Field Manager

Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfill their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.6 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

There are 30 national Save the Children organisations around the world. By the end of 2012 all our international programmes will be delivered through a merged operation with 14 000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We're changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.


Save the Children works in all 12 Governorates in Jordan with a current staff complement of approximately 50 staff and current expenditure of approximately $4 million each year. There are now more than 150,000 Syrians in Jordan. The total number of Syrian refugees in Jordan has reached up to 40,146 by the beginning of August 2012. Save the Children is now responding to the needs of children in Zataari camp. Key areas of accountability of the field manager are:

  • Responsible for the operational planning of activities for the overall implementation of Save the Children's activities in Zataari Camp
  • Effectively using support services (logs, Admin, HR, Finance) to undertake key activities and work alongside the Project Managers to ensure their activities run smoothly
  • Working with both the Deputy Team Leader - Programmes and Operations, and Team Leader to support the development of Save the Children's overall response strategy in Zataari camp, including a master budget.
  • Prepare and oversee programme operations to ensure timely delivery of programme activities (for example, monitoring against log frames, individual performance management work plans).
  • Oversee multi agency coordination in designated field base, and lend support to overall interagency cluster where appropriate
  • Implement existing safety and security procedures for the field base/area ensuring all current programmes staff, working alongside the Programme Managers, to ensure all staff are updated at regular intervals.
  • Working alongside the Logistics Coordinator (camp) to manage logistics processes to procure, store and distribute stock, supplies and services for the timely delivery of project objectives within the field base or area
  • Manage and motivate field base staff to perform highly in their respective roles and responsibilities ensuring staff welfare of themselves and the team.
  • Weekly reporting of all operations and programme updates/needs sent to the Deputy Leader-Operations and Programmes
  • Support on staffing structure for the Field base alongside the Deputy TL Operations.
  • Supervise the Programme Managers (in camp) to ensure recruitment processes and effective performance management processes are in place.
  • Management of Emergency Programme Managers in camp and ensure all programme activities are implemented according to organizational and donor standards
  • To ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the Sphere Charter and Red Cross Code of Conduct.

Capacity Building:

  • Identify learning and training opportunities for Save the Children staff and partners and work as a mentor and role model for less experienced staff.
  • Develop the capacity of national Field Manager that will start one month prior to departure of International Field Manager to ensure adequate handover and capacity building.

Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:

  • Ensure that Save the Children's work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Government, and take a leadership role within Interagency Coordination forums, ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed.


  • 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.
  • Ensure the security, health and well-being of staff and that staff management and other processes and policies and systems reflect SC's principles of equity and fairness.

Qualifications and Experience:


  • Significant management experience working in an emergency response contexts or fragile states
  • Previous first phase emergency response experience is essential
  • Educated to Masters level in a relevant subject or equivalent field experience
  • Previous experience of managing a team
  • Previous experience of project management, including multi sector programmes
  • Budget management experience including institutional donors
  • Security management experience in insecure environments
  • Field level representation with key stakeholders and co-ordination with other NGOs/UN
  • Demonstrable experience of M&E and beneficiary accountability
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong influencing skills and experience in advocacy
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • A high level of written and spoken English
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of SC. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support


  • Multi-site management experience
  • UN agency, ECHO, and/or DFID programme management experience
  • National level representation with key stakeholders and co-ordination with other NGOs/UN
  • Media trained
  • Fluent in Arabic

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Please note that the closing date for applications is 5 February 2013.

For further information on this role, please see our website at

How to apply: Please apply with a covering letter and up-to-date CV to the link provided.

Location: Jordan

Contract - Full-Time

Closing date: Tuesday 5 February 2013

All jobs close at midnight UK time on the date specified

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