Save the Children is a leading international organization helping children in need around the world. First established in the UK in 1919, separate national organizations have been set up in more than twenty-eight countries, sharing the aim of improving the lives of children through education, health care and economic opportunities, as well as emergency aid in cases of natural disasters, war and conflict.
In Nigeria, Save the Children has been working since 2001. The early focus was on getting children actively involved in shaping the decisions that affect their lives. Today, Save the Children is working in seven federal states - Zamfara, Yobe, Jigawa, Katsina, Kano, Bauchi and Kaduna - focusing on providing basic healthcare and protecting children.
We are recruiting to fill the position of:
- The Senior Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) Specialist will provide leadership in all maternal and newborn health-related technical areas, with a particular focus on newborns as the Technical manager of the Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) project.
- S/he will provide state-of-the-art technical inputs into the development of the content and implementation strategies for evidence-based, high impact NBH interventions.
- S/he will advance the MNH work of Save the Children in Nigeria though a strong focus on internal programming, national policies and external partnerships.
- S/he will oversee newborn health-focused projects and studies, ensuring sound management and effective implementation through each project team.
- Externally, s/he will work in close collaboration with external partners, including the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), in particular the Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health divisions; relevant national-level Technical Working Groups (TWGs) and sub-committees; WHO, UNICEF, and other UN agencies; development partners; NGOs; research institutions; and other stakeholders.
Technical and Advisory Support:
- Technical Leadership
- Provide technical leadership and support to the MNH components of Save the Children’s projects, in particular newborn health
- Provide leadership and technical assistance in newborn health to the FMOH and other in-country development partners, including support to the development of relevant newborn health-focused national plans, strategies and policies
- Provide technical assistance for the development and implementation of newborn health-related behavior change strategies and activities
- In collaboration with Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) colleagues, support the development of feasible and effective monitoring approaches for newborn health-focused interventions and projects
- Coordinate with external partners (including but not limited to FMOH, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency NPHCDA, JSI/TSHIP, CHAI, JHPIEGO/MCSP, Mama Ye, Society for Family Health, Wellbeing Foundation, Society for neonatal medicine (NISONM), Pediatrics Association of Nigeria) to support the development of training manuals, supervision and monitoring tools, communication materials, job aids and other technical materials to support the implementation of newborn health interventions
- Conduct periodic field visits to Save the Children health projects and studies to monitor the technical quality of newborn-focused interventions
- Initiate and lead the Save the Children Nigeria internal MNH technical meetings ensuring that all Save the Children projects working on newborn health coordinate and collaborate effectively,
- promoting the sharing of technical resources, learning and mutual support
- In collaboration with MEAL and other technical colleagues, develop research protocols and tools related to newborn health and support newborn health-focused research activities
- Prepare research papers, presentations and scientific articles based on primary research conducted by Save the Children projects and studies, and collaborate with other technical experts to identify suitable opportunities for sharing evidence from Save the Children newborn health-focused programming.
- Representation, Networking and Advocacy
- Stay abreast of the latest newborn health technical evidence and data, both global and Nigeria-specific, and periodically share with technical and programme colleagues
- Serve as Save the Children Nigeria’s principal focal person for all newborn health-related issues, liaising with the MOH, UN agencies, other NGOs, donor agencies, academic and research institutions, professional bodies and other in-country stakeholders as appropriate
- Represent Save the Children Nigeria’s newborn health priorities and projects in professional circles, including meetings, conferences and presentations
- Ensure Save the Children’s active participation and contribution to policy dialogue and engagement at the national level, including relevant TWGs, sub-committees and other forums
- In collaboration with the Head of Health and Child Survival, ensure that Save the Children Nigeria’s newborn health-focused programming and strategic ambition is effectively communicated to and supported by other Save the Children entities, including Save the Children members and the Health and Nutrition Global Initiative.
Strategy and New Business:
- Work with the Head of Health and Child Survival and Director of Programme Development & Quality (PDQ) to develop new newborn health-focused projects and studies
- Ensure that newborn health is well represented in Save the Children strategies, both Nigeria-specific and global, seeking relevant inputs from a range of internal and external stakeholders and leading on subsequent operationalization
- Contribute to the planning of newborn health components of Save the Children Nigeria’s Humanitarian response as required.
Project and Staff Management:
- This position reports to the Head of Health & Child Survival
- Through sound management practices, ensure the effective implementation of all projects and studies under his / her responsibility (currently: SNL, care-seeking study, ), including proper internal and external reporting and monitoring of expenditure against budget
- With support from Head of Health and Child Survival and Save the Children Nigeria’s Human Resource Department, lead the recruitment of Save the Children staff in projects under his / her responsibility
- Manage and provide support to the staff reporting to this position (currently 2 positions – Senior Newborn Health Advisor, & Project officer, directly and indirectly the MEAL Advisor), implementing effective performance management in accordance with Save the Children policies
- Ensure all project staff receive appropriate training in accordance with the HR and staff development policies of Save the Children
- Support SNL advocacy activities including national level advocacy linked to the national data profile publication dissemination, acceleration of Kangaroo Mother Care in the country and integrating newborn care into MCH activities and programmes
- Support the development, review/adaptation of national training materials, job aids, counselling and behaviour change materials for newborn health
- Coordinate and support training and capacity building activities for all MNH and partners
- Strengthen mechanisms for monitoring, evaluating and documenting maternal and newborn care services in collaboration with MEAL
- Track and prepare monthly and quarterly reports on progress and milestones for SNL, other MNH technical support activities; including documentation of key lessons learnt and successes.
Skills & Experience
- Minimum of a Medical Degree with a Postgraduate qualification in Paediatrics and Public Health, with a minimum of 7 years’ Maternal and newborn health experience in field in program implementation.
- Essential: at least 5 years health programme experience with I/NGO in Nigeria
- Desirable: very good understanding of MNH issues in the Nigeria context, experience with national level technical advocacy.
- Ability to work effectively both independently (with minimal supervision) and as a member of a team
- Commitment to gender equity, child rights
- Effective planning and organising skills
- Effective interpersonal skills - oral and written communication skills
- Computer literacy skills - MS Office applications, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Spread sheets
- Strong skills in building partnerships and in technical advocacy.
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- This position supports the integrity of the overall finance systems within the country office and ensures timely donor and management reporting.
Key Areas of Accountability
- Management account reporting
- Awards Audit management including planning and reporting
- Prepare Budget monitoring reports and share at monthly Finance meeting and reporting to RO
- Preparation of SOF loaders for upload into aggressor including amendment to SOF loaders
- Partner Monitoring and capacity Building of field office finance and non-staff
- Prepare Donor Financial reports for SCIN awards
- Project kick off and close out processes (Exchange loss/Gain elimination, debt recovery)
- Monthly recharges processing and posting
- National staff salary recharge
- System maintenance (Fund Summary, budget mapping; DEA creations ) for all SCI awards including liaison with relevant stakeholders, project managers, awards, members and possibly donors
- Others as maybe assigned by your line managers
- A Bachelors/HND degree in Accounting with additional relevant professional qualification
- 5-7 years working experience in relevant field,
- Proven experience in financial management and producing appropriate management information to support strategy development and decision-making by budget holders and programme implementers
- Proven training experience to all levels of staff, both informal (on the job coaching) and formal (structured training courses).
- Proven analytical skills and ability to translate analysis into appropriate, feasible and practical implementation plans and goals.
- An understanding of development work in order to communicate effectively with Members/Donors and programme staff on funding sources and programme issues
- Experience of developing guidelines and formats to support staff in donor applications and reporting with particular reference to USAID grants
- Knowledge of major donor funding sources and grants application processes
- Thorough understanding of interdepartmental relationships, dynamics and functioning in an overseas programme setting
- Commitment to the aims and principles of Save the Children
- Ability to translate complex, technical and financial issues into a language understandable by non-finance staff
- Computer literate (including working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Access) and competency in development of spread-sheets and databases
- Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to communicate clearly with thoughtful and accurate information
- Willingness to travel to field offices and work in difficult environment from time to time
- Ability to work within a multicultural and multi-religious settings
- Experience of Save the Children financial accounting packages (eg Agresso), policies, systems and procedures.
- International experience preferably gained within an INGO in a relief/emergency setting
- Proven experience in grants auditing especially of USAID/DFID grant audits
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- The Roving Logistics Coordinator is to act as the link between the Abuja Office Logistics Team and the North West Nigeria Field Logistics teams, and will focus on Procurement, assets, fleet, stock and distribution processes management.
- Also the role is to capacity build, develop, oversee and assist the Field Logistics Officers/assistants/fleet staff etc or as requested.
- He/she will also support the Logistics Manager in looking at pre-positioning and contingency planning in the NW Nigeria.
- The role will include partners’ logistics support and as such, the role may include remote management, management of remote field bases or direct line management of a particular logistics function.
- Coordination of programme logistics; implement the country logistics policies and procedures for the management of the supply chain, including one or more of the following areas; procurement, transport and distribution, warehousing and stock management, management of vehicle fleets, communication systems, and assets
- Ensure that Save the Children minimum standards of logistics procedures and country policies are implemented and adhered to in the area of responsibility, supporting relevant staff as required
- Manage and support logistics staff including ensuring clear division of responsibilities, clear objectives, and management of performance
- Ensure that procedures within the specific area of responsibility meet Save the Children and donor regulations, whether that be within a given technical sector in logistics, or a specific field base
- Provide support to senior logistics staff on areas relating to budgets, technical aspects of the programme, and implementation mechanisms as required
- Provide logistics training and capacity building as required
- The post-holder will comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to child safeguarding, safety and security, code of conduct, equal opportunities and other relevant policies.
- 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.
- Comply with save the children’s zero tolerance to corruption and fraud.
Procurement and Storage:
- To oversee the management of procurement of items based on authorized requisitions, in line with SCI procedures. Support the program staff towards developing of a procurement plan in tandem with the program needs and inputs.
- Organize, plan and work with international procurement team towards initiating an international order for the projects. While doing this must always cc Head of Logistics and Abuja Logistics coordinator.
- Organize, plan and assist in open tenders’ process that may be required.
- To liaise closely with the Finance, Grants and Compliance Manager, as well as the Program Managers and program department, on local and international procurement by maintaining/ensuring a PR tracking system.
- To keep records of and maintain contacts with suppliers and local repair/maintenance shops, and to conduct price comparisons among them, in order to get the best value for money.
- Ensure sharing of FO’s procurement request (PR) trackers with all programs and Country office on a weekly basis and comprehensive one every month.
- Ensuring reporting of all assets in the FOs and managing of all ID cards.
- Set up and inaugurate a procurement committee which shall oversee all procurement need/ processes as well as conduct all necessary tender process in accordance with the procurement policies.
- To ensure that warehousing management and assets tracking are followed up while supporting the Pharmacist in the general management of drugs storage and supplies to the NW Nigeria field locations.
Transport and Communication:
- To oversee the regulation of the use of vehicles and communications equipment (where available)
- To oversee the installation, programming, adequate use and maintenance of communications equipment, including telephones, radios and satellite phones.
- Oversee the supervision and planning of vehicle allocation in order to optimally serve the needs of the program.
- To ensure the monitoring of the fuel consumption and maintenance of SCI vehicles and the skills of the drivers.
- Engage credible and competent vendors (car rental companies) towards providing efficient and effective services to the SCI when required.
- Supervise and ensure a complete and accurate vehicle report is shared with the country logistics manager (or Head of Logistics) on a monthly basis.
- Manage and build the capacities of the SCI/LGA drivers towards becoming responsive and professional in the execution of their work. Safety training is essential in this role.
- To prepare job descriptions for logistics staff.
- To recruit, instruct and supervise logistics staff.
- To provide support through the HR on trainings for the logistic teams.
- To visit these teams and program regularly, in order to monitor the systems, procedures and logistic personnel.
- To set objectives and performance plans for the logistics personnel under his/her supervision in collaboration with area managers/field managers.
- To ensure that the SCI logistics systems, procedures and working practices are adhered to.
- To ensure that the proper administrative procedures and standards for PR follow-up, purchasing, stock keeping and dispatch are followed.
- To keep a proper record of quotation (eventually tender), PRs, purchase order forms, good receive note, receipts, waybills, and all other documents.
- University degree in a relevant subject.
- Extensive experience in: purchasing, clearing and forwarding, exemption waiver pursuit, NAFDAC and Customs processes and procedures.
- Extensive experience in Warehousing, vehicle management, administration.
- Diplomacy, tact and negotiating skills.
- Team-working skills.
- Flexibility under pressure and in response to changing needs.
- Attention to detail and excellent numeracy.
- Practical experience in working HF and VHF radios.
- Good written and spoken English and other languages as required.
- Ability to keep clear and concise records.
- Valid clean driving license and sound driving skills.
- Commitment to SCI child safeguarding policies, equal opportunity and gender policies.
- Commitment to humanitarian principles and with the aims and objectives of SCI
- Previous work experience, ideally with non-governmental organizations/INGO is an asset.
- Experience in Logistics Management.
- Logistics training or qualification an added advantage.
- Experience of supervision of staffs and good team work (integration).
Method of Application
Interested and suitably qualified candidates should visit Save The Children Career Page on Simplicant