Job Vacancies at Leading Independent Organisation for Children – Save the Children Nigeria

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential. We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We are recruiting to fill the vacant position below:

Job Title: Nutrition Officer

Location: Borno
Job Type: Full-time 
Slot: 2

Role

  • Nutrition Officer promotes, protect and support optimal Infant and Young Child Feeding practices; supports in the referral of malnutrition cases; provides capacity building and trainings to community nutrition mobilizers, health workers and Community Nutrition Mobilizers on IYCF-E and referral mechanism; and ensures that identified SAM and MAM cases are identified and referred appropriately.

Qualifications and Experience
Essential:

  • Health / Public Health / Nutrition / BSc or equivalent with minimum of 2 years progressive experience post NYSC
  • Experience in Nutrition and community based programming
  • Experience of emergency nutrition work (preferably CMAM) and implementation of feeding programs, including monitoring and evaluation
  • Basic training in IYCF-E
  • Proven capacity of management, leadership and teamwork
  • Excellent communication skills and a willingness to be respectful, kind, sensitive and empathise with all beneficiaries and their carers
  • Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating when faced with difficult and frustrating working conditions
  • Experience in community based interventions in Nigeria especially in the NE
  • Demonstrable ability at report writing
  • Prepared to live and work in an uncertain security environment
  • Ability and willingness to frequently travel and stay at the field
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and local languages
  • Computer literate

Desirable:

  • Master trainer and good facilitator
  • Experience in conducting nutrition assessments and an understanding of nutritional surveillance and information systems.



How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Job Title: Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Location: Borno

Job Role

  • Ensure implementation of the M&E plan for the Livelihood and Education programmes including monitoring progress against planned activities, critical milestones and targets as well as providing support and guidance to program officers and CSO/government counterparts to ensure that the data collection, data management and reporting, are of the highest possible quality.

Qualifications & Experience
Essential:

  • 2-3 yrs previous experience with local and international NGOs
  • Previous experience with Education projects including identification and mapping of out of school children
  • Proficiency in the use of MS Excel or other statistical package e.g SPSS,STATA-12,DHIS etc)
  • Fluency in English
  • Ability to work in partnership with government and development partners
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work within a team setting
  • Independence, adaptability and flexibility
  • Excellent communication skills including report writing



How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Job Title: Consultant – Conduct of Training Of Frontline Health Workers from Secondary Health Facilities in Gombe State on Full Essential New-born Care

Location: Gombe
Job Type: Temporary

The Organisation
We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Background
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country with a population of over 180 million people, is ranked the second largest contributor to the under–five mortality rate in the world and the largest contributor in Africa. Nigeria’s newborn death rate (neonatal mortality) is put at 528 newborn deaths per day (one of the highest in the world). More than a quarter of the estimated 1 million children who die under the age of 5 years annually in Nigeria die during the first 28 days of life (neonatal period).

The majority of these deaths are caused by conditions that are preventable or treatable. In fact, 9 of every 10 new-born deaths are preventable. While some progress has been made to reduce these deaths over the past decade, the rate of change is not fast enough for Nigeria to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

Key interventions and packages that could prevent 70% of new-born deaths in Nigeria exist, but coverage is low. The policies are in place; however action is needed at state and local levels to increase coverage and quality of life-saving interventions while closing the equity gap for the poorest families.

Save the Children, through the Health workers’ capacity building project, is committed to improving quality Maternal, New-born and child health services through capacity building of frontline health workers and advocating to influence policy changes related to MNCH indices.

Essential Newborn Care
Essential Newborn Care (ENC) is care that every newborn baby needs regardless of where it is born or its size. ENC should be applied immediately after the baby is born and continued for at least the first 7 days after birth. Many ENC interventions are simple and can be provided by a Skilled Birth Attendant (SBA) or a trained Community Health Worker (CHW).

Essential newborn care includes:
  • Early initiation and exclusive breastfeeding
  • Thermal care (including prompt drying and covering at birth, maximizing skin-to-skin contact, delayed bathing, maintaining “warm chain”)
  • Hygiene practices (including cord-care and hand washing)
There is good evidence that adherence to recommended essential newborn care practices substantially reduces mortality risk, especially for very small newborns.
 
Nigeria in 2008 adopted the WHO Essential Newborn Care Course package. In adapting the generic course to the country, it has undergone several adaptations and updates. The training package is aimed towards the acceleration of progress towards achieving significant reduction in infant and Under-five mortality.

Purpose of the Training
  • The goal of this training is to improve the skills of select frontline health workers (Doctors/Nurses/Midwives) from secondary health facilities in Gombe state on Essential New-born Care package using standard national training guidelines.
Objectives
  • Build the capacity of 22 Health workers on the concept of Helping Babies Breathe (HBB)
  • Improve the skills of the trainees on routine cares of all babies (ECEB)
  • Improve knowledge and skills of health workers on essential care for small babies (ECSB).
  • Improve knowledge of health workers on referrals of babies identified to be in severe situation that requires referral.
Approach & Methodology:
  • An ENCC objective-structured clinical assessment checklist will be used in the conduct of a Training Needs Assessment. All the secondary health facilities would be visited and the assessment checklist administered to assess the skills gap observed. The gaps observed would be used in the design of the training intervention. The TNA would be conducted in 3 zones in Gombe over a period of 5 days.
  • The training will be led by a Lead Consultant along with 4 other resource persons (including the MNCH Advisor)
  • Training slides and manuals would be drawn from FMOH approved guidelines for ENCC
  • The training will involve the use of low technology and highly effective teaching methods: simulation, role play, drills, skills practice and practical demonstration amongst others.
  • The training will also be conducted using mannequins for practice
  • The training would be a combination of both classroom and practical sessions with participants scheduled to visit selected hospitals for the practical sessions.
  • Pre-test and Post-test evaluation would be used in assessing knowledge gained by trainees.
  • Facilitators would conduct a post-training follow-up and supportive supervision to facilities where selected health workers have been trained within 6-8 weeks of the training.
Participants:
  • The training will be for a single batch of 22 health workers from all secondary health facilities in Gombe state.
Consultant Specification
  • The required consultant should be an experienced Paediatrician (a fellow of West African Medical College/NPMCN) or with a minimum of 5 years’ post-fellowship experience.
  • He or she should have undertaken a TOT in ENCC.
  • He or she should be able to mobilize 3 other facilitators (Doctors/Midwives) who have a minimum of 5 years’ experience and have also undertaken a TOT in ENCC training).
Expected Outputs:
  • Trained Health workers who are capable of providing improved and quality Essential Newborn care in secondary health facilities in Gombe state.
  • A comprehensive report on the training of health workers on the Essential Newborn Care training.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Job Title: Consultant – Conduct of Training of Frontline Health Workers From Secondary Health Facilities in Gombe State on Active Management of Third Stage of Labour and Obstetric Emergencies

Location: Gombe

The Organisation
We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Background

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country with a population of over 180 million people, is ranked the second largest contributor to the global under–five and maternal mortality rates as well as the largest contributor in Africa. Every 10 minutes, one woman dies on account of pregnancy or childbirth in Nigeria, giving a total of 53,000 per year. This means about 800 women die in every 100,000 live births. In addition to these poor health indices, Nigeria’s newborn death rate (neonatal mortality) is put at 528 newborn deaths per day (one of the highest in the world). More than a quarter of the estimated one million children who die under the age of five years annually in Nigeria die during the first 28 days of life (neonatal period).

Haemorrhage and hypertension are the leading causes of maternal deaths, and for the new-born, complications during childbirth, preterm birth, and infections contribute to hundreds of thousands of lives being needlessly lost. Research shows that children in the poorest families have more than four times the risk of dying compared to counterparts in the richest families.

The majority of these deaths are caused by conditions that are preventable or treatable. In fact, nine of every ten new-born deaths are preventable. While some progress has been made to reduce these deaths over the past decade, the rate of change is not fast enough for Nigeria to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

Key interventions and packages that could prevent 70% of new-born deaths in Nigeria exist, but coverage is low. For example, just half of all mothers are vaccinated against Tetanus Toxoid, only 43% of pregnant women deliver with the assistance of a skilled attendant and 32.8% of women breastfeed their new-born within the first hour of life; all of these with huge variations across the different regions in the country. Although policies are in place, action is needed at state and local levels to increase coverage and quality of life-saving interventions while closing the equity gap for the poorest families.

Active Management of Third Stage of Labour

  • The third stage of labour refers to the period following the completed delivery of the new-born until the completed delivery of the placenta. Several complications encountered in the third stage of labour may lead to maternal morbidity. PPH may cause anaemia or lead to poor iron reserves, ultimately contributing to anaemia.
  • Anaemia may cause weakness and fatigue. Hospitalization may be prolonged, and the establishment of breastfeeding may be affected.
  • However, despite the known risk of the third stage of labour, relatively little thought or teaching seems to be devoted to the third stage of labour compared to the attention given to the first and second stages.
  • To this end, this training is aiming to improve the skills of frontline health workers (Doctors/Nurses/Midwives) from secondary health facilities in Gombe state on Active management of 3rd stage of Labour and emergency obstetrics care in line with national guidelines.

Objectives:

  • To build/strengthen the capacity of health workers in the diagnosis and management of obstetric emergencies including management of retained placenta, postpartum haemorrhage and shock
  • To build/strengthen the capacity of 22 participants on the proper and effective use of uterotonic drugs during labour and delivery.
  • To improve the clinical and interpersonal skills of trainees when providing the care

Methodology:

  • An AMTSL objective-structured clinical assessment checklist will be used in the conduct of a Training Needs Assessment. All the secondary health facilities would be visited and the assessment checklist administered to assess the skills gap observed. The gaps observed would be used in the design of the training intervention. The TNA would be conducted in 3 zones in Gombe over a period of 5 days.
  • The training will be led by a Lead Consultant along with 4 other resource persons (including Save the Children MNCH Advisor in Gombe State)
  • The training would be a combination of both classroom and practical sessions. The practical session will consist of visit to a selected health facility in the state. All training materials (slides and manuals) would be drawn from FMOH approved guidelines for AMTSL.
  • The delivery of the training will consist of adult learning techniques such as role plays, discussions, reading, audio visuals, and lecture presentations by participants, demonstrations, case study practices and clinical practice. The delivery of the training will also include use of mannequins for practical demonstrations.
  • Pre-test and Post-test evaluations would be used in assessing knowledge gained by trainees.
  • Post training evaluation will be conducted within 6 weeks of completion of the training by following up the trained health workers at their respective health facilities.

Participants:

  • The training will be organized for 22 health workers who will be drawn from selected secondary health facilities in Gombe state.

Consultant Specification

  • The consultant should be an experienced Obstetrician & Gynecologist (a fellow of West African Medical College/NPMCN) with a minimum of 5 years’ post-fellowship experience.
  • He/she should and an experienced trainer and should have undertaken a TOT in the delivery of AMTSL.
  • He or she will work with 3 other facilitators (Doctors/Midwives who have a minimum of 5 years’ experience and also undertaken a TOT in the delivery of AMTSL training.

Expected Outputs:

  • All trainees have been made to understand all the rudiments associated with active management of 3rd stage of labour and obstetrics emergencies.
  • All trainees have developed skills and competence in the conduct of active management of labour and obstetrics emergencies.
  • All trainees have developed good communication and interpersonal skills needed in patient care.
  • A comprehensive report on the training of health workers on the active management of 3rd stage of labour and obstetric emergencies.



How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online 



Job Title: Consultant – Conduct of IMCI Training of Frontline Health Workers from Secondary Health Facilities in Gombe State

Location: Gombe
Job Type: Temporary

The Organisation
We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Background
Every year, about six million children die globally before they reach their fifth birthday, many during the first year of life (UNICEF, 2016). Half of these deaths are due to acute respiratory infections, diarrhoea, measles, malaria, malnutrition; or often to a combination of these conditions which are largely preventable and treatable conditions. The risk of a child dying before completing five years of age is highest in the WHO African Region (81 per 1000 live births), about 7 times higher than in the WHO European Region (11 per 1000 live births) according to statistics from WHO (2005). Various factors bordering on socioeconomic determinants of health have been proposed as possible underlying factors for these outcomes. Reducing these inequities across countries and saving more children’s lives by ending preventable child deaths are therefore important priorities.

As part of efforts to address these challenges, Save the Children with funding from GSK is currently building the capacity of frontline health workers in the delivery of MNCH interventions. The project aligns with the National Strategic Health development plan (2010–2016), the Integrated Management of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Strategy (IMNCH) 2013, and IMCI and ICCM guidelines and implementation strategies.

The IMCI guidelines which was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) promotes prompt identification of childhood illnesses in the outpatient settings and provides appropriate treatment and referrals when necessary. The guideline also helps to improve the quality of care of sick children at the referral level by providing an effective link between the care provided at the community and the management approach in the facility and promotes the rational use of resources.

Purpose of Activity

  • The purpose of this activity is to build the capacity of frontline health workers across Secondary health facilities in Gombe state on IMCI.

Objectives

  • To build/strengthen the capacity of health workers to manage common childhood illnesses at secondary heath care facilities in Gombe state.

Methodology:

  • An IMCI objective-structured clinical assessment checklist will be used in the conduct of a Training Needs Assessment. All the secondary health facilities would be visited and the assessment checklist administered to assess the skills gap observed. The gaps observed would be used in the design of the training intervention. The TNA would be conducted in 3 zones in Gombe over a period of 5 days.
  • The training will be led by a Lead Consultant along with 5 other resource persons (including the MNCH Advisor)
  • The participants will be trained for 6 days on IMCI with mixed classroom sessions and practical sessions.
  • The IMCI chart booklet and exercise booklets would be used as manuals and materials for the the training.
  • The training will involve the use of low technology and highly effective teaching methods: simulation, role play, drills, skills practice and practical demonstration amongst others. The training would be a combination of both classroom and practical sessions with participants scheduled to visit selected hospitals for the practical sessions. The training will also be conducted using mannequins for practice
  • Pre-test and Post-test evaluation would be used in assessing knowledge gained by trainees.
  • Facilitators would conduct a post-training follow-up and supportive supervision to facilities where selected health workers have been trained within 6-8 weeks of the training.

Participants:

  • The training will be for a single batch of 22 health workers from all secondary health facilities in Gombe state.

Consultant Specification

  • The desired consultant should be an experienced pediatrician (a fellow of West African Medical College/NPMCN) with a minimum of 5 years’ post-fellowship experience
  • He/she should have undertaken a TOT course on IMCI
  • He/she should be able to mobilize 4 other facilitators (Doctors/Midwives) with a minimum of 5 years’ experience as well as experience in the the delivery of IMCI training.

Expected Outputs:

  • Trained health workers with knowledge and skills to assess and classify the sick child
  • Trained health workers with enhanced skills in identifying common childhood illness at the facility level.
  • Trained Health workers with skills in managing common childhood illnesses using the IMCI guidelines.
  • Trained Health workers with adequate knowledge and skills in counselling the mother.
  • A comprehensive report of the Training reports developed by the consultants and shared with SCI office.


Deadline: 1st March, 2018.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note: 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.

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