Deputy National Director – Family Strengthening Programme

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 31-May-22 23:59 HR

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JOB DESCRIPTION: Deputy National Director – Family Strengthening Programme, SOS Children’s Villages of India, New Delhi

1. POSITION VACANT: Deputy National Director - Family Strengthening Programme, SOS Children’s Villages of India (SOSCVI), New Delhi


The first SOS Children’s Village was founded by Hermann Gmeiner, an Austrian philanthropist, in 1949. The organization has since expanded throughout the world and is presently active in over 136 countries and territories, with over 500 SOS Children’s Villages and 400 SOS Youth Facilities, looking after the welfare of children in need of care and protection.

SOS Children’s Villages of India (SOSCVI) has been operational for over five decades and, today, looks after 25,000+ children through 32 SOS Children’s Villages in 22 states/ Union Territories, across the country.

The organisation has fostered four generations of parentless and abandoned children and enabled them to lead constructive lives. The children have an identity, a family to call their own, and most importantly, a life that has set examples for others to grow up to become active and contributing members of society.

SOSCVI also provides support to vulnerable families as a part of its Family Strengthening Programme. The programme helps biological parents, under trying conditions, to strengthen their capacities as caregivers and contain the abandonment of children by their families.

The organisation has also been a first responder, each time a natural or man-made disaster has struck India, providing active assistance and initiating relief operations and activities, with central importance being given to affected children.


The Deputy National Director - Family Strengthening Programme (DND-FSP) shall be responsible for driving programme development in the areas of Family and Community Development, in line with the “Vision, Mis­sion, Values,” strategies, policies and plans of the organization and government legislation. S/he shall periodically review government policies, legislation and strategies on family strengthening (FS), and ensure that all FS initiatives of the organization, strictly adhere to them.

As a member of the National Management team, s/he shall contribute to setting and reaching the strategic objectives and targets of the organization in the area of FS and monitor and evaluate progress towards their achievement. Specifically, s/he shall drive accomplishment of the Strategy 2030 Goal for FSP of reaching out to 80,000 children in the community by developing the initiative as a high impact, low cost, sustainable programme.

S/he shall provide technical expertise and support to FS Co­ordinators at different locations, in planning, implementing and monitoring programme interventions. The DND-FSP shall also be responsible for introducing and monitoring the implementation of quality standards for FS.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

(A) Strategy Development

(1) Lead the development of National FSP Strategy and Plans, in cooperation with the FSP co-workers and stakeholders;
(2) Implement SOSCVI’s FS Strategy 2030, for promoting the holistic development of children, gender equality and women’s economic empowerment, through livelihood strengthening initiatives, at the national and provincial levels;
(3) As a key member of the Senior Executive Team, make a leading contribution to overall strategy and organizational development of SOSCVI, by strengthening coordination and collaboration within and across teams, and institutionalizing culture and planned strategies.

(B) Program Management, Implementation, and Innovation

(4) Implement employable skill building of the youth in the community for job placement;
(5) Ensure appropriate programme design and delivery, as well as finding potential partners, at the national and provincial levels;
(6) Lead the implementation of RBM (Result Based Management) for the programme;
(7) Institutionalize strong systems and processes, including programme execution and automate processes wherever appropriate, for efficiency and effectiveness. This shall include rolling-out of newer initiatives or pilot projects;
(8) Develop and implement new models of childcare in communities;
(9) Collaborate with DND Fund Development and Communication and DND Finance, and their teams, for developing synergized childcare plans, conducting research, studying the feasibility of new projects and leading innovation and the use of technology to continuously enhance efficiencies of the FSP program;
(10) Ensure comprehensive technology adoption throughout the programme and its operations;

(C) Fostering Collaboration and Linkages

(11) Collaborate with the Federation for strengthening the FSP program at SOSCVI, as well as across the Federation;
(12) Develop linkages at the regional, national and international level for strengthening FSP implementation and designing and delivering high impact community interventions;
(13) Develop relationships with key external and internal stakeholders like government agencies, other NGO’s, Zonal FSP Directors, all functional heads and others;
(14) Provide technical support for strengthening capacity for the delivery of economic and social services to stakeholders.

(D) Team Management and Capacity Development

(14) Build and develop a high-performance team;
(15) Help develop training tools and strategic plans that facilitate the achievement of programme objectives;
(16) Assist the Project Manager to prepare detailed work plans, schedules and budgets for the programme;
(17) Build a strong next level of leaders who can manage and execute their responsibilities independently and uphold SOSCVI culture.

(E) Knowledge Management, Learning, and Dissemination

(18) Knowledge Management: Promote a knowledge sharing and learning culture at SOSCVI, based in-depth knowledge of development issues;
(19) Contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice through the identification of best practices and lessons learned;
(20) Review and update FS programs with knowledge and research findings from International Journals;
(21) Conduct regular field visits to assess progress made by targeted families and other partners and identify areas of improvement;
(22) Conduct audits and take corrective actions. Ensure process compliance and the financial integrity of FSP projects;
(23) Develop an ecosystem that can collaborate and create a deeper and wider impact.

(F) External Representation and Advocacy

(24) Prepare Institutional Partnership Development proposals, concept notes and terms of references, for future projects and activities for donors;
(25) Represent the organization at relevant external forums, to advocate and promote child rights, especially on issues linked to SOSCVI target groups and programmes;
(26) Join relevant networks, forums, platforms, campaigns, and working groups to advocate on behalf of the organization for the promotion and protection of children’s rights, especially on issues linked to children at risk of losing the care of their families, or children without parental care.


Qualifications & Experience:
(1) Applicants must be post-graduates in Social Work, Behavioural Science, Psychology, Rural Management, Business Administration, or other relevant discipline;
(2) Candidates must have 10-15 years of experience, in leading multi-thematic programmes across sustainable livelihoods, SHG development, child protection, education, health and nutrition and/ or skill development;
(3) Prior experience in guiding senior workers in community work and resource mobilization, will be an advantage.


(1) Analytical Skills: Able to synthesize large sets of inputs and data to form coherent outputs. Must be detail-oriented;
(2) Ability to implement programmes at the community level, especially in Livelihoods;
(3) Linkage of community programmes with Govt schemes;
(4) Ability to build partnerships on health, and nutrition;
(5) SHG development and management;
(6) Monitoring field-level programmes on quality, quantity, integrity and compliances;
(7) Ability to interact with senior members and stakeholders effectively and efficiently;
(8) Communication skills: Able to communicate clear ideas across a variety of mediums;
(9) Writing and presentation skills: Able to produce high quality reports and presentations;
(10) Team skills: Able to work independently as well as in teams;
(11) Excellent organizational and time-management skills;
(12) Ability to manage programs and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results;
(13) Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of professionals towards common goals;
(14) Ability to plans and prioritize work activities to meet organizational goals. Organizes and oversees work processes efficiently to achieve quality results;
(15) Ability to identify and understand client’s needs, and perspective and offer appropriate solutions. Establish and maintain productive partnerships with clients and keep them informed of problems or delays in the provision of services. Works towards creating an enabling environment for a smooth relationship between clients and service providers; 
(16) Ability to advocate and provide policy advice.


(1) Excellent communication skills;
(2) Fluency in or understanding of one or more regional languages shall be an advantage;
(3) High proficiency in the English language;
(4) Proven people management skills;
(5) Proficient in computers, especially MS Office applications.


Gross compensation budgeted for the position is attractive and in alignment with salaries paid by leading I/NGOs for leadership roles. The offer made to the selected candidate shall be commensurate with qualifications, experience, and salary history.


This is a senior management position at the level of Deputy National Director, reporting to National Director (CEO)/ Secretary-General.

7. LOCATION: New Delhi

8. CONTRACT: This is a core, permanent position with the organization.



Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd.
1/1B, Choudhary Hetram House, Bharat Nagar
New Friends Colony, New Delhi 110 025
Phone Nos.: 91-11- 4081-9900; 4165 3612


Eligible candidates interested in the position are requested to apply using the link, at the earliest. 


The position is being filled on a fast-track basis and SOSCVI is meeting with suitable candidates almost immediately.