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Latest Job Vacancies At Save The Children

Date Posted: 10/Jan/2014
Deadline: 23/Jan/2014

Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in over 120 countries around the world. Recognized for our commitment, accountability, innovation and collaboration. Our work takes us into the heart of communities. Where we help children and families help themselves. We work with the organizations, governments, non-profits and a variety of local partners while maintaining our own independence without political agenda or religious orientation. Save the Children's mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. 

Save the Children is looking for experienced development professionals to work within the Nigeria Country Programme. These roles will be critical for the delivery of results for children expected by this programme.


Head of Hunger and Livelihoods


  • Under the general direction and guidance of the Director of Programm Development and Quality, the incumbent will ensure that all food security an livelihoods programming is of excellent technical quality, attracts significant done funding and contributes to national, regional and global learning, advocacy and programme development. The post holder is expected to provide technical advice and support to project staff to ensure programming objectives are successful achieved.
  • The post-holder shall also contribute to the development and/review of the country strategic direction and actively lead in the development of food security an livelihood policy and programme formulation and ensure adequate integration into strategic directions and activities with the Health, Nutrition, Child Protection an Education thematic sectors.


The candidate must have a postgraduate qualification in discipline related to agriculture economics, development economics. agriculture, food security, social science or othe relevant discipline or commensurate work experience in lieu of postgraduate qualification significant experience (at least 5 years) in food security and livelihoods programming with specific experience and/or advanced understanding of at least two (2) of the following:

a.    Social protection systems for vulnerable populations especially pastoral and agro pastoral populations; 
b.    Experience of running and monitoring cash transfer programmes; 
c.    Designing and implementing market assessments and analysis of data collected: 
d.    Relevant training and expertise in using Save the Children Household Economy Approach (HEA) 
e.    Assessment of Food Security Early Warning Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa.

S/he should have a strong commitment to capacity building of national staff and partners with willingness to adopt a participatory and consultative management approach; significant experience in relief and rehabilitation programmes in developing countries. With a focus on Food Security and Livelihoods; develop market based programming promoting a better; 
nutrition for children and livelihoods development in an integrated approach. S/he should possess strong report writing skills. Including experience in writing proposals and donor reports, excellent analytical and computer literacy skills is also required. The candidate should also have an extensive experience in data management and analysis, including data collection tools design, database design and management and data quality checks; sound and mature understanding of rights-based approaches to development and participatory concepts and practical experience in similar context; good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels. taking into account cultural and language difficulties with tact and diplomacy; ability to communicate and maintain good work relations with relevant local authorities in politically sensitive environments; experience of working in insecure/conflict situations and security management; willingness to travel regularly and in difficult circumstances; sensitive to issues affecting children and committed to Save the Children's Child Safeguarding Policy.


Nutrition Project Manager


  • The Nutrition Project Manager will lead on developing, managing and monitoring the implementation of the CMAM (Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition) programme to reduce malnutrition in Katsina State.


The candidate should possess an internationally recognised third level qualification in nutrition (MSc in public health nutrition or equivalent). Minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in nutrition programme management (including CTC/CMAM programme and strategies to prevent malnutrition) in the context of international development or emergencies. Including the management of budgets and personnel. In low- or middle-income countries; Expertise or understanding of technical issues around policy and programming to support the integrated treatment of acute malnutrition within health systems. A clear 
commitment to, and experience of. Developing and coaching professional and national staff and partners. In particular government at senior levels, combined with the ability to give direct actionable feedback. S/He must have a proven capacity to develop a network of contacts with key players from government, donors. International agencies and NGOs maintaining these relationships over time and to raise funding from donors. S/he must. Also have a proven capacity to deliver results against objectives, reporting schedules and work plans. Sound strategic thinking and planning skills, including ability to think creatively and innovate and to set priorities, manageable work plans and evaluate progress. Understanding of food security and livelihoods programmes is desirable.


Senior Research Team Leader- MLE


  • To provide leadership and oversight for Improving Treatment of the Sick Child through Measurement, Learning, and Evaluation (MLE Program) and serve as the day-to-day in-country point of contact for the Program.
  • The MLE Program is designed to build on the results and lessons learned from past and concurrent pneumonia and diarrheal disease programs funded by the Foundation as well as other government and donor initiatives.
  • Evidence and experience will be gathered, analyzed, interpreted and evaluated to inform recommendations for regional and global dissemination to accelerate reductions in child mortality.


The candidate must have a Master's level degree (PhD preferred) in Public Health, Research Methodology, Epidemiology, Demography or related field; S/he must have at least 6-8 years of progressive experience in the management of research studies and applied M&E for child health issues (including pneumonia and diarrhea treatment) and demonstrated success 
managing against programmatic and financial targets and deliverables. S/he should have strong quantitative and qualitative research skills, as well as excellent writing, editing, research. and presentation skills; S/he should have a proven track record in building successful relationships with donors, partners, and stakeholders in the global health community; Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills as well as skills in oral and written communications, demonstrated skills at writing clearly and succinctly; S/he should have the ability to produce thorough, high quality work within a tight timeframe as well as flexibility and ability to handle multiple tasks and work collaboratively within a matrix-oriented environment.



Research Assistant - MLE


  • To assist the Senior Research Team Leader in data management including data quality assurance, database maintenance,logistics and coordination for research activities including workshops, conducting literature research, and preparing reports for the Measurement, Learning, and Evaluation (M LE Program).
  • The MLE Program is designed to build on the results and lessons learned from past and concurrent pneumonia and diarrheal disease programs funded by the Gates Foundation as well as other government and donor initiatives. Evidence and experience will be gathered, analyzed, interpreted and evaluated to inform recommendations for regional and global dissemination to accelerate reductions in child mortality.


The candidate must possess a Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline (health sciences, social sciences. development studies or other); S/he must have at least 3-5 years of progressive experience working in a similar research position and formal training in research methods at a graduate level will be an asset. The should have skills and experience in conducting data verification, reporting and monitoring, facilitating trainings. Workshops and events. Transcribing audio data, and in data entry. S/he should also have good writing. Editing. Research, and presentation skills. S/he should have the ability to lead on detailed logistical tasks such as those required for fieldwork or when organizing events; excellent skills in oral and written communications, good interpersonal skills, and strong quantitative and qualitative research skills are an advantage.



Local Government Area Technical Advisor (LTA)


  • To strengthen the capacity of the Local Government Area (LGA) nutrition focal person or team (as designated by the LGA) in management, delivery, and advocacy of cost-effective malnutrition prevention and treatment interventions (interventions include Infant & Young Child Feeding, Community Management of Acute Malnutrition, Maternal & Child Health Weeks).
  • Strengthen capacities of LGA personnel/nutrition team on planning, financing and management of nutrition interventions with LGA Team.


The candidate must possess at least a Bachelor's Degree in programme management, health and nutrition, or related social science; previous experience with local and international NGOs; strong programme management background, including HR management; significant experience in planning, managing and delivering a programme, including costing, managing 
and monitoring budgets; effective resource planning. Including commodities and technical expertise.

Method of Application

Kindly send your C.V. and covering letter on or before 23rd January, 2014 explaining why you are suitable to [email protected] stating position clearly in the subject field as applications without appropriate subject will be disqualified. Also applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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