Livelihood Officer at Save the Children

Livelihood Officer at Save the Children


Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential. Save the Children is working in Nigeria because one in five children in Nigeria dies before their fifth birthday. About 40% of children miss out on school and have to work to survive while nearly 2 million children have lost one or both parents to an AIDS-related disease.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Livelihood Officer

Job ID: 230000I5
Location: Dutse, Jigawa
Grade: 4
Reporting to: CVA Coordinator
Employee Status: Fixed Term

Child Safeguarding

  • Level 3.  The responsibilities of this post may require the post holder to have regular contact with children and young people. In the overseas context all posts are considered to be level 3.
  • As part of these responsibilities the post holder will support the establishment of child safeguarding systems, promote a culture of keeping children safe, and ensure that potential harm to children (by our own staff and/or because of how we do our work) is identified and addressed on an ongoing basis.  
  • The post holder should report and respond to interventions as determined by position related responsibilities identified in the Child Safeguarding Policy.

Job Role

  • Work closely with the Cash and Voucher Assistance Coordinator, to support the implementation of the Economic Recovery and Market system (Livelihoods) of the BHA funded ‘Integrated Lifesaving Assistance for Conflict-Affected Households’ in Jigawa state, ensuring that the Livelihoods component is delivered promptly and to a high quality
  • In addition, maintain a strong understanding of the implementation of other related Food Security and livelihoods assistance

Main Responsibilities
With support from the CVA Coordinator:

  • Organize the training of the selected households on business planning, record keeping and micro enterprise management
  • Facilitate the provision of income generating equipment to the selected households
  • Conduct the implementation and monitoring of all activities, at field level, as laid out in the plan of action.
  • Coordinate activities with local authorities, international community members, other implementing actors and partners at the local level.
  • Compile and submit regular project reports and updates
  • With support from the Head of FSL and/or other senior programme staff, support with inputs in development of high quality concept notes and proposals.
  • With the support of Project Coordinator, support project implementation to ensure timely delivery of project activities (for example, monitoring against log frames, individual performance management work plans).
  • 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
  • Assist in the registration of target families, ensuring that the data is collected and is recorded appropriately
  • Assist the Project Coordinator in the preparation of project plans, budgets and all documents contributing towards an overall project implementation.

To ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the Sphere Charter and Red Cross Code of ConductSupport the CVA Coordinator and other FSL colleagues to:

  • Conduct vulnerability mapping with community representatives to identify the most vulnerable new arrival IDP in communities of implementation.
  • Develop strategies to address the economic barriers impeding the IDPs’ access to their basic needs (WASH, Food, protection, etc) in collaboration with the community representatives.
  • Implement viable income generating activities (IGAs) programs for IDP new arrival HHs, to allow families to be able to cover their basic needs


  • Ensure that you work to the best of your ability and demonstrate high levels of commitment to Save the Children International and our vision, mission, and values to ensure the objectives of your role and the country programme are met.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient use of all Save the Children International resources to keep costs low and ensure safety in the workplace; and
  • Comply with the requirements of the Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding Policy to ensure maximum protection for children.

Capacity Building:

  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations, and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
  • Provide team members with information, tools, and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
  • Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem-solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.
  • Identify any gaps or capacity needs within the team and ensure training and capacity building are incorporated into program planning.

Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:

  • Ensure that Save the Children's work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Government, and support Interagency Coordination forums, advocating for the specific needs of children. This may involve 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.

Core Behaviours
Understanding humanitarian contexts and application of humanitarian principles:

  • Participates in disaster coordination mechanisms and interagency cooperation
  • Recognize opportunities to evolve the current humanitarian portfolio into a more effective and impactful portfolio addressing the changing needs of conflict-affected populations.
  • Contribute to countrywide strategy development.

Achieving results effectively:

  • Ensures efficient and transparent use of resources in accordance with internal controls
  • Establishes staff engagement mechanisms.
  • Continuously provides feedback and updates to achieve improved results
  • Coordinates with stakeholders to avoid duplication and maximise resources
  • Documents lessons learned and applied them to future projects
  • 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.

Maintaining and developing collaborative relationships:

  • Establishes and maintains clear communication and dialogue with disaster and conflict affected people and other stakeholders
  • Identify, build, and manage collaborative partnerships with communities, local authorities and other stakeholders.
  • Ensure effective coordination with relevant working groups, UN, ICRC, and colleagues I/NGO agencies.

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
  • 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
  • Demonstrates self-development and management by taking responsibility for own development, and actively seeking out feedback to better understand their own strengths and weaknesses

Qualifications & Experience

  • B. Sc / HND in a relevant course – Social Policy, Social Science, International Development, Economics, or related relevant discipline
  • 2 years post NYSC relevant experience in Humanitarian emergency
  • Demonstrated success in community resilience programs and technically sound in cash transfers, capacity building, and other cash transfer components.
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment and passion for the realization of women’s and girls’ rights and gender equality.
  • Knowledge of women’s rights and gender equality and willingness to strengthen her/his capacity in this area; and
  • Able to effectively advocate for change and influence others.
  • Knowledge of and adherence to the Save the Children Code of Conduct understands other international development guidelines.
  • Excellent communication skills, calm, with a good sense of working in an intercultural environment.
  • Excellent Microsoft Office applications skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Emails, Skype, Web researchers);
  • Self-motivated and result orientated.
  • Highly diplomatic and emotionally intelligent with strong oral and written communication skills.


  • High level of communication in a local language related to working environment
  • Familiar with CVA and integrated programming
  • Experience in gender mainstreaming, social protection programming.

Working Conditions

  • Normally working condition within environments in which security assessment has been carried out.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Application Deadline  7th February, 2023.

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