Shelter and Settlement Coordinator 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 below:

Job Title: Shelter and Settlement Coordinator

Ref No: 2200044O
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Employee Status: Fixed Term
Contract Length: 12 months
Reports to: BHA Program Manager
Grade: 3

Child Safeguarding

  • Level 3:  The role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

Role Purpose

  • The Shelter & Settlement Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring that Shelter responses in Northeast Nigeria are supported with quality technical inputs, in accordance with SCI Strategic priorities.
  • The Shelter & Settlement Coordinator will lead the SCI BHA programme on sectoral assessment, program design and master budgeting, coordination, and support fundraising, recruitment and procurement. Shelter & Settlement Coordinator will support local partner in implementing shelter activities in IDP and host communities.
  • The role supports national advocacy and influencing, while driving strategic partnerships for new business development.
  • The role will also link with national Shelter capacities where they exist, and contribute to national learning, evidence generation and knowledge management where appropriate.
  • This position will be expected to engage with the Northeast shelter sector and coordination mechanisms ensuring that SCI’s shelter activities align with national as well as global best practices, in close coordination with stakeholders such as the relevant line Ministries, Clusters, UN agencies, and key INGO.
  • The role is expected to support development, emergency preparedness, DRR and support the assessment, design and implementation of humanitarian responses with other Shelter staff in the Northeast setting. 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 Responsibilities / Deliverables
Programme Management Support:

  • Provide oversight and guidance to the programme implementation teams to ensure that thematic programme components are technically sound, implementation methods are consistent with national and global strategies, acknowledged good practice (e.g. Save the Children Common Approaches); and are likely to achieve scale, as well as equitable and sustainable results.
  • Provide technical support to the partner and internal construction team, advising on the infrastructure component and supporting through capacity building.
  • Work with Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL) teams to establish a sector M & E plan, carry out gender and power analysis, and conduct quality monitoring against international standards through participatory methodologies that promote gender equality and social justice (including child-friendly and gender sensitive/transformative methodologies); ensure links to reporting requirements, contribute to communications and media work, and ensure that feedback from all relevant stakeholders is considered in programme design.
  • Undertake field visits to project sites; work with implementation teams to understand impacts, operational challenges, and continuously identify opportunities for learning and improvement; and ensure timely delivery of programme activities (for example, monitoring against log frames, individual performance management work plans).
  • Work with the Program Manager to ensure actions agreed by the response team are effectively tracked and followed up.
  • Work with Child Rights Governance colleagues to ensure that a rights-based approach is reflected in our programme design and implementation (in line with our child rights programming approach), with a strong focus on child participation and safeguarding.
  • Working closely with the HR team, identify Shelter & Settlement-NFI staffing needs for the BHA programme, and ensure rapid recruitment, induction and training of all technical field staff in carrying out the work.
  • Work with Supply Chain to develop appropriate phased procurement plan.
  • Contribute towards the creation of an organisational learning culture that promotes the use of disaggregated data, evidence and analysis (including gender and power analysis) and understands its link to quality and accountable programming; Contribute to strengthening the use of equality-focused programme principles and good practice across themes and sectors.

Budget Tracking:

  • The Shelter & Settlement Coordinator will take responsibility for consistent monitoring of sector budget and transaction listings to track project performance and flag challenges that impact burn rates
  • He/She will coordinate closely with the BHA Manager to ensure tracking of spending and pipelines at the supply chain and finance.
  • Support with identifying and communicating recharges and reclasses to Finance team to ensure sector burn rates meets finance KPI and donor compliance.


  • The Shelter & Settlement Coordinator will ensure that all construction programming for Shelter, and other sector response activities, are undertaken in compliance with the SCI Construction Policy and Benchmark Standards. S/he will provide technical support to program involving Construction through review of proposals, advising on quality assurance processes, staffing requirements and safe programming for construction.
  • He/She will support the Program Manager in providing input on the BHA monthly and Semi-annual and Annual donor report.
  • He/She will provide support to field-based team on report writing, and develop the capacity of staff for donor-level writing.
  • Coordinate with the BHA Program Manager to ensure timely situational reports, in addition to the provision of a weekly update on programme activities.
  • Provide other communications and information materials on the response as requested
  • Ensure that budget-monitoring reports for the programmes are responded to in time and with the correct information.

Support Proposal Development:

  • Work closely with the BHA program Manager and business development colleagues to identify, support and pursue funding opportunities that allow for both integrations into broader programs and standalone shelter & settlement-NFI programs/projects; engage with technical partners, donors and colleagues across Save the Children; and develop of high quality concept notes and proposals.
  • Lead the technical scoping, planning, and design and proposal writing during new programme development, and ensure that we design and deliver high quality Shelter programmes for children, building on global best practice. Ensure that gender, disability and resilience considerations are reflected in our programme design and implementation
  • Contributes to knowledge management by supporting the documentation of best practices and sharing across field offices.


  • Support local partner implementing Shelter & Setttlement and ensure programming is in line with approved cluster and  organizational policies
  • Develop and maintain working relationships and coordinate with relevant international and local agencies active in the Shelter working group and related coordination platforms.
  • Document and communicate program implementation experience and lessons learned to support coordination and learning efforts.
  • Act as the focal point for Sector specific member and VIP visits, ensuring that schedules are drafted and shared to maximize time available during high profile visits and ensure that coordination and detail sharing is completed
  • Provide other support to other BHA sectors as directed by line manager

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Construction Engineering (Architectural, Building and Civil) or related field or equivalent experience, or Undergraduate Degree in Construction Engineering (Architectural, Building and Civil) or related built environment qualification.
  • Three – Five years’ experience working with a International Non-Governmental Organization in a humanitarian shelter and settlement setting
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued project and assessment reports
  • Excellent time management skills, and ability to organize multiple and competing priorities
  • Excellent project management skills including very good budget management skills
  • Demonstrated monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Ability to work both in an advisory and a hands-on implementation capacity
  • Experience in preparing successful funding proposals for donors
  • Excellent communication skills with a high level of written and spoken English
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of SC. A good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD or similar drafting software and a high level of computer literacy (word, excel, ppt etc)
  • Ability to design and interpret architectural working drawings and develop bill of quantities.


  • Experience or knowledge of working and living in Northeast region/context.
  • Experience in WASH or Health programmes.
  • Excellent project management skills, especially in managing integrated and multisectoral projects
  • Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff
  • Specific experience of working in consortia projects.

Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice)

  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modeling Save the Children values
  • Holds the shelter 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 personal development and encourages others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated and thinks strategically
  • Collaboration:
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, 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
  • Qualifications and Experience.

Application Closing Date
8th June, 2022.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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