Shelter and Settlement 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: Shelter and Settlement Officer

Ref No: 2200044Q
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Reporting To: Shelter and Settlement Coordinator
Grade: 4
Employee Status: Fixed Term

Child Safeguarding

  • Level 3.  The responsibilities of this post may require the post holder to have regular contact with children and young people. In the overseas context all posts are considered to be level 3.
  • As part of these responsibilities the post holder will support the establishment of child safeguarding systems, promote a culture of keeping children safe, and ensure that potential harm to children (by our own staff and/or as a result of how we do our work) is identified and addressed on an ongoing basis.
  • The post holder should report and respond to interventions as determined by position related responsibilities identified in the Child Safeguarding Policy.


  • Save the Children International is a ‘dual mandate’ organisation and as such equal priority will be given to both humanitarian and development work.
  • This is the only way we will be able to ensure that some of the fundamental rights that we believe children have, such as survival, safety and constant access to protection and education can be guaranteed. As part of a commitment to work with children through humanitarian interventions Save the Children will support programmes in both sudden onset and chronic emergency situations.


  • The Shelter & Settlement Officer will directly assist the S&S coordinator while working closely with the BHA Shelter partner to implement the Shelter and Settlement/Shelter NFI components of the project.
  • The S&S officer will supervise the construction/repair and distribution of shelters and shelter NFIs in MMC and Jere LGAs of Borno state.

Main Responsibilities
With support from the S&S Coordinator:

  • Assist in sensitization of local government structures, communities, and traditional authorities on the targeting criteria and identification and registration of the beneficiaries;
  • Undertake regular field visits to project sites; work with the implementing partner 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).
  • Ensure that partner field staff are aware of and implementing with agreed M&E tools and the management team can monitor, review and evaluate the effectiveness and quality of programming
  • Work with the S&S Coordinator to ensure actions agreed by the response team are effectively tracked and followed up.
  • Work with Supply Chain to ensure procurement request are submitted and treated timely according to the procurement plan.
  • Assist in training of any Save the Children and partner staff on Shelter and Settlement programming.
  • Actively participate in relevant field assessments to identify the beneficiaries’ needs, ensuring assessment findings are documented and that all assessments include a specific analysis of children’s needs
  • Conduct the implementation and monitoring of all Shelter and Settlement activities, at the field level, as laid out in the Detail Implementation Plan (DIP).
  • Assist in the registration of target HHs, ensuring that the data is collected and is recorded appropriately
  • Compile and submit regular project reports and updates Integrate community approaches, protection mainstreaming, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate;
  • With support of the community mobilization team, Coordinate the sensitization of Shelter and Settlement beneficiaries.
  • Identify emerging issues related to the Shelter/Shelter NFI and make recommendation for further solution.

Support the S&S Coordinator and other Sector colleagues to:

  • Conduct vulnerability mapping with community representatives to identify the most vulnerable new arrival IDP in communities of implementation.
  • Develop strategies to address the economic barriers impeding the IDPs’ access to their basic needs (WASH, Food, Shelter, etc) in collaboration with the community representatives.
  • Implement Shelter and Settlement programs for IDP new arrival HHs, to allow families to be able to settle in their new communities.


  • Ensure that you work to the best of your ability and demonstrate high levels of commitment to Save the Children International and our vision, mission and values to ensure the objectives of your role and the country programme are met;
  • Ensure the effective and efficient use of all Save the Children International resources to keep costs low and ensure safety in the workplace; and
  • Comply with the requirements of the Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding Policy to ensure maximum protection for children.

Capacity Building:

  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
  • Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem-solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.
  • Identify any gaps or capacity needs within the team and ensure training and capacity building are incorporated into program planning.

Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:

  • Ensure that Save the Children’s work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Government, and support Interagency Coordination forums, advocating for the specific needs of children. This may involve supporting coordination working groups within the IDP camps and host communities or target project sites.
  • Contribute to communications and media work as required through correction of data and information and sharing with the project heads


  • 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.

Core Behaviours
Understanding humanitarian contexts and application of humanitarian principles:

  • Participates in disaster coordination mechanisms and interagency cooperation
  • Recognize opportunities to evolve the current humanitarian portfolio into a more effective and impactful portfolio addressing the changing needs of conflict-affected populations.
  • Contribute to countrywide strategy development.

Achieving results effectively:

  • Ensures efficient and transparent use of resources in accordance with internal controls
  • Establishes staff engagement mechanisms.
  • Addresses difficult situations and makes tough decisions confidently and calmly
  • Considers the wider impact of decisions to be made in the short and long-term.
  • Continuously provides feedback and updates to achieve improved results
  • Coordinates with stakeholders to avoid duplication and maximise resources
  • Documents lessons learned and applies them to future projects

Maintaining and developing collaborative relationships:

  • Establishes and maintains clear communication and dialogue with disaster and conflict affected people and other stakeholders
  • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with communities, local authorities and other stakeholders.
  • Ensure effective coordination with relevant working groups, UN, ICRC and colleagues I/NGO agencies.

Operating safely and securely:

  • Identifies and communicates risk and threats and minimises these for oneself and the agency
  • Takes measures to do no harm and to minimise risks for partners and the communities
  • Reduces vulnerability by complying with safety and security protocols set by the organisation
  • Demonstrates an understanding of wider UN/NGO security coordination and how the organisation can benefit from, and contribute to, those mechanisms.

Managing yourself in a pressured and changing environment:

  • Helps team members to practise stress management through prioritisation of workloads and modelling of appropriate self care
  • Remains effective and retains perspective in the face of difficult or demanding situations
  • Demonstrates personal integrity by using one’s position responsibly and fairly
  • Maintains ethical and professional behaviour in accordance with relevant codes of conduct
  • Plans, prioritises and performs tasks well under pressure
  • Takes responsibility for own work and for the impact of own actions

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

  • 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
  • Makes positive statements about work
  • 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 another for the purpose of his/her development.

Qualifications & Experience

  • B.Sc / HND in a relevant course –Architecture, Building Technology, Civil Engineering or related relevant discipline
  • At least 2 years post NYSC relevant experience implementing Shelter and Settlement in Humanitarian emergency
  • Excellent communication skills, calm, with a good sense of working in an intercultural environment;
  • Excellent Microsoft Office applications skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Emails, Skype, Web researchers);
  • Ability to design and interpret Architectural working drawings and develop bill of quantities.
  • Self-motivated and results orientated;
  • Highly diplomatic and emotionally intelligent with strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment and passion for the realization of women’s and girls’ rights and gender equality;
  • Knowledge of women’s rights and gender equality and willingness to strengthen her/his capacity in this area; and
  • Able to effectively advocate for change and influence others.
  • Knowledge of and adherence to the Save the Children Code of Conduct understands other international development guidelines.


  • High level of communication in a local language related to working environment
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD or similar drafting software and a high level of computer literacy (word, excel, ppt etc)

Experience in gender mainstreaming, social protection programming.

Working Conditions

  • Normally working condition within environments in which security assessment has been carried out.

Application Closing Date
8th June, 2022.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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