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ActionAid Bangladesh is looking for suitable candidates for the following position:

Manager Child Sponsorship & Child Rights Programme

Department : Resource Mobilisation
Unit : Child Sponsorship
Location of posting : Dhaka
Types of contract : Fixed Term Contract, Initially up to December 2028
Number of position : 1 (One)
Salary and benefits      : A competitive salary package will be offered to the deserving candidate with other admissible benefits such as a festival bonus, provident fund, gratuity, medical and group life insurance, etc., as per HROD Policy.

Job Summary:

The Manager - Child Sponsorship holds responsibility for coordinating child sponsorship unit activities to raise and manage funds from individual supporters, aligning with the country strategy paper for the implementation of ActionAid's long-term programmatic interventions. The incumbent is tasked with ensuring the effective and efficient management of supporters by utilising various sponsorship communication products and contributing value to the project cycle management of the Local Rights Programs (LRP) for the seamless integration of programme and child sponsorship. Overall responsible for design, development and monitoring the implementation of child rights, early childhood development, leadership, and protection programmes. Provide technical guidance, in all areas of child rights and leadership in advocacy, ensuring that the methods used are consistent with ActionAid and global sector good practices and achieve sustainable results The capacity building of partners and child sponsorship staff through the execution of diverse projects constitutes a key focus of this role. The Manager is required to maintain strong liaisons with the ActionAid International Fundraising and Child Sponsorship teams, System Administrator, and other stakeholders. Additionally, staying updated on the latest sponsorship policies and changes and relaying this information to AAB is among the core responsibilities of the Manager.

Key responsibilities include (not limited to)

Reporting and Sponsorship Communication:           

  • Plan, monitor, and oversee the production of quality reports such as Community Voice Content (CV), Progress Reports (PR), Community Newsletters, Case Studies, Next Step (NS), Impact and Output stories for Girl's Supporter and other projects.
  • Help increase the capacity of team members with effective feedback.
  • Work closely with AAB SLT to plan for LRP appraisal and phase out.
  • Prepare annual growth plan and link analysis for yearly plans and budget.
  • Coordinate sponsorship data management for smooth dispatching of required material to supporters.
  • Ensure timely collection community voice content, soft stories, facts & figures, gift fund reports, case studies, and phase-out reports for the funding affiliates. 
  • Ensure timely response to supporter letter and queries.

Enhance Compliance at country and LRP level:       

  • Mainstream sponsorship policies, child protection and safeguarding policies across the organization and LRP level.
  • Respond to child violence cases and support LRP in mobilizing existing protection mechanisma and referral pathways.
  • Ensure a safe place in child spaces and introduce child-friendly activities consistent with programme guidelines.

Project Cycle Management: 

  • Coordinate and participate in LRP appraisal, mid-term review and phase-out of LRPs.
  • Develop yearly plans and budgets of sponsorship unit.
  • Participate in annual Participatory Review and Reflection Process (PRRP), plans and budget and strategic plan development of LRPs.
  • Overall responsible for the monitoring of child rights, protection, leadership, and child development project activities implemented by LRPs ensuring that services are delivered on time, on budget, and in compliance with donor regulations.
  • Provide technical guidance, in all areas of child protection and child rights promotion programming, ensuring that implementation methods are consistent with acknowledged good practices and achieve sustainable results.
  • Ensure the project is implemented in ways responsive to communities, partners, and children in line with ActionAid’s values, principles, and standards.
  • Ensure that the LRP partners have detailed work plans in place and follow up with them regularly to ensure that activities are on track.
  • Monitor project progress against both programmatic and budgetary targets, adjusting project design as necessary.
  • Coordinate with Programme & Partnership Development Unit, LRP department and LRP partners to prepare timely and high-quality projects and donor reports.

Child Rights Advocacy:           

  • Coordinate activities with child focused organizations such as Child Rights Advocacy Coalition and National Girl Child Advocacy Forum.
  • Regularly coordinate and collaborate with other agencies, government of Bangladesh institutions, INGOs, NGOs, and local CSOs to strengthen synergies and impact on children.
  • Represent AAB with external stakeholders as requested (working groups, donors) and influence the shape of broader sector strategies through inter-agency coordination forums.
  • Take steps to document lessons learned, from child rights programmes, for wider dissemination.

Financial Management and Programme Development:     

  • Closely work with PPD Unit to develop projects for sponsored child and their communities.
  • Initiate research studies and assessments for context-specific programme design.
  • Coordination and planning with different stakeholders to collect information for local-level fundraising.

People Management:

  • Manage the Child Sponsorship unit, setting clear goals aligned with departmental objectives, AAB Country Strategy Paper VI, and Fundraising Strategy to create a positive and collaborative work environment.
  • Participate in team recruitment, evaluations, identifying skill gaps, and developing capacity building plans to enhance team members' capabilities, recognize achievements to motivate high performance.
  • Address team conflicts promptly, implementing strategies for resolution and maintaining a positive safeguarding culture and enabling working environment.

Relationships

This position reports to the Head of Innovation and Resource Mobilsiation of ActionAid Bangladesh. S/he maintains a functional relationship with peers in the department units, Programme, Policy & Campaign department and Local Rights Progaramme department. The incumbent will maintain liaison and networking in ActionAid International/Federation, other Country Programmes and supporters.

Required Educational Qualification and Experience

  • Master’s degree, preferably in Social Sciences, Education, Early Childhood Development or other relevant field.
  • At least 5-6 years’ experience in managing child rights and development programme of which 2 years in management position.
  • Having professional expertise in managing budget, staff and partners.
  • Has good understanding on child sponsorship funding and management.

Technical Skills

  • Plan and manage sponsorship activities, manage the team, liaise with Funding Affiliates, International Fundraising Team.
  • Communicate with national and international stakeholders.
  • Oversee web-based sponsorship data management system for planned and smooth communication.
  • Facilitate plans and budget process and risk assessment, monitor, implementation and utilization.
  • Partnership management and programme risk management.  
  • Mobilise resources from national and international donors.
  • Coordinate and facilitate national, international events.

Required Core Competencies

  • Leadership: The ideal candidate should have a strong understanding of the organisation's goals and objectives, possess strong leadership and communication skills, be able to think strategically and make decisions, and have the ability to develop and implement plans to achieve organisational goals. These skills are essential for contributing to the success of the organisation and driving its mission forward.
  • Emotional intelligence: The ideal candidate should possess strong emotional intelligence, including advanced skills in recognising and regulating emotions, responding to others' emotions, and building effective relationships and teams.
  • Communication and collaboration: The ideal candidate should have strong communication skills, be able to collaborate effectively with internal and external stakeholders, and possess strong project management skills. These skills are essential for delivering effective presentations and reports, building strong relationships, and successfully developing and implementing project plans.
  • Networking: The ideal candidate should have strong networking skills, be able to represent the organisation effectively, identify potential partnerships, and mentor team members on networking best practices.
  • Problem-solving: The ideal candidate should have strong problem-solving skills, be able to identify and prioritise problems, work with others to develop solutions, and mentor team members on effective problem-solving techniques.
  • Learning agility: The ideal candidate should seek feedback and adapt behaviour, manage complex projects, pursue learning opportunities, and encourage others to learn and adapt to new technologies.
  • Decision Quality: The ideal candidate should make informed decisions, consider alternative options, and be accountable for the quality and impact of their decisions.
  • Action Oriented: The ideal candidate should surpass expectations, consider various factors for planning, take on new responsibilities, and rarely give up.
  • Resource and budget management: The person in this position will anticipate risks, controls resources and assets, assign roles, and optimises utilisation.
  • Talent management: Develop team members' skills and abilities through career planning dialogues, goal-setting, and ongoing training. Encourages learning culture.
  • Human-rights based approach and feminist leadership: Promotes HRBA and feminist leadership principles and gender-responsive policies, and mentors staff to apply these approaches in their work.

Application instructions

Only those who meet the above requirements are requested to apply following these
instructions:

  • The last date of application is 23 January 2024.
  • Please Click Here to submit your application.
ActionAid Bangladesh aims to attract and select a diverse workforce, ensuring equal opportunity for everyone, irrespective of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, HIV status, class, ethnicity, disability, location and religion. Any personal persuasion/phone call will result in disqualification of candidature.

ActionAid Bangladesh has a non-negotiable policy of ZERO TOLERANCE towards Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Abuse (SHEA), Child Protection Policy and other relevant safeguarding policies and expects all employees to abide by the Safeguarding Policies and Code of Conduct of ActionAid Bangladesh.

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