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  • Posted: Oct 6, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
  • The Save the Children Fund, commonly known as Save the Children, is an international non-governmental organization that promotes children's rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries
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    Consultancy to Structure and Design a Humanitarian Affairs Unit and undertaking market analysis on its value add to the Region/RPU Programs.


    International multilateral aid has been at the forefront of humanitarian crisis for the last 50 years. During this time the sector has institutionalised and professionalised resulting in the entrenchment of power dynamics that favour actors based in the Global North. Having recognised this Save the Children’s Regional Programming Unit (RPU) in East and Southern Africa wants to invest in a partnership that focuses on internal and external critical reflection that complements the Eurocentric dominance of current sectoral research. Rather than considering transformation as an existential threat to the status quo, a position that is arguably perpetuated by echo-chamber recycling mythologies, the RPU wants to further expand the range of gazes to ensure the perspectives and voices of Global South expertise can influence Save the Children and the broader sector. As the sector goes through a fundamental period of uncertainty, INGOs fearful of challenge to their identity and relevance are in a change or be changed moment.To this end, the RPU is seeking a partnership with a regional academic, or think tank entity who specializes in critical reflection and analytical research on the study of humanitarianism to create a space for practitioner-based reflection through a global south lens. The partnership can then harness the access Save the Children enjoys to global north dialogues with a view to disrupting the narrative.

    We’re seeking a consultancy for 2 months to help identify and negotiate an equal partnership and design the structure of the joint Humanitarian Affairs Unit.


    ESARO-Regional Programming Unit, through the DANIDA Hum Program will be pioneering Humanitarian Partnership in the Region in 2022 -2025 framework agreement. 25% of the total funding under the next DANIDA Lot Hum Framework will be implemented through a local partner. This is in line with the organisation humanitarian ambition and priorities for 2022 – 2024 which include Localisation agenda and shifting the power to the national and local actors.DANIDA also aims to facilitate sharing capacity between Save the Children and local partners, and increasing focus on shifting the power to children and communities through the transfer funds, ownership and leadership to local partner organisations, local civil society networks and informal civil society groupings in the global South.


    The purpose of the consultancy is to develop a concept note that outlines an initial structure of the proposed Humanitarian Affairs Unit, including a favouring of the unit being hosted by the partner agency.

    Objectives for the HAU consultancy

    1. Identify and negotiate a partnership with a research or think tank entity within the East and Southern Africa region.
    2. With the partner, facilitate a design workshop for the Humanitarian Affairs Unit to harmonize views and ideas from key stakeholders and identify the niche space a HAU can occupy.
    3. Undertake market analysis on Humanitarian research opportunities in the Region focusing on the demand/consumption of the research produced and the value add in identifying existing gaps in the academic and thought leadership space.


    Interested candidates are requested to submit:

    • Short proposal (incl. proposed methods and support needs)
    • Work Plan for the planned work
    • Budget


    1. An HAU business model/ structure that can be operationalized to fit well with the RPU.
    2. Strategy and workplan for the partner to implement localisation research and advocacy work.
    3. A consultancy narrative Report detailing the process and approaches used, key experience, key learnings and recommendation to RPU for similar future assignment2 Design workshops for RPU and a partner.

    End notes:

    Save the Children (SC) is the world's leading independent organization for children, underpinned by vision, a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation.

    Save the Children (SCI), through DANIDA funding, is running a four year (2018-2021) Regional humanitarian project. The second phase of the DANIDA Framework will be commencing in 2022 and will be running for another 4 years till 2025. The project focuses on Building Resilience of Children, Families and Communities Affected by Conflict, Climate Change and Migration. The core target groups are children, families, youth and communities affected by conflict, climate change and/or migration. The project seeks to strengthen three main outcome areas, namely:

    1. Child Protection in Emergencies (CPiE)- Regional mechanisms, CSOs and national governments provide inclusive protection services for vulnerable girls, boys and young men and women in the HoA, in particular MPHSS and FTR services
    2. Education in Emergencies (EiE)- Education Clusters in HoA promote the participation of local civil society in life-saving humanitarian assistance, and national sector planning processes.
    3. Humanitarian assistance - Save the Children and partners provide life-saving programming to affected communities in the Horn of Africa, through: effective Emergency Preparedness Plans that facilitate fast and efficient responses and increased capacity to undertake analysis of humanitarian dynamics.                                                  
    • Expression of interest and proposals with workplans and budget must be submitted to.  [email protected]
    • Deadline- 11 October 2021

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    Deputy Country Director, Programme Develpment & Quality (DCD PDQ Director) Save the Children International Somalia Country Office


    The Deputy Country Director of Program Development and Quality shares in the overall responsibility for the direction and coordination of the Country Office program. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team  (SLT)  in  Somalia/Somaliland,  the  Deputy  Country  Director  of  Program Development and Quality is responsible for overseeing and ensuring the development of high quality, innovative programs that deliver immediate and lasting change for children. The DCD PDQ is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of robust Monitoring, Accountability and Learning system that can ensure programme quality across the country programme and generate evidences for programme improvement.  In addition, the DCD-PDQ takes a leading role in operationalizing effective Research, Evaluation and Policy system within the Country Office that can produce research and evaluation outputs/results to inform the Country Office’s programming knowledge, practices and advocacy actions. The DCD PDQ leads technical aspects of the Country Office within the sectors of education, child protection, child rights governance, child poverty and health and nutrition sectors and as such ensures that the Country Office develops and implements high quality programmes in the sectors through building high organisational technical competence and provision of quality technical assistance. DCD PDQ also oversees the COs engagement with Clusters including co-leadership of the Health and Education Clusters.

    In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.


    Reports to: Country Director

    Staff Directly Reporting to this Role: 7

    Direct: Deputy PDQ Director, Head Program Development, Director REALM, Health Cluster Coordinator, Knowledge Management Manager, Gender Specialist, Disability Specialist

    Indirect: N/A

    Budget Responsibilities: N/A

    Role Dimensions:

    The Deputy Country Director – PDQ oversees PDQ department and its direct responsibilities outlined below. She/he also deputises for the CD as and when required. As an important member of the Senior Leadership Team, She/he works closely with other SLT members to supports the CD

    and ensure strategic leadership of the country office, help manage strategic relationships with stakeholders including donors and government.



    • Recommended a minimum of 12 years’ management experience in a corporate or an NGO environment, including working in range of different cultures, experience directing and implementing programs for children in both emergency and development contexts, preferably with solid experience in more than one of the Save the Children priority sectors: education, protection, rights governance, HIV/AIDs, health and nutrition, and emergencies
    • Recognized leadership role in relevant technical areas at both field and country level
    • A general appreciation of the issues concerning the NGO sector, both development and humanitarian issues
    • Solid experience of developing and managing monitoring and learning systems
    • Good analytical skills. Effective negotiator, with the ability to positively influence cross departmental and cross sector policy and program work
    • Credibility to lobby, influence and represent Save the Children at all levels


    • Resource management, training, capacity building, coaching, and mentoring skills
    • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming teams, in emergencies
    • Ability and willingness to spend up to 30% of time in Somalia/Somaliland.
    • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches
    • Fluency in written and spoken English

    Please apply in English saving your CV and covering letter as a single document. To see a full a job description, please visit our website at

     Application will be close on 18th   Oct 2021.

    We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy

    Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.


    Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents

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