TITLE: Joining Forces Consortium (Project) Manager: Ending Violence Against Children
TEAM/PROGRAMME: Uganda LOCATION: Kampala, with frequent travel in Uganda
GRADE: 2 CONTRACT LENGTH: 1 year (renewable)
CHILD SAFEGUARDING: (select only one)
Level 3: the post holder may have regular contact with children or young people.
“Joining Forces” is a global collaboration between six of the world’s largest child rights organisations – Child Fund, Plan International, Save the Children, SOS Children’s Villages, Terre des Hommes and World Vision. It aims to fight for child rights and end violence against children, by working together to share learning and experiences and maximise our impact.
In Uganda, the Joining Forces alliance is led by Save the Children (SCI) and will be launching a new project to address violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect of children. During the COVID-19 crisis and in recovery phase (3 years), the intervention aims to strengthen national and local protection and response systems; work specifically with families, communities and institutions to improve child protection capabilities, attitudes and behaviours; increase the capacity and agency of children themselves to prevent and respond to violence against them; and increase learning and generate best practice related to child protection approaches.
We are looking for a Consortium Manager to head the multi-NGO Consortium. The CM leads and supports the Consortium partners’ implementations and directly oversees the implementation of CMU and SCI activities. S/he will be passionate about addressing violence against children, with proven experience in managing projects and teams. S/he will build on previous work in systems strengthening at national, district and community level. S/he leads the Consortium Management Unit (CMU) which supports and coordinates the project activities of the three implementing partners and supports all six Joining Forces member organisations in joint advocacy, campaigning and stakeholder engagement.
SCOPE OF ROLE:
The role is hosted/administrated by Save the Children but delivers for and with all six Joining Forces members.
Reports to: Program Operations, with functional reporting line to Program Development & Quality and Advocacy & Communications. The Consortium Manager periodically reports to the Joining Forces Steering Group made up of the Country Directors.
Staff reporting to this post: Advocacy/Comms Coordinator, Child Protection Specialist, MEAL Coordinator and Project Officers. Functional oversight of the project Accountant.
Budget Responsibilities: The postholder manages the CMU/SCI budget and is responsible for meeting the reporting requirements to the donor(s).
Role Dimensions: This role entails coordination, monitoring and supporting performance of 3 partner organisations as well as leadership and coordination of the JF alliance of 6 organizations in Uganda. The Consortium Manager effectively manages relations with technical and senior staff of all partners and regularly communicates with Donors, UNICEF, National Ministries, NGO platforms, JF Steering Committee and SCI Senior Management.
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
Coordination & Representation
• Manage the performance of the Consortium Management Unit (CMU) staff members and ensure that they work effectively together as a team, in support of the consortium partners and project implementation.
• Coordinate and support in-country initiatives of the wider Joining Forces coalition, leading on advocacy, campaigning (i.e. Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools) and stakeholder engagement.
• Ensure that the project interventions are implemented by all consortium partners as per jointly developed and agreed upon plans, approaches and principles. Ensure that intended targets are met and expenditure is effectively monitored.
• Organize regular meetings between CMU and partners at technical and senior level.
• Facilitate the organisation of quarterly (CD) Consortium Steering Committee meetings. Provide updates/reports by synthesizing key progress and challenges; present issues that require decision making by the Steering Committee and propose actions.
• Comply with relevant SCI policies related to (child) safeguarding, whistle blowing and anti-fraud. Implement the Partner Safeguarding Framework and strengthen safeguarding capacities and mechanisms across the consortium.
• Representat the Joining Forces coalition to internal and external stakeholders when relevant/opportune, including donors, partners and government.
• Act as the key liaison between the Uganda program and the Global Joining Forces Secretariat and Project Manager. Ensure alignment of in-country efforts with global initiatives and learning; provide input and progress updagtes upon request.
Programme Development and Planning
• Institute a practice of joint project planning and reviewing with consortium partners.
• Support partners in reviewing and refining strategies, methodologies for program implementation, ensure activities are harmonized, build synergies and are delivered with quality to achieve the planned outcomes.
• Review partner plans on an annual basis for operational and technical quality and provide feedback, ensuring that the programme moves as one consolidated programme, avoiding duplication and overlap.
• Ensure that the programme adapts, document and facilitate the dissemination of findings, good practices and knowledge gained through implementation of innovative approaches.
• Support the Consortium’s work and partner in identifying areas for program expansion and idenitifying opportunities for funding.
• Ensure that the Action is implemented by all partners of the consortium as per jointly developed and agreed plans, approaches and principles and intended targets are met.
• Directly oversee the effective implementation of the CMU and SCI activities as per project plan.
• Institute a practice of joint project planning and reviewing with consortium partners.
• Overall oversight of programme implementation; directly responsible for SCI budget implementation and indirectly responsible for the partners’ budget implementation.
• Identify challenges and delays faced by partners and work collaboratively and supportively with partners and other stakeholders to identify and implement solutions.
• Ensure the development and application of harmonised approaches for implementing the programme including the development of standards and frameworks for monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL).
• Ensure that technical support areas of implementing consortium partners are identified and addressed to ensure quality programme delivery by the team designated for consortium management.
• Provide support to implementing partners of the consortium and ensure that they apply appropriate project implementation strategies and approaches as indicated in the project documents.
• Ensure that implementation of the programme across all consortium partners is regularly monitored; and that evidences, results and lessons are documented and communicated; challenges are tracked and addressed in a timely manner
• Travel to project sites to conduct monitoring of projects together with project team to ensure the set quality is met across consortium partners.
• Ensure the production and timely submission of evidence based and high quality technical/narrative and financial reports to be submitted to the Member/donor and shared back to consortium partners.
• Ensure the delivery of learning outcomes, best practice documents and successful approaches that are fit for replication.
• Keep the Member/donor up to date with any potential irregularities, and/or obstacles which may hamper the implementation of the Action in a timely manner.
Advocacy & communications
• Build a wider movement to end violence against children in Uganda.
• Ensure that evidence is adequately produced and use learning to advocate for good practices with key stakeholders (international agencies, local government, civil society and communities).
• Effectively lead national and district level campaign initiatives that adequately build on in-country partnerships.
• Develop media partnerships and social media strategies; produce regular Joining Forces media pieces in support of the project goals.
• Ensure that the teams are disseminating effective interventions at a wider scale.
Mobilise resources and ensure donor compliance
• Identify funding opportunities to resource and expand the campaign, build relations with potential donors, and support new proposal development alongside Joining Forces members’ business development teams.
• Manage budgets and timely reporting to existing donors as required, and coordinate partner reporting.
• Working effectively with others – Works collaboratively to achieve shared goals and thrives on diversity of people and perspectives; knows when to lead and when to follow and how to ensure effective cross boundary working.
• Communicating with impact – Communicates clearly and confidently with others to engage and
influence; promotes dialogue and ensures timely and appropriate messages, building confidence and
• Innovating and Adapting- Develops and implements innovative solutions for ending violence against children, that adapts and succeed in ever changing and uncertain global and working environments.
• Delivering results – Takes personal responsibility and holds others accountable for delivering results and the coalition goal and continually improving their own performance or that of the team/
• Acting with humility, passion and courage, guided by mutual trust and a common vision: ending violence against children and other violations of their rights.
• Strengthening children’s voice and leadership and support children to speak up.
• Innovating and supporting new ideas that tackle deep-seated problems.
• Master Degree a relevant subject, such as (but not limited to) human rights, governance, social sciences, social work and social/public administration, education, development studies, law.
• Training in Project Management, Community Development, Advocacy, Communications or any relevant field is an added advantage.
• Knowledge and understanding of current national and global debates/developments on ending violence against children.
• Strong leadership, management and coordination skills; minimum of 8 years experience in project and budget management, preferably managing multi-NGO projects (consortia).
• Relevant experience in campaigning, advocacy, programming related to child protection, education and/or child rights. Experience of supporting child-led or child-participatory advocacy/campaigns is desirable.
• A proven and demonstrable ability to design/drive and implement activities, advocacy and campaigns which influence attitudes in communities and across all levels of society.
• Experience in donor reporting, engagement and resource mobilisation.
• Experience managing staff and teams.
• Able to multi-task and work to tight deadlines, and a willingness to work flexible hours.
• Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation, steering and coaching.
We are committded to keeping children safe, our selection process ensures that only those who are suitable to work with children are considered for our posts. All successful applicants will therefore be required to complete a Police Check and must sign onto our Child Safeguarding Policy and organizational Code of Conduct.
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