Senior Awards Manager
Save the Children
Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In Nepal and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children - every day and in times of crisis - transforming their lives and the future we share. Save the Children invites applications from the interested and eligible candidates, who are reliable, accountable, have the ability to deliver results with the highest level of integrity and who value diversity, for the following position(s):

Senior Awards Manager

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LOCATION: Kathmandu

POST TYPE: National

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


Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfill their potential. We work together, with our partners from civil societies and government, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. We reached approximately three million populations and investing over 70 million US dollars in 2016 to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in Health, Nutrition, Education, Protection and Child Rights and Governance, child poverty, HIV and AIDS, and Humanitarian crises.

The Senior Award Manager is responsible for delivering an efficient and effective award management function. They will lead award management for all programmes, and develop best practice award management processes across the Nepal & Bhutan Country Office. The role has four main aspects to it: lead and develop the Country Office award management effort; capacity building staff; contributing to the development of best award practices systems and processes; and donor engagement.

In addition, the position holder will also be responsible for business development of programmes and provide technical advises in the development of proposals, concept notes and to carry out needs assessments. S/he is expected to lead the coordination between technical and operational teams to ensure that proposals are developed in coordination.

The role offers a challenging opportunity for an individual experienced in awards management, business development and donor communications. It requires an individual capable of providing strategic leadership to a dynamic team which is responsible for supporting ambitious fundraising targets as well as the management of a portfolio of awards currently valued at $65 million.

The individual will be responsible for working with all other teams in the Country Office to develop the capacity of all staff and provide on-the-job support to develop an awards management process that supports Save the Children quality standards. 

The individual will play a coordination role across the Save the Children global network and with donors to identify funding opportunities. S/he will co-ordinate development of high quality proposals that are reflective of Save the Children and donor strategic objectives, ensuring proposal budgets are accurately costed. During implementation they will provide support and information to the technical and field-based teams to deliver donor compliant awards and high quality and timely donor reports.

The maintenance of systems, processes and day to day management of the team will be a primary function of the Senior Awards Manager. The individual will play a key role in the development of a culture that promotes the primacy of ensuring Save the Children delivers high quality programmes whilst always seeking to improve national staff capacity to take on roles currently held by international staff. 

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.


Leadership, portfolio management, business development & strategy

  • Define the strategic direction of the awards management unit and undertake effective planning that supports the unit to establish and maintain an efficient and effective awards management process
  • Lead on the development of concept notes and funding proposals (include log frames and budgets), ensuring coordination and information sharing between technical and operation teams (finance, logistics) 
  • Develop response strategies, plans and master budgets
  • Use key performance indicators and other management information to identify and address operational issues that could impact negatively on the delivery of programmes
  • Work with SMT and Thematic Directors & COPs to engage with donors and identify possible funding opportunities in line with CO strategy
  • Coordinate the development of a Country Office funding strategy that enables proactive engagement across Save the Children globally and with donors to secure funding opportunities in a timely manner, making recommendations and flagging issues to Senior Management
  • Engage with Save the Children globally and provide information to support in the building of professional relationships with donors to identify strategic fundraising opportunities

Compliance (Systems and Processes):

  • Ensure that the Award Management System (AMS) meet SCI standards, is effectively maintained and up to date for all awards and sub-awards including authorisation and document retention
  • Participate in needs assessment and ensure findings are documented and that all assessments include a specific analysis of children’s needs
  • Ensure that key staff (including partners) have a clear understanding of donor compliance requirements throughout the project management cycle and that there is a complete audit trail of the implementation and reporting for all awards
  • Ensure potential issues and amendment requests are flagged promptly to the CD and/or DCD PDQ and to donors via the relevant member. Prepare donor waiver/derogation requests.
  • Ensure all partners and sub-award agreements undergo legal vetting, are input into and approved through AMS, and work with relevant staff to ensure relevant donor requirements are understood by implementing partners (this may include capacity building)
  • Engage with SCI region and centre on the development of award and donor engagement systems and processes and the sharing of best practice

Monitoring and analysis:

  • Work in collaboration with the Finance Planning Director, to ensure the CO has a clear framework for master budget development, cost allocation, monitoring of award budgets, phasing and forecasting, ensuring alignment between the master budgets and funding tracker.
  • Work with the Finance Planning Director on the regular analysis of the award portfolio and pipeline 
  • Work in collaboration with the Finance Planning Director and provide technical advice regarding strategic donor costs allocations with a view to minimise compliance issues where possible 

Communicating with impact (Pipeline, Proposals, Reports):

  • Provide monthly updates to CD and/or DCD PDQ on all aspects of award management including pipeline management and donor compliance, including providing analysis of current/ pipeline awards to senior management.
  • Lead the coordination of proposals, working with PDQ, Finance and Human Resources to produce high quality, fully costed proposals 
  • Coordinate the preparation of timely programme and donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal Save the Children requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.
  • Ensure the production of quality and timely reports that accurately reflect the impact achieved and lessons learnt during the implementation of an award
  • Track reporting requirements and ensure reports are prepared in a timely fashion
  • Review reports and ensure they are of a high standard and meet donor requirements
  • Process donor queries and requests for information, received from the Member Services Director and other

Team Management and Capacity Building:

  • Build a high performing award management team to support good practice and high quality delivery across the Country Office
  • Ensure the team members have clear objectives and work plans
  • Lead Awards related capacity building both within the Awards team and for other relevant staff members including budget holders
  • Support CD and/or DCD PDQ to build the capacity of programme staff on project design and management


  • Develop relationships with members and other COs in the region, and share issues and best practices.
  • Develop relationships with donors based in country, in coordination with Thematic Directors.
  • Build and maintain relationships with relevant networks and award management staff of similar organisations in the country.


  • Support the CD and/or DCD PDQ to manage the preparation of Country Annual Plans and Reports
  • Supporting Save the Children’s dual mandate of development programmes as well as being the leader in emergency preparedness and response for children. Ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with Sphere Charter and Red Cross Code of Conduct. 



  • Master's degree in Management, Economics, Development Studies or related Social Science(s)
  • At least 7 years (5 years for GSI* group) of experience in award management procedures and processes in development organization(s)
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind-sets
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
  • Experience of building personal networks, resulting in securing significant new opportunities for the organisation
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in
  • Commitment to Save the Children values

"Qualified candidates from minorities, indigenous groups, women and people with disabilities from local level are highly encouraged to apply."

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