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SOS Children’s Villages International (CVI) is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT /IOR ESAF  in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Position title:                Regional Director of Program Development
Working location:         Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Supervisor:                  International Director Region, ESAF
Region:                        East and Southern Africa (ESAF)
Context of the position 
Established in 1949, SOS Children’s Villages International (CVI) is a dynamic, international social development organization working globally to meet the needs and protect the interests and rights of children without parental care and those who are at the risk of losing it.
Within the Eastern and Southern Africa region, SOS CV International is headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and has member associations in Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia/Somaliland, Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia, Mauritius, Angola and Madagascar.
Job Summary
The Regional Director of Program Development for ESAF is responsible for providing strategic leadership to the development and delivery of the programmes in the ESAF that is aligned and guided by the SOS Children’s Villages International global strategies. Under the general direction and leadership of International Director Region (IDR), the incumbent ensures excellence in SOS CVI strategy and programme development, delivery of programmes, programme quality, monitoring and evaluation, internal and external advocacy and communication and immediate response of disaster and emergency in full alignment with the Countries’ Strategy in ESAF and SOS Children’s Villages global programme strategy. S/he manages the work in collaboration with the Regional Management Team (RMT), Program Development Advisors and team, the National Directors and with other relevant IOR ESAF & IO offices mainly International Office Programme and Strategy (PS) Liaison & Advocacy unit to develop key advocacy messages, defining effective strategies and strategic partnerships, leveraging the SOS brand strength to mobilize support and raise awareness in ESAF and also externally with donors.
She/he will ensure a consistent and effective flow of programme development, communications, information pertaining to SOS Children’s activities, keeping relevant teams up to date on all developments both internally and externally.
As the member of Regional Management Team, the Regional Director of Program Development will play a key role in the overall strategic development of the region.
Main Clients:
  • International Director of Region (IDR)
  • Relevant IO department staff
  • Regional Programme Development Advisor and team
  • SOS Children’s Villages International Representatives (CVI Reps)
  • Regional Function Directors
  • National Directors (NDs)
  • National Advocacy Advisors
  • IO PS Liaison and Advocacy unit
  • SOS Children’s Villages International
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
1.             Strategic Leadership:
  • Provide strategic and technical leadership to design and implementation of strategies, programmes and projects in line with the overall SOS CVI global, Regional and Members Associations (MA) strategy by coordinating and engaging with the staff and partners, taking an integrated approach to policy change, campaigning and communications.
  • Ensure quality policy standards and organizational learning environment is promoted through monitoring the implementation of federation programme policies and quality standards in Member Associations (MAs); this includes training and supporting MAs on programme related policy implementation. Initiate and contribute to development of federation programme related policies, standards and guidelines; this includes working on regional supporting tools to fill gap areas and promote innovations.
  • Develop, lead and support the regional programme network consisting of national, regional programme co-workers, supporting cross-national, cross-regional knowledge sharing and steering national and regional development. Support core-care-co-workers skills trainings (in alignment with HROD) and build programme capacity in MAs to enhance child development
  • Ensure the consistent monitoring of programme quality in MAs and the execution of programme audits. Drive the active prevention of child abuse and the implementation of transparent reporting systems in MAs. Ensure management, development coordination, roll-out, operation and first level user support of international / regional programme systems and database applications in close cooperation with regional ICT. Ensure close cooperation with MAs providing support, guidance and capacity building on programme topics
  • In a drive towards research, innovation and development this position supports programme development and promotes new innovations through initiating new pilot program in the MAs. This position encourages the MAs to liaise with the other MAs to ensure best practice sharing amongst themselves and to the region. The post also support international research projects through facilitating the participation of MAs to gain experience from other countries and use them in their own MA. Oversee the programme planning process in the region for both new and existing programmes and support ongoing consolidation and prioritization. This includes participating in programme planning workshops in MAs and consideration of best practice within and outside the region. Develop and foster partnerships on a regional level, focusing on impact for programme work
  • Ensure that there is a strong linkage between Advocacy, Communications and Programmes so that advocacy is evidence based and programme driven and projects are further strengthened and improved through advocacy and communications.
  • Oversee the lead in supporting the MAs in advocacy activities, mainly with national governments and build advocacy capacity. Promote advocacy activities, both local and international development cooperation and monitor external regional trends
  • Work closely with the CVI Reps to guide and support the Member Associations (MAs) on key programme planning, delivery, monitoring and evaluation which includes developing project proposals, M&E policies and guidelines, risks mitigation and cross-organizational priorities and strategies.
  • Actively participate and work in collaboration with the strategy and programme department within the International Office.
  • Ensure the overview of the overall programme implementation with the quality standard and allocated time frame, especially with the standards of donors requirement.
  • In Managing of Human Resources in the program department, this position, lead the team of co-workers in the function in the region, managing the performance and ensuring development of direct reports
  • Build a strong Programme Development team at regional and national level and encouraging staff to contribute to networks, programme development, influencing, campaigns, advocating and communicating within the country, region and at global levels.
  • Build strategic partnership with relevant organizations and key stakeholders that will assist the Regional Office in meeting its strategic agenda & outcomes.
  • Ensure there is good networking and communication with the donor communities.
  • Make sure that platforms are in place for learnings and share of good practices on programme development, advocacy and communications as part of capacity building and problem solving in the Member Association as well as in the Regional Offices.
  • Supports the International Director for the Region (IDR) in building a strategic network among the regional humanitarian hubs, regional bodies and agencies and public relation initiatives, child rights alliances, etc.
2. Mentoring and Coaching
  • Lead, manage and provide capacity building support to employees in programme development by ensuring clear goals and accountabilities are established and achieved
  • Ensure individuals’ performance and development needs are met, and employees are high performing and engaged
  • Identify capacity gaps in programme development work with the MAs and the Region to address them
  • Foster a team environment, people management skills that includes diplomacy and also providing leadership and technical support as needed, support and evaluate direct reports regularly.
3. Dealing with Problems:
  • This position is critical and very strategic, dealing with diverse demands and pressure from different parts of the organization to often tight deadlines: Member Associations (MA), Programme locations, Regional Office and International Office as well as key stakeholders and partners within the region
  • The ability to prioritize and maintain focus while still demonstrating high levels of customer orientation are thus key for this position.
  • The ability to identify, mitigate and manage conflicts and risks
Knowledge, skills, abilities and behavioral competences:
  • Ability to develop advocacy strategies.
  • Ability to oversee advocacy and communication role.
  • Highly skilled in assessment of operational gap in communication and Advocacy work in the region.
  • Ability to Cascade Action of Federation in Advocacy and communication.
  • Proven Skills in monitoring and evaluation of implementation of Advocacy work.
  • High Supervision skills  to supervise advocacy and program team
  • Ability to continuously develop the capacity of regional and national advocacy team.
  • Ability to prepare and consolidate implementation framework.
Qualifications and Experience
  • A Master’s degree (or equivalent experience) in a human rights, children’s rights, strategy and advocacy, international law, political science or international development related discipline.
  • At least 10 years of senior leadership experience in senior leadership position especially in programme development, advocacy, campaigns, communications and government and stakeholder engagement mainly in Eastern & Southern Africa region
  • In-depth understanding of children’s rights, alternative care, community development, disaster and emergency response and management, and protection and/or investment in children.
  • In-depth understanding of children’s rights, alternative care, community development, disaster and emergency response and management, and protection and/or investment in children.
  • Solid experience in policy and advocacy work with a non-governmental organization or international organizations.
  • Significant experience of leading or coordinating Programme development and disaster response.
  • Experience of international work environments and intercultural communication, including a strong understanding of NGO structures, the UN human rights system and how these operate
  • Networking skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of the African Union, European Union, UN and their role in social policies
  • Knowledge and understanding of the donor communities like DFID, USAID, NORAD, EU, UN, Corporates, etc
  • Experience of creating networks of influence, and an ability to manage diverse professional relationships, thereby securing significant new opportunities for the organization
  • A demonstrable ability to speak and communicate effectively, and to tailor messages to different audiences in different platforms.
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in.
How to Apply:
If you believe you are the right candidate for the above position, please send your application letter, detailed curriculum vitae (CV), and photocopies of academic certificates, and names and contact details of three referees as Single Document.
NB This position is open to those who are residents in Ethiopia and/or who are living in other countries but willing to relocate and serve with local contracts. In addition, the position does not attract International benefits.
Candidates who responded to earlier advertisement need not re-apply.
 Applications that are late, or do not have CV or certificates attached, will be disqualified. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. E-mail applications should bear the reference number of the position in the subject line of the email.
Email to: Applications including at least three traceable referees should be sent electronically to:
All applications should be submitted not later than 14 March 2019