Job Opportunities at Save the Children Nigeria

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: Endline Evaluation for The Emergency Nutrition, WASH, And Protection Response For Conflict-Affected Populations In Northeast Nigeria (OFDA) Consultant

Job ID: 200002XB
Location:  Maiduguri, Borno
Employee Status: Fixed Term

Background

  • Save the Children has been working in Nigeria since 2001 and is currently working in 20 states focusing on child survival, education and protecting children in both development and humanitarian contexts. The conflict in Northeast Nigeria has left 8.5 million in need of humanitarian assistance (HRP 2017), in particular the more than 1.8 million IDPs. Over half of the displaced are children (55%), half of whom are under five years old. Borno state has been the most affected and is host to nearly 1.4 M IDPs (IOM).
  • The conflict has resulted in alarming rates of malnutrition with high global acute malnutrition (GAM) and Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) rates, many of which exceed WHO emergency threshold levels of 15% and 2% respectively. Of the 398,188 children suffering from SAM, less than one third (only 114,097 children) have received treatment. A lack of adequate water and sanitation infrastructure along with poor Infant & Young Child Feeding (IYCF) and hygiene practices are increasing malnutrition and stunting

Key results of the project include:

  • To increase access to life-saving treatment services for children under 5 with SAM, while promoting appropriate IYCF-E practices that optimize nutrition and health survival outcomes
  • Children and families affected by conflict have improved access to safe, adequate and quality water, sanitation services and improve hygiene practices towards reducing sicknesses and ensuring better health
  • To create safe spaces for children and build capacity of key humanitarian workers and community members on psychosocial support.

Purpose

  • This endline evaluation will be conducted in the implementation areas and communities of Jere, Magumeri, Mafa, Konduga and Kaga LGAs. This endline will be compared against the baseline results which focused on the knowledge attitude and practices (KAP) of communities across the 3 sectors that the OFDA project targeted.

The specific objectives of the study are to:

  • Generate data for a set of indicators outlined in project M&E plan;
  • Use collected data as benchmark for measuring project success or failure;
  • Compare the current status of the context with what was present prior to project implementation
  • Suggest priority areas for future programming

The endline study will include the following criteria:

  • Nutrition: What are the current nutrition outcomes in each of the proposed communities compared to a year ago when the project started? How knowledgeable are the community members on nutrition outcomes (EBF, complementary feeding)? Has there been a change in practices/ behaviour? Additionally, the study will ascertain the state of the health facility listed for OTP. Specifically, the facilities will be assessed for space (waiting area), toilet facilities, availability of staff and general organization.
  • Child Protection: This will be limited to assessing knowledge/practice of child protection among adults. Specifically, this section will focus on knowledge on child discipline and awareness of protection concerns in the communities. The results of this will be compared against the baseline study to ascertain what has changed.
  • WASH: To what extent are the community members aware of the key practice and knowledge of WASH? The WASH component will also involve observation walks by enumerators. Observation walks will be conducted around WASH hardware in the selected communities as well the general functioning-status of this hardware including walking from the water hardware to the nearest households.
  • Challenges: Based on the evidence from the study, what are the challenges recorded during project implementation and how can this be remedied against possible future projects.
  • Recommendation: Actionable recommendation based on the evidence and data collected during fieldwork to inform implementation strategies across the sectors (Wash, Nutrition and Child Protection).

Evaluation criteria and key questions:

  • Evaluation study will explore the following key areas and questions based on the most relevant of the OECD-DAC and CHS criteria for evaluating humanitarian action and some additional areas which SCI would like to explore in depth:

Relevance/Appropriateness:

  • To what extent the interventions address the needs of beneficiaries?
  • Were the activities/outputs aligned with the needs of the affected community during the design phase of the project??
  • Were the interventions per sector planned and implemented in an integrated manner?
  • Was communication and coordination between sectors regarding implementation well aligned?
  • Are there overlaps of interventions in sectors (geographical or beneficiaries)? what is the outcomes of the integrated programming when compared to the non-integrated?
  • What is the impact of the integrated programming with reference to OFDA.

Coverage, and non-discrimination:

  • Did the project reach to the most vulnerable children affected by the crisis and with specific needs as targeted by the project? Did the project reach out to children at risk of exclusion from service provision as identified in the baseline study?  If so, how? was the intervention accountable to affected population? If so how?
  • How sensitive was the programme interventions to address the inequalities due to gender, race and age?

Effectiveness:

  • Were the activities implemented as planned, achieving intended outcomes and objectives within the planned budget and timeline?
  • What were the key underlying factors influencing the achievement or non-achievement of specific objective and overall goal of the project?
  • How effective was the project intervention in addressing key bottlenecks to ensure access to interventions to treat SAM cases?
  • Document effective approaches which influenced community behavior to improve malnutrition status of children.
  • How effective were the interventions to address the inequality in SAM treatment based on gender, income and social status?
  • How effective was the project intervention in addressing exclusive breastfeeding and minimum diet diversity?
  • How effective were Child Protection Committees (CPCs) in identifying and appropriately referring child protection cases? What barriers to their effectiveness have been addressed and which ones still exist?  Once referred did Save the Children adequately follow up to make sure child protection cases were appropriately addressed.
  • How effective were Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) in providing inclusive (age/ gender/disability), sensitive and culturally appropriate activities as well as psychosocial support and referral services?
  • Did the intervention cause a change in the lives of the affected population vis-à-vis the project objectives?

More specifically, the endline on the following list of indicators:

  • % of respondents who know 3 of 5 critical times to wash hands
  • Percentage of girls and boys 0-<6 mo. who are exclusively breastfed
  • Percentage of children 6-<24 months of age who receive foods daily from 4 or more food groups (to achieve minimum dietary diversity)
  • Proportion of breastfed and non-breastfed children 6–23 months of age who receive solid, semi-solid, or soft foods (but also including milk feeds for non-breastfed children) the mini-mum number of times or more.
  • Proportion of children 6–23 months of age who receive a minimum acceptable diet (apart from breast milk).
  • Initial number of functional water points in the communities (prior to project implementation)
  • % of parents/caregivers who use physical punishment as a means of discipline
  • % of caregivers who state they would report a suspected case of child abuse

Key protection concerns in the communities
Child outcomes:

  • Was there a sufficient child-focus in the project design and implementation?
  • Were the intended outcomes of this project specifically for children met?
  • Were any unintended child outcomes observed from cash transfer and other FSL/NFI/shelter activities under this project (e.g increase in school attendance; preventing children from being placed in institutions; reduction of the stress caregivers feel in meeting survival needs; reduction of the physical and verbal punishment of children; decreasing stress in children; improvements in children’s wellbeing)

Accountability:

  • How were the communities engaged in the whole project cycle? Did the project encourage the genuine and active participation of children and communities?
  • How accountable has the implementation been in terms of addressing the needs of children and their families?
  • What was the level of adaptive programming that resulted from the accountability data?
  • How effective is the accountability mechanisms set in place during implementation? Was the project resolved identified or perceived issues, conflicts, or complaints in the community through the mechanisms?

Efficiency:

  • Were the project activities are cost-effective?

Impact:

  • What are the key short term and long term changes produced by project, positive or negative and what are the key factors behind these changes?
  • What are the key intermediate and lasting changes lead by the project interventions?
  • Were there any unintended results of the intervention and how did it affect the outcomes?

Sustainability:

  • To what extent will the benefits of the projects continue after the funding ceases?
  • What will be the structures at community level and health facility level to identify, screen and treat malnutrition once the project is over?
  • Which of the structures at the community level to identify protection issues are the most sustainable and why? Will the CPCs be continue their activities after the project?
  • Has there been an exit strategy that has been well implemented?

Lessons Learned:

  • What were the good practices and challenges in the project? How did it able to affect implementation and project delivery?
  • Were the recommendations from the baseline taken into consideration in the implementation on the project?

Evaluation Design and Methodology:

  • The consultant will develop a mix of qualitative and quantitative data collection. The quantitative data will be collected using questionnaires as deployed through Kobo Toolbox while health facility assessment data will be collected using the dedicated OTP/SC facility assessment tool. The methodology will be presented as part of the draft work plan as outlined in the deliverables below and included in the final report. As this study is a endline evaluation, there will be reviews of internal document such as project proposal documents, baseline report, progress reports and project data, including the MEAL plan and more.

The following guidance should be considered:

  • There should be meaningful and safe participation of children and young people, ensuring ethical standards for research with children are followed, including informed consent and assent, ensuring the best interest of the child, confidentiality and avoiding harm, which is aligned with SC’s Child Safeguarding Policy.
  • Focus group discussions, key informant interviews, and lessons learned and validation workshops are required.

The following data analysis is expected for the consultant to deliver:
Baseline vs. Endline:

  • Evaluation Results vis-à-vis the ToR questions
  • Evaluation Results vis-à-vis the logframe
  • With gender and locale disaggregation

Profile and responsibilities of evaluator:

  • Have experience and significant knowledge of humanitarian response mechanisms, specifically regarding the Northeast humanitarian response, and have previous experience in conducting external evaluations for conflict responses
  • Minimum experience of 5 years in coordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of emergency response programmes AND expertise in at least 1 relevant sector (Food Security & Livelihoods, Nutrition, Child Protection)
  • Demonstrated experience of evaluating humanitarian response projects is essential (experience of evaluating OFDA-funded projects is desirable)
  • Knowledge and experience in child participatory approaches and child safeguarding
  • Fluency in English and ability to write clear and concise reports (examples of previous work will be requested)
  • Understanding of OFDA requirements as a humanitarian donor and specific requirements for this evaluation.
  • Ability to manage the available time and resources and work to tight deadlines.

Deliverables
These deliverables are to be submitted to SCI in both electronic and hard copy, as described below:

  • Inception report according to the standard template, including detailed work plan. Also, once TAs will review and sign off the inception report then consultant will start the data collection.
  • With methodology, sample size calculation by indicators and proposed sampling technique. Draft evaluation tools (interview guides) for the evaluation for approval by SCI. Draft and final evaluation reports.
  • The final report, which should not exceed 25 pages excluding annexes, should be written in English and will be shared with OFDA as well as other stakeholders. Standard reporting format will be shared with consultant.
  • Complete Log frame with the actual achievements disaggregated (by gender and location).
  • Time frame for this consultancy is 30 days

 

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

 

 

Job Title: Development of Training Manuals and Capacity Building for Master Trainers Consultant

Job ID: 200002Y7
Location:  Maiduguri, Borno
Employee Status: Fixed Term

Child Safeguarding

  • Level 3:  the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

Project Background

  • The nine years of conflict in North-eastern Nigeria has affected over 14.8 million people making it one of the worst global humanitarian disasters. The Boko Haram insurgency group, formed in Borno State, Nigeria, in 2001, is a Hausa statement for “Western education is forbidden”. As the name suggests, it has been carrying out attacks on schools and universities, education personnel, and students attending these schools.  In 2015 in the Northeast, approximately 645 teachers were killed by Boko Haram insurgents, 19,000 teachers were displaced, and over 1,500 schools were damaged, destroyed, or occupied by armed groups or by displaced populations. Borno is the worst affected state where humanitarian needs remain vast and complex.
  • Over 75% of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) are in Borno, and over 61% percent are living in host communities, making it harder to access them with assistance and putting additional pressure on the already stretched resources of these communities. Disenfranchised youth and high illiteracy rates, coupled with perceptions of corruption and poor governance, are often quoted as the underlying causes of the conflict. Despite nearly two decades of investment in the Universal Basic Education Programme, Nigeria still has 10.5 million out-of-school children – the world’s highest number. About 60% of out-of-school children are girls. Many of those who do enrol, drop out early.
  • Low perceptions of the value of education for girls and early marriages are among the reasons.  In the Northeast, where 85% of children are Muslim, private Islamic education is often chosen by parents over formal government schooling. While integrated schools exist that are recognised by the state, and combine Islamic education with the basic school subjects, the majority of Islamic schools are Sangaya or Quranic – largely focused on Quranic recitation. Literacy, numeracy and life skills are rarely included. Boko Haram’s insurgency has contributed to reduce girls’ attendance in schools and increased the number of IDPs, as both students and teachers flee for safety. 60% of out of school children in Nigeria are in northern States. Between January and July 2017, Boko Haram used 145 girls for suicide attacks across the Northeast.
  • In September 2018 Plan International released a report on Adolescents girls in the Lake Chad region.  Adolescent girls in Nigeria reported greater feelings of insecurity travelling to and from school; across the research sites in Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger, 34.67% of girls reported feeling unsafe at home, with feelings of safety decreasing among those who were displaced. According to Education Under Attack 2018 report, Nigeria remains one of the countries where students and educators are most frequently targeted.
  • In summary, the livelihood component of the intervention will target 4,800 youths who will benefit from life skills and entrepreneurship training, and 1,720 young people will be supported with employability & business trainings including apprenticeship and vouchers for business start-up kits.
  • Impact and Outcomes: The Overall Objective of the action is to increase resilience of the education system and services in conflict affected Borno State, Nigeria.
  • The intervention is focused on increasing access, to safe, quality and inclusive education opportunities (formal and non-formal) for conflict affected children, adolescent and youth through addressing the specific barriers of girls and boys in the view of improving retention and completion, achieving better learning outcomes, and, improving access to livelihood and employment opportunities for youth.

Objective
The specific objectives of the consultancy are to:

  • Develop a standard and comprehensive trainer’s manual to guide and assist master trainers in conducting training on life skills, entrepreneurship and micro enterprise management focused on life skills, soft skills, work readiness, financial literacy, literacy and numeracy skills, improving access to quality and relevant basic life, work readiness, financial literacy and employability skills
  • Develop a trainees’ guide which is based on the trainers’ manual and intended to equip project beneficiaries with employability and life skills
  • Build capacity of master trainers to step-down trainings to beneficiaries using appropriate methodologies

Scope of Work
Save the Children will select one proposals focusing on development of training manuals and guidelines and capacity building trainings for teachers and master trainers. The consultant will be required to develop trainer’s guide and trainee’s manual on:

  • Life skills, entrepreneurship and financial literacy
  • Micro enterprise management and vocational skills:
    • In addition, He/She will facilitate a training of trainers (ToT) on life skills, financial literacy, entrepreneurship and financial literacy for SCI staff and teachers in selected secondary schools who will in turn step down the training to their students. The ToT will target teachers of students in junior secondary classes two and three in selected schools across Jere, Mafa, Biu and Damboa LGAs of Borno State. The consultant will also facilitate a ToT on micro enterprise management for SCI staff and master trainers linked to Government ministries, departments and agencies. The trained master trainers will conduct step down trainings for project beneficiaries in Jere, Biu, Mafa and Damboa LGAs. The qualified candidate will be required to provide wide range of topics under life skills, entrepreneurship and micro enterprise management trainings such as life skills, soft skills, work readiness, financial literacy, literacy and numeracy skills, improving access to quality and relevant basic life, work readiness, financial literacy, employability skills etc.

Methodology and Approach:

  • The consultant will review all relevant available training manuals and guidelines and build on existing training contents and incorporating participatory learning techniques to design and develop comprehensive Trainer’s Manual and Trainee’ guide.
  • He/She will carry out an assessment by an adolescent expert with experience in entrepreneurship and financial literacy within the context of the North East, the assessment will focus on assessing the target adolescents with a view to identifying relevant issues, knowledge gap, capacity and factors that affect them in the areas of life skills, entrepreneurship and business management.
  • based on the findings of the assessment mentioned above, and building on existing training contents, the consultant will design a training guideline, trainers manual and trainees’ guide with modules covering each relevant area identified by the assessment,
  • the manuals should be highly participatory, practical and should be suitable for low literate trainers and participatory in approach and content, it should be highly participatory involving immersive learning and application to business contexts through the use of simulation, storytelling, role plays, picture codes, take home assignments, symbols suitable for adolescents and youths.
  • The manuals should be culturally sensitive particularly in the use of names, settings, terms and examples
  • The life skills and entrepreneurship manual should be structured in to modules that are to be covered daily (1-2 hours) over a period of 1 to 2 weeks with relevant take home and fun activities targeted at adolescents
  • The micro enterprise management manual should be divided into modules structured for a 3 – 4 days training period and topics to be covered will be finalized on the basis of discussions with SCI
  • Design of micro enterprise management skills training manual will form the basis of micro enterprise management trainings for project beneficiaries. The micro enterprise trainings will be facilitated by the trained master trainers and integrated into the apprenticeship trainings.
  • The module of the Micro enterprise management manual should have action points that participants can apply to specific anticipated situations that they are likely to face in the course of running their enterprise. It should also contain templates on key areas relevant to the enterprise management of the respective businesses of beneficiaries
  • The recommended class set size for each training should be between 15 – 20 people. Therefore, the training will be conducted in cohorts
  • All activities to be undertaken under the consultancy must adhere strictly to SCI COVID-19 guidelines and SoPs

Timelines
Activity – Timeline:

Adapt and develop training manuals and guidelines (including training, data collection, design of tools etc):

  • 2 weeks

Conduct ToT on life skills, entrepreneurship and financial literacy for SCI staff and secondary school teachers (participants will be trained in four cohorts with each group having 15-20 participants):

  • 2 weeks

Conduct ToT on micro enterprise management for SCI staff and master trainers linked to Government MDAs (participants will be trained in two cohorts with each group having 15-20 participants):

  • 1 week

Submission of final report (including tools, MoU, photos, consent forms etc):

  • 1 week

Total:

  • 6 weeks

Deliverables:

  • An inception report detailing the consultancy work-plan including the methodology (max 4 pages). The report will outline in detail a fine-tuned methodology and scope based on the consultant’s interpretation of the tasks and deliverables suggested in the TOR
  • Develop training manuals and guide for facilitators and trainees on: (i) life skills, entrepreneurship and financial literacy and (ii) micro enterprise management
  • The micro enterprise management trainer’s manual and the trainee’s guide should be translated into Hausa Language
  • Present soft copy and present 2 printed copies of the Trainer’s Manual and Trainee’s Guides
  • The contracted individual will conduct field test and provide a comprehensive Training of Trainers (TOT) on newly developed training manuals and soft skills modules for SCI staff, teachers and master trainers group.
  • Submit a detailed final report highlighting all the results and outcomes of the assignment including trainers’ evaluation and need assessment status recommendations on the activities or other steps that be taken for the further development of business training and practices
  • Provide necessary templates for monitoring of step-down trainings by ToT trainees and an MoU to be signed with Govt ministries departments and agencies who are providing master trainers
  • Other deliverables as mentioned in contract

In this course of the consultancy, Save the Children shall cover for the following as part of the assignment:

  • Consultancy Fee: The consultancy fee shall be paid as per the contract
  • Transportation Cost: Transportation fee to and from Maiduguri and trainer’s resident location shall be provided covered by SCI or paid to the consultant upon submission of an invoice and receipt.
  • Assistant facilitator: The assistant facilitator will be paid a daily rate of 10,000NGN. His/her fee shall be paid based on the number of days he/she is engaged.
  • Accommodation: The consultant shall be provided with accommodation or accommodation re-imbursement (subject to submission of hotel receipt/invoice). The reimbursement for accommodation shall be in line with SCI rate.
  • Car Hire: This shall be provided by Save the Children only for the number of days of field work.

Required Qualifications

  • At least a Master’s Degree, in a relevant discipline or equivalent experience
  • Minimum 3 years experience in carrying out similar consultancy
  • Extensive theoretical and practical experience in adolescent and youth centred projects
  • Experience with food security and livelihood capacity building.
  • Experience working with Save the Children
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills
  • Demonstrated understanding of strengthening youth resilience through livelihoods
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles

Deadline: 13th June, 2020.

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

Application Package and Procedures
Applications for the consultancy must include following components, for a total of no more than 15 pages (not including appendices, CVs, etc.):

Detailed technical proposal clearly demonstrating a thorough understanding of this ToR and including the following:

  • Demonstrate previous experience in coordinating and administering studies of a similar nature, including experience with the implementation of data collection activities that are gender-responsive, adolescent-friendly and respect child safeguarding principles;
  • Propose a plan for surveying the projected sample population, with adequate consideration for timing of household surveys, travel cost per team of enumerators, supervision of enumeration teams, and quality control;
  • Propose steps to be taken for enumerator training, piloting/translation of tools, data collection, spot checking, data entry and management;
  • A proposed timeframe detailing activities and a schedule/work plan (including a Gantt chart) with the proposed number of enumerators, size of enumerator teams and total number of days in the field bearing in mid the tight deliverable timeframe; and
  • Team composition (including sex-disaggregation) and level of effort of each proposed team member, if applicable.

A financial proposal with a detailed breakdown of costs for the study:

  • Consultancy fees/costs for all team members
  • Enumerator training and data collection expenses
  • Administrative expenses.
  • Curriculum Vitae(s) of all proposed staff outlining relevant experience.
  • Names and contact information of two references who can be contacted regarding relevant experience.
  • A copy of a previous report of a similar nature undertaken on: a) baseline study; OR b) endline study.
  • A Consulting Firm profile (if applicable).

The proposal will be scored on both technical (methodology) and financial (budget) aspects weighted at 70% and 30% respectively.Complete applications should be attached to your application.

Note

  • Applicants are advised that Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process. Any request in this direction should be immediately reported as it is contrary to the values and practices of our organization.
  • Due to the volume of applications received, Save the Children may not provide feedback to all applicants. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed as received. Save the Children reserves the right to change the closing date, if considered necessary.

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