Partnership Capacity Building Advisor

February 15, 2024
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Job Description

About Save the Children:

The Organization:

Save the Children, a global entity with approximately 25,000 employees across 100+ countries, is dedicated to helping children affected by crises and those in need of healthcare, education, and child protection. The organization campaigns globally to realize children’s rights, emphasizing three breakthroughs by 2030: preventing child deaths, providing quality education, and ending violence against children.

SCI – Afghanistan:

Operating in Afghanistan since 1976, Save the Children focuses on delivering lasting change by working closely with communities, adhering to the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. Their efforts include improving education, enabling more children to attend school, and promoting basic health for children and mothers.

Job Description: Partnership Capacity Building Advisor

Job Title: Partnership Capacity Building Advisor

Team/Programme: Education Project – Programme Operations

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan (with 50% travel to the field)

Grade: Nat 2


Child Safeguarding: Level 3

Role Purpose:

The Partnership Capacity Building Advisor leads the capacity-building program for project partners, ensuring quality project delivery. Reporting to the Head of Partnership and Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP), the role assesses partner capacities, provides coaching, and supports partners in various functional and thematic areas. The Advisor contributes to strategy development, facilitates change processes, and maintains positive project governance.

Scope of Role:

Reports to: Deputy Chief of Party (solid reporting line), Head of Partnership (SCI–dotted).

Staff Reporting: N/A

Dimensions: Save the Children International in Afghanistan collaborates with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) as a sub-implementer, working with five implementing partner organizations.

Key Areas of Accountability:


Ensure alignment with SCI on partnership roadmap, approach, and indicators.

Coordinate with relevant departments to allocate budgets for capacity strengthening.

Capacity Building and Sharing:

  • Conduct or support Partnership Assessments.
  • Develop capacity strengthening programs based on assessment results.
  • Facilitate Organizational Capacity Assessments.
  • Support partners in developing capacity strengthening plans.
  • Provide general training and targeted capacity strengthening support.
  • Measure the effectiveness of capacity-sharing programs and lead training on 2 CFR 200.

Partnership Management:

Work closely with partners under IRC and Save the Children to ensure capacity strengthening.

Collaborate with the project team on joint monitoring visits and document the partnership journey.

Initiate and maintain collaboration with diverse partners for potential strategic partnerships.

Brand and Reputation:

Ensure partners actively contribute to building and maintaining the project and Save the Children’s brand.

Communication and Representation:

Maintain effective communication within the Project Team and Partnership Unit.

Facilitate communication between program, partners, and external stakeholders.

Contribute to maintaining relationships with government authorities, NGOs, donors, and other stakeholders.


Comply with Save the Children policies regarding child safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety.

Behaviours (Values in Practice):

  • Accountability: Holds self and others accountable for delivering on responsibilities.
  • Ambition: Sets ambitious goals and encourages personal development.
  • Collaboration: Builds effective relationships with the team, colleagues, and external partners.
  • Creativity: Encourages innovative solutions and takes disciplined risks.
  • Integrity: Demonstrates honesty, openness, and transparency.

Job Requirements:

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, project management, or related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of partnership management experience, including community engagement.
  • Experience with an international NGO or similar organization.
  • Experience in developing and running capacity strengthening programs.
  • Strong project and partnership management skills.
  • Fluency in Pashto, Dari, and English (written and spoken).
Submission Guideline:

Qualified applicants can apply through the online application form. Attach your CV and cover letter in the online system. Only applications through the online portal will be considered.

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Save the Children International provides equal employment opportunities and does not request money at any stage of recruitment. The selection process reflects a commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Save the Children strongly encourages applications from women, following minimum country requirements for potential female applicants.