New Vacancies at Save the Children
New Vacancies at Save the Children

Even More Jobs at Save the Children Nigeria

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 fulfill 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 position below:

Job Title: Project Finance Director, OVC

Location: Abuja
Job Type: Full-time


  • Save the Children is recruiting an experienced Project Finance Director for an anticipated USAID/PEPFAR project valued at approximately $25-50M USD that will provide support to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) affected by HIV/AIDS in select states within Nigeria.
  • The Project Finance Director is responsible for the overall leadership of the project’s finance team and oversees all aspects of financial management.
  • S/he will manage the implementation of accounting systems, budgeting, expenditure tracking, and financial reporting and human resources for both the prime recipient and any sub-awards.
  • S/he will also oversee financial grant management to ensure the best use of resources by preparing sound budgets, monitoring project expenses, and ensuring timely preparation of donor financial reports. This position sits on the project’s senior leadership team.
  • The Project Finance Director is responsible for ensuring that an appropriate structure exists to ensure effective support of field operations and to protect the integrity of the country office financial and administrative operations.
  • S/he will also need to maintain consistent coordination and teamwork with other senior positions and individuals working on this program as well as with donor guidelines.
  • This position is contingent on the issuance of USAID funding and the selection of applicants is subject to USAID approval.

Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Impact
Management & Oversight:

  • Provide day-to-day leadership, management, and oversight of the project’s finance team (2-4 people)
  • Oversee the development and implementation of robust local financial systems and processes (e.g. cash management, cash transfer payment methods, electronic payments) as appropriate
  • Ensure that an appropriate segregation of duties exists for effective support of field operations and protect the integrity of the country office finance and administrative operations.
  • Provide an internal control function to the department
  • Prepare and revise finance and operation guidelines to adhere to SC and USAID requirements.
  • Ensure compliance with agreement obligations and deliverables in line with USAID regulations and SC policies and procedures.
  • Actively participate in all award specific audit and donor assessments.
  • Collaborate with Country Office and US teams to develop and implement strategies and foster a culture of transparency and collaboration that enables the Finance Team to perform at high levels of effectiveness and efficiency

Budget Management:

  • Monitor budgets to ensure that spending occurs as planned and that variances are anticipated, noted, and corrected.
  • Ensure that key program personnel are aware of budgetary resources and are able to monitor their budgets respectively and provide capacity building as needed.
  • Consistently perform pipeline analysis, including review of accruals and commitments of the project to ensure in operates within allocated obligations and budget
  • Prepare any budget revisions and projections and respond to any questions.
  • Monitor burn rates, advise on spend projections and maintain and up-date the status of obligated fund.

Financial Management:

  • Oversee the execution and timely posting of all financial transactions
  • Ensure all financial plans, invoices, reports, and other documents are accurate, timely, and consistent with agency and USAID guidelines and regulations.
  • In close coordination with the finance staff, maintain and update all the financial documents (reports, plans) and ensure confidentiality of project financial information.
  • Supervise finance team to ensure proper allocation of expenses according to the funding source and expense categories and ensure
  • Review and consolidate monthly sub-office accounts and reports to ensure accuracy and to provide regular feedback to the senior leadership team.
  • Confirm availability of funds for all requests for payment or charges to grants.
  • Oversee the preparation and monitoring of core work plan budgets as required

Financial Reporting:

  • Oversee preparation of monthly and quarterly reports, accruals and projections, and any other required donor submissions.
  • Review and consolidate monthly financial reports for distribution to senior management.
  • Prepare a consolidated annual fiscal report, including a cumulative life of project report.
  • Manage the reporting component of the award including reconciling timesheets with financial reports; oversee other administrative duties as needed.

Required Background and Experience, Skills and Behaviors

  • A Bachelor’s level degree in Finance, Business, Accounting or other relevant field is required; Master’s degree is preferred.
  • A minimum of ten years’ progressively responsible experience in financial management for large and complex programs funded by international donors, including the U.S. Government, of which at least five years were working in the field of international development, preferably with USAID.
  • In-depth knowledge of US Government rules and regulations including 22 CFR 226.22 CFR- 145 OMB Circulars -A122 and A-133.
  • Demonstrated experience in management of sub awards and strategic partnerships agreements.
  • Demonstrated strong analytical and financial analysis skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations.
  • Proven ability to prepare multi-year budgets, donor financial reports and USAID Audits.
  • Demonstrated capacity and prior experience in supervising others as a coach/mentor to train staff and develop financial skills of colleagues.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team.
  • Excellent oral and written English communication and presentation skills.
  • Expert computer skills in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Qualified Nigerian nationals are highly encouraged to apply.

Application Closing Date 
28th March, 2018.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online




Job Title: Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent (MNCAH) Health Advisor

Locations: Abuja
Job Type: Full Time

Role Purpose

  • The Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health (MNCAH) Advisor will provide technical leadership and advice to other programme staff on the Breakthrough-Action (B-A) project, staff in the programme states and Ministry of Health officials at state and LGA level in the area of MNCAH
  • S/he is responsible for strategic planning, coordination and monitoring & evaluation of programme activities in relation to social and behaviour change for MNCAH and for supporting the state programme teams in strategic and operational planning and programme implementation
  • S/he supervises and works closely with related sector specialists.

The MNCAH Advisor will:

  • Provide technical leadership and guidance for the implementation of the MNCAH components of the B-A project, working closely with other program technical advisors.Take the lead in strategic planning, coordination and monitoring and evaluation of MNCAH programme activities related to social and behaviour change (SBC) under the program
  • Write quarterly progress reports about the MNCAH component of the programme.
  • Prepare and present PowerPoint presentations for review and planning meetings or any relevant programme dissemination events.
  • Ensure that internationally agreed best knowledge and practice is brought into the programme.
  • Provide mentoring and capacity-building for programme teams at state level and for implementing partners in relation to social and behaviour change for MNCAH.
  • Support staff to prepare, implement, follow up and monitor plans for all training and capacity building efforts and to organise programme activities.
  • Promote coordination among local stakeholders.
  • Ensure that project activities are in line with the local law and international standards, laws, and policies, in all activities
  • Ensure active collaboration, information sharing and joint meetings between the programme and local authorities and other stakeholders to identify and strengthen support for project activities and avoid duplication.
  • Coach and supervise state-level MNCAH staff/team
  • Develop and maintain understanding of major stakeholder agendas and represent the programme and it’s interests with key players in the health sector in Nigeria (government, implementing partners and research institutes) at Federal and State levels

Essential Skills Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, MNCAH, or a closely related field.
  • At least 5 years of experience implementing SBC, health promotion, MNCAH or similar public health programmes in Nigeria
  • In-depth knowledge of key MNCH interventions for the reduction of maternal, child and newborn mortality, including best practices in SBC, and how to operationalize these
  • In-depth knowledge of the state of the art of adolescent sexual and reproductive health programming, including best practices in SBC for adolescents and awareness of practices that are no longer considered “evidence-based”
  • Familiarity with existing national policies, guidelines and programs in the context of MNCAH in Nigeria
  • Knowledge and experience in development and implementing MNCAH SBC strategies
  • Experience in providing technical support to partners, particularly government at senior levels.
  • Expertise in project leadership and management, including organizational development and staff management.
  • Excellent reporting and analytical skills.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and advocacy skills.
  • Computer literate (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook)
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Experience in quality assurance of MNCH services and in conducting maternal and perinatal death reviews (Audit) and Criterion Based Audit will be of added value.
  • Willing and able to work in a challenging environment and have the ability to adapt to changing circumstances and to respond with flexibility and creativity.

Desirable Skills:

  • Experience of working in Northern Nigeria will be of added value.
  • Experience in working with NGOs, CSOs, FBOs will be of added value.

Application Closing Date 
22nd March, 2018.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online




Job Title: Conflict-Sensitive Education Specialist/Deputy Chief of Party

Ref Id: sav-49786
Location: Borno

Job Summary

Save the Children is recruiting a Conflict-Sensitive Education (CSE) Specialist/Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) to support Education in Emergencies programming in the Northeast states. S/he will be responsible for providing technical leadership to the program, documentation and dissemination of innovation and good practices and establishing, maintaining and expanding partner relations for the sector. This includes providing technical and program oversight in the design and day-to-day management of implementation to increase the demand for quality priority education services and community engagement activities. S/he will also ensure the technical and methodological soundness of activities and integration of a CSE lens throughout and across implementation.

The CSE Specialist/DCOP will work closely with other Technical Specialists including the Teacher Education and Reading Specialists and the senior project team to ensure education project’s design and implementation adhere to international norms and standards of conflict sensitivity, specifically the INEE Conflict Sensitive Education pack. S/he will address both the direct and indirect impacts of conflict within the project to promote positive gains for students and teachers in the project areas. The CSE Specialist/DCOP will be required to travel to field sites for project oversight and targeted technical assistance.  Additionally, the CSE Specialist/DCOP will ensure representation and coordination with project partners and external stakeholders, such as local and international NGOs, CBOs, local and central government authorities as relevant and required

This position is contingent on the issuance of USAID funding and the award being granted.

Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Impact

The CSE Specialist/DCOP will liaise closely with other technical specialists as well as the Chief of Party (COP) and partners to support the project’s objectives. Key responsibilities will include:

  • Working with the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Advisor, lead on the Rapid Education and Risk Analysis and continued conflict analysis within the education sector to better understand the dynamics of conflict as it influences all aspects of the proposed education program.
  • Ensure that the results of the analysis drive the program’s design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation by closely collaborating with the broader project team, empowering staff with essential knowledge and skills through trainings, through trainings and continued technical support, and collaborating with project and partner staff to appropriately monitor and measure impact and progress through a conflict sensitive education lens.
  • Prioritize prevention through supporting policies to protect girls and boys from abuse and exploitation and supporting emergency preparedness and readiness through Conflict and Disaster Risk Reduction planning.
  • Working with Teacher Education and the Well-being Specialists, promote equity and the holistic development of the child by supporting the delivery of teaching, curriculum and materials that are free of gender and social prejudices and build competencies for responsible citizenship, conflict transformation and resilience.
  • Support education system strengthening and stabilization by enhancing staff capacity and competencies and promoting fairness, transparency and accountability.
  • Ensure the quality of interventions is standardized across the project (approaches, tools, learning etc.)
  • Oversee development or contextualization of resources to specifically address conflict sensitivity within reference, training, and guidance materials.
  • Support the preparation of timely and quality program reports on project activities in compliance with project requirements.
  • The position will be responsible for helping to ensure close engagement of and partnerships with related government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), donor-funded programs, private/commercial entities, and NGOs.

Capacity Building:

  • Collaborate with other technical leads and the senior management team of the project to assess capacity needs of staff and partners as related specifically to CSE
  • Contextualize INEE CSE training materials and create Nigeria-specific training materials; work with the MEL Advisor to monitor and evaluate the use of CSE concepts and approaches within the program
  • Facilitate training of trainers and support the cascade of trainings at state level
  • Support and advise projects’ technical team on key decisions
  • Provide continuous support to project team in program implementation, reporting, staff capacity building and management, sector coordination and key technical areas

Sub-Sector Coordination Representation & Advocacy:

  • Take steps to document lessons learned for wider dissemination with EiE stakeholders at field and at national levels upon request.
  • In collaboration with senior program staff, assist in advocacy activities that target decision-makers at all levels.
  • Identify opportunities and material to contribute to emergency education communications and media work.

Required Background and Experience, Skills and Behaviors

  • Master’ level degree in education, conflict studies, or other relevant technical area.
  • At least 10 years providing technical support to education programming in complex contexts with at least 5 years demonstrated experience working on conflict issues in humanitarian responses.


  • Substantial progressive, professional-level experience in relevant technical areas
  • Proven technical expertise in conflict sensitive education and the application of concepts/approaches in programming
  • Additional technical expertise or experience in key thematic areas such as child-centered learning methodologies, teacher pre- and in-service education, and community participation.
  • Demonstrated experience in international  NGOs
  • Experience of applying relevant interagency humanitarian frameworks and standards in EiE (for example INEE Minimum Standards)
  • Demonstrated monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Ability to work both in an advisory and a hands on implementation capacity
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project report
  • Ability to liaise and effectively coordinate with government, local NGOs and community initiatives.
  • 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
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels, taking into account cultural and language difficulties.


  • Experience in representation, including Cluster coordination, and ability to represent effectively in external forums
  • Commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability
  • Proven capacity to supervise, train, coach and mentor staff
  • Understanding of local languages
  • Previous experience in Nigeria or similarly complex, high-risk environments.

Application Closing Date
28th March, 2018.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online