Belfast, Belfast (On-site)
£32, 725 - £36, 574
Contract, 12 month, Full-time
Job description

Save the Children are recruiting for a Partnership Lead in Northern Ireland to take forward an exciting programme of work that will impact positively on children's early foundations for learning.

  • Do you have experience in and knowledge of the early years and children's sector?
  • Do you have an understanding of early child development and learning?
  • Have you got experience with building and maintaining relationships and partnerships with individuals and organisations for strategic and operational objectives?
  • Are you motivated by our vision of creating a world where every child doesn't just survive but thrives and can go on to change the world – and of inspiring and leading others to do the same?

This role is based in Northern Ireland for a 12-month period with the potential for extension.  We envisage interviews to take place week commencing 5th September 2022.

If the answers to these questions are yes, we would love to hear from you!

Note:

To avoid disappointment, you are advised to submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close the vacancy early if a high volume of applications are received. This is to ensure that we can manage application levels whilst maintaining a positive candidate experience. Unfortunately once a vacancy has closed, we are unable to consider further applications.

About Us

Save the Children UK believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children's unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.

Job Purpose

In the UK we work to reduce the level of child poverty and its impact on children's early learning and development. We work closely with the communities we aim to support. We recognise their diversity and strengths as well as the challenges they face, and we aim to reflect their diversity and experiences in our UK staff team.

Reporting directly to the Senior Partnership & Practice Manager, you will be responsible for working with local communities and partners to generate the learning and evidence required to fulfil the national change strategy, through delivery, development and testing of effective and evidence-informed practice approaches that better support children and families living in poverty.

As a rights-based organisation, we are committed to anti-racism and actively opposed systemic oppression of any form. You will support our commitment to celebrate diversity, challenge inequality, and build an inclusive environment for every one of our employees so we can better represent the children we protect.

Main Accountabilities

The Partnership Lead's key duties will be to:

  • To support the development of partnership / local area strategies, based on the needs and opportunities in partnerships / local areas and the national change strategy
  • To build and maintain strategic and operational relationships with delivery partners and collaborators and engage them in all our work
  • To provide coordination and management to local partnerships, including working from and as part of the local partnership
  • To be responsible for the delivery of our early years and child poverty work, and Save the Children's programmes as part of this, working with local partners to do this, including programme and project management, development of delivery networks, training delivery (programme and other quality improvement training), coaching, support for high impact implementation and strong implementation practice, alignment to Save the Children's or local quality framework, strategic support and advice, convening groups and capacity building.
  • Developing plans and ensuring that work undertaken generates the learning and evidence required, drawing on the expertise of the Early Years team and working as part of (virtual) teams
  • To support work on innovation and practice development, helping facilitate partner engagement in this work
  • To carry out data, research and evaluation tasks to support the generation of the evidence and learning required to fulfil the national change strategy, including responsibility for the high-quality implementation of agreed monitoring and evaluation activity
  • To build strong relationships with children and families, engaging them in the development and delivery of local partnerships as well as identifying opportunities to contribute to national campaigns and policy development, ensuring that our work promotes and reflects their voices and experiences
  • To support influencing for local and national change, and sharing of our learning, including supporting the creation of resources, organising events and developing case studies
  • To support fundraising and our relationships with donors, including through the collection of case studies and organising and leading or supporting the delivery of high quality visits.
  • To ensure work is delivered in line with agreed quality standards
  • To manage relevant awards and donor reporting as required.

The post-holder must carry out the responsibilities of the role in a way which reflects:

  • Save the Children's commitment to safeguarding children in accordance with the Child Safeguarding Policy;
  • A commitment to Save the Children's vision, mission, values and approach
  • A commitment to effective management of risk, by operating within the Charity's code of conduct, policies, procedures and controls and by carrying out the risk management and assurance responsibilities of the role as set out in the Risk Policy and Procedures.

Person Profile

Technical Skills:

  • Knowledge of the early years and children's sector and experience of working within it
  • Understanding of early child development and broad knowledge of the evidence about effective approaches
  • Experience of building and sustaining relationships and partnerships with individuals and organisations for strategic and operational objectives
  • Strong programme management and project management skills
  • Experience of supporting partners to develop and deliver programme approaches
  • Experience of training delivery – programmatic and broader improvement work.
  • Experience in engaging children and families and supporting them to share their experiences, and of codeveloping approaches with practitioners, children and families
  • Experience of developing or supporting monitoring and evaluation activity
  • Understanding of systems change theory and approaches
  • Understanding of the impact of poverty on children, families and neighbourhoods and the barriers that communities face in seeking to bring about positive change

Personal Skills:

  • Able to bring a learning, innovation and systems thinking mindset to all your work
  • Solutions-focused with a creative problem-solving approach
  • A strong team player with an empowering and collaborative working style and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Able to manage multiple activities at once and to resolve conflicting priorities
  • Positive, resilient and committed to improving the lives of young children and families
  • Able to work from local partnership location and SCUK office location and to travel within the country

Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

Remote Working:

The majority of SCUK employees are currently working remotely within the UK in line with UK Government guidance. Commencing July 2021 we will transition to flexible and hybrid ways of working (i.e. a mixture of remote/home and office-based working) as social distancing restrictions ease.

We are happy to discuss flexible working options at interview.

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion: 

Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. 

To see our full statement please visit our website. 

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Posted on: 01 August 2022
Closing date: 31 August 2022 at 23:59
Tags: Social Care/Development, Project Management