Urban Livelihoods Officer at Save the Children Nigeria

Save the Children is a leading international organization helping children in need around the world. First established in the UK in 1919, separate national organizations have been set up in more than twenty-eight countries, sharing the aim of improving the lives of children through education, health care and economic opportunities, as well as emergency aid in cases of natural disasters, war and conflict.

In Nigeria, Save the Children has been working since 2001. The early focus was on getting children actively involved in shaping the decisions that affect their lives. Today, Save the Children is working in seven federal states – Zamfara, Yobe, Jigawa, Katsina, Kano, Bauchi and Kaduna – focusing on providing basic healthcare and protecting children.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: 
Urban Livelihoods Officer 

Job ID: 190000VS
Location: Yobe
Employee Status: Fixed Term


  • Save the Children International is a ‘dual mandate’ organization and as such equal priority will be given to both humanitarian and development work.
  • This is the only way we will be able to ensure that some of the fundamental rights that we believe children have, such as survival, safety and constant access to protection and education can be guaranteed.


  • To support implementation of urban livelihood component of the project.

Main Responsibilities
Programme Support:

  • Facilitate the adaption and development of IGA training guidelines in line with the market demands.
  • Facilitate the training of  the staff from the Ministry of Women Affairs and Ministry of Youth and Social Development on micro enterprise management, group dynamics financial management and record keeping
  • Conduct training on financial management and other gaps identified for the beneficiaries, based on the recommendation from the market assessment
  • Train IGA/livelihoods beneficiaries on  vocational skills related to their selected businesses using master trainers
  • Support formation of VSLAs
  • Facilitate the provision of the livelihoods start-up kits supplies and materials to selected vulnerable households
  • Facilitate the provision of the apprenticeship opportunities to selected vulnerable households, especially young female heads of households
  • Support field level technical assessments, ensuring assessment findings are documented and that all assessments include a specific analysis of children’s needs.
  • With support from the FSL coordinator, develop project plans and budgets, contributing towards an overall project implementation.
  • With the support of FSL coordinator, support project implementation to ensure timely delivery of project activities (for example, monitoring against log frames, individual performance management work plans).
  • Working closely with the FSL coordinator, support timely programme and donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal SC requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.
  • With support from the Monitoring & Evaluation team support the M & E plan implementation within the FSL projects, ensuring this links to reporting requirements, and capacity build technical field staff in carrying out the work.
  • With support from the Accountability Lead ensure accountability is enforced in all project activities as well as ensuring that feedback from children and their families is considered in project design/implementation
  • Work closely with partners and their staff to ensure project activities are implemented in time and within the stipulated quality.

Capacity Building:

  • Identify learning and training opportunities for partner staff and communicate this to the FSL coordinator.


  • 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 efficient and transparent use of resources in accordance with internal controls
  • Continuously provides feedback and updates to achieve improved results
  • Coordinates with stakeholders to avoid duplication and maximize resources
  • Documents lessons learned and applies them to future projects

Maintaining and developing collaborative relationships:

  • Actively listens to different perspectives and experiences of stakeholders
  • Actively participates in networks to access and contribute to good practice
  • Establishes and maintains clear communication and dialogue with disaster and conflict affected people and other stakeholders
  • Establishes clear objectives with teams and individuals and monitors progress and performance

Operating safely and securely:

  • Identifies and communicates risk and threats and minimizes these for oneself and the agency
  • Takes measures to do no harm and to minimize risks for partners and the communities
  • Reduces vulnerability by complying with safety and security protocols set by the organization
  • Demonstrates an understanding of wider UN/NGO security coordination and how the organization can benefit from, and contribute to, those mechanisms

Managing yourself in a pressured and changing environment:

  • Helps team members to practice stress management through prioritization of workloads and modelling of appropriate self-care
  • Remains effective and retains perspective in the face of difficult or demanding situations
  • Demonstrates personal integrity by using one’s position responsibly and fairly
  • Maintains ethical and professional behavior in accordance with relevant codes of conduct
  • Plans, prioritizes and performs tasks well under pressure
  • Takes responsibility for own work and for the impact of own actions

Qualifications & Experience

  • Substantial experience of working in urban livelihoods in NE Nigeria
  • Education to B.Sc/BA level in a relevant subject or equivalent field experience
  • Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience of training and capacity building staff
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
  • Excellent communication  and strong influencing skills
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • A high level of written and spoken English
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely 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


  • Knowledge of  market analysis tools
  • Familiarity with FSL and nutrition surveys
  • Experience in gender mainstreaming within FSL programming.

Application Closing Date
12th April, 2019.

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