Early Childhood Development and Care


Save The Children: Early Childhood Development and Care

Save The Children
Opportunity closing date:
Friday, 23 April, 2021
Opportunity type:

Job Title:                                        Early Childhood Development and Care (ECCD) Project Manager
Reports to:                                    Education Thematic Manager
Reporting to this post:                 ECCD Project Officers/ Trainers, Project Administrators, Project Play facilitators, Data captures
Travel Requirements:                   Regular national and international travel
Budget Responsibilities:              In excess of R 3 million (annually)
Location:                                        Pretoria

CHILD SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT: Save the Children South Africa has a zero tolerance towards the abuse and exploitation of children by any of our representatives, and we are equally committed to doing everything within our power to avoid unintended harm or accidents to children as a result of any of our activities.

Child Protection Level 3: The role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g., once a week or more) or intensively (e.g., four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


Save the Children South Africa (SCSA) works with children and their families in some of the nation’s most marginalised communities. SCSA is at the forefront of saving children’s lives and creating lasting change for children and their families, reaching over 100,000 children directly and over a million children indirectly annually through child rights, health and nutrition, child protection and education programmes.

Save the Children South Africa are proud to be part of a consortium with the Hope Worldwide (HWW), Ntataise and Elru to implement a four year “Learning Through Planning” project. The ECCD Project Manager will coordinate and manage the implementation of the LEGO Foundation award “Learning through Play” within five provinces (Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu Natal). The LEGO Foundation project aims to empower caregivers with knowledge, skills, activities, and tools to facilitate Learning through Play (LtP).

The position will be responsible for managing the implementation of all project interventions, including trainings, ECD centre standard operating procedures and compliance, and ensuring its roll-out as per the project budget and guidelines. He/she will work closely with the project team to meet project deadlines and deliverables. The role will oversee the implementation of National, Provincial, and local interventions and ensure their effectiveness and quality.

The position will continue to lead the development of phased year implementation plans, review and manage project financials, generate regular project reports including donor/funders required narrative reports. The position will also work with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEAL) team to support the necessary theory of change and results framework review and alignment to the programme. The ECCD Project Manager will continue to support, establish, and strengthen partnerships with various stakeholders including government departments, Civil Society Organisations focused on Education and ECCD, Media and all relevant organizations who work in the education/ECCD sector in South Africa.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Provide oversight for the implementation of the education system & plan: 1. Develop and implement the ECCD plan; 2. Manage the design, planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring, and review of the project activities in each respective province.
  2. Monitoring of project performance & progress of the approved annual implementation plan: 1. Review and contribute to the Project’s Results frameworks 2. Facilitate & conduct quarterly reviews; 3. Review and contribute to the Theory of Change (ToC); 4. Facilitate and conduct Project Baseline, Mid-line & End line assessments; 5. Facilitate development & use of project routine data tools and trackers; 6. Contribute to documentation of lessons learnt during implementation of this project.
  3. Budget management: 1.  Develop and manage the ECCD (LtP) project budget including compliance to donor requirement; 2. Conduct monthly financial analysis and reporting on budget performance in line with the implementation plans; 3. Manage all procurement processes required for the project activities, including training activities.
  4. Managing project implementation: 1. Facilitate effective and efficient project implementation; 2. Review project implementation plans; 3. Regular monitoring of project performance progress; 4. Facilitate dissemination of project lessons through good practice stories or model created, 5. Manage and Supervise ECCD project team and monitor their performance; 6. Provide support to the training facilitation and coordination.
  5. Project quality improvement:  1. Conduct ECCD Project quality benchmark audits and prepare a report; 2. Conducting project quarterly reviews and reporting according to the results framework; 3. Contribute to the development of ECCD quality benchmarks & criterion package; 4. Identify and manage risk mitigation throughout the project.
  6. ECCD reporting: 1. Checking data reports per month; 2. Develop, collate, and review project reports (monthly and quarterly); 3. Support timely donor liaison through preparing quality reports, case stories and update as required; 4. Provide technical inputs to ECCD MEAL process and application of available tools, including review of these tools.
  7. Programme knowledge management: 1.Facilitate and coordinate project knowledge management, storage and use of available resources; 2. Review and support the development of ECCD project documents i.e., materials, stories, researched studies etc.
  8. Business Development: 1. Contributes to the development of concept notes and preparation of funding proposals.
  9. Stakeholder Management and development: 1.Maintain and strengthen, and sustain existing stakeholder relationships at provincial, district & local level.  2. Establish new and essential stakeholder relationships.

Other duties may be included, within reasonable limits, as agreed with your manager.

Specific Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for your role will be developed annually and reviewed regularly by you and your manager in conjunction with the fundraising plan and organisational needs of SC SA.

BEHAVIOR AND PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES (Save the Children values in Practice)


  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds colleagues accountable to deliver on their responsibilities — giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


  • Future oriented, thinks strategically and on a global scale.
  • Focused on achieving external impact for the campaign.


  • Clear ability to understand other people’s perspective and address reasonable concerns and needs.
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, members, and external partners.
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
  • Values diversity sees it as a source of competitive strength.


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions.
  • Willing to take disciplined risks.
  • Take initiatives that are beneficial to the organisation.


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity.


  • A degree in education with specialization in ECCD or related field.
  • Post graduate qualification in ECCD is an advantage.
  • Recognised project management qualification.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in education.


  • At least 3 years’ experience working in the children’s sector.
  • At least 3 years’ management experience.
  • Demonstrable project management experience at a suitable level.
  • Excellent technical know-how of child rights.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, ability to inform and engage through written communication.
  • Experience in planning and facilitating training.
  • Strong initiative and ability to multitask, anticipate and priorities without direct supervision.
  • Experience in a non-government organisation,
  • Driver’s licence.


Interested parties should submit their CV with a 1-page cover letter. Closing date for applications is the: 23rd April 2021.
All applications should be submitted by email to: recruitment@savethechildren.org.za

Please ensure that the subject line states: ECCD Project Manager (LEGO01) Application

Should you not hear from us after two weeks from the closing date consider your application unsuccessful.