Save the Children School Health, Nutrition and ECD Advisor Jobs in Nigeria

Save the Children School Health, Nutrition and ECD Advisor Jobs in Nigeria

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:

  • Global and national health indicators highlight the need to have a greater focus on health and nutrition wellbeing of school age children and adolescents.

  • School-age children in Ethiopia are affected by a wide range of health and nutrition related problems that constrain their ability to learn, thrive and benefit from education.

  • Some of the common health-related problems being parasitic infections, malaria, anaemia, trachoma, skin diseases, disabilities, injuries, sexual and reproductive ill-health, and psychosocial and substance abuse.

  • Some of the common nutrition-related problems being inadequate food consumption and associated levels of malnutrition as well as iodine and vitamin A deficiency, in most of the Ethiopian regions.

  • Furthermore, there are low awareness levels on the effect of poor health and nutrition on children's ability to learn.

    Key Areas of Accountability:

    Technical Leadership:

  • Provide technical leadership for School Health & Nutrition and ECD programmes under the implementation and other programmes with school health and nutrition components in close coloration with program operation units.

  • Identify talents and capacity gaps, build capacity and mentor School Health ECD related program managers, specialists, officers and coordinators and other project staffs

  • Provide on-site supportive supervision, identify and share learnings and best practices, facilitate cross-program/project learnings

  • Build networks across field offices and collectively address any technical challenges to ensure program quality

  • Support program operation team to understand and contextualise global guidance, quality standards like quality bench marks, common approaches and other quality parameters

    Programme Quality in Design & Implementation:

  • Technically lead business development of new School Health and ECD programmes/projects ensuring quality in designing and proposal development
    Engage with donor supporting School Health and ECD programmes for key strategic opportunities and develop concepts that can be 'pitched' to donors.

  • Support field offices both in development and humanitarian settings in school health and ECD project implementation and monitoring to ensure quality delivery, monitoring and evaluation.

  • Ensure that gender, disability and resilience considerations are reflected in our School health and ECD programme in design and implementation.

  • < Design and support the implementation of School Health and ECD programming that ensure our programmes/projects towards impact, scale and sustainability.

  • Lead the design and support the implementation & monitoring of School Health and ECD programmes; ensure that School Health and ECD specific and internal technical best practices (including Save the Children's Common Approaches) are applied in collaboration with program operation units and staff

  • Provide technical backstopping as needed during humanitarian health and nutrition responses for the country office

  • Support program operations to develop, monitor and revise social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) strategies, formative research and materials development and identifying appropriate indicators to monitor and evaluate ECD and School Health behaviour changes.

  • Lead the development of an ECD and School Health program strategies of country offices with the education thematic sector to achieve the CO's strategy and ambition of 2030,

  • Explore innovative opportunities of ECD and School Health programming in country offices to pilot, and document, new or updated tools and guidance, especially with a focus on children with disability, environment and resilience

  • Work with Child Rights Governance colleagues to ensure that a rights based approach is reflected in our programme design and implementation (in line with our child rights programming approach), with a strong focus on child participation

  • Respond to requests for technical expertise from field offices related with ECD and school health and nutrition program/project offices

  • Develop/revise ECD and School health training materials, guide lines ensure the incorporation of global and local evidences

  • Provide technical leadership and closely work with MEAL and other sectors specially with education thematic sector and humanitarian operations in strengthening Monitoring and
  • Evaluation and the use of data across all levels to improve program performance.

  • Regularly and optimally coordinate efforts and closely work with members and regional office

    External Engagement:

  • Facilitate
    effective partnership with key stakeholders engaged in the implementation of ECD and School Health programmes.

  • Collaborate with partners and stakeholders working on ECD and School health to ensure synergy, sharing of technical resources, learning and mutual support.

    SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children in ensuring staff health and safety


  • 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

  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions

  • Willing to take disciplined risks


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency

    Qualification and Experience


  • Master's Degree in Public health, Nutrition, or other related field.

    Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of 6 years of experience in technically lead, managing and implement large-scale ECD and/or School Health and Nutrition projects,

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations

  • Experience and skill in building capacity and provide mentorship ECD and School Health program managers, specialists, officers and coordinators

  • Experience and skill in identify and documenting learnings, best practices, and facilitate learnings

  • Experience in developing donor relationships, working with/guiding national level technical working groups, working with government partners, with partner agencies.

  • Good knowledge of the Ethiopian health and education systems and policies

  • Good computer skill (MS word, MS excel, MS access and other data generating tools)

    Solid experience working with Government of Ethiopia especially with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education

  • Demonstrated skills working in partnership with CSOs, international donors and agencies.

  • Significant expertise providing technical assistance to national ECD and School Health policies and strategies

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Amharic, able to communicate professionally with a wide range of contacts;

  • Commitment to Save the Children values

    Key Competencies(Indicative / Key Competencies)

    Technical competencies:

  • Drives Quality School Health, Nutrition and ECD Programming: Trains and mentors' others on the application of relevant school health and ECD standards

  • Engages in the humanitarian aid architecture, the cluster approach and inter-cluster coordination of public health information

  • Able to build sustainable and integrated school health and ECD programmes: Builds the capacity of others to design and implement integrated ASRH sensitive and specific programming and advocacy

    Generic Competencies

  • Advancing Equality & Inclusion: Displays a commitment to ensuring everything we do considers the most deprived and marginalised children and adolescent

    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.

    How to apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Save the Children School Health, Nutrition and ECD Advisor Jobs in Nigeria

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