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  • Posted on: 21 June, 2016 Deadline: 28 June, 2016
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    MEAL Adviser - CDGP

     

    Role Purpose

    • To assume a lead technical role in developing, implementing, and maintaining effective and appropriate Monitoring and Evaluation systems for all project activities.
    • The post will involve coordination with project management and state teams, and in line with DFID reporting requirements, and with SC guidelines and best practices.

    Key Areas of Accountability
    Key Accountabilities:

    • Based on the project proposal, implementation plan, and donor reporting requirements, develop a system for capturing and documenting data and relevant information on project activities, beneficiaries, outputs, outcomes, and impacts, which is feasible, practical, and “user friendly”, and will obtain valid and reliable information.
    • Ensure that systems developed capture both quantitative and qualitative information, working closely with the MIS and Beneficiary Payments Manager and the DFID-contracted evaluation organisation.
    • Ensure an effective roll-out of M&E and reporting systems to all staff and partners through training, site visits, manuals, and other technical support as needed. 
    • Ensure systems are well understood and properly implemented by staff and partners.
    • Ensure that all tools are practical to use and accommodate different levels of expertise and computer literacy, from community groups, to partners, to project staff.
    • Work with partners and state teams to establish reporting processes to ensure that all information and data is collected, documented, and collated in an accurate and timely manner.
    • Provide ongoing support to state teams, partners, and communities to maintain M&E systems; identify skill gaps that can be addressed in subsequent refresher trainings.
    • Help coordinate overall project review and evaluation activities as required in partnership with the DFID-contracted evaluation organisation. This includes coordinating mid-term and final evaluations, and supporting donor and external reviews as required.
    • Ensure regular reviews of the M&E system itself, making improvements as needed and recommended, in consultation with managers, staff, and partners.
    • Lead in the preparation of monthly reports for Save the Children Nigeria and other partners involved in the project (including the donor) ensuring utmost quality.
    • Identify the need for additional technical support to ensure effective programme delivery and coordinate the allocation of that support.

    Data Quality Management:

    • Lead the implementation of data quality assessment for the programme

    Knowledge Management and Learning:

    • Work with the other Nigeria progam managers and effective programs team to ensure that the project’s M&E system is well linked and/or integrated with overal M&E systems for the SC Nigeria Country Program.
    • Create a system for ensuring that information obtained is also shared with communities, chidlren, and other stakeholders through a regular feedback mechanism.
    • Develop programme learning drives for programme reports and documentations
    • Keeps record of information obtained during research (database of information, hard files, etc.)

    Research Support and Coordination

    • Conduct literature research and support process and impact evaluations as required
    • Analyse information about the programme and make recommendations for improvement.

    Qualifications Skills & Experience
    Essential:

    • Advanced training in quantitative methodologies, including database management.
    • 5 years of direct experience of monitoring and evaluation related to one or more of these fields: health, HIV, nutrition and/ or economics. Strong analytical skills, and an understanding of a range of methods for monitoring, evaluation and assessment to promote evidence-based learning.  Demonstrated ability to design, commission, and manage assessment methodologies and evaluation.
    • Experience of cost benefit analysis, economic appraisal or other value for money methodologies.
    • Computer literate.
    • Ability to build support from staff across teams and across members, and to build the capacity of others.
    • Proven ability to coordinate effective resource allocation to ensure quality programmes.
    • Sound strategic thinking and planning skills, including ability to think creatively and innovate and to set priorities, manageable workplans and evaluate progress.
    • Strong communications skills (both written and verbal). The ability to analyse complex data and summarise it for a range of different audiences.
    • Experience of working within budget constraints.
    • Commitment to SC’s mission, values and approach (includes child protection, equal opportunities and health and safety).
    • Commitment to support cross organisational initiatives.
    • Commitment to team working and understanding of how to contribute.
    • Ability to operate within a predominantly administratively self-servicing environment.

    Desirable:

    • Professional qualification at postgraduate level or equivalent in economics or related discipline
    • Experience working with social protection or cash transfer programmes
    • Experience of qualitative research techniques
    • Experience in international development

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    WASH Adviser

     

    Role Purpose

    • The position of WASH Adviser under the SDI project will help ensure the implementation of activities as it relates to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in the context the 7 point plan and overall achievement of output 1.1 and 1.2 of this project require to address diarrhoea prevention and management.
    • In the regard, the availability of adequate and safe drinking water is crucial to the reduction of water borne diseases, such as diarrhoea.
    • During the assessment of Shomolu, the target LGA, it was observed that the vast majority of the communities have no or poor access to safe drinking water.
    • Activities planned to achieve output 1.2 are primarily focused on contributing to the elimination of open defecation in Shomolu LGA.
    • By the end of this programme, the WASH Adviser will be responsible for all effort design under the SDI programme to substantially reduce open defecation across the target LGA.
    • Specifically, the Adviser will facilitates the introduction of CLTS approach in target communities with the aim of completely eliminating open defecation in Shomolu LGA.
    • In addition, the preferred staff will strengthen the capacity of specific community structures, government institutions in coordination with other peer organizations to ensure the sustenance of the SDI intervention

    Scope of Role

    • Reports to: Chief of Party;
    • Staff directly reporting to this post: WASH Coordinator and Officer
    • Budget responsibility: Yes

    Key Areas of Accountability
    WASH Programming:

    • Facilitate effective and timely implementation of all interventions outlined under output 1.1, 1.2 and any other related and cross cutting programme activities related to WASH on the SDI project.
    • Make technical input into the planning and design of project specific operational researches, including baseline and end line evaluation related WASH on the SDI signature project
    • Work closely with State/LGA authorities to ensure all WASH interventions deployed in the communities, facilities and schools alignment with the 7 point plan aimed at the prevention and management of diarrhoea.
    • Work together with other staff/ to ensure that key trainings meets the standard required to facilitate provide knowledge and reinforcement of desired behaviour and practices as it relates to open defecation free (ODF) regime.
    • Be able to systemically review DIP/budget and other key implementation tools with the hope of initiating innovative approaches that will open new frontiers for learning on the 7 point plan.

    Planning, Documentation and Budgeting:

    • Develop activity plans and budgets for technical support activities related to WASH.
    • Participate in the preparation of overall work plan and budget for WASH activities programme in Lagos State
    • Collaborate with relevant ministries and other relevant partners at the state, local government and community levels to ensure integration and high level implementation of all WASH activities on the signature project.
    • Participate in developing different levels of progress report and supporting PQA on WASH interventions.

    Representation and relationships:

    • Actively participate in State/LGA level technical working groups on WASH relevant to policy forums.
    • Actively contribute to national policies/strategies on WASH.
    • Support advocacy colleagues with technical messaging on WASH, external reports and publications.
    • Work closely with other thematic teams in Nigeria Country office and the Lagos State offices in support of SDI signature project.

    Programme Management:

    • Ensure the maintenance of healthy partnerships with relevant government counterparts and other partners at Federal, State, Local government level in the community in the management of WASH related interventions.
    • Other - Other ad hoc tasks as requested by Line Manager

    Skills and Behaviours  (our Values in Practice)
    Accountability:

    • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
    • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved

    Ambition:

    • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
    • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
    • Future orientated, thinks strategically

    Collaboration:

    • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
    • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
    • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to

    Creativity:

    • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
    • Willing to take disciplined risks

    Integrity:

    • Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity

    Skills & Experience

    • A highly experienced and broad based development worker with postgraduate qualification in Public Health and specialisation in Environment or Health Education. Other related post graduate qualifications related to water and sanitations with at least 7 years progressive experience in WASH programming will be giving priority consideration.
    • Essential: basic training in WASH programming
    • Essential: at least 5 years programming  experience with I/NGO in Nigeria
    • Essential: very good understanding of national WASH policies and strategies, programmes and stakeholders in Nigeria
    • Essential: Demonstrable management experience and very good understanding of child survival issues, school and common childhood illnesses in Nigeria
    • Essential: very good understanding of school community safer water and hygiene practice in Nigeria will be added advantage.
    • Desirable: Experience in community based interventions in Nigeria
    • Desirable: Master trainer and good facilitator.
    • Desirable: analytical & research skills, experience in conducting health systems research, ability to analyse data using SPSS/ EPInfo/ STATA etc

    Additional Qualifications:

    • Work experience in health/public health and or in a health/public health organisation, including as a trainer.
    • Experience with providing institutional support and technical assistance to development partners, government/community institutions 

    Additional skills:

    • Ability to work effectively both independently (with minimal supervision) and as a member of a team

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    WASH Officer

     

    Role Purpose

    • The position of WASH Officer under the SDI project will support the implementation of activities as it relates to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in the context the 7 point plan and overall achievement of output 1.1 and 1.2 of this project require to address diarrhoea prevention and management.
    • In the regard, the availability of adequate and safe drinking water is crucial to the reduction of water borne diseases, such as diarrhoea.
    • During the assessment of Shomolu, the target LGA, it was observed that the vast majority of the communities have no or poor access to safe drinking water.
    • Activities planned to achieve output 1.2 are primarily focused on contributing to the elimination of open defecation in Shomolu LGA.
    • The WASH Officer will support all effort design under the SDI programme to substantially reduce open defecation across the target LGA.
    • The preferred candidate will support effort at strengthening the capacity of specific community structures, government institutions in coordination with other peer organizations to ensure the sustenance of the SDI intervention.

    Key Areas of Accountability
    WASH Programming:

    • Under the direct supervision of the WASH Adviser, support;
    • Effective and timely implementation of all interventions outlined under output 1.1, 1.2 and any other related and cross cutting programme activities related to WASH on the SDI project.
    • Make technical input into the planning and design of project specific operational researches, including baseline and end line evaluation related WASH on the SDI signature project
    • Work closely with State/LGA authorities to ensure all WASH interventions deployed in the communities, facilities and schools alignment with the 7 point plan aimed at the prevention and management of diarrhoea.
    • Work together with other staff/ to ensure that key trainings meets the standard required to facilitate provide knowledge and reinforcement of desired behaviour and practices as it relates to open defecation free (ODF) regime.
    • Be able to systemically review DIP/budget and other key implementation tools with the hope of initiating innovative approaches that will open new frontiers for learning on the 7 point plan.

    Technical and Advisory Support:

    • Provide technical support and timely feedback to State and LGA teams on WASH strategies outlined in the signature project.
    • Support M&E of WASH activities in coordination with relevant stakeholders.
    • Build capacity of field staff, partners and government personnel WASH interventions and practice.
    • Identify other opportunities in an ongoing manner that will add value to the overarching strategy of the signature project. 
    • Track and prepare monthly, quarterly, bi-annual and annual progress reports of activities relates to WASH KPIs/indicators; including documentation of key lessons learnt and successes stories.
    • Lead and contribute to the development of publications for peer-reviewed journals.

    Planning, Documentation and Budgeting:

    • Develop activity plans and budgets for technical support activities related to WASH.
    • Participate in the preparation of overall work plan and budget for WASH activities programme in Lagos State
    • Collaborate with relevant ministries and other relevant partners at the state, local government and community levels to ensure integration and high level implementation of all WASH activities on the signature project.
    • Participate in developing different levels of progress report and supporting PQA on WASH interventions.

    Representation and Relationships

    • Actively participate in State/LGA level technical working groups on WASH relevant to policy forums.
    • Actively contribute to national policies/strategies on WASH.
    • Support advocacy colleagues with technical messaging on WASH, external reports and publications.
    • Work closely with other thematic teams in Nigeria Country office and the Lagos State offices in support of SDI signature project.

    Programme Management:

    • Ensure the maintenance of healthy partnerships with relevant government counterparts and other partners at Federal, State, Local government level in the community in the management of WASH related interventions.
    • Other - Other ad hoc tasks as requested by Line Manager.

    Skills and Behaviours (Our Values in Practice)
    Accountability:

    • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
    • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved

    Ambition:

    • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
    • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
    • Future orientated, thinks strategically

    Collaboration:

    • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
    • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
    • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to

    Creativity:

    • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
    • Willing to take disciplined risks

    Integrity:

    • Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity

    Skills, Experience and Education

    • A development worker with postgraduate qualification in public health with specialisation in environment or health education. Other related post graduate qualifications related to water and sanitations with at least 3 years progressive experience in WASH programming will be giving priority consideration.
    • Essential: basic training in WASH programming
    • Essential: at least 3 years programming  experience with I/NGO in Nigeria
    • Essential: very good understanding of national WASH policies and strategies, programmes and stakeholders in Nigeria
    • Essential: Demonstrable management experience and very good understanding of child survival issues, school health and common childhood illnesses in Nigeria
    • Essential: very good understanding of safe water and hygiene practice in Nigeria will be added advantage.
    • Desirable: Experience in community based interventions in Nigeria
    • Desirable: Master trainer and good facilitator.
    • Desirable: analytical & research skills, experience in conducting health systems research, ability to analyse data using SPSS/ EPInfo/ STATA etc

    Additional Qualifications

    • Work experience in health/public health and or in a health/public health organisation, including as a trainer.
    • Experience with providing institutional support and technical assistance to development partners, government/community institutions

    Additional Skills:

    • Ability to work effectively both independently (with minimal supervision) and as a member of a team
    • Commitment to gender equity, child rights, community empowerment, and grassroots development approaches
    • Effective planning and organising skills
    • Effective interpersonal skills - oral and written communication skills

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    MEAL Officer - Advocacy Pilot

     

    Role Purpose

    • The purpose of this role is to serve as M&E focal point for the advocacy MEAL pilot; to strengthen our advocacy M&E especially towards measuring advocacy influence and impact and improving our strategies to scale up the impact of our deliverables for children.
    • The position will also support on-going efforts to strengthen existing knowledge management and learning at the country office level and area/field offices; in cross-cutting themes, as necessary.

    Key Areas of Accountability
    Coordinate the Advocacy MEAL Pilot:

    • Represent the MEAL team on all pilot implementation activities
    • Participate in the testing of user friendly innovative advocacy MEAL methodology
    • Support the development of tools to measure the impact of advocacy which respond to country and member office context
    • Support the pre-test of pilot tools and provide comprehensive pre-test report to inform improvements in methodology or design
    • Provide technical and administrative support for the pilot capacity building workshop

    Manage and maintain country office MEAL resource bases:

    • Manage the research/evaluation pipeline and facilitate the quality check and summary of evaluations received
    • Ensure research/evaluations are catalogued in an accessible manner to enable technical review and extraction of learning
    • Maintain the catalogue of Monitoring and Evaluation training resources
    • Support the maintenance and continued improvement of the research registry/lessons learned

    Support knowledge management and learning initiatives at the country office:

    • Facilitating monitoring, evaluation and learning trainings
    • Support the extraction and analysis of learning from a range of data sources
    • Develop and use appropriate communication formats and methods for the dissemination of analysed learning

    Other:

    • Provide support to Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning in cross-cutting themes, as necessary
    • To perform such other tasks and responsibilities as may be required from time to time in order to ensure the smooth running of the MEAL team

    Essential Skills & Experience

    • At least a Bachelor's Degree in related field and 2 years of professional experience.
    • Previous experience with other local and international NGOs
    • Advanced computer literacy (MS Office applications, web-based applications and advanced statistical package utilization e.g SPSS,STATA-12,DHIS etc)
    • Excellent data management and IT skills, and experience of finding practical ways to manage data using IT solutions; good knowledge of Microsoft Excel
    • Good understanding of a range of methods for monitoring, evaluation and assessment to promote evidence-based learning
    • Some knowledge of qualitative and quantitative data collection methods
    • Strong communications skills (both written and verbal). The ability to analyze complex data and summarize it for a range of different audiences.
    • Fluency in English, spoken and written
    • Ability to work within a team setting
    • Good interpersonal skills
    • A flexible and initiative-taking attitude with the ability to manage and prioritize workload
    • Ability to work in partnership with government and other NGO’s staff

    Desirable:

    • Good understanding of accountability principles in terms of donors and organizational management but critically also to beneficiaries.

    Method of Application

    To apply, visit Save The Children Career Page

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