Project manager relations with Armed Actors

The role

The Project manager relations with Armed Actors will provide operational and technical guidance and implementation on SCI’s Children Affected by Armed Conflict Programme funded by the UK government. The Programme is a regional programme covering Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, that enables programming and advocacy initiatives on children affected by armed conflict, with a wide range of actors at strategic policy/decision making and operational level, such as; Regional Mechanisms (RMs), Civil Society Organizations and Armed Actors, both state and non-state. The role will also facilitate regional coordination and learning through relevant internal and external platforms such as on access, civ-mil relations, safety and security etc.

Within the programme, the role will manage the program and provide targeted and high-quality guidance, support and capacity strengthening to SCI Country Office’s to enable planning and operationalization of different engagement and negotiations modalities towards armed actors in various contexts. This role will lead on providing support to country teams to operationalize tools to assess risks and opportunities to advance children’s rights and humanitarian space, through engagement with armed actors. He/she will lead on programming, monitoring and operational footprints to be adaptive, conflict sensitive and contextually-driven.

The role will work with the Thematic Specialst, PMs, Thematic Coordinators, Advocacy Coordinators, and a MEAL specialist as needed to ensure all relevant Programme activities are implements, and that there are clear quality standards maintained for each area of work. Decision-making will require independent judgement within the roles technical scope as guided by existing global guidelines, standards and policies.


  • Undergraduate degree in Social Sciences and extensive thorough working knowledge in Child Protection in Armed Conflict and Emergencies.


Experience And Skills


  • Minimum 4 years international humanitarian field experience, including in conflict and restricted access environments.
  • Minimum 2 years of Protection/Humanitarian programming, including demonstrated working knowledge and experience on CAAC and Peace and Security Programming/ANSA/Civ-Mil relations
  • Minimum 4 years as project manager of regional or large program
  • Solid experience of engagement and relatins with Armed Actors, including Armed Non-State Actors, in the field.
  • Solid understanding of humanitarian negotiations, gender-peace and security, conflict sensitivity
  • Demonstrated experience of capacity building of armed actors and humanitarian frontline negotiations.
  • Basic understanding of the African Union Peace and Security Architecture, and Peace Support Operations in general.
  • Demonstrated capability to make decisions with creativity and independent judgment
  • Demonstrated experience in influencing to obtain the cooperation of others.
  • Proven excellence in working in a team, being a team player, and significant experience working in an international organisation.
  • An appreciation and understanding of how to manoeuvre in a context of shrinking space for civil society, ensuring Save the Children’s integrity and child rights are not compromised
  • Demonstrated knowledge of children’s issues, rights-based program approaches, and child safeguarding principles.
  • Able to work well under pressure and deadlines
  • Excellent listening, inter-personal, communication and networking skills; proven experience and effectiveness working across functional teams and in a matrixed structure; and an ability to work with diverse populations.
  • High level of self-awareness and willingness to take feedback for growth and self-development.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Effective negotiator, with the ability to positively influence cross departmental and cross sector work
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets.
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
  • Fluent spoken and written French and English


  • Experience in managing UK funded program


Contract length: 01 year

Work location: Mali


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 workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. 

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

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Applicants are advised that Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process. Any request in this direction should be immediately reported as contrary to the values and practices of our organization.

Job description:

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Date advertised: 6 Apr 2021

Closing date: 20 Apr 2021 - 23:59 GMT

Location: Bamako, Mali

Department: Programme, Development and Quality

Type: Permanent

Schedule: Full-time

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