Humanitarian Leadership Academy Regional Lead

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Save the Children hiring Humanitarian Leadership Academy Regional Lead.

Annual salary level Level: XOF 26,200,000 to XOF 35,000,000 (offer will be based on experience/internal equity and financial availability. SCI offers a competitive benefits package outside of salary).

The purpose of this role is to drive forward the localisation capacity strengthening agenda both across the movement and as a critical stakeholder in the wider ecosystem in the region. This role will work with the Humantarian Leadership Academy’s Head of Regions in the development of the WCA regional capacity strengthening model ensuring that it encapsulates the current capacity and partnerships in place and will increase the profile and identify opportunities both across the movement and the wider sector in the accessibility and uptake of learning solutions at a national and local level.

Reports to: WCA RO Head of Humanitarian with matrix line management to the Humanitarian Leadership Academy’s Head of Regions

Staff directly reporting to this post: 2

Role Dimension: This role will sit within the West and Central Africa (WCA) regional Humanitarian Unit and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy (HLA).  The HLA is a team that combines digital learning platforms, creative learning content and the delivery of quality accredited capacity strengthening in an exciting offer that is both unique and unmatched anywhere across the sector.  Capacity-strengthening and user-centred learning is, and will continue to be, of increasing importance – a key area to ensure the sector is able to respond effectively and efficiently to crises. The HLA enables SCUK to offer the most effective and impactful humanitarian capacity strengthening resource for both the Save the Children movement, the wider humanitarian sector and beyond.

Responsibilities

  • Responsible for leading and setting the strategic direction of the regional capacity strengthening model and localisation agenda – this should include identifying the learning needs and opportunities across the region as well as identifying growth areas and ensuring coordination and complementarity of other capacity strengthening initiatives across the region with other stakeholders.
  • Work with relevant regional leads including Head of Humanitarian, Head of Regions in Humanitarian Leadership Academy and L&D leads to identify, prioritise and implement capacity strengthening work.
  • Provide effective coordination of the different regional initiatives including a capacity building component to ensure different programs are aligned to the same strategic direction of the regional capacity strengthening model.
  • Represent SC and the HLA in external coordination forums to ensure adequate coordination with other stakeholders working on humanitarian capacity building (INGOs, UN Agencies, donors and other relevant organisations and platforms).
  • Lead regular communications and monitoring the evolution of SC strategic partnership with key stakeholders.
  • Feed into HLA team vision and strategic decision-making, work planning, prioritisation and resource mobilisation, and ensures coordination across teams and consistency in communications.
  • Accountable for developing the annual regional capacity strengthening plan for the SC movement which considers the learning needs and the learning solutions, products and services to meet these needs and how we can support the needs of other stakeholders in the region.
  • Manage and develop staff within the WCA Humanitarian Leadership Academy Centre, ensuring that they have relevant, clear and achievable objectives, manageable workloads and appropriate professional development plans.
  • Working closely with the PDQ team and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy’s Creative Partnerships and New Business Development Team in identifying and pursuing emerging partnerships and new business opportunities.
  • Chair the WCA Humanitarian Capacity Building steering group with all SC stakeholders involved in capacity building for the region to ensure coordination and complementary of different actions.
  • Contribute to supporting strong ways of working across the HLA, as well as taking individual responsibility for building an inclusive and supportive team culture.

People Management:

As a people manager at Save the Children, you are responsible for managing employees and resources to achieve specific short and long term functional or organisational goals with integrity.  As a manager you are be self-aware and hold yourself and others accountable through performance and behaviour.  You’ll proactively develop relationships built on trust, provide staff with clear guidance and direction; use coaching techniques to support personal ambition and professional development.  You’ll create an inclusive environment where team members feel safe to express ideas and acknowledge mistakes.  You’ll support team, organisational and individual creativity, aligned to SCUK strategy and ensure the health and wellbeing of team members

The Regional Lead is to carry out the responsibilities of the role in a way which reflects:

  • Save the Children’s commitment to safeguarding children in accordance with the Child Safeguarding Policy,
  • A commitment to Save the Children’s vision, mission, values and approach,
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusivity and promoting equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work,
  • A commitment to effective management of risk, by operating within the Charity’s code of conduct, policies, procedures and controls and by carrying out the risk management and assurance responsibilities of the role as set out in the Risk Policy and Procedures

Other

  • Any other duties as assigned by the Head of Humanitarian and Head of Regions

Experience and skills

  • Perfectly bilingual in English and French (reading/writing/speaking)- this will be tested
  • Strong understanding of the WCA context and dynamics, including field experience and good awareness of humanitarian issues
  • Strategic mind-set and approach with experience at working at senior levels within an organisation
  • Strong partnership working and influencing skills, including experience of developing partnerships with universities, external organisations and leading strategic workstreams
  • Excellent programme management and organisational skills gained through managing complex cross-organisational projects
  • A strong understanding of adult learning and work-place learning methodology
  • Public speaking and training facilitation experience
  • Capacity to work independently and be proactive
  • Experience in developing new capacity building programmes, including overseeing writing of content
  • A good understanding of monitoring and evaluating approaches and methodologies
  • Experience of managing teams and individuals, including recruitment and selection processes, as well as performance management
  • Budgeting, financial management skills gained through budget-holding responsibilities
  • Experience in a humanitarian programme and broad understanding of humanitarian issues, international relations and the international humanitarian system
  • Ability to communicate ideas clearly and influence at a senior level
  • Coaching/mentoring skills
  • Opportunistic – able to spot the potential to build capacity in an emergency context
  • Ability to travel internationally, occasionally at short notice and to remote and insecure locations

Closing Date: Sep 30, 2022

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