in emergencies technical lead.

Manage Border Response Program Planning, Implementation and Monitoring (45%)

  • Lead the management and delivery of Save the Children’s US Border Response programs at the state and local levels.
  • Create practical program implementation plans that enable the team to achieve realistic and ambitious goals.
  • Contribute to the development of U.S. Border Response program funding proposals and help oversee Border Response program budgeting and spending.
  • In partnership with the U.S. Emergencies Ops and Finance team, ensure Border Response program kits, training materials and supplies are provided to program partners and staff as needed, and ensure that we have complete reporting records.
  • Manage US Border Response program data collection tools and methods including program surveys, feedback forms and evaluations. Ensure partners are following regular reporting schedules and that data is entered regularly into Save the Children’s data monitoring database.
  • Conduct regular partner management site-visits (at least monthly) for all Border Response partners.

Cultivate and Manage US Border Response Partnerships (10%)

  • Develop and strengthen partnerships with state and local child protection organizations, agencies and universities that contribute to children’s health, wellbeing and protection and can enhance our programming for the Border Response.
  • Create strong partnership agreements and guidelines for program implementation partners that help ensure quality program delivery

Contribute to the Development and Delivery of Child Protection Training to Border Response partners and emergency responders (20%)

  • Contribute to the development and management of child protection training content to meet programming needs based on current research and evidence-based best practices
  • Deliver child protection and other trainings to various audiences including program implementation partners and Save the Children emergency responders and volunteers.

Respond to Domestic Emergencies (10%)

  • Deploy to U.S. emergencies responses as a Child Protection lead and or serve as a programmatic backstop, under the leadership of the Sr. Specialist Child Protection in Emergencies.
  • Work closely in partnership with the Sr. Specialist of Psychosocial Support in Emergencies to serve as backstop or backfill for each other as needed and increase technical bench strength
  • Based on our business needs during a response, S. Emergencies employees, including the Sr. Specialist, US Border Response Programs, are expected to deploy for 3 to 6 weeks at a time.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor Degree or equivalent, plus at least five (5) years of relevant experience
  • Professional proficiency in spoken and written English and Spanish
  • Professional proficiency in MS Office suite
  • Proven professional experience in relevant program delivery, including working directly with groups of children and their caregivers.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and deliver training content
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate successfully with individuals and teams at all levels—both internal and external
  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 30%
  • Willingness and ability to deploy to US disaster responses for up to 6 weeks
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering an environment of diversity, inclusion, and belonging

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong preference for candidates based in a border community in the states of TX, NM, AZ or CA
  • Experience working in emergency or humanitarian contexts
  • Experience with or advanced knowledge of the unique needs of migrant or refugee populations
  • Experience in partnership cultivation and management
  • Demonstrated knowledge understanding of U.S. and state child welfare systems, processes and networks.
  • Demonstrated ability programming to adapt programming in changing or complex environments

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.

Click here to learn more about how Save the Children US will invest in YOU!

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.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom we are in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation.

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