New job Manager-ECCE in Haryana
Company : Save the Children
Salary : Details not provided
Location : Haryana
Manager - ECCE
Programme & Policy
Save the Children is a global non-profit organization, which was founded in the year 1919. It is India's leading independent child rights NGO – with offices in 12 states of India. Save the Children believes that every child deserves the best chance for a bright future and that is why we are committed towards ensuring that children survive, learn and thrive. We run programmes in the remotest corners of India and urban areas in the areas of Health & Nutrition, Education, Child Protection and Humanitarian Response, in order to provide quality education and healthcare, protection from harm, abuse, and life-saving aid during emergencies to children. Globally, Save the Children is present in more than 120 countries and works to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children.
In terms of education, globally Save the Children is focusing on Early Childhood Care and Education as it acknowledged that first six years of a child’s life are the most critical years for lifelong development as during these early years’ children develop their cognitive, physical, social and emotional skills that lay the foundation for lifelong learning and holistic growth. SC India is contributing to the global movement by implementing quality programmes in ECCE and attempt to influence policy through evidence-based advocacy for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) to be the right of every child (3-6 years).
Programme & Policy function, covers Programme Implementation (with partners or direct implementation), Thematic Expertise (technical knowledge in areas of specialization), and Policy & Programme Impact (advocacy, research, monitoring & evaluation, and quality). The function links grass-roots work with policy changes at the highest level, and manages an ecosystem of partnerships including, but not limited to, community organizations, donors, peer organizations, academic institutions, media, and the state. This position is based from the National Support Office and will be supporting the Early Childhood Care and Education portfolio across different programme hubs and states.
Oversee the thematic portfolio of Early Childhood Care and Education in the country and provide thematic support to the programme team for quality delivery by ensuring thematic excellence and quality inputs at all stages of the programmes in line with the Thematic strategy and quality benchmark. This position will also work with the National Thematic Lead Education in building technical capacities, generating evidences from the programmes on the ground, create and use knowledge products for policy engagement to create wider impact (at scale) in ECCE. Design innovative programming models aligned to the thematic priorities under ECCE.
Role & responsibilities (<5):
Strategy Development & Implementation
- Work with the thematic lead at the National level in development of thematic strategy.
- Work with the thematic lead, Big Idea Technical and Implementation leads at the National level, and Hub Lead to develop Annual Thematic Programme Plan for the hub with clear indication of priorities in terms of sub thematic focus, geography, research agenda, advocacy asks, and budget provisioning.
- Monitor strategy indicators for ECCE sub-theme
- Lead the process of socialization and capacity building on ECCE strategy and Annual Thematic Programme Plan for the larger education team
- Oversee the proper implementation and management of the Jamia Millia Islamia’s Centre for Early Childhood Development and Research (CECDR) partnership/ programme to effectively. Participate and represent in external meetings to represent Centre for Early Childhood Development and Research (CECDR) on behalf of Save the Children
Thematic Portfolio Development
- Design and develop innovative, evidence based programmes aligned to ECCE Big Idea and support the proposal writer, RM and Implementation team in proposal development process
- Ensure and support implementation of the common approaches in ECCE under the theme as per the SCI guidelines and framework.
- Participate and engage in capacity building programmes organised by Save the Children, Conferences, Meeting to abreast of latest development trends in relevant theme to enhance program efficiency and delivery
- Work with various stakeholders, potential technical resource and partners within government systems, academics for collaboration to support quality programme implementation at the states within the Hub
Technical Assistance to the project team at the hub/state level
- Support implementation of quality framework through technical inputs (capacity building, resource development, recruitments, orientation of project team on project design and relevant common approach etc.)
- Support cross functional (PI, Advocacy) in development of advocacy plan, MEAL and knowledge, management components of the project
- Lead regular monitoring and review of activities in alignment with strategic priorities and as per the indicators agreed in project framework and provide feedback at Hub level.
- Identify training needs for project team for the purpose of capacity building and sustainability of programme/projects and accordingly design, develop, and impart the training in a systematic manner with support from the technical team at HUB level.
Networking & Building Relationship
- Formation and strengthening of networks, strategic partnership with relevant line Ministries, statutory bodies, academia, civil society organizations etc. towards realization of the goals and objectives of the organisation
- Represent organisation at different forums & platforms
Research & Evidence Generation
- Support co-designing and implementation of theme specific research at the NSO level
- Lead in setting of project based learning agenda and support PI team in documentation and sharing of learnings and best practices
Cross Functional Collaboration
- Collaborate with cross sectoral teams at National Level (Cross-themes, Policy & Programme Impact, RM, Campaigns and Communications, Gender, DRR and Big Idea Operational team) for necessary synergies and alignment
Measures of Performance (<5):
- Concept notes & Proposals supported in line with ECCE thematic strategy and common approaches as per SCI's guidelines
- Knowledge products (reports, technical publications, thematic research, best practices, etc.) vetted/ lead for projects
- Number of strategic partnerships/collaborations at NSO/hub/state level
- Technical inputs provided to project team as per the quality framework
- Annual Thematic Programme Plan at the NSO level
Approval Authority (<5):
- Technical collaboration and partnership at NSO Level
- Thematic staff recruitment & hiring of consultant
- Technical support provided to the projects
Direct (solid-line) to (administrative): Education lead
Direct reports (line management responsibility if any): nil
Key relationships: (Internal & External stakeholders)
Internal Stakeholders (collaborates with):
- National Thematic Team
- Cross thematic and cross-functional lead at NSO
- Project Team within Project Office Lead
- Big Idea Operational Lead
Network and Alliances, UN agencies, NGOs
Min. 7 years of work experience in the Early Childhood Care and Education with relation to research, programme design, development and implementation, on policy analysis, training and capacity building, good experience in advocacy at state/sub-state level.
Minimum 2 years of experience in INGO like Save the Children
Post graduate degree in Education/Child Development/Early Childhood Care and Education/Psychology/Sociology
Doctorate in the area of Education/ Child Development/ Early Childhood Care and Education/Psychology/Sociology
Skills & Knowledge
- Comprehensive knowledge of the respective theme and underlying issues in India.
- Understanding of national and regional development of policies and programmes implemented in country
- Strong leadership and interpersonal skills to work effectively in a multiple line management environment
- Part of technical groups at the organization global level
- Excellent proposal/ report writing skills & technical documentation
- Strong understanding of project implementation on ECCE as well as monitoring of those projects
- Leading and inspiring others
- Delivering results
- Developing self and others
- Problem solving and decision making
- Innovating and adapting
- Communicating with impact
- Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values, and principles is essential along with the willingness to abide by Save the Children’s India’s Code of Conduct and Child Safeguarding Policy.
- Save the Children aims to be an equal opportunity employer. We welcome all applications irrespective of age, race, colour, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief or creed. Women candidates are encouraged to apply. We are also open to applications from people who want to work flexibly.
- Recruitment and selection procedures, which include rigorous background checks, reflect our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
Child Safeguarding level required/ appropriate for the role:
The role holder will not have contact with children and/or young people, or access to personal data about children or young people, as part of their work; therefore a police check will not be mandatory unless the content or location of the role changes, in which case the Child Safeguarding level will be reviewed.
Either the role holder will have access to personal data about children and/or young people as part of their work; or they will be working in a ‘regulated’ position (accountant, barrister, solicitor, legal executive); therefore a police check will be required.
The role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.