Child Rights Governance Program Coordinator- Ethiopia Country Office

at Save the Children
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted July 14, 2021
Category Business Development
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB



Level 3 A- √ the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently or intensively because they work in country programs. 

ROLE PURPOSE: Under the general supervision of the Thematic Head, Child Rights Governance, Advocacy and Campaign, the Child Rights Governance Program Coordinator actively engages in the development of annual plans; developing methodologies and tools for effective implementation of the project entitled ‘Advancing Democracy and Accountability to Ensure Children’s Rights’, monitoring and reporting; providing technical support to partners; and organizing and documenting good practices from the project. The program coordinator also works to integrate child rights governance issues in Save the Children’s Thematic Sectors and Partners (CSO, government, and human rights institutions) by providing technical support, and developing tools and methodologies. As the project is highly TECA in nature, the role holder is expected to provide substantial technical support to partners and continuous advocacy engagement with multiple actors. The role holder is expected to work with important actors including National Human Rights Institutions, the Federal Parliament, Attorney General and Federal Supreme Court, Federal Ministry of Women, Children and Youth, Federal Prison Administration, Police, the Federation of Ethiopian National Associations of Persons with Disabilities (FENAPD), our CSO partners, and media in strengthening the democratic space and improve government’s accountability to deliver children’s rights in Ethiopia.


Reports to: Thematic Head, Child Rights Governance, Advocacy and Campaign     

Dimensions: Save the Children works in all regions in Ethiopia with a current staff complement of approximately 1,400 members and current expenditure of approximately $90+ million each year.

Staff directly reporting to this post: Nil


Program Development

·   Engages in annual project planning based on the project document and regular internal program planning and review meetings and provides inputs to quarterly and annual reports.

·    Organizes and keeps proper documentation of data and information on the project.

·   Closely work with Senior Child Rights Governance Technical Specialist within the unit as well as other thematic sectors to ensure and program managers to ensure synergy and integrated approaches in programme delivery.

·   Assisted by the Senior Program Specialist, closely work with key government Ministries (Federal Ministry of Women, Children and Youth, Federal Supreme Court), National Human Rights Institutions and Federation, Prion Administrations, Police, the Federation of Ethiopian National Associations of Persons with Disabilities-(FENAPD), Civil Society Organizations, and child led structures, to effectively implement the project.

·     Engage in the development of innovative and technically sound project ideas that that can help the project achieve its objectives.

·     Facilitate mainstreaming of child rights issues in key public sector ministries and agencies, coordination of implementation, follow up and reporting and promoting children’s active civic engagement/

·   Provide high quality technical inputs in designing new project proposals.

·  Systematically gather information and needs from target groups and stakeholders in the field to improve project implementation.

·   Initiates and facilitates improvements on the project approaches and strategies within the country strategy.

·   Actively involves in the process of conducing project baselines and midterm reviews/evaluations, and ensure key issues/ recommendations identified are used to improve the current project and future programme development.

·  Actively engage in the development of guidelines and manuals that can be used to improve program delivery.

·  Develop and share information and inputs on child rights issues to be used for Save the Children information and communication materials.

Program Quality and Effectiveness

·   Ensure the existing quality assurance tools (e.g. quality benchmark, Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning-SPEL) are properly applied across program cycle.

·    Ensure the project has a proper and functional MEAL plan and properly utilized in the project.

·    Work closely with Senior Child Rights Governance Program Specialist to ensure the project components implemented by Save the Children and partners have proper MEAL plan and IPTT.

·    Work closely with Senior Program Specialist and Advocacy and Campaign Specialist to support quality implementation including provision of technical support to partners, monitoring the implementation of quality assurance tools and incorporation of recommendations for technical improvements.

·   Promote children’s and community participation in the project within the sector through developing guidelines, providing technical support, and facilitating their engagement with all relevant stakeholders.

·    Ensure cross cutting issues such as gender and non-discrimination, inclusion of children with disabilities, conflict sensitivity, environment and climate change, child participation, and social accountability are integrated in the implementation and reporting of the project.

·   Review and provide inputs on quarterly, annual and completion reports to ensure high quality reports, and recommendation on how the reports can be improved.

·   Together with Senior Program Specialist and MEAL team, conduct monitoring visits to projects to ensure quality implementation of project activities.

·    Together with MEAL team, document and disseminate learning and knowledge from project baselines, reviews and evaluations, and community of practices for internal reflections and use as well as partners.

·   Document evidences and impact case stories from projects and support the development of bi-annual Child Rights Governance, Advocacy and Campaign newsletter, and disseminate best practices through learning and knowledge management system to the public.

·    Work closely with the senior advocacy and campaign technical specialists to ensure synergy between CRG, advocacy and campaign and integration with thematic sectors; and support in advocacy and influencing on the implementing of policies and programs related to the most deprived groups of children

          Partnership Development and Capacity Building

·    Together with the partnership unit, undertake assessment and analysis of the capacity of partners to implement the project and contribute to the achievement of Save the Children’s breakthroughs.

·   Together with partnership unit and other relevant thematic sectors, organize experience sharing forums among partner organizations to promote learning on good practices and innovative approaches.

·   Support partner organizations in the course of planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and preparation of periodic and completion reports.

·   Identify and recommend possible supports to partners to build their capacity and to facilitate project implementation.

·   Provide technical supports to partners as needed.

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


§  Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values

§  Holds suppliers accountable to deliver on their responsibilities


§  Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and takes responsibility for their own personal development

§  Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others

§  Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale


§  Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to; builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters

§  Values diversity and different people’s perspectives, able to work cross-culturally.


§  Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions

§  Cuts away bureaucracy and encourages an entrepreneurial approach


§  Honest, encourages openness and transparency, builds trust and confidence

§  Displays consistent excellent judgement

Job Requirements


Experience and Skills:

·       Bachelor’s Degree Governance, Sociology with extensive experience in Child Rights and Child Protection, Human Rights, Human Rights, Law, Good Law, Sociology and governance work related to children.

·       At least 5 years’ solid experience in planning, implementing, monitoring and reporting on child rights projects at National level.

·       Strong experience in working with diverse partners (government particularly Ministry of Women, Children and Youth, National Human Rights Institutions, Justice Sector, Prison Administrations, Civil Society) in implementing child rights and child protection projects.  

·       Depth knowledge on child rights (UNCRC, ACRWC, and other child/human rights instruments), child rights monitoring and reporting.

·       Experience in the implementation and monitoring of projects related to child rights and child protection, development of child rights related policies, strategies and plan of actions.

·       Experience in Child Rights Governance and Child Rights Programming, and commitment to Save the Children values.

·       An understanding on the Concluding Observations of UNCRC and ACRWC Committees of Expertise on State Party Reports, particularly on the situation of Ethiopia.  

·       Excellent written and oral communication skills.

·       Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing and negotiation.

·       Previous work experience in government Ministries (National Level) and NGO environments is an added benefit.

·       Good Computer skills (Particularly Excel, Word and database).

·       Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

  Skills and Experience:


Technical competencies:

·      Ensures linkages across portfolio ensuring quality and coherence of MEAL systems and evidence gathering

·      Manages resources and capacities to develop and maintain quality MEAL systems

·      Facilitates strategic alignment of data to global priorities

Generic Competencies

·      Child Rights: Promotes an enabling environment for participation, and accountability to children

·      Be the Innovator: Promotes innovation to find new and better approaches to driving progress for children

Deliver Results at Scale: Promotes a clear focus on impact in a project and programme design, management, and oversight

Generic Competencies

  • Being the Voice of Children: Promotes evidence-based policy and public engagement that includes the voices of children and their communities
  • Advancing Equality & Inclusion: Displays a commitment to ensuring everything we do considers the most deprived and marginalised children and adolescent
  • Building & Strengthening Partnerships: Promotes working with diverse partners as critical to delivery

Child Rights: Promotes the rights of children in own work and in work with colleagues and peerS,

Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI’s global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Gender Equality Policies, supported by relevant procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Safeguarding our Staff:

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy 

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SC Health and Safety policies and procedures.

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector. The duty station of the position holder will be in Addis Ababa This role is offered on the basis of national terms and conditions only.

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 environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.


Applying Instructions

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

Interested applicants who meet the MINIMUM requirements should apply using the below link:

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