Job Opportunities at Save the Children, April 2016

Save the Children is a leading international organization helping children in need around the world. First established in the UK in 1919, separate national organizations have been set up in more than twenty-eight countries, sharing the aim of improving the lives of children through education, health care and economic opportunities, as well as emergency aid in cases of natural disasters, war and conflict.

In Nigeria, Save the Children has been working since 2001. The early focus was on getting children actively involved in shaping the decisions that affect their lives. Today, Save the Children is working in seven federal states – Zamfara, Yobe, Jigawa, Katsina, Kano, Bauchi and Kaduna – focusing on providing basic healthcare and protecting children.

Save the Children is recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: LGA Nutrition Assistant – 2 (Anka & Tsafe LGAs)
Slot: 2
Role Purpose

  • Support implementation of Nutrition and IYCF activities by providing training and guidance to CDGP staff, and LGA seconded Staff, LGA counterparts, CVs and CHEWs

Key Areas of Accountability
Objective 1: Support Nutrition/BCC implementation at LGA Level:

  • Provide technical assistance to CVs and CHEWs on health and nutrition, with particular focus on the implementation of effective methodologies to improve nutrition knowledge, attitudes and practices of mothers
  • Provide technical support and guidance to CHEWs and CVs on management of C-IYCF component of nutrition (Support groups and one-on-one counselling, and action oriented groups)
  • In collaboration with LGA teams, plan sensitisation activities for targeted communities with focus on traditional leaders and other key stakeholders
  • Coordinate LGA teams tosupport Community Volunteers to carry out joint community mobilisation activities around nutrition
  • Conduct regular technical monitoring of health and nutrition activities and document findings to inform improvements in programme implementation
  • Ensure regular communication and sharing of lessons learned and challenges with the programme team and partners to inform implementation
  • Participate in meetings, training and other assessment/events as required
  • Plan logistics and materials needs for the activities to be carried out

Objective 2: Build capacities of LGA level officers on IYCF:

  • Support identification of requirements for building the capacity on IYCF of staff at the local government level
  • Ensure integration of IYCF in all trainings and programme activities (at community and LGA level).
  • Work with IYCF Adviser in supporting the LNO and LGA PHC teams to step down trainings on IYCF
  • Support and coach LGA PHC teams to supervise and follow up on IYCF activities, ensuring quality implementation
  • Support strengthening of information flow between LGA and State

Objective 3: Monitoring and evaluation of  Nutrition BCC activities:

  • Prepare a monthly plan or field activities
  • Ensure timely collection, compilation and analysis of quality data as well as production of quantitative and qualitative reports regarding all Nutrition and BCC activities (by SC staff and CV)
  • Produce case studies related to CM and nutrition BCC, at least one per quarter or as per line manager’s request
  • Identify the problems in the implementation process and propose solutions
  • Evaluate regularly the impact of the activities and propose changes for improvement.

Skills & Experience

  • Health background with at least 2 years’ experience on IYCF and/or breastfeeding counselling.
  • Previous experience with local or international NGOs.
  • Experience in nutrition and in community based programmes.
  • Computer literate.


  • Broad understanding of rights and development issues
  • Understanding of social protection
  • Sound strategic thinking and planning skills, including ability to think creatively and innovate and to set priorities, manageable work-plans and evaluate progress.
  • Ability to build support from staff across teams and across members, and to build the capacity of others.
  • Ability to work in partnership with government and other organizations’ staff.
  • Strong communications skills (both written and verbal) in English and Hausa.
  • Independence, adaptability and flexibility.
  • Commitment to team working and understanding of how to contribute.
  • Commitment to SCI’s mission, values and approach (includes child protection, equal opportunities and health and safety).

Job Title: Complaint & Response Mechanism Officer
Role Purpose

  • The post-holder is to support the State teams in the roll out of the beneficiary complaints and response mechanism (CRM) for the CDGP and lead on the implementation and reporting of the mechanism.
  • This includes developing and overseeing the effective implementation of other accountability mechanism for the program.

Key Areas of Accountability
Objective 1:Strengthen and roll out a robust and locally credible CRM in collaboration with the State teams:

  • Support consultations with program staff and partners on strengthening the design of a CRM mechanism and designing other required accountability tools. These discussions will also consider sharing timely and context appropriate information for tracking and responding to complaints.
  • Support on development of tools and training materials for program staff
  • Lead on the coordination, planning and delivery of staff training for the implementation of the CRM
  • Ensure functionality of the BRG’s (Female and Male groups) in all Traditional wards and support in Trainings/ refresher Training for these BRG’s
  • Ensure effective/ timely documentation and reporting of all fraud related cases
  • Build the capacity of LGA staff and CVs on fraud detection and reporting

Objective 2: Collaboration & Representation:

  • Support with the identification of information sharing strategies and materials for the CRM
  • Support with the development of a communication plan for beneficiaries about the CRM to be piloted during community mobilization and beneficiary targeting and enrolments
  • Support with the development of a communication plan for staff on the CRM
  • Support the finalization of information material and strategy for sharing information on CRM with community
  • Develop system of monitoring the functionality of the CRM; ensure appropriate utilization of the CRM Data base and monthly updates are done in a timely manner.
  • Design and facilitate training on CRM for seconded staff, CV’s, BRG’s and Beneficiaries and also make sure appropriate sensitization is given to all stakeholders including Traditional Ward Committees, etc.

Objective 3: Lead and Coordinate on roll out of CRM with State teams:

  • The Officer will take the lead to roll out the CRM in new communities working in close collaboration with programme staff.
  • Ensuring staff Competencies for implementing accountability mechanisms
  • Provide support by strengthening recording and reporting tools for the CRM
  • Develop a Checklist of community level activities
  • Coordinate the CRM Assistants at the LGA Level and oversee the utilization of all entry points of complaints/feedback including the Hotlines, BRG’s, Seconded staff/ Field assistants, TWC’s etc

Skills & Experience

Administrative & General Skills:

  • At least 3 years of experience on community related activities
  • Previous experience with other local and international NGOs
  • Experience in community based programmes,
  • Computer literacy (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint)
  • Fluency in English and Hausa, spoken and written
  • Ability to work in partnership with government and other NGO’s staff
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work within a team setting
  • Independence, adaptability and flexibility
  • Excellent communication skills


  • Broad understanding of rights and development issues
  • Understanding of social protection

Job Title: Cash Transfer Coordinator
Role Purpose

  • The CDGP is an exciting, large scale DFID funded cash transfers programme.
  • The Cash Transfers Coordinator will provide technical support to the design, implementation and monitoring of the programme at State and LGA levels.

Key Areas of Accountability

  • Provide technical oversight to planning, delivery and monitoring of programme activities at state and LGA levels
  • Ensure that the planned activities are carried out in a way that is timely, cost effective and adheres to quality standards
  • Support planning of sensitisation activities with target communities and development of key community mobilisation messages
  • Ensure targeting and enrolment process for beneficiaries is conducted transparently and according to phased roll out plans
  • Ensure technical assistance to programme delivery has been planned and factored into budgets
  • Participate in relevant state and LGA level forums for cash transfers and social protection and support advocacy efforts with state government
  • Support development of training packages for staff and partners in the management and delivery of cash transfers
  • Support development of capacity building strategy for state and LGAs in social protection
  • Work with LGA teams to establish reporting processes to ensure that all information and data on cash transfer interventions is collected, documented, and collated in an accurate and timely manner
  • Provide technical input and review to regular monthly and quarterly state level reports using data provided by LGA teams and ensure cross checking of data
  • Compile case studies and lessons learned reports on a regular basis to share with wider programme and inform improvements in programme quality and delivery
  • Support creation of a system for ensuring that information obtained is also shared with communities, children, and other stakeholders through a regular feedback mechanism
  • Ensure beneficiary accountability mechanism is logging and addressing complaints in a timely fashion. Ensure programme managers are aware of delays in acting on any complaints or information requests.

Skills & Experience

  • Educated to degree standard, preferable in a discipline such as Social Sciences, Geography, Anthropology or other discipline relevant to Urban/Rural Livelihoods.
  • Substantial experience of relief or development / extension work with rural communities.
  • Demonstrated experience planning and managing cash transfer and food security programmes.
  • Knowledge and experience of project development, monitoring and evaluation, preferably in the area of cash transfers and / or food security.
  • Strong analytical skills, and an understanding of a range of methods for monitoring, evaluation and assessment to promote evidence-based learning
  • Knowledge of Household Economy Approach to food security and livelihoods assessment.
  • Skills related to participatory research methods, computer literacy and numerical skills.
  • Understanding of the non-partisan status of an international NGO.
  • Good communication, presentation, training and report writing skills.
  • Ability to take a proactive approach in community capacity building, either directly or through facilitation of suitable support.
  • Experience in leading a team in fieldwork with communities.
  • Willing to work in isolated rural areas with basic living conditions, and work in difficult field conditions.
  • Knowledge of Hausa language.
  • Commitment to Save the Children’s Child Protection Policy.


  • Experience in institutional strengthening of government and or local NGOs.
  • Knowledge and experience of Child Rights Programming approaches.
  • An understanding of nutrition and behaviour change communications activities

Job Title: Project Manager
Role Purpose

  • The primary purpose of this role is to provide operational oversight for two projects in Kaduna State (Strengthening Newborn Care and Health workers capacity building project) in Lagos, Kaduna and Gombe states. This position resides in Kaduna.
  • S/he will support the implementation of projects deliverables as it relates to trainings of frontline health workers, delivering of quality Newborn health care and advocacy for the domestication of relevant National policies for newborns and Human Resource for Heath (HRH) at implementing states.
  • The incumbent is expected to manage operational aspect of the project as it relates to budget spending and monitoring, logistics and other operational support at the field level for the overall delivery of the project deliverables.
  • S/he will work closely with respective field/Area Operations managers and operational staff to ensure the systematic and prompt implementation of program activities in line with SCI standards and procedure of implementation across all the implementing state.

Key Areas of Accountability
Project Management:

  • In consultation with TAs, programme manager and field manager, S/he supports projects operation in accordance to the proposal documents and budgets earmarked for each activities ensuring the minimal spending variances
  • Support MEAL officers and relevant TAs on project baseline and end line surveys, quarterly program quality assurance, data quality checks and routine monitoring for optimal project delivery
  • Provides support to the development of programme work plans and related operational activities in line with CO and AO/FO budget phasing and budget tracking processes
  • Provides useful contextual insights into concept notes during related proposal development and other expanded responsibilities delegated by his line manager
  • Collate and submit monthly, quarterly and annual narrative and financial project reports (at as when due) to health programme manager, TAs

Planning and Budgeting:

  • With TAs, participate in the development of Detailed Implementation Plan (DIP) and ensure the implementation, operations delivery of costed annual, quarterly and monthly work plans in line with budgets
  • Support advisors, program officers in the development of activity budgets, planning of activities, deliveries and follow up with finance, and logistics for timing retirement documents. In consultation with HPM, deliver on the projects risk assessment, represent and monitor BVAs meetings at the field level.
  • In consultation with managers, the incumbent tracks budget spending for both direct labour and programme costs. He works closely with logistics, finance and other units at the field level and ensure activities are delivered in accordance timely with the work plan and budget
  • The incumbent will support Health TAs and managers on the implementation of all project related activities and maintain close contact with operations staff both at the field and country office on the delivery of project and operations Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

Operations, external representation and staff management and development:

  • The incumbent supports Maternal Newborn Child Health (MNCH) advisors and LGA senior program officer across the implementing states on their deliverables. He provides operational support to the MNH Advisor on budgeting, planning and operational implementation in consultation with CO TAs and managers.
  • S/he will work closely with Field manager to maintain good relationship and representations with State and Local government key stakeholders on advocacy and actively participate in State/LGAs technical working groups.
  • In consultation with health programme manager (HPM) and Field manager, ensure effective involvement of government counterpart (state decision maker) in project activities in order to foster ownership of the project through a, participatory approach to planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation.
  • With support from HPM, TAs and HR, identify project staff development needs and relevant trainings and follow up with relevant units and ensure that project staff are given every opportunity to increase their competencies, capacities and own personal development

Essential Qualifications, Experience & General Skills

  • Academic/professional qualification at post graduate level, MBBS, MPH or equivalent.
  • At least 7 years’ experience in project/Programme management.
  • Substantial operational experience and a track record of success in health programming, Newborn care will be an added advantage. Very good understanding of national health policies and strategies, programmes and stakeholders, partners on MNCH in Nigeria
  • Proven track record that demonstrates leadership skills, project management, budget tracking and resource management experience, and stakeholders’ relationship management capability with proven capacity to deliver results against objectives, reporting schedules and work plans
  • Sound strategic thinking and planning skills, including ability to think creatively and innovate and to set priorities, manageable work plans and evaluate progress; experience in working across multiple partners and government
  • Ability to translate programmatic information into practical guidance and tools and effectively communicate these using print, electronic, and presentation media
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s values and mission.

Additional skills:

  • Ability to work effectively both independently (with minimal supervision) and as a member of a team
  • Commitment to gender equity, child rights, community empowerment, and grassroots development approaches
  • Effective planning and organising skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills – oral and written communication skills
  • Computer literacy skills – MS Office applications, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Spread sheets
  • Strong facilitation and presentation skills

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply 

Application Deadline  27th April, 2016.

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