Save The Children

Livelihoods Project Coordinator

Save The Children

Job Description

SCI employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday

  • All children learn from a quality Basic Education and that,

  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued. CHILD SAFEGUARDING: Level 3 – the post 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 at Country Programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff. ROLE PURPOSE The main purpose of the Livelihoods Coordinator for this predominantly livelihood-focused three-year project is to ensure high quality delivery of livelihoods interventions in Istanbul, with special focus on youth employment and entrepreneurship. The project integrates livelihoods with child protection and Psychosocial Support, with the objective to facilitate positive coping strategies among households, to enhance protection of children from e.g. Child Labour and school dropout. The activities will be implemented in partnership with a national NGO, in the premises of a municipality, aiming to support refugees and host communities in Istanbul. The Livelihoods Coordinator will be based in Istanbul (split between Save the Children (SC) and partner office) and be responsible for the technical oversight of the livelihood-related activities on behalf of Save the Children, to ensure building the technical capacity of project staff and ensuring quality and timely delivery of the livelihoods activities. The livelihood coordinator will also play a main role in ensuring truly integrated programing by promoting intense collaboration with Save the Children’s coordinator and partner staff in the field of child protection. This will allow for effective targeting and support to households where child labour is happening, to promote transition of children into more suitable options, such as education. The Livelihoods Coordinator will assist the Project Manager with the start-up, implementation, and monitoring of livelihoods activities, including: a youth employability and entrepreneurship skills training program, internship and microbusiness opportunities, youth peer-to-peer groups, referral to job services, stakeholder Mapping, organization of job fairs, relationship building with private sector and training of partner facilitators. SCOPE OF ROLE Reports to: Livelihoods Project Manager Staff reporting to this post: None Budget responsibility: None Other key working contacts: Partner project staff, SC project team, SC FSL and youth technical specialists/advisors. KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY Planning
  • Regularly liaise with the Livelihoods Project Manager to plan implementation in project sites and ensure the overall project timeline is realistic and achievable within the agreed timeframe and make adjustments as needed during implementation.

  • Technically supervised by the Livelihoods Project Manager, and in collaboration with the implementing partner, facilitate the development and scheduling of livelihoods activities.

  • Facilitate planning and reporting processes together with the Livelihoods Project Manager.

  • Actively contribute to the development of monthly work plans in line with the detailed implementation plans.

Programme Implementation
  • Coordinate, provide Technical Support and proactively engage with the partner’s livelihoods team at the project sites in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of activities, which may include engagement in direct implementation as well. The activities include more specifically youth employability and entrepreneurship skills training program, apprenticeship and internship opportunities, individual coaching and mentoring of youth, microbusiness grants, development and evaluation of business plans, small-scale and/or home-based businesses, youth peer-to-peer groups, youth-led market assessments, referral to job services, access to higher education, stakeholder mapping, relationship building with private sector and training of partner facilitators.

  • Proactively collaborate with SC’s and partner’s child protection staff to make sure that identification and referral of vulnerable youth (both refugee and host) are safely and ethically carried out. This proactive collaboration should also be carried out to ensure targeting of the most marginalised households where integrated livelihood and child protection support can facilitate the transition of children in labour into more suitable options.

  • With the engagement of the Livelihoods Project Manager, support and build partner capacity in the area of livelihoods through training of the staff, mentoring, deployments, and regular technical coaching.

  • Support consultancy of an entrepreneurship training delivered to youth including regular contact with the consultant, organization of the training cycles and business committee events.

  • Facilitate/co-facilitate training on essential employability skills training, essential business skills training, and youth engagement activities for the partner project team.

  • Develop tools for project implementation such as counselling questionnaires, vulnerability criteria development, curriculum documents, mentoring tools, follow up tool etc.

  • Assist Livelihoods Project Manager and project partner’s livelihoods team in development of business ideas to be presented to project beneficiaries.

  • Support partner staff to embed SC’s livelihoods programming tools such as quality benchmarks, surveys and training packages. At the same time, actively transfer learnings and experience from partner to SC as well, based on the principles of equal partnership and mutual learning.

  • Map complementary services out of this project including re-certification, vocational and Turkish language trainings

  • Identify and build links wit.h private sector partners for potential internships and job placements, as well as for deeper collaboration with Save the Children in line with our strategy and priorities.

  • Identify/map and establish necessary agreements, MoUs etc. with key stakeholders, incl. employers, private sector and Chamber of Commerce.

  • Organize job fairs with participation of private sector partners, employment agencies and training institutions.

  • Pro-actively engage with other project staff in the development of Community Engagement Strategies, community-based and social cohesion-focused initiatives.

  • Establish and maintain active working relationships with the Turkish government bodies and other NGOs specific to the area of labor and social affairs.

  • Provide regular updates on progress, priorities and constraints and assist with the administrative duties related to the running of livelihoods activities in the project.

  • Ensure activities are completed with quality and within time and report any concerns to the Livelihoods Project Manager.

  • Perform other responsibilities as agreed with the Livelihoods Project Manager.

  • Produce and submit monthly reports on project activities as required, and maintain programme documentation as required.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Accountability and Quality With support of the Livelihoods Project Manager and MEAL team:
  • Ensure that the M&E systems are effectively implemented in each project site, and its tools are in place. This includes the systematic implementation and follow-up on agreed technical livelihood quality benchmarks.

  • Actively monitor livelihoods activities at field level to ensure quality and compliance with best practise, and report/flag any concerns to Livelihoods Project Manager. Also, continuously watch out for any unintended risks as to child-safe programming as a result of the project activities and flag any concerns immediately.

  • Actively support the development and implementation of an effective Accountability Mechanism of the project (/partner), with the focus on a) Adequate information sharing, b) Complaints and Feedback Mechanism and c) Safe, Meaningful and Ethical Participation, in collaboration with SC’s and partner’s Accountability officer/focal point.

  • Actively engage in the evidence-building of the entrepreneurship and employability pathways in collaboration with MEAL and technical staff. Capture and forward learning to Save the Children’s Program Development and Quality team to feed into future new project design.

  • Contribute to the development of high-quality concept notes and proposals, in collaboration with other SC staff.

  • Back up the Livelihood Project Manager in the representation of Save the Children in technical fora, such as the Livelihoods Working Group.

  • Work with cultural sensitivity and respect the dignity of refugees and members of the host communities at all times.

  • Engage with livelihood and youth experts in SC, e.g. at regional, member and global level, in collaboration with the Livelihood Project Manager and PDQ team.

  • Role and advocate for child-centred, gender-sensitive, conflict-sensitive and inclusive livelihood programing.

  • Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities, and ensure compliance to these policies at the field level as well.

  • A degree in Economics, Business Administration, Finance, Human Resources, Social Sciences, Development or related field

  • Minimum 4 years of experience in livelihoods programmes, entrepreneurship, vocational training, job placement, social work and community mobilisation

  • Proven experience in relations with private sector

  • Experience in project management (e.g. monitoring, reporting).

  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports.

  • Previous (extensive) experience in working with youth and adolescents

  • Excellent technical understanding of livelihoods and adolescent/youth focused approaches

  • Proven excellency in delivering Capacity Building efforts in the field of livelihoods, including leading and developing trainings, and willingness to dedicate time to staff and partner development

  • Great ability to think holistically, child-centred and with innovation to find solutions to complex issues, such as child labour

  • Substantial knowledge and experience of establishing employability and entrepreneurship programs

  • Excellent knowledge about the Turkish legal framework, especially in relation to entrepreneurship and employment

  • Experience in working through a partner organisation in a complex stakeholder environment; ability to create positive, supportive and solution-oriented working relationships with partner organisation

  • Able to work independently as well as in team to ensure timely results of high quality

  • Strong interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills

  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy

  • Able to work to tight deadlines and under pressure

  • Fluent in Turkish and English – written and spoken

  • Attention to details as well as to risks to child safe programming, or other matters that impacts on accountability.

  • Computer literacy including the use of Microsoft Word and Excel

  • Fluent in spoken Arabic

  • Technical experience in the field of child protection or protection (including social work) as well as gender

  • Experience in working with NGOs – and ideally also with project implementation through partnerships

  • Experience in working with refugees

Benefits Package provided to National Staff:
  • Salary commensurate with the pay-grade of the position.

  • Transportation allowance

  • Annual leave

  • Life and Critical Illness insurance

Equal Opportunities The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures. Child Safeguarding: We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Health and Safety The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures. We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. How to apply: Application Information: Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter in one document with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations to send We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy. Save the Children does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.
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