Ongoing Recruitment at 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: Household Economic Strengthening Advisor, OVC

Location: Abuja

Role Purpose

  • The Economic Strengthening/Livelihoods Advisor will provide comprehensive support to orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) and their caregivers in select states in Nigeria for an anticipated USAID/PEPFAR project.
  • As a member of the technical leadership technical team, the Advisor will be responsible for the technical aspects of project implementation that relate to household economic strengthening and livelihoods activities using a graduation approach.
  • She/he will report directly to the Technical Director and will advise and support the project team in providing technical excellence through contributions made to project implementation.
  • She/he will take technical leadership role designing and promoting use of low-risk activities to diversify and stimulate growth in household income and integrate economic activities with complementary interventions across the project.
  • She/he will be knowledgeable about evidence-based and state-of-the-art household economic strengthening approaches/strategies, including savings-led approaches that address the different levels of household vulnerability. This position is contingent on the issuance of USAID funding and the selection of applicants is subject to USAID approval.

Key Areas of Accountability
The main responsibilities for the Economic Strengthening/Livelihoods Advisor include:

  • Provide technical leadership and oversight for high quality design, implementation and evaluation of the household economic strengthening and social protection components of the project.
  • Conduct initial scoping and mapping activities to gather information on what models of economic strengthening services are available in the target communities, both formal and informal; which models are working effectively and why, etc.
  • Based on the above, design a flexible and adaptable economic strengthening model based on best practices and relevance to the southern Nigeria context, which can be feasibly rolled out in target communities.
  • Provide technical support and coordinate the development of relevant tools and resources related to the economic strengthening and social protection components of the project.
  • Provide training, capacity building and ongoing technical support and mentoring for staff and partners to roll out and implement the economic strengthening strategy in target communities, working with state teams to plan and implement the strategy.
  • Continue to maintain current understanding and awareness of related services being provided throughout Nigeria, networking and sharing information on lessons learned and best practices. This includes maintaining links with international resources provided through the Save the Children global and regional networks.
  • Facilitate linkages with government safety net programs and other stakeholders to ensure that activities complement other economic strengthening initiatives and adhere to country and global standards
  • Ensure timely, high-quality work plans, quarterly and annual reports, financial reports, and any other reports required by the donor or the government.
  • Provide technical assistance in documenting and scaling up best practices related to the economic strengthening and social protection components of the project through case studies or success stories.
  • Support project team efforts to ensure quality, timeliness and efficiency of all deliverables on household economic strengthening component of the project.

Required Background and Experience, Skills and Behaviors
At a minimum, the Economic Strengthening/Livelihoods Advisor will have:

  • Master’s Degree in Commerce, Economics Economic Development, Business Management and Administration or related field.
  • Minimum of seven years’ experience in the provision of economic strengthening services, preferably savings and loan models, to vulnerable and disadvantaged groups (such as OVC and HIV-affected families), in Nigeria.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the socioeconomic context in Nigeria, and preferably in the South South / South East.
  • Be fully conversant on global best practices in household economic strengthening.
  • Understanding of PEPFAR OVC programming priorities, strategies and monitoring and evaluation tools and systems.
  • Willingness to travel frequently and in difficult circumstances.
  • Experience working in multi-cultural environments, and in ‘grassroots’ community-based settings.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with government representatives, for-profit private sector entities, local community organizations, donors and other stakeholders, particularly at the sub-national level.
  • Leadership qualities and ability to create synergies where applicable.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Expert computer skills in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Qualified Nigerian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.



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

Job Title: National Programme Manager – Child Development Grant Programme

Location: Abuja

Role Purpose

  • The Programme Manager will strategically lead and manage the Child Development Grant Programme in Northern Nigeria;
  • S/he will  be accountable for the achievement of programme deliverables and delivery of the joint log-frame within the consortium of Save the Children and Action Against Hunger.

Key Areas of Accountability

  • Manage and lead programme related strategic liaison with in-country government, donors, consortium INGOs and Agencies. Manage relationships to ensure ongoing programme performance and technical quality assurance.
  • Ensuring the programme meets or exceeds agreed targets, including reviewing cross-consortium programme performance data and programme management arrangements on a monthly basis, identifying and agreeing residual actions, mitigation activities and influencing consortium partners to ensure partner performance is maintained.
  • Maintain a close working relationship with the technical team to ensure that the programme achieves technical excellence, embedding continuous improvements in operational aspects of programmes.
  • Inspire, lead and motivate programme teams to deliver on programme objectives.
  • Ensure that the project is appropriately staffed across Save the Children and consortium members, including the appropriate combination of expertise across technical and operational areas
  • Identify, implement and improve accountability mechanisms for operating under commercial arrangements across partnerships and programme consortium arrangements including contract compliance considerations.
  • Develop programme systems that are flexible and responsive to changing demands of programme implementation.
  • Ensure that an effective monitoring system is in place for achieving prior agreed targets in relation to programme activities, budget allocations and financial expenditures, ensuring that value for money can be effectively demonstrated to the donor
  • Identify and effectively manage all key risks related to the programme
  • Demonstrate and ensure programme implementation demonstrates high levels of commitment to Save the Children and our vision, mission and values in order to ensure the objectives of your role and the country programme are met.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient use of all Save the Children resources in order to keep costs low and ensure safety in the workplace.
  • Comply with the requirements of Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding Policy to ensure maximum protection for children
  • Ensure strong budget management and compliance and resource utilisation

Required Qualification

  • Prior experience of designing and/or delivering large scale (in excess of £10m) cash transfer programmes
  • Proven ability to manage large consortiums with a minimum of 4 years experience managing multi-regional or multi-country programmes
  • Demonstrable track record of meeting or exceeding programme targets, while maintaining technical quality.
  • Ability to represent the cash transfer programme at a strategic level and engage and influence key stakeholders
  • Demonstrated experience of working with national and/or regional level government structures to strengthen the capacity of the state to take ownership for and deliver services.
  • Self-motivated and results orientated.
  • Highly numerically articulate with a track record of data manipulation and use of spreadsheets and reporting systems.
  • Experience in management of finance and budget monitoring and risk management.
  • Proven ability to motivate and develop others
  • Highly diplomatic and emotionally intelligent with strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong communication, and interpersonal skills in English, with substantial experience in managing multicultural teams
  • Experience of building, leading and developing a team of senior staff with different backgrounds and expertise
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles

Desirable Experience and Characteristics

  • Post-graduate qualification in Public Health, or Nutrition or Food Security related relevant discipline
  • Substantial experience of working and living in Africa, ideally with professional experience in Nigeria
  • Demonstrable understanding of Value for Money and DFID results agenda.
  • Ability to coach and mentor multi-sectoral partners.

Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice)
Accountability:

  • Accuracy and timeliness in all areas of responsibility
  • High level of accuracy in work, and ability to analyse complex sets of relationships and situations
  • Holds self and others accountable

Ambition:

  • Creating best-in-class EA function
  • Future-orientated, thinks pro-actively

Collaboration:

  • Working effectively with stakeholders to achieve common goals
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to

Creativity:

  • Designing more effective admin and value for money systems
  • Willing to take disciplined risks

Integrity:

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



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

Job Title: HIV/Health Advisor

Location: Abuja

Role Purpose

  • The HIV/Health Advisor will provide support to orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) and their caregivers in select districts in Nigeria for USAID/PEPFAR project  .
  • As a member of the senior leadership technical team, the HIV/Health Advisor will ensure technical excellence through contributions made to project implementation at the community level supporting vulnerable children and families.
  • She/he will report directly to the Technical Director and will advise and support the project team in providing technical direction to project implementation and ensure the project meets stated goals, expected results and reporting requirements.
  • This position will liaise closely with technical advisors from other sectors to ensure seamless quality programming.
  • She/he will be knowledgeable about evidence-based and state-of-the-art OVC service delivery approaches.
  • This position is contingent on the issuance of USAID funding and the selection of applicants is subject to USAID approval.

Key Areas of Accountability

  • Oversee start-up and implementation of the HIV activities in SCI country programme
  • Ensure the effective development, management, and technical quality of the emergency HIV programme in Nigeria through regular monitoring, review and evaluation and within the framework of the overall national and global Save the Children strategy as well as ensure that the HIV portfolio is integrated appropriately into specific sector responses.
  • Provide training, capacity building and technical support to Save the Children staff, partners and government authorities on the planning, implementation and management of the emergency HIV programmes including PMTCT and ART resumption.
  • Ensure the project addresses the needs of highly vulnerable sub-groups of children, such as adolescent girls, HIV positive children and children living with disabilities.
  • Advise project staff in the development and implementation of holistic, family-centered strategies, interventions and activities that address the needs of vulnerable children in a friendly manner, including their health, education psychosocial, protection and economic strengthening needs.
  • Advocate to donors, national level clusters and other organisations for a quality country-wide response to HIV in Nigeria through provision of drugs in a timely manner, quality of services provided to people living with and affected by HIV, and coordination of actors working in HIV.
  • Ensure that HIV is appropriately mainstreamed through all Save the Children programmes through providing technical advice and training to other sector leads.
  • Ensure the completion of funding proposals, working with the backstop and other staff in country and at HQ and secure funding on behalf of country programme where necessary.
  • Produce high quality reports for Save the Children and donors within agreed reporting schedules as required.
  • Document programme learning, ensuring it is fed into organisational advocacy.
  • Represent Save the Children to government, USAID, the UN and other international agencies and donors ensuring Save the Children health response is co-ordinated with these bodies.
  • Comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to child protection, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies.

Requirements

  • Health practitioner with specialization in HIV
  • At least five years’ experience of managing and advising on HIV programmes in emergency settings, ideally with a focus on PMTCT and ART.
  • Proven experience in emergency HIV programmes, through the whole project cycle (needs assessment, planning, developing programmes, managing, M&E).
  • Proven experience of working with associations of people living with HIV.
  • Proven ability to manage a programme including management of human and material resources.
  • Experience staff training and capacity building of national structures.
  • Experience of exercising financial responsibility and budget control.
  • Ability to produce analytical and well-presented project reports and proposals.
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels, taking into account cultural and language difficulties. Tact and diplomacy are essential, as are representational and advocacy skills.
  • Strong commitment to capacity building of national staff and partners with willingness to adopt a participatory and consultative management approach.
  • Proven experience of managing budgets.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to lead train and motivate a team.
  • Willingness to travel regularly and in difficult circumstances.
  • Sensitive to issues affecting children and committed to Save the Children International’s Child Protection policy.



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

Job Title: Social Welfare Systems Strengthening (SWSS) Advisor, OVC

Location: Abuja
Job Type: Full-time 

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.

Role Purpose

  • The primary role of the Social Welfare Systems Strengthening Advisor is to provide technical leadership and assistance to OVC programming with emphasis on strengthening social service systems and building capacity of the social welfare workforce (formal and informal) in the target areas of Nigeria.
  • As a member of technical leadership technical team, the Advisor will ensure technical excellence through contributions made to project implementation, delivery and monitoring and evaluation.
  • S/he will support the implementation of learning agendas, tool development and relevant strategic initiatives. The Advisor will liaise closely with technical advisors from other sectors to ensure seamless quality programming.
  • Finally, the Advisor will be responsible for sharing organizational know-how, information, and experiences in vulnerable children programming within and outside the organization, as well as incorporate a broad-based approach for the overall well-being of those impacted.
  • This position is contingent on the issuance of USAID funding and the selection of applicants is subject to USAID approval

Key Areas of Accountability

  • Advise project staff on technical issues related to OVC programs such as financing of social services, strong coordination and referral mechanisms, social service workforce development, and service delivery with an emphasis on providing comprehensive support at the community and household level.
  • Support program efforts by providing guidance and hands-on support in conducting assessments, advising on partnerships and strategies.
  • Ensure the day-to-day implementation of the work plan activities in the work plan and provide input into the development, on-going management and maintenance of the work plan.
  • Provide technical support to partners and government counterparts to implement social welfare system strengthening activities and to ensure that agreed targets are met.
  • Support the monitoring and evaluation efforts of OVC projects by conducting on-site monitoring during field visits or participating in monitoring and evaluation team meetings.
  • Support partners to strengthen community child protection structures across project communities, monitor protection needs, gaps and interventions in and around child protection issues.
  • Support sub-partners to develop and implement case plans including reviews and evaluations.
  • Advocate with the government and other stakeholders to take appropriate measures to remedy violations and address the protection concerns facing children in the communities as well as liaise with relevant line ministries and commissions in order to foster partnerships and encourage national interest and ownership in protection of children
  • Collaborate with relevant international development, donor and research institutions through relationship building, information sharing, and representation.
  • Facilitate, draft, and participate in the development of, and/or the timely completion/review of OVC technical reports, such as: monthly, quarterly, and/or annual reports and newsletters; strategic plans and work plans; and other ad hoc reports, as required.
  • Stay abreast of state-of-the-art developments in quality and innovations related to OVC programming and social service system strengthening and share relevant information as appropriate.

Required Background and Experience, Skills and Behaviors

  • Advanced degrees in social work and public health or related fields
  • Minimum of seven years’ experience in international development either as a technical advisor or social services/health program manager, preferably in Nigeria
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the social welfare context and health system in Nigeria, and preferably in the South South / South East.
  • Experience working with and/or managing PEPFAR OVC projects preferred.
  • Understanding of PEPFAR OVC programming priorities, strategies and monitoring and evaluation tools and systems.
  • Technical expertise in principals, theories, concepts and techniques in the area of social service systems strengthening, including knowledge of and ability to integrate across related disciplines
  • Knowledgeable of social service professionals and resources in Nigeria is an added advantage
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (professional level).
  • Willingness to travel regularly and in difficult circumstances.
  • Leadership qualities and ability to create synergies where applicable.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Expert computer skills in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Qualified Nigerian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.



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



Deadline: 6th March, 2018.

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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