Graduate Livelihood Assistant at Save the Children Nigeria

About the Company

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Each year, we and our partners reach millions of children in communities around the world.

Job Title

Livelihood Assistant

Job Location

Maiduguri, Borno

Job ID



To support implementation of FSL component of project. More specifically, assist in the improvement of livelihood programs.
S/he is principally responsible for the implementation of Livelihood project.

Main Responsibilities

The post holder will receive a context specific ToR for each deployment, which will draw upon the responsibilities outlined below:

Programme Support (typically will be at field level):

-Assist program officers to ensure program progress according to the developed schedule and work plan.
-Assist in the coordination of livelihood activities.
-Support in the process of beneficiary registration, community mobilization and sensitization.
-Assist in promoting community participation and inclusion as to encourage community ownership over activities implemented.
-Ensure equal representation of various community groups in the implementation of activities.
-Assist in the facilitation of community meetings, focus group discussion and other as required by the program.
-Keep program officers and management updated regards to security situation in the project implementation area.
-Provide weekly field reports, capturing activities progress, lessons learned as well as general situation and community updates and needs.
-Document lessons learned and success stories on the project.
-Adhere to all SC policies and procedures as outlined in SC policies and procedure manuals.
-Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to SC and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission in country of operation.
-To ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the Sphere Charter and Red Cross Code of Conduct.
Capacity Building:
-Identify learning and training opportunities for partner staff and communicate this to the Livelihoods Officer or Livelihoods Coordinator.
Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:
-Supporting coordination working groups within the IDP camps and host communities or target project sites.
Contribute to communications and media work as required through correction of data and information and sharing with the project heads
-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.

Qualifications & Experience

-Minimum of first degree qualification – B. Agriculture or equivalent in any related field and experience (in agricultural research programme) and livelihood programming
-Minimum of a year relevant work experience in Livelihood programme, IGA
-Must have completed NYSC
-Relevant experience of working in livelihoods, including report writing.
-Previous experience of project management and implementation
-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
-Some experience of representation and ability to represent SC effectively in external forums.
-Knowledge of institutional donors and experience of developing proposals
-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
-High level of communication in a local language related to working environment
-Familiarity with integration of programme FSL / Nutrition / Wash
-Experience in gender mainstreaming, social protection programming.

Core Behaviours

Understanding humanitarian contexts and application of humanitarian principles:
-Ensures that programme goals and activities uphold the principles of the key national and international humanitarian frameworks, codes and commitments
-Integrates beneficiary accountability principles into the approach
-Participates in disaster coordination mechanisms and interagency cooperation
Achieving results effectively:
-Ensures efficient and transparent use of resources in accordance with internal controls
-Establishes staff engagement mechanisms.
-Addresses difficult situations and makes tough decisions confidently and calmly
-Considers the wider impact of decisions to be made in the short and long-term.
-Continuously provides feedback and updates to achieve improved results
-Coordinates with stakeholders to avoid duplication and maximise 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 minimises these for oneself and the agency
-Takes measures to do no harm and to minimise risks for partners and the communities
-Reduces vulnerability by complying with safety and security protocols set by the organisation
-Demonstrates an understanding of wider UN/NGO security coordination and how the organisation can benefit from, and contribute to, those mechanisms
Managing yourself in a pressured and changing environment:
-Helps team members to practise stress management through prioritisation 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 behaviour in accordance with relevant codes of conduct
-Plans, prioritises and performs tasks well under pressure
-Takes responsibility for own work and for the impact of own actions
Leadership: Action; Thinking; Self; Inspiring; Developing Others:
-Demonstrates managerial courage by confronting difficult situations and seeking resolution, and stating willingness to champion ideas
-Demonstrates approachability and trust by listening carefully to others and valuing their contribution, and making others feel comfortable by being open and honest about their thoughts and feelings
-Demonstrates self-development and management by taking responsibility for own development, and actively seeking out feedback to better understand their own strengths and weaknesses
-Makes positive statements about work
-Effectively influences others by understanding their interests and showing how they will be met by own preferred solution
-Gives constructive feedback to enhance capabilities and responsibilities to another for the purpose of his/her development.

Application Deadline

12th February, 2019.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should: Click here to apply online


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