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, healthcare 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 employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.
We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
- No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
- All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
- Violence against children is no longer tolerated
- We know that great people make a great organization and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.
- Save the Children is seeking an Adolescent, Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH) coordinator who will provide leadership in the implementation, coordination and monitoring of all ASRH interventions and activities under the REACH project in Gombe, Katsina and Zamfara states.
- The REACH project aims to improve the sexual and reproductive health of adolescent girls and boys in hard to reach communities in Gombe, Zamfara, and Katsina states. S/he will focus on the improvement of quality of sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents including young mothers/parents at the community and facility-levels to receive the knowledge, skills and services they need to delay early childbearing and/or care for a healthy pregnancy, care during birth and postpartum period, practicing healthy timing, spacing of subsequent pregnancies and being informed of available modern contraceptive methods.
- The ASRH coordinator will work under the direction of the ASRH Advisor, provide oversight to local implementing partners, and also work closely with the field offices team, as well as the project director at the country office in Abuja,
Key Areas of Accountability
Programme development and implementation:
- With the direction of relevant thematic leads, s/he will support the development of concept notes, work plans, budgets and other related activities of REACH within the programme in liaison with the project Director
- Ensure all ASRH plans and activities in the states are properly coordinated with the local implementing partners and within the SCI management & operation systems
- Lead and coordinate the implementation of ASRH activities in the states in close collaboration with the implementing patners and Gender Equality Advisor
- Ensure conduct of quality training on ASRH to target health providers and partners towards improving the quality of health facility services to adolescents (Use of the Age & Life-stage Counselling Tools, Youth-Friendly Health Services, Interpersonal Communication Skills, Organizing Young Mothers’ Support groups, others). It is envisioned that this will include developing and/ or adapting training materials and tools as necessary.
- Work with the local partners to Implement the Mothers’ support group series of activities of the Adolescent First-time mothers/parents intervention
- Work closely with the ASRH and Gender Equality Advisors to ensure that gender transformative approaches are implemented and that gender equality is mainstreamed throughout all activities and interventions
- Emphasize the importance of normative change at implementation level in order to achieve project outcomes
- In collaboration with the REACH Country office team, ensure that quality quarterly reports and other documentation of ASRH interventions and activities are written in a timely manner and submitted to the Project director for vetting.
- Work with the business development team and RH technical advisors, where applicable to make technical contributions to proposals which have an ARSH component and ensure high-quality narratives for submission.
Advocacy and Coordination:
- S/he will coordinate ASRH networking, and in close collaboration with community engagement and advocacy coordinator, work towards strengthening linkages/coordinating with relevant stakeholders and government agencies (Ministry of Health, Ministry of Youth and Development at state level, SPHCDA as well as other NGOs implementing ASRH activities), mobilizing partners and stakeholders in the establishment of technical working groups for ASRH in the State.
Behaviors (Values in Practice)
- Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modeling Save the Children values
- Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.
- Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
- Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
- Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.
- Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
- Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
- Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.
- Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
- Willing to take disciplined risks.
- Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity
- Experience and Skills
- A Master's degree in Public Health or its a related field
- 3-5 years of working experience in ASRH (specifically normative change and understanding adolescent behaviors) and family planning in developing countries
- Strong understanding of gender equality principles
- Experience in monitoring programs and participating in evaluation
- Knowledge of the primary health care system with in depth familiarity and knowledge about ASRH activities in the state.
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team setting with minimal supervision
- Excellent planning and organizational skills with the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced work environment.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Fluency in English
- Fluency in Hausa will be an added advantage
- Programming experience in the North of Nigeria
- Experience in implementing gender-transformative approaches to health.
- Due to the urgency of this position, qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed as received and also Save the Children reserves the right to change the closing date, if considered necessary.
- Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
- We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
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