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  • Posted: Sep 17, 2021
    Deadline: Sep 28, 2021
  • Breakthrough ACTION ignites collective action and encourages people to adopt healthier behaviors-from using modern contraceptive methods and sleeping under bed nets to being tested for HIV-by forging, testing, and scaling up new and hybrid approaches to social and behavior change (SBC). Firmly grounded in proven practices, Breakthrough ACTION works in par...
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    Senior Program Officer I - COVID/HIV

    Reports to:                 Deputy Project Director

    Project Activity:        Risk Communication (COVID-PEPFAR)

    Duration:                   1 year – extension contingent on funding.

    Project Description

    Breakthrough ACTION is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to lead their social behavior change (SBC) programming around the world. Breakthrough ACTION is a partnership led by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) in collaboration with Save the Children, ThinkPlace, ideas42, Camber Collective, International Center for Research on Women, and Viamo.

    In Nigeria, Breakthrough ACTION (Breakthrough ACTION Nigeria) focuses their SBC efforts on malaria; maternal, newborn, and child health, including nutrition (MNCHN); family planning/reproductive health; TB; priority zoonotic diseases; and the COVID-19 response. In addition, Breakthrough ACTION supports the capacity strengthening of key stakeholders to design, implement, and evaluate SBC activities.

    With recently awarded funding from USAID, BA-Nigeria is recruiting positions to lead and implement Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE), Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), and COVID-19 activities.


    This position will lead the implementation of the BA Nigeria COVID/HIV work plan. He/she will be the lead technical expert on the team and provide SBC/HIV technical guidance, lead coordination and capacity strengthening for SBC and Risk Communication related to HIV programming.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Serve as the lead technical focal point on COVID and HIV for the Breakthrough ACTION Nigeria RCCE portfolio;
    • Lead the design, planning, implementation, and monitoring of social and behavior change and risk communication programming for HIV programs;
    • Coordinate and collaborate closely with NACA and PEPFAR service delivery partners in the implementation of the work plan;
    • Work with BA Nigeria state focal officers to ensure timely and quality programming in Breakthrough ACTION Nigeria intervention states;
    • Manage PEPFAR related reporting in collaboration with the RCCE Program Manager;
    • Monitor and document all related program activities and challenges including mitigation on a regular basis;
    • Perform job duties/responsibilities in support of JHU-CCP’s Mission and Values, as appropriate; 
    • Other duties as identified and assigned by the supervisor.

    Supervisory Responsibilities

    This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.

    Minimum Qualifications and Skills

    • Degree in Medicine (MBBS, MBChB) preferred.
    • Master's Degree in a relevant field (Development Studies, Public Health, etc.)
    • Minimum of Seven (7) years of experience in HIV/AIDS-related programming.
    • Demonstrated experience and familiarity with service delivery, provider behavior change, and/or social and behavior change activities.
    • Experience of working on a PEPFAR USAID or US-CDC funded project
    • Experience working with varied stakeholders especially ministries, departments, and agencies (such as Nigeria Agency for the Control of AIDS) in a multisectoral approach developing and implementing policies is desirable.
    • Program management experience is required for this role.
    • Excellent communication, and organizational skills.
    • Well-organized, with the ability to track multiple activities and deadlines.
    • Strong communication skills (written & spoken) in the English language and one or more Nigerian language(s) is required.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, or similar software.
    • Ability to travel within Nigeria and work successfully within a cross-cultural, multi-sectoral, multi-project team-based environment.

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    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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