Localisation and Civil Society Specialist at Save the Children Nigeria

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: Localisation and Civil Society Specialist

Location: Lagos
Employment Type: Full-time

Role Purpose

  • The Localisation and Civil Society Specialist will use their in-depth contextual understanding, technical expertise, and relationship building skills to define and deliver our partnership strategy, aligned with the Country Strategic Plan and Global Localisation Policy.
  • The Localisation and Civil Society Specialist will work to develop, review and strengthen our partnerships with civil society organisations, institutional partners, the private sector, research institutions as well as our collaboration with different levels of government.
  • S/he will also lead strategic and project initiatives that strengthen the organisational capacity, ownership and agency of partners and civil society organisations to increase their effectiveness in contributing to the realisation of children’s rights in Nigeria.
  • The role will support the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems to demonstrate impact in line with our partnership principles, while sharing learning across our programmes, teams and partners
  • The role will work closely with colleagues across functions, building partnership brokering and strengthening skills and coordinating approaches to partner capacity strengthening.  
  • This role is responsible for monitoring trends that affect civil society in Nigeria and it includes a focus on external representation on priority issues including on civil society strengthening, civic space, responsible partnering and localisation.
  • In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

Key Areas of Accountability
Technical Leadership:

  • Provide technical leadership on localisation and civil society strengthening for the Country Office, and set the strategic approach in relation to the wider country strategy.  Ensure the participation of partners and civil society actors in the development or revision of Country Strategic Plans
  • Support the partner scoping processes, with focus on the diversification of partnerships and strategic partnerships, in line with the Country Strategic Plan
  • Provide technical guidance and build capacity of Country Office staff on localisation (e.g. Partnerships Framework, partnership brokering) and civil society strengthening
  • Lead organisational development activities and approaches for partner organisations
  • Support the piloting of innovative approaches to partnerships, localisation and civil society strengthening
  • Identify and analyse contextual trends in relation to civic space (with CRG colleagues) to inform advocacy strategies
  • Champion diverse partnerships across the Country Office: work with colleagues across functions to raise the voice and uplift the profile of partners within the Country Office, across SCI/A and externally

Ensuring Programme Quality (Design & Implementation):

  • Work closely with new business development colleagues to identify and pursue funding opportunities; engage with technical partners, donors and colleagues across Save the Children
  • Lead the technical scoping, planning, and design and proposal writing during new programme development, and ensure that we design and deliver high quality partner-led programmes for children, building on global best practice. Ensure that gender, disability and resilience considerations are reflected in our programme design and implementation.
  • Work with technical and implementation colleagues to ensure that the country strategy and related processes, and individual programmes, are designed jointly with partners
  • Provide oversight and guidance to the programme implementation teams to ensure that civil society strengthening programme or localisation components are technically sound, implementation methods are consistent with national and global strategies, acknowledged good practice; and are likely to achieve scale, as well as equitable and sustainable results.
  • Promote and monitor integrated programming in a way that increases overall impact of partnership, localisation and civil society strengthening programmes at the community level.
  • Work with Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL) teams to conduct quality monitoring through participatory methodologies (including child-friendly methodologies), for example on civil society strengthening activities and on the quality of partner relationships;
  • Contribute towards the creation of an organisational learning culture that promotes the use of data, evidence and analysis and understands its link to quality and accountable programming;
  • Undertake field visits to partner offices project sites; work with partners and implementation teams to understand impacts, risk, operational challenges, and continuously identify opportunities for learning and improvement.
  • Contribute to organisational learning on partnerships, civic space, civil society strengthening and localisation, ensuring that learning from our programmes and from our actors is shared across the Country Office and our partners, as well as with colleagues in the wider regional and Partnerships community in Save the Children.
  • Support Humanitarian colleagues to develop emergency preparedness plans, ensuring the participation of local actors in EPP processes and the strengthening of local actors on EPP.  Ensure that partnership and localisation approaches are embedded into emergency response stragies.  Conduct partner assessments (using SC assessment processes and tools) and design and deliver emergency response and recovery programmes. Ensure synergies between humanitarian partnership teams, data and programme design. FOR Humanitarian Contexts include: Monitor trends in order to ensure early action; and lead technical design and implementation and technical coordination of humanitarian responses

Networking & External Engagement:

  • In alignment with Country Office strategy and leadership, engage in strategic positioning with donors, partners and government in-country, and ensure that Save the Children is a partner of choice
  • Engage in partnership brokering, supporting colleagues in this area where requested
  • Ensure that Save the Children is influencing and learning from others through national technical coordination and networking bodies such as clusters and working groups where relevant.
  • Strengthen civil society engagement in national dialogues and policy processes through working closely with advocacy and child rights governance colleagues. Ensure that the voices of children are represented in our partnerships and localisation work.
  • Represent the program to National and Local government representatives, donors, partner agencies, etc. as required.
  • Ensure the quality, clarity and consistency of technical components of internal and external reports (e.g. programme reports, sit-reps, internal updates), working closely with awards, programme implementation and communications colleagues as needed.
  • Leverage and liaise with technical colleagues from across Save the Children, including technical working groups and centres of excellence, ensuring that learning from the Country Office is shared with others and global lessons brought back.


  • Ensure that partners receive appropriate safeguarding training and periodic refreshers
  • Include a safeguarding section in all trainings and orientation of local organizations
  • Provide field support and guidance to partners and local organizations on standard safe programming and do-no-harm in project delivery


  • Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, Development, Organisational Leadership, international relations, or relevant field.
  • Extensive and substantive relevant practical experience may be considered in lieu of a Master’s Degree.

Experience and Skills:

  • At least 5 years experience in the design and implementation of humanitarian and/or development programmes, with at least 2 years’ experience in partnership based programming or community based programming
  • Track record of engaging civil society networks, NGOs and government agencies in INSERT COUNTRY
  • Familiar with partnership principles, participatory approaches, organisational capacity development methodologies and the localisation agenda
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and leveraging partnerships for strategic achievement of organizational goals and mutually beneficial relationships
  • Experience in organizational capacity development and significant training, facilitation and capacity building skills
  • Track record in successful business development/fundraising
  • Demonstrated program design, monitoring and evaluation skills, including co-design with partners
  • Experience of strategy development and planning
  • Experience of context, capacity and policy analysis, and influencing and advocacy at regional/international level in order to hold duty bearers to account to realise children’s rights
  • Able to generate and use data and evidence to innovate, deliver, learn and share what works and what doesn’t work for children
  • Experience of promoting quality and impact through at least one cross-cutting area: gender equality and inclusion, adaptive and safer programming; child rights; disability; migration and displacement.
  • Skilled at networking and representation in order to promote learning, strengthen civil society and mobilise and coordinate resources
  • Experience of supporting humanitarian preparedness, response and recovery
  • Fluent in English and high level of English writing skills.

Application Closing Date
19th March, 2024.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should: