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  • NTDs Program Officer at Helen Keller International

  • Posted on: 5 September, 2019 Deadline: 18 September, 2019
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  • Established in 1915, Helen Keller International (HKI) works to save the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged persons. We combat the cause and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition. Headquartered in New York City, HKI currently conducts programs in 22 countries in Africa (including Nigeria), Asia as well as in the United States.

    HKI currently conducts programs in more than 20 Asian and African countries, including Nigeria where we implement programs in Akwa Ibom, Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Cross River, Kano, Katsina and Lagos States.. HKI seeks to employ suitable persons for the following positions under the neglected tropical diseases control and elimination programs domicile in 3 states: 

    NTDs Program Officer

     

    Reports To:      NTDs Coordinator

    Slots:               Adamawa (1), Borno (1) and Katsina (1)

    Overview:

    Under the supervision of the NTDs Coordinator, the NTDs Program Officer assists with the formulation, execution, monitoring and evaluation of NTDs program in the State. He/she ensures consistency with the project set priorities and outcomes in the state.

     Essential Functions

    • Program Planning
      •  In collaboration with the state coordinator, facilitate the creation and implementation of a detailed annual work-plan, which identifies sequences of activities needed to successfully implement the project in the most cost-effective manner and ensure project objectives are met in line with national policies, HKI’s goals and those of the donor.
      •  In collaboration with key stakeholders, facilitate the development and roll out of detailed implementation plans (DIP) to scale up Mass drug Administration (MDA) in endemic LGAs with the view to eliminate and control NTDs
      •  Review the project schedule with HKI State Coordinator and all other staff that will be affected by the project activities; revise and regularly review the schedule as required.
    •  Program Management
      •  In collaboration with the other stakeholders, ensure HKI program partners execute the project according to their respective project plans;
      •  Document project activities and ensure that all project data is appropriately secured;
      •  Monitor the progress of the project implementation and make adjustments as necessary to ensure the project remains on track and is successfully implemented;
      •  Establish a communication schedule to update stakeholders including appropriate staff in the organization on the progress of the project;
      •  In collaboration with the HKI finance officer and other project staff, ensure project funds are utilized and retired according to established accounting policies and procedures
      • Program Monitoring & Evaluation
      •  In collaboration with M&E officer, assist with the implementation and development of Monitoring and Evaluation tools according to HKI, FMOH and donor standards;
      •  Ensure that the project deliverables are on time, within budget and at the required level of international standards as set by FMOH, HKI and donor.
      •  Internally and when requested, support external evaluations on the outcomes of the project as established during the planning phase of the project and as required.
      •  Disseminate findings from assessment/evaluations to support organizational learning and contribute to policy processing or development;
    • Advocacy and Strategic Alliances
      •  Build and maintain working relationships with both government and key project stakeholders at all levels in order to strengthen opportunities for advocacy and higher visibility;
      •  Represent HKI towards local partners and at other appropriate fora;
      • Key Performance Indicators:
      •  Successful implementation of the projects based on:
      •  Effective tracking and reporting of program indicators
      •  Implementation of annual work plans in collaboration with other project staff and government stakeholders

    REQUIRED MINIMUM EDUCATION:

    •  Graduate degree in public health, public administration, management or related discipline, or equivalent experience.
    •  Postgraduate degree in related field preferred

    REQUIRED MINIMUM EXPERIENCE:

    •  At least 3 years’ working experience in managing a community  eye health or neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) program.
    •  Willingness to travel within the state and other parts of the country as needed
    •  Basic technical knowledge of PCT/IDM NTDs and Trachoma SAFE Strategy is preferable;


    KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS: 

    •  Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
    •  Computer skills: Windows applications for word processing and spreadsheet software
    •  Extraordinary verbal and written communication skills to manage project communications and disseminate project information are required

    COMPETENCIES:

    •  Demonstrates technical knowledge pertaining to the job requirements
    •  Critical thinking and problem-solving skills;
    •  Able to work under pressure with minimal supervision and able to meet deadlines.
    •  Demonstrated excellent personal integrity and confidentially

    Method of Application

    Interested persons should send comprehensive resume with a cover letter as ONE MS Word document to nigeria.recruitment@hki.org using the position title and location as the subject of the email. You will receive an auto response confirming your application. Note that applications will not be accepted after 5pm on Wednesday September 18th 2019.

     

    Note: There are no relocation allowances available for these positions.

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