State Specific Social Protection Policies Development Consultant

Save the Children Nigeria

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Save the Children is a child rights organization working to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Save the Children established an office in Nigeria, the most populous nation in Africa, in 2001.  The organization focuses on full spectrum programming – development and humanitarian – with core thematic work in education, child protection, hunger and livelihoods, child rights governance, health and nutrition.  Activities generally focus on building government capacity in policy development and service delivery, while also working with communities and civil society organizations to build demand and accountability mechanisms, and implementing direct services through specific projects and operational research activities. Working with and through partners such as Action against Hunger (ACF), Save the Children (SCI) has also invested heavily in advocacy and campaigns.


Programme Background

SCI has been contracted by DFID to implement a large-scale social protection programme in Northern Nigeria, the Child Development Grant Programme (CDGP). CDGP provides an unconditional cash transfer of 3,500 NGN per month to pregnant women and women with children under the age of two (2) in Zamfara and Jigawa accompanied by behavioural change communication, to tackle poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition. The programme is being implemented in two states of Northern Nigeria, Jigawa and Zamfara, with close collaboration and involvement of state governments. The programme is aimed at reducing the prevalence of stunting and improving food security. 


There are 4 key outputs of the programme:

Output 1: Design and delivery a secure payments mechanism providing regular, timely cash transfers to pregnant women and women with under-2s.

Output 2: Effective system for mobilisation, targeting and complementary interventions.

Output 3: Enhanced government capacities for managing cash transfers in focus States.

Output 4: Evidence of cash transfer modalities and impacts provided to policymakers and practitioners at State and Federal levels.


Social Protection is a rapidly emerging policy area in addressing poverty, food insecurity as well as improving access to health and education. After over a decade of donor support and social protection initiatives led by the international community, concerns have been made on the sustainability of donor-led programmes and there is agreement on the central role of government in developing and administering social protection programmes. As a result, there is consensus that developing and strengthening social protection systems as well as collaborating with other stakeholders on the systems agenda should be at the core of social protection initiatives. It is timely that social protection is high on the federal government agenda and major initiatives have already been taken:


The appointment of a Special Advisor to Vice President on Social Investments and the establishment of National Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO) established for coordination and setting standards. established for coordination and  standards

The design of the National Social Safety Net Program (NSSNP) aimed at providing access to targeted transfers to the poorest and most vulnerable households. transfers to the poorest and most vulnerable households under an expanded national social

The on-going efforts to validate and approve the draft National Social Protection Policy Framework (NSPPF).

SCI recognises the need to review and further develop its role in social protection, as NGOs play less of a role in direct implementation and, increasingly, are providing technical support to government. As part of the CDGP stakeholder’s capacity building strategy, SCI will commence a process of capacity building state government stakeholders in building their social protection systems mirroring the national processes. To achieve this effectively Jigawa and Zamfara need to prioritize adoption of the National Social Protection Policy Framework.  


Objectives and Overview of Consultancy

Social protection policies support the development of well-targeted, appropriately financed and well-coordinated responses to poverty and vulnerability thus contributing to poverty reduction efforts.   The objective of this consultancy is to support Jigawa and Zamfara states’ adoption of the draft national social protection policy and making them state specific. These policies would reflect each States priorities and would have garnered contributions and support from key ministries and stakeholders in those states.


The purpose and ultimate aim of this consultancy is to facilitate the adoption of National Social Protection policy and making them state specific for Jigawa and Zamfara.



This consultancy will be carried out by 2 national consultant, one a social policy specialist and the second social protection specialist. The consultant will work in collaboration with state government stakeholders, SCI and AAH staff and the CDGP Social Protection advisor using the following suggested methodology which is open for review;


Tasks/Activities with the Estimated number of Days


Desk Review Draft  National Social Protection Policy and other background documents - 3 days

Policy Development/Consultation Workshops with key stakeholders in each state that include government stakeholders and CSOs - 16 days

Develop Draft State Specific Social Protection policy documents - 10 days

Policy Validation Workshops - 4 days

Finalize the policy for each State - 7 days



Consultation and validation workshop reports

Final policy documents


Location and Duration

Location of assignment: Abuja, Zamfara and Jigawa
Expected Starting Date: August 22, 2016
Expected Finishing Date: December 22, 2016
Total Person Days technical input: 40


Required Skills/Experience of Consultant

  • A Master’s Degree or PhD in a field related to Social Protection (economics, social sciences, public policy and/or international development policy),
  • Previous research experience on poverty aid/development, experience in quantitative or qualitative data collection and analysis,
  • Previous experience in policy development or program implementation would be an advantage
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are required,
  • Ability to work independently and respond to feedback in a timely and professional manner,
  • Excellent organizational skills and  attention to detail

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Save the Children Nigeria

Job Level

Manager (Staff Supervisor/Head of Department)




NGO/Community Services & Dev

Job Type


Minimum Qualification


Preferred Years of Experience

7 - 10 years