Save the Children Nigeria Safeguarding Assistant - Jobs in Nigeria

Save the Children Nigeria Safeguarding Assistant - Jobs in 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 of:

Job Title: Safeguarding Assistant

Ref No: 220006HA
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Employee Status: Fixed Term
Post Type: National
Team / Programme: Humanitarian Team
Reports to: Safeguarding Officer
Grade: 5

Child Safeguarding

  • Level 3- the role 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 in country programs; or are visiting country programs; ore because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

    Role Purpose

  • The overall aim of the role is to support the Humanitarian Response (Borno, Yobe and Adamawa) in promoting and building a ‘Child Safe Organisation’ and zero tolerance to sexual exploitation and abuse (SEAH) of adult beneficiaries through awareness raising and beneficiary sensitisation focusing on the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEAH) by staff and representatives as well as facilitating confidential reporting of child safeguarding and PSEAH concerns/incidents through appropriate channels.

    Scope of the Role:

  • Reports to: Safeguarding Officer
  • Matrix Report: Safeguarding Coordinator
  • Staff directly reporting to this post: None.
  • Budget responsibility: None

    Key Areas of Accountability

    The scope of this role will include:

  • Coordinate safeguarding capacity building and mobilize project staff, partners, volunteers, and other stakeholders to undergo annual training in Safeguarding and PSEAH through formal and informal refresher sessions, discussion of case studies, quizzes etc.
  • Develop and prepare materials for all Safeguarding related trainings
  • Assist in organizing and facilitation safeguarding induction for newly recruited project staff, volunteers, beneficiaries, stakeholders, and partners.
  • Conduct safeguarding risk assessment of all sectors, projects, and partners in collaboration with respective leads and Safeguarding Focal Points in the humanitarian response.
  • Compile partners’ activity documents, analyze partners risk assessment result and support on identified gap.
  • Conduct safeguarding proposal risk assessment, design mitigation plan and draft SG financial activity plan.
  • Compile monthly safeguarding training data/activity report with coordination of focal points and forward to the Country Office.
  • Assist sectors on reviewing of proposals on safeguarding lenses for to ensure safe program is implemented and coordinate with the MEAL area (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning), the evaluation processes for the compliance of indicators of safe programming.
  • Ensures staff are trained in the use of DATIX and support Safeguarding (Child and adult) investigation processes as necessary.
  • Organize learning forum on safeguarding practices at different level – schools and CFS, TLS etc
  • Provide technical guidance on safeguarding to partners, volunteers, SCI representatives and other key stakeholders including consultants.
  • Maintain clear records of number of staff, partners, volunteers, contractors, vendors, consultants, and other parties trained in safeguarding

    Skills & Experience

  • Administrative & General Skills:


    He/she is expected to have the following:

  • Graduate or Master's in Gender, Child Protection, Human Rights, Humanitarian Action, Anthropology, Development, Conflict,
    or related Degree
  • Substantial experience of safeguarding, child protection, PSEA, SGBV or MEAL issues and practice, within humanitarian or insecure settings, including leading or participating in investigations.
  • Direct or indirect experience of child protection practice, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
  • Knowledge of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Nigeria Child Rights Acts, VAPP Act, child protection and GBV policies and practice as well as current issues in relation to safeguarding of beneficiaries in the Nigeria context.
  • Good data management, data analysis, computer literacy and excellent documentation and report writing skills in English are a must.
  • Ability to communicate complex and sensitive information as well as facilitate training to a wide and diverse audience.


  • Ability to foster and maintain strategic alliances across multiple stakeholders.
  • Willingness to travel to and work in hard-to-reach areas; Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation, and coaching.
  • Experience of assisting in the development of local procedures, SOPs, manuals, and guidance on safeguarding, PSEAH and Safe Programming.
  • Experience on facilitation and coordination of training and workshop.
  • Experience in conducting assessment, monitoring and report writing.
  • Practical experience in the participation of children on the intervention of program activities.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Pidgin.

    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; demonstrates highest levels of integrity

    Application Closing Date

    6th September, 2022.

    Method of Application

    For more information and job application details, see;
    Save the Children Nigeria Safeguarding Assistant - Jobs in Nigeria

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