National Programme Advisor

at SOS Children's Villages International
Published September 4, 2022
Location Cairo, Egypt
Category General  
Job Type Full Time  


Mission of the position:


Under the leadership of the National Programme Development Director (NPDD), the NationalProgrammeAdvisor drives programme development in the field of AC (alternative care) in line with the “Vision, Mission, Values”, the Brand and approved strategies, policies and plans of the organisation and national legislation. As a member of the national programme development department, she/he contributes to setting and reaching the strategic objectives and targets of the MA in the area of AC(families of origin/SOS families/advocacy) and monitors and evaluates progress towards achieving set targets. She/he provides technical expertise and content-wise leads SOS Children’s Village Programme unit managers/leaders in a location in planning, implementing and monitoring of programme interventions in the area of AC. The NPA is responsible for introducing and monitoring the implementation of quality standards in the area of AC. Content wise, the NPA receives guidance from the regional AC Unit Head/Advisor. As a member of the regional AC network the NPA shares good practices and experiences with colleagues from other MAs.


Main clients:


SOS Children’s Village Programme Directors and Programme Unit Managers/leaders in the area of AC

National Programme Development Director

Regional AC Unit Head/Advisors

Key performance areas and main responsibilities:


Programme development


Under the leadership of the NPDD, contributes to annual and strategic planning and monitoring of progress towards targets.

Under the leadership of NPDD and in cooperation with other Programme Advisors, actively contributes to putting the SOS Children’s Villages Programme Policy and related policies into practice taking into consideration national legislation and context.

Supports NPDD in carrying out CRSAs and feasibility studies and participates in the development of concept notes and programme proposals for approval by GSC.

Develops detailed psycho-pedagogical concepts for new types of interventions in the country jointly with programme staff in the locations for approval by Regional xx Unit.

Provides technical expertise to the NPDD and CVPD when setting up new programme units and interventions in a location.

Supports NPDD, CVPD, Programme unit managers in locations in applying for public funds.

Provides content wise guidance to programme unit managers in the locations in planning, budgeting, and reporting of programme interventions.

Leads specific programme development projects as assigned by the NPDD.

Regularly reports on developments in the specific programme area to the NPDD and the responsible regional PD Unit.

Quality Management, Monitoring and Evaluation


Jointly with other PD Advisors, supports NPDD in the development and establishment of a national association quality management system.

Supports CVPD and Programme unit managers in location in implementing quality standards.

Monitors and evaluates the quality and progress of programme interventions and projects**,** including through project visits, internal audits, and review of and feedback to project reports, statistics, and self-evaluation results to ensure that interventions are in line with organisational plans, standards, and policies, and with national legislation.

Supports regional quality audits and external evaluations**.** Advises and supports the implementation of recommendations.

Human Resources Development


Supports CVPD in the effective implementation of the HR cycle related to programme unit managers. Participates in the recruitment and onboarding of the Programme units’ managers and programme staff in the location, as well as provides input into annual performance appraisals, and proposed staff development measures for the Programme units’ managers.

Organises or provides joint training for staff from different locations working**.** Ensures knowledge exchange between staff working in different locations, including through meetings.

Advises and monitors implementation of appropriate staffing standards and structures in line with quality standards in close cooperation with national HR Manager**.**

Research and Knowledge Management


Documents and distributes lessons learned and good practices to support organisational learning on national, regional and international level.

Participates on behalf of MA in the regional network and contributes to regional projects.

Participates on behalf of the MA in international/national studies and research projects**.**

Partnership building and Advocacy


Supports NPDD, CVPD and Programme units’ managers in the location in building strong links and cooperation with national government and local authorities, as well as other stakeholders to enhance programme development.

Joins relevant networks, platforms, campaigns, working groups and advocates on behalf of the organisation for the promotion and protection of children’s rights, especially on issues linked to children at risk of losing the care of their families or children without parental care.

Participates in relevant national/international conferences.

Child Safeguarding (CS)

Responsible to raise awareness of the SOS Child Protection Policy principles and to protect children from all forms of abuse, abandonment, exploitation, violence and discrimination

Supports NPDD, CVPD and Programme units’ managers in organising relevant preventive actions addressing existing and possible CS risks as identified by the CS risk assessment.

Responsible to report any CS suspicion, concern, allegation or incident immediately, following Child Safeguarding reporting procedures. CS reports should be made to the national CS focal person or any other member of the national CS team and/or to respective line manager.

Direct supervisor: National Programme Development Director


Must criteria:


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.

Competencies – knowledge, skills, abilities:


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 - Good knowledge of Human Resources Development - Organisational skills – skills of planning and organising resources necessary for achievement of goals - Leadership skills - High level of communication skills - Ability to work in stressful conditions - Ability to prepare budget and financial management skills - Computer literacy (MS Office)

Preferred additional criteria:


Additional education in the field complementary to the basic education (pedagogy/management) - Experience and readiness to work in a team, ability to lead teamwork - Experience in project management, monitoring and evaluation - Readiness to improve his/her qualifications

We offer:


A diverse range of interesting tasks in a leading INGO multicultural working environment

As a responsible employer we provide a range of training schemes and encourage educational enhancement


How to apply


For interested candidates, please send your updated resumes with a cover letter to the email below address Name of Applicant / email, to address.


Applicants are reviewed and screened before the deadline, so we encourage applicants to apply as early as possible.

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