Save the Children Regional Operations Programme Officer Job in Kenya

Aug 9, 2016

Regional Operations Programme Officer
Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.
We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.
Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with 15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. 

We're changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.
Role Purpose:  The Regional Operations Programme Officer will support the regional operations team and country offices with the production, coordination and dissemination of quality and timely management information (including tracking of humanitarian response finance/grants and human resource deployments); communication products and regional analysis. 

This will include working with country offices in the coordination and dissemination of operations planning and reporting, ongoing response information through the use of tools including Operations Briefs, SitReps, Output Trackers; SCI Operations Management Tool (OMT); regional management KPIs and humanitarian dashboard; and updated programme case studies and factsheets. 

The post-holder will support the regional operations team in improving our forecasting, preparedness, contingency planning and backstopping of categorized emergencies in the region – including direct links with country offices to establish and resource identified support needs.

By supporting the regional operations team, through research and monitoring of contextual analysis and humanitarian information sources (internal and external) and attending regional forum and networks, the post-holder  will assist the production and dissemination of regional trend analysis and early warning information, including humanitarian alerts; written opinions and communication products illustrating the issues that children face across East Africa and showcasing Save the Children's humanitarian programme activities and achievements in the region.

The Regional Operations Programme Officer; will support the roll out of regional capacity building; training and mentoring initiatives that are coordinated through the regional office in liaison with the Humanitarian Capacity Building team in Nairobi. 

The post-holder will also work with country office project officers; information and communication officers and other associated staff in identifying and supporting (including direct training/mentoring) capacity building needs that will ensure quality and timely programming in Country Offices

Contract Duration: 2 years Fixed term contract
Location: Kenya
Qualifications and Experience
  • Able to manage a high workload and meet tight deadlines
  • At least 2 years’ demonstrable experience in role with similar responsibly for information management and coordination
  • A university Degree in a related field
  • Ability to work effectively to elicit information from a variety of stakeholders and to adapt this into concise materials in English to support and promote the work of Save the Children.
  • An understanding of response management and the critical importance of information management and communications
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Excellent and proven communicator able to communicate to a wide range of audiences.
  • Builds capacity with hands on practical approach and can demonstrate experience of training.
  • Resourcefulness, flexibility, good organisational skills and the ability to prioritise and to meet deadlines.
  • Good understanding of children's issues, rights, development and humanitarian issues, and the ability to relate Save the Children's work within this context.
  • Ability to work effectively with people from different nationalities, cultures, ethnic and religious groups across the region
  • Willingness and the personal circumstances to be able to travel regularly around the region (average of one week a month, sometimes more)
  • Competent IT skills and experience of using email and Internet
  • Experience of working for or with Save the Children, or a related rights or development organisation
  • Understanding of the developments issues and/or work experience in East Africa region
  • Basic competence in one or more of the major languages in the region
  • Experience of operating multimedia equipment including digital cameras, video recording equipment, web cams, and voice recorders.
  • Experience of tailoring communication and advocacy messages for a variety of decision-makers and high level audiences.
How to Apply

If you are interested in this position, please  email a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document to with clear Subject heading  for the position. This role closes on 24th August 2016.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.

Disclaimer: Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents


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