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About Save the Children:

The Organization

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realize the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

•            No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday

•            All children learn from a quality basic education and that,

•            Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization 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.

SCI – Afghanistan

Save the Children has worked in Afghanistan since 1976. Our way of working close to people and on their own terms has enabled us to deliver lasting change to tens of thousands of children in the country. The UN Convention of the Rights of the Child is the basis of our work.

We are helping children get a better education, we make it possible for more boys and girls to attend school, we help children protect themselves and influence their own conditions. We work with families, communities and health workers in homes, clinics and hospitals to promote basic health in order to save lives of children and mothers.

Job Description:

JOB TITLE: Partnership Capacity Building Advisor
TEAM/PROGRAMME: Education Project – Programme Operations
LOCATION: Kabul, Afghanistan

(with 50% travel to field)
GRADE: Nat 2


Level 3 – 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; ore because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


The Partnership Capacity Building Advisor will be responsible for leading the capacity building and sharing programme for the project partners, which will be based on the partners’ assessment and other relevant recommendations, that will contribute to the quality of the project delivery. Working alongside and reports to Head of Partnership and the Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP), its working coverage includes assess partner’s capacities and needs in respective functional (such as: such as HR, finance, logistics, report writing, audit, etc) and/or thematic areas relevant to the project, provide capacity strengthening coaching and support to partners, as well as provide to and compiling feedback from partners on their performance and capacity strengthening.

The post holder will also support the DCoP in coordinating strategy development process that provides vision and direction related to strong and effective partnership to the project. This process will also facilitate working with wide range of stakeholders to ensure mainstreaming of the workflow across the entire project; effective coordination; coherence and alignment between the operational and strategic dimensions of the project’s vision in line with Member Strategy, Country Strategy Programme (CSP), and the Localisation and Partnership Agenda.

The Partnership Capacity Building Advisor will also work with relevant department functions, Technical Advisors, and implementation team in facilitating change process within project to ensure all project function priorities, plan and investment are aligned with the project goal. The post holder shares the accountability to build the most positive and affirming work environment possible and ensure that the management, staffing and culture of the project governance are suitably aligned with the project goal.

S/he contributes to the development of strong relationships and partnership with external stakeholders and parties, from the government authorities, boards, members, donors and partners’ agencies, local and international NGO/civil society organisations, and private sectors. In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly. Furthermore, there is also a possibility for temporary relocation to disaster affected area.

Reports to: Deputy Chief of Party (solid reporting line), Head of Partnership (SCI– dotted).
Staff reporting to this post: N/A

Save the Children International in Afghanistan is a sub-implementer of the consortium, with International Rescue Committee (IRC) as lead. The project will work with 5 implementing partner organisations (3 under IRC and 2 under SC).

The Project aims to improve the quality and access of education for children and adolescents in Afghanistan. It has four main Outcome areas:
–   To train educators on how to deliver effective and inclusive instruction in foundational skills and support student wellbeing and protection.
–   To strengthen the capacity and engagement of school management committees and families to ensure safe and supportive learning environments for students.
–   To facilitate the transition of community-based education students into public schools and monitor their learning outcomes.
–   To expand and sustain secondary education opportunities for adolescent girls and address the barriers they face.

The project will use a participatory and evidence-based approach to achieve these objectives, working closely with national and local partners, communities, and beneficiaries.

Budget Responsibilities:  N/A


   With references to SCI on partnership roadmap, approach, indicators, and tools for programs, then to be agreed with the program implementation team and supporting departments.
   In coordination with Head of Partnership and other relevant department functions/units, ensure adequate budget allocation to cover capacity strengthening as per requirements of program.
Capacity Building and Sharing
   Conduct and/or support Partnership Assessments to partners.
   Based on the assessment results, develop capacity strengthening program for partners, modules and schedule.
   Facilitate Organizational Capacity Assessments.
   Support partners in developing capacity strengthening plans.
   Provide general training and targeted capacity strengthening support.
   Document capacity strengthening results.
   Identify potential strength from partners which can be complemented to Save the Children.
   Measure the effectiveness of capacity sharing program and make the improvement.
   Lead capacity building training of partners on 2 CFR 200.
Partnership Management:
   Under the guidance’s of the DCoP, coordinated to Head of Partnership and in liaison with the relevant project team, the Partnership Capacity Building Advisor will work closely with all partners both under IRC and Save the Children, in the respective project sphere to ensure appropriate support of capacity strengthening.
   Under the direction of DCoP, coordinated to Head of Partnership, and in coordination with the relevant project team, to involve in the join monitoring visit with the implementing partners and capture the lessons learnt of the partnership works.
   In a close coordination with relevant project team to document the journey of partnership works
   Initiate and maintain the collaboration and networks with diverse of partners including local civil societies, private sectors, media, and academia for a potential strategic partnership and/or coalitions which can contribute to the project.
Brand and Reputation:
   Contribute to ensuring implementing partner are aware and are actively involved in building and maintaining the project and Save the Children’s brand and reputation in all project field sites and with all projects external stakeholders including program strategic partners.

Communication and Representation:
   Maintain clear and effective communications within the Project Team as well as Partnership Unit team of Save the Children Afghanistan member and other programme or support function staffs in the Save the Children Afghanistan.
   Ensuring communication flow effectively between programme, partners, and other external stakeholders.
   Contribute to maintaining relationships with host government authorities of technical office up to district/city levels, I/NGOs partners, donors and partner agencies, the UN system, and local and international I/NGOs including other members of Save the Children International.

•   Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)
•   Holds self-accountability for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values.
•   Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.
•   Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development, and encourages others to do the same.
•   Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others.
•   Future orientated, thinks strategically.
•   Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters.
•   Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength.
•   Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.
•   Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions.
•   Willing to take disciplined risks.
•   Honest, encourages openness and transparency.

Job Requirements:


Bachelor’s degree in education, project management or related field.

   Relevant study and/or masters linked to development programme.
   Recommended a minimum of 5 years of partnership management experience, community engagement and mobilisation, including experience on government engagement.
   Experience working with an international NGO or similar organisation.
   Experience in developing and running capacity strengthening program for partners.
   Solid project and partnership management skills with a proven history of delivering results.
   Substantial experience and knowledge of effective financial and budgetary control, ability to analyse information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically.
   Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills Fluency in written and spoken Pashto, Dari, strong English written and spoken skills.
   Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values, and principles, including rights-based approaches.
   Demonstrated ability to write high quality reports and other project documents in English.

Submission Guideline:

Qualified applicants are highly encouraged to apply for the position by filling in the online application form. In addition to the online application form, they can also attach their CV and cover letter in the online system. Please note that only the applications received through the online portal will be considered for this position.

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Save the Children International provides an equal employment opportunity and does not ask for money at any stage of recruitment.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse

“Save the Children strongly encourages applications from women. Minimum country requirements for potential female applicants will be followed.”


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