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13 September, 2018

Health and nutrition advisor vacancy at save the child

Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfill their potential. We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Heath & Nutrition Advisor - Maternity Cover

Locations: Zamfara

Job type: Full-time

Contract Length:  4 months

Key Areas of Accountability

Provide technical assistance to state and LGA teams on health and nutrition, with particular focus on development of effective methodologies to improve nutritional knowledge, attitudes and practices of mothers

Contribute to developing programme strategy in health and nutrition in consultation with the programme team and other stakeholders

Contribute to development of targeting criteria and methodology for mothers receiving cash transfers and ensure approaches are sensitive to cultural and gender dynamics

Contribute to development of behaviour change communications strategy for the programme and ensure technical resources required for implementation have been factored into workplans and budgets

Support assessment preparation and planning for implementation, working in partnership with LGA authorities and health centres

In collaboration with LGA teams, plan sensitisation activities for targeted communities with focus on traditional leaders and other key stakeholders

Coordinate with health centres to carry out joint community mobilisation activities around nutrition

Conduct follow up monitoring of community mobilisation activities and document findings to feed into improved messaging

Ensure timely collection, compilation and analysis of quality data as well as production of quantitative and qualitative reports regarding all health and nutrition activities in the State

Provide technical review of programme reports in line with M&E framework

Conduct regular technical monitoring of health and nutrition activities and document findings to inform improvements in programme implementation

Ensure regular communication and sharing of lessons learned and challenges with the management and partners to inform implementation

Coordinate with the DFID-contracted Evaluation Team for conducting of activities at state and LGA level

Represent the CDGP in relevant state level forums for health and nutrition in coordination with other Save the Children programmes

Develop training plans for staff and government officials and health workers based on identified needs

Contribute to development and / or adaptation of training materials for programme staff and government officials and provide ongoing mentoring support

Participate in meetings, training and other assessment/events as required

Support strengthening of information flow between State and LGA

Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice)


Holds self and others accountable to deliver on responsibilities

High level of accuracy in work and attention to detail

Carries out responsibilities in a timely and pro-active way


Cultivates an ambitious team mentality for the project

Future-orientated, thinks pro-actively about opportunities to improve programme management and quality


Working effectively with stakeholders to achieve common goals

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, approachable and easy to talk to
Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners


Actively looks to improve programme management systems and quality of delivery

Looks for new opportunities to promote the project with other stakeholders

Willing to take disciplined risks


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

Skills & Experience


At least a B.A. degree in Programme Management, Health and Nutrition, or related Social Science.

Strong programme management background.

Experience in community based nutrition programmes (CMAM and/or IYCF).

Technical expertise and experience in behaviour change communications programming and community mobilisation

Significant experience in planning, managing and delivering a programme, including costing, managing and monitoring budgets.

Experience in managing diverse HR teams

Effective resource planning, including commodities and technical expertise.

Computer literate.

Sound strategic thinking and planning skills, including ability to think creatively and innovate and to set priorities, manageable workplans and evaluate progress.

Ability to build support from staff across teams and across members, and to build the capacity of others.

Ability to work in partnership with government and other organizations’ staff.
Strong communications skills (both written and verbal) in English and Hausa.

Previous experience with local and international NGOs

Independence, adaptability and flexibility.

Commitment to team working and understanding of how to contribute.

Commitment to Save the Children mission, values and approach (includes child protection, equal opportunities and health and safety).


Master's degree in Public Health, Nutrition or other related subject.

Application Closing Date
17th September, 2018.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:

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