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  • NTD Program Manager at Helen Keller International

  • Posted on: 4 November, 2014 Deadline: 21 November, 2014
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    Brief about Helen Keller International

    Established in 1915, Helen Keller International (HKI) works to save 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. Headquartered in New York City, HKI currently conducts programs in 22 countries in Africa and Asia as well as in the United States.

    Since 1999, HKI has supported programs in the area of neglected tropical disease control, nutrition and eye health. Currently Helen Keller International (HKI) works in 12 states of the federation through its partnership with state governments and stakeholders at various levels.

    Location: Abuja



    Job Summary:
    Under the supervision of the Country Director, the Program Manager Eye Health/NTD oversees the formulation, execution, monitoring and evaluation of HKI Nigeria’s programs and projects to ensure consistency with the national development and HKI corporate priorities and outcomes. Currently HKI supports 4 states on NTD projects and one eye health program in Katsina state.

    Management and Coordination:

    • Lead in the development of HKI Nigeria country office Eye Health/NTD strategy and support its implementation at program and operations level and ensure its relevance to national priority;
    • Maintain regular communication with AFRO staff and other program partners in Eye care and NTDs in Nigeria;
    • Submit reports to Country Director, donors and government;
    • Manage all Eye Health/NTD program funds effectively and efficiently; Justify all travel advances within the stipulated days of travel, and program advances within the stipulated days of receipts of funds;
    • Maintain regular communication with the HKI National staff, read and submit information for national circulation and other Eye Health/NTD partners;
    • Ensure supervision of  Eye health/NTDs program activities in HKI assisted states;
    • Submit accurate monthly time sheets quarterly and annual programmatic reports;
    • Prepare annual HKI Nigeria Eye Health/NTD work plans, with participation from partners and HKI staff and ensure execution of these programs;

    Partnerships and External Stakeholder relations

    • Actively participate in key relevant national and state level nutrition technical forums and keep HKI program staff and partners informed on new developments in the field.
    • Maintain good and regular communication with the Ministry of Health and other Government partners, donors, UN agencies and partners. Identify new partners and develop opportunities for collaboration.
    • Develop competitive proposals to attract additional resources towards Eye Health/NTD programs in HKI-Nigeria
    • Submit reports to Country Director, donors and government;

    Technical Assistance:

    • Provide technical assistance to National and State Eye Health Programs and other development partners; Support Federal ministry of health in the development and review of National Guideline for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs);
    • Review and edit strategies, policies and documents as requested by partners and the Ministry Of Health;
    • Collaborate with partners to develop IEC strategies and tools to support Eye care and NTDs;
    • Liaise with HKI assisted states to ensure program ownership as a way to program sustainability;
    • Assist state program managers for development of concept notes and submission of treatment reports to the African Program for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC);
    • Pre-test and disseminate materials and training modules as required;
    • Promote Eye care and NTD discussions in health training facilities, during charges meetings and during annual meetings of health care professionals.
    • Ensure early application for drugs used in mass drug administration, on behalf of assisted states.

    Monitoring and evaluation

    • Work closely with M&E specialists and technical expert to strengthen technical reporting and in accordance with defined reporting schedule and program indicators.
    • Track program progress using mutually agreed indicators, targets, and recommend remedial action to keep programs on course.
    • Contribute to and support the maintenance of an updated data base of COPs, technical and program reports including site visits, monthly reports, quarterly and annual reports

    Research and Documentation

    • Keep up with advances in NTDs/eye health through internet searches, networking, and directed reading; share this information with country partners and other HKI staff members.
    • Pre-test and disseminate materials and training modules as required.
    • Write and circulate to national and international audiences peer-reviewed and non-peer reviewed publications based on program activities in HKI-Nigeria

    Competencies Required:

    • Demonstrates technical knowledge pertaining to job requirement
    • Able to work under pressure minimal supervision and able to meet up deadlines.
    • Ability to use computer software such as Microsoft office, internet Must possess good interpersonal skills and a good team player.
    • Exhibit strong leadership and decision making skills
    • Demonstrated excellent personal integrity and confidentially


    • Minimum of Masters degree in science, medicine or health-related field; Master of public health or similar qualification;
    • Minimum of 5 years experience managing HIV, malaria or other infectious disease programs

    Method of Application

    All applicants should submit electronically forwarding the following under listed in attachment  to

    1. A curriculum vitae, which should  indicate at minimum applicant’s qualification and dates obtained; previous work experience and dates; age and referees
    2. A covering letter
    3. Subject of email should be NTD PROGRAM MANAGER

    Deadline for submission of application is on Friday, 21st November 2014.

    Kindly note that:
    1.    Applications received after 5pm on the day will not be considered.
    2.    Only applications submitted electronically shall be considered.

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