Save The Children

Head of Awards and Partnerships Management

Save The Children

Job Description

  The position holder is responsible for delivering an efficient and effective Award Management function. S/he will lead award management for all programmes, and develop best practice award management processes across the South Sudan Country Office.

The role has four main aspects: Lead Portfolio, Effective Award Management; Partnership Management, Capacity Building of staff and contributing to the development of best practices systems and processes.

The role offers a leadership opportunity for an individual highly experienced in Grants Management and donor communications. It requires an individual capable of providing strategic leadership to a dynamic team which is responsible for supporting the management of a portfolio of awards approximately valued at $ 35 Million.

The individual will play a strong in supporting the Coordination both internally, across the Save the Children global network and with donors. During the implementation of projects s/he will provide support and coaching to SCI field teams enabling them to deliver on awards in a donor compliant manner and will ensure and coordinate the consistent delivery of timely and quality donor financial and narrative reports. He/she will work closely to Programme and Finance staff at field and main country offices.

The maintenance of systems, processes and day to day management of the team will be a primary accountability of the Head of Award Management. The individual will play a key role in the development of a culture that promotes the primacy of ensuring Save the Children delivers high quality programmes, on time, on budget and with quality.

In the event of a major humanitarian Emergency, the role holder will be expected to be part of response set up team in accordance to afore-mentioned responsibilities, and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

In order to be successful you will bring/have:


  • Post graduate qualification in Finance management, Grants management or equivalent
  • A minimum of a 5-year experience in senior management role
  • Extensive experience with NGOs with increasing responsibilities including a proven experience of establishing and running the award management function in the field.
  • Sound knowledge of the requirements and strategic perspectives of major institutional donors including budgeting, eligibility issues, compliance management, and reporting, notably USAID, EU (DEVCO and ECHO), UNICEF, GAC etc.
  • Proven track record of active contribution to a senior management team, and providing strategic support across multiple sectors and/or regions.
  • Very strong appetite for attention to detail, Problem Solving, and Analysis of trends.
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
  • Action-oriented analytical skills; demonstrated experience in setting up and maintaining quality assurance /compliance systems
  • Excellent planning, management and coordination skills, with the ability to organise a demanding workload comprised of diverse and challenging tasks and responsibilities.
  • Experience of corporate representation and engaging with donors at country strategic levels.
  • Experience of and well-developed skills in staff management, development & coaching, as well as supervision and oversight with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Proven strong coaching and capacity building skills.
  • Strong experience with multiple internal and external stakeholder management
  • Strong communication (written and spoken), and interpersonal skills in French and English, with experience in managing multicultural teams
  • Computer literate (i.e. WORD, advanced Excel, Outlook, Internet Explorer, financial systems).
  • Patient, adaptable, flexible, culturally aware and able to improvise and remain responsive and communicate clearly and effectively under pressure
  • Strong communication (written and spoken), and interpersonal skills in English, with experience in managing multicultural teams
  • Commitment to Save the Children values

  • Experience with Save the Children award management policies, procedures and systems (AMS)
  • Understanding of Financial Reporting from Save the Children's accounting software (Agresso)
  • Experience of Project Management, M&E Management or Funding Coordination
Contract duration: 1 year The Organisation

We 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 environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at careers 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.


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