West and Central Africa Civil Society Partnership Advisor


The role

Save the Children (SC) works across a broad range of partners as per our Theory of Change and our partnership principles. However, this position will focus on partnerships with local civil society organisations in the countries where we programme.

Civic space for civil society, including child rights organisations, is increasingly being challenged, but Save the Children believes that a strong civil society is crucial to promote, defend and demand accountability for children’s rights. To increase efforts and programme quality, technical leadership in the civil society engagement arena is required. This includes providing systematic capacity strengthening support to country office staff and local civil society partner organisations, as well as strengthening of civil society as part of long-term programming efforts in all contexts. This role will also facilitate learning from other related initiatives to increase localisation efforts and strengthen partnerships with civil society organisations in our programming.

Part of this role have a direct link to Save the Children Sweden´s global civil society strengthening programme and thus a dotted line in terms of accountability for that part.

Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in social sciences, development, organisational leadership, international relations, or relevant field.
  • Extensive and substantive relevant practical experience may be considered in lieu of a Master’s Degree.
  • Partnership Brokering certification desirable.

Experience And Skills

  • At least 10 years of qualified experience working with rights-based approaches and relevant thematic areas focusing on organisational capacity strengthening of civil society organisations and/or national and local actors in development and humanitarian contexts.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in the design and implementation of programmes and capacity building of civil society organisations from both development and humanitarian contexts.
  • Experience of developing efficient strategies for advocacy work and policy dialogue between civil society and state actors. Experience/familiarity of Nordic framework agreements focusing on local civil society strengthening is considered a merit.
  • Familiar with organisational development methodologies, partnership principles, partnership brokering, participatory approaches and the localisation agenda. Strong understanding of thematic issues related to child rights and human rights.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to summarize extensive and complex information.
  • Ability to lead on strategic development, including monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning.
  • Knowledge of RBM/LFA frameworks.
  • Proposal writing and reporting skills including thematic quality assurance on gender equality, child rights, and children with disabilities, conflict sensitivity, and climate aspects in both development and humanitarian contexts.
  • Experience in organizational capacity development and significant training, facilitation and capacity building skills
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and business intelligence/reporting/monitoring systems.
  • Proficiency in French and English (verbally and in writing) is a must.

Contract length : 02 years

Work location: Any country of implementation of SCI in the WCA region

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Applicants are advised that Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process. Any request in this direction should be immediately reported as contrary to the values and practices of our organization.

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