£39,100 – £46,000
Hybrid (London & Remote)
Fixed term contract for 18 months
We are looking for a Consortium Manager to lead on the successful implementation of an inter-agency program funded by Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to achieve transformative and innovative outcomes within the Ukraine and the regional humanitarian response.
Please Note: The role is initially for a 18 month contract.
We are Save the Children. Together, we fight for children every single day so that they can make their mark on the world and build a better future. We stand side by side with children in the toughest places to be a child. We do whatever it takes to make sure they survive, get protection when they are in danger, and have the chance to learn.
Save the Children is a member of the Collaborative Cash Delivery network (CCD), a network of 14 INGOs committed to collaborating for improved impacts of humanitarian cash programming. Save the Children UK (SCUK) is leading a CCD consortium to implement an inter-agency program funded by Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to achieve transformative and innovative outcomes within the Ukraine and the regional humanitarian response.
This program is a part of CCD’s wider strategy for the Ukraine response: 1. Support and complement member agencies’ responses through shared technical capacities, brokering and facilitating collaborations within the civil society and improving operational coordination among members. 2. Alongside member agency responses, test new and non-mainstreamed approaches, implement pilots to generate evidence, learning, and scalable and adaptable models for a more accountable and effective cash response.
The CCD Consortium Manager will lead on successful implementation of the DEC program in line with the strategic vision. The consortium will deliver pilots, new models and learning under five outcome areas. This role will coordinate with the implementing partners, other program staff, support services within SCUK, staff members of the Ukraine Shared Services Hub, other CCD agencies, and external stakeholders to achieve the program objectives. This role will sit in a dual management structure. It will report to SCUK’s Head of Humanitarian Transformation (also the co-lead of CCD) who will be responsible for supporting the postholder within the organisation including monitoring and supporting wellbeing, supporting with setting objectives, giving guidance on ways of working within SCUK and ensuring compliance with SCUK policies. CCD’s Global Platform Coordination Lead will be the technical line manager who will support the Consortium Manager with program quality and implementation in alignment with CCD principles. Both managers will work together to ensure smooth functioning of the role.
The CCD’s Consortium Manager’s key duties will include:
Program management and quality assurance
• Responsible for managing consortium partners
• Lead on harmonised program implementation and coordination across partners against the strategic vision of the consortium and in line with planned timescales
• Use project management tools and practices to identify the critical path, set up system for tracking and reporting against the logframe, and effectively problem solve deviations from the plan
• Responsible for setting up knowledge management and communication systems and tools to maintain upto date project documentation and effective ways of working within the consortium
• Provide project management to the team (MEAL Manager, Communications Manager, Collaboration Facilitator, Localisation Advisor, Global Cash Trainer of Trainers (Cash ToT)) in delivering the CCD workplan
• Organise periodic meetings with consortium partners and other program staff to discuss and track program progress against plan, record and follow up on action points
Budget management, reporting and donor compliance
• Responsible for budget management of CCD’s non-staff costs (approximately £0.2m)
• In coordination with the SCUK Awards and Finance focal, manage contractual arrangements with implementing partners and contractors
• Coordinate with partners to lead on donor reporting including consolidation of reporting, and submission of high-quality reports to the donor
• Work with SCUK Awards and Finance focal to consolidate and review finance reports
Coordination and network management
• Build strong relationships with all the stakeholders involved in the program and foster collaborative practices that capitalise on the expertise and capacities of all partners
• Maintain open communication with both line and technical managers through joint meetings to discuss progress and any deviation from the plan, possible bottlenecks or risks that need to be resolved, and to devise specific strategies arising from changing operating conditions
• Provide external representation on behalf of the consortium as needed
• Work with MEAL Manager and Communications Manager to provide briefs, reports, updates and communication materials on the program when required by SCUK and CCD for onward reporting to Board, leadership teams, member agencies etc.
• Maintain links with other DEC collective initiatives programs and SCUK’s DEC funded Engine 2 programs to explore opportunities for collaboration and minimising duplication of efforts
• Be an active member of the CCD Core Team to foster cross network learning and support, and contribute to thought leadership around collaboration and innovation for CVA
• Significant experience in consortia program management in the humanitarian context
• Experience in institutional (DEC, DFID etc.) award (grant/contract) management including narrative and financial reporting on complex projects
• Excellent project management and facilitation skills – proven ability to lead on project planning, prioritise workloads and take ownership of own time and deliverables
• Proven ability to develop and maintain strong internal and external relationships with diverse stakeholders
• Experience in influencing change at an operational and strategic level, including external representation, with a variety of stakeholders, including donors, humanitarian actors, sector networks etc
• Experience of preparing reports, briefing papers, and discussion documents with proven ability to communicate clearly to a diverse audience
• Experience in organisational representation, coordination, and liaison
• Experience of working in humanitarian responses and an understanding of the systematic and practical challenges impacting humanitarian responses
• Strong analytical skills and creative problem-solving skills to tackle complex problems
• Highly computer literate and confident with Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
• Strong team skills, with the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships and collaborate both within and outside the team and work within a network of working groups and teams.
• A strong commitment to inter-agency collaboration and CCD principles
• Self-motivated, flexible, and adaptable to changing priorities
• A commitment and interest in the aims of Save the Children
• Excellent networking skills and able to build rapport and trust quickly
• Excellent workshop facilitation skills
• Excellent communication and negotiation skills
We will be reviewing applications and interviewing on a rolling basis to avoid disappointment, you are advised to submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close the vacancy early if a high volume of applications are received. Unfortunately once a vacancy has closed, we are unable to consider further applications.
To avoid disappointment, you are advised to submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close the vacancy early if a high volume of applications are received. This is to ensure that we can manage application levels whilst maintaining a positive candidate experience. Unfortunately once a vacancy has closed, we are unable to consider further applications.
Ways of Working:
Remote First – The majority of our roles can be performed remotely, however you may work from the office as often as you wish. Whilst you will be predominantly working from home, we may at times require you to come to your contracted office (up to 2-4 days per month or 6-8 days per quarter). Note: This will be agreed with your Line Manager and team. This is intended to be time spent on collaborating with colleagues and relationship building.
On-site – There are certain roles that cannot be performed remotely and so your role will be based in an office location and you may occasionally be able to work from home.
Flexible Working – We are happy to discuss flexible working options at interview.
Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:
Save the Children UK believes in a world that is fair, inclusive and equitable where all children have the opportunity to change their world. We apply this to our workforce and we are committed to developing and supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organisation where all employees have a sense of belonging and feel that they can be “Free to Be Me”. We are not looking for just one type of person – we want to recruit people who can add fresh perspectives, innovative ideas or challenge that disrupts the risk of group think.
We are especially interested in people whose childhood experiences – of life on a low income, of migration, of being in a racialised community, of the care system, of being LGBT+ or in an LGBT+ family or living with (or with someone with) a disability – help us to see things we might otherwise miss. Whatever your story is we want to hear it because we know that different voices, ideas, perspectives and knowledge, working together will enable us to better the lives of children around the world. This is the reason why we are all here.