Save the Children Vacancies, March 2017

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 have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Advocacy Adviser
Lagos, Nigeria
Key Areas of Accountability
Programme Development and Quality:

  • To contribute to the development of policy positions based on international context, Save the Children experience, and international evidence in collaboration with colleagues in the Policy and Research team within with emphasis on child survival programming.
  • To draft, as appropriate, the organisation submissions to health policy consultations, and to research and write policy position papers, briefings, publications and responses.
  • Support actively in the process of developing the organization’s short- and long-term governance and advocacy agendas. As directed, and particularly as it relates to exploring governance-related barriers to the elimination of exclusion and inequity, undertake research and analysis on possible new areas for SC programming.
  • Prepare concept papers and other relevant documents, and initiate and describe project ideas and initiatives in accordance with the country strategy, the current contextual environment, the institutional capabilities of potential partners, resource availability and funding sources.
  • When working on specific high-priority initiatives, the Advocacy Adviser will collaborate with senior staff and support the analysis process, developing policy positions and programme strategies, establishing new networks and partnerships, and managing coalitions.
  • Assist colleagues to strengthen their knowledge and skills/capacities to incorporate governance frameworks, policy research, analysis and advocacy into their work.
  • Contribute to development of advocacy strategies proposal writing and fund raising.
  • To develop a network of key health contacts in the international policy community and to build relationships with key contacts in government, international bodies, corporates, the International Save the Children Alliance, NGOs and others as required.
  • To monitor trends in the external environment, identifying opportunities to promote our advocacy objectives.

Communication and Representation:

  • Act as SC’s representative at local, national and international levels with local authorities, partners etc. as required, mainly in events relating to basic services (health and education) programme.
  • Support the coordination of the drafting and submission of strategic, planning and reporting documents, including but not limited to strategy documents, the operational plan and annual reports, and ad hoc requests for updates and reports from SC HQ and Regional Office.
  • Develop and maintain a professional network for governance issues within Nigeria and within SC globally.
  • Dissemination of important information and messages.
  • Deputise the Senior Advocacy Manager.
  • Represent SC UK and communicate SC UK’s public policy and advocacy positions as and when appropriate to institutions, government, international, national and local organizations as required.

Programme Management:

  • Supervise consultants involved in writing project designs, case studies or reports, facilitating training events, and conducting policy research, or other such contracted services.
  • Support the implementation of the governance programme including quality control, negotiation with local partners, financial management, documentation, monitoring and evaluation, reporting etc
  • Provide technical support to the Local Government Coordinators and officers in achieving key advocacy objectives in intervention Local Government areas (LGAs)
  • Take the lead in ensuring the establishment of Child hygiene and Women Clubs in intervention LGAs

Skills and Behaviours
(Our Values in Practice)

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


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


  • 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


  • Designing more effective admin systems
  • Willing to take disciplined risks


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

Skills & Experience

  • Post Graduate Degree at Masters level in international development, policy analysis, political science, sociology or related field. A Ph.D in these subject areas is preferred.
  • 7-10 years substantial experience of health-focused advocacy or advocacy work in a related field, as well as contributing to the development of advocacy strategies. Extensive demonstrable experience in governance and accountability programming within the context of health.
  • Superior written communication skills, including the ability to translate complex arguments into accessible English for a non-specialist audience, and the ability to write articles that would be published in the mainstream press
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, appropriate for high-level external representation (for example lobbying Ministers, presenting to Select Committee)
  • Level of IT Expertise Required – Excellent
  • Profound knowledge in Nigeria governance and health systems and political terrains
  • Ability to clearly communicate and easily relate to federal, state, and LGA  authorities
  • Appreciable experience and network with government institutions and agencies at local, state and federal level on WASH, nutrition and health interventions/policies is essential and will be an advantage.
  • At least 5 years INGO experience of policy research, having written and published policy reports and briefings and evaluating evidence of their impact

Prior Experience Expectations:

  • Building external networks
  • Strategic Planning
  • Enhanced voice accountability
  • Training and Facilitation
  • Change Management
  • Governance and advocacy

Job Title: Monitoring, Evaluation and Accountability (MEA) Adviser
Location: Lagos
Role Purpose

  • Coordinate the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability (MEA) element of the Stop Diarrhoea (SDI) Project in particular, Health and Child Survival programmmes in general.
  • The MEAL Adviser will ensure that the Save the Children Health Signature programme (SDI) has a well-established, robust MEA system. His/her leadership will ensure that quality and accountability standards and learning are integrated into health programme design.
  • He/She will also provide technical and field support for the implementation of researches including monitoring, programme evaluation, data analysis, and application of findings in coordination with other health technical teams.
  • In addition, the MEA Adviser will ensure implementation of SDI M&E plan, monitoring progress against planned activities, critical milestones and designated periodic internal and external reporting.
  • Leads the conceptualization of specific projects research and evaluation activities and ensures SDI project and health programmes reports are of the highest possible quality standard.
  • By promoting participation and contextual data analysis, the MEA Adviser will support health programme teams to strategically adapt activities/strategies that ensure efficacy and efficiency of programming, and maximise the positive impact of the health signature programmes. The MEA Adviser will oversee health research programmes including quantitative and qualitative approaches proposed.

Key Areas of Accountability
Impact Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • Develop a detailed monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning plan, including longitudinal studies and impact monitoring methodologies, in consultation with SDI project and health programme teams.
  • Ensure that quantitative and qualitative monitoring and evaluation tools are systematically implemented and used by the teams, in cooperation with health programme technical and programme leads.
  • Ensure the timely submission of accurate, well-written and compliant monthly, quarterly, interim and annual reports including KPI updates.
  • In consultation with programme leads design, and coordinate baseline survey, midline survey and endline project evaluation.
  • Work with Country Office MEAL team to ensure standardisation of health programme monitoring tools, dissemination of lessons learnt and maximise opportunities for capacity building.
  • Ensure that the minimum standards of health and nutrition programming are maintained in accordance with Country Office standard.
  • Contribute to child-focused and child-led programme implementation, by promoting child-friendly MEAL methodologies.
  • Ensure that the project monitoring plan is based on an understanding of gender and age relations and that monitoring and evaluation methodologies are sensitive to different needs and opportunities of women, men, boys and girls.
  • Ensure adequate coordination with key stakeholders to facilitate information sharing and data triangulation, including participation in key MEAL fora, meetings and workshops hosted by donors, government partners, local/international agencies and wider national authorities.
  • Ensure SDI and other designated programme data and feedback are valid, verifiable, timely and regularly used to inform programming decisions.
  • Conduct statistical and qualitative data analysis, present and disseminate information to inform programme management/design.
  • Ensure that all assessment/evaluation reports meet Save the Children’s quality criteria, and promote the integration of recommendations and lessons learnt in project planning and future programming.

Support the Development and Implementation of Knowledge Management Systems:

  • Participate in the development of an organization KM strategy
  • Develop key information products for dissemination of program information
  • Develop Case Studies; applying the theory of change, sharing good practices internally and externally
  • Provide guidance to field staff to strengthen information sharing and identification of success stories

Coordinate the Implementation and Maintenance of Beneficiary Complaints and Response Mechanism:

  • Implement beneficiary complaints mechanisms for Health and Child Survival projects
  • Supervise the management of the CRM(Complaints and Response Mechanism) information system
  • Ensure there is a feedback mechanism for the CRM

Accountability and Participation:

  • Assess, design and monitor methods to ensure participation at all stages of the project cycle; with a specific focus on promoting the participation of children.
  • Ensure that participation activities are well documented and learning is shared with the wider programme, and Save the Children members.
  • Ensure that participation activities are appropriately planned and budgeted for in programme design and funding applications.
  • By facilitating information sharing with key stakeholders, including beneficiaries, ensure that the SDI signature programme promotes transparency throughout all stages of implementation.
  • Ensure that project activities are designed to promote feedback and response mechanisms and include systems to effectively manage complaints.
  • Ensure that activities are carried out to raise awareness of prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse and handling of serious complaints in line with child safeguarding policy.
  • Oversee all complaints handling and response, ensuring timely and appropriate feedback.
  • Support the regular review of programme activities using SCI Do No Harm Framework, identifying key areas for revision/improvements.


  • In coordination with the Advocacy and BCC/Community Mobilization Advisers, ensure that MEA methodologies support advocacy and campaigning actions.
  • Work with technical and field teams to identify key methodologies to enable advocacy and BCC impact measurement, take steps to document lessons learnt and disseminate findings.
  • Facilitate learning workshops, in collaboration with wider SCI MEAL team, to promote the share key lessons and to reinforce collaboration with external stakeholders.

Capacity Building:

  • Map learning and training opportunities for project staff and, in consultation with SDI CoP and other Field Teams, develop a MEA training plan for key programme staff, including field based MEA position.
  • Ensure that local stakeholders and local partners are provided and included in training opportunities when appropriate.
  • Ensure that all capacity building initiatives are well coordinated with wider SCI MEAL team.
  • Seek opportunities for information sharing and learning exchanges with local actors/INGOs to promote coordination at local and national level.
  • Provide on-the-job supervision to field teams including training on M&E Techniques, data collection and analysis, project and programme grant cycle management and Information System Management.

Provide Technical Support for M&E Systems Design and Implementation:

  • Lead the M&E component of all Health and Child Survival proposals
  • Lead on the development of Monitoring and Evaluation frameworks and Performance Monitoring Plans for Health and Child Survival Projects.
  • Review of programme monitoring and evaluation tools (patient files, registers, reporting templates, data bases, etc) AS required
  • Supervise the data collection and management process from primary data source (facilities and communities) to final reporting to ensure quality
  • Develop and manage a DQA system for Health and Child Survival Projects
  • Ensure programming is aligned to targets and indicators contained in project proposals
  • Support Programme Management to ensure programming quality is constantly audited and is of acceptable quality
  • Constantly update programme management on projects progress using the IPTT monitoring and management tool
  • Review program data reports with analysis and recommendations to be utilized in monitoring of strength, weaknesses and gaps in existing programmes and services as may be required.
  • Ensure program staff are using data to make informed and timely decisions related to program implementation.
  • Conduct periodic data verification exercises and provide feedback with recommendations for improvement
  • Ensure databases are updated regularly
  • Facilitate the design and monitor implementation of project evaluations, operation research and other studies.


  • Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.

Qualifications and Experience
Essential (all mandatory):

  • Master’s Degree in Demography, Public Health with thematic focus on Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health System Management with demonstrable field experience. A Ph.D in these subject areas is preferred
  • Significant experience of undertaking a similar Monitoring, Evaluation and Accountability related role in a health and nutrition context is required
  • Demonstrated strong monitoring and evaluation skills, including planning/participating in evaluations
  • 7-10 years of experience in INGO or University settings with demonstrated results conducting research or monitoring and evaluation in maternal, newborn and child health programs in developing countries, including qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis
  • Ability to produce analysis and graphic representation of results
  • Experience with coordinating research dissemination, including writing evaluation reports and briefs, organizing dissemination events, and presenting findings
  • Excellent IT skills (i.e. Word, Outlook, Excel)
  • Previous experience in using statistical packages (SPSS, STATA, Epinfo etc) in the design of research projects  and other software to set up databases
  • Previous experience of managing a team and managing projects
  • Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills with experience in advocacy
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of SC. In particular, a good understanding of the SC   mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support.
  • Proven ability to work with diverse and large teams and to foster a positive working environment with local and international stakeholders
  • Experience working with researchers or academic institutions
  • Ability to manage a complex and varied work load, work under pressure, and manage significant travel to insecure environments;
  • Experience of preparing successful funding proposals for donors
  • Strong English and French communication skills, both oral and written


  • Previous experience working in INGOs.
  • Specific experience of designing and managing privately funded projects.

Skills and Behaviours (Our Values in Practice)

  • 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


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


  • 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, a good listener, easy to talk to


  • Designing more effective admin systems
  • Willing to take disciplined risks


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


Job Title: WASH Adviser
Reports to: Chief of Party;
Staff directly reporting to this post: WASH Coordinator and Officer
Role of Purpose

  • The position of WASH Adviser under the SDI project will help ensure the implementation of activities as it relates to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in the context the 7 point plan and overall achievement of output 1.1 and 1.2 of this project require to address diarrhoea prevention and management.
  • In the regard, the availability of adequate and safe drinking water is crucial to the reduction of water borne diseases, such as diarrhoea. During the assessment of Shomolu, the target LGA, it was observed that the vast majority of the communities have no or poor access to safe drinking water. Activities planned to achieve output 1.2 are primarily focused on contributing to the elimination of open defecation in Shomolu LGA. By the end of this programme, the WASH Adviser will be responsible for all effort design under the SDI programme to substantially reduce open defecation across the target LGA.
  • Specifically, the Adviser will facilitates the introduction of CLTS approach in target communities with the aim of completely eliminating open defecation in Shomolu LGA. In addition, the preferred staff will strengthen the capacity of specific community structures, government institutions in coordination with other peer organizations to ensure the sustenance of the SDI intervention.
Key Areas Accountability
WASH Programming:

  • Facilitate effective and timely implementation of all interventions outlined under output 1.1, 1.2 and any other related and cross cutting programme activities related to WASH on the SDI project.
  • Make technical input into the planning and design of project specific operational researches, including baseline and end line evaluation related WASH on the SDI signature project
  • Work closely with State/LGA authorities to ensure all WASH interventions deployed in the communities, facilities and schools alignment with the 7 point plan aimed at the prevention and management of diarrhoea.
  • Work together with other staff/ to ensure that key trainings meets the standard required to facilitate provide knowledge and reinforcement of desired behaviour and practices as it relates to open defecation free (ODF) regime.
  • Be able to systemically review DIP/budget and other key implementation tools with the hope of initiating innovative approaches that will open new frontiers for learning on the 7 point plan.

Planning, Documentation and Budgeting:

  • Develop activity plans and budgets for technical support activities related to WASH.
  • Participate in the preparation of overall work plan and budget for WASH activities programme in Lagos State
  • Collaborate with relevant ministries and other relevant partners at the state, local government and community levels to ensure integration and high level implementation of all WASH activities on the signature project.
  • Participate in developing different levels of progress report and supporting PQA on WASH interventions.

Representation and relationships:

  • Actively participate in State/LGA level technical working groups on WASH relevant to policy forums.
  • Actively contribute to national policies/strategies on WASH.
  • Support advocacy colleagues with technical messaging on WASH, external reports and publications.
  • Work closely with other thematic teams in Nigeria Country office and the Lagos State offices in support of SDI signature project.

Programme Management:

  • Ensure the maintenance of healthy partnerships with relevant government counterparts and other partners at Federal, State, Local government level in the community in the management of WASH related interventions.
  • Other – Other ad hoc tasks as requested by Line Manager

Skills and Behaviours (Our values in practice)

  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling 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


  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks


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

Skills and Experience

  • A highly experienced and broad based development worker with postgraduate qualification in public health and specialisation in environment or health education. Other related post graduate qualifications related to water and sanitations with at least 7 years progressive experience in WASH programming will be giving priority consideration.
  • Essential: basic training in WASH programming
  • Essential: at least 5 years programming experience with I/NGO in Nigeria
  • Essential: very good understanding of national WASH policies and strategies, programmes and stakeholders in Nigeria
  • Essential: Demonstrable management experience and very good understanding of child survival issues, school and common childhood illnesses in Nigeria
  • Essential: very good understanding of school community safer water and hygiene practice in Nigeria will be added advantage.
  • Desirable: Experience in community based interventions in Nigeria
  • Desirable: Master trainer and good facilitator.
  • Desirable: analytical & research skills, experience in conducting health systems research, ability to analyse data using SPSS/ EPInfo/ STATA etc

Additional Qualifications:

  • Work experience in health/public health and or in a health/public health organisation, including as a trainer.
  • Experience with providing institutional support and technical assistance to development partners, government/community institutions.

Additional Skills:

  • Ability to work effectively both independently (with minimal supervision) and as a member of a team

Job Title: Project Manager-STEER
Role Purpose

  • As a member of the STEER Team, The Project Manager, will be responsible for working closely with the STEER technical team to achieve the strategic objectives of the project – focusing primarily on project-related planning and implementation, timely and accurate reporting to the DCOP, providing technical support to staff and partners.
  • The Project Manager will work as part of the project management team led by the Chief of Party, maintaining relationships with all program staff and fostering linkages and mutual benefit where possible.

Key Areas of Accountability

  • Provide strategic and technical leadership to the project team as it relates to the planning, implementation, and monitoring & evaluation of the project.
  • Use appropriate project management tools to plan, review and track progress on project implementation as well as on the utilization of project resources.
  • With support from the MEAL department, support the development and implementation of strong MEAL systems using STEER tools and resources to maximize project impact on project participants.
  • Continuously support the professional development of his/her team by providing clear orientation, feedback and learning opportunities.
  • Maintain up to date documentation related to project approval, monitoring and implementation.
  • Prepare and submit required donor project narrative reports, quarterly performance indicator tracking tables, as well as other reports needed/required by donors, and SCI headquarters Abuja.
  • Prepare short success stories and briefs on innovation/best practices.
  • Support the regular mapping of STEER program activities as well as regular updating as needed.
  • Represent STEER Project in coordination and cluster meetings.
  • Ensure that STEER maximizes impact on communities through coordination with other actors providing complementary services.
  • Regularly communicate project progress, major issues and security incidents to the immediate supervisor and Security focal point, as appropriate.
  • Ensure proper grant management, review of partner work plans, budgets and liquidations in coordination with the Program/Award and Finance.
  • Coordinate with operations staff for purchasing and inventory control as per SCI/donor requirements.
  • In collaboration with the finance/Award teams, review and analyze budget comparison reports and take necessary steps to ensure proper management and utilization of budgets.
  • Ensure that all equipment and supplies in Field Office are maintained in a safe and secure manner.
  • Any other tasks as assigned by supervisor.

Skills & Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Social Science, Education, International relations, International Development or related field.
  • Five years’ demonstrated experience in managing, coordinating and supervising a team working with local community organizations, families and communities.
  • At least five years demonstrated skills in project design, implementation and reporting, preferably for USG-funded programs.
  • Demonstrated ability with project grants management, including project design, budget preparation, expenditure tracking, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, supervision and performance management, etc.
  • Ability to lead a multi-cultural team with a high level of respect for local culture.
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and management and leadership skills.
  • Experience with capacity strengthening and partnership building.
  • Experience in vulnerability assessments, beneficiary registration, distributions, monitoring and evaluation in emergency situations preferred.
  • Experience in business development/proposal development, preferred.
  • Experience in working with grants funded by USAID.
  • Ability and willingness to work and live in diverse, challenging and potentially unstable environments.
  • Knowledge of at least three of the following areas: child protection, household economic strengthening, social protection, education, health and nutrition including HIV/AIDS care and support; social service systems strengthening, M&E; and quality improvement.


  • Ability to work independently, but also coordinate effectively as part of a team.
  • Capacity to work closely with, understand, and support local partners.
  • Skilled in influencing and obtaining cooperation of individuals;
  • Able to manage relationships to achieve results;
  • Diplomacy, tact and negotiation skills;
  • Strong written and spoken communication skills in English and Hausa.
  • Strong computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point).
  • Demonstrated ability to assess priorities and handle multiple tasks simultaneously to meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality.
  • Good knowledge of Orphans and Vulnerable Children work guidelines in Nigeria and experience working with Ministry of Women Affairs and other relevant entities.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Application Deadline: 23rd March, 2017.

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