Area Manager

Save the Children , Mopti, Mali

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
13th August, 2021

Job Description


The Area Manager in his/her capacity is responsible for implementation of all programming in the north and the centre of Mali, including the management of all field offices, the project offices and the, supply chain. S/he will be responsible for leading the implementation and area coordination of Save the Children’s operations in the area.

Duration: 24 months (extendable according to performance and budget availability)


Strategic Programme Management

  • Contribute to the development, review and revision of Mali programme strategy. This will include providing input and feedback on Country Strategy Plan amendments and area thematic plans.
  • Lead the Management Team in the assigned Area of Operations (Field Managers, Senior Programme Managers, Admin/HR coordinator, Finance Coordinator, MEAL Coordinator, and the Supply chain Coordinator) in developing the Annual Operational Plan according to SCI guidelines, and ensuring effective delivery of the Programme. Moreover, the Area Manager will engage in development & presentation of proposals.
  • Oversees the day to day implementation of the different Field Programmes and Projects in the area of Operations in close cooperation with the Field Managers and Programme Managers and Project Officers under the direction and support from the Director of Programme Operations and support from other colleagues from the SMT (Programme Development and Quality, Finance, HR, Awards,…) .
  • Support the field and programme managers in compiling monthly and quarterly programme’s progress reviews and budget meetings towards accomplishment of the Annual Operational Plans.
  • Lead and support the Field Management Teams in the different field offices in expanding the understanding and implementation of Child Rights Programming (CRP) throughout the programme and that these approaches are effectively implemented
  • Ensure that all staff under the assigned geographic responsibility (Area of Operations) have a clear understanding of SC mission, vision and values, organizational goals, priorities and policy, and that is reflected in programme planning, implementation and staff conduct
  • Contribute to engendering a working culture within the programme that encourages learning, flexibility and innovation throughout the programme and a greater integration and synergies between thematic programmes.
  • Maintain an overview of the political and security context in North Mali and how changes and developments may affect the programme’s work and ensure that this is communicated regularly to the Senior Management Team
  • Set and follow performance objectives of field based staff and ensure capacity-strengthening initiatives are implemented.
  • The Area Manager is responsible for ensuring all programmes in the area are compliant with organisational, donor, local law and safe programming (child safeguarding) principles.

Oversight of Project and Programme Management

  • Ensure that project opening and closure meetings are held; all project work plans are closely developed as well as effectively and timely implemented by Field Managers and Programme Managers, as per stipulated Grants contracts.
  • Ensure all new projects have work, spending and procurement plans produced, reviewed and implemented.
  • Ensure all Field Offices are undertaking monthly project & budget meetings which are documented and all actions implemented.
  • Oversee and ensure that all Awards have effective monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Liaise with the Department of Finance to ensure that expenditure reports are produced monthly and disseminated to Field Programme Managers for their review. Conduct monthly project finance meetings.
  • On a quarterly basis, review all grants budgets to ensure that budgets are re-phased timely and spent within donor budgets and expenditure guidelines, and no-cost extensions/cost extensions are timely requested.
  • Review and finalize grants reports ensuring that donor guidelines are followed and high standards met, prior to submission to the Award team.

Overall Coordination of Systems Institutionalization (Field Operations)

  • Work closely with the Director for Programme Operations, Director of Finance, Director Human Resources to ensure that SC Human Resources, Finance and Field Operations Systems are effectively established, implemented and complied within the Area, according to SC stipulated guidelines and regulations.
  • Cultivate a working relationship with Director Programme Development & Quality and team of Technical Advisors for effective programme quality development and implementing.
  • Contribute to strengthening co-ordination and collaboration within and across programme teams, ensuring constructive communications, building team morale (within individual teams and within the whole area team) and the development of a positive working environment.
  • Demonstrate high levels of commitment to SC in order to ensure the objectives of this role and the country programme are met.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient use of all SCI resources in order to keep costs low and ensure safety in the workplace.


  • Ensure that systems are in place in the Areas of responsibility, for the control of all assets, funds, equipment, property, and facilities; submitting timely financial reports to the central office in Bamako as required.
  • Ensure that effective systems are put in place, and regularly reviewed, to allow adequate financial management and control in the Area of Operation including:
  • Cash and cash flow management and control;
  • Expenditure procedures;
  • Documentation of all controls and procedures.
  • Monitor and ensure effective budget responsibility for programmes and projects overseen by him/her team. Ensure monthly project & budget meetings in all field offices which are documented and all actions are implemented.
  • Support budget holders as appropriate in the Operational Area, in making decisions regarding budget allocations and alerting the Director of Programme Operations, Country Director and other Director of Departments to any issues which may arise.

Human Resources

  • Comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to child Safeguarding, Child Protection policy, Code of Contact, and Fraud and Dishonest policy, Gender, Diversity and non-discrimination, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies.
  • Lead, manage and motivate the management team in the Area of Operation, ensuring that they have clear objectives and receive meaningful feedback on their performance.
  • Ensure with support from SMT, appropriate staffing of the Field offices in the Area of Operation planning and implementing specific actions to recruit manage and motivate staff in the Area offices.
  • Ensure appropriate gender and ethnic diversity within the Area of Operation programme team
  • Ensure that staffs have clearly defined objectives and understand their responsibilities. Ensure compliance with staff development strategies and Performance Management systems and evaluations.
  • Encourage a culture of learning, creativity and innovation within the Area of Operation team. Put a Constructive effort through coaching and ongoing support to develop the capacity of the International and National staff members, especially Senior Field Manager and Field Managers.


  • Lead the Area of Operation Management Team in ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of field operations and ensure that programme plans are clearly prioritized and communicated to the operations team effectively
  • Work closely with the country Head of supply chain and his team to ensure adequate support in Logistics, Procurement, Administration and Construction to deliver Programme effectively of high standard.


  • Serve as the security focal point for the Area of Operation through field managers and provide regular updates and analysis to the Director of Programme Operations, the Safety and Security Manager and the Country Director as appropriate. Ensure contingency plans are in place and rehearsed
  • Assist in the development of security procedures and protocols for the field, sub offices under the Area of Operation, and ensure an understating and adherence of the same.

Representation Accountabilities

  • Establish, maintain, and improve active and regular working relationships and take the lead role in representing the principles and work of SC to representatives of other organizations (UN, NGOs, INGOs, counterparts, donors, government, Authorities etc) who are working and visiting in the Area of Operations. This shall entail developing and maintaining strong working relationships with all devolved government/ authority levels (as appropriate) directly and through field managers and technical departments relevant to SC programme themes as well as attending all relevant regular meetings called by UN, NGOs, INGOs, counterparts, donors, and Government forums in state capitals.
  • Lead efforts to improve active co-ordination and networking with government agencies, NGOs, UN agencies and other stakeholders.
  • Support the Field Programme Managers, Project Managers and Project Officers to organize and facilitate the visits of SC staffs from Bamako, donors.


  • Produces monthly, quarterly & annual reports for Area of Operation.
  • Ensure Awards, Supply chain, HR and finance reports are produced timely and to acceptable standards



  • Minimum Master’s degree in social and human sciences, legal sciences, project management, organization management, and all relevant fields related to the job description,
  • Minimum of 5 years’ management experience in a highly operational NGO or corporate environment, including significant field operations experience running both emergency and development programs
  • Robust experience of NGO program cycle management, and with experience of working within a complex and matrix organisation structure
  • Proven experience in the management of field offices, multisectoral projects, emergency and resilience projects, in complex and volatile security contexts
  • Good experience in remote management of field operations staffs
  • Significant knowledge of international humanitarian systems, institutions and donors, and of procedures, accountability frameworks
  • Substantial experience and knowledge of effective financial and budgetary control, securing and managing grants from major institutional donors
  • Solid project management skills related to organisational development projects and international, cross-functional teams with a proven history of delivering results
  • Ability to analyse information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically
  • An in-depth understanding of national and international development issues in particular in relation to children
  • Previous experience of managing and developing a team and the ability to lead, motivate and develop others
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Ability and willingness to change work practices and hours, and work with incoming teams in the event of major emergencies
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches
  • Fluent French speaking and a good working knowledge of the English language
  • Very good computer skills (Word - Excel - Outlook - Power point - Internet)


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