Save the Children is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated four-year USAID-funded Support for Accelerated Basic Education (SABE) Activity in South Sudan. This $10million – $25 million activity will expand access to learning opportunities for out-of-school children. This activity will target the 8–15-year-old learners to provide over-age out-of-school children and youth a chance to access an accelerated primary school program that would increase their chance of completing the primary school cycle. The Activity will apply two curricula whose effectiveness has been tested in South Sudan; the Community Girls’ School (CGS) curriculum has been effective in transitioning over-age girls and boys to upper primary classes at primary 5, while the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) enables over-age boys and girls to complete their primary education in four years instead of eight years.
This senior leadership position will provide overall project management, leadership, technical and strategic guidance, representation and support to the Activity at the country level. The COP is accountable for Activity quality, compliance with USAID regulations and SC policies and procedures, and financial and operational management. They may also provide technical assistance on formal and non-formal education opportunities in crisis and conflict-affected areas to increase learning including appropriate teaching and learning materials. The COP will be Save the Children’s primary point of contact with USAID and all relevant stakeholders. They will collaborate with the Ministry of Education and other critical partners to provide high-level support for effective capacity building at the local level and sustainability of project interventions. The COP will oversee a team of experts and support staff, prepare reports and annual operating plans, align project initiatives with in-country priorities and ensure the program is compliant with USAID and Save the Children’s regulations.
This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.
What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
- Develop strategic plans, annual and quarterly work plans, and overall management of the program in line with USAID guidelines to achieve project objectives.
- Ensure Activity success through high-quality technical leadership and oversight.
- Lead team to ensure proper coordination and guidance among local government, country-wide initiatives, community partners, NGOs and other key stakeholders.
- Support the development of strong M&E mechanisms, program monitoring tools and efficient systems to ensure high quality implementation.
- Direct transparent communications with partners, including negotiating scopes of work, addressing requisite revisions in programmatic work, and troubleshooting issues that may arise.
- Establish compliance with USG regulations, procedures and Save the Children guidelines.
- Maintain oversight of high-risk areas, including but not limited to procurement, monitoring and evaluation, and staff security.
- Represent Save the Children with partners and key stakeholders, maintaining positive relationships with USAID, local ministries, and the South Sudan country office team.
- Establish effective communication and coordination with personnel from the government in order to implement interventions and incorporate country-wide priorities.
- Actively participate as a member of the Country Extended Senior Management Team (ESMT), contributing to country strategic plans.
- Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where the project team strives to achieve excellence.
- Incorporate SC’s vision and values and full adherence to Code of Conduct principles.
- Closely monitor security dynamics in the project areas and report to the Country Director on significant changes in the security context.
- Master’s degree in a relevant area of expertise preferred, such as education or international development. Bachelor’s degree required.
- Minimum of 10 years of professional experience designing, managing and implementing large and complex education programs. Non-formal education program experience will be considered an asset.
- At least five years of senior program experience working and living in a developing country, ideally in South Sudan or East Africa.
- In-depth knowledge of USAID approaches and regulations.
- Prior experience as Chief of Party or Deputy COP preferred.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations.
- Creative problem solving skills with the ability to work effectively in resource-constrained environments.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
- Personal commitment to gender equality, child rights and social inclusion.
- Expertise in one or more of the following areas preferred: foundational skills, social emotional learning (SEL), soft skills, building resilience capabilities and assets, and strengthening pathways between non-formal to formal education.
- Knowledge of gender equity and transformative concepts.
- Strong experience of working within a complex national program in the context of an emergency intervention or in conflict/fragile state contexts.
- Ability and willingness to be flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes dangerous working circumstances.
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 Save the Children
No matter your role when you join Save the Children, each and every day you will challenge yourself to devote your skills, talent and expertise to changing the world for kids. It’s an ambitious goal, and a meaningful one no matter how you see yourself professionally: an accountant, a writer, a data analyst, a teacher, a driver, a designer, or any one of the hundreds of dozens of roles we’re looking to fill every day.
You see, 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.
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