"SOS Children's Villages - Azerbaijan" Association was founded in 1999 according to the agreement signed between "SOS Children's Village International" and Azerbaijan government. The main purpose of the organization is providing family based care to the children deprived from parental care as well as implementation of different activities aimed to provide children social welfare. Currently a number of social and educational projects successfully have being implemented within SOS Children's Villages Baku and Ganja.
"SOS Children's Villages – Azerbaijan" has been implementing Child Protection Policy based on UN Convention on Child Rights.
We are now searching for a committed and strong personality eager to make a change for children by supporting our work in the position of a
NATIONAL PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
The National Programme Development Director (NPDD) ensures the implementation of the SOS Children's Village Programme Policy and drives (steers) the implementation of quality child development programmes (work with families of origin; SOS families, other alternative family based care options and various programme interventions like direct essential services, capacity building and advocacy in the field of care, education and health). The NPDD ensures (or leads) the implementation of a quality assurance system within SOS Children's Village Programmes including monitoring and evaluation. She/he leads the development of the national programme development strategy, related budgets and action plans.
YOUR TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Leads the development of strategic directions in Programme Development at national level, framed by the SOS Children's Village Programme Policy and other related policies. This means to take action through one integrated programme of child development in a caring family environment (families of origin; SOS families, other alternative family-based care options) and through programme interventions (direct essential services; capacity building; advocacy in the fields of care, education and health)
o Leads the processes of national child rights situation analyses and of feasibility studies at location level.
• Ensures implementation of quality standards within SOS Children's Village Programmes as described in manuals, policies and concepts such as the SOS Children's Villages Manual, Quality4Children standards, the Danuta and Danilo paper, the Family Strengthening Manual, and other future SOS CVI manuals, policies and concepts (in all fields of SOS Children's Village Programme responses and activities).
o Ensures development of qualitative SOS Children's Village programme proposals and steers the implementation to reach the strategic targets.
o Steers the development of new locations and alignment of existing locations following the SOS CV Programme Policy.
o Participates in the strategic and annual planning process as member of the National Management Team.
o Supports the budgeting process and reviews the SOS CV programme budgets on location level.
o Prepares and is responsible for the budget of the national Programme Development Department.
• Provides ongoing monitoring of child's rights protection in the Member Association.
• Ensures implementation of all existing and future SOS CVI policies in the area of programme development (e.g. the Child Protection Policy, the HIV/AIDS policy, the formal Education Policy, Inclusion Policy).
• Ensures implementation of a Quality Assurance system (including monitoring and evaluation)
• Adjusts all ongoing programmes to national legal regulations in agreement with the National Director.
• Ensures development of national concepts according to SOS CVI policies and SOS CVI programme quality standards.
• Conducts Performance Appraisal Talks.
• Monitors national activities (of the state and of key NGOs) and planned future developments in the social welfare sector, protection of child's rights as well as gaps in child rights fulfilment by the state.
• Participates in and/or initiates national initiatives aiming at improving conditions and changing policies and practices that undermine the well-being and rights of children of our target group.
• Develops and maintains contacts, exchanges information and develops partnerships with key stakeholders of the child welfare sector (state, NGOs, INGOs and GOs)
• University degree education in social sciences
• Minimum 5 years experience in child and family development programmes
• Minimum 2 years management experience
• Motivation for work focused on children and families
• Leadership experience
• Good knowledge of written and spoken English
• Experience in programme management and planning
• Good knowledge of standards and current directions of development in the field of child's rights approach, and social welfare systems
• Good knowledge of legal issues relating to social welfare
• Organisational skills – skills of planning and organising resources necessary for achievement of goals
• Leadership skills
• High level of communication skills
• Ability to prepare budget and financial management skills
• Additional education in the field complementary to the basic education (pedagogy/management)
• Experience and readiness to work in a team, ability to lead teamwork
Challenging assignment in an international NGO working environment where professional and human competence is in the foreground.
Interested? To apply please send your application (letter of motivation and CV) by November 10, 2017 at the latest to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "NPDD".