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

Project Officer, Alive and Thrive Position at Save the Children Nigeria

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Each year, we and our partners reach millions of children in communities around the world.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Project Officer, Alive and Thrive

Job ID: 190000DO
Location: Lagos
Grade: 4
Employee Status: Fixed Term
Team/Programme: Nutrition
Type of Contract: Fixed Term
Post Type: National
Reports to:  Alive and Thrive State Team Leader
Staff reporting to this post: LGA Facilitator

Child Safeguarding

  • Level 3 – The responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with children or young people and, in the overseas context all posts are considered to be level 3 posts in view of potential situations which may allow staff unsupervised access to vulnerable children and young people.

Role Purpose

  • The Project Officer who will be based in Lagos will be responsible for the technical programme implementation, information gathering, results communication and documentation at the implementing LGAs for the Alive and Thrive Project (A&T).
  • S/he will be expected to take on specific monitoring and evaluation related work as well as support the project administration and management activities at the LGAs.
  • S/he should have experience that demonstrates knowledge of monitoring, evaluation, appropriate research methodologies and approaches as well as ability to meet deadlines, provide logistic and administrative support, and work effectively both independently and as part of a team.

Scope of Role

  • The Project Officer will work closely with the Government counterparts at the LGAs, Senior SBCC Officer, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, State team Leader and Programme Manager.

Key Deliverables
Programme Implementation:

  • Ensure quality implementation, thorough documentation and monitoring & evaluation of nutrition activities at agreed in the workplans.
  • Prepare the overall work plan (weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual) and budget for programme activities for the implementing LGAs in collaboration with the Government counterparts.
  • Provide regular supportive supervision of programme implementation.
  • Ensure regular supervisory visits of the Government stakeholders (State, LGA) and Community Leaders to Project locations are conducted.
  • Collaborate with relevant ministries and other relevant partners at the state, local government and community levels to ensure integration and high level implementation of all IYCF activities on the project.
  • Ensure the mainstreaming of child safeguarding (safe programming) and fraud awareness in programme implementation.
  • Identify other opportunities in an ongoing manner that will add value to the overarching strategy of the Project.

Monitoring and Documentation:

  • Maintain an updated comprehensive database with the Project indicators of the A&T Project.
  • Prepare quality monthly, quarterly and annual progress reports of implementation in the Model LGAs.
  • With support from the Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, provide regular evaluation of the progress of the activities and propose changes for improvement
  • Support Project level Assessment as approved by the Donor.
  • On periodic basis, develop case studies and success stories from Project-supported LGAs.

Representation of the Project:

  • Convey the overall purpose, activities, and achievements of the Project to external stakeholders in the Model LGAs.
  • Ensure A&T representation and contribution in relevant meetings at the LGAs.

Additional Job Responsibilities:

  • The job duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the Post holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Qualifications & Experience
Required Skills and Experience:

  • B.Sc in Public Health, Nutrition, Dietetics, Biochemistry or any Biological and Ssocial Science  related degrees with experience
  • Minimum 3 years’ professional experience in Nutrition or Health programming activities for Donor-funded International Development projects
  • Strong background in Public Health, Nutrition, Demography, Development Economics, Statistics, Project Management or any related fields
  • Experience or familiarity with monitoring and evaluation methods and approaches
  • Experience with training design, delivery and facilitation
  • Ability to apply qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques
  • Advanced computer skills and good skills using database systems.
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Knowledge of documentation of success stories and case studies
  • Experience designing and managing performance monitoring plans and impact studies
  • Demonstrated leadership, strategic thinking, and communication skills
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • A high level of written and spoken English
  • Fluency in Yoruba
  • Familiarity with major donors reporting guidelines

Skills and Behaviours (SCI Values in Practice)
Accountability:

  • Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values.
  • Works closely and constructively with many colleagues at all levels and across cultures, influencing effectively while having little formal authority and to hold peers accountable to deliver on their responsibilities.
  • Sensitivity to the needs of a range of stakeholders and able to balance conflicting interests to create shared goals.
  • A proactive and flexible approach to work.

Ambition:

  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves, takes responsibility for their own personal development.
  • Proactive, forward thinker who is able to plan ahead and anticipate requirements and problems

Collaboration:

  • Maintains a calm disposition and positive outlook when working under pressure.
  • Self-motivated and able to work with a high degree of autonomy as well as with others.
  • Fully appreciates of the value of cooperation, both internationally and within a team.

Creativity:

  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions and cuts away bureaucracy and encourages an entrepreneurial approach.
  • Thinks creatively and strategically and translates strategy into practical action.
  • Analyses complex information from different sources and to synthesise this information into coherent briefs and communication documents.

Integrity:

  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency, builds trust and confidence. Displays consistent and excellent judgement.
  • Strong interpersonal and negotiation skills with proven experience of relationship management with stakeholders.
  • Passion and commitment to the values of Save the Children.

Qualifications & Experience
Required Skills and Experience:

  • B.Sc in Public Health, Nutrition, Dietetics, Biochemistry or any Biological and Social Science  related degrees with experience
  • Minimum 3 years’ professional experience in Nutrition or Health programming activities for Donor-funded International Development projects
  • Strong background in Public Health, Nutrition, Demography, Development Economics, Statistics, Project Management or any related fields
  • Experience or familiarity with monitoring and evaluation methods and approaches
  • Experience with training design, delivery and facilitation
  • Ability to apply qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques
  • Advanced computer skills and good skills using database systems.
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Knowledge of documentation of success stories and case studies
  • Experience designing and managing performance monitoring plans and impact studies
  • Demonstrated leadership, strategic thinking, and communication skills
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • A high level of written and spoken English
  • Fluency in Yoruba
  • Familiarity with major donors reporting guidelines

Application Closing Date
8th March, 2019.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online