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Save the Children: Pacific School Safety Regional Lead

Posted on 15 November 2022

Save the Children New Zealand (SCNZ) invites suitably experienced and qualified individuals to apply for the Pacific based (NZ, Australia, Pacific) position of Pacific School Safety Regional Lead.  This is a new position designed to inspire and lead a culture of School safety in the Pacific. The initial term of the fixed term position is for 24 months, with the possibility of extension following a performance evaluation at the end of the period.  This position is under the overall direction of the Director of International Programmes, Save the Children New Zealand.

Save the Children New Zealand (SCNZ) and Save the Children Fiji are a long-standing members of the leading international development and humanitarian organisation Save the Children Association, which supports child-focussed programmes in more than 120 countries around the world. Our vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation.  SCNZ manages a portfolio of development projects in the Asia-Pacific region and responds to humanitarian crises world-wide.

About the Project

The Pacific Coalition for the Advancement of School Safety (PCASS) 2022 – 2025 programme, supported by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, will bring together different partners in the Pacific to collectively work on the promotion and implementation of a comprehensive approach to school safety.  The PCASS 2022 programme takes an all-hazards and all-risks approach to all aspects of school safety by ensuring appropriate disaster management and child protection practices are effectively implemented within the education sector and ensuring that through teaching, a culture of safety and resilience is built.

About the Role

The Regional Lead will be tasked with the following objectives:

  • Lead the re-establishment of the Pacific Coalition for the Advancement of School Safety (PCASS), including developing a yearly workplan, re-invigorating regional school safety networks, identifying where a School Safety hub might fit within existing regional forums/organisations, identify a national/regional host organisation, management of budgets, monitoring and reporting requirements and supervision of any staff in line with the agreed work programme.
  • Provide high-quality technical advice and assistance to key School Safety stakeholders including Ministries of Education, National Disaster Management Offices, Ministries of Children’s Affairs and other.
  • Serve as a coordination focal point for regional school safety-related initiatives, as agreed by different Pacific networks of stakeholders (i.e., research, advocacy work, regional school safety tools/resources development, campaigns, and others).
  • Represent the interests of Save the Children Oceania’s Members and Country Offices at the regional level and as mandated by OCHA, support Save the Children as co-Lead of the regional and national Education Cluster, as required.

About You

It goes without saying that you will need to be enthusiastic, focused, budget management savvy, confident in providing high quality technical advice to stakeholders and have exceptional coordination skills.

Additionally, your people skills will be second to none and building strong relationships both internally and with external stakeholders will come naturally to you.

Do you have what it takes?

  1. You have an advanced degree (Masters or equivalent) in Education, Social Sciences, International Development, or any related field relevant to school safety.
  2. You have experience in engaging and collaborating with senior government authorities, development coalition organisations or other regional networks in the Pacific.
  3. You have experience in working in senior management, or in senior technical positions within Pacific governments or international programme or humanitarian organisations and can demonstrate your ability in working effectively within a Pacific context particularly in the areas of education, inclusive school safety, DRR and CCA, resilience or humanitarian governance.
  4. You have strong analytic skills trends and institutional analysis, systems thinking, critical analysis of approaches and strategies.
  5. You have robust knowledge and understanding of school safety and familiarity of existing relevant global frameworks and standards.
  6. You have a proven track record of being able to manage large partnerships programs including a demonstrated ability to lead a regional or multi-country programs and additionally, you have experience in effectively managing budgets and driving outcomes.
  7. You possess the ability to articulate ideas clearly, communicate effectively, and have a strong command of written English.

The information contained in this advert only gives you a brief snapshot of this exciting opportunity.  To delve further into everything this role will bring to SCNZ and to find out more about the type of person we are seeking to fill it, be sure to email to request a copy of the candidate information pack.

About Save the Children

We know that great people make a great organisation, 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 workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued. 

SCNZ is a child safe organisation. We will do all that we can to ensure that children and young people’s experience of our organisation is one that is free from any form of exploitation or abuse and that they feel respected and safe. Anyone representing our organisation is always expected to adhere (both in their private and professional lives) to the highest standards of behaviour towards children, young people and their families.

Our Recruitment Process

Listed below is what you can expect when you apply:

  1. All applications will be acknowledged.
  2. We have determined an official closing date for application (see below), however, we will be considering applications individually on receipt and may choose to proceed to the interview stage with a preferred candidate prior to the official closing date. SCNZ reserves the right to close this vacancy at any time.
  3. Suitable candidates will be invited to a formal interview (option for in-person or virtually) which will be conducted by a panel made up of Save the Children New Zealand and Save the Children Fiji employees who will ask a series experience verification, behavioral and competency questions.

Are you: Excited about this opportunity? The person we are looking for? Motivated to apply? Then we would love to hear from you!

How to Apply

Your application should include a covering letter and your resume and should be submitted by close of business on 30 November 2022