Policy and Research Assistant

  • 19 Oct 2018
  • Abuja, Nigeria
  • Temporary
  • Advocacy
  • sav-94267


The Advocacy and Research Assistant will support the Advocacy and Campaign Unit in the implementation of the humanitarian advocacy strategy as per Save the Children International procedures and guidelines. The incumbent will have a special focus on the implementation of the Protection of Children in Conflict (PCiC) project in Borno State with support from the advocacy team in the country office as well as the Protection team.  S/he will assist in incorporating the Every Last Child/ Girls Education Campaign, into humanitarian programs.


Reports to: Director of Advocacy and Campaign

Technical responsibility: undertaking research, writing policy documents, policy analysis, advocacy campaigns

Duration of Contract: 3 months


Strengthen our research and advocacy delivery

  • Support, assist researches on SCI Nigeria advocacy and campaign topics with particular emphasis on the humanitarian sector
  • Support produce policy researches, producing policy briefs, policy notes, position papers, briefing papers etc around Every Last Child Campaign, Girls Education Campaign objectives, in both humanitarian and development programs; produce advocacy messages, reports and documents 
  • Support strengthening the way we communicate about our advocacy and campaign through producing series of campaign presentations and other supporting communication materials to be circulated internally and externally
  • Support Project/Program based Advocacy staff in undertaking researches, policy analysis and advocacy program design and implementation
  • Collaborate and partner with academic and research institutions in undertaking joint researches on SCI Nigeria advocacy objectives
  • Facilitate the dissemination of assessment reports

Provide overall support to the Unit

  • Share experience with staff, train and transfer skills to SCI staff
  • Assist,  support  the  Director  of  Advocacy  and  Campaign,  and  other members of the team to perform  other  duties  and  tasks  as determined by the line manager


Internal: Director of Advocacy and Campaign; Advocacy and Campaign Manager; Humanitarian Programs

Director; MEAL and Advocacy & Campaign Unit staff

External: INGO Forum, partner organizations, research and academic institutions


Delivering results – Developing self and others – Working effectively with others – Communicating with impact

Adhere to SCI Values: Accountability; Ambition; Collaboration; Creativity; Integrity


  • Holds  self-accountable  for  making  decisions,  managing  resources  efficiently,  achieving  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.


  • 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 and 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



  • Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Law, Political Science, Human Rights Law, International Development from a recognized higher educational institution. (Those with a Masters in view may be considered depending on their level of progress)
  • Commitment to SCI’s mission, values and approach.
  • Interest in child rights, development issues.
  • Excellent experience in policy research and analysis, strong writing skills of policy briefs, policy notes and position statements
  • Ability to work with people of different cultures
  • Excellent interpersonal skills end ability to work successfully in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess priorities and handle multiple tasks simultaneously to meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality;
  • Excellent organizational, communication, writing and presentation skills 
  • Ability to work and manage various projects in steam salting with limited supervision
  • Ability to work well with people at all levels.
  • Strong initiative and self-motivation required, with a commitment to teamwork and effectiveness within a dynamic integrated project.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to project’s zones when required
  • Fluency in English


  • Demonstrated expert level ability in writing policy research and analysis
  • Recent graduate
  • Passion and commitment for child rights


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 committed to ensuring that all our personnel and programmes are absolutely safe for children.

We undertake rigorous procedures to ensure that only people suitable to work with children are allowed to join our organisation and all candidates will be therefore be subject to this scrutiny.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Applicants are advised that Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process. Any request in this direction should be immediately reported as it is contrary to the values and practices of our organization.

Due to the volume of applications received, Save the Children may not provide feedback to all applicants. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed as received. Save the Children reserves the right to change the closing date, if considered necessary.



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