Vacancies at Save the Children Nigeria


  2020-07-28
  Unspecified

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential. Save the Children is working in Nigeria because one in five children in Nigeria dies before their fifth birthday. About 40% of children miss out on school and have to work to survive while nearly 2 million children have lost one or both parents to an AIDS-related disease.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Cash Transfer Payment Technical Assistant – CDGP

Ref No: 200003IK
Location: Abuja with travel to the field states
Grade: 4
Employee Status: Fixed Term
Team: Nigeria Country Office Seconded to Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development
Post Type: National

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 purpose of this role is to provide strategic and technical support for implementation of cash transfers initiatives, ensuring that the cash transfer payments meet global best practices. In addition, the TA shall carryout the following specific responsibilities including engaging in cash transfer system strengthening, improvement and reform, on behalf of the Hon.
  • Minister for Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development. Cash Transfer Payment Technical Assistant shall work closely with other team members in the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development (MHDS).

Scope of Role:

  • Reports to: Senior Social Protection Specialist
  • Staff directly reporting to this post: None

Key Areas of Accountability

  • Provide strategic and technical support for implementation of Government cash transfer initiatives, ensuring that the cash transfer payments meet global best practices on behalf of the Minister of the Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
  • Liaise closely with relevant government authorities, development partners/donors and CSOs engaged in cash-based activities, keeping them fully informed of the status of MHDS activities in this regard. Participate in national level dialogue with donors and other stakeholders on cash and vouchers and safety net programmes in general.
  • Technical and coordination support provided for the development of social protection sector strategy and plans.
  • Establish structures and mechanisms for overseeing the implementation of strategy and plans for Government cash transfer schemes
  • Provide strategic support for Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the cash grants/schemes.
  • Interface with the embedded SCI Cash Transfer Adviser in NASSP to facilitate the Minister’s understanding of the issues and enhanced capacity for informed decision;
  • Support the design and adaptation of the Phased Government-to-Person (G2P) electronic payment platforms established;
  • Support the understanding and facilitate transition to digital payment system for Cash Transfers;
  • Advice the Minister and support the understanding of the Cash Transfer monitoring plan and quality of technical activities, relevant information and direction to improve quality of electronic payment and achieve timelines;
  • Facilitate the understanding of the minister on emerging technical issues regarding electronic payment for effective leadership and direction of the implementation;
  • Support the design of an appropriate mechanism for cash transfers, ensuring that the ministry clearly understands the issues and are able to provide the leadership for cash transfer implementation adhere to the government’s policies and procedures and that effective, transparent accounting procedures are in place.

Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice)
Accountability:

  • Holds self and others accountable to deliver on responsibilities
  • High level of accuracy in work and attention to detail
  • Carries out responsibilities in a timely and pro-active way

Ambition:

  • Cultivates an ambitious team mentality for the project
  • Future-orientated, thinks pro-actively about opportunities to improve programme management and quality

Collaboration:

  • Working effectively with stakeholders to achieve common goals
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, approachable and easy to talk to
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners

Creativity:

  • Actively looks to improve programme management systems and quality of delivery
  • Looks for new opportunities to promote the project with other stakeholders
  • Willing to take disciplined risks

Integrity:

  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency, demonstrates highest levels of integrity.

Skills & Experience
Essential:

  • Educated to degree standard, preferable in a discipline such as social sciences, geography, anthropology or other discipline relevant to urban/rural livelihoods.
  • Substantial experience of relief or development / extension work with rural communities.
  • Demonstrated experience planning and managing cash transfer and food security programmes.
  • Knowledge and experience of project development, monitoring and evaluation, preferably in the area of cash transfers and / or food security.
  • Strong analytical skills, and an understanding of a range of methods for monitoring, evaluation and assessment to promote evidence-based learning
  • Knowledge of Household Economy Approach to food security and livelihoods assessment.
  • Skills related to participatory research methods, computer literacy and numerical skills.
  • Understanding of the non-partisan status of an international NGO.
  • Good communication, presentation, training and report writing skills.
  • Ability to take a proactive approach in community capacity building, either directly or through facilitation of suitable support.
  • Experience in leading a team in fieldwork with communities.
  • Willing to work in isolated rural areas with basic living conditions, and work in difficult field conditions.
  • Knowledge of Hausa language.
  • Commitment to Save the Children’s Child Protection Policy.

Desirable:

  • Professional qualification at postgraduate level or equivalent in economics or related discipline
  • Experience working with social protection or cash transfer programmes
  • Experience of qualitative research techniques
  • Experience in international development

Job Title: Social Protection Technical Assistant – CDGP

Job ID: 200003IM
Location: Abuja with travel to the field states
Team: Nigeria Country Office Seconded to Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development
Grade: 4
Post Type: National
Employee Status: Fixed Term

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 purpose of this role is to provide strategic and technical support for engaging in system strengthening, improvement and reform, on behalf of the Hon. Minister for Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development with a vision for policy coherence, greater linkage and alignment across social protection programmes and systems coordinated by the Ministry.

Scope of Role:

  • Reports to: Senior Social Protection Specialist
  • Staff directly reporting to this post: None

Key Accountabilities

  • Provide strategic and technical support for Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development (MHDS) for engaging in system reform and improving social protection interventions in Nigeria, with a view for greater linkage and alignment across social protection programmes and systems.
  • Provide technical and strategic advice to MHDS on strengthening linkages between humanitarian initiatives and social protection (alignment of assessments, targeting, payment providers, referrals, M&E and social protection systems), and to influence the wider system and policy framework.
  • Provide inputs for the development and implementation of the National Social Protection Council/Technical Working Group (contributing where necessary, to the development of scoping study/learning exercise, and updates).
  • Work with donors, partners and relevant government departments and agencies to coordinate the Ministry’s mandate as it relate social protection policy and programmes.
  • Provide updates to the minister on social protection implementation by all players in Nigeria to enhance informed policy decisions.
  • Provide a feedback mechanism in the ministry to strengthen monitoring and supervision role of the ministry.
  • Advice the Minister on key social protection issues and interventions and how best the Ministry will respond to them and also take advantage of the opportunities therein.
  • Support the Minister’s engagements with relevant stakeholders towards institutionalizing social protection in Nigeria.
  • Support the Honorable Minister in following up with partners and other stakeholders on social protection matters.
  • Liaise with NASSCO and the secretariat of the Social Protection Council to follow up on decisions and report progress to the Honorable Minister.

Accountability:

  • Accuracy and timeliness in all areas of responsibility
  • High level of accuracy in work, and ability to analyse complex sets of relationships and situations
  • Holds self and others accountable

Ambition:

  • Creating best-in-class EA function
  • Future-orientated, thinks pro-actively

Collaboration:

  • Working effectively with stakeholders to achieve common goals
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to

Creativity:

  • Designing more effective admin systems
  • Willing to take disciplined risks

Additional Job Responsibilities:

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

Integrity:

  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency, demonstrates highest levels of integrity.

Qualifications, Skills & Experience
Essential:

  • 5 years and above of direct experience of social protection related to one or more of these fields: health, nutrition and/ or economics. Strong analytical skills.
  • Computer literate.
  • Ability to build support from staff across teams and across members, and to build the capacity of others.
  • Proven ability to coordinate effective resource allocation to ensure quality programmes.
  • Sound strategic thinking and planning skills, including ability to think creatively and innovate and to set priorities, manageable workplans and evaluate progress.
  • Strong communications skills (both written and verbal). The ability to analyse complex data and summarise it for a range of different audiences.
  • Experience of working within budget constraints.
  • Commitment to SC’s mission, values and approach (includes child protection, equal opportunities and health and safety).
  • Commitment to support cross organisational initiatives.
  • Commitment to team working and understanding of how to contribute.
  • Ability to operate within a predominantly administratively self-servicing environment.

Desirable:

  • Professional qualification at postgraduate level or equivalent in economics or related discipline
  • Experience working with social protection or cash transfer programmes
  • Experience of qualitative research techniques
  • Experience in international development.

The Organisation

  • We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated
  • We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Equal Opportunities:

  • The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

  • We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Safeguarding Our Staff:

  • The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy

Health and Safety:

  • The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Deadline: 11th August, 2020.

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

Note

  • Women  are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Save the Children does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

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