Save the Children Job Opening [2 Positions]

Posted on :

22 Feb, 2018

Category :

International Jobs in Nigeria, Non profit Organization Jobs

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential. We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We are recruiting to fill the vacant positions below:


Job Title: HIV/Health Advisor 

Role Purpose

  • The HIV/Health Advisor will provide support to orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) and their caregivers in select districts in Nigeria for USAID/PEPFAR project  .
  • As a member of the senior leadership technical team, the HIV/Health Advisor will ensure technical excellence through contributions made to project implementation at the community level supporting vulnerable children and families.
  • She/he will report directly to the Technical Director and will advise and support the project team in providing technical direction to project implementation and ensure the project meets stated goals, expected results and reporting requirements.
  • This position will liaise closely with technical advisors from other sectors to ensure seamless quality programming.
  • She/he will be knowledgeable about evidence-based and state-of-the-art OVC service delivery approaches.
  • This position is contingent on the issuance of USAID funding and the selection of applicants is subject to USAID approval.

Key Areas of Accountability

  • Oversee start-up and implementation of the HIV activities in SCI country programme
  • Ensure the effective development, management, and technical quality of the emergency HIV programme in Nigeria through regular monitoring, review and evaluation and within the framework of the overall national and global Save the Children strategy as well as ensure that the HIV portfolio is integrated appropriately into specific sector responses.
  • Provide training, capacity building and technical support to Save the Children staff, partners and government authorities on the planning, implementation and management of the emergency HIV programmes including PMTCT and ART resumption.
  • Ensure the project addresses the needs of highly vulnerable sub-groups of children, such as adolescent girls, HIV positive children and children living with disabilities.
  • Advise project staff in the development and implementation of holistic, family-centered strategies, interventions and activities that address the needs of vulnerable children in a friendly manner, including their health, education psychosocial, protection and economic strengthening needs.
  • Advocate to donors, national level clusters and other organisations for a quality country-wide response to HIV in Nigeria through provision of drugs in a timely manner, quality of services provided to people living with and affected by HIV, and coordination of actors working in HIV.
  • Ensure that HIV is appropriately mainstreamed through all Save the Children programmes through providing technical advice and training to other sector leads.
  • Ensure the completion of funding proposals, working with the backstop and other staff in country and at HQ and secure funding on behalf of country programme where necessary.
  • Produce high quality reports for Save the Children and donors within agreed reporting schedules as required.
  • Document programme learning, ensuring it is fed into organisational advocacy.
  • Represent Save the Children to government, USAID, the UN and other international agencies and donors ensuring Save the Children health response is co-ordinated with these bodies.
  • Comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to child protection, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies.


  • Health practitioner with specialization in HIV
  • At least five years’ experience of managing and advising on HIV programmes in emergency settings, ideally with a focus on PMTCT and ART.
  • Proven experience in emergency HIV programmes, through the whole project cycle (needs assessment, planning, developing programmes, managing, M&E).
  • Proven experience of working with associations of people living with HIV.
  • Proven ability to manage a programme including management of human and material resources.
  • Experience staff training and capacity building of national structures.
  • Experience of exercising financial responsibility and budget control.
  • Ability to produce analytical and well-presented project reports and proposals.
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels, taking into account cultural and language difficulties. Tact and diplomacy are essential, as are representational and advocacy skills.
  • Strong commitment to capacity building of national staff and partners with willingness to adopt a participatory and consultative management approach.
  • Proven experience of managing budgets.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to lead train and motivate a team.
  • Willingness to travel regularly and in difficult circumstances.
  • Sensitive to issues affecting children and committed to Save the Children International’s Child Protection policy.

Application Closing Date
28th February, 2018.

How to Apply

Submit your CV and Application Online : Click Here


Job Title: Social Welfare Systems Strengthening (SWSS) Advisor, OVC 

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Role Purpose

  • The primary role of the Social Welfare Systems Strengthening Advisor is to provide technical leadership and assistance to OVC programming with emphasis on strengthening social service systems and building capacity of the social welfare workforce (formal and informal) in the target areas of Nigeria.
  • As a member of technical leadership technical team, the Advisor will ensure technical excellence through contributions made to project implementation, delivery and monitoring and evaluation.
  • S/he will support the implementation of learning agendas, tool development and relevant strategic initiatives. The Advisor will liaise closely with technical advisors from other sectors to ensure seamless quality programming.
  • Finally, the Advisor will be responsible for sharing organizational know-how, information, and experiences in vulnerable children programming within and outside the organization, as well as incorporate a broad-based approach for the overall well-being of those impacted.
  • This position is contingent on the issuance of USAID funding and the selection of applicants is subject to USAID approval

Key Areas of Accountability

  • Advise project staff on technical issues related to OVC programs such as financing of social services, strong coordination and referral mechanisms, social service workforce development, and service delivery with an emphasis on providing comprehensive support at the community and household level.
  • Support program efforts by providing guidance and hands-on support in conducting assessments, advising on partnerships and strategies.
  • Ensure the day-to-day implementation of the work plan activities in the work plan and provide input into the development, on-going management and maintenance of the work plan.
  • Provide technical support to partners and government counterparts to implement social welfare system strengthening activities and to ensure that agreed targets are met.
  • Support the monitoring and evaluation efforts of OVC projects by conducting on-site monitoring during field visits or participating in monitoring and evaluation team meetings.
  • Support partners to strengthen community child protection structures across project communities, monitor protection needs, gaps and interventions in and around child protection issues.
  • Support sub-partners to develop and implement case plans including reviews and evaluations.
  • Advocate with the government and other stakeholders to take appropriate measures to remedy violations and address the protection concerns facing children in the communities as well as liaise with relevant line ministries and commissions in order to foster partnerships and encourage national interest and ownership in protection of children
  • Collaborate with relevant international development, donor and research institutions through relationship building, information sharing, and representation.
  • Facilitate, draft, and participate in the development of, and/or the timely completion/review of OVC technical reports, such as: monthly, quarterly, and/or annual reports and newsletters; strategic plans and work plans; and other ad hoc reports, as required.
  • Stay abreast of state-of-the-art developments in quality and innovations related to OVC programming and social service system strengthening and share relevant information as appropriate.

Required Background and Experience, Skills and Behaviors

  • Advanced degrees in social work and public health or related fields
  • Minimum of seven years’ experience in international development either as a technical advisor or social services/health program manager, preferably in Nigeria
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the social welfare context and health system in Nigeria, and preferably in the South South / South East.
  • Experience working with and/or managing PEPFAR OVC projects preferred.
  • Understanding of PEPFAR OVC programming priorities, strategies and monitoring and evaluation tools and systems.
  • Technical expertise in principals, theories, concepts and techniques in the area of social service systems strengthening, including knowledge of and ability to integrate across related disciplines
  • Knowledgeable of social service professionals and resources in Nigeria is an added advantage
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (professional level).
  • Willingness to travel regularly and in difficult circumstances.
  • Leadership qualities and ability to create synergies where applicable.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Expert computer skills in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Qualified Nigerian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Closing Date
6th March, 2018.

How to Apply

Submit your CV and Application Online : Click Here

Note: We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

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