Project Manager-Child Protection – Save the Children

Development and Project Management, Management, Social Sciences and Community

Save the Children

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In Ethiopia 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 Ethiopia works in 9 regions in Ethiopia with a current staff complement of approximately 2,500 staff. The size of the programme and the amount of human, financial and material resources put into it as well as the requirements of different donors requires substantial amount of quality and efficient human resource. This makes Save the Children an exciting place to work.

Accordingly, Save the Children Ethiopia is looking to hire creative individuals who have the experience and competencies to work; support the development of an organisational culture that reflects dual mandate values; help establish, maintain, and improve active and regular working relationships with host government authorities, partner agencies including humanitarian and development donors, and local and international NGOs; ensure Ethiopia Country Office complies with all Save the Children Management Operating Standards and Standard Operating Procedures and that all required support is provided promptly, at scale and in line with the rules and principles.

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY: (Project Manager-Child Protection)

Program Management:

§  Overall implementation and management of all aspects of the project in Afar region as per the design to meet the intended objective, outcomes and outputs of the child protection component of the project.  That includes providing overall technical, administrative, operational, and logistical management, with a focus on achieving the results 

§  Develop annual and periodic work plans aligned to intended objective, outcomes and outputs of the gender equality project and ensure timely  implementation

§  Oversees progress and coordination of the program’s child protection activities; and facilitate and ensure the involvement of women and girls as primary stakeholders in all project work

§  Provide support to staffs to ensure smooth and timely start-up and implementation of project activities as per the approved project plans

§  Work closely with Population Media Center and project research partner to insure implementation of radio programs and research activities.

§  Coordinate, manage and motivate project staffs, ensuring that they have clear objectives/individual work plans as part of performance management and receive meaningful feedback on their performance.  

§  Ensure proper logistics, administration, human resources and transport needs of the program are conducted within Save the Children policy and with the maximum benefit to the program.

§  Ensure adherence to overall technical and programmatic quality in implementation and the timely submission of all deliverables including annual work plans, performance monitoring plans, semi-annual reports and annual reports as required

§  Actively communicate and coordinate with the Senior program manager (based in Addis Ababa), Population Media Center and Research partner to ensure coherence and integrated approaches across program activities 

§  Identify critical issues in the implementation of projects and take the necessary actions to address problems and constraints. 

§  Travel frequently to project implementation woredas to monitor program implementation and provide technical guidance

§  Conducts quarterly quality monitoring together with the MEAL team

§  Provide feedback and share lessons learned from project implementations

§  Serve as the sub-budget holder for the project under responsibility


Program Quality and Effectiveness

§  Coordinate and work closely with the Senior project manager, Partner, MEAL unit and technical specialists to ensure timely implementation of project activities

§  Ensure proper documentation and sharing  of success stories, lessons learnt and best practices

§  Work closely with senior program manager and technical specialists to provide technical and managerial support in reviewing and adapting strategies and project plans in view of changes in the internal and external operational environment.

§  Work with Senior project manager and ensure timely and quality delivery of capacity building activities and other technical support for program staff and other stakeholders

§  Collaborate with field-based teams to ensure records and documentation related to the project are properly managed and compliant with organizational requirements and international best practices. 

§  Conduct regular project monitoring and review meetings with field based project staffs and local stakeholders

§  Ensure that the project MEAL plan is timely developed and implemented

§  Work with the MEAL unit to conduct quarterly quality bench mark assessment and take corrective measures in line with the recommendations of the assessment reports

§  Work with the technical team and senior project manager to ensure proper understanding of cross-cutting issues among project staff (e.g., gender, child protection and safeguarding), and integration of same in the program implementation

§  Develop and submit timely and quality written project progress reports on the program activities capturing impacts related to all activities as per donor and SCI requirements.


Budget Management/ Budget Holding Responsibility

§  In collaboration with Senior project manager, award and finance staffs, prepare annual project budgets based on the project budget proposal and ensure compliance with donor requirements; 

§  Manage budgets, including phasing of budgets as per work plans, monthly review of spend reports, identification of errors and required re-classes

§  Ensure effective and efficient utilization of project budget and other resources for intended purpose; follow up on budget utilization and project expenditure in Afar region

§  Ensure that budget for the assigned projects accurately reflect anticipated costs of planned work at all times. 

§  Ensure that the annual project budget is properly phased for Afar region

§  Ensure an integrated approach to program implementation in order to maximize resource utilization and synergy between the staff and different program.

§  Exercise sound judgment to ensure project expenses are reasonable, allocable and prudent. Ensure all project funds are spent in accordance with donor rules and regulations. 


Stakeholders’ and Partners’ management

§  Closely work with stakeholder/partner organizations in the course of project planning and implementation

§  Liaises with and creates conducive working relationship between SCI and stakeholders in targeted area

§  Conduct regular monitoring visits, support stakeholders at the project sites and prepare reports for documentation and follow-up actions

§  Closely work with stakeholders in the preparation of periodic and project completion reports


External representation

§  Participate in relevant Save the Children’s in country and regional cross country working groups and learning initiatives linked to the program

§  Build and maintain relationships with key external stakeholders including relevant Government Line Ministries and departments, local donor’s office, and other INGOs. 




  • Bachler degree or above in relevant Social Science field, such as law, social work, sociology, gender or economics  from a recognized institution
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working in international or local non governmental and governmental organization, with significant experience in implementing gender equality, child protection and livelihood integrated programs in an international NGO, UN agency or relevant government ministry.
  • Significant understanding of donor (GAC) requirements and results agenda.
  • Robust analytical and strategic planning skills, with a demonstrable track record of meeting or exceeding program targets, while maintaining a high-level of technical quality.
  • Experience in working with government counterparts and other partners at various levels; excellent communications and interpersonal skills, including political awareness and understanding of local context, and demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with governments, donors, partners, local organizations, and other stakeholders. 
  • Experience in documenting and sharing lessons learned across a multi-location program, ensuring that knowledge is captured effectively to contribute to improved performance.



  • Excellent understanding of Child protection issues in Ethiopia at both field and policy levels.
  • Practical understanding of the challenges and opportunities in realizing rights of women and girls in pastoralist communities in Ethiopia.
  • Good understanding on negative gender norms such as FGM and child marriage
  • Strong data collection, analysis and communication material/proposal/report writing skills.
  • Proven advocacy and representation skills
  • Ability to develop strong professional relationships and collaborations externally with stakeholders, and internally across functions, projects, and teams
  • Understanding and experience in monitoring and evaluation
  • Good presentation, training and facilitation skills
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to train and mentor staff
  • Ability to work effectively in a complex, fast-paced, matrixed, and multi-cultural environment
  • Proven ability to manage a complex and demanding workload
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience in managing GAC funded programs (as added value)
  • Willingness to travel to remote field locations
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches
  • Excellent verbal and written proficiency in English
  • Knowledge of the local language (as added value)