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Education Consortium Manager


JOB TITLE:Education Consortium Manager

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Somalia/Somaliland Country Office


GRADE: TBC (Competitive package)

POST TYPE:National or International

Child Safeguarding:

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. ROLE PURPOSE:In relation to the grant (Horumarinta Elmiga”(HE) - Education for Empowerment through Cohesive and Harmonised System project – ESDP III) secured from EU (90% EU and 10% Save Children/consortium partners), Save the Children would like to recruit an experienced Consortium manager**.**The primary duties and responsibility of the Consortium Manager will include provision of overall coordination and programme management support to all consortium members involved in implementation of the HE grant (Ministry of Education & Higher Studies (MOEHS), Save the Children, CARE and NRC); facilitation of the operation of the consortium to be led by the MOEHS; provision of management and technical advisory services to MOEHE and other consortium members; support MOEHE with regard to effective planning and management of all institutional and organisational capacity building initiatives of the programme including the support of technical assistants (TAs) that will be embedded within the Ministry. In addition to a high level of technical, policy, leadership and management experience in sector wide education program. , the job will demand high level of inter-organisational skills/experience (negotiation, networking, steering) and strong programming and analytical competencies. The consortium manager will be based in Save the Children’s Hargeisa office, but will spend a substantial time with MOEHS and the consortium partners. SCOPE OF ROLE:

Reports to:[Area Representative of Consortium Lead (SC) of the Action and technically to SC Head of Education Sector. In addition the Steering Committee of the Consortium will be consulted to be part of the assessors of the performance of the Coordinator]

Dimensions: Save the Children works in all parts of Somaliland.

Staff directly reporting to this post:Consortium Finance Manager and Meal Coordinator


Programme Development

· Provide advises and recommendations to the steering committee on effective ways of coordinating education in general and the Action in particular on the basis of thorough analysis of the current practices, challenges and opportunities

· Facilitate the dissemination of research findings, achievements and good practices of the Action within the education actors in Somaliland

· Work together with the team of the Action and M&E team of the lead agency in planning, undertaking and disseminating studies and reviews of the Action

· Provide technical assistance to members of the consortium in general and MOEHS in all aspects of improving the education policy and management of Somaliland in particular.

Program Implementation

· Coordinate the process of developing joint action plan with the involvement of all members of the consortium

· Ensure that the Action is implemented by all members of the consortium as per jointly developed and agreed plan, approaches and principles and intended targets met.

· Ensure the development and application of effective system, approach, guidelines, tools etc. for planning, utilisation and sustaining the institutional and organisational capacity support provide to the MOEHE by the Action and other donors (agencies)

· Provide support to implementing members of the consortium and ensure that they apply appropriate project implementation strategies and approaches as indicated in the project documents

· Ensure that SC and its consortium partners implement project activities in a most efficient, effective and sustainable manner

· Offer innovative technical support to SC and its partners to ensure better access, equity and quality of primary education

· Travel to project sites in Somaliland and conduct regular monitoring of projects together with project team to ensure the set quality is met.

· Lead on the organisation and reporting of a regular joint monitoring mission of the Action by all members of the consortium

· Organise periodic joint review meetings involving all stakeholders and partners in Somaliland and ensure that planning/implementation of projects are informed by the outcomes of the reviews.

· Facilitate the organisation of regular steering committee meetings of the involved members of the consortium mainly through synthesizing and presenting the progress (including challenges and proposed actions) issues of the Action that requires policy decision; and following the implementation of the decisions and actions of the committee.

· Report to the lead agency through its Area Representative and Minister of Education (chair, of the consortium) any irregularities or obstacles which may hamper the implementation of the Action in a timely manner.

People Management, Mentoring and Development

· Ensure that all education team including consortium members MOE experts in Somaliland understand and are able to adapt their roles in both emergency and development contexts

· Manage the consortium team; define expectations, provide leadership and support as needed

· Incorporate staff development strategies and Performance Management Systems into team building process

· Oversee that all consortium staff proactively build and maintain technical skills and competencies required for leading and/or inputting for first class programmes.

· Support the TAs; help define expectations, provide leadership and support as needed, and evaluate direct reports regularly.

· Ensure the recruitment, training, and promotion of staff as appropriate; ensure availability of and support appropriate professional development opportunities for staff in education

· Incorporate staff development strategies and Performance Management Systems into team building process

· Oversee that all Education staff proactively build and maintain technical skills and competencies required for leading and/or inputting for first class programmes – both development and emergency nature

· Manage the performance of all direct reports in the consortium through: effective use of the Performance Management System including the establishment of clear, measureable objectives, ongoing feedback, periodic reviews and fair and unbiased evaluations; coaching, mentoring and other developmental opportunities; recognition and rewards for outstanding performance; documentation of performance that is less than satisfactory, with appropriate performance improvement workplans.

Assessment, Monitoring Reproting, and Evaluation

· Together with SC’s Monitoring and Evaluation team, develop and apply across all members of the consortium a sound project/program monitoring and evaluation system/tools and ensure that project progress (activities and outputs), results and immediate objectives (outcomes) and impacts are systematically tracked, documented and shared as appropriate on the basis of SC and donors’ requirements.

· Collate project achievements, lesson, good practices using appropriate method from all members of the consortium and present to the lead agency and other members of the consortium

· Produce a consolidated technical interim report of the Action on the basis of the monitoring and interim reports of the members and present to Head of Education of the Lead Agency for review and input.

Knowledge Management

· Serve as a technical knowledge, skills and experience hub for SESP programme in Somaliland and in doing so play a leading role in introducing innovations in education programmes and in turn documenting and sharing best practices and innovations for replication and advocacy together with programme quality team.

· Work with technical resources among Save the Children, consortium partners and SL MOE to facilitate sharing and learning in education good practices and leverage their support for strengthening education studies, assessments, innovations, advocacy and capacity building in favour of children in Somaliland

COMPETENCIES(our Values in Practice)

Applying professional and technical expertise (Accomplished level)

  • Makes decisions based on professional expertise and experience without deferring unnecessarily to others
  • Shares knowledge and best practice on technical solutions so that others can make best use of that expertise
  • Actively seeks new ways to develop the application of technical and professional standards within the team

Communicating with Impact (Skilled Level)

  • Actively listens and seeks to understand before being understood
  • Ensures communications are concise and well-structured
  • Shares appropriate relevant and timely information with others
  • Prepares effectively for meetings

Delivering Results (Skilled level)

  • Delivers timely and appropriate results using available resources
  • Takes responsibility for their work and its impact on others
  • Plans, prioritises and performs tasks well without needing direct supervision
  • Understands the link between their work and the organization’s objectives

Networking (accomplished level)

  • Builds trust with contacts through openness and honesty
  • Participates effectively in sensitive, complex and/or high impact relationships and networks
  • Builds strong relationships with a broad range of stakeholders
  • Spots opportunities to bring together partnerships/working alliances that have not been used before QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
  • Post-graduate degree in education planning and management or a related field with additional training project planning and management techniques
  • Knowledge of current global and regional debates on quality and employment oriented education policies and models
  • Recommended a minimum of eight years of relevant technical experience including at senior level
  • Proven experience of developing and managing high quality, innovative and cost-effective technical education projects in fragile and insecure environments, preferably in Somali context and with International NGOs
  • Proven experience and skills in research and advocacy and influencing institutional, private and/or corporate donors and writing up high quality donor reports
  • Experience of working with local/national governments and capacity building of systems, partners and staff
  • Ability to extensively travel for project monitoring and provide on-site technical support to field teams
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation, steering and coaching
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international and matrix management environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required
  • Commitment to Save the Children values.


We work with children, communities and governments all over the world and we believe in the right person for the job regardless of where you come from and how you identify yourself. We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to ensuring that only those who are suitable to work with children are considered for these posts. All successful applicants will therefore be required to complete a Police Check and must sign onto our Child Protection Policy and organizational Code of Conduct.


Because Save the Children's work is based on deeply held values and principles, it is essential that our commitment to children's rights and humanitarian principles is supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children's Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to. Interested candidates are required to submit a CV and mandatory cover letter quoting the Job Title and Vacancy Announcement No. SCI/SOM/31/15 on the subject line.The file name of the CV and attachments must be the applicants name and sent to For more

Applications close on 01st November 2015.

We work with children, communities and governments all over the world and we believe in the right person for the job regardless of where you come from and how you identify yourself. We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to ensuring that only those who are suitable to work with children are considered for these 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.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Female candidates are encouraged to apply

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  • Organization: Save the Children
  • Location: Nairobi
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Office Management, Administration and Finance
    • Office Management, Administration and Finance
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date: 2015-11-01

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