Cambodia: Chief of Party, Integrated Early Childhood Development (IECD) Program – CambodiaPhnom Penh, Cambodia 197 views

Save the Children Closing Date : 2019-12-11
Duty Station : Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Organization: Save the Children
Country: Cambodia
Closing date: 11 Dec 2019

Save the Children is seeking a Chief of Party for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded Integrated Early Childhood Development (IECD) program in Cambodia. The proposed program may focus on promoting nurturing care for the most-vulnerable newborns and young children, starting before birth through age 5, through evidence-based integrated programming in early-childhood development to improve for children s health, nutrition, safety and security, responsive caregiving for social and emotional well-being, and opportunities for early learning and stimulation. Proposed activities may specifically address child development and nutrition through social behavior change (SBC) and improved health services, promoting nutrition sensitive agriculture, early child education, positive parenting, and promoting safe and secure environments to help children meet critical cognitive and physical developmental milestones. Project objectives may include improving cognitive skills of vulnerable and at-risk children, decreasing stunting rates for children under five, and increasing the number of vulnerable and at-risk children in caring and safe family environments. Particular attention will likely be given to supporting the early identification of children with disabilities.

The Chief of Party reports directly to Cambodia Country Director, with technical/dotted line Supervision of the SCUS Senior Nutrition Director and ensures implementation of high impact, quality programming, and proven interventions that meet stated goals and reporting requirements. The Chief of Party coordinates with key stakeholders, implementing partners and government representatives. The Chief of Party manages the implementation of key program activities throughout the targeted provinces, oversees the work of a Technical Director and the Head of MERL, and provides efficient program and operational support for the project team. The Chief of Party will be responsible for overall project leadership and interaction with USAID, SC, partners, and the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC). As a member of the Senior Management Team of Save the Children in Cambodia, the Chief of Party also plays a leadership role in the Country Office, providing input on strategic issues, contributing to continuous programmatic and organizational learning, and supporting the development and implementation of global and country-level policies and practices.

This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

The Chief of Party is responsible for providing strategic direction, delivering quality and timely project outputs and results, managing project human and financial resources as per Save the Children Policy and procedures, agreement requirements of USAID and the government. The COP will liaison with USAID, SCUS and SCI management, and government. The Chief of Party communicates project strategy and achievements to key stakeholders, advocates for nutrition and ECD, and coordinates project activities with other partners and Government of Cambodia.

Strategic Management

Coordinate and oversee all strategic and programmatic aspects and ensure program integration, documentation, learning, and adaptation between Early Childhood Development, Child Protection and Nutrition.

Provide strategic leadership and quality excellence across the program in the three priority areas, community based programming, and collaboration with government and other key stakeholders in the first five years of a child s life, including children with disabilities

Responsible for the overall management and representation of the program, and is ultimately accountable for the delivery of desired program results, an effective adaptive management approach, relationships with USAID, RCG and other stakeholders, and management of the program team and consortium;

Lead the full project team and maximise the collaborative working approach and engagement with key stakeholders;

Build and maintain a strong relationship and communication lines with USAID.

Lead overall program planning, putting in place team structures, technical and operational approaches, infrastructure, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and feedback loops required for program delivery and success and submission of quality timely deliverables.

Monitor country-level activities, identify challenges and develop appropriate reporting and results of project activities with the project team.

Lead partnerships and coordination within the program consortium, as well as with external stakeholders as needed, to create the teamwork required for program success.

Represent the program to donor officials, host government officials, partner representatives, local stakeholders, and team members.

Demonstrate a commitment to gender and disability integration in both the programmatic and operational aspects of the program.

Ensure project learning and results contribute to the strategic development of Save the Children in Cambodia.

Operations Management

Supervise project strategy, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation in a manner consistent with Save the Children s working principles and policies and ensure that program objectives and key indicators/results are delivered.

Ensure that efficient systems are in place to support all aspects of project activity, including financial, grant management, and project monitoring and evaluation, and that they support the effective use of project resources in compliance with USAID regulations.

Oversee the preparation and revision of a realistic budget, authorizing and monitoring expenditure in line with the budget, donor guidelines and Save the Children s grant management and financial regulations.

Coordinate closely with SCUS and CO teams in administrative and HR matters, especially regarding operations and financial matters as they relate to the program implementation; and

Ensure sound program financial management and reporting.

Ensure sound program logistical and operational structures and management.

Ensure compliance with donor, host government and Save the Children policies and procedures.

Contribute to writing progress reports, and ensuring timely and quality completion of programmatic reports for donors, government and Save the Children.

Ensure compliant project management approach and reporting.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL)

Lead the preparation of annual work plans, quarterly and annual reports, and all other deliverables to USAID in a timely and quality manner.Lead annual planning processes and associated donor resource requests; monitoring implementation progress as compared to these plans.

Review, approve and contribute to major program strategies such as the M&E Plan, the Learning Strategy, the Gender Equality Strategy, and technical or thematic strategies. Provide oversight and quality control to the program s thematic approaches and implementation, leading course corrections as required.

Follow USAID s Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) framework and set of practices to help improve development effectiveness throughout the program life cycle, valuing and using all forms of knowledge tacit, experiential and contextual for design and adaptive management;

Work with MERL staff and technical team to ensure that programs are monitored against and deliver against developed standards and indicators.

Ensure that the program deploys an effective collaborating, learning and adapting approach, such that the activity is able to evolve in a changing context to achieve desired outcomes.

Oversee knowledge management for the project and share project materials, lessons learned, etc, with both external and internal (Save the Children country, regional and global) audiences.

Ensure that innovation and global learning are at the core of program implementation as well as documentation and dissemination of program successes, evidence and lessons learned.

Human Resources

Manage and motivate team to achieve their work plan objectives, and to contribute to the achievement of the overall program goals;Supervise at least two direct reports: Technical Director and Head of MERL, and program senior team leadership;Actively contribute as a member of the Country Office Senior Management Team, providing leadership and contributing to learning, policy development and strategy.

Recruit, develop and manage the program team, ensuring that adequate and appropriate capacity building plans are in place and that Human Resources policies are appropriate for team retention and high performance.

Ensure the program team remains up-to date with best practice in areas of focus for the program;

Ensure that the project team has clearly defined objectives and understand their responsibilities and are being effectively supervised to deliver high quality deliverables.

Required Qualifications

Master s Degree in Early Childhood Development/Human Development, Child Protection, Nutrition, international development, public health, business administration, or related field required;Minimum of ten years of professional experience in managing and implementing complex integrated community based programs of similar size and scope in a development context, with a minimum of five years field experienceSubstantial leadership expertise in at least one of the three integrated programming areas – inclusive early childhood development, child protection or nutrition;Professional experience should include community based programming, integrated or multi-sectoral programming, and SBC;At least five years of demonstrated experience in managing and supervising a technical team and in project design;Demonstrated experience leading successful high-stake initiatives in an international development context in Early Childhood Development/Human Development, Child Protection, and/or Nutrition;Demonstrated ability to work effectively with government representatives, private sector entities, local community organizations, donors and other stakeholders, particularly at the sub-national level;Experience managing USAID projects and demonstrate in-depth knowledge of USAID approaches and regulations;Experience international and local partnersStrengths in inspiring and enabling others through teamwork, training, and capacity building to realize organizational objectives;Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

Preferred Qualifications

Field experience in Cambodia;Strong knowledge of early childhood care system and government structure in Cambodia is an advantage;Knowledge of Khmer preferred;Familiarity with the political, social, and cultural context of Cambodia is preferred;Experience with quantitate and/or qualitative surveys.

About Save the Children

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children every day and in times of crisis transforming their lives and the future we share.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom Save the Children is in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation. Any violations of this policy will be treated as a serious issue.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

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