Livelihoods Specialist At Save the Children

SCI employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people.


The Livelihoods Specialist will be based in Istanbul with frequent travel to field locations, providing technical leadership to livelihoods programs in Turkey under Save the Children’s Child Poverty thematic area. In addition to designing innovative programmes and portfolio growth, the role holder will be providing technical oversight and coordination in order to support the quality and impact of field level livelihoods programmes for host and refugee communities. The role holder will be expected to lead programme design and proposal development activities in-line with the country strategy as well as lead on expanding scope and scale for livelihood programming in Turkey. The role holder will support capacity building initiatives as well as working with Operations teams, MEAL and Advocacy to carry out need based assessments and activities, including setting up quality benchmarks. The post holder is expected to have, passion to work for children and have the capacity to design and implement integrated programming. S/he is self-motivated able to manage a large workload and proactively support others in the field with regard to technical assistance.
Note: In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.


Reports to: Programme Development & Quality Manager
Role Dimensions: This is a technical role in CO and the role holder will deal with variety of contextual scenarios, complex political situation and variety of key stakeholders.


Technical Leadership:
• Lead on technical assessments (including market assessment) in coordination with other SC thematic areas and/or other external sector agencies ensuring assessment findings are documented and that all assessments include a specific analysis of children’s needs.
• Working with the programme implementation teams to develop sector plan and contribute to Save the Children’s overall country strategy including in any emergency response.
• Support fundraising efforts by leading on the development of high quality concept notes and proposals and engagement with donors’ technical advisors in Turkey
• Support programme implementation to ensure appropriate and timely delivery of programme activities (for example preparing training materials capacity building support).
• Support the preparation of timely programme and donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal SC requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.
• Working closely with the HR team identify staffing needs for the country office and provincial office programmes and ensure quality recruitment induction and training of new staff.
• Work with Finance, Logistics and other teams to ensure appropriate and accountable modalities are in place.
• Working closely with the Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning (MEAL) team put in place a sector MEAL plan ensuring this links to reporting requirements and capacity build technical field staff in carrying out the work.
• Working closely with the MEAL lead to put in place accountability activities ensuring that feedback from all relevant stakeholders is considered in programme design and implementation including children
• Ensure that field livelihoods teams are engaged in a ‘culture of learning’ with opportunities to connect share experiences and lessons while also coming together to bring improvements to the overall standard of livelihoods programming.

Capacity Building:
• Identify learning and training opportunities for Save the Children staff and partners and work as a mentor and role model for less experienced staff.
• Support the delivery of livelihoods programming in both urban and rural settings including trainings and remote coaching on practical elements (where required).

Representation & Organisational Learning:
• Build and maintain positive relationships with relevant stakeholders including Government / Municipalities, Ministries, INGOs / UN Agencies, and local partners
• Ensure that Save the Children’s work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and government and take a leadership role within Interagency Coordination forums ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed including taking the lead in coordination working groups and clusters.
• Take steps to document lessons learned for wider dissemination.
• In collaboration with the Regional Office, feed in learning experiences and evidence to relevant global advocacy objectives as well as into regional and global learning forums.
• Build strong relationship with key donors and represent organisation in relevant forums
• Identify opportunities and material to contribute to communications and media work.

• Travel to field offices as needed to conduct capacity building and quality monitoring ensuring that all visits are supported by clear and constructive recommendations.
• Deliver high quality results in a way which maintains the reputation of SC in Turkey
• Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection code of conduct health and safety equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.
• Perform such other responsibilities as agreed with your line management.



• Turkish nationality is a requirement for this position.
• Minimum 5 years of experience working in livelihood programmes, in both rural and urban contexts including direct experience in market analysis and economic recovery and/or stimulation and undertaking market assessments using different methodologies.
• Education to Masters level in a relevant subject
• Previous experience of working in a culturally diverse team
• Previous experience working with livelihood projects with demonstrated technical leadership, monitoring and evaluation skills
• Expertise in the supply chain and child labour issues
• Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability
• Proven capacity to train and coach staff
• Experience of representation and ability to represent SC effectively in external forums
• Experience of writing successful funding proposals for donors
• Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
• Excellent communication skills with a high level of written and spoken English and Turkish
• Strong influencing skills
• Commitment to Save the Children values


• Experience with an INGO desirable

Benefits Package provided to National Staff:

  • Salary commensurate with the pay-grade of the position.
  • Transportation allowance
  • Annual leave

Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Safeguarding our Staff:

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

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

Save the Children does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

How to apply

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