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Access And Equity Specialist At ESSPIN

Date Posted: 10/Sep/2013
Deadline: 27/Sep/2013





Post title:                                            State Based Specialist, Access and Equity


Department:                                      ESSPIN


Responsible to:                                State Team Leader


Responsible for:                             


Grade:                                                  D


Purpose:                                              The responsibilities of the Jigawa State‐based Advisor in Access and Equity will focussed mainly on issues of Gender, Inclusion, Islamic Quranic and Tsangaya Education (IQTE) aspect of the programme at the state level, thus, creating opportunities forthe marginalised groups especially girls through the Girls Education initiative, Safe Spaces for women and children committees for school level decision making and promote voice and accountability.


Revised:                                              August, 2013


Job Profile                                          The Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN) is a six-year UK government funded programme designed to provide strategic technical assistance to support education reform at Federal level. A principal objective of the programme is to strengthen the ability of target States to plan and implement strategies for transforming the delivery of education services, to improve education management and funding mechanisms and thus to have a sustainable impact on teaching and learning in schools.


The Advisor will have responsibility for activities in the State relating to gender and equity, out of school children and social exclusion as well as community interaction activities relating to voice and accountability. These will include Strategic coordination and promoting participation of girls and women safe spaces within school governance reflecting women and girls concerns,coordinate the design, implementation, monitoring and scaling up in collaboration with state agencies the Girls Education Project . Manage linkages within other aspects of the school improvement programme whilst mainstreaming and reporting on gender and inclusion at state level.  The Gender and Inclusion Specialist will be responsible for engaging and  forging links with state agencies, Ministries and departments as well as  CSOs partners and developing their capacity for social inclusion, voice and accountability.




  • On a quarterly basis, review and agree with the State Team Leader, the Lead Specialists  and Task Leaders in Community Engagement and Learner Particpation objectives and targets for activities related to IQTE, Gender, girls education and women and girls safe spaces in the State.
  • Draw up quarterly work plans to be agreed with the State Team Leader, Task Specialists  for CSO coordination and Gender and Inclusion with over all coordination from Lead Specialists in Community Engagement and Learner Participation
  • Provide direct specialist inputs as per agreed work plans, interacting with government parastatals and agencies and other stakeholders as necessary to achieve set targets.
  • Provide technical direction in integrating Gender and Inclusion practices into state, school and community levels plans in collaboration with the different outputs specialists.
  • Provide technical support in the implementation, budgeting, monitoring and reporting on key aspect of the IQTE
  • Provide technical guidance and coordinate monitoring of set results/targets and  report accordingly
  • Work with the School Community Interaction specialist in supporting  and providing technical guidance to social mobilization department in state roll out of SBMCs, development of women, girls safe spaces and Girls education project
  • Support, provide briefing and guidance on State‐specific conditions and issues to visiting short‐term consultants.
  • Participate in regular (monthly) specialist team meetings for the Community Engagement and  Learner Participation component of the programme.
  • Submit monthly reports to the State Team Leader and the Lead Specialist in consultations with Task Specialists. These reports will focus on progress, issues and next steps in accordance with the state guidelines and output targets/milestones.
  • Contribute in compiling quarterly and annual reports as directed by the State Team Leader and Lead Specialist in Community Engagement and Learner Participation for clients .




Extent of authority


The State‐based Access and Equity Specialist will report to the State Team Leader, but will take professional direction and guidance from the Lead Specialist in Community Engagement and Learner Participation and Gender and Inclusion Task specialist.


Special relationships and contacts


Establish and maintain good working relationships with the State based technical and administrative teams as well as engage fully with State parastatal and LGA officials and other stakeholders.



Essential competencies/skills


  • Practical knowledge of educational development issues in Nigeria.
  • Knowledge of current international literature on Social Development and Community sensitisation and mobilisation.
  • Knowledge on gender, IQTE and social development issues
  • Knowledge about Monitoring and evaluation 
  • Knowledge of Nigerian Government structures and systems.
  • Knowledge of the capacity constraints that may hamper effective and efficient action.
  • Ability to manage change through other people.
  • Possession of inter‐personal skills and the ability to deploy them as and when necessary.
  • Ability to provide constructive guidance and feedback to other professionals.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively as a member of a team.

Required academic/professional qualifications, training and experience


  • A minimum of a degree‐level qualification in a relevant area and 5 years’ experience of  working in education, community development or social sector reform in Nigeria.
  • Extensive experience of working with communities and CSOs.
  • Experience of providing professional inputs in development assistance programmes.
  • Experience of working with Nigerian government and civil society groups.
  • Ability to communicate in Hausa and work in communities



Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the following posts in the Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN): 
1. State Team Leader, Lagos State 
2. State based Access and Equity Specialist, Jigawa State

All applications should be made using a CV of no more than 3 pages of A4 (in a standard CV format) as well as the ESSPIN application form.

Applications should be sent by email to [email protected] The closing date for all applications is 5pm Friday 20 September 2013.

Short listing will be completed by Friday 27 September 2013 and interviews conducted shortly after that. Shortlisted candidates are advised to come along with both the original and photocopies of their certificates as stated on their CVs as well as proof of identity.

If you have not received a response to your application by Monday 07 October 2013, please assume your application was unsuccessful this time.

Access and Equity Specialist

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