Head of Programmes Vacancy At Street Child Nigeria

Head of Programmes Vacancy At Street Child Nigeria

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Street Child helps children into education in the world’s toughest places. Street Child’s vision is a world where it is seen as unacceptable for a child not to be in education. But today there are 125 million school-aged children around the world who are not in education. Millions more children are in school but failing to learn. Street Child believes that education is a fundamental right and achieving universal basic education is the single greatest step that can be taken towards the eliminating the inequality gap and ultimately global poverty. We go to places where others don’t go – some of the world’s toughest places – where we seek out remote, hard-to-reach, fragile and disaster-affected states that are forgotten about and ignored and where our pragmatic and cost-effective approaches can make a real difference to a child’s future.

Head of Programmes Vacancy


If you are looking for an exciting leadership role in a fast moving, ambitious organisation, we encourage you to apply for our new vacancy as Head of Programmes for Street Child Nigeria. At Street Child, we believe that every child deserves the chance to go to school and learn. We have programmes in fourteen countries across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, priding ourselves on being willing to go to the world’s toughest places. We have been working in Nigeria since 2017, implementing major humanitarian programmes in the North East in response to the protection and education needs of children affected by the crisis.

We are seeking a highly skilled Head of Programmes to oversee the programme portfolio of Street Child Nigeria, ensuring quality programme planning and delivery. The successful candidate will have extensive experience in programme management with an excellent ability to build strong relationships with partners, donors and government institutions. If this sounds like you, we encourage you to apply following the steps outlined below.

Key Responsibilities

Programme Management (60%)

Work with Programme & Project Managers to ensure timely and quality delivery of activities in line with the workplan, monitoring and evaluation framework and expenditure plan
Lead on programme reviews with managers to ensure consistency and integration across programmes
Conduct regular programmes monitoring to identify opportunities for programme enhancement and ensure alignment with programme objectives
Identify areas of improvement in programmes with integration of new trends, knowledge aligned with needs and gaps that might arise during implementation
Oversee the process for timely quality programme reports in line with donor requirements
Coordinate across projects within the country programme to ensure efficiency, value for money and integration.

Business Development (40%)

Actively contribute to planning and delivery of internal reflection, staff retreat and strategy review
Identify new opportunities and contribute in building strong relationships with donors and government
Leading proposal development ensuring use of participatory methodologies
Contributing to recruitment of key staff
Contributing to capacity building for partners and staff
Representation in cluster mechanisms
Identification of opportunities to provide national visibility through strong communication strategy and representation

Person Specification



Educated to Bachelor degree level or higher


Masters degree in International Development, Human Rights or related field

Experience and Knowledge


Extensive work experience in a program management position with progressive responsibilities for an international NGO, including demonstrable successful performance in a Head of Programming position or equivalent senior leadership role.
Strong experience in grants management for large and complex programmes, including project design, budget preparation, expenditure tracking, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, etc., for projects funded by multiple public donors with relevant budgets
Substantial experience with successful business development activities capturing significant public and private donor funding, including proposal coordination, proposal writing and agreement negotiation.
Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships.
Substantial staff management experience, including coaching and mentoring senior program staff.
Experience and abilities in capacity strengthening – developing curricula and facilitating trainings.


Previous experience in North east Nigeria
Previous experience in Humanitarian Response
Education and / or child protection experience is strongly desirable

Skills and Abilities


Excellent spoken and written English skills.
Ability to build networks and effectively represent the organisation in a variety of public and private forums.
Excellent interpersonal, listening and communication skills;
Strong leadership skills
Ability to positively influence others and successfully reconcile differences;
A self-starter, able to work independently and to tight deadlines, with a strong results orientation and with high levels of integrity, credibility and dependability; 
An energetic team player who can effectively collaborate;
Ability to work in international settings and with various departments to implement successful approaches to Education;
Analytical thinker with the ability to find innovative solutions


Ability to speak Hausa


Position open for national (preferred) and international applicants
Able to travel regularly, sometimes in insecure environments


Attractive benefits are included with details available on request. Please note that this role is unaccompanied and not suitable for candidates looking for a family posting.

Method of Application:

A completed Application Form should be submitted along with your CV by midnight on Friday 19th June 2020. Please click ‘Apply’ to access the contact information to submit your application. 

We will review applications as they are received and reserve the right to bring forward the closing date. As this role is based in country, appropriate pre-employment checks will be required as part of our recruitment process in line with our Safeguarding Policy.

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