Area Representative


Area Representative – Southern States

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Operations, Somalia
LOCATION:  Mogadishu travel to SCI field offices in allthe southern states

GRADE: Executive
POST TYPE: National

Child Safeguarding:
Level 3:  the role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

ROLEPURPOSE: The Area Representative isresponsibleforthemanagementoftheField Offices including the Field Managers andimplementationofSavetheChildrenprograminthesouthern States.S/heisalso responsiblefor thedevelopmentand implementationofsouthern States Area annualplans(i.e.programsand projectsconstitutingtheplans),and theimplementationof Operational Core BusinessProcesses atarealevel (AreaSMT,AreaBVAs,Proposal DevelopmentProcess, field coordinationforprogramdevelopment/management/monitoring,etc.). The Area Representative shall ensurethatindividualaccountabilitiesfor thisatarealevelareclearlystated,understoodand internalized.
The role supportstheOperation Director,ProgrammeOperationsinfacilitatingkeyrelationshipsbetweentheProgrammeOperationsTeam,particularly Field Managers,Area-level Department Heads (Awards, Finance, HR/Admin, Logistics, Safety and Security etc) andotherCOunits (PDQ, HR,Finance,andSafety&Security).
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:Director of Program Operations
Dimensions:Save the Children has been working in Somalia for more than 60 years. The Area Office has over 280 staff across 7 field offices (Mogadishu, Beletweyne, Adaado, Abudwak, Baidoa, Kismayo, and Dhobley). The Area Office coordination and administration is base in Mogadishu. The Southern States Area Office manages over 30 active awards with portfolio of US$ 40 million from a range of governmental/institutional donors, including DFID, ECHO, EU, FFP, OFDA, and DANIDA. Save the Children in Southern States implements projects inHealth, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Education, Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL), Child Protection and Child Rights Governance.
Staff directly reporting to this post: Directly line manages Field Managers, Head of Programs, Area Finance Manager, Area Awards Manager, Area HR/Admin Manager, Area Supply Chain Manager, Area Safety and Security Manager, Area Advocacy, Communications, Campaigns and Media Coordinator.

Program Development, Implementation and Delivery
·        Ensure that management support is provided to the Field Managers within the Area Office in the management of the different offices, implementation ofquality programsas wellas operations core business processes.
·        In close coordination withthe ProgrammeDevelopment and Quality Teamto ensurethattheField Managersandtheirteamsare fully involved inproposal developmentas stated inthe corebusiness processguidelines forproposals development.
·        Ensurethat areateams undertake monthly sessionsto monitor expenditureagainstbudget (BudgetVariance Analysis– BVA)andthatall programmes progress inaccordance withgrantagreements and are completed withintimeand onbudget withan emphasis on cost effectiveness, innovationandhigh-qualityprogramming to serve hard-to-reach children.
·        Ensurethat Areateams undertake monthly SMT meetingstoupdate each areaunit on its current key priorities andachievements,presentany issuesthat would require attentionand support from other areaunitsand comeup with solutionstoaddress those.
·        Through monthly reports received fromthefield offices,to retain an oversight of thebudget situation in each field officeand ensurethatfield officesare efficientat coveringall of their costs.
·        Havebudgetholding responsibilities for programs/projects implementedwithin the Area Office and Multi-Area Grant as appropriate, in line with the SOD threshold of the position.
·        Ensure programsare implemented in ways responsiveto the communities and children in line with Savethe Children principles, valuesand strategicplanand following Savethe Children compliance procedures. This includes working withgovernment (both Federal and Member states), localadministrationsandnational NGO-partners to strengthen national capacity.
·        Working with colleagues inthe PDQ departmentto ensure thepreparation oftimelyandhigh-qualityprogress reports,program reports, and donor reports.
·        Assist the Operations Director in working with the DCD-Operations, PDQ department in implementing funding strategies related both to grants and SC members and in line with Area Plans and CO specific sector/thematic strategies (FSL, Resilience, etc.).
·        Assist the Director of Programme Operations in implementing Programme Operations Best Practices.

Ensure that effective mechanisms are in place to listen to, act upon and address children’s and communities’ concerns/recommendations through active participation by children and communities in project design, monitoring and evaluations
Ensure that staff capacity in quality project management is improved and strengthened through training, coaching and mentoring.
Ensure that rigorous remote project management tools are put in place and used by relevant managers (independent third party monitoring, verification through other partners, operational plan, procurement plan, output trackers, etc )

People Management and Development

Work closely with the HR and Admin Manager in Mogadishu as well as the HR Director to ensure that all HR policies and guidelines for national staff and international are in place, are understood by all staff and are adhered to. Support all managers in recruitment, induction, placement, promotion, training/development and separation/termination
Enhance staff performance through mutually agreed performance management plans, clarity of individual and collective roles and responsibilities; ensure a robust process of performance monitoring, learning & development initiatives and timely management actions.
Present staff concerns that cannot be dealt with locally, in a timely manner to the Operations Director, Area HR Manager, and HR Director.
Promote an inspiring and motivating working environment through teamwork, delegation and the team building initiatives.
Promote and ensure a culture that respects and promotes collaboration, diversity, inclusion and staff recognition.

Financial, Budget and Grant Management

Serve as overall budget holder for all programming in southern States; appoint, manage and support budget holders for individual projects and grants as appropriate.
Closely work with PDQ and Awards Team on the coordination of the overall funding process from both grants and SC members. This includes: developing funding strategies, creating grant proposals, and identifying strategic leads and concepts
Ensure that programme budgets are managed through rigorous budget and finance monitoring practices with participation of all key functions involved in projects.
Oversee the general application and observance of financial procedures and guidelines set out in SC financial manual and donors’ requirements
Ensure that budgets are spent and charged to their respective budget heads and grants by diligently reviewing the financial (AGRESSO) reports at least every month and bringing to the timely attention of the Director of Operations and the Finance Director any major budget concerns and
Efficiently and successfully manage the grant cycle by putting in place robust mechanisms to start, implement and close grants in line with donor as well as Save the Children’s policies
Ensure that adequate support to and monitoring of the field finance teams is provided by the finance and grants team at head office
Ensure that grants are managed as per Save the Children’s and donors’ requirements including the quality and timely submission of reports

Partnership management, Development and Representation

With the support from Partnership Manager, establish a quality partnership management environment through mutual respect and trust, robust partnership assessments, capacity building, project monitoring, sharing and networking by drawing support from technical resources from within the country programme.
Support the Partnership Manager to establish, maintain, and improve active and regular working relationships with: host government authorities, donors, partner agencies including major institutional donors, UN Agencies and local and international NGOs. Ensure representation with Heads of UN agencies, donors based in Mogadishu and some CDs for INGOs already based in Mogadishu.
Ensure that partners and SC staff understand and implement Save the Children’s policies and procedures including child safeguarding, procurement, fraud and whistle blowing.
Work with partners and SC staff to ensure that effective mechanisms are in place to listen to, act upon and address children’s and communities’ concerns/recommendations through active participation by children and communities in project design, monitoring and evaluations
Ensure that partners understand and implement Save the Children’s policies and procedures including child safeguarding, procurement, fraud and whistle blowing.
Supportthe Partnership Managerto ensure strongand vibrant local Civil Society Organisationsare developed through our support intheareas weare implementingprogrammes
Ensure appropriate representation in all relevant meetings: clusters, working groups, NGO Consortium, etc
Responsible for building and maintaining good working relationship with relevant government institutions and representatives of federal member states and federal government of Somalia.

Emergency Response Management
·        Ensure that Southern States Area Office has anup-to-date, context-based andachievable Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP)..
·        With support from the Humanitarian managerandunderthe leadership ofthe DCD Operations Director, mount appropriateand timely responsesat scaletoall emergencies consistent with established benchmarks, plansand organizationalpolicies,and in close cooperation with incoming surgeteams.

Working with Field Managers/their team and the Humanitarian manager,ensurethatall relevant staffsacrossall work sectorsare familiar with,adhereto and implementthe proceduresandprocesses detailed inthe Rules and Principles for emergency response

Security Management and Context Monitoring

Responsible for safety and security of all SCI staff and assets in Southern States of Somalia
In close collaboration with the Security manager for Southern States, the Director of Security, the Field managers and the Security Focal Points, proactively monitor the political and security situation at both national and local level and ensure that a clear and updated security management plan is in place for all areas of operations in Southern States.
As far as possible ensure that all staff are involved in the sharing of security related information, review of guidelines, protocols and developing security plans that should be formally reviewed on a weekly basis.
In close collaboration with the security managers and the director of Security, the Field Managers and the Security Focal Points, report and manage any significant security incident in your area of operation. If this involves a “critical incident” the Director of Security, the Operations Director and the CD must be informed immediately.
Adapt to security constraints and ensure that staff are adequately aware of security risks and management issues in order to deliver projects for children.

·         Supportthe Director of Operations, DCD Operationsandthe Director of Safety and Securitytoensure thatall safetyand security minimum operating standardsand in country guidelinesandproceduresare metbyallarea offices.

Support the Director of Operations, DCD Operationsand the Director of Safetyand Security in promotinga culture of security awarenessand a shared duty of careamongst staff inareateams

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)
·         Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
·         Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.
·         Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
·         Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
·         Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.
·         Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
·         Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
·         Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.
·         Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions.
·         Willing to take disciplined risks.
·         Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity.

·         Degree in Development Studies or other Social Sciences.

·         Minimum of10yearsmanagementexperienceinacorporateoranNGOenvironment,ina rangeofculturesincludingsignificant fieldoperationsexperience,runningbothemergencyanddevelopment programs.
·        Robustexperienceof NGO emergency programcyclemanagement,and withexperienceofworkingwithina complexand matrixorganisationstructure.
·        Indepthunderstandingof atleasttwoof thesectoralprogramsandaworkingknowledgeof theprogram prioritiesof theCountryOffice.
·        Good understanding of international humanitarian systems, institutions and donors, and of procedures, accountability frameworks and best practices in emergency management.
·        Substantialandprovenexperienceandknowledgeof effectivefinancialandbudgetarycontrolandsecuringand managinggrantsfrom majorinstitutionaldonors.
·        Solidprojectmanagementskillsrelatedtoorganisationaldevelopmentprojectsandinternational,cross- functionalteamswithaprovenhistory ofdeliveringresults.
·        Ability toanalyseinformation,evaluateoptionsandtothinkand planstrategically.
·        An in-depth understanding of national and international development issuesparticularlyin relationto children.
·        Previous experience ofmanaging and developing a team and the ability to lead,motivateand develop others.
·        Excellentinterpersonal,communicationandpresentationskills.
·        Fluency inwrittenand spokenEnglish.
·        Abilityandwillingnesstochangeworkpracticesandhours,andworkwithincomingteamsintheeventof majoremergencies
·        Willingnesstospend upto50% oftimeinvisitingfield officessecurity allowing.
·        Commitment toandunderstanding ofSavetheChildren’s aims,valuesand principles includingrights- based approaches.

Equal Opportunities
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding
We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from any form of abuse.

Health and Safety
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Application procedures:
Interested candidates are required to submit electronic CV and mandatory cover letter quoting the Job Title on the subject line. The file name of the CV and attachments must be the applicants name and sent to the below link
Applications will close on April- 23 @ 12:00PM.
Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer. Women are strongly encouraged to apply

Date:    March 2019                                                                        Author: SCI


SOURCE: Area Representative

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