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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.
The Internal Audit & Control Manager is responsible for ensuring that all Save the Children and donor guidelines and policies are complied with while evaluating the effectiveness of the governance, risk management and control systems in place. As a member of the SMT s/he will advise on any additional steps that need to be taken to ensure the protection of the program’s assets, funds and reputation. S/he 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. Save the Children operates through 8 field bases (Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Zamfara, Jigawa and Bauchi, Gombe, Borno and Lagos. SC Nigeria has a total of 221 staff with about 19 finance staff. SC Nigeria has about 21 active awards With a total of $152m.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- Qualified internal auditor or compliance manager
- Extensive experience in relevant operational areas (e.g. in program/project management in an INGO context) and experience of risk-based auditing.
- Be highly accurate, detail-orientated, and able to complete multiple projects, with conflicting priorities, on a timely basis
- Excellent report English writing skills
- Proven interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and relationship building
- Willingness 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 underdeveloped, insecure and remote parts of NIGERIA.
- Strong cultural awareness and be able to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
- Demonstrate standards of ethics and integrity
- Commitment to Save the Children values
- INGO experience or have worked in a commercial/public sector international organization
- Familiarity with grant requirements of major donors such as USAID, EC/ECHO, DfID and the UN
- Good financial analysis aptitude
- Experience of Agresso financial software or other ERP software
- Experience of audit
- Counter fraud experience
- Ability to look at the bigger picture when assessing organizational performance and risk
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To support implementation of FSL component of project.
- The post holder will receive a context specific ToR for each deployment, which will draw upon the responsibilities outlined below.
- Programme Support (typically will be at field level):
- Support field level technical assessments in coordination with the FSL response lead and 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.
- With support from the lead FSL Adviser and/or other senior programme staff, develop project plans and budgets, contributing towards an overall project implementation.
- With support from the lead FSL Adviser and/or other senior programme staff, support with inputs in development of high quality concept notes and proposals.
- With the support of FSL Adviser, support project implementation to ensure timely delivery of project activities (for example, monitoring against log frames, individual performance management work plans).
- Working closely with the lead FSL Adviser and/or other senior programme staff, support timely programme and donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal SC requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.
- Working closely with the Field Manager and the lead FSL Adviser and/or other senior programme staff, with the HR team, help in the identification and recruitment of community mobilisers and/or project volunteers
- With support from the lead FSL Adviser and/or other senior programme staff, identify programme supplies needs and coordinate with the logistics team to put in place a sensible phased procurement plan.
- With support from the Monitoring & Evaluation team support the M & E plan implementation within the FSL projects, ensuring this links to reporting requirements, and capacity build technical field staff in carrying out the work.
- With support from the Accountability Lead ensure accountability is enforced in all project activities as well as ensuring that feedback from children and their families is considered in project design/implementation
- Work closely with partners and their staff to ensure project activities are implemented in time and within the stipulated quality.
- To ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the Sphere Charter and Red Cross Code of Conduct.
- Identify learning and training opportunities for partner staff and communicate this to the Field manager or Lead FSL Adviser.
- Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:
- Ensure that Save the Children's work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Government, and support Interagency Coordination forums, advocating for the specific needs of children. This may involve supporting coordination working groups within the IDP camps and host communities or target project sites.
- Contribute to communications and media work as required through correction of data and information and sharing with the project heads
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.
- Understanding humanitarian contexts and application of humanitarian principles:
- Ensures that programme goals and activities uphold the principles of the key national and international humanitarian frameworks, codes and commitments
- Integrates beneficiary accountability principles into the approach
- Participates in disaster coordination mechanisms and interagency cooperation
- Achieving results effectively:
- Ensures efficient and transparent use of resources in accordance with internal controls
- Establishes staff engagement mechanisms.
- Addresses difficult situations and makes tough decisions confidently and calmly
- Considers the wider impact of decisions to be made in the short and long-term.
- Continuously provides feedback and updates to achieve improved results
- Coordinates with stakeholders to avoid duplication and maximise resources
- Documents lessons learned and applies them to future projects
- Maintaining and developing collaborative relationships:
- Actively listens to different perspectives and experiences of stakeholders
- Actively participates in networks to access and contribute to good practice
- Establishes and maintains clear communication and dialogue with disaster and conflict affected people and other stakeholders
- Establishes clear objectives with teams and individuals and monitors progress and performance
- Operating safely and securely:
- Identifies and communicates risk and threats and minimises these for oneself and the agency
- Takes measures to do no harm and to minimise risks for partners and the communities
- Reduces vulnerability by complying with safety and security protocols set by the organisation
- Demonstrates an understanding of wider UN/NGO security coordination and how the organisation can benefit from, and contribute to, those mechanisms
- Managing yourself in a pressured and changing environment:
- Helps team members to practise stress management through prioritisation of workloads and modelling of appropriate self care
- Remains effective and retains perspective in the face of difficult or demanding situations
- Demonstrates personal integrity by using one’s position responsibly and fairly
- Maintains ethical and professional behaviour in accordance with relevant codes of conduct
- Plans, prioritises and performs tasks well under pressure
- Takes responsibility for own work and for the impact of own actions
- Leadership: Action; Thinking; Self; Inspiring; Developing Others:
- Builds own awareness of the bigger global picture by using a broad range of sources to gather data
- Demonstrates managerial courage by confronting difficult situations and seeking resolution, and stating willingness to champion ideas
- Demonstrates approachability and trust by listening carefully to others and valuing their contribution, and making others feel comfortable by being open and honest about their thoughts and feelings
- Demonstrates self-development and management by taking responsibility for own development, and actively seeking out feedback to better understand their own strengths and weaknesses
- Makes positive statements about work
- Effectively influences others by understanding their interests and showing how they will be met by own preferred solution
- Gives constructive feedback to enhance capabilities and responsibilities to another for the purpose of his/her development
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
- Substantial experience of working in FSL, including prior internationally based experience
- Education to BSc/BA level in a relevant subject or equivalent field experience
- Previous experience of project management and implementation
- Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability
- Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation
- Experience of training and capacity building staff
- Some experience of representation and ability to represent SC effectively in external forums.
- Knowledge of institutional donors and experience of developing proposals
- Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
- Excellent communication and strong influencing skills
- 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
- Knowledge of EMMA and market analysis tools
- Familiarity with FSL and nutrition surveys
- Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant regions/contexts
- Knowledge of consortia working
- Experience in gender mainstreaming within FSL programming.
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The incumbent will be responsible for managing logistics staff, vehicle fleet, assets, communications, procurement, security and properties to ensure effective, transparent and accountable logistic support to the Save the Children programs in SC Nigeria. Liaison with program teams to ensure adequate logistical consideration for coordination and planning of program implementation. Provide technical support and guidance to program teams on logistical elements of distribution & procurement planning.
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
- Transport & Fleet Management
- Asset & Facility Management
- Procurement and Supply
- Communication and Security
- Administration & Reports
SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
Administrative & General Skills
- Level of Education – Degree
- Communication & Interpersonal Skill Level - Excellent
- Language Requirements – English - Excellent
- Level of IT Expertise Required - Good
- Desired Number of Years Prior Experience in a Similar Role – 2
- Experience in procurement and logistics with INGO
- Experience in a relatively insecure field based environment
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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.
SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
- BSc/B.A/MSc in 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 programs.
- 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.
- Willingness 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
Method of Application
Kindly send your C.V and qualifying statements to: Nigeria.FinanceVacancy@savethechildren.org on or before June 9th, 2015explaining why you are suitable for the position you are applying for. State position clearly in the subject field as applications without appropriate subject will be disqualified. Also, applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
Please note that applications will be treated as they are received and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.