Programme Manager - ESPID
Save the Children
4d ago

Programme Manager - ESPID-(2100093Z)

JOB TITLE Programme Manager : Expanding Social Protection for Inclusive Development

TEAM : Programme Operations


POST TYPE : National / International

CHILD SAFEGUARDING : Level 3- The responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with children or young people and, in the overseas context all posts are considered to be level 3 posts in view of potential situations which may allow staff unsupervised access to vulnerable children and young people.


The incumbent will strategically lead and manage a Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) funded social protection project currently being implemented in 4 states of North-West Nigeria- Kaduna, Kano, Jigawa and Zamfara.

He / she will be accountable and responsible for the achievement of the project’s deliverables by both SCI and its downstream partner Action Against Hunger Nigeria.

The post-holder will also be responsible for effective stakeholder management, including developing and maintaining strong working relationships with the donor, state and federal government and development partners working in the social protection sector.


Reports to : Deputy Director of Program Operations

Staff directly reporting to this post : 4-5

Budget responsibility : Yes


Programme Implementation and Management

Manage and lead project related strategic liaison with federal and state governments, FCDO and Action Against Hunger (AAH) so as to ensure optimal performance of the project at state and federal levels.

Monitor progress of project activities against the detailed implementation plan, MEAL plan and log- frame.

Conduct periodic review meetings with relevant project and non-project teams.

Identify and effectively manage all key risks related to the project.

Ensure regular update of all relevant project management tools including but not limited to detailed implementation plans, risk register, procurement plan, issue log, stakeholder register, communication and knowledge management plans, MEAL plan, indicator performance tracking tool and log-frame.

Ensure project implementation demonstrates high levels of commitment and adherence to the ethos and values of Save the Children.

Ensure effective and efficient use of all Save the Children resources.

Ensure compliance with the requirements of Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding Policy to ensure maximum protection for children

Inspire, lead and motivate the project teams to deliver on project objectives.

Ensure that all project assets and supplies in are maintained and utilized in a safe, secure and accountable manner.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning.

Ensure there is an effective monitoring system in place for achieving targets in relation to programme activities, budget allocations and financial expenditures.

Ensure proper and regular documentation of programme learning, and incorporate analysis and lessons learned into new strategies / activities and advocacy work.

Ensure that all learning points from the project’s work are disseminated to all relevant stakeholders and audiences. In particular, work closely with relevant TAs across Save the Children in order to maximize the synergies and learning from the project.

Financial Management

Lead the development of the project’s detailed budget and ensure timely development of financial reports.

Manage the project’s budget, acting as the authorized budget-holder; ensure that all activities payments are properly approved and are made in a timely manner.

Ensure strong financial management and compliance with Save the Children financial policy and procedures.

Ensure effective demonstration of value for money to the project’s donor.

Regularly analyze the project’s financial performance and develop appropriate mitigations as required.


Lead the process of producing regular project progress reports to both internal and external stakeholders.


Represent the project externally with relevant partners and stakeholders.

Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.

Line manage Senior TA’s and State team Leads.

Support the values of SCI.

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)

Accountability :

Accuracy and timeliness in all areas of responsibility

High level of accuracy in work, and ability to analyse complex sets of relationships and situations

Holds self and others accountable


Creating best-in-class EA function

Future-orientated, thinks pro-actively

Collaboration :

Working effectively with stakeholders to achieve common goals

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners

Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to

Creativity :

Designing more effective admin systems

Willing to take disciplined risks

Integrity :

Honest, encourages openness and transparency, demonstrates highest levels of integrity.


Administrative & General Skills

Excellent interpersonal skills

Strong analytical skills.

Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point)

Essential :

Master's Degree in sociology, development studies, or relevant social sciences.

At least seven years demonstrated experience in managing, coordinating and supervising multi-location teams working with governments and development partners.

Demonstrable understanding of Value for Money and FCDO results agenda.

Significant project management experience.

Prior experience on systems strengthening projects / programmes.

Excellent budget and financial management skills.

Good knowledge of Nigeria’s social protection landscape, particularly current poverty alleviation initiatives at federal and state levels.

Excellent communication and writing skills.

Commitment to SCI’s mission, values and approach (includes gender equality, child safeguarding and equal opportunities).

Demonstrated ability to assess priorities and handle multiple tasks simultaneously to meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality.

Desirable :

A degree or professional certification in project management.

Experience in business development / proposal development.

Ability to coach and mentor project teams.

Experience managing sub-grantees or downstream partners.

  • Skilled in influencing and obtaining cooperation of individuals;
  • Additional Job Responsibilities

    The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

    Aug 16, 2022

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