Save the Children South Africa New Job Position

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10 Jul, 2018

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NGO Jobs in South Africa

As a member of the Save the Children movement, Save the Children South Africa implements programmes in this country, while international programmes are delivered by Save the Children International. This model of a single programme-delivery structure enables us to align activities across Save the Children members and maximise our collective impact for children.

We work to inspire progress in the way the South Africa treats children, to achieve an immediate and lasting change in their lives.

Job Title: Child Rights Governance Programme Manager
Job Location: Pretoria
Grade:   3
Fixed Term: Sept 2018 to December 2021 (3 years & 3 months)
Reports to: Programme Director
Base: Pretoria
Travel Requirements: 40% domestic travel & internationally as requested 
Budget Responsibilities:   Above R5 million per annum
Asset Responsibilities: SCSA working tools
Child Protection level: 3

Job Purpose:

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 and all partners who work on child rights in South Africa. They will also serve as an expert on SA policy on children 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.


  • Design and develop the CRG strategic plan;
  • Provide technical Assistance and guidance to all SCSA thematic, Provincial and Project teams.
  • Manage the planning, implementation, coordination and monitoring of project activities to achieve results against set objectives and goals;
  • Co-ordinate the development of resources and material required for the project capacity building activities, this includes results framework and the CRG Theory of Change;
  • Initiate and maintain strong working relationships with government, partner agencies and other stakeholders at national & international levels.
  • Manage project budget, maintaining maximum expenditure within a set timeframe in line with donor conditions and project plans;
  • Facilitate documentation of lessons learnt and ensure dissemination of the most recent and updated policy and briefs on CRG.
  • Work collaboratively with SCSA thematic teams (education, Health & Child Protection) including the research team to produce publications, position papers and opinion pieces in support of SCSA’s ambition.
  • Monitor trends, innovations and best practices in the CRG field from SA and globally then facilitate application;
  • Leads business development in CRG i.e concept note & funding proposal development.
  • Represent SCSA in the National and International forums on child rights
  • Facilitates CRG program quality improvement, monitoring and evaluation and reporting.
  • Serve as a key expert in the development of donor and other related reports generated by SCSA.
  • Any other related responsibilities as the Programme Director may require related to the purpose of this position.

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

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.

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; ore because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


  • 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;

Application and contact details: Interested qualified candidates are requested to submit their resumes (covering letter and CV) to  [email protected] by 17th July 2018. Please indicate clearly the position you are applying for.

Only candidates short-listed for an interview will be contacted.

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