Deputy Programme Manager, Child Development Grant Programme in Abuja, Nigeria

at Save The Children

Executive / Top Management
Minimum Qualification
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
5 - 7 years
Employment Type
Male or Female

Job Description

Contract length: Minimum 12 months

The role: To lead the operational planning and implementation of the Child Development Grant Programme (CDGP), a five year multi-million pound cash transfer pilot in Northern Nigeria funded by DFID. The CDGP is shortly coming to the end of a 9 month design phase and will begin full implementation in January 2014.

The Deputy Programme Manager (DPM) will work closely with the National Programme Manager (NPM) to ensure robust internal management and operational systems to deliver the programme with responsibility across the following areas: logistics and procurement, human resources, financial management and reporting, management of internal consortium partner relationships, management of contracts with service providers to deliver cash transfers, planning short term technical resources and consultancies, and deputising for the NPM where required. The DPM will be accountable for ensuring the programme is delivered to SCI and DFID standards.

The DPM will act as a more internally-focused counterpart to the NPM, who has lead responsibility and accountability for the overall programme and manages critical external relationships with Government, DFID and other key stakeholders.


Required qualifications and experience:

Essential criteria:

  • At least 5 years' overseas experience in programme and grant management with a proven track record in managing development and / or humanitarian operations in complex operating environments.
  • At least one (1) year experience in the non-profit sector.
  • Previous experience of managing and developing a multicultural team and the ability to lead, motivate and develop others from different backgrounds.
  • Proven experience managing multi-million pound budgets and excellent financial planning and monitoring skills.
  • Proven ability to manage large consortia and multiple partnerships.
  • Substantial experience and knowledge of effective financial and compliance controls and managing donor funding (e.g. DFID, USAID, EC, ECHO etc).
  • Robust experience of NGO programme cycle management, and with experience of working within a complex and matrix organisation structure.
  • Strong technical programming literacy and working knowledge of social protection, cash transfer or nutrition programming.
  • Ability to analyze complex information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills in English with substantial experience in managing multicultural teams.
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children's aims, values and principles.

Desirable criteria:

  • Proven experience managing cash transfer programming.
  • Experience in similar non-profit organization
  • Post-graduate qualification in Public Health, or Nutrition or Food Security related relevant discipline
  • Substantial experience of working and living in Africa, ideally with professional experience in Nigeria
  • Demonstrable understanding of Value for Money and DFID results agenda.
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