Programme Development & Quality (PDQ) Intern at Save the Children

On Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
Position Code: PDQ Intern
Location: Nairobi
Contract Duration: 6 Months
Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. 
Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. 
In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children
combined the programmes of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a
single operation in Kenya. 

In February 2014, Save the Children completed a second transition, which saw us join forces with the British INGO, Merlin, and merge their health and nutrition programmes with our own.

Save the Children now has an operational presence in Nairobi, Bungoma,
Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Turkana and Wajir and works through partners in many other parts of the country. Save the Children employs more than 300 staff and had an operating annual budget in 2014 of approximately US$25 million.

Save the Children’s Programme Development and Quality (PDQ) team leads the development of high quality, innovative programmes that deliver immediate and lasting change for children and provides technical support to monitoring the quality
of the implementation of those programmes. 

The PDQ team is comprised of a dedicated Technical Advisor (TA) for each thematic area (Nutrition, Health/HIV, Education, Child Protection, Child Poverty and Child Rights Governance), in addition to a WASH TA and a Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Manager.

The current intervention programmes are driven by Save the Children Kenya’s strategic plan 2013-2015. 

As the plan is coming to an end in2015, a process of developing a new country strategic plan (CSP) for 2016-2018 has commenced and will be ongoing throughout 2015.

Overview of Role and Responsibilities for the PDQ Intern:
Save the Children Kenya, as part of the Save the Children movement, is undergoing a strategic planning process for the 2016-2018 period (three years). 

An initial phase of planning, input and consolidation of thinking is required to enable the country office to develop the plan.  
The strategic plan will build on the existing strategic plan, but add a completely new dimension of organisational structure, Save the Children priorities and a much stronger focus of efforts for children in Kenya. 
The strategy will provide the broad framework for future work, but also contribute to the wider Save the Children vision, mission and breakthroughs. 
The PDQ intern will provide support to the PDQ Director (DPDQ) and PDQ staff in compiling key information, preparing workshops, tracking the CSP process and writing up meeting and workshop notes.

In addition to this, the PDQ intern will provide support to PDQ team
members in the preparation and organization of thematic and
programme-related events, workshops, conferences and meetings, as well
as any other specific tasks as agreed with the DPDQ.

Intern’s Tasks

Under the overall guidance of – and with significant support from – the DPDQ, the intern will:
  • Support in the setting up agenda for CSP workshops and taking minutes
  • Organize for and participate in CSP planning meetings
  • Support Technical Advisors and other CSP task team members in the collation of CSP data
  • Support in the preparation of presentations and/or other sessions and materials for CSP workshops
  • Organize the logistics for CSP workshops
  • Support PDQ team members in the preparation and organization of events, workshops, conference and meetings
  • Any other specific tasks as assigned by the DPDQ
Timeline: This internship is for a six month duration.

Profile of desired Intern
  • A degree in social science.
  • Experience in child rights programing desirable
  • Have solid knowledge and practical experience in primary research and secondary data review
  • Excellent organizing, facilitating, presentation and communication skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • The capacity and willingness to work well on their own initiative and respond to challenges
  • Ability to work with multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural  teams
  • Willingness to sign and abide by the Save the Children Child Safeguarding Policy
How to Apply
candidates are required to submit a CV and mandatory Cover letter to
[email protected] indicating the Position Code
on the subject line by 23rd March 2015.  
Due to the urgency of these positions, applications will be reviewed as when receive them. 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 
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