The Field Manager (FM) is a forward looking managerial role responsible for the oversight, development and management of all Save the Children International (SCI) programmes within Taiz managing Human Resources, Logistics, Security, Representation and Advocacy. S/he will work under the supervision of the Deputy Director of program Operations (DDPO). In fulfilling his/her responsibilities, including budget holding, s/he will work with other senior managers to ensure programs are carried out in line with SCI’s country and global priorities.
SCI is a 'dual mandate' organisation and as such equal priority will be given to both humanitarian and development work. SCI strives to ensure the fundamental rights of children, such as survival, safety, constant access to protection and education can be guaranteed. As part of a commitment to working with children through humanitarian interventions SCI support programmes in both sudden onset and chronic emergency situations.
In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the FM will be expected to work outside the normal role profile to reflect the elevated inputs required in responding to an emergency and be able to vary working hours accordingly.
SCOPE OF ROLE:
Reports to: Deputy Director Program Operations
Staff reporting to this post: Deputy Field Manager, Business Support Manager, Finanace Coordinator, Awards Coordinator, Security Coordinator, MEAL Coordinator.
Role Dimensions: The role is complex dealing with the SC Members, Donors, Country Office, Local Authorities, UN Agencies and mechanisms such as cluster engagement, INGOs, partnering with Local NGOs, delivering quality programes in a timley manner in areas of varying insecurity all being rated as a minimum, insecure. Yemen is classified by the UN as the greatest current humanitarian disaster in the world and a Category One Emergency by SCI. There are approximately 130 staff within the FO.
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
- The operational planning of activities for the overall implementation of SCI’s activities in Taiz.
- Effectively using support services (logs, Admin, HR, and Finance) to undertake key activities and work cooperatively with Deputy Field Mmanager and all Program Managers (PM) to ensure all activities run efficiently, effectively and of the highest quality.
- Working with the DDPO and Techinical Advisers (TA) to support the development of SCIs Yemen response strategy, Field Office Response Strategy, the master budget and results framework.
- Contribute to high quality concept notes and proposal development.
- Prepare and oversee programme operations to ensure timely delivery of programme activities (for example, monitoring against log-frames, individual performance management work-plans).
- Oversee the monitoring of and regular reporting on all Awards managed in the FO ensuring the highest level of integrity, accountability and program quality.
- Oversee multi-agency coordination in designated FO area, and lend support to overall interagency clusters where appropriate.
- Develop and implement an effective safety and security management plan for offices within the FO ensuring these are revised at regular intervals to reflect changing and emerging security situations.
- Ensure all new programmes are developed reflecting and taking into consideration the changing security environment and associated contingencies are robust .
- Manage logistics processes to ensure procurement, storage and distribution of stock, supplies and services of high and in a timely manner.
- Ensure adequate staffing and staff structure for the FO in consultation with Programme development and Quality (PDQ) and Operations teams reflecting the real needs and effective efficient implementation of programs. Support FO recruitment mechanisms ensuring effective performance management processes are in place and utilised.
- Ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the SCI standards, Sphere Charter and Red Cross Code of Conduct.
- Identify learning and training opportunities for SCI staff in the FO.
- Implement a partnership strategy, ensuring implementing partners are selected and assessed in accordance with SCI protocol,
- Develop an appropriate partner capacity building strategy, identifying areas areas were partners can build SCI capacity.
Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:
- Ensure SCI's work is coordinated with the repective Government authorities, other agencies an dlocal communities in the respective FO location,
- Take a leadership role within Interagency Coordination forums, ensuring the needs of children are being addressed.
- Identify opportunities and material to contribute to communications and media work, acting as a spokesperson when required.
- Ensure accountability to beneficiaries and humanitarian principles are mainstreamed in all programmes.
- Work with the Monitoring and Evaluation Accountability Lessons Learned (MEAL) Advisor to ensure MEAL staff are appropriately utilised to strengthen community engagement, analyse and share data and discover and disseminate lessons learned within the FO and address CO reporting requirements.
- Comply with SCI policies and practice with respect to child safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.
- Ensure the security, health and wellbeing of all staff that staff management and other processes and policies and systems reflect SC's principles of equity and fairness.
- Significant management experience working in an emergency response context or fragile states
- Education to Masters level in a relevant subject or equivalent field experience
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS:
- Previous experience of managing a large team (50 -150 staff)
- Previous experience of project management, including multi sector programmes
- Budget management experience including institutional donors
- Security management experience in insecure environments
- Field level representation with key stakeholders and co-ordination with other NGOs/UN
- Demonstrable experience of M&E and beneficiary accountability
- Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
- Excellent communication skills
- Strong influencing skills and experience in advocacy
- Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
- A high level of written and spoken English
- The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and insecure working circumstances.
- Commitment to the aims and principles of SC. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support to beneficiaries.
- Previous experience managing a refugee response