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  • Posted: May 23, 2018
    Deadline: May 30, 2018
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    Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International is dedicated to saving the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. We combat the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition. We currently have more than 180 programs in 21 African and Asian countr...
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    NTDs Program Officer

    REPORTS:         State Coordinator 

    CONTRACT DURATION: The initial contract will be up until March 31, 2019 renwable subject to availability of funding and performance.

    Main Responsibilities:

    Under the supervision of the State Coordinator, the 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.

    Specific Responsibilities:

    Program Planning

    • In collaboration with the state coordinator, facilitate the creation and implementation of a detailed annual work-plan which identifies and sequences 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 that 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 NTDs
    • Review the project schedule with 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 Project Officers, 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 and as required.
    • Disseminate findings from 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 SC


    EDUCATION:Graduate degree in public health, public administration, management or related discipline, or equivalent experience.

    Postgraduate degree in related field preferred


    • At least 4 years’ working experience in managing an 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 NTDs and Trachoma SAFE Strategy is preferable;


    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


    • 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 may send a comprehensive resume with a cover letter as ONE MS Word document to using the position title as the subject of the email. Note that applications will not be accepted after 5pm on Wednesday May 30th, 2018.
    Note: There are no relocation allowances available for this position.

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