Senior Social Protection Adviser at Save The Children

Senior Social Protection Adviser at Save The Children – TDPel Jobs

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Save the Children is working to strengthen health systems and support maternal and child health in four northern states. Much work needs to be done for Nigeria to deliver its promises on Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 (which aim to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health) before 2015.

Facts About Nigeria
More than 173 Million people live there
The average girl stays in school only until she’s 9
123 out of 1000 children die before their 5th birthday
A parent earns an average of just $4 a day

Our Work

Save the Children has been working in Nigeria since 2001. We’re helping to improve health systems in northern Nigeria to delivery maternal, newborn, and child health services, including the revival of routine immunization.Job ID: 210003LV

Grade: 2
Employee Status: Fixed Term
Team: Nigeria Country Office
Post Type: National

Child Safeguarding

Level 3. The responsibilities of this post may require the post holder to have regular contact with children and 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:

Strategically lead and manage all technical aspects of the Child Development Grant Programme, accountable for ensuring that the programme is delivered to a high quality, evidence in the programme approach is built and a consistent approach to quality is taken across the consortium.

Scope of Role:

Reports to: National Programme Manager 
Staff directly reporting to this post: TBD

Key Areas of Accountability:

Provide technical leadership for the programme, including proving support to selected States in the development and oversight of cash transfer mechanisms that deliver regular, reliable transfers in a way that is convenient to the beneficiaries, with effective targeting and enrolment processes.
Deputise for the National Programme Manager in the absence of the Deputy Programme Manager as appropriate.
Ensure the timely provision of high quality technical assistance to the programme and across consortium partners, including appropriate coordination between the technical and operations staff, and linking with Save the Children Member Head Offices or external technical support providers as necessary.
Participation in national level social protection discussion forums and advocacy on social protection and cash transfers to engage with the government on policy and strategic issues
Facilitate capacity building for staff, consortium partners, selected state governments and Federal government in management of social protection programmes as well as policy and strategic issues, through training and mentoring, to enable them to consistently deliver high quality interventions;
Ensure that programme technical leads are working regularly with, and building the capacity of State Governments to ensure that current information and indicators to monitor needs and performance are available and increasingly used to influence government decision making and ownership.
Oversee effective monitoring, learning and accountability, including using the monitoring data at the programme level to improve implementation and support the National Programme Manager to adjust planning and implementation as required.
Lead or participate in regular project meetings with the technical, programme focal points across consortium members to ensure as well as with key programme stakeholders:
Progress against technical plans are on track;
Discussion of programme related issues and establishment of coordination mechanisms to address these;
Learning by the consortium from relevant best practice and assessing performance regularly against agreed programme objectives and indicators 
Sharing initiatives for capacity building with consortium members, focusing at consortium approaches and methodologies;
Provide technical support on ensuring value for money on identified effective programmes and techniques and ensure programme systems are flexible and responsive.
Ensure that you work to the best of your ability and demonstrate high levels of commitment to Save the Children UK and our vision, mission and values in order to ensure the objectives of your role and the country programme are met. Ensure the effective and efficient use of all Save the Children UK resources in order to keep costs low and ensure safety in the workplace.  Comply with the requirements of Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding Policy to ensure maximum protection for children.

Skills and Behaviours (Values in Practice)

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


Creating best-in-class EA function
Future-orientated, thinks pro-actively
Driving technical excellence


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


Designing more effective admin systems
Willing to take disciplined risks
Able to build evidence and develop innovative approaches


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

Skills and Experience

Post-graduate qualification in social science, international development, economics or related relevant discipline
Substantial professional experience working to develop and strengthen social protection systems’, policies at various levels of influence.
Prior experience providing technical advisory to Government institutions, and overseeing the technical quality of program interventions
Proven ability to work within or manage large consortiums with a minimum of 4 years’ experience managing multi-agency programmes
Demonstrable track record of meeting or exceeding programme targets, while maintaining technical quality.
Ability to represent the programme at a policy and strategic level as well as to engage with and influence key stakeholders
Demonstrated experience of working with national and/or regional level government structures to strengthen the capacity of the state to take ownership for and deliver social protection services.
Proven ability to motivate and develop others
Experience of building, leading and developing a team of senior staff with different backgrounds and expertise
Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in
Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles
Demonstrable understanding of Value for Money and FCDO’s results agenda.
Strong communication, and interpersonal skills in English, with substantial experience in managing multicultural teams
Highly diplomatic and emotionally intelligent with strong oral and written communication skills.
Highly numerically articulate with a track record of data manipulation and use of spreadsheets and reporting systems.
Self-motivated and results oriented.
Ability to coach and mentor multi-sectoral partners.
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