Apply for Gender Equality Officer 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 Equality Officer

Job No.: 200007CX
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Team / Programme: Humanitarian
Grade: 4
Post Type: National
Reports to: Gender Equality Coordinator
Staff Directly Reporting to this Post: None
Budget Responsibility: None
Employee Status: Fixed Term

Child Safeguarding
Level 3 – The responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have occasional  contact with or access to children or young people.

Role Purpose

  • The Gender Officer will provide technical support to the humanitarian mission to ensure the vision of Save the Children where all girls and boys can hold diverse hopes and dreams for their futures, and have equal opportunity to make these come true are met.
  • The Officer provide technical support to mainstream gender in across programmes in the humanitarian response in NE Nigeria.
  • She/he will ensure gender is integrated into the results-based management frameworks, strengthening and supporting gender equality strategies and facilitating gender equality capacity strengthening for field teams via training and tool development.
  • She/he will not only ensure programmes are gender-sensitive but aim to provide support to make such programmes become gender transformative.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct a Gender Analysis: train staff to participate in the field research, lead on the analysis and report write-up
  • Conduct a rapid Gender Audit.
  • Develop a response-wide Gender Action Plan
  • Present key findings and recommendations from the Gender Action Plan to leadership.
  • Identify opportunities for targeted GBV and Gender Equality interventions
  • Facilitate an office-wide training on gender equality (including on the Humanitarian Gender Equality Marker and the Humanitarian Gender and GBV Minimum Actions)
  • Conduct training sessions for each sector on the IASC Gender Handbook (which supports gender mainstreaming).
  • Conduct training sessions for each sector on the IASC GBV Guidelines (which support GBV prevention and mitigation).
  • Review MEAL tools to integrate gender equality
  • Consult GBV sub-WG/sub-cluster to identify gaps and opportunities
  • Train all frontline staff – who come into contact with survivors -on GBV Guiding Principles for safe and ethical referral
  • Adapt Safety Audit and Assessment tool and train staff on its use: to systematically collect data on risks and vulnerabilities (inc. safeguarding)
  • Train partners on gender equality and if possible, map women’s rights organisations for future engagement
  • Support HR in relation to two priority areas:
  • Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA)
  • Gender balance of staff
  • With technical support, engage in the development of a gender mainstreaming strategy for SCI humanitarian programmes in NE Nigeria.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of project objectives and initiatives, both short and long term, encompassing a wide range of issues with a gender lens.
  • Formulate key gender messages and targets from lessons learned, assessments, research and evidence gained through project implementation.
  • Ensure that gender mainstreaming in evident in new proposals.
  • Perform other tasks, as required, to ensure the smooth running of the organisation.

Qualifications And Experience
Essential Criteria:

  • University degree or equivalent in Social Science, development studies, gender & development or equivalent combination of relevant training and experience
  • Experience in supporting the implementation of gender-transformative approaches in the humanitarian context.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team setting with minimal supervision
  • Specific knowledge of international development and gender equality issues; experience engaging children and other community members on gender equality issues desirable.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills with the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced work environment.
  • 2 years post NYSC experience
  • Proven experience working on normative change for gender equality and adolescent sexual and reproductive health in sensitive contexts
  • Proven experience in supporting the designing, implementing and evaluating gender-transformative social and behaviour change communication interventions.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Fluent in English
  • Computer literate

Skills And Behaviours (Our Values In Practice)

  • 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 others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically.


  • Actively listens to different perspectives and experiences of stakeholders
  • Actively participates in networks to access and contribute to good practice
  • Establishes and maintains clear communication and dialogue with disaster and conflict-affected people and other stakeholders
  • Establishes clear objectives with partners


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency
  • Commitment to Save the Children Values

Understanding humanitarian contexts and application of humanitarian principles:

  • Ensure that programme goals and activities uphold the principles of the key national and international humanitarian frameworks, codes and commitments
  • Integrates beneficiary accountability principles into the approach
  • Participates in disaster coordination mechanisms and interagency cooperation mechanisms

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

  • 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
  • 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 partners and others
  • Demonstrates self-development and management by taking responsibility for own development, and actively seeking out feedback to better understand their own strengths and weaknesses
  • Makes positive statements about work


  • Experience building capacity and trainings especially on gender-related issues.
  • Prior work experience in communities across Nigeria.
  • Knowledge of the policies, functions, structures and decision-making processes of key national institutions with regard to Gender.
  • Team player with strong leadership skills
  • Local language skills (Ability to communicate in Hausa and Kanuri will be an advantage)

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 health care, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realize 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 organization and all candidates will, 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.

Deadline: 14th December, 2020.


  • 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.

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