Save the Children Job for a Project Director, Emergency Food Security Program, Nigeria

Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in over 20 countries around the world. Recognized for our commitment to accountability, innovation and collaboration, our work takes us into the heart of communities, where we help children and families help themselves.

We work with other organizations, governments, non-profits and a variety of local partners while maintaining our own independence without political agenda or religious orientation. Save the Children’s mission is to Inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

Save the Children is recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title:  Project Director, Emergency Food Security Program, Nigeria


  • Save the Children is seeking a Project Director for its proposed 12-month USAID/Food for Peace-funded program in Nigeria in response to food insecurity to provide support to internally displaced and host community households in Borno State.
  • In order to facilitate access to food for vulnerable displaced and host community households lacking access to agricultural lands, or with otherwise constrained income earning opportunities and reduced market access, while at the same time supporting existing food vendors, SC will target households with unconditional food voucher transfers.
  • We are currently seeking a senior level Project Director to lead this critical project in Nigeria.

Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Impact

  • The Project Director (PD) will be based in Abuja with 40-50% travel to Maiduguri to work with the Humanitarian Project Manager, and the head of Food Security and Livelihoods to provide technical and operational guidance, support monitoring and evaluation, and ensure quality of the project.
  • He/she will also ensure effective financial and operational management of the project through a local partner.
  • The Project Director will represent the project to the USAID Mission and Office of Food for Peace, and other key stakeholders in Abuja, including the food security technical working groups.

Required Background and Experience, Skills and Behaviors

  • Minimum five years of professional experience in implementing food security programs with a minimum of two years’ experience in a leadership role in the implementation of projects relevant to food security. Prior experience implementing cash transfer programming (cash or voucher) required.
  • Strength in inspiring and enabling others through teamwork, training, and capacity building to realize organizational objectives.
  • Expertise in strategic communication, community mobilization, using HEA (Household Economy Approach) and other participatory methodologies.
  • Experience conducting in-depth FSL assessments is desirable.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Prior regional experience in West Africa is ideal.
  • Prior experience in Nigeria is preferred.
  • Master’s degree in Development, Humanitarian Response, Agriculture, or related field is required.
  • Experience in project implementation as well as strong managerial and operational leadership.
  • Experience in managing USG funding and familiarity with federal regulations is critical.
  • Previous Project Director experience is preferred.
  • Prior experience living and working in conflict or emergency settings.
  • Flexibility and the ability to effectively adjust expectations to on-the ground realities, while adhering to humanitarian minimum standards.
  • Experience in designing and managing USAID-funded programs is preferred.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should  Click Here to Apply

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