Save the Children
Senior Manager – State Programs
Program Manager, Program Officer, Program Associate, Program Assistant
Pune Maharashtra
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Job Type

Full Time

Closing Date

Jul 25 2021



Job Title

Senior Manager – State Programs




Program and Policy

Reporting to

Program Hub Lead


Pune, Maharashtra



Email ID to send applications

Last date to apply

25th July 21

Job Code

MH – Sr. Manager Program (It is Mandatory to mention the job code in the subject line. Applications without job code will not be considered).



Save the Children is a global non-profit organisation which was founded in the year 1919. It is India's leading independent child rights NGO – with offices in 12 states of India. Save the Children believes that every child deserves the best chance for a bright future and that’s why we are committed towards ensuring that children survive, learn and thrive. We run programmes in the remotest corners of India and urban areas in the areas of Health & Nutrition, Education, Child Protection and Humanitarian Response, in order to provide quality education and healthcare, protection from harm and abuse and life-saving aid during emergencies to children. Globally, Save the Children is present in more than 120 countries and works to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children.


Programme & Policy covers Programme Implementation (with partners or direct implementation), Thematic Expertise (technical knowledge in areas of specialization), and Policy & Programme Impact (advocacy, research, monitoring & evaluation, and quality). The function links grass-roots work with policy changes at the highest level, and manages an ecosystem of partnerships including, but not limited to, community organizations, donors, peer organizations, academic institutions, media, and the state. Each of the four hubs focus on programme interventions in two to three states, and the functional expertise necessary for adding capacity to and leveraging the work on the ground.

Role Purpose:

  • Lead and provide management support to and build the capacity of the Project office staff to ensure that Save the Children India programme goals, objectives and policies are successfully implemented through the projects /programmes at the state level.

  • Act as an interface between the Program Hub and the project team, key stakeholders at the state including Govt. departments and NGO Partners.

  • Work as a member of the Programme Implementation Team consistently and in a coordinated manner with Program Hub (PI, advocacy, C&C) including Big Idea Thematic and Implementation Leads at NSO to increase the programme portfolio, ensuring quality and measuring programme & quality, HR strength and strong advocacy initiatives led by the state project office.

Role & responsibilities:

  • Ensure the provision of high quality technical advice and support through Big Idea Leads at NSO and Hub level with regard to programme development and execution.

  • Provide leadership to the project office and directly manage the project team in state/s and ensure achievement of programme goals in a cost-effective and timely manner

  • Ensure that programme/ project coordinators are effectively managed and provided with appropriate, timely and practical support in designing, developing and delivering programmes of a high quality.

  • Ensure that administrative and other support is provided to staff reporting functionally to other units at the program hub and NSO.

  • Ensure that programmes/ projects in the state are fully compliant with SC India, GOI/ and donor procedures and policies.

  • Develop and support Programme/Project coordinators’ capacity to meet their responsibilities, facilitate their appropriate professional development in line with countrywide HRD plans.

  • Ensure that consistent management approaches and effective systems are established and functioning in the state offices and tools and mechanisms are developed to facilitate effective/efficient management and quality programming.

  • In case of directly implemented projects, ensure that project personnel, relevant systems, procedures, and support from National Managers and Hub Managers are in place.

  • Identify opportunities and contribute to undertaking advocacy initiatives at state and district levels in coordination with the Advocacy Team.

  • Identify suitable partners for achieving the vision and mission of Save the Children India in the state. Review and recommend partner proposals, operational plans, including budgets and obtain approval. Ensure all partners implementing projects /programmes are fully compliant with SC India, GOI/ and donor procedures and policies.

  • Prepare and submit annual budget for approval to National office. Monitor project office budget, partner budget and project budgets and take actions for overspends and underspends as necessary and appropriate. Ensure that monthly finances project office are closed on time and uploaded into the system.

  • Ensure all staff, vendors, contractors, consultants and other relevant stakeholders are compliant with SC India’s policies and practices, including the Child Safeguarding Policy.

  • Ensure all grants are managed efficiently and reports are submitted on time (monthly, quarterly, bi-annual and annual) to relevant Sections.

  • Ensuring robust and functioning CSP mechanism

  • Actively leading & taking part in Humanitarian response and preparedness activities.

Measures of Performance:

Budget Utilization

Number of DIPs in place

% of Direct Reach achieved

Approval Authority:

Strategic objectives for function

Applicable people systems (recruitment, performance, administration etc.)

For budgetary authority and similar matters, refer to Scheme of Delegation


Direct (solid-line) to (administrative): Hub Program Implementation Lead

Matrix (dotted-line) to (functional):

Direct reports (line management responsibility if any): Project Coordinators / AM and cross-functional team at Project office.

Key relationships: (Internal & External stakeholders)

Internal Stakeholders (collaborates with): NSO & HUB colleagues

External Stakeholders : Partners, Government officials, CSO Network, Media, and donor representatives

Candidate specification:










Minimum 9 years of relevant experience; >3-5 years of middle to senior management experience




Advanced degree (Master's degree or higher) in social work/social sciences/public policy/rural development


Skills & Knowledge


  • Planning execution and management of multi state, multi-activity programming,

  • Command in Budget design, Tracking and Financial Management

  • Capacity to build and effectively supervise a diverse team of employees representing different thematic area.

  • excellent writing skills and experience in leading program design and developing work plans with diverse teams

  • Expertise in designing and implementing or overseeing monitoring & evaluation systems.

  • Good track record of working with and/or partnering with a variety of individuals and organizations, including state and national level government officials, national/international technical agencies, and donor organizations.

Behavioural : (Refer to Competency framework – select up to 5 key or relevant competencies for this role)

  • Delivering results

  • Developing self and others

  • Problem solving and decision making

  • Innovating and adapting

  • Working effectively with others

  • Networking

 Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values, and principles

  • Recruitment and selection procedures, which include rigorous background checks, reflect our commitment to the protection of children from abuse

  • Save the Children aims to be an equal opportunity employer. We welcome all applications irrespective of age, race, colour, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief or creed. Women candidates are encouraged to apply. We are also open to applications from people who want to work flexibly.

Child Safeguarding level required/ appropriate for the role:

Job level


Level 1



The role holder will not have contact with children and/or young people, or access to personal data about children or young people, as part of their work; therefore a police check will not be mandatory unless the content or location of the role changes, in which case the Child Safeguarding level will be reviewed.

Level 2



Either the role holder will have access to personal data about children and/or young people as part of their work; or they will be working in a ‘regulated’ position (accountant, barrister, solicitor, legal executive); therefore a police check will be required.

Level 3


The role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

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