Gender and Inclusion Advisor at Save the Children Nigeria

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 of:

Job Title: Gender and Inclusion Advisor

Reference No.: 210004PS
Location: Abuja
Employee Status: Fixed Term
Grade: 3
Employee Status: Fixed Term
Reports to: Senior Social Protection Specialist
Staff directly reporting to this post: 1

Child Safeguarding

  • Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people.

Position Overview

  • Under the supervision of the Senior Social Protection Specialist, the post holder will be accountable for the implementation of the inclusion strategy of a social protection systems strengthening programme that is working to bring about reductions in Nigeria’s multi-dimensional poverty levels.
  • He/she will have overall responsibility for ensuring the implementation of social inclusion strategies across the programme’s outputs and will provide technical leadership to other members of the programme team to plan, implement and monitor activities that will aim to ensure that vulnerable and currently underrepresented or excluded population groups, including children and their caregivers and people with disabilities, are covered by inclusive and accountable social protection.

Key Areas Of Accountability

  • Lead the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the programme’s social inclusion strategy in line with the donor’s expectations and SCI’s country strategic plan on social inclusion.
  • Provide technical support and mainstream social inclusion into select social protection programmes of the governments of Kaduna, Kano, Jigawa and Zamfara states.
  • Influence the integration of the programme’s critical social inclusion priorities into key decision-making structures and processes in the aforementioned states.
  • Engage with and raise awareness among policy/decision makers at national and state levels on the necessity of social inclusion for the purpose of influencing policy changes to overcome barriers that: deny/limit girls access to formal education and quality learning; and prevents the participation of other socially disadvantaged groups in political, educational, economic and social activities.
  • Lead on developing articles, technical briefs, presentations etc. in relation to gender equality outcomes of social protection programmes as required
  • Develop and maintain a network of contacts in various sectors (including government, NGO, civil society and the media), particularly those working on gender and social inclusion issues to expand the level of engagement in social protection.
  • Contribute to the programme’s review and reporting processes, including sharing and disseminating best practices on gender equality and inclusion mainstreaming in social protection.
  • Contribute to the programme’s knowledge management system in a way that documents and establishes SCI’s commitments and expertise in gender and social inclusion.
  • Provide technical support on gender and inclusion to other SCI programmes as required.
  • Line manage the Social Inclusion Coordinator, ensuring they are well supported and able to deliver timely, high quality outputs for the programme.

Additional Job Responsibilities:

  • The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Qualifications And Experience

  • A Postgraduate Degree in Development Studies, Sociology, Social Development, Gender Studies, Population Studies, Sustainable Development or related subject.
  • 3-5 years of professional experience in implementation of gender/inclusion programmes in a reputable organisation, preferably an INGO.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and passion for gender equality and women’s empowerment programmes in Nigeria.
  • Strong advocacy and lobbying skills.
  • Fluent written and spoken English.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work proactively and flexibly alongside a wide range of team members.
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles.


  • Prior experience in a similar role.
  • Fluency in Hausa language.

Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice)

  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving results together with children and role modelling 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
  • Creates a managerial environment in-country to lead, enable and maintain our culture of child safeguarding.


  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for self and team, takes responsibility for own personal development and encourages team to do the same
  • Widely shares personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future oriented, thinks strategically and on a global scale


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with own team, colleagues, members, donors and partners
  • 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
  • Always acts in the best interests of children.

The Organisation

  • 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.

Child Safeguarding:

  • We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Safeguarding our Staff:

  • The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy.

Health and Safety:

  • The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Application Closing Date
15th July, 2021.

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

Equal Opportunities

  • The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

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