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3 Mar 2018

Social Protection Technical Specialist – Hargeisa

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Save the Children
Job Title: Social Protection Technical Specialist – Hargeisa
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Hargeisa – Somaliland
Category: Other

Social Protection Technical Specialist

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. We’re changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.

Role Purpose:

The Social Protection Technical Specialist will ensure that all social protection programming is of excellent technical quality and attracts donor funding and contributes significantly to Save the Children’s strategic objectives, national/global learning and advocacy.

The main focus of the role is to provide technical advice in the design and implementation of social protection programmes (including cash transfers, vouchers/food assistance programmes, cash for work, etc.), ensuring child sensitive social protection programming, building technical capacity of Somalia/Somaliland government on social protection including supporting development of social protection policy and strategy, building learning and evidence from social protection programming and using it to inform advocacy to government, donors and other stakeholders. S/he will work collaboratively to develop relevant high quality project proposals that meet the needs of beneficiaries.

The Social Protection Specialists must be willing to embrace a child rights programming approach and represent Save the Children in national forums and technical working groups.

Contract Duration: 1 Year

Location: Hargeisa, Somaliland


  • 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 5 years’ experience in social protection programming.
  • Prior experience in assessment, design and implementation of cash transfer, food aid, and food voucher distribution programmes.
  • Experience working closely 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. Somali language is an added advantage.

· Commitment to Save the Children values, including willingness to abide by and enforce the Child Safeguarding policy.

Please apply in English saving your CV and covering letter as a single document. To see a full a job description, please visit our website at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.

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


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