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Award Management Technical Lead (Senior SME) – USAID Contracts

The Opportunity

Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the Award Management Technical Lead (Senior SME) – USAID Contracts in London, UK or any existing Save the Children International Regional or Country office worldwide


Save the Children is evolving its organisational structure in order to stay true to its mission, vision and values, whilst being able to withstand external pressures – be those geo-political demands; increasing stakeholder expectations; challenging funding environments; reduced access to funding due to localisation; or declining trust in large INGOs. The project this role will support is focused on supporting Save the Children to take on and prime (in line with donor compliance requirements) US Government Contracts. USAID Contracts have been identified as a priority for SCUS in the current strategic period 2022-2024, and beyond, due to the high funding opportunity and potential for this type of funding to be more and more common. It has been identified that in order for Save the children to be strongly positioned to secure, and comply with, USAID contracts as a prime, there is a need for SCA to adapt business processes, systems and ways of working within several functions, including New Business Development and Awards Management.

Through deep experience of the Organisation’s legal framework with respect to donor funding flows, procedures, award management structures, roles and responsibilities, program delivery, and donor interactions (with a particular focus on USAID compliance), the role will work as an embedded part of the USAID contracts initiative. Using this experience, the role will ensure there is adequate award management leadership, subject-matter expertise and input to support appropriate design, build and roll out of the solution. The role is responsible for ensuring that the function remains informed and committed to the project, consulting with and getting agreement across SCI Centre, Regional and Country Offices, and SC Members, to proposals from the project.



  • Extensive experience and subject-matter expertise in a senior Awards Management role in the NGO sector in field locations, working with diverse groups in multiple locations
  • Experience with USAID Contracts; In-depth knowledge of the US Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and United States Agency for International Development Acquisition Regulations (AIDAR); USAID Contract implementation experience
  • Demonstrated understanding and experience of project management within the contexts and priority thematic programming areas of Save the Children.
  • Understanding of existing role profile roles and responsibilities, technical solutions, processes, tools and reports within Awards Management that could be impacted by the Project(s)
  • Experience in solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward, with a proven ability to forge consensus and buy in, and drive action
  • Excellent business partnering, communication and relationship building skills. Demonstrated ability to develop, influence and manage productive relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders, including across SCA member agencies and senior staff
  • A track record of delivering results in a complex organisation, with an ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, with the ability to build credibility and internal networks quickly, to gain acceptance across country offices
  • High degree of cultural sensitivity and an appreciation of the varying levels of readiness and engagement across the organisational spectrum
  • Ability to work independently and use initiative, with a constructive approach
  • Attention to detail
  • Team player, with a full appreciation of the value of collaboration
  • Commitment to the mission, vision and values of Save the Children.


  • Full understanding of SCI award management people, process, systems and data
  • Experience of working across other areas of SC’s operations and/or functions
  • Experience of being involved in the implementation of a new/changed business processes and ways of working
  • Experience with Save the Children’s Theory of Change

We can offer circa £50,000 per annum (If based in London, UK) with an option of flexible working hours. If the role is based outside of the UK, National T&C (including pay) will apply.

This role can be based in London or any existing Save the Children International office location on approval, provided the successful candidate has proof of eligibility to work from the preferred location.

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The Organisation

We 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 environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

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.

Job Description

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Job description

16 Nov 2022

30 Nov 2022 - 03:00 EAT


Business Transformation

Fixed-term contract


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