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When CHAI was founded, many viewed this goal as unreasonable because health systems in poor countries were too weak and prices of relevant drugs and diagnostic tests were too high.CHAI played a leadership role, working alongside governments and other partners, to lower the costs of treatment and help build the in-country systems necessary to provide lifesavi...
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Nigeria’s maternal mortality rate of 576 deaths for every 100,000 live births accounts for approximately 14% of the global burden of maternal deaths--second only to India. This represents approximately 37,000 maternal deaths per year. Under-5 mortality rate is 128 per 1,000 live births and Nigeria experiences over 800,000 deaths among under-five children annually, 30% of which is attributable to newborn deaths. Mortality rates for children, infants and neonates are higher than the latest average estimates for the Sub-Saharan Africa region: 128, 69 and 37 per 1,000 live births respectively. Similarly, Nigeria’s modern contraceptive prevalence rate is very low at 10% with a high unmet need for family planning of 16%. With a fast growing population, Nigeria is estimated to be the third most populous country by 2050.
Recognizing the need for an innovative and high impact response to reduce the high maternal and child mortality rates, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) commenced the implementation of a comprehensive Maternal and Newborn Health program which uses an integrated approach to address critical gaps, create linkages through the entire system from communities up to tertiary care, and leaves a sustainable system for on-going impact.
To further strengthen the impact of the intervention, CHAI has added on a family planning component targeting post-partum provision of long-acting reversible contraceptives, increased access to contraceptives for young women and adolescents, and ensuring the availability of high-quality safe abortion and post abortion care services. This work covers 4 states in Nigeria – Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Rivers.
Regular and robust monitoring and evaluation will be critical to the success of the SRMNH program in Nigeria, enabling CHAI and its partners to evaluate performance, to identify and resolve specific implementation challenges and to identify best practices that can inform scale-up in other countries. CHAI is therefore seeking a Manager to lead the SRMNH Monitoring and Evaluation Team.
The Manager will be responsible for leading the design of data management tools, systems, dashboards, analytics frameworks and innovations to ensure continuous and harmonized data collection, validation, and analysis for monitoring and evaluation of program performance. Candidates should have strong research and analytical skills matched with an ability and desire to use those skills to develop practical solutions in challenging environments and to focus on the use of analytics to achieve large-scale impact.
CHAI Nigeria is seeking a highly qualified and motivated individual with strong analytical and quantitative skills and an exemplary record of leadership and management. Successful candidates will have excellent communications skills, be able to function independently, be self-motivated, can thrive in challenging environments, and have a strong commitment to excellence. We place great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, energy, and work ethic.
This position will be based in Abuja, with some domestic travel to the program states. The Manager will report to the Director of Programs and SRMNH.
Coordinate all program M&E activities including supervising program analysts, volunteers and consultants
Design and execute community and facility-based surveys, as well as other methods that are both rigorous and efficient.
Lead the design of data management tools, systems, dashboards, analytics frameworks and innovations to ensure continuous and harmonized data collection, validation, analysis for monitoring and evaluation of program performance;
Align all data collection tools and data management best practices with the state Ministries of Health as well as other development partners.
Lead the design of new monitoring and evaluation tools and systems, operations research, KPI reporting framework and knowledge management.
Develop and manage a database of program performance data ensure data is collected and consolidated on a routine and timely basis.
Build capacity among state teams in use of data collection tools and data management best practices through training and mentoring.
Identify opportunities for and implement the integration of data tools created for the program into National HMIS platform
Ensure regular maintenance of applicable database/information systems and logframes and upload of necessary information/data
Conduct of routine monitoring visits to project sites, including the conduct of data verification, and validation and data quality assessments (DQAs)
Support the conduct of program evaluations, such as Quality of Care Assessments and Service Readiness Assessments
Conduct relevant data analysis to support informed decision making and track follow up actions
Support workstream leads to manage and monitor databases and generate appropriate reports promptly
Support workstream leads and state team leads to review performance against targets quarterly, and identifying performance gaps
Participate in the development of strategy documents, work plans and reports.
Attend relevant meetings at national level to ensure effective program dissemination, learning and sharing
Provide technical support to M&E teams in the SRMNH portfolio
Any other task as requested by the Director of Programs and SRMNH and Country Director
Master's degree in public health, Epidemiology and Statistics or related field
Minimum of 5 years of experience in private or public sector enterprise; including demonstrated success in research management, monitoring and evaluation programs
Excellent knowledge of program monitoring and evaluation methods (qualitative and quantitative), including experience developing monitoring and evaluation plans, tools, training materials, reports and summary forms
Excellent quantitative, problem solving, analytical and statistical analysis skills (including strong Microsoft Excel skills and experience with STATA, SPSS or SAS)
Capacity to synthesize monitoring data into effective presentation of results to help guide recommendations on performance improvement
Ability to negotiate and achieve consensus with key stakeholders
Ability to creatively solve challenging problems in the application of research and evaluation methods without extensive structural or operational support
Ability to adapt to fast-paced and changing environments, both internally and externally
Excellent verbal, visual and written communication skills
Previous experience working in a developing country with ability to function well in rural settings with limited infrastructure and services
Willingness to spend significant time in the field
Very strong written and oral communication skills in English, including the ability to present evidence and opinions in a succinct and compelling manner
Ability to travel to the Northern states of Kaduna, Kano and Katsina
Sound understanding of the Nigerian Health System (especially PHC) and DHIS reporting system
Experience managing demanding work plans and tight budgets
Demonstrated ability to work independently on complex projects and solve challenging problems with limited structural or operational support
Experience working with recipient country governments and international partners in-country.
Nigeria has a rapidly growing population, with current population estimates at over 180 million, out of which about 46 million are women of reproductive age (WRA). With a total fertility rate (TFR) of 5.3, Nigeria’s population is likely to hit over 400 million by 2050, becoming the third most populous country on earth. Fertility and mortality patterns have resulted in a young population structure, where more than 40% of the current population are children under the age of 15 years. A low level of FP use is a major factor in the fertility pattern and population growth rate. With a modern Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (mCPR) of 17.6% in 2018, Nigeria is still far from achieving its target of 27% mCPR by 2023.
CHAI has since 2013 supported the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) in the area of family planning (FP) through data analytics on uptake of long acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) services, and has worked closely with several state ministries of health and primary health care development agencies to target and overcome identified barriers to LARC provision and uptake, while tracking the impact of investments in FP. CHAI has also focused on supporting the FMOH with the quantification and supply plan development for contraceptives. With the development and countrywide deployment of the National Family Planning Dashboard,
CHAI along with the FMOH was able to increase access to FP by strengthening everyday program management through use of data. CHAI has worked to increase access to post-partum family planning (PPFP) and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. More recently, CHAI has supported the FMOH with new contraceptive product and sharing best practices to catalyze cost effective scaleup.
Recognizing the importance of increasing domestic financing and strengthening existing budget efficiencies for a more sustainable procurement of FP commodities and by extension increasing access to FP services, CHAI is working with the FMOH to explore the fiscal space and identify potential sustainable financing mechanisms for FP commodity procurement at the national and state levels.
CHAI requires a highly motivated individual with strong analytical capability, for the position of a Senior Analyst on the Family Planning program. Supporting the Family Planning program, the Senior Analyst will collaborate with the Reproductive Health Division of the Federal Ministry of Health and State Ministries of Health as may be required to achieve secured and sustainable financing for FP commodity procurement in Nigeria. The Senior Analyst will report to the FP Program Manager and while the position is based in Abuja, there is an expectation for domestic travel to the program states.
Cultivate strong relationships in the Family Planning (FP) space and establish channels of communication and collaboration with government - including Federal Ministry of Health and Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning - and partners
Work with FMOH and CHAI Health Finance team to identify key stakeholders including private sector and partners to engage on development of a sustainability road map for FP commodity financing.
Support the conduct of a detailed fiscal space analysis to identify potential sources of additional funds to enable federal and state governments to meet their immediate financial commitments
Support the development of operational guidelines to strengthen implementation of the basket funds for FP commodity procurement
Review current systems, processes, tools for budgeting and provide targeted TA to the national and state governments for budget development, review, and defense
Strengthen engagement between FMOH and MDAs responsible for review, approval, and release of funds
Build capacity of relevant government officials at applicable national and state-level MDAs for the inclusion of FP commodities in annual budgeting processes and support process mapping for ensuring funds release
Work with FMOH to establish a system for tracking resource allocations and develop an accountability framework and tracking tool to ensure timely funds release
Work with FMOH to strengthen existing systems in place for maintaining visibility of donor and domestic resources for FP commodities
Analyze KPIs to support effective programmatic decision making.
Support with the development of project brief and communication materials
Develop budget and program implementation scenarios
Supervise Analyst’s work as needed
Support development of reports, presentations, complementary analysis as request by the program manager and other Family Planning program staff
Support the Family Planning Program to generate market intelligence, develop strategies and draw up proposals to strengthen access to quality and affordable reproductive health services both locally and globally
Support any other tasks as may be required by the Country Director
Bachelor’s degree in Medicine, Pharmacy, Economics, Business Management or related discipline plus 2-3 years of professional experience in an analytical/project management position (an advanced degree in Public Health, Health Economics or Business Administration will be an advantage).
Exceptional analytical (qualitative and quantitative), presentation and communication (written and verbal) skills.
Entrepreneurial mindset, including ability to work independently, self-motivate, and propose and implement new initiatives.
Ability to think strategically, handle ambiguity, and problem solve in a fast-paced, limited-structure, multicultural environment.
Ability to be effective in high-pressure situations, handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and set priorities.
High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
Willingness to travel frequently and at short notice.
Fluent in English.
Public Health experience.
Familiarity with health financing interventions in developing countries.
Experience with national and state health insurance scheme.
Experience working in multi-stakeholder environments and collaborating with government officials.
Experience working with health facilities and/or the national health system in Nigeria.
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