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  • Program Officer, MNCH 1 at Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria

  • Posted on: 9 October, 2019 Deadline: 17 October, 2019
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  • The Institute of Human Virology (IHVN) is a leading and reputable non-governmental organization addressing infectious and non-infectious diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis and cancer through the provision of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, capacity building, research, and care and support services. IHVN is in partnership with local and international organizations and the different tiers of the government of Nigeria at national, state and local levels. The Institute’s vision is to be a leader in providing quality health services, capacity building and research in West Africa and beyond.

    To drive quality, comprehensive health services and to engender global best practices to reduce the burden of pediatric and adolescent HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, IHVN is seeking for qualified candidates for the position below:

    Program Officer, MNCH 1


    Location: Central Office, Abuja
    Job Category: Technical
    Department: Prevention Care and Treatment  
    Unit: Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH)
    Supervisor: MNCH Unit Head     


    • Provide programmatic support and oversight to the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Unit at state offices
    • Assist in the development, adaptation, of guidelines, tools and other relevant materials for use in the national scale up of PMTCT activities in IHVN-supported sites.
    • Assist in development of program strategies, work plans and their implementation for effective operations of the hub and spoke model of scale up.
    • Support the Program Area Lead to ensure smooth operations and coordination of PMTCT activities at the IHVN supported states and facilities. 
    • Forecast and request for PMTCT commodities such as care kits and Mama Packs.
    • Co-ordinate, track progress, review results and address PMTCT challenges.
    • Supervise service providers (doctors, nurses, mentor mothers etc.) to provide quality care to HIV+ pregnant women.
    • Ensure the creation of a sustainable PMTCT team to deliver overall quality health care to HIV positive pregnant and breastfeeding women in the facilities.
    • Ensure that the facility operates a functional and efficient client flow system through collaboration with the State PMTCT Senior Program Officer/Program Officer.
    • Identify barriers to PMTCT and proffer solutions to these challenges with state teams.
    • Assist and undertake needs assessments of new sites as required. 
    • Facilitate and coordinate all relevant trainings sessions organized for site health care workers.
    • Provide technical assistance to site and community staff through precepting, monitoring, supportive supervision & mentoring.
    • Facilitate and coordinate the activities of Infant Feeding Counseling/ care of HIV Exposed Infants for health care workers in the state.
    • Facilitate effective linkages within thematic groups and overall community-based organizations.
    • Report all activities to the MNCH Program Lead and the Director/Head, Prevention, Care and Treatment Department.
    • Adhere and abide by the ethics and code of conduct of the Institute.
    • Work with state team on sites Quality Improvement Team lead (QIT) to ensure quality-service given to clients is in line with the national guideline.
    • Review state data on weekly/monthly basis to assess level of achievement and gaps.
    • Coordinate Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) activities with the state team to determine prompt samples transport and turnaround time to the facilities.
    • Coordinate the state team as they collaborate with relevant stakeholders in the state to ensure effectiveness of PMTCT interventions in the state
    • Facilitate and coordinate the activities of Mentor Mothers / Traditional Birth attendants, Treatment Support Specialists, volunteers and other community structures to improve care and treatment protocols and mechanisms for tracking defaulters
    • Any other duties assigned the Regional Manager/State Manager/Program Area Lead & Head of Department


    • M.B.B.S and Master's in Public Health or other health related field

    Skills and Abilities:

    • Good communication (oral and written) and facilitation skills with
    • Proficiency in computer - Word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation
    • Ability to evaluate/analyze data, prepare high quality reports often under pressure and in complex situations,
    • Ability/capacity to develop and design MNCH strategic plan, good inter and intrapersonal communication skills
    • Willingness to work under pressure to meet targets/goal and goal oriented are desired.

    Prior Work Experience:

    • A minimum of 5 - 7 years progressively professional level experience managing public health and health delivery with emphasis on MNCH. She/he must have experience working with PEPFAR funded MNCH, care and treatment program.

    Language Proficiency:

    • English language (high proficiency in verbal and written expression)

    Job Knowledge:

    • Familiarity with the broad range of maternal, newborn and child health issues. Understanding and in-depth knowledge of the implementation of MNCH programs in Nigeria.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified candidates should send a detailed Resume and a one page Cover Letter as one MS Word document explaining suitability for the position to the "Assistant Director, Human Resources" through this email address: Application must explicitly state the position applied for in the subject of the email.

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    Note: Candidates are advised to provide three professional referees with email addresses and phone numbers.

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