10 Mar 2016

Full-Time Humanitarian Deputy Team Leader

Toni AdewunmiAbuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria

Job Description

Humanitarian Deputy Team Leader
20 Mar 2016 Abuja, Nigeria Full-time Humanitarian sav-54604
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The Humanitarian Deputy Team Leader (HDTL) is responsible for managing the strategic design and modification of the humanitarian response in line with the Response Strategy and Master budget. This will include supporting the Humanitarian Programme Manager to identify needs and resources and elaborating programme recommendations for the emergency response in line with Save the Children Nigeria SMT and regional response priorities. The post-holder will develop the response strategy and identification of the necessary resources for the response. The HDTL will support the Humanitarian Programme Manager by ensuring the Technical Advisor teams provide appropriate design, training and MEAL functions for programming in North East Nigeria. The HDTL will establish working relations with other agencies, looking for opportunities for partnership and harmonisation of approach and with donors to ensure resources are made available to the response

The HDTL will negotiate the positioning of the humanitarian response within the Country Programme and support the SMT to ensure the suitable resourcing of the response. manage programmes or country support functions and negotiate and network at an international level. They will ensure that all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to child safeguarding, safety and security, code of conduct, equal opportunities and other relevant policies are in place. The post holder will play a strategic role in defining the effective scale up and management of Save the Children emergency programmes to maximise impact and enable positive change for children.


Programme Support:

Assume overall oversight of the Nigerian response within the regional emergency response in collaboration with the HPM.
Ensure the large number of multiple grants (across up to 10 sectors), contribute to the achievement of the response strategy ensuring strict compliance of programme activities with Save the Children national and global policies and procedures and with relevant donor regulations and agreements, SPHERE guidelines and the NGO code of conduct.
Lead on Nigeria Response Strategy, country level strategic planning, action plans, and monitoring to ensure an effective emergency response and a smooth transition to recovery phase
Lead on the development of a 24 month master budget for the Nigerian response, based on direction from the SMT, predicted funding for the North East response. Take overall leadership on the implementation of national level budgets of US$ 10-20 million of annual budget, keeping relevant stakeholders informed and ensuring any corrective actions are taken.
In coordination with the TAs and the awards team, ensure the preparation of timely programme and donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal SC requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.
Work with the TA’s develop scaling up plans for programming, based on existing Nigerian experience and the experience during the early months of the response
Establish project monitoring plans and systems for identifying and tracking the indicators and develop processes/procedures and forms to support monitoring and inform learning.
Oversee effective establishment of a functioning logistics systems to procure, store and distribute stock, supplies and services for the timely delivery of project objectives at national level
Through embedding direct and remote processes into each sector programme design, ensure strong accountability to beneficiaries
Plan, identify and resource appropriate and effective structure & staffing needs for entire response (including ensuring that personnel policies are in accordance with national laws)
Oversee the development & implementation of staff well-being (policy) and ensure appropriate staff well-being and R&R policy and processes in place
Capacity Building:

Ensure that all programme designs and budgets sufficiently incorporate pre-deployment training requirements and capacity building plans and performance management systems are in place. Ensure training plans include capability statements and measuring systems to allow the development of the requisite competencies in staff at each level to ensure timely delivery of a quality of response
Coach and mentor international and national staff and partners and link in to wider organisational talent development mechanisms.
Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:

Represent Save the Children’s emergency response on a national, regional and international level to donors, the media and members of the humanitarian community.
Help shape broader sector strategies through influence of and leadership within inter-agency coordination forums, ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed
Regularly undertake high level representation and advocacy with Government partners and officials as well as donor representatives. Establish systems for communication with local Government partners, relevant line departments and community representations in the project area(s).
Lead on organisational level operational practice, innovation and learning in consultation with Humanitarian team.
Oversee the implementation of Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to child rights and safeguarding, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies

Understanding humanitarian contexts and application of humanitarian principles

Demonstrates strategic leadership in disaster coordination mechanisms and interagency cooperation
Applies humanitarian principles to complex situations to generate both short and long-term organisational and sector-wide strategies
Achieving results effectively

Leads strategically on accountability initiatives, ensuring accountability processes are in place and achieving results
Builds consensus and ownership around difficult decisions and/or complex courses of action
Maintains focus on strategic issues and overall organisational and sector-wide impact
Maintaining and developing collaborative relationships

Quickly builds and leads high performing teams
Applies distributed leadership amongst a team
Shares success whilst being accountable for difficult outcomes
Operating safely and securely

Monitors security risks and ensures organisational protocols are consistently followed by staff
Takes appropriate action and provides appropriate direction and support to team members in the event of a critical incident
Reduces vulnerability by complying with safety and security protocols set by the organisation
Managing yourself in a pressured and changing environment:

Ensures that wider team remains positive and focussed on the objectives and goals in a rapidly changing environment
Able to proactively build & maintain levels of resilience in others
Adapts leadership approach to the situation
Communicates humanitarian values and motivates others towards them
Maintains simultaneously a broad strategic perspective and awareness of the detail of a situation
Demonstrates personal integrity by using one’s position responsibly and fairly
Leadership: Action; Thinking; Self; Inspiring; Developing Others

Removes obstacles to ensure strategic objectives are met
Aligns ideas and solutions to strategic imperatives
Uses global networks to influence strategy or action
Demonstrates managerial courage by willingness to confront difficult situations, take potentially unpopular decisions and communicate clearly to create consensus notwithstanding difference
Creates a team environment where team members feel able to contribute, champion or challenge decisions
Continual efforts at self improvement in evidence
Creates and communicates a compelling vision which inspires others
Ensures processes are in place across the team to strengthen the capacity of staff and partners in line with individual and organisational objectives


Extensive experience of working within a senior management role within a complex country programme in an emergency response or fragile state
Previous experience of managing programme teams in large-scale first phase emergency response is essential
Education: MA / MSc level (or equivalent field experience)
Senior management experience of multi-national, multi-sector team at a Country Director level.
Experience of managing multi-donor, multi-site programmes (including ECHO, DFID and OFDA) of GBP 5m+ in a first phase response at regional or country level
Multi-site security management in insecure environments
Experience of international level representation with key stakeholders, and co-ordination with other NGOs/UN
Experience of international media representation and advocacy
Experience of M&E and beneficiary accountability systems in large complex programmes
Experience of developing and negotiating successful partnerships with institutional donors
Proven ability to influence change at an operational and strategic level
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 sometimes 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
Desirable: Fluent in English

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