Awards Coordinator

at Save the Children
Published August 16, 2022
Location Abuja, Nigeria
Category Management  
Job Type Full Time  




Level 3: the post 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 country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


ROLE PURPOSE: The purpose of this post is to support SCI partnership and Award Management in the planning, securing and managing of both development and humanitarian awards. The position plays a support role in managing partners, award information, shares and coordinates information across departments.


Under the direction of the Award Manager (partnership management), the Awards Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring that the SCI partnership management and programme adheres to all its award management obligations internally within Save the Children and externally with donors. This will include financial and narrative reporting relating to donor awards and data quality in the Award Management System. This position is specifically responsible for assigned awards, and will ensure compliance with financial and administrative requirements, donor specific requirements and to make recommendations for improvements.


This role will work closely with Partners, Program Implementation/ Operations, PDQ and Finance on proposals, financial and narrative reporting, monitoring and analysis, and compliance processes. 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.




Reports to: Awards Manager (Partnership Management): The Awards Coordinator (Partnership Management) is a senior level position that works across departments (Programme Operations, Award Management, Program Development and Quality) to support the Country Office in establishing and continuously improving systems to support our partnership strategy. The Awards Coordinator (Partnership Management) also engages externally, particularly in coordinating our partnership work with Civil Society groups, representing the organization in partnership discussions and in helping to identify and pursue new partnership opportunities. S/he engages in Save the Children's global and regional partnership discussions/initiatives, contributing learning and leveraging best practices from other contexts.


Staff reporting to this post: (None)




Partnership Strategy:


Provide support in the implementation of Save the children partnership strategy

Participate in the partnership working group that supports the development and operationalization of SCI partnership strategy

Stay abreast with current trends in partnership management, share learning with Line Manager and other Colleagues

Provide support in developing systematic approaches to selecting partnersand in identifying and pursuing strategic partnership

Partnership Systems and Policies:


Provide support across departments to develop systems and policies that are supportive of the Partnership Strategy, and ensure periodic review and updating of policies once they are in place.

Work with line Manager and other support functions to ensure effective and collaborative partnership assessments and vetting on a routine basis so that the organisation is not exposed to undue risk

Provide support in the establishment and maintenance of SCI partnership database that maps out partner capacity, influence, and strategic alignment

Provide support to Line Manager to collaborate with the humanitarian lead to set up systems for working with partners (implementing and strategic) in a humanitarian preparedness and response, as per the Core Humanitarian Standards

Establishing partnerships:


Support line manager to Identify and explore new partnerships, including the updating of the partnership mapping and establishing relationships for collaborating on programming and capacity building

Undertake the initial risk and capacity assessment of the partners

Partner program management:


Coordinate with other departments in the management and monitoring systems in regards to partner programming


Ensure that the sub-grant agreements, TOR and terms of Partnerships, as well as institutional policies and procedures are complied with by the partner organizations, including policies on safeguarding and recommend amendments and flexibility where necessary


Work with the grants management and legal teams, to ensure that partnership tools and financial standards meet donor requirements


Provide support to the partner organization in the project cycle management of the SCI funded program, including ensuring work plans, phased budgets, procurement plans and benchmarks are in place for each project and assist partner teams to put these in place


Convene grant opening meetings with partners when new grants are awarded, involving SCI program staff, Area Representatives and Field Manager


Assist partner management to monitor outputs against activity plans and budgets and timeframes. Assist partner to strategize ways to ensure program delivery meets targets and to support partner organizational development


Keep track of relevant technical, operational, finance, HR or grants issues and where necessary facilitate support from relevant SCI technical or operations teams to ensure continuous support and involvement at all stage of the program cycle


Facilitate the provision of technical advice by the SCI technical departments and ensure that SCI technical staff checks the quality of the work on site


Work with finance teams, to ensure the timely payment of partner instalments, review of partner reports and the close out of partner sub-grants


Organize partner review meetings on a monthly basis with representation from partner and relevant SCI operations and program staff to discuss progress, roles, responsibilities, expectations, communication between the organizations, any conflict of policies, any areas of concern and future planning.


Partnership Management and Capacity Development:


Coordinate key processes and actions between and among partners and Save the Children staff;

Coordinate the strengthening of local and national partner capacity to deliver quality results for children, working across relevant departments to set up systems for coaching and capacity building;

In collaboration with partners, plan and facilitate regular partnership meetings between partners and Save the Children staff, ensuring that discussions are as constructive, relevant, and mutually beneficial as possible; Follow up to ensure that mutually-agreed-upon actions are met;

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)




holds self accountable 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 their team to do the same

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

future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.



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; demonstrates highest levels of integrity



Professional qualification in Business, International Development, Finance/Accounting or similar



University degree in International Development, Business Administration or Finance

Highly developed interpersonal and English communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching

Experience managing grants, contracts & sub agreements with knowledge of major funders' guidelines (e.g. USAID, ECHO, FCDO, CIDA, SIDA etc.)

Relevant experience managing donor funded projects with International NGO's particularly those addressing human/children's rights and those applying partnership approaches

Strong analytical skills and strategic planning abilities. Computer literacy and excellent documentation skills are a must

Ability to proactively identify issues and problem solving skills to address these

Ability to establish and maintain conducive collegial relations and perform effectively as a member of a team

Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures

Excellent time management and planning capacity

Availability and willingness to work extra hours during times of humanitarian responses


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