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Vacancies at Save the Children

Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in over 20 countries around the world. Recognized for our commitment to accountability, innovation and collaboration, our work takes us into the heart of communities, where we help children and families help themselves.
We work with other 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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Child Protection in Emergency (CPiE) Adviser

  • The CPiE Adviser (advisor) will be based in Borno and is the lead technical adviser in medium to large scale emergencies.
  • The overall aim of the Child Protection Adviser is to assess, design and guide staff to initiate quality interventions to address violations of children’s rights to protection from abuse, exploitation, violence and neglect.
  • The post holder is expected to lead on assessments, proposal writing, programme design, capacity building of staff, and help partners and stakeholders setup child protection departments.
  • The advisor will develop the sector strategy of the master budget; will represent Save the Children in coordination technical groups and support fundraising, recruitment and procurement.
  • The post holder is responsible for ensuring that quality programmes are initiated and capacities developed to provide these kinds of protection to children in a range of Save the Children’s emergency responses in Nigeria.

Main Responsibilities

  • The advisor leads on child protection assessments using Save the Children assessment processes and tools and the Inter-agency Child Protection Assessment Resource Toolkit adapting the tools as necessary.
  • The advisor will coordinate with other Save the Children thematic areas, the Child Protection Working Group, and other external sector agencies, ensuring assessment findings are documented and that all assessments include a dis-aggregated analysis of children’s needs.
  • The advisor works with the Humanitarian Deputy Team Lead to develop child protection response plans and sector strategy of the master budget, and contribute to Save the Children’s overall response strategy. Starting from the strategy, the advisor will support and ensure:
    • The psychosocial (physical, social, emotional) well being of children and their families for example by anchoring the establishment of safe spaces for children;
    • Emergency family tracing interventions and alternative are options for unaccompanied and separated children, utilising tools within the  Inter-Agency Child Protection Information Management System;
    • Prevention and response to child recruitment including advocacy and disarmament, demobilization and Reintegration initiatives;
    • Prevention and response to sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) and gender-based violence (GBV);
    • Prevention and response to the main risks for children’s exposure to physical harm;
    • Prevention and response to all forms of exploitation including harmful child labour and child trafficking; and
    • Integration of child protection in to other core sectors.
  • Working closely with senior staff, support fundraising for child protection, including development of high quality concept notes and proposals, engaging with donors’ technical advisers.
  • Monitor programme implementation to ensure quality delivery of programme activities, for example, monitoring against log frames.
  • Support program managers in the preparation of timely programme and donor reports for child protection project activities in compliance with internal and external requirements.
  • Working closely with the human resources team, identify child protection staffing needs for the emergency programmes, and facilitate rapid recruitment, induction and training of new staff.
  • Identify child protection programme supply needs and supports program managers and the logistics team to put in place a sensibly phased procurement plan.
  • Ensure quality and comprehensive case management systems are in place to support UASC and at risk children.
  • Anchor the development of contextual manuals for foster care placement, case management tools, child friendly spaces, child protection committees, for use on the field.
  • Monitor quality of child protection activities implemented on field.
  • Ensure that the concept of confidentiality and do no harm are integrated into programming.
  • Working closely with the Monitoring & Evaluation team to put in place a child protection M & E plan, ensuring this links to reporting requirements, and capacity build child protection.
  • Working closely with the accountability lead put in place accountability activities for child protection, ensuring that feedback from all relevant stakeholders is considered in programme design.
  • Ensure the coordination of case management and Child Protection Information Management System (CPIMS) database activities for quality reporting.
  • Ensure the child protection response complies with the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Settings, the Sphere Charter and Red Cross Code of Conduct.

Capacity Building:

  • Identify learning and training opportunities for Save the Children staff and partners and work as a mentor and role model for less experienced staff.
  • Build capacity of local partners’ staff.
  • Build capacity of other core sectors for fluid integration.
  • Building capacity of Child Protection managers, coordinators and officers.
  • Build capacities of government and ministries staff.

Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:

  • Ensure that Save the Children’s work is coordinated with other agencies and the government; take a leadership role in the Interagency Coordination forums to ensure children needs of children are addressed. This may involve taking the lead in the Child Protection Working Group, cluster and/or sub-groups.
  • Take steps to document lessons learned for wider dissemination.
  • In collaboration with Save the Children colleagues feed in learning experiences and evidence to relevant global child protection advocacy objectives.
  • Identify opportunities and material to contribute to external communications and media work, acting as a spokesperson when required.
  • In collaboration with senior programme staff, play a lead role in child protection advocacy activities targeting decision-makers.
  • Review reports to donors to ensure that correct and appropriate sector information is included.


  • Demonstrate leadership in relation to Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.
  • Deliver high quality results and development effective relationships with country programme staff which enhances the reputation of Save the Children.
  • Help be responsible for the security of all staff. Ensure that the security, health and well-being of staff are ensured and staff management and other processes and policies and systems reflect Save the Children principles of equity and fairness.
  • Demonstrate leadership in relation to Save the Children policies and practices regarding child protection, Code of Conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.
  • To perform such other responsibilities as agreed with the advisor line management.

Person Specification

  • A minimum of five years of experience working in the child protection field
  • Previous first phase emergency response experience is essential
  • MSc/MA/MEng level qualification in Social Work, Human rights Law, International Relations, Development Studies or similar disciplines or equivalent field experience is required.
  • Ability to identify the main gaps in child protection in the given context to inform a holistic response for children.
  • Good knowledge of and experience in using established inter-agency standards and guidelines in child protection, such as the Inter-agency Guidelines on Separated and Unaccompanied Children, the Paris Principles, MRM, Save the Children Child Friendly Spaces Handbook, and the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Settings.
  • Previous experience of managing a team and of project management
  • Previous experience in an advisor role
  • Experience in and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluating child protection programmes in emergency, transition and development contexts
  • Ability to work both in an Advisory and a hands on implementation capacity
  • Experience in capacity building and in strengthening various duty bearers’ understanding of and response to child protection issues.
  • Experience in the preparation of successful funding proposals for donors
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and reports
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong influencing skills and experience in advocacy
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • A high level of written and spoken English
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances
  • Commitment to and understanding of child rights, the aims and principles of Save the Children, and humanitarian standards such as the Sphere Charter and the Code of Conduct. In particular, a good understanding of the Save the Children mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support
  • Experience in representation and ability to represent Save the Children effectively in external forums.


  • Good working knowledge of the Inter-Agency Child Protection Information Management System
  • Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant regions/contexts and difficult environments
  • Specific experience of designing and managing OFDA, DFID and ECHO projects
  • Specific experience of working in interagency projects.

Job Title: Human Resources & Administration Manager – National Position
Job Type:
Full time

  • The post holder will manage the HR and Administration function of the Humanitarian response in the North East.
  • Alternatively they may be deployed as a field level HR Manager in a complex, large-scale emergency around the country.
  • The HR/Admin Manager will be expected to lead on HR assessments, HR strategy, coordinate recruitment, develop robust systems, policy and practice on people management in complex emergencies.
  • The hr/Admin Manager will develop, manage and co-ordinate the overall functioning of administrative support systems for the country office, service providers and country office led events.
  • This includes office management, facilities management, development and maintenance of policies and procedures, travel, and staff management.
  • In most circumstances, the post-holder will be expected to mentor and/or capacity building existing country programme staff.

Main Responsibilities
HR Management:

  • Assist with the strategic HR direction and support to the country humanitarian programme and local HR team
  • Manage a local HR team for a country humanitarian programme
  • Assist with the analysis of HR needs of a humanitarian programme and look for sustainable solutions.
  • Provide a generalist HR service to managers across a full range of humanitarian HR issues
  • Handle and advise on complex people management issues
  • Monitor and review the impact and effectiveness of HR management interventions amongst the humanitarian team
  • Develop and strengthen HR systems, policy and practice in key humanitarian HR areas such as recruitment (surge capacity), induction, training, performance management and staff care
  • Develop and manage practical humanitarian HR information systems
  • Provide operational HR support with local recruitment, induction, discipline and grievance issues
  • Work with humanitarian programme management to review staffing structures, grading and job profiles
  • Make use of all available policy, practice, checklists and guidelines (HR minimum standards, emergencies HR toolkits) and ensure Save the Children good practice is in place
  • Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.

Administration Management:

  • Management of Office facilities and travel for the Humanitarian team
  • Ensure the Humanitarian Office is well equipped, has sufficient levels of supplies (consumables, stationery, equipment) etc, is fully functioning and fit for purpose to enable all staff to operate with maximum efficiency
  • Oversee the maintenance of Humanitarian office premises/residences, furniture, fittings and all equipment in a fully functioning state.
  • Manage the Administration budget including preparation and monitoring; manage cash flow forecasting and supervise the petty cash for support services
  • Pro-actively identify potential problems affecting staff and the running of the office, proposing solutions and working to put them in place
  • Manage and supervise the Administration staff

Office Management:

  • Manage and oversee all day to day office management issues to ensure smooth running SC office
  • Develop and manage plans for office seating to ensure that all staff are suitably accommodated
  • Ensure that meetings/workshop services provided to SC is efficient and effective
  • Ensure effective reception management and that there is always appropriate cover and a professional service is provided at all times to staff and visitors
  • Oversee the equipment and inventory in accordance with SC Global Policies and Guidelines. This includes safety/security and maintenance of equipment;
  • Responsible for ensuring the office has adequate supply of stationery, consumables etc and ensure its effective use
  • Develop, manage, and oversee effective relationships with service providers suppliers, landlords, etc, ensuring transparency and value for money
  • Ensure the effective flow of information between the Abuja, and Borno Offices

Facilities Management:

  • Ensure premises are fit for purpose and suitably equipped and a tidy and professional appearance is maintained.
  • Develop and maintain general office equipment track; regularly evaluate equipment and plan/recommend up-grade for future needs and also the disposal of obsolete items, take initiatives to adapt economical solutions/services, best practices to save SCI resources.
  • Manage, communicate, implement and maintain office Health and Safety procedures including annual risk assessments and in consultation with the Head of Safety and Security develop evacuation and accident procedures
  • Ensure full Health and Safety induction of new staff
  • Liaise with landlords on all SC rented properties
  • Oversee the overall maintenance of the residence/office premises, facilities assets and equipment (physical work environment) and ensure that these are secure and efficiently utilized
  • Review and annually update all contracts and leases and ensure they are kept up to date and that all leases are compliant with the Nigeria government tax and other legal requirements
  • Carry out a monthly maintenance and Health and Safety check, and arrange, as required for any work to be carried out
  • Oversee the annual preparation of the renewal of licenses and permits as appropriate

Qualifications and Experience

  • A Degree in Human Resource Management or equivalent qualification
  • Prior 3-7 years INGO experience at management level within a complex country programme in emergency response/humanitarian environments
  • Experience of working in remote field bases with limited infrastructure
  • Proven operational HR track-record – experience of providing a senior generalist HR service to managers across a full range of HR issues
  • Excellent skills in handling and advising on complex people management issues
  • Experience of and well developed skills in recruitment and selection
  • Good attention to detail
  • Understanding staff care for humanitarian staff, in particular approaches to welfare, stress, R&R and debriefing
  • Good facilitation skills and ability to deliver induction briefing/training
  • Strong communication (written and spoken), and interpersonal skills in English, with experience in managing multicultural teams


  • Experience of a range of assessment techniques (including assessment centres)
  • A Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management or Business Administration or equivalent
  • Fluent in English and Hausa languages

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Application Deadline: 24th March, 2017.

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