Education Programme Manager -Mogadishu- Somali Nationals Only

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To lead the technical delivery of the Save the Children’s Basic Primary Education activities in Southern States, with particular relation to managing the technical programme planning and implementation; training and capacity building o the SC education team.


Reports to: Head of Programs

Country Dimensions:  Save the Children has been working in Somalia for more than 60 years. The Country Office has over 500 staff across 14 field offices (Boroma, Burao and Hargeisa in Somaliland; Bosasso, Garowe, Galkayo and Gardo in Puntland; Beletweyne, Adaado, Abudwak, Baidoa, Kismayo, Dhobley and Mogadishu in Central South Somalia). Our Country Office coordination and administration base is in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2017, as a result of significant scale up for the countrywide drought response, our annual spend FY2017 was US$117 million and we reached more than 2 million people through our humanitarian and longer term development work in Health, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Education, Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL), Child Protection and Child Rights Governance. The Country Office manages 61 active awards totalling US$165 million from a range of governmental/institutional donors, including DFID, ECHO, EU, FFP, OFDA, and DANIDA being some of our largest.

Staff directly reporting to this post: N/A

Location: Kismayo- Somalia


  • Post-graduate degree in education or a related field with additional training in education planning and management; project planning and management techniques
  • Recommended a minimum of five years of relevant hands on experience in managing diversified (primary/secondary education, teacher training, skills training, capacity development of education administrations) and large-scale education programme in the context of both emergency and development
  • Proven experience of developing and managing high quality, innovative and cost-effective education projects in fragile and insecure environments, preferably in Somalia context and with International NGOs
  • Demonstrated skill and experience in writing up high quality donor reports
  • Proven 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 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
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours
  • Ability in managing stress and deliver timely results in context of having competing and pressing priorities
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required Commitment to Save the Children International values


  • Strong commitment to children and their need for education;
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of psychosocial approaches

    Please apply in English saving your CV and covering letter as a single document. To see a full a job description, please visit our website at www.savethechildren.net/jobs

    Application will be closed on 20th January 2020.


    We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy

    Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.


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Application process

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