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There are two opportunities open. 

Pacific School Safety Regional Lead – Pacific (NZ, Australia, Pacific) based

24 Months Fixed Term, Full time

Save the Children New Zealand (SCNZ) invites suitably experienced and qualified individuals to apply for the Pacific based (NZ, Australia, Pacific) position of Pacific School Safety Regional Lead.  This is a new position designed to inspire and lead a culture of School safety in the Pacific. The initial term of the fixed term position is for 24 months, with the possibility of extension following a performance evaluation at the end of the period.  This position is under the overall direction of the Director of International Programmes, Save the Children New Zealand.

Save the Children New Zealand (SCNZ) and Save the Children Fiji are a long-standing members of the leading international development and humanitarian organisation Save the Children Association, which supports child-focussed programmes in more than 120 countries around the world. Our vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation.  SCNZ manages a portfolio of development projects in the Asia-Pacific region and responds to humanitarian crises world-wide.

About the Project

The Pacific Coalition for the Advancement of School Safety (PCASS) 2022 – 2025 programme, supported by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, will bring together different partners in the Pacific to collectively work on the promotion and implementation of a comprehensive approach to school safety.  The PCASS 2022 programme takes an all-hazards and all-risks approach to all aspects of school safety by ensuring appropriate disaster management and child protection practices are effectively implemented within the education sector and ensuring that through teaching, a culture of safety and resilience is built.

About the Role

The Regional Lead will be tasked with the following objectives:

  • Lead the re-establishment of the Pacific Coalition for the Advancement of School Safety (PCASS), including developing a yearly workplan, re-invigorating regional school safety networks, identifying where a School Safety hub might fit within existing regional forums/organisations, identify a national/regional host organisation, management of budgets, monitoring and reporting requirements and supervision of any staff in line with the agreed work programme.
  • Provide high-quality technical advice and assistance to key School Safety stakeholders including Ministries of Education, National Disaster Management Offices, Ministries of Children’s Affairs and other.
  • Serve as a coordination focal point for regional school safety-related initiatives, as agreed by different Pacific networks of stakeholders (i.e., research, advocacy work, regional school safety tools/resources development, campaigns, and others).
  • Represent the interests of Save the Children Oceania’s Members and Country Offices at the regional level and as mandated by OCHA, support Save the Children as co-Lead of the regional and national Education Cluster, as required.

About You

It goes without saying that you will need to be enthusiastic, focused, budget management savvy, confident in providing high quality technical advice to stakeholders and have exceptional coordination skills.

Additionally, your people skills will be second to none and building strong relationships both internally and with external stakeholders will come naturally to you.

Do you have what it takes?

  1. You have an advanced degree (Masters or equivalent) in Education, Social Sciences, International Development, or any related field relevant to school safety.
  2. You have experience in engaging and collaborating with senior government authorities, development coalition organisations or other regional networks in the Pacific.
  3. You have experience in working in senior management, or in senior technical positions within Pacific governments or international programme or humanitarian organisations and can demonstrate your ability in working effectively within a Pacific context particularly in the areas of education, inclusive school safety, DRR and CCA, resilience or humanitarian governance.
  4. You have strong analytic skills trends and institutional analysis, systems thinking, critical analysis of approaches and strategies.
  5. You have robust knowledge and understanding of school safety and familiarity of existing relevant global frameworks and standards.
  6. You have a proven track record of being able to manage large partnerships programs including a demonstrated ability to lead a regional or multi-country programs and additionally, you have experience in effectively managing budgets and driving outcomes.
  7. You possess the ability to articulate ideas clearly, communicate effectively, and have a strong command of written English.

The information contained in this advert only gives you a brief snapshot of this exciting opportunity.  To delve further into everything this role will bring to SCNZ and to find out more about the type of person we are seeking to fill it, be sure to email leanne.brooks@scnz.org.nz to request a copy of the candidate information pack.

About Save the Children

We know that great people make a great organisation, 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. 

SCNZ is a child safe organisation. We will do all that we can to ensure that children and young people’s experience of our organisation is one that is free from any form of exploitation or abuse and that they feel respected and safe. Anyone representing our organisation is always expected to adhere (both in their private and professional lives) to the highest standards of behaviour towards children, young people and their families.

Our Recruitment Process

Listed below is what you can expect when you apply:

  1. All applications will be acknowledged.
  2. We have determined an official closing date for application (see below), however, we will be considering applications individually on receipt and may choose to proceed to the interview stage with a preferred candidate prior to the official closing date. SCNZ reserves the right to close this vacancy at any time.
  3. Suitable candidates will be invited to a formal interview (option for in-person or virtually) which will be conducted by a panel made up of Save the Children New Zealand and Save the Children Fiji employees who will ask a series experience verification, behavioral and competency questions.

Are you: Excited about this opportunity? The person we are looking for? Motivated to apply? Then we would love to hear from you!

How to Apply

Your application should include a covering letter and your resume and should be submitted by close of business on 8 August 2022 leanne.brooks@scnz.org.nz

Regional Child Protection Lead Tenure – Fixed Term until June 2025, 1.0 FTE (Full-time)

Save the Children New Zealand (SCNZ) invites suitably experienced and qualified individuals to apply for the New Zealand based position of Regional Child Protection Lead.  SCNZ has secured funding for a 5-year programme (2020-2025) under the Negotiated Partnership with the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) The Negotiated Partnership brings life to the Governments “Partnering for Impact “models which focuses on a long-term vision across a broader geographic area. Programmes are underway in Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Laos, and Nepal on the three key areas: Child Poverty, Resilience and Child Protection.   This position is under the overall direction of the Director of International Programmes, Save the Children New Zealand.

About the Project

The overall long-term outcome of the SCNZ Negotiated Partnership child protection strand is: Children face less harm from all forms of violence”. To achieve this outcome, SCNZ is implementing and leveraging existing child protection activities in the Solomon Islands and Fiji and extending and enhancing its reach across the region to Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. In addition, SCNZ is planning to implement a 3-year regional child protection project to address violence against children by making change at the macro (policy and training) level, as well as the community level. We are planning a Child Protection Situation Analysis across the countries in the Pacific that we work in as well as capacity assessments and training development. The project will have a child participation component, and will ensure that children themselves are heard, are provided with opportunities to develop skills useful for their own futures and can meaningfully contribute to decision making around changes for their lives.

About the Role

The Regional Child Protection Lead will be tasked with the following objectives:

  • To steer the Child Protection Breakthroughs and contribute towards building the child protection portfolio in the Pacific region with specific focus on Ending Violence Against Children (EVAC) Support to achieve this objective will be provided by the International Programmes Director, along with support of the Child Protection Technical Advisor and alongside the National Child Protection leads in each country office.
  • To be responsible for the overall management and development of child protection activities under the Negotiated Partnership Regional Child Protection Project alongside the country teams in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.
  • To support country teams with establishing and maintaining relationships with partners including various Ministries for Children Youth, Families, Education across the region, and other strategic and implementing partners across the Pacific Region to reach the desired impact.
  • To foster relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.

About You

It goes without saying that you will need to be enthusiastic, focused, budget management savvy, confident in providing high quality technical advice to stakeholders and have exceptional coordination skills.

Additionally, your people skills will be second to none and building strong relationships both internally and with external stakeholders will come naturally to you.

Do you have what it takes?

  1. You have an advanced degree (Masters or equivalent) in Social Welfare, Community Development or a Child Protection related field.
  2. Proven expertise in CP programming (ideally with substantial experience in protection development-related work in the Pacific and at least 5 years management experience working in an NGO, Child protection-related organisation or sector environment)
  3. Proven expertise in, and understanding of, the Convention of the Rights of the Child and other international human rights law instruments and standards.
  4. Demonstrated experience in leading assessment activities and of designing, managing, monitoring, and evaluating protection programmes for International NGOs.
  5. Proven project management skills, strategic planning skills and a demonstrated ability in achieving agreed deliverables.
  6. Budget development and financial monitoring skills and substantial experience and knowledge of effective financial and budgetary controls.
  7. Experience of advocacy at a national level, proven track record of networking and collaborating with key stakeholders from community level to Ministry level.
  8. Demonstrated leadership skills and substantial human resource management experience, including the proven ability to be part of and organise, support, manage, motivate, train, and develop a team 
  9. Experience working, coordinating and collaborating with partners and key stakeholders including children, parents, community health workers, teachers, local and national authorities, I/NGOs, CSOs, the UN and the corporate sector.
  10. Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles including a sound understanding of, and experience in, the child rights-based and strength-based programming approach to development.

The information contained in this advert only gives you a brief snapshot of this exciting opportunity.  To delve further into everything this role will bring to SCNZ and to find out more about the type of person we are seeking to fill it, be sure to email leanne.brooks@scnz.org.nz to request a copy of the candidate information pack.

About Save the Children

We know that great people make a great organisation, 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. 

SCNZ is a child safe organisation. We will do all that we can to ensure that children and young people’s experience of our organisation is one that is free from any form of exploitation or abuse and that they feel respected and safe. Anyone representing our organisation is always expected to adhere (both in their private and professional lives) to the highest standards of behaviour towards children, young people, and their families.

Our Recruitment Process

Listed below is what you can expect when you apply:

  1. All applications will be acknowledged.
  2. We have determined an official closing date for application (see below), however, we will be considering applications individually on receipt and may choose to proceed to the interview stage with a preferred candidate prior to the official closing date. SCNZ reserves the right to close this vacancy at any time.
  3. Suitable candidates will be invited to a formal interview (option for in-person or virtually) which will be conducted by a panel made up of Save the Children New Zealand who will ask a series experience verification, behavioral and competency questions.

Are you: Excited about this opportunity? The person we are looking for? Motivated to apply? Then we would love to hear from you!

How to Apply

Your application should include a covering letter and your resume and should be submitted by close of business on Wednesday 17th August 2022 leanne.brooks@scnz.org.nz