Country: Ukraine
Organization: Save the Children
Closing date: 27 Apr 2022

Humanitarian Partnership Manager


As part of our humanitarian ambition and 2030 global strategy, Save the Children has implemented the Global Humanitarian Surge Platform (GHSP) to further improve the efficient deployment of high quality surge staff to support the delivery of our Humanitarian Responses directly and in collaboration with SCI partners. This role will be rapidly deployed by the GHSP to support the response team in quickly developing and implementing a humanitarian-response.

In the onset of the conflict in Ukraine, over a million people have become displaced within the first 2-weeks. Save the Children is rapidly scaling up a multi-sectoral response with the primary response being delivered through partners. SCI is rapidly looking at increasing our partner portfolio in terms of funding, number of partners and systems and processes for delivering high quality capacity strengthening. Currently the projects are just getting established as Save the Children navigates the complex access dynamics.

The Humanitarian Partnership Manager will generally be deployed to Ukraine at CO and field level depending on partner’s location. On occasion they may also be asked to gap fill a humanitarian partnership advisory role in a chronic humanitarian country programme. The Humanitarian Partnership Manager takes the lead role as focal point for SCs engagement with local partners in the response. The overall aim of the Humanitarian Partnership Manager will be to ensure partnerships with response partners respect SC’s Partnership Principles of value driven and empowering relationships, transparency, accountability and mutual benefit, and ensuring quality programme implementation with partners through a systematic operational partnership approach guided by SC’s Partnership Framework and SC’s Humanitarian principles. The post holder is responsible for ensuring staff and partners’ capacities are developed to ensure quality programming to children in a range of SC’s humanitarian responses world-wide. The post holder will be expected, with limited support, to lead on overall partner coordination, facilitate standard partner assessments and agreements, facilitate partner capacity strengthening plans and development, staff capacity strengthening, operational system adaptation and programme design and budgeting. The main responsibilities of this post will vary according to the terms of reference for each assignment.

Reports to: Head of Partnerships


In line with SC’s Partnership Functions Matrix, key functions are:

Managing the overall partnership function:

Ensure staff and resource coverage for partnership functions
Provide needed training/orientation to staff
Ensure coordination and coherence between tools and operational approach in functions and programmes (e.g. response wide coordinated operational system for partnerships across projects, programmes and partnerships)

Develop and manage the partner relationships:

Stakeholder analysis and partnership scoping for programs
Ensure partnership and risk assessments are conduced (either directly or facilitate the processes)
Ensure partners are consulted in program design
Ensure financial and technical resources are included in proposals/master budgets
Ensure overall coordinated communication with partners

Capacity Strengthening:

Depending on structure and staff, be responsible for or support program managers/themes and support sections (e.g. finance, HR) to:

Conduct or support Partnership Assessment

Facilitate Organisational Capacity Assessments

Support partners in developing capacity strengthening plans**.**

Provide general training and targeted capacity strengthening support

Monitor implementation of partners’ capacity strengthening plans,

Document capacity strengthening results

Provide input to programme and donor reports on partnership coordination and capacity strengthening,

Support staff’s capacity to work with partners based on the Partnership Framework and adapted operational response wide system

Managing sub-awards:

Depending on structure and staff be responsible for or support award managers to:

Conduct or support Partnership Assessment

Coordinate with partners on budgeting and work plan development

Draw-up contract/agreement/MoU

Conduct or facilitate partner’s involvement in kick-off meetings

Monitor risk and financial operational compliance of partners

Verify partner’s reports through monitoring visits to partners in the field (directly or facilitated)

Conduct compliance investigations as needed

Ensure capacity strengthening addresses risks and compliance issues

Additional functions include:

Coordination with external agencies working with the same partners, ensuring a partner centred approach and minimizing risk of duplicating capacity strengthening efforts,
Coordination with relevant SC regional or global functions such as Regional Partnership Focal Points, SC Centre Partnership Focal point, Humanitarian Partnership Working Group or the global Partnership Working Group,
Working closely with the Accountability lead to put in place accountability activities for partners’ program implementation,
Ensure that relations with partners respect SC’s Partnership Principles and are aligned with SCs Approach to Humanitarian Action.
Take steps to document lessons learned for wider dissemination,
Identify opportunities and material to contribute to communications and media work, acting as a spokesperson when required.


Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.


Applying Technical and Professional Expertise
Applies the required technical and professional expertise to the highest standards; promotes and shared best practice within and outside the organisation
Level required: Accomplished
Delivering Results
Takes personal responsibility and holds others accountable for delivering our ambitious goals for children, continually improving their own performance or that of the team / organisation.
Level required: Accomplished
Working Effectively with others

Works collaboratively to achieve shared goals and thrives on diversity of people and perspectives; knows when to lead and when to follow and how to ensure effective cross-boundary working

Level required: Accomplished


Builds and uses sustainable relationships and networks to support the work of Save the Children

Level required: Accomplished

Innovating and Adapting

Develops and implements innovative solutions to adapt and succeed in ever-changing and uncertain global and working environments

Level required: Skilled

Problem Solving and Decision-Making
Takes effective, considered and timely decisions by gathering and evaluating relevant information from within or outside the organisation

Level required: Skilled



Commitment to Save the Children values,
Experience in partnership-based programming,
Experience with working with local partners in humanitarian responses,
Knowledge about core elements of approaches to working in partnerships, including capacity strengthening,
Previous experience of project management or partnership management cycle,
Experience of representation and ability to represent SC effectively in external forums.
Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
Training/facilitation, negotiation and networking skills,
Innovative and creative problem solving skills,
Strong commitment to team work and understanding of how to contribute to this
Willingness to extensive travel,
English language fluency, both spoken and written
The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
Commitment to and understanding of child rights, the aims and principles of SC, and humanitarian standards such as the Sphere Charter and the Code of Conduct. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support.


Language skills in French, Spanish, and/or Arabic

Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant regions/contexts

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector. This Role is offered on the basis of International terms and conditions. Also, interviews will be held on ongoing basis, adverts will be closed once a person is identified.

For non- EU citizens; Visa is to be obtained.

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

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.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

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