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Cardiovascular Health Program Manager (Consultant), Nigeria
Resolve to Save Lives (RTSL) is a global not-for-profit organization with a mission to prevent 100 million deaths from heart disease and to make the world safer from epidemics. We are led by Dr Tom Frieden, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since 2017, Resolve to Save Lives has partnered with low- and middle-income country governments, multi-lateral agencies, academic and other civil society partners, and communities to build capacity for and support implementation of enabling policies and effective programs to treat and control hypertension, reduce sodium intake, eliminate artificial trans fat, and strengthen systems for epidemic prevention. To find out more about our work, visit: https://www.resolvetosavelives.org.
In Nigeria, RTSL is working with the FMOH, NPHCDA, and WHO to implement the Nigerian Hypertension Control Initiative (NHCI) in Kano and Ogun States. The project aims to improve population hypertension control through screening, treatment, monitoring, and health education at the primary healthcare level. It is being implemented in about 104 facilities with plans to eventually scale up to about 184. In collaboration with FMOH (NCD Division, DHPRS), NPHCDA, and WHO, RTSL has recently launched the DHIS2 tracker app for hypertension and diabetes, an electronic data collection tool to track patient management at facilities.
Resolve to Save Lives has also supported the NCD Division of the FMOH to develop an addendum on NCD for the Task Shifting Task Sharing policy and to revise the NCD policy for the country. Both policy documents have been validated and are awaiting presentation at the NCH. RTSL is also commencing work with the FMOH to develop national tools, indicators, and treatment guidelines for hypertension management. There are plans to develop a pre-and in-service Training curriculum for NCDs. This will be done in collaboration with the NCD Division of the FMOH and relevant training institutions and professional associations of health care workers. RTSL is working with the FMOH, WHO, and GF to implement the STEPS survey to determine the prevalence of NCD risk factors to inform policy development and public health interventions. Resolve is also working with the Department of Food and Drugs within the FMOH on interventions to reduce salt intake by the population. This is mainly focused on Front of Pack Labelling (FOPL) and sodium reformulation.
RTSL is seeking an experienced public health specialist with project management and policy development skills to support the FMOH to coordinate, facilitate and implement activities designed to expand quality hypertension diagnosis, treatment, and care in Nigeria. The Cardiovascular Health Program Manager will also support the coordination and advancement of nutrition policy activities targeted at lowering sodium consumption and elimination of trans fat. S/He will facilitate RTSL’s effort to reduce morbidity and mortality from NCDs by working with the NCD Division of the FMOH on coordination and implementation of the interventions in the NCD Multisectoral Action Plan 2019-2025. This individual will be embedded in the NCD Division of the FMOH with line management by senior members of the NCD team – National Coordinator-NCDs and Head of the Cardiovascular Disease Branch of the NCD Division. The incumbent will receive technical guidance and support from the National Coordinator-NCDs and Head of the Cardiovascular Disease Branch of the NCD Division. The incumbent will also receive technical guidance and support from Nigeria Cardiovascular Health Manager and Cardiovascular program technical leads (Hypertension and Nutrition) for Resolve to Save Lives in Nigeria. This will be a 6-month consultancy, with the possibility of extension, subject to funding availability. This position will be based in Abuja, with frequent travel to the field as the need arises.
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