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  • Posted on: 27 March, 2015 Deadline: 9 April, 2015
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    Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in over 120 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 looking for experienced development professionals to work within the Nigeria Country Programme. These roles will be critical for the delivery of results for children expected by this programme.

    We are recruiting to fill the following positions:

    Child Rights Education Situation Analysis- Consultancy



    • As Save the Children in Nigeria prepares to scale up its existing education portfolio, there is need for a detailed analysis of the extent to which children's right to education in particular is being met across the country.
    • As such the organisation is looking for a consultant to develop a Child Rights Education Situation Analysis.
    • Once completed, the Child Rights Education Situation Analysis (CRESA) will serve as an integral part of decision-making and will, in particular guide the development and finalisation of Save the Children Nigeria’s five-year Education Strategy,which will in turn feed into Save the Children international’s broader post-2015 strategic orientation.

    The purpose of the CRESA will be expected to shed light on the following elements:

    • The prevailing rights climate, including legislation and policy environments and the main areas of rights violations (including those experienced by specifically marginalised groups) identifying the root causes as well as current and future trends in terms of violations of children's right to education.
    • Who the duty-bearers and stakeholders are, their roles and capacities, what they are doing to ensure children's right to education is fulfilled and what, if any systems of accountability currently exist at different levels.
    • Identify, in broad terms, particular groups and sub-groups of children whose rights are denied as a result of various factors including disability, gender, geography, poverty, conflict etc.
    • The status of Nigeria's progress towards key international education indicators, such as the ones displayed in UIS.

    Scope of Work

    • The CRESA will provide a review of relevant data collected within the last 5 years (2010-2015) on the education situation of children aged 0 to 18 years in Nigeria, disaggregated by gender, age, school level, focussing primarily on Early Childhood Care and Development and Basic Education and place it within the context of children's rights, in order to identify any gaps or violations.
    • The focus of the analysis is on access, equity and quality in education.

    The main requirements are to:

    • Summarize key outcome variables and risk factors by region in Nigeria, including the North East and North West Regions, as defined by DHS in 2013, as well as Abuja and field sites (Abuja, Bauchi, Kaduna, Port Harcourt, Enugu and Lagos)in order to provide a comprehensive picture of education provision across the country and identify areas of inequality.
    • Describe for children in the 13 states of northeast and northwest of Nigeria the current situation and recent trends in indicators of access, equity and qualitative education gender, food security, and social and cultural determinants of education, analysed according to the provisions in UNCRC/CRA and disaggregated whenever possible by age, sex and location.

    Describe what is being done to ensure adequate access, equity and quality to education of children as a right by analysing:

    • Current government (State and Federal) policies, legal provisions and commitments as they relate to the rights of children with a particular emphasis on education
    • Current government programmes and practices, capacity and effectiveness, as they relate to ensuring educational access, equity and quality and promoting development.
    • Current programmes and activities of other stakeholders, agencies, recognized Civil Society Organizations working in the field of education.
    • Analyse the extent to which relevant children’s rights to education (vis- a-vis access, quality and equity) have been realized in selected northern Nigeria states and other identified states: state the factors enabling and inhibiting their attainment.
    • Identify and quantify which groups of children are most vulnerable, marginalised or excluded from efforts to attain their rights to education, and analyse the root causes of their different situation.
    • Identify opportunities and impediments for Save the Children to make a significant contribution to the fulfilment of the rights of children to education in northern Nigeria over the next five years (2015-2020), including government capacity to deliver, the priorities of donors, and the extent to which other agencies are working in the same field, so indicating the scope for making a difference.


    • The assignment shall be completed over a period of 6 weeks and will need to be completed by end of May 2015.

    Person Specification

    • Advanced university degree in Education, Social Science or similar subject.
    • Previous experience in development of analytical reports and policy documents related to Education.
    • Relevant research experience with proven track record of publications.
    • Experience of a wide range of data collection and analysis methods (both qualitative and quantitative)
    • Experience of conducting research with children with an understanding of participatory research methods.
    • Ability to synthesize and analyze large amounts of quantitative and qualitative information using SPSS or EPI INFO and other relevant packages.
    • Understanding and knowledge of the social policy context in Nigeria
    • Excellent written English.
    • Knowledge of a human rights based approach to programmes Experience with preparation of a Child Rights Situation Analysis is desirable

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    Education in Emergency Advisor


    Job Description

    • Save the Children International is a 'dual mandate' organization and as such equal priority will be given to both humanitarian and development work.
    • This is the only way we will be able to ensure that some of the fundamental rights that we believe children have, such as survival, safety and constant access to protection and education can be guaranteed.
    • As part of a commitment to work with children through humanitarian interventions Save the Children will support programmes in both sudden onset and chronic emergency situations.
    • The Education in Emergency Advisor will be expected to lead on sectoral assessment, programme design and master-budgeting, coordination (including the Cluster), and support fundraising, recruitment and procurement liaising and linking with other sectors as appropriate.
    • The post-holder will be expected to mentor and/or capacity build existing education taff specifically engaged in humanitarian programme.

    Main Responsibilities
    Programme Support:

    • Lead on technical assessments in coordination with other SC thematic areas and/or other external sector agencies, ensuring assessment findings are documented and that all assessments include a specific analysis of children’s needs.
    • Working with the Deputy Team Leader - or Team Leader develop sector response plans and masterbudgets and contribute to Save the Children’s overall response strategy ensuring that it is compatible with both the overall Education Sector Strategy (facilitated by the Education Cluster).
    • Working closely with the Deputy Team Leader - or Team Leader, support fundraising for your sector, including development of high quality concept notes and proposals, and engagement with donors’ technical advisors.
    • Prepare and oversee programme implementation to ensure timely delivery of programme activities (for example, monitoring against logframes, individual performance management workplans).
    • Prepare timely programme and donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal SC requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.
    • Working closely with the HR team, identify technical staffing needs (both national and international) for emergency programmes, and ensure rapid recruitment, induction and training of new staff.
    • Identify programme supplies needs and coordinate with the logistics team to put in place a sensible phased procurement plan.
    • Working closely with the Monitoring & Evaluation team put in place a sector M & E plan, ensuring this links to reporting requirements, and capacity build technical field staff in carrying out the work.
    • Working closely with the Accountability lead put in place accountability activities for your thematic area, ensuring that feedback from all relevant stakeholders is considered in programme design.
    • To ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the Sphere Charter, the Red Cross Code of Conduct and with INEE Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies.

    Capacity Building:

    • Identify learning and training opportunities for Save the Children staff and partners and work as a mentor and role model for less experienced staff and those with little or no education experience
    • Coach and mentor national level counterparts and link in to wider organizational talent development mechanisms.

    Representation & Advocacy & Organizational Learning:

    • Ensure that Save the Children's work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Government, and take a leadership role within Interagency Coordination forums (including the Education cluster), ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed. This may involve taking the lead in coordination working groups.
    • Take steps to document lessons learned for wider dissemination.
    • In collaboration with senior programme staff, assist in advocacy activities that target decision-makers at all levels.
    • In collaboration with SC Education colleagues, feed in learning, experiences and evidence to relevant global advocacy objectives.
    • To identify opportunities and material to contribute to communications and media work, acting as a spokesperson when required.


    • 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

    • Significant management experience working in an emergency response contexts or fragile states.
    • Previous first phase emergency response experience is essential.
    • Education to M.Sc/MA/MEng level in a relevant subject or equivalent field experience.
    • Demonstrated experience in leading assessment activities and of designing, managing, monitoring and evaluating education programmes in emergencies for international NGOs.
    • Experience of applying relevant interagency humanitarian frameworks and standards in education in emergencies (for example INEE Minimum Standards)
    • Previous experience of managing a team.
    • Previous experience of project management.
    • Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability.
    • Demonstrated monitoring and evaluation skills.
    • Ability to work both in an advisory and a hands on implementation capacity.
    • Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff.
    • Experience of representation, including Cluster coordination, and ability to represent SC effectively in external forums.
    • Experience of preparing successful funding proposals for donors.
    • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports.
    • Excellent communication skills.
    • Strong influencing skills and experience in advocacy.
    • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy.
    • A high level of written and spoken English.
    • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
    • 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.


    • Experience or knowledge of working and living in similar regions/contexts
    • Specific experience of designing and managing DFID, ECHO and UNICEF projects Specific experience of designing and managing consortia projects.

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    Technical Advisor HIV Prevention, Care and Support STEER Project


    Job Description

    • The incumbent will be required to work closely with the STEER technical team to achieve the strategic objectives of the project focusing primarily on HIV prevention, Care and Support but also supporting cross-cutting themes and integration efforts across the project with other areas of OVC programming including Household Economic Strengthening and Nutrition.
    • S/he will lead planning and capacity strengthening efforts while putting in place operational strategies for achieving project aims, results and performance expectations through adherence to high standards of programmatic and management quality.


    • The candidate should have an MBBS/MD and/or MPH with a minimum of 5 years relevant experience in implementing HIV Prevention, Care and Support programs or BS/MA in a relevant health Degree a plus a minimum of 5 years technical experience with community-level HIV prevention, Care & Support programs.
    • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with government and civil society partners and communities as well as transfer knowledge to diverse audiences through workshops, training and meetings using participatory methods and adult learning principles.
    • He/she must have Good knowledge of Government of Nigeria HIV Care and Treatment guidelines (Pediatric and Adult) and experience working with Ministry of Health and familiarity with OVC programming and principles are relevant.
    • Experience in project design and proposal development in the HIV/Health sector for USAID/PEPFAR funded projects and fluency in Hausa will be an added advantage.

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    Household Economic Strengthening Coordinator


    Job Description

    • To provide technical support and guidance in the implementation of the economic strengthening component of the STEER OVC project.
    • The job will primarily focus on; support to CSOs on market assessment which will include gender iterative economic opportunity analyses, identification of pro-poor high-growth value chains, building financial literacy skills of households, incorporating basic market principles, facilitate skills trainings, manage group savings programs, household economic assessments, support to households to develop and scale-up businesses on community-based savings and loan schemes, (S&L) for caregivers and heads of households.


    • The candidate should have a Master's Degree in Economics or any other related field with work experience in the field of Household Economic Strengthening.
    • He/she should have worked with an International NGO with interest in development issues and also the ability to work across multiple sub agreements and partners.
    • He /she should be able to assess priorities and handle multiple tasks simultaneously to meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality.
    • Fluency in English and Hausa will be an added advantage.

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    Program Manager Saving Newborn Lives


    Job Description

    • To oversee the programme management for the SNL3 Nigeria project and Quality of Care project in Lagos and Jigawa states and other MNH projects.
    • The incumbent is expected to manage all operation aspects of all MNH projects including, but not limited to budget, procurement and put in place risk and mitigation strategy.
    • S/he will work with and report to all functional operational units.
    • The incumbent will also report to the Head of Health and Child Survival, working closely With the Snr.
    • MNH Advisor ensuring that technical decisions are signed off by the Head of Health on donor reports.
    • S/he will work to ensure operational management of all MNH projects particularly SNL3 and the QoC projects, as platform for Increasing the reach of women and newborns at state level with quality MNH services.


    • The candidate should have a minimum of Bachelors' Degree in Health with 7-8 years' experience in related field or a Postgraduate qualification in Public Health with a minimum of 5 years' experience in field.
    • S/he must possess basic experience in MNH programme with public health qualification and at least 5 years health programme management experience with INGO in Nigeria.
    • The incumbent must have a good understanding of national health policies and strategies, programmes on MNH in Nigeria and MNH issues in Nigeria.
    • Experience in project management for Maternal and Newborn Health is desirable.

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    Internal Control and Audit Manager


    Job Description

    • The Internal Control Manager is responsible for ensuring that all Save the Children and donor guidelines and policies are complied with; while ensuring that the Country Office has effective governance, risk management and control system are in place.
    • As a member of the SMT s/he will advise on the need to protect programme's assets, funds and reputation.
    • The incumbent will undertake regular checks of procedures and documentation in all of Save the Children's offices in Nigeria and will serve as a liaison for all external audit and regulatory agencies.


    • Qualified Internal Auditor or compliance manager with extensive experience in programme management in an INGO and risk-based auditing.
    • S/he must be familiar with grant requirements of major donors such as USAID, EC/ECHO, DFID and the UN and have a good financial analysis aptitude.
    • The incumbent must have good computer skills with ability to use Agresso financial software, or other relevant ERP software.
    • He or she must also and also have sufficient experience in audit and counter fraud and the ability to assess organizational performance and risk.
    • The candidate must possess excellent report and writing skills with proven interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and relationship building, must be willing to undertake high amount of travel within the Nigeria SCI field locations (40%) and work with minimum supervision under difficult conditions in some of the most under-developed, insecure and remote parts of NIGERIA.
    • S/he should possess strong cultural awareness and be able to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures and must demonstrate standards of ethics and integrity.
    • Experience in an INGO setting or commercial / public sector international organisation will be an added advantage.

    Method of Application

    Interested candidates should send their C.V, a list of reports or publications that are similar in nature, and a covering letter with a 500-word statement explaining their suitability for the task. In addition, candidates should send an electronic version of a relevant report written in English in which the candidate was a sole author to:

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