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  • Posted on: 11 February, 2016 Deadline: 29 February, 2016
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    Child Life Line (“CLL”) is a not-for-profit Non-Governmental-Organisation (‘NGO’), based in Lagos, Nigeria. CLL was founded in 1994 with the aim of providing care and support to vulnerable and homeless children in Lagos.
    CLL has a residential centre for boys at Ibeshe, Ikorodu, and a drop-in reception centre for homeless children at Gbagada which is open 5 days a week. At the residential centre, children are placed back in school or in vocational training, and at the drop-in centre, the children receive 2 meals a day (breakfast and lunch), have the opportunity to rest, shower and wash their clothes, and receive counselling.

    CLL seeks, as its primary goal, to safely reunite and reintegrate children with their families and with society through its program of transitional support. Where it is impossible to place the child back with its family immediately, CLL seeks to ensure that the child is protected and cared for, either at its own residential centre for boys or with another NGO within the UNICEF-sponsored Nigerian Child Protection Network, and is able to continue with its formal education or start vocational training, to enable the child to develop into a self-reliant, independent individual.



    The Project Manager is based in Lagos and acts as a team leader, overseeing the development, overall delivery and high impact of CLL initiatives including work-plan performance, monitoring, reporting, representation, advocacy, networking and dissemination. He/she will manage staff, serve as the budget-holder and coordinate between CLL, the community and other agencies, ensuring effective and timely reporting, accounting and liaison with all individuals and agencies involved in CLL initiatives.

    We are looking for a committed, self-motivated individual, with training in social welfare or child development and experience in project or program development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. We seek an individual who shows initiative, is confident and has good communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills; someone who is able to build and maintain productive relationships at all levels, and who displays strong leadership skills.

    1. Administration: Ensuring financial accountability and compliance with staff regulations and organizational policies and procedures; day-to-day management of and responsibility for CLL’s human and material resources, including all CLL facilities.
    2. Fund raising: Identify, investigate and pursue possible sources of funding through such practices as written proposals and networking.
    3. Organizational growth and performance improvement: Procedure and policy development, program development, education and training, staff performance and evaluation, program monitoring and evaluation.
    4. Community Outreach: Build and manage collaborative relationships with all stake-holders, including all relevant Government agencies (including the police), host communities, fellow NGOs and sponsor organizations.

    1. CLL Management.
    • Overall management of CLL’s residential home at Ikorodu and drop-in reception centre, currently situate at Gbagada, as well as any other facilities or property belonging to or managed by CLL.
    • Design and implement CLL initiatives and all related activities, contracts and agreements. (Assessment, planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluation).
    • Regularly track and document CLL data, information, lessons learned for better planning and solutions to overcome emerging issues from implementation of initiatives.
    • Actively seek to develop new initiatives that support street children in Lagos, Nigeria, and to expand the reach of CLL.
    • Coordinate the preparation and presentation of work-plans, budgets and reports to the Executive.
    • Assess and mobilize the necessary personnel, equipment, logistics and other resources and requirements for the successful implementation of annual work-plans as agreed with the Executive and donors as appropriate.
    • Ensure continuous monitoring and evaluation of work-plans and collection of data to monitor performance and measure impact.
    • Produce and present regular progress reports, work-plans, budgets, and any other documents required by the Executive, in a timely fashion to required standards in form, content and clarity.
    • Perform such other duties as are delegated by the Executive.

    2. Budget Management.
    • Be fully responsible for budget management from: budget planning, regular budget projection, expenditure monitoring, and budget reporting for CLL initiatives.
    • Ensure best value for money in implementing all aspects of CLL initiatives.
    • Be responsible for the proper disbursement and timely accounting of funds from the variety of donors.

    3. Fundraising
    • Write proposals to identified funding sources both domestically and internationally.
    • Make presentations to local community groups and corporate bodies.
    • Initiate fund-raising projects by CLL.
    • Identify and support fund-raising opportunities for CLL.

    3. Staff Management.
    • Build a high performing team.
    • Maintain rapport and supportive teamwork among the CLL Team.
    • Identify the area/s to strengthen the capacity of team members; seek out cost-effective training and development opportunities.
    • Supervise and line-manage any CLL staff, as directed by the CLL Executive, ensuring timely delivery of their responsibilities.

    4. Representation, Advocacy and Networking.
    • Represent the CLL team for street child support programs in the state and in any key street child fora.
    • Build and maintain effective partnership and working relationships with local and national governmental partners and local communities to facilitate implementation of CLL initiatives, as well as with relevant professional groups, civil society groups, NGO’s or UN agencies, to advance the welfare of street children.
    • Network, collaborate and coordinate with other NGOs to jointly plan and implement CLL initiatives and related activities, and to support other programs related to the welfare of street children.
    • Document and disseminate via print and electronic media, CLL publications and other public readership channels, key successes, lessons and best practices.

    • University degree, preferably in an area related to social welfare or child development.
    • A minimum of three years relevant post-education experience (social work, education, or child development programs) in Nigeria or sub-Saharan Africa.
    • Good understanding of global, regional and national street child support initiatives, development and related issues, notably in Nigeria, and sub-Saharan Africa.
    • Experience in preparing and managing budgets.
    • Experience in working with government counterparts and community based interventions.
    • Skillful in facilitation, training, and program planning, design, monitoring and evaluation.
    • Proven project management experience including leadership skills, positive attitude to teamwork, staff and adaptive management skills, ability to work strategically, co-ordinate a wide range of activities and stakeholders, and act independently.
    • Flair for diplomacy: negotiation, mediation, conflict resolution, networking and facilitation skills at all levels (government, administration, local community).
    • Experience at sourcing funds for program development both domestically and internationally.
    • Fluency in English with clear oral and written presentation skills; computer literacy, report-writing, and proven financial management skills.
    • Willingness to travel and work long hours, including work in arduous field conditions.
    • Understanding of Nigerian government system; knowledge of and sensitivity to local cultures.

    Method of Application

    Submit your letter of application, attaching your curriculum vitae and copies of all relevant certificates and testimonials, no later than FEBRUARY 29 to:

    The President,
    Child Life Line,
    8, Lateef Onigemo Street,

    Or, submit the above by email to

    Please ensure that your contact details (telephone number, email and postal addresses) are provided.

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