​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Save the Children South Africa Recent Available Employment Opportunity

Posted on :

31 May, 2019

Category :

Legal Jobs in South Africa, Social Work Vacancies in South Africa

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Save the Children South Africa has a zero tolerance towards the abuse and exploitation of children by any of our representatives, and we are equally committed to doing everything within our power to avoid unintended harm or accidents to children as a result of any of our activities.

Child Protection 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.


Job Title: Child Rights Governance Thematic Head
Job Location: Pretoria
Occupational Level: Senior Manager
Grade: 16
Nature of Contract: 3 Years Fixed term contract
Reports to: Programmes Director
Reporting to this post: None
Location/Base: Pretoria Office
Travel Requirements: Regular national and international travel
Budget Responsibilities: R2,0 million for the project
Asset Responsibilities: Own assets and those used by others


The Child Rights Governance (CRG) Programme Manager will provide overall responsibility to the implementation of the Save the Children South Africa (SCSA) child rights governance strategy and portfolio. This Manager will provide technical support (strategic & operational) in the development of the CRG Strategy, the design of CRG programs, implementation, the measurement, reporting and knowledge management of the CRG thematic area. The CRG Programme Manager will in accordance with the SCSA’s strategic plan select and lead a team that will implement CRG work in all geographical areas where SCSA is implementing.

The CRG Programme Manager will establish and strengthen partnerships with SALGA, National Department of Social Development, Civil Society Organisations, Media and Business and all partners who work on child rights in South Africa. The candidate will also serve as an expert on national, regional, and international children rights policies including all related guidelines which serve as framework that guides work done for children.

The CRG Programme Manager will lead the process of generating funds for the CRG programs through business development activities like writing concept notes, funding proposals and reporting to donors (narrative and financial). Quality improvement of projects is key to SCSA this then means this Manager must be skilled on quality improvement of development interventions and be able to implement accordingly.


To provide strategic direction & oversight on CRG interventions: 

  • Facilitate and ensure completion of:
  • Conduct CRG & CR Business Principles strategy development & program design & annual plan​​

Monitoring of strategy implementation:

  • Contribute to the development of the Projects Results frameworks;
  • Contribute to the development of the projects Theory of Change (ToC);
  • Review, inputs and finalize CRG Project Baseline, Mid-line & End line assessments conducted;
  • Provides technical expertise to review project performance against the result framework & ToC.

Budget management:

  • Contributes to the costing of CRG strategy;
  • Provides oversight on CRG budget management in line with the strategy;

Project quality improvement:

  • Develops CRG quality benchmarks & other indicators of project improvement including related tools, pilots & finalizes these materials;
  • Provides technical support to ensure CRG interventions are of good quality;
  • Develops and facilitates implementation of innovative interventions i.e development & application of new Common Approaches; integration model/framework; quality improvement model/framework.

CRG Project reporting:

  • Compile and collate CRG theme internal and external reports (monthly, quarterly and annually);
  • Facilitates improvement of the quality of CRG reports;
  • Lead the development of CRG reporting templates including data tools and conduct the review of these tools;

Programme knowledge management:

  • Develops and compiles CRG project repository of documents, training materials, Advocacy materials & reports;
  • Facilitates dissemination of CRG content through good practice stories, case studies, abstracts & papers written (nationally & Internationally);

Business Development:

  • Development of CRG concept notes;
  • Development of CRG funding proposals;

Stakeholder Management and development:

  • Establish new and essential sustainable stakeholder relationships;
  • Strengthens existing sustainable stakeholder relationships; all nationally;
  • Development of MOU’s and review of existing MOUs;

BEHAVIOR AND PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES (Save the Children values in Practice)


  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds colleagues 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.


  • Future oriented, thinks strategically and on a global scale
  • Focused on achieving external impact for the campaign


  • Clear ability to understand other people’s perspective and address reasonable concerns and needs
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, members and external partners
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks
  • Take initiatives that are beneficial to the organisation.


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity.


  • We endeavour to treat everyone with respect, empathy and compassion.


  • We value passion, determination, perseverance and the sense of urgency. We believe in adopting a realistically positive and optimistic attitude towards everything we do because this inspires others to share the same outlook.


  • We believe in creating a learning organisation in which staff members commit themselves to personal growth and, in so doing, seek and share knowledge and information.


  • Master’s degree in Social sciences, Development studies, or equivalent recognised qualification;
  • Driver’s license
  • Competence in MS Office and basic Excel


  • At least 5 years’ experience working in the South African children’s sector;
  • Demonstrable Project Management experience at a suitable level;
  • Excellent technical know-how of child rights
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, ability to inform and engage through written communication;
  • Experience in planning and facilitating training;
  • Strong skills in Microsoft office and project management tools e.g. excel
  • Strong initiative and ability to multitask, anticipate and priorities without direct supervision;

To apply

If you have a background in any of these skills, please apply by sending your CV to the following address: [email protected]. Clearly mark your application with the following title: Application: Short-term expertise database

Application Deadline: Sunday, 30 June, 2019

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