Regional Civil Society Partnership Advisor


Regional Civil Society Partnership Advisor


Save the Children seeks Regional Civil Society Partnership Advisor.


If you are passionate about working with civil society  - both in terms of capacity strengthening and expansion of civic space - this job is for you! You will be a key member of Save the Children's regional Civil Society Strengthening Program working with partner organizations across the region. You will also strengthen capacities of our Save the Children colleagues in localization and partnerships with local civil society.





Save the Children (SC) works across a broad range of partners as per our Theory of Change and our partnership principles. However, this position will focus on partnerships with local civil society organisations in the countries where we programme.


Civic space for civil society, including child rights organisations, is increasingly being challenged, but Save the Children believes that a strong civil society is crucial to promote, defend and demand accountability for children’s rights. To increase efforts and programme quality, technical leadership in the civil society engagement arena is required. This includes providing systematic capacity strengthening support to country office staff and local civil society partner organisations, as well as strengthening of civil society as part of long-term programming efforts in all contexts. This role will also facilitate learning from other related initiatives to increase localisation efforts and strengthen partnerships with civil society organisations in our programming.






•           Master's Degree in social sciences, development, organisational leadership, international relations, or relevant field.

•           Extensive and substantive relevant practical experience may be considered in lieu of a Master's Degree. 

•           Partnership Brokering certification desirable.






•           At least 10 years of qualified experience working with rights-based approaches and relevant thematic areas focusing on organisational capacity strengthening of civil society organisations and/or national and local actors in development and humanitarian contexts.

•           At least 10 years’ experience in the design and implementation of programmes and capacity building of civil society organisations from both development and humanitarian contexts.

•           Experience of developing efficient strategies for advocacy work and policy dialogue between civil society and state actors Experience/familiarity of Nordic framework agreements focusing on local civil society strengthening is considered a merit.

•           Familiar with organisational development methodologies, partnership principles, partnership brokering, participatory approaches and the localisation agenda. Strong understanding of thematic issues related to child rights and human rights.

•           Strong analytical skills and ability to summarize extensive and complex information.

•           Ability to lead on strategic development, including monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning.

•           Knowledge of RBM/LFA frameworks.

•           Proposal writing and reporting skills including thematic quality assurance on gender equality, child rights, and children with disabilities, conflict sensitivity, and climate aspects in both development and humanitarian contexts.

•           Experience in organizational capacity development and significant training, facilitation and capacity building skills

•           Familiarity with Microsoft Office and business intelligence/reporting/monitoring systems

•           Fluency in Spanish (verbally and written)

•           Proficiency in English (verbally and in writing).


“We need to keep children safe, so our screening processes include rigorous background checks that reflect our commitment to protecting children from abuse.


All employees are expected to fulfill their obligations in accordance with our global policy against harassment. "





Save the Children is the leading organization for the defense of children's rights worldwide. We work in more than 120 countries saving lives, providing safety and protection to children and defending their rights.


We work together with our partners to drive progress in the way the world treats children, in order to generate immediate and lasting changes in their lives.


We have more than two million followers around the world and raised 1.6 billion dollars in 2011 to reach more children than ever, through health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights programs, as well as in time humanitarian crisis.


By mid-2013 most of our international programs will be delivered through a merger operation with 14,000 employees, managed through seven regional centers reporting to a relatively small central office. We are changing to be more efficient, more aligned, better partners, advocates, attractive to world-class people, and relevant to the 21st century.


Application information:

Apply by submitting a cover letter and updated CV as one document. Also include details of your current compensation and salary expectations.


We need to keep children safe for this our selection process, includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to protecting children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global policy against harassment.





Job description:

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Date advertised: 10 Sep 2021

Closing date: 25 Sep 2021 - 23:59 CST

Location: Panama City, Panama

Department: Programme, Development and Quality

Type: Permanent

Schedule: Full-time

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