Social Development Adviser
Social Development adviser, Northern Nigeria office,
This is an exciting opportunity for a bright, dynamic,
experienced and committed Nigerian professional to become Social
Development Adviser based in Kano, with frequent travel to Abuja and across
She/he will promote gender equality and women’s
empowerment, social inclusion, voice and accountability and poverty
reduction. She/he will ensure DFID Nigeria’s work is informed by the
realities of poor people’s lives.
She/he will play a key role in building strong
relationships and influencing key actors in Kano and Northern states across
a wide range of programmes and policy issues.
More specifically, the post holder will:
1. Provide social development (SD) advice and
analysis for DFID programmes in Northern Nigeria in Governance, Growth,
Health, Education, Nutrition, Water & Sanitation, Empowerment and
Accountability and Gender Equality.
2. Play a leading role in generating and
coordinating policy, data and evidence on social development issues in the
North – particularly poverty and gender.
3. Support implementation and monitoring of key
programmes with a focus on health programmes - Maternal and Child Care
Health and Women for Health and Child Development Grants (CDG); empowerment
and accountability through the State Voice and Accountability Programme
(Savi), Mobilising for Development ( M4D).
4. Actively support DFID Nigeria’s big push on
results for girls and women providing implementation support for DFID
Nigeria’s Gender Strategy within the Northern Nigeria Team, as well as the
Voices for Change programme. Develop an effective working relationship with
Girlhub to promote adolescent girls’ empowerment.
5. Lead coordination and coherence of DFID
Nigeria’s work on Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG).
6. Support mainstreaming of core social
development agendas into DFID Northern Nigeria strategy, strategic
discussion papers, analysis, results framework and six monthly reviews.
Support DFID’s broader SD agenda and the work of the SD cadre.
7. Effectively influence the approach of
Government officials, development partners, civil society and general public
through developing effective relationships and representing DFID at high
level policy and programme discussions in Northern Nigeria.
8. Help drive forward DFID policy and programme
objectives in Kano State including on results, influencing, programme
coordination and policy analysis working closely with the DFID Kano state
9. Contribute to DFID Nigeria and DFID Northern
Nigeria Office Management on corporate requirements for correspondence,
briefings, reporting, preparations for high level visits, communications
and core agendas e.g. Value for Money and Results.
Reporting line: The post holder will be a member of
DFID Northern Nigeria Office, Kano, and the Governance and Social
Development (GSD) Team in Abuja. She/he will jointly report to Deputy Head
of DFID Northern Nigeria and the Senior Social Development Adviser in
Abuja. At least 70% time will be spent on core SD agendas and up to 30% on
broader Northern Nigeria team objectives.
Qualification and Experience
The successful candidate is expected to have the
following qualifications, technical competencies and behavioural
a. Minimum of a Masters level qualification from an
internationally recognised University in Gender, Social Development or
related Social Policy field.
b. Significant proven practical experience of providing
social development advice to programmes and policy with development
partners or service providers is essential
c. Experience of design, management budgets and
results’ delivery of SD development programmes.
d. Proven cultural, social and political sensitivity of
working in Northern Nigeria, including with girls and women, with a good
working knowledge of Hausa.
1. Experience of conducting social and political
analysis and applying it to policy and programmes in Nigeria is essential
2. Understanding and application of poverty,
vulnerability and exclusion to inform programmes and policy in Nigeria is
3. Proven track record of understanding of the
local context and influencing change is essential Specialist competencies
4. Ability to demonstrate a degree of specialist
knowledge and results in at least one of the core areas: gender equality
and women’s and girls’ empowerment; empowerment and accountability; social
protection and cash transfers
Applied knowledge and skills
1. Ability to demonstrate the application of
primary and specialist competencies to at least one of the following wider
DFID development priorities:- delivering the MDGs; governance, justice and
security; growth and private sector development; conflict and peace
1. Make effective decisions: break down and
simplify complex data, policy documents and similar information on social
development issues; assess and interpret information to identify main
issues and to inform non-technical colleagues.
2. Deliver at pace: ensure tasks are done to the
required standard and deadlines; plan work to meet individual, team and
office-wide objectives, achieve high quality and value for money.
3. Lead and Communicate: communicate clearly both
orally and in writing, using appropriate language; communicate on a range
of issues to diverse internal and external audiences.
4. Collaborate and Partner: excellent team
player; work effectively with government, development partner, civil
society and private sector stakeholders, including traditional and
religious leaders; build good relationships for partnership, implementation,
and support for DFID Programmes.
5. See the bigger picture: develop an in-depth
understanding and knowledge of how the role fits and supports
organisational objectives and wider public needs. Scan the political
context and take account of wider impacts to develop long term
implementation strategies that maximise opportunities and minimise risks.
Remuneration: DFID offers a competitive salary and
benefit package. The current salary for this position (graded A2L) full
time per annum is between N9, 479,244 and N20,508,178.00 inclusive of local
taxes. DFID policy is that new recruits start at the scale minimum but an
exceptional candidate maybe offered a higher salary and benefits package,
with proportionate increase in the stretch of the job description.
Experience: 0 year(s)
Course of Study: Not Specified
Required Grade: Not Specified