British High Commission (BHC) Nigeria Recruitment for Social Development Adviser

British High Commission
British High Commission

The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer.  We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Social Development Adviser (25/22 ABJ)

Location: Abuja
Grade: Senior Executive Officer (SEO)
Type of Position: Fixed Term, Full-time
Working hours per week: 35hrs per week
Duration of Post: 24 months
Start Date: 1 March 2023
End Date: 30 April 2025
Job Category: Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Programme Roles)
Job Subcategory: Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Programme Roles)

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)  

  • Drive impact on gender equality and social inclusion in Nigeria through high quality analysis, enabling FCDO Nigeria to deliver its ambition to integrate social inclusion outcomes across its portfolio to enhance impact of HMG investment on poverty reduction and inequality.
  • Set the direction and oversee FCDO Nigeria’s Social Protection portfolio, including adviser for the Expanding Social Protection for Inclusive Development (ESPID) programme. You will work closely with humanitarian and economic development teams on the cash-social protection nexus, including in conflict-affected environments
  • Monitor the commitment of Government to the social protection reform process, keep our support under review, and be prepared to support programme adaptation in response to the context.
  • Lead the integration and focus of social inclusion, gender equity and the protection and empowerment of women and girls in the UK’s comprehensive and regional response to the Lake Chad Basin crisis, working closely with delivery teams across government.
  • Strong strategic external relationships, in Abuja and elsewhere, to represent the UK’s interests and policies in support of the delivery of Nigeria’s Business Plan, with a focus on the UN, the World Bank, donor partners and Government ministries.

Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience  
Candidates will be required to provide evidence of technical skills in the following:

  • Social and Political Analysis: Able to undertake robust Social and Political Analysis examining the social, cultural, political and economic structures, dynamics, norms and power relations in relation to how policy, laws, programmes, approaches etc includes or excludes people, targets and supports marginalised and vulnerable groups and drives or constrains poverty reduction. This includes being able to include appropriate conflict analysis to understand the root cause of conflict and instability and the impacts on marginalised and vulnerable groups. This enables SDAs to apply social and political analysis to influence policies and strategies, lead or quality assure programme design and implementation and build capability of others to do no harm, benefit poor and excluded people and deliver transformational change.
  • Social Protection: Can identify and analyse key concepts, frameworks, and the evidence base on social protection policies and programmes that work to achieve a wider range of development outcomes including poverty reduction, education, health, nutrition, productivity, employment, women’s empowerment, reduction of Gender-Based Violence, resilience to climate change and other crises, and social inclusion. This enables SDAs to influence, lead, quality assure and build capability of others to design, implement, monitor and evaluate policy, programme and system approaches for social protection.
  • Poverty and Vulnerability Analysis and Monitoring: Can analyse the different concepts and measures on wellbeing, poverty and vulnerability, and the strengths and limitations of each; the range of poverty analysis approaches and tools; and, the evidence base on what causes poverty or drives poverty reduction in developing countries. This enables SDAs to influence, lead, quality assure or build the capability of others in analysis, application and monitoring of poverty and wellbeing in developing countries.
  • Please refer to the Refreshed Social Development Technical for more information on the technical competencies required for this post.

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience:

  • Previous work with a development cooperation or diplomatic mission.

Required behaviours:

  • Changing and Improving, Communicating and Influencing, Working Together.

USD 36,624.34 per annum.

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

Application Deadline  15th February, 2023.

Additional information  

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  • The current legacy DFID Terms and Conditions of Employment will apply to all internal locally employed staff on promotion and new entrants subject to local employment labour law.
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  • The British High Commission does not sponsor visas/work permits except where it may be local practice to do so.
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