Latest Job Vacancies at Save the Children

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 positions below:




Job Title: Human Resources Manager

Job Id: 200002NL
Location: Abuja with field travel
Employee Status: Fixed Term
Team / Programme: Nigeria Country Office
Reports to: Director, Human Resources and Administration
Staff directly reporting to this post: 2 HR Officers and 2 Assistants

Child Safeguarding

  • Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

Role Purpose

  • Save the Children is looking for a Human Resources Manager to join its Nigeria country programme. The role holder will generally be responsible for the provision of effective HR services in the country office and field locations.
  • Alternatively, they may be deployed as a field level HR advisor in a complex, large-scale emergency.
  • The HR Manager will be expected to lead on HR assessments, strategy, coordinating recruitment, developing robust systems, policy and practice on people management in the country programme.
  • In most circumstances, the post-holder will be expected to mentor and/or capacity build existing country programme staff.

Key Areas of Accountabilities
Policies and Procedures:

  • Supervise the Human Resources function to ensure that advice and support are provided to managers and staff on interpretation and application of policies and procedures and on other HR related matters
  • Supervise the development of HR practices and processes aligned with the organisation’s overall strategy to meet the evolving needs of the organisation
  • Provide ethical oversight and leadership support across the Country Office HR locations
  • Ensure that staff and Save the Children Associates are aware of and adhere to the Child Safeguarding Policies
  • Lead in the implementation of High Performing Organization projects in the Nigeria country programme

Staff Management, Mentorship, and Development – Human Resources:

  • Ensure appropriate staffing within Human Resources
  • Ensure that all HR staff understand and are able to perform their roles
  • Manage the HR team; define expectations, provide technical support as needed, and evaluate direct reports regularly
  • Ensure the recruitment, training, and promotion of staff as appropriate and ensure availability of appropriate professional development opportunities for staff
  • Incorporate staff development strategies and Performance Management Systems into team building process.  Establish result based system and follow up
  • Manage the performance of all staff in Human Resources work area through:
    • Effective use of the Performance Management System including the establishment of clear, measureable objectives, ongoing feedback, periodic reviews and fair and unbiased evaluations;
    • Coaching, mentoring and other developmental opportunities;
    • Recognition and rewards for outstanding performance;
    • Documentation of performance that is less than satisfactory, with appropriate performance improvements/ workplans

Staff Recruitment and Retention:

  • Ensure appropriate recruitment, retention and succession of staff including orientation programmes;  design and implementation of compensation and performance management systems relevant for both development and emergencies, and career development for staff
  • Ensure that employment terms, conditions and practices are fair, consistent, compliant with labour law and Save the Children human resource policies and best practice, and appropriate to the context
  • Prepare terms and conditions of employment and issue all employment and consultancy contracts in compliance with Nigeria Labour Law and regional HR best practices
  • In collaboration with Director of HR and Administration, ensure maintenance of updated information on staff salaries, allowances and income tax calculations in compliance with current laws and regulations

Performance Management and Staff Development:

  • With other senior managers develop a culture of performance management across the organization, where staff are held accountable and rewarded for high performance
  • Lead implementation and maintenance of Save the Children’s Develop to Perform performance management system in alignment with organizational goals
  • Ensure that performance reviews are conducted regularly by supervisors; provide training and advise to managers on effective implementation of performance management
  • Providing guidance on staff capacity building and ensure that staff development is budgeted for.  Ensure that staff have access to HR guidance on individual development opportunities arising from performance review feedback and personal career development interests
  • Lead on refresher trainings for staff in HR policies and procedures including performance management
  • Monitor and advise on disciplinary matters in accordance with established policies and procedures
  • Mediate conflict, grievances and lead on enquiries in harassment cases.
  • Promote diversity and inclusion awareness and design activities that foster understanding and tolerance among staff from different cultural backgrounds.

Competencies for this Role
Delivering Results:

  • Takes personal responsibility and holds others accountable for delivering our ambitious goals for children, continually improving own performance or that of the team/ organisation.
  • Level required: Accomplished

Applying Technical and Professional Expertise:

  • Applies the required technical and professional expertise to the highest standards; promotes and shares best practice within and outside the organisation.
  • Level required: Accomplished

Working Effectively with Others:

  • Works collaboratively to achieve shared goals and thrives on diversity of people and perspectives. Knows when to lead and when to follow and how to ensure effective cross-boundary working.
  • Level required: Accomplished

Communicating with Impact:

  • Communicates clearly and confidently with others to engage and influence; promotes dialogue and ensures timely and appropriate messages, building confidence and trust.
  • Level required: Accomplished

Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice)

  • Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved


  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically.


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency

Qualifications and Experience

  • Recommended minimum of 4 years’ HR managerial experience in a corporate or an INGO environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, Law, Business Administration, Social Sciences, or other related academic disciplines.
  • Ability to apply HR data analytics as a decision-making tool, to predict People & Organizational trends
  • Knowledge and maintenance of HR Information Systems that meets senior management’s information needs
  • Application of talent management software and learning management systems to streamline hiring, onboarding, training and retention processes
  • In-depth knowledge of employee relations and current employment legislation in Nigeria
  • Experience in the development of strategic and operational support services plans and their implementation in a work environment over a sustained period of time
  • Ability to plan and organise a substantial workload that includes complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities in both development and emergency contexts
  • Experience in capacity building and setting frameworks for staff development
  • Demonstrated credibility with colleagues and stakeholders at all levels of an organization
  • Excellent oral and written English combined with effective presentation skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to demonstrate leadership in a multi-disciplined team through a period of change
  • Ability to coach, mentor, delegate appropriately and provide developmental guidance to supervised staff
  • High level of commitment to the principles of development and to the organizational and programmatic goals of Save the Children.

Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Job Title: Head of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning

Job Id: 2200002NK
Location: Abuja
Employee Status: Fixed Term
Team / Programme: Programme Development and Quality
Reports to: Deputy PDQ Director
Reporting to this position: MEAL Advisors & Managers

Child Safeguarding

  • Level 3. The responsibilities of this post may require the post holder to have regular contact with children and young people. In the overseas context all posts are considered to be level 3
  • As part of these responsibilities the post holder will support the establishment of child safeguarding systems, promote a culture of keeping children safe, and ensure that potential harm to children (by our own staff and/or as a result of how we do our work) is identified and addressed on an ongoing basis.
  • The post holder should report and respond to interventions as determined by position related responsibilities identified in the Child Safeguarding Policy.

Role Purpose and Description

  • The Head of MEAL is responsible for the provision of monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning support to the Nigeria office, focusing on Save the Children’s full spectrum mandate of humanitarian and development programming.
  • The Head of MEAL will also support the Deputy Director PDQ in bringing significant experience and fresh ideas to develop and implement a realistic MEAL strategy and systems, ensuring that they are institutionalized within the existing project cycle management framework, and that staff have the capacity to implement them.
  • The Head of MEAL will have a key role in establishing and promoting programme quality and innovation, which will be achieved through developing and improving monitoring, evaluation, impact assessment and learning methodologies

Key Areas of Accountability
As a key member of the PDQ team, the Head of MEAL’s  responsibility is:

  • To manage overall MEAL Unit and System of Save the Children Nigeria
  • Develop reporting system, and ensure regular follow through in its compliance and operations;
  • To support DDPDQ in program development process and review all project proposals developed by BD Unit before submission to donors, in particular the log-frame, ITT,  DIP, M/E Plan;
  • To ensure MEAL commitments are well incorporated in all proposals, budget MEAL  activities and budget sufficient MEAL staffing to effectively manage/implement the MEAL component;
  • To provide guidance to MEAL/MIS line reports for facilitating program units in developing
  • Minimum Standards and Standard Processes for all key program interventions to strengthen Compliance and Quality aspects of programs;
  • To review data tracking tools/formats/databases of SC programs and guide MEAL line  reports to work as team for data quality, data reliability and data consistency;
  • To oversee MEAL/Coordinators and managers in standardization of MEAL formats/reports in order to ensure quality of MEAL documents;
  • To ensure dissemination of key MEAL findings and learning to all relevant team and project  staff focal person to facilitate them for informed decision making;
  • To support the Research and Impact Advisor in undertaking needs assessments, baselines, evaluations and  any other research studies, internal and external (consultants, SCI staff);
  • To review and finalize documents/reports of key lessons learnt and coordinate with KM Advisor and Advocacy team for broader dissemination of learning;
  • To provide support to Accountability & Gender Advisor in developing and scaling up Accountability to Beneficiaries  mechanisms which facilitate beneficiaries/communities to register timely complaints and  provide feedback on SC interventions;
  • To review and finalize ‘Accountability to Beneficiaries’ analysis report and disseminate  among concerned management and program staff members;
  •  Assist in data quality assurance and compliance with all grants related reporting requirements and their timely submission.

Supervise/oversee programme monitoring activities:

  • Ensure that the country office complies with SCI MEAL standard operating procedures including: the global quality framework, Global Initiative requirements, total reach and the advocacy measurement tool.
  • Bring together data and findings from across projects and operational regions to form a coherent basis for analysis of impact which promotes learning and strategy development
  • To technically backstop MEAL staff in performing and prioritizing MEAL-MIS tasks;
  • To identify capacity building events for MEAL staff members for system strengthening and sharing of learning;
  • Any other tasks given by line manager.

Representation, Advocacy & Organisational Learning:

  • Represent the country programme on all MIS and research technical working groups, partners and stakeholders’ forums.
  • In collaboration with the SC thematic leads, feed into learning, experiences and evidence to relevant global advocacy objectives.
  • In collaboration with SCI staff, contribute with analysis towards organizational learning around technical areas as well as processes and outputs


  • 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.

Core Behaviours
Achieving results effectively:

  • Ensures beneficiary and partner feedback is incorporated into programme design, planning and learning
  • Makes changes to improve performance as a result of information receive
  • Documents lessons learned and applies them to future projects
  • Maintaining and developing collaborative relationships:
  • Establishes clear objectives with teams and individuals and monitors progress and performance
  • Fosters collaborative, transparent and accountable relationships through partners
  • Uses negotiation and conflict resolution skills to support positive outcomes

Leadership: Action; Thinking; Self; Inspiring; Developing Others:

  • Builds own awareness of the bigger global picture by using a broad range of sources to gather data
  • Demonstrates approachability and trust by listening carefully to others and valuing their contribution, and making others feel comfortable by being open and honest about their thoughts and feelings
  • Demonstrates self-development and management by taking responsibility for own development, and actively seeking out feedback to better understand their own strengths and weaknesses
  • Openly talks about doing things differently, pushing the boundaries and ways of working
  • Gives constructive feedback to enhance capabilities and responsibilities to another for the purpose of his/her development

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience in the development sector,  experience in humanitarian context has added value
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation strategies, with in-depth knowledge in the design, operationalization and use of monitoring and evaluation techniques and approaches.
  • Extensive experience in research and monitoring and evaluation methodology and analysis (qualitative, quantitative, participatory) including design of systems and tools, data analysis and report writing
  • Significant experience in leading teams and building M&E team capacity (developing training tools, training, coaching and mentoring)
  • Significant understanding of the development of MIS and data and information management
  • Familiarity with participative and inclusive accountability approaches
  • Highly developed influencing, communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate technical issues effectively and persuasively.
  • Excellent English communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Commitment to and understanding of  Save the  Children’s aims,  values and principles including rights-based approaches and children’s participation.

Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Job Title: Head of Food, Security and Livelihood

Job Id: 200002NJ
Location: Abuja
Employee Status: Fixed Term
Team / Programme: Programme Development and Quality
Contract Length: 2 Years
Reports to: Director for Programme Development and Quality (DPDQ)
Staff reporting to this post holder:  HEA Coordinator, HEA Assistant,

Child Safeguarding

  • Level 3:  the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people regularly.

Role Purpose

  • The Head of Food Security and Livelihoods provides strategic and technical support to Save the Children Nigeria’s Food Security and Livelihoods programming.
  • The post-holder will ensure the quality and impact of the design and delivery of FSL programming across both humanitarian and development contexts, with a particular focus on ensuring innovative quality approaches in nexus programming.
  • The post-holder will ensure sectoral representation and coordination with the government and fellow development and humanitarian actors, including donors and multi-lateral institutions.
  • The post-holder will also play a leading role in identifying and developing private sector partnerships.
  • The post-holder will lead on sectoral needs assessments, facilitate cross-sectoral programme design and budgeting, ensure linkages amongst FSL, education, adolescent development and nutrition programming and support fundraising, program kick-offs, recruitment and procurement processes.
  • The post-holder will be expected to analyze capacity building needs of existing project teams and design and support capacity building plans and trainings for those staff.

Key Areas of Accountability
Programme Development and Quality Programming Support:

  • Provide overall strategic leadership on Save the Children Nigeria’s Food Security and Livelihoods portfolio across the development and humanitarian context, including youth empowerment and employment, resilience, and social protection sub-themes.
  • Lead, in close collaboration with other thematic/technical teams and the Operations team, to ensure that high quality, cost-effective, innovative, and sustainable private sector-oriented FSL programmes are developed and implemented in line with Country Annual Plans and the Country Strategic Plan.
  • Lead on defining the strategic axis of interventions on resilience, early warning systems, social protection, and on youth and vulnerable population livelihood support, encompassing the preparation of situational and needs analyses, gathering and analysing primary and secondary data, producing policy formulations, as well as establishing indicators, across the FSL portfolio.
  • Work with other thematic leads, the Head of Business Development, Operations, and field teams to develop sector response plans, new proposals, and master budgets.
  • Lead on technical FSL assessments, including market and service provider assessments, ensuring assessment findings are thorough and documented and that all assessments include a specific analysis of children’s needs; work to ensure coordination and learning from multiple assessments led by other government, UN and NGO parnters
  • Working closely with the PDQ, Ops and Field teams, support program development and resource mobilisation for FSL programming, including the development of high quality concept notes and proposals, and engagement with government, strategic partners and donor Technical Advisers in country.
  • Support Operations and Field Teams to ensure timely and quality programme implementation to ensure impactful and timely delivery of programme activities, including monitoring against logframes, contributing to individual performance management and work plans.
  • Lead on technical programme review processes and participate in integrated programming reviews.
  • Work and support field teams to prepare timely programme and donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal SC requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.
  • Work closely with the Operations and HR teams to identify FSL staffing needs (both national and international) for emergency programmes, and contribute to ensuring rapid and comprehensive recruitment, induction and training of new staff.
  • Identify programme supply needs and coordinate with the logistics team to put in place a timely procurement plans.
  • Work with procurement, operations, finance and other teams to ensure appropriate modality of aid transfer and an accountable cash transfer mechanism is in place.
  • Work closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) team to put in place a sector M&E plan, ensuring this links to reporting requirements, and capacity build technical field staff in carrying out the work.
  • Work closely with the Head of MEAL to put in place accountability activities for your thematic area, ensuring that feedback from all relevant stakeholders is considered in programme design.
  • To ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the Sphere Charter, the Red Cross Code of Conduct and the Core Humanitarian Standards.

Capacity Building:

  • Identify learning and training opportunities for Save the Children staff and partners and work as a coach, mentor and role model for the FSL team.

Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:

  • Ensure that Save the Children’s work is coordinated with Government plans and the efforts of other agencies.
  • Take a leadership role within interagency coordination fora, ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed. This may involve acting as a co-lead in coordination working groups.
  • Develop and oversee the technical components of Save the Children Nigeria’s FSL, youth empowerment and employment, and social protection research agenda in collaboration with the MEAL team, ensuring the publication of results and use of generated research and evidence.
  • Work in close collaboration with the Advocacy and Campaign Department to advocate for relevant policy change, regulation and local ordinances with national and local government stakeholders and civil society
  • In collaboration with senior programme staff and partners, assist in advocacy activities that target decision-makers at all levels.
  • Contribute to learning, experiences and evidence relevant to global advocacy objectives.
  • Contribute to communications and media work, acting as a spokesperson when required, identifying opportunities, material and information for communications work..


  • 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.

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.

Behaviours (Values in Practice)

  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities—giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future-oriented, thinks strategically and at-scale.


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks.


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


  • Education to M.Sc/ MA / level in a relevant subject or equivalent field experience

Experience and Skills

  • Significant senior level experience working in FSL programming, including direct experience in implementing cash transfer programmes, youth programming, market analysis and economic recovery, including project management.
  • Proven experience in developing and managing high quality, innovative and cost-effective technical FSL projects in nexus programming, preferably protracted crises areas and with International NGOs.
  • Previous first phase emergency response experience
  • Previous experience in managing a team and coaching
  • Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability
  • Demonstrated monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Ability to work in both an advisory and a hands on implementation capacity
  • Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff
  • Experience of representation and ability to represent SC effectively in external forums.
  • Experience of preparing successful funding proposals for donors
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
  • Excellent communication skills with a high level of written and spoken English
  • Strong influencing skills and experience in advocacy
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • The capacity and willingness to be flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of SC. In particular, a good understanding of the SC   mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support


  • Familiarity with market system development, value chains and private sector engagement
  • Familiarity with Food security and nutrition surveys
  • Specific experience in designing and managing DFID, USAID, OFDA, BPRM, EU and ECHO projects
  • Specific experience of working in consortia projects

Additional Information
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.

Health and Safety:

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

Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Application Deadline  1st June, 2020.

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