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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.
- The Advocacy Officer will contribute to Save the Children’s efforts to influence and bring about change in the policies and behaviour of policy makers related to the rights of children in the country programme in the state of posting.
- S/he will demonstrate ability to balance programme and advocacy interventions.
Key Areas of Accountability
- Identify and carry out desk reviews of relevant policies that impact on Save the Children’s advocacy thrusts.
- Develop key advocacy tools (Policy Briefs and Position Papers) targeted at relevant government and non-government stakeholders.
- Contribute to the development and implementation of advocacy and programme objectives related to broad range of issues and stakeholders
- Ensure that voices of children form the basis of Save the Children’s advocacy strategy.
- Acquire information and understanding of social policy and adapt strategies as necessary.
- Maintain a strategic overview of issues affecting children, monitoring trends in the external environment and inputting to organisational strategy and planning processes.
- Keep a watching brief on policy makers and other key players in relation Maternal New-born and Child Health (MNCH) issues and identify opportunities to influence policy change.
- Contribute to all efforts to coordinate and support CSO Coalitions, Champions and Human Resources for Health (HRH) Technical Working Group (TWG)
- Develop good understanding of state and national government structures, parliamentary and political processes and key decision making structures and how to influence them.
- Undertake a range of lobbying, communications and other activities to inform and persuade policy makers, including donors and politicians, of the value of Save the Children’s policy recommendations.
- Build systems for research, analysis and documentation that underpin evidence based advocacy and influencing at state and national levels.
- Develop dissemination and communication strategies for key advocacy messages.
- Produce reports, briefing papers and presentations for internal and external audiences, as directed.
Collaboration & Representation:
- Develop strategic relationships with other agencies engaged in advocacy and policy work.
- Develop and maintain a network of external contacts with key individuals in the government, NGO sector, civil society and the media.
- Build the capacity of staff from Save the Children and partner agencies in advocacy and communications.
- Represent Save the Children at various policy forums and advocacy opportunities at national and international levels, as directed.
- Act as a spokesperson for Save the Children to a variety of external audiences including policy makers and the media, as directed.
- Liaise closely with staff in the Policy and Communication units at Save the Children headquarters and coordinate with other Save the Children members.
- Support the programme team in the development of research methodologies, data analysis, report writing and publication.
- Ensure clear links and mutual reinforcement between programmatic approaches and advocacy strategies.
- Write regular progress reports, including annual impact monitoring reports.
- Perform other tasks, as required, to ensure the smooth running of the country programme.
Skills & Experience
Administrative & General Skills:
- The post holder will possess a high degree of analytical skill, political acumen, ability to facilitate change, ability to influence, and ability to communicate key advocacy messages effectively and convincingly to a diverse audience at local, national and international levels.
- University degree in Health, Nutrition, Communications or related Social Science field.
- Substantial experience in advocacy and policy development / research in the development context.
- Good understanding of the possibilities and tactics for influencing decision and policy makers, politicians, donors, and other key actors.
- Knowledge of the media and its role in raising awareness and shaping public policy.
- Good understanding of strategies for achieving sustainable child Health and Nutrition policies through participatory processes, and the links with gender, diversity and other aspects of identity.
- Excellent conceptual and analytical skills and demonstrable ability to think strategically, innovatively and practically to ensure achievement of desired change objectives.
- Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences at local, national and international levels.
- Ability to build and maintain relationships with partner agencies and key contacts in the government, NGO, civil society and media sectors.
- Strong organizational skills and ability to effectively handle multiple tasks and meet strict deadlines.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, flexibility, adaptability and ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
- Ability to travel extensively in the country.
- Demonstrable mastery of computer skills (word processing, spreadsheets, outlook, power point) and ability to be self-supporting in most administrative tasks.
- Fluent English language skills (written and verbal).
- Commitment to the values, mission, aims and policies of Save the Children.
- Experience in training others in advocacy techniques and influencing tactics.
- Prior advocacy work experience in Nigeria, especially in Lagos State
- Knowledge of the policies, functions, structures and decision-making processes of key national and state institutions with regard to Child
- Experience working on MNCH, HRH and Nutrition will be an added advantage.
- Local language skills (Ability to communicate in Yoruba will be an advantage).
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- Manage travel arrangements, including transport
- Liaise with the HR/Admin unit to ensure coordination of functions when official visitors are expected
- Transport and Fleet Management
- Manage drivers’ team.
- Manage, maintain and repair vehicles.
- Responsible for administering litigations and traffic offenses.
- Managing and tracking of all vehicles on the fleet including movement planning and day-to-day allocation of vehicles
- Ensure vehicles have current and lawful documents
- Update the vehicle cost schedule and produce regular reports.
- Monitor markets on vehicle rentals as per SCI security and safety standards.
- TIM and Asset
- Enter all new items purchased in SCI TIM software and ensure reconciling with Assets register.
- Manage and maintain Asset and Inventory list for SC Nigeria leased property. Ensure assets are numbered correctly.
- Ensure good condition of assets, and maintain Asset Condition reports.
- Establish and maintain a list of contact details for preferred service providers including carpenters, electricians, plumbers, generator servicers and builders and make this list available to staff.
Proper receipt of goods and issuance in TIM Warehouse package.
Safety & security of stores
Effective management of stock
- Procurement and Supply
- Respond efficiently and quickly to purchase requisitions, and follow up and maintain record of supplies. Ensure that the items bought match the request, are of good quality, reliable, appropriate and at a reasonable price.
- Record all incoming goods, their dispatch and timely delivery to projects. Ensure complete documentation of procurement actions consistent with SC Nigeria policy is kept on file.
- Ensure proper documentation that allows quick and efficient release of goods from the warehouse/s.
- Maintain the procurement file and ensure that it is up to date with all documentation and information relating to any procurement under taken.
- Produce monthly logistics site report, vehicle and generator cost performance report.
- Monitor generator maintenance/repairs and ensure at any given time, the tracker is up to date.
- Ensure monthly reports shared with Logistics coordinator and as well produce monthly Logistics KPIs.
- To train the drivers, guards and other logistics staff on all SCI procurement processes, assets management
- transport systems.
- Supervise and ensure all Logistics protocols are followed on NFIs, Food distributions etc
SCOPE OF ROLE: To manage and support logistics, including the office vehicle fleet, assets, properties and an efficient procurement system to ensure transparency and accountability for SCI Nigeria.
Reports to: Logistics Coordinator
Staff directly reporting to this post: Drivers/Guards
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
- Assets management
- Procurement files
- Procurement processes
- Fleet management
- Warehouse management
- Generator management
- Support to programs teams during food basket distributions.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- Level of Education – Bsc/Hnd in Supply Chain Management or relevant field. Possession of a professional certificate in Purchasing & Supply Management will be added advantage.
- Minimum of 3 years in similar role.
- Experience in procurement & logistics with INGO
Diplomacy, tact and negotiating skills.
Flexibility under pressure and in response to changing needs.
Attention to detail and excellent numeracy.
Good experience in: purchasing, clearing and forwarding.
Good experience in Warehousing, vehicle management, administration.
Practical experience in working HF and VHF radios.
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.
Experience in Logistics Management.
Logistics training or qualification an added advantage.
Experience and good team work (integration).
Good written and spoken English required.
Basic working knowledge of local language.
Ability and willingness to travel to projects and stay in basic conditions when necessary
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Gender inequality and gender norms are closely linked to the epidemic control of HIV/AIDS. They also have impact on access to community HIV prevention and care and support. Therefore, it is imperative for community Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) program to evaluate the impact of gender norms and gender inequality in the community by conducting gender analysis.
Gender analysis in the context of PEPFAR focuses on the socio-cultural gender norms, inequities, and inequalities that put people at risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV, their ability to access HIV services, and efforts to achieve epidemic control. This includes: (a) access to and control over resources; (b) access to and utilization of HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support; and (c) differences in power among and between women, men, girls, boys, and gender and sexual minorities, as well as subgroups of these populations.
- The purpose of the gender analysis is to review key gender issues and gender-based constraints in Lagos, Cross – River and Kano State, and offer conclusions and recommendations to strengthen the PEPFAR response in the States.
- The STEER team will work with a consultant as well as CSOs in those States to conduct the analysis and develop the required deliverables.
The analysis will address the following objectives:
- To identify the gender-based constraints to, and opportunities for, equitable access and participation in STEER programs and services.
- To identify strategies and approaches that STEER can use to improve its programs to promote gender equality and improve the well-being of women, men, girls and boys.
- To provide key recommendations that identifies and prioritizes how STEER can integrate the PEPFAR gender strategies into existing programs and strategies.
- To conduct gender training for STEER staff, CSOs and project community volunteer.
In order to reduce vulnerabilities that put people at risk of HIV infection, as well as mitigating factors of the disease, PEPFAR has outlined five key gender strategies:
- Increasing gender equity in HIV/AIDS programs and services, including reproductive health
- Preventing and responding to gender-based violence (GBV)
- Engaging men and boys
- Increasing women and girls’ legal rights and protection
- Increasing women and girls’ access to income and productive resources, including education
Approaches and Tasks
The various approaches that will be utilized for tasks to be completed during the gender analysis are as follows:
- Conduct a comprehensive literature review of pertinent documents, analysis, assessments, studies and reports including those conducted by the Government of Nigeria, PEPFAR (USAID, CDC, Peace Corps, and DOD), academic institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs).
- A formative meeting of STEER team will be held to:
- Share background, experience, and expectations for the assignment
- Formulate a common understanding of the assignment, clarifying team members’ roles and responsibilities
- Agree on the objectives and desired outcomes of the assignment
- Establish a team atmosphere, share individual work styles, and agree on procedures for resolving differences of opinion
- Discuss initial findings from literature review
- Review and finalize data collection tools and methodology
- Finalize work plan and schedule, and strategy for achieving deliverables
- Review and finalize draft report outline
- Hold in-brief meetings with STEER State team and CSOs to review the objectives of the gender analysis, scope of work, work plan and calendar, and finalize logistics.
- Visit STEER project sites and community-based organizations in order to gain insight into project activities.
- Collate and analyse data collected during key informant interviews, program site visits, and literature review.
- Debrief STEER team on key findings and recommendations of the gender analysis.
- Prepare draft and final reports.
The following deliverables are expected from this SOW:
- Written methodology, work plan, schedule and draft report outline.
- List of documents consulted for the literature review.
- A list of sites/organizations/institutions visited and individuals and groups interviewed.
- A debrief meeting for the STEER team and prior to the submission of the draft report. A PowerPoint presentation will be prepared for the meeting.
- A draft report addressing key findings, conclusions, recommendations shall be submitted within one week of the completion of the analysis.
- A final report shall be submitted by the consultant 5 (five) days from the date of receipt of STEER team feedback on the draft report.
The STEER State team will:
- Arrange in-state transportation logistics and set up meetings with Government representatives, implementing partners, and civil society.
The STEER team will supply the following documents to the consultant once the SOW is approved:
- PEPFAR Country Strategy
- Recent (i.e. within the past five years) DHS or other epidemiological data or assessments of the HIV/AIDS epidemic
- National laws, regulations, and policies on women, gender and/or gender-based violence
- Any other recommended reports that look at issues of gender (in)equality, women’s and girl’s empowerment, and MARPS (female sex workers, transgender, and MSM)
- Summary of other donor-funded report of gender analysis done in Nigeria
Method of Application
To apply for the position, visit Save The Children Career Page on Simplicant