Senior Localization and Consortium Manager – Save the Children

Location: Addis Ababa

Employee Status: Fixed Term

Closing Date:Nov 5, 2021


TITLE: Senior Localization and Consortium Manager ( Partnership)
TEAM/PROGRAMME: Partnership Management Unit LOCATION: Addis Ababa – frequent travel to Afar, Tigray, Somali, South Ommo and Waghimira.



Level 3:  the post holder will not 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.


The primary purpose of the Senior Localization and Consortium Manager is to assist the Partnership Management Unit to implement the Localization Capacity Building project. The post-holder will support the Head of Partnership Management in planning, implementation and coordination for Localization practice in Ethiopia Project. S/he will contribute to Grand Bargain Commitment, strengthen the partner capacity in the localization parameter, contribute to 2022 – 2024 partnership strategy, and ensure close co-ordination and integration with the woreda level coordination and clusters to foster good working relationships at woreda, district and federal level. The post-holder will work across relevant functions, programs and thematic sectors to support the country office in consortium management approach, emergency response consortia initiatives, role of SCI as a lead and/or sub, partners improvement plan and  including the targeted partners, UN and INGO`s.  S/he will work closely with the targeted local partners, relevant functions, Field Office Managers and Humanitarian Team.

In the event of the community of practices, validation workshop and experiences sharing, the role holder will be expected to reach out to all local actors and coordinate with the relevant functions for the success of the project capacity building delivery. 


Reports to: Head of Partnership

Staff reporting to this post: N/A

Budget Responsibilities: 200,000 GBP per year

Role Dimensions: This role will work closely with the Partnership Management, Field office Mangers  and Humanitarian Team based in Addis Ababa, South Ommo, Tigray, Gode, Diredawa, Jigjiga, Waghimira and Afar ( among other locations), and coordinate with partners for quality delivery to the partners expectations.   

External: Local Partners, Local Government, Donors, INGO`s and UN


Project Management & Parntership:

  • Provide managerial support to Capacity strengthening of local partner’s project under the guidance of the Partnership Management Unit and relevant technical team. 
  • In collaboration with the Partnership Management Unit and relevant award focal person and targeted local actors, develop Monthly/quarterly/annual work plan, phased budget, cash forecasts and procurement plans and submit to head of partnership timely.
  • Work closely with the relevant key actors such as local government, INGO, UN agencies operating in the targeted intervention areas for smooth coordination and implementation of activities, ensuring consultation and understanding on important interventions.
  • Work closely with the relevant functions and as appropriate with the consultant in the development of manual, strategy and training of the local actors.
  • Make sure that the local actors and relevant functions are engaged in the development of TOR, review inception report, provide inputs and lead the validation workshops.
  • Represent Save the Children in the practices of localization at community of practices, experience sharing forum as a key focal point along with all the local actors.
  • In close consultation with Child Safeguarding , Safety and Security, Humanitarian  and , Partnership Management Units, ensure adherence of  partners to the security protocol and are sensitized to child safeguarding policy, child protection and code of conduct
  • Lead implementation of project activities to ensure that local actors voices are valued and  heard, influence the humanitarian response decisions and acquire relevant skill sets so as to deliver the project on time, on budget, with quality, meeting the overall objectives and compliance.
  • Assist the Head of Partnership Management Unit in the development of new concepts given the new trends on localization dimensions, progress improvements made and capitalize with the lessons learnt through baseline, routine monitoring and end line assessment with due consideration for Child Rights and objective of the programme
  • Work closely with targeted local partner to ensure activities are implemented in a way that puts their concerns, voices and safety first, and ensures local actors own the key project products and ownership of activities.
  • Contribute to the development of further project proposals on localization working closely with PDQ team, Humanitarian Accountability and Participation Advisor among others to develop a proposal where the local actors are at the heart of humanitarian response.
  • Play the leading role to ensure the country office has developed guidance, procedures and manuals regarding consortium management, partners’ performance management with in the consortium and information sharing and knowledge management.
  • Coordinate with PDU and PDQ and map potential engagement with INGOs/LNGOs to better position Save the children in Ethiopia for funding opportunities that require a wider set of skill
  • Establish strategic partnership for prospective consortia and coordinate with those organizations to in place teaming/pre-teaming agreements for a better connection.
  • Together with the program team and team from relevant functions, play active role in defining roles of consortia members, scopes with in the consortia, governance &leadership structure, consortia risk management system and communication strategies and models.
  • Provide technical and capacity building support to the staffs at various levels on consortium management, partnership management, localization and humanitarian partnership.

Budget Management & Monitoring:

  • Monitor closely all the expenditures and keep on performing as per the forecast.
  • Develop a sound forecast and phased budget participating the technical team and considering the factors that affect the financial performance. 
  • Participate in monthly BVA meetings, AIR meeting in clarifying the underspent/overspent project budget lines and draw up comprehensive plan to utilize allocated budget as per the project work plan.

Basic and Organizational Capacity building:

  • Understand the modalities and approach of the basic, organizational and relational capacity development initiatives.
  • Work closely with the relevant functions and as appropriate with consultant to deliver partners’ capacity building activities at the highest quality.
  • Facilitate accredited training tapping the internal competency and consultant as appropriate.
  • Identify the key lessons learnt from the capacity strengthening activities and share to internal as well as external audiences as appropriate.
  • Work closely with the PODs and PDU and PDQ team at country office to engage the selected local actors on mentoring, coaching and secondment.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, Learning (MEAL):

  • In collaboration with the MEAL staff, create M&E plan and IPTT to track progresses.
  • Design the accountability plans for the Localisation project, ensuring that feedback from all relevant stakeholders is considered in project design.
  • Monitor project performance against the protocols designed for the project and ensure action points are addressed in their respective timeframe.
  • Coordinate with the localization partners and Grand bargain signatories for sharing research findings and lessons learnt.

Reporting & Documentation:

  • Prepare timely and high-quality project updates and draft donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal Save the Children requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.
  • Conduct systematic documentation of the Localization project in the form of case studies, video clips, photos, lessons learnt etc.
  • Ensure proper filling and data storage for the project(s).
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.

  • BA/BSc Degree in development studies, project management, economics, social sciences or related area.


  • A minimum of at least 8 years’ experience in the INGO environment, including exposure to field operations in both emergency and humanitarian programs
  • Out of which at least 4 years proven experience in Partnership management, Localization, Consortium management, partners’ capacity building.
  • Experience and knowledge of effective financial and budgetary management of projects
  • Knowledge of project cycle management, and with experience of working within a complex and matrix organization structure
  • Excellent understanding of local actors capacity strengthening models and approaches
  • Solid project management skills and a proven history of delivering results
  • Ability to analyze information, evaluate options and implement project plans
  • An in-depth understanding of national development issues and the Ethiopian Civil society law
  • Ability to build effective working relationships quickly with a wide range of people, both internally and externally – across multiple cultures
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches.


  • Ability and willingness to travel to the boarder of Ethiopia with bad weather conditions
  • Ability to change work practices/locations and hours, and work with incoming teams in the event of major emergencies
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work with people from diverse background
Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Adult Safeguarding

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy, all employees are also expected to carry out their duties in accordance with the SCI protection from sexual exploitation abuse policy.

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.