Senior Child Health and Immunisation Adviser (2)

  • 27 Mar 2018
  • Lagos and Jigawa, Nigeria
  • Full-time
  • Health
  • sav-14562


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.


The Child Health Advisor provides overall leadership and oversight for the programmatic, technical and research aspects of the programme. S/he will oversees the day-to-day implementation of the programme and will be accountable for the quality of interventions and for the capacity building of health workers at state and LGA level. S/he will be also responsible for ensuring the provision of high quality technical assistance by in-country and UK based technical advisers and external consultants (if appropriate). S/he will support the State Programme Manager to ensure that planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as donor reporting functions are executed efficiently and effectively so that the project achieves its purposes and outputs. S/he develops and promotes widespread application of evidence-based program standards and guidance that reflect Save the Children and global best practice.


Programme Quality

  • Provides advanced technical expertise and oversight to ensure programs are of high quality and develops new state of the art approaches;
  • Coordinates in-country and UK based technical advisers and external consultants (if appropriate);
  • Supports the COP and State Programme Manager in the development of high quality programming, annual plans and budgeting processes for the programme, as and when necessary;
  • Formulates key program questions that will help to advance the evidence base, and leads design of targeted evaluations;
  • Ensure the programme’s operational and analytical research, coordinate the publication and dissemination of results and ensure that research informs advocacy;
  • Plays significant role in strategic thinking and leadership in advancing child health programs. Lead and direct the adaptation of Reach every ward;
  • Support the implementation of the five operational pillars of the REW approach;
  • Conduct Analysis of the immunization indicators using REW approach;
  • Ensure integration of the treatment of severe malnutrition into the IMCI and ICCM;
  • Ensure the implementation of key family and community practices with special emphasis on IYCF, WASH (soft part of the programme), care seeking behaviour, and immunization;
  • Establish necessary community infrastructure to support the implementation of the child health activities;
  • Support the government in the MNCH weeks and other important child health events;
  • Strengthening relevant health systems for effective delivery of the pneumonia related interventions;
  • Actively contribute to the process of learning, evaluation, capturing and disseminating lessons from the programme for continuous improvement of programme performance and overall outcome;
  • Work closely with the programme team to ensure that other technical sectors are coordinated, integrated and support each other to optimise the project purposes and objectives;
  • Prepare quality quarterly and annual reports and timely submission of deliverables.

Capacity Building:

  • Identify learning and training opportunities for Save the Children health staff and partners and work as a mentor and role model for less experienced staff;
  • Build capacity of health workers and other sector staff to implement quality programs.

Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:

  • Represent the programme on all technical working groups, partners and stakeholders’ forums;
  • Create partnerships with Ministries of Health and other relevant organizations, WHO, and UNICEF to maximize program impact and harmonize agendas;
  • Ensure that Save the Children's work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Government, and take a leadership role within the Health Sector, ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed;
  • In collaboration with the Advocacy Advisor, assist in advocacy activities that target decision-makers at all levels;
  • In collaboration with the SC Health colleagues, feed in learning, experiences and evidence to relevant global advocacy objectives.


  • 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.


Achieving results effectively:

  • Ensures beneficiary and partner feedback is incorporated into programme design, planning and learning;
  • Demonstrates flexibility to adapt plans and make decisions in rapidly changing environments;
  • Actively manages risk and takes action to reduce risk;
  • Makes changes to improve performance as a result of information received;
  • Documents lessons learned and applies them to future projects.

Maintaining and developing collaborative relationships:

  • Develops strategies for teams to work across traditional boundaries, working in diverse environments;
  • Establishes clear objectives with teams and individuals and monitors progress and performance;
  • Fosters collaborative, transparent and accountable relationships through partners;
  • Uses negotiation and conflict resolution skills to support positive outcomes.

Leadership: Action; Thinking; Self; Inspiring; Developing Others:

  • Builds own awareness of the bigger global picture by using a broad range of sources to gather data;
  • 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;
  • Demonstrates self-development and management by taking responsibility for own development, and actively seeking out feedback to better understand their own strengths and weaknesses;
  • Openly talks about doing things differently, pushing the boundaries and ways of working;
  • Gives constructive feedback to enhance capabilities and responsibilities to another for the purpose of his/her development;
  • Works to ensure that the workplace is inclusive and the talents of individuals are harnessed to achieve business success.


  • Master’s Degree in public health required; a health professional with clinical training skills (pre-service and/or service clinical training) preferred;
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience implementing and delivering technical assistance to maternal, newborn and child health programs in developing country settings;
  • Demonstrated expertise in program development and management child survival and strong experience in PHC and ICCM program design and implementation required; must have experience facilitating clinical training;
  • Ability to lead and produce project proposals, implementation plans, monitoring frameworks, and write succinct reports on program success; excellent writing and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to travel 35-40% of time.

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.

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