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Social Protection Project Director/consortium lead
Save the Children International



 Section/Unit: Operation
 Grade Level: Very Attractive Packages are offered
 Supervisor: National Programs
 No. of Post: 1
 Duty Station: Khartoum based (with frequent travel to Red Sea, Kassala and South Darfur states)
 Duration: One year
 Closing Date: 24 July 2021


Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential. We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises. Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with 15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office.


 Duties and responsibilities:


The Social Protection project director/consortium lead will ensure the coordination and harmonization of approaches between implementing partners and Ministry of Finance, guide the overall project timely and quality implementation, back-stopping and providing technical support across the project, documentation and sharing of lessons learnt, report writing and making sure the project is implemented as per the design. The project has cash plus componets and parenting skills to make the project bring sustainable change in the livelihoods of the affected people. S/he will work collaboratively to develop relevant high quality project proposals that meet the needs of beneficiaries. The Social Protection project director must be willing to embrace a child rights programming approach and represent Save the Children in national forums, coordination units and technical working groups.


Programme Quality

  • Provide overall guidance and technical support on the social protection program across different states of Sudan (that includes different modalities of cash transfers)
  • High level technical support and coordination with implementing partners and other agencies.
  • Lead and coordinate an up to date assessments, surveys and evaluations and results to be shared in different forums to benefit other agencies/clusters.
  • Ensure social protection programmes are child sensitive and contribute to Save the Children global breakthroughs of survive, learn and be protected.
  • Lead the coordination and efforts to integrate social protection programming in order to maximize impact for children and families.
  • Frequent field visits (80% of time) to the field offices, states to coordinate with field managers and senior field staff with all implementing partners.

Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation 

  • Develop approaches and work closely with Programme Managers and the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability Monitoring and Learning (MEAL) team and collaborate on the development of tools for research, assessment, monitoring and evaluation of social protection programmes.
  • Work on IT team, to digitization of data, data protection, stronger analysis, work with MEAL team to undertake robust research and analysis from long-term cash transfer programmes in order to generate evidence on the advantages of a social safety net in terms of outcome for children Sharing of knowledge and document lessons learnt in the process of social protection programming. Coordinate the collection of documentation across all the programme areas and make sure the partners, MoF and all other interested are learning from our project.
  • Joint works with external consultants (local or international) are required to technically support or monitor and evaluate programmes, lead the recruitment and subsequent management of contracted consultants as per the recruitment guidelines and Terms of Reference.
  • Actively engage in reviewing assessment reports and provide feedback on programme implementation to ensure gender equity and adequate child participation, integrated approach and efficiency.         
  • Work closely with FSL technical specialist , MEAL, cash technical staff and operations teams to ensure that all social protection projects have robust monitoring plans, baselines, reviews and evaluations in line with project designs and donor guidelines.

Advocacy and Coordination

  • Work closely with advocacy unit to convince and strengthen efforts of the Sudan government and other stakeholders to treat social protection as a topic of national interest.
  • Ensure about creating critical linkages of social protection with child protection, nutrition, education, health, and other sectors.
  • With the Advocacy, Media and Communication team and other country programme staff, contribute to policy briefs and position papers as and when required related to the social protection.
  • Actively participate and effectively & positively represent Save the Children in Clusters, working groups and technical meetings at the national level, and ensure appropriate and effective representation at state levels

Active dissemination and publication of programme findings and lessons learned through the production of high technical quality lessons learned documents and their effective dissemination to key stakeholders

  • Represent Save the Children in various social protection forums and technical working groups (TWGs) such as Cash Working Group, Social Protection Working Group, etc.

Capacity Building and Policy Development

  • Over all technical support to consortium members, Sudan government in order to build their institutional and staffing capacity on social protection. The government will be supported to establish a department or unit responsible for social protection.  
  • Support the social protection department in MoF to develop social protection policy and strategy through stakeholders’ consultative process. 

Support government to initiate and roll-out a long-term safety nets with a clearly defined targeting (including geographical targeting) criteria, payment mechanisms, grievance/complaints and feedback mechanism, monitoring and evaluation, all linked through a robust ma


 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:



  • Post-graduate degree in social development; economics or a related field with additional training in social protection and project planning and management techniques.
  • Knowledge of current global and regional debates on social protection and resilience. 
  • Recommended 10 years’ experience in social protection programming. 
  • Strong experience in assessment, design and implementation of cash transfer, food aid, and food voucher distribution programmes.
  • Experience working closely in Socail protection programs and capacity building of government departments. 
  • Ability to extensively travel for project monitoring and provide on-site technical support to field teams 
  • Ability to link micro-level impacts on children with macro trends at national and regional level.
  • Strong analytic and planning skills.
  • Excellent coordination and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels;
  • Excellent writing/editing, budget development and presentation/communication skills. Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner.
  • Proven representation skills.
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets.
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in.
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Proven ability in working in insecure or hardship environments and to work under tight deadlines
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively to field sites and work independently
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written, require. Arabic language is an added advantage.
  • Commitment to Save the Children values, including willingness to abide by and enforce the Child Safeguarding policy


Females are strongly encouraged to apply for this post.

Application, full CV, copy of qualifications and experience certificates should be delivered directly to HAC Labour Department, Khartoum – End of Gamojoria Street. Send or through CV to


Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for written test and interviews. All inquiries should be addressed directly to Labour Office–HAC Khartoum. Closing date will be on day: 24/July/2021. Any application after this date will not be considered. All interviews done in HAC Labour Dep.

Disclaimer: Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents. SCI will be undertaking child safeguarding checks for all candidates. Selected candidate will asked to provide police checking prior to signing contract.

This position is pending funding confirmation . 

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