Save the Children is a child rights organization working to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Save the Children established an office in Nigeria, the most populous nation in Africa, in 2001. The organization focuses on full spectrum programming – development and humanitarian – with core thematic work in education, child protection, hunger and livelihoods, child rights governance, health and nutrition. Activities generally focus on building government capacity in policy development and service delivery, while also working with communities and civil society organizations to build demand and accountability mechanisms, and implementing direct services through specific projects and operational research activities. Working with and through partners such as Action Against Hunger (ACF), Save the Children has also invested heavily in advocacy and campaigns.
The Child Development Grant Programme - CDGP (DFID Funded) provides an unconditional cash transfer of 3,500 NGN (approximately £14) per month for up to 60,000 pregnant women and women with children under the age of two (2) in Zamfara and Jigawa. It is a joint programme with Action Against Hunger (ACF). The programme is aimed at reducing the prevalence of stunting and infant mortality. There are 4 key outputs of the programme:
Output 1: Design and delivery a secure payments mechanism providing regular, timely cash transfers to 60,000 pregnant women and women with under-2s.
Output 2: Effective system for mobilisation, targeting and complementary interventions.
Output 3: Enhanced government capacities for managing cash transfers in focus States.
Output 4: Evidence of cash transfer modalities and impacts provided to policymakers and practitioners at State and Federal levels.
Objectives of the Consultancy
A key requirement of the CDGP is to secure increased political and institutional commitment to implement effective state-wide social protection programmes that ensures improved nutrition, food security and poverty reduction for women and children. For this reason, advocacy and community engagement is an important function of the programme. The primary objectives of the consultancy are two-fold:
Both the State Engagement and Advocacy Strategies for Zamfara and Jigawa will outline the key stakeholders, activities and processes for state engagement in order to build government commitment and ownership of effective state-wide social protection programme for women and children. The state engagement strategy will be based on the key political drivers and constraints to the institutionalization of the CDGP model in the two states. The Political Economic Analysis of the states should guide the development of these documents.
Objectives of the Consultancy
The objectives of this assignment are to develop advocacy materials, three key products: such as Position papers, Policy briefs and Fact sheets and conduct a dissemination of the findings and recommendations of the above mentioned research undertaken as part of the ESSPIN project as well as essential information about conflict sensitive approaches to key education stakeholders(for example e.g. State Ministries of Education, Universal Basic Education, Colleges/Institutes or Faculties of Education, National Teachers Institute, teachers and Principals /Head teachers and teachers in primary and secondary schools, CSACEFA,Community/Faith-Based Organizations, Women /Community leaders) ,Youth Groups, National Union of Teachers , UN Donor Agencies). This is with the view to inform key advocacy issues to improve our educational system at the Federal and state levels. it is expected that dissemination activities will enhance key stakeholders’ understanding of the issues as well as their commitment to working together to kick-start the development of a road map for immediate, medium and long-term interventions aimed at mitigating the impacts of conflicts and violence on children’s education, and facilitating safe, equitable access to quality education through a conflict sensitive approaches in our education system.
Scope of Work
The incumbent will take the lead in conducting situation analysis, project design, fund raising and project implementation. The job holder will work with the Head of Health and Child survival and ensures the integration of child health to other components of the Health and Nutrition Portfolio in Nigeria. He/She will provide technical leadership in the area existing child health projects in country (Core Group Partners Project and Stop Diarrhoea Initiative) while coordinating with other partners/agencies involved in child health activities such as UNICEF, WHO USAID, WHO,DFID and World Vision.
He or she must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in health with 7 years experience in related field or a Postgraduate qualification in Public Health or its equivalent. The incumbent must possess 5 years health programme management experience with a renowned I/NGO in Nigeria, have a good understanding of national health policies and strategies, programmes and stakeholders on Child Health, child survival issues and common childhood illnesses, childhood immunizations and immunizations programming/ coverage issues in Nigeria. Ability to conduct training on IMI and CCM is desirable. The incumbent must good analytical & research skills in conducting health systems studies as well as analyzing data using SPSS/ EPInfo/ STATA etc.
All applicants should send a 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.
Deadline for submissions is June 15th 2015.All communications relevant to this RFP should be directed to: Nigeria.ProgramsVacancy@savethechildren.org