Senior Specialist, Child Care Recovery and Resilience

Save the Children

The Child Care Recovery and Resilience Senior Specialist serves as the technical lead and manages the delivery of Save the Children’s child care recovery and resilience programs in U.S. disaster contexts that help communities rebound and build back stronger after disasters. This role deploys to disaster-affected areas and is responsible for supporting the immediate needs assessment, partner identification, program planning and implementation and ongoing technical support. The Senior Specialist helps develop strong partnerships and grant agreements, monitors program data, tracks program budget and ensures partners have necessary program supplies and support. This role is also responsible for creating and contextualizing program and training content that best meets the needs of partners and program goals.

As a frontline representative of Save the Children, the position holder is required to ensure safety and protection of children and families that they come in contact with and represent the agency values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity, and Integrity.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Serve as Child Care Recovery and Resilience Technical Lead for U.S. Emergency Programs (20%)

  • Support the development of response and recovery strategies and implementation plans, leading on child care recovery and resilience goals, objectives and inputs. Provide ongoing technical assistance as needed.
  • Lead community needs assessments and make recommendations on education, child care recovery, resilience and preparedness programming implementation and adaptation and contextualization as needed
  • Create and strengthen program and guidance materials, tools and processes to improve program quality.
  • Contribute to internal and external dialogue on children in emergencies through working groups, trainings and presentations as a child care recovery and community resilience expert

Manage Child Care Recovery and Resilience Program Planning, Implementation and Monitoring (25%)

  • Lead the management and delivery of Save the Children child care recovery work, ensuring strong coordination and processes are in place with Save the Children’s finance and operations team that support efficient subgrant delivery and programmatic support and reporting.
  • Strengthen and improve program planning tools and guidance including cost models, logic models and implementation models.
  • When applicable, facilitate community resilience efforts including creation of children in emergencies working groups, to help community partners collaborate to identify and address gaps that help meet children’s needs in emergencies.
  • Contribute to the development of child care recovery and resilience program funding proposals, help monitor program budgets and track spending.
  • Manage child care recovery and resilience program data collection tools and methods including program surveys, feedback forms and evaluations. Ensure partners are following regular reporting schedules and that data is entered regularly into Save the Children’s data monitoring database.

Respond to Domestic Emergencies (25%)

  • Deploy to domestic responses as the Child Care recovery and education lead and/or serve as a programmatic backstop.
  • Based on our business needs during a response, S. Emergencies employees, including the Sr. Specialist, Child Care Recovery and Resilience, are expected to deploy for 3 to 6 weeks at a time.

Develop and Deliver Training to partners and emergency responders (20%)

  • Develop and manage Child Care Recovery and Resilience training content to meet programming needs based on current research and evidence-based best practices. In partnership with the Sr. Specialists of Child Protection and Psychosocial Support, integrate and adapt technical content as needed.
  • Deliver Child Care Recovery and Resilience training to various audiences including program implementation partners and Save the Children emergency responders and volunteers.
  • Help develop and implement Child Care Recovery and Resilience training plans with response teams that meet response goals.

Cultivate and Manage Child Care Recovery and Resilience Partnerships (10%)

  • Develop and strengthen strategic partnerships with national, state and local organizations, agencies and universities that support child care program quality, licensing and training as well additional critical child-serving partners that support children’s health, wellbeing and education.
  • Create strong partnership agreements and guidelines for program implementation partners that help ensure quality program delivery

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum 5-7 years' experience in functional area including working directly with groups of children and their caregivers.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of U.S. and state level child care systems, licensing requirements, and funding streams.
  • Familiarity with Child Care Resource & Referral agencies and experience working with licensed child care providers
  • Experience managing budgets and sub-granting processes and systems.
  • Technical knowledge, skills, and experience relevant to leadership of a programs of various sizes and scopes
  • Proficient communication and presentation/facilitation skills
  • Ability to collaborate successfully with diverse individuals internal and external to the organization
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Must be willing and able to travel up to 40%, and able to deploy to U.S. disaster areas for 3-6 weeks at a time


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in U.S. disaster recovery contexts, particularly supporting education or child-serving programs post-disaster.
  • Experience developing and delivering training to adult learners
  • Experience in partnership cultivation and management
  • Demonstrated ability programming to adapt programming in changing or complex environments
  • Fluency in Spanish

No Deadline provided.