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.
Save the Children seeks a Senior Advisor, Community Mobilization for an upcoming USAID-funded health program in Nigeria. The program will focus on reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) and nutrition and will be implemented at least initially in northern Nigeria.
The Senior Advisor, in close collaboration with the project team, state and LGA MOH and other relevant ministry staff, will provide technical leadership and coordination to community mobilization activities in project states to improve provider-client interaction, RMNCH behaviors, care-seeking, and strengthen community led initiatives to improve health.
- Work collaboratively as a member of the RMNCH team to facilitate the revision/development of state strategies and methodologies for targeted, focused, and culturally and contextually tailored RMNCH and nutrition community mobilization and advocacy initiatives and contribute to social and behavior change communication (SBCC) approaches and strategies.
- Develop implementation plan and annual and quarterly work plans in collaboration with the Technical Director and RMNCH team.
- Facilitate the development or revision of state and LGA strategies and annual and quarterly implementation plans in collaboration with relevant state and LGA MOH and RMNCH project staff.
- Assist in the assessment of existing state and LGA community mobilization and SBCC structures to identify needs and provide appropriate technical support including targeted training and follow-up.
- Lead and support partners and state and LGA counterparts to strengthen community capacity and communication channels for improved RMNCH behaviors and service demand in communities.
- Work with partners and state and LGA MOH and the project team to monitor and evaluate the progress and impact of community mobilization activities.
- Mentor partner, state and LGA MOH and other ministries staff as appropriate.
- Guide the analysis, synthesis, lessons learned, and reporting of community mobilization outputs and results in close collaboration with the state, LGA and project M&E team, and incorporation into quality improvement processes and other ongoing project tasks.
- Co-lead with state MOH counterpart periodic reviews of community mobilization components of the project
- Liaise with relevant FMOH, Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA), and other relevant ministries focal persons and participate in selected national forum and technical working groups.
- Advanced degree in public health, health development, or social sciences.
- At least 10 years of experience in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of community mobilization and SBCC programs.
- Prior experience working with Nigeria’s public health system.
- Prior experience working with USAID funded projects highly preferred.
- Demonstrated management, coordination, teamwork, and planning skills, with proven ability to liaise effectively with and collaborate with a range of key stakeholders, including national and local officials, public, private and civil society partners, and communities.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; ability to work effectively with a diverse team.
- Strong training, mentoring, coaching and interpersonal skills, including supportive supervision.
- Computer literacy in the following: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook.
- Fluency in English required; fluency in Hausa preferred.
- Willingness to travel extensively, and potentially live in northern Nigeria.
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The Humanitarian Manager provides support to all programmatic aspects of Save the Children humanitarian responses across the whole of Save the Children's Nigeria programme and specifically to the Humanitarian Response that Save the Children Nigeria is about to start to address the IDPs crisis in the North-Eastern State of Gombe. H/She ensures humanitarian activities are effective and meet goals and objectives of Save the Children, its donors, and the needs of affected populations. Ensures the Save the Children programme is adequately prepared to respond to new emergencies and plays an appropriate role in humanitarian coordination. Ensures immediate and appropriate response to children's needs during humanitarian crises. The post holder will play a strategic role in the effective scale up and management of Save the Children humanitarian programmes to increase impact and enable positive change for children. This will include working with Directors of PDQ and Operations to secure additional resources and support through members and playing taking on an advocacy role.
Qualifications and experience
- MA / MSc level in a relevant subject or equivalent field experience
- Previous experience of humanitarian programme management, preparedness and response in volatile contexts
- Experience of managing multi-donor, multi-site programmes (including ECHO, DFID and OFDA)
- Security management experience across a large programme
- Experience in developing and delivering training, as well as mentoring and coaching.
- Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
- Excellent communication skills
- Proven ability to influence change at an operational and strategic level
- Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
- The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
- Ability to access communities sin Northern Nigeria
- 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
- Fluency in written and spoken English .
- Computer literate in Microsoft word, excel etc.
- Commitment to and understanding of SCI's aims, values and principles.
- Media experience
- Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant sahel region/context
- Hausa speaker
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