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 Job - Children’s Villages Programme Director FOR BAKU BRANCH (SOS)

 Duration: 27.12.2022 - 10.01.2022


"SOS Children's Villages - Azerbaijan" Association was founded in 1999 according to the agreement signed between "SOS Children’s Village International” and Azerbaijan government. The main purpose of the organization is providing family based care to the children deprived from parental care as well as implementation of different activities aimed to provide children social welfare. Currently a number of social and educational projects successfully have being implemented within SOS Children's Villages Baku and Ganja.


“SOS Children’s Villages – Azerbaijan” has been implementing Child Protection Policy based on UN Convention on Child Rights.


We are now searching for a committed and strong personality eager to make a change for children by supporting our work in the position of a


Children’s Villages Programme Director FOR BAKU BRANCH


The SOS Children’s Villages Programme Director (CVPD) leads under the monitoring and guidance of National Office function staff the overall development and implementation of an SOS Children’s Villages Programme (CVP) in response to needs in one or several locations and in line with the vision, mission, values of the organisation. She/he represents the organisation towards governmental and non-governmental stakeholders in the location.  


She/he coordinates the CVP activities, ensures high quality and cost-efficient services for children and families from the target group. The CVPD is responsible for the professional implementation of the programme management cycle in the location. She/he leads the managing co-workers within the programme. She/he negotiates with local authorities, advocates for the rights of the target group and involves in professional child welfare networks. She/he actively engages volunteers, partner organisations, institutional funders, donors from the community and identifies potential income sources in cooperation with the Fund Development & Communications function in the National Office and/or the National Director (ND). She/he reports to the ND and cooperates content-wise also with national functional managers. As a member of the National Management Team she/he participates in the annual strategic planning of the Member Association.


  • Leads the development and implementation of the SOS CVP in line with the SOS Children’s Villages Programme Policy and related international and national SOS policies, strategies, quality standards and guidelines 
  • Leads the implementation of the programme management cycle including the CVP planning process as part of MA annual and strategic planning to ensure that interventions are relevant to the local context, respond to the needs of the target group and contribute to the development of sustainable social support systems 
  • Coordinates and ensures cooperation between all areas of work within the CVP 
  • Ensures efficiency through best use/sharing of resources across different programme units
  • Regularly reports on CVP activities and progress to ND and relevant National Office functions 
  • Ensures that the CVP is supportive to the brand of the SOS Children’s Villages Organisation
  • Develops appropriate workforce planning in close cooperation with national HRM and ensures full staffing of the CVP 
  • Establishes a positive, healthy and safe working environment in accordance with mission, vision, values of the organisation
  • Continues to build own knowledge and knowledge of team regarding national and Federation trends and strategies in child protection  
  • Builds and leads an engaged and high performing CVP team 
  • Recruits, interviews and selects co-workers with proper profile, all according to national recruitment guidelines 
  • Builds accountability in the programme by ensuring implementation of simple and effective financial and administrative procedures in accordance with defined policies and guidelines
  • Leads the budgeting process in the location(s)  
  • Monitors budget expenditures and conducts financial and content controlling of CVP in order to ensure that funds are properly used
  • Quality Management, Monitoring and Evaluation  
  • Is overall responsible for quality management in the CVP and ensures the implementation of national and international quality standards with guidance and monitoring from function staff in the National Office
  • Leads and coordinates cooperation, partnership building, and networking efforts of the CVP with local and national authorities and other external stakeholders
  • Represents together with managing CVP staff the organisation at relevant local networks, forums, platforms, campaigns, working groups and advocates on behalf of the organisation for the promotion of child rights, especially related to children from the target group



  • Responsible for implementation and management of SOS Child Protection Policy in National Association and for reporting to the national Board
  • Responsible for leading the CS team at national level 
  • Ensures that co-workers and programmes do no cause harm to children and young people and that they are not exposed to the risk of harm and abuse 
  • Responsible to report any concerns the organisation has about children’s safety in its programmes and within the communities to the appropriate authorities  
  • Ensures that co-workers act within national law, Child Protection Policy, Code of Conduct and other child safeguarding requirements 
  • Makes sure that child safety is not compromised by activities in the area of fundraising or donor relations. All partners/donors are informed of CS approach and are asked to respect it 
  • Responsible to commission internal investigations upon need 
  • Takes decision to close all incidents managed by national CS team 


  • Higher degree in social sciences, public administration, business administration, economics, law;
  • Minimum 3 years (preferably 5 years) of management experience in social welfare field, preferably within the NGO or public sphere in the sector of child and youth welfare;
  • At least 3 years’ experience in directly managing people;
  • Good skills in programme management, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Good knowledge of standards, legal issues, developments in the social welfare field in particularly child and youth welfare. Good knowledge of children’s rights;
  • Strong negotiation, communication and networking skills;
  • Good financial skills, budget management and organizational skills;
  • Good understanding and skills in human resource development (HRD), performance management;
  • Leadership skills: able to build effective teams, motivate high performance, and generate commitment to the programme goal;
  • Basic knowledge in fund development, particularly in public funding;
  • Good command of English 
  • Hands-on computer software skills (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Power Point etc.) 
  • Readiness to travel nationally and internationally as required 




  • Full time employment contract - 5 days working week, from 09:00 till 18:00;
  • City: Baku, Str. Sadigjan 27 a (orientation H. Aslanov m/s);
  • Registration of employees according to the labor legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan.



Challenging assignment in an international NGO working environment where professional and human competence is in the foreground.

Interested? To apply please send your application (letter of motivation and CV) by January 10, 2023 at the latest to with the subject line “CVPD Baku”.

Please, note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted!

Please, also note that job announcments of SOS CV Azerbaijan are apublished only on and websites! 

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