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Technology for Development (T4D) Specialist - Save Children Somalia

Date Posted: May 13, 2024
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    May 25, 2024

Job Description

TITLE:  Technology for Development (T4D) Specialist


LOCATION: Mogadishu

GRADE:    2

Post Type: National

CONTRACT LENGTH: one year (renewable)



Level 3:  the post 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 country programs; or are visiting the country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.



As part of Save the Children’s global 2020-2024 strategic plan, the Somalia Country office has identified digital transformation as a critical issue for programming success and to achieve impact for children.  Digital transformation in our programmes is one of nine priorities and Somalia country office is becoming a centre of expertise within the organisation. As part of this priority, Save the Children contracted Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to develop a digital transformation toolkit and roadmap to implementation across the region over the next four years.


BCG has completed the toolkit, handed it over to the regional office, and roll-out, adoption and expansion of digital programming is underway. The purpose of this position is to provide the capacity bridging to use the toolkit, adopt digital solutions and document lessons learned.


This role will co-ordinate the delivery of the toolkit and implementation plan, alongside the Head of the IT and Digital Transformation. 



Reports to: Head of IT and Digital Transformation 

Dotted line manager - PDQi Director  

Staff reporting to this post:  None


As the T4D Specialist you will work with the program team to:


  • Provide guidance and technical support to the Country Office in the identification, selection, concept design, deployment and sustainability of T4D interventions to address bottlenecks towards the achievement of programme results.
  • Advise on implementation strategy of digital technology initiatives, including technical oversight, troubleshooting and the documentation of challenges and resolutions.
  • Coordinate business and programme relationship services to define high-level requirements; document and match requirements and guide the design, development and deployment of appropriate T4D solutions that are in line with the Save the Children’s Digital Toolkits. 
  • Integrate digital development and technology innovation into the Programme planning lifecycle. Align with programme priorities and participate in planning meetings to ensure T4D functional accountabilities.
  • Guide on implementation of the technology and digital innovation strategy for the Country Office.  Bring visibility to T4D gaps, opportunities and scale-up strategy in support of Country Office priorities. 
  • Work directly with head of thematic areas and Technical Specialists to co-create strategies on how technology and innovation can support the country Programme.
  • Oversee quality assurance during planning and deployment of T4D initiatives; participate in establishing and maintaining standards, documentation and support mechanisms for T4D.
  • Develop partnerships and networks ensuring strong engagement with partners such as local solution providers, innovators, NGOs, private sector, ICT authorities, communications commissions, and academia to build and provide a space to nurture and test new and innovative technologies and build local capacity.
  • Identify and explore opportunities for resource mobilisation and new partnerships including proposal and donor development efforts.
  • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing and transfer of knowledge, skills and tools to foster and facilitate technology-enabled programming.
  • Identify, capture, and share lessons learned from T4D for integration into broader knowledge development planning, advocacy and communication efforts.
  • Collaborate with MEAL Team to ensure documentation and clear monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for innovation and T4D projects including baseline data collection, on-going monitoring, as well as first phase data collection and analysis.
  • Guide programme sections to identify and assess new T4D initiatives, or new phases of on-going initiatives, with immediate potential to improve programming. 
  • Develop staff capabilities in appropriate use of frontier technology and innovations such as UAVs, Generative AI, wearables, IoTs, mobile money, blockchain etc.  Maintain up to date knowledge of the latest trends and developments.
  • Utilise human/user-centric design methods to support user-acceptance testing, evaluation, documentation and analysis (e.g. design thinking)
  • Ensure contextual humanitarian developments in Somalia (trend analysis, key actors, drivers of change information..etc.) are visualized and available internally and externally as required.


BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)


  • holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, and achieving and role modeling Save the Children values.
  • holds the team and partners 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.


  • Set ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, take responsibility for their personal development, and encourage their team to do the same.
  • widely shares their vision for Save the Children and engages and motivates others.
  • Future-orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


  • Build and maintain effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members external partners, and supporters.
  • values diversity and sees it as a source of competitive strength.
  • approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


  • Develop and encourage new and innovative solutions.
  • willing to take disciplined risks.


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

Experiences and Qualifications


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) is required in Digital Transformation, Business Analysis, ICT Management, Computer Science, Innovation, Digital Development, International Development or another relevant technical field.
  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in a relevant field combined with 7 years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.





  • Experience identifying, designing, and implementing solutions for large-scale projects with technical components – including supervising external vendors and software developers; responsibility for business analysis, budgets, contracts, project management and procurement, etc.
  • Experience with Comcare, PowerBI, KOBO, ODK, RapidPro, Primero, DHIS2, and other global public good technologies, and deploying, maintaining, and scaling these technologies
  • Experience with ICT, mobile and web-based technologies, particularly designing or deploying tools appropriate to the region
  • Exposure to UN or other INGO programmatic areas, including health, nutrition, child protection and/or education.
  • Experience in applying technical solutions to address programmatic issues
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.



  • Experience in open source, mobile, and emerging technology applied to Save the Children programme areas
  • Experience working in T4D/ICT4D program design, service design, and field deployment/implementation in developing countries.
  • Software programming experience, with a focus on writing new code to deliver enhancements, new functionality, and defect resolution as well as proficiency with source code and continuous integration solutions (such as GitHub, Circle/Travis, Jenkins, etc.)
  • presentation skills to fulfil the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the project description.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (professional level proficiency) and Somali language is mandatory. 
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children International’s aims, values and principles.
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports. A high level of written and spoken English.


Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

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.

Adult Safeguarding.

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy, all employees are also expected to carry out their duties in accordance with SCI protection from sexual exploitation abuse.

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

How To Apply

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


At SCI, we uphold the principle of equal rights and opportunities for all our employees. In our commitment to fostering a more inclusive workplace and addressing gender gaps, we have implemented additional efforts aimed at supporting female qualified candidates: -

  • Maternity leave (6 months)
  • Annual Leave 30 working days
  • 10% *gross salary. (female allowance)
  • 1.5 flexible working hours for lactating mothers


Application procedures:

All interested and qualified candidate can apply the position through the below link:

Job Posting Link: Technology for Development (T4D) Specialist

Application closing date is on 25th May 2024




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