• Jobs at TSHIP (Target States High Impact Projects)

  • Posted on: 1 November, 2011 Deadline: 14 November, 2011
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  • TSHIP is firmly committed to the principles of equal opportunity and fair employment practices, both of which are integral parts of the project’s recruitment and employment policies. When there is a vacancy, TSHIP recruits by placing a job announcement in widely-distributed publications. Each announcement includes a description of the position, the qualifications required, the procedure for applying, and other pertinent information. Copies of announcements are also available in this section of the TSHIP website. What follows is general information about the types of employment opportunities currently available at TSHIP.
    The Senior Finance & Grants Compliance Specialist (Snr. F&GS) provides objective assurance that TSHIP project state office business risk are evaluated and managed appropriately and effectively. The person in collaboration with the state office Finance and Administration Specialist (F&AS) is responsible for coordinating, leading, managing and evaluating all financial and administrative functions of the state office and working closely with the Director of Finance & Support Services (DF&SS) provides objective assurance TSHIP project business risks are managed appropriately and the organization’s risk management and internal control framework are operating effectively. The Senior Finance & Grants Specialist (Snr. F&GS) actively reviews the reliability and integrity of financial and operating information, the systems established by the organization to ensure compliance with TSHIP policies and procedures, JSI/donor policies and regulations and USG and host country laws and regulations.
    SKILL SET    
    • Ability to work well and communicate effectively with others; role requires serving multiple constituencies and moving initiatives forward.
    • Expert skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Quick Books or similar accounting package; comfortable in a Windows PC environment
    • The position also requires superior organizational skills to prioritize and multitasking of varied objectives and duties, and the ability to effectively interpret and communicate accounting and financial issues to others.
    • Ability to work independent with minimal supervision and no maintain flexibility in working hours
    • Good interpersonal skills; ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
    • Display cultural, gender, religion and age sensitivity and adaptability.
    This job description may be modified from time to time at the discretion of the management.
    • Minimum of a Master degree in Finance or Accounting or Business Administration.
    • ACA or CAN or ACCA or equivalent designation desired
    • At least five years in a financial management capacity entailing supervision and mentoring and coaching of staff, management of accounting, budgeting and financial reporting, including management of donor funding sources and US government grants.
    • Experience interacting with senior management/leadership regarding internal compliance, control and best practices concepts.
    • Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations and past International Development sector experience are preferred.
    • Demonstrated strong oral and written English communication skills

    • Assist in developing content (reports, stories, best practices, summaries of activities, calendars of events) for dissemination internally or externally;
    • Contribute to managing information flow and efficient access to information by providing regular content for the TSHIP website and intranet site;
    • Implement state-level KM support activities promoting health care systems strengthening and build capacity within appropriate state institutions to develop and implement KM strategies
    • Work closely with state M&E, and SO teams to monitor progress towards the delivery of program outputs, illustrating impact and providing evidence on a quarterly basis, by ensuring strategic reporting in appropriate formats for diverse audiences.
    • Ensure all state-level generated program documentation including consultancy reports, trip reports, and printed materials are presented in the required TSHIP format ensuring compliance with the TSHIP visual identity and style guidelines. (All reports must be captured for inclusion in the document database).
    • Initiate and maintain an up-to-date project library at the state level
    • Lead the development and maintenance of state-level project dissemination lists
    • Build helpdesk knowledge base on technical issues, solutions, questions and answers;
    • Perform other duties as required
    SKILL SET    
    • Bachelors degree and three years of publications dissemination, communications coordination, or writing experience
    • Familiarity with social media and other technology that may serve as useful dissemination tools
    • Ability to work independently and manage various projects in a team setting
    • Ability to work well as part of a team and ability to work with limited supervision
    • Computer proficiency, including MS Office applications and internet research skills
    • Graphics design proficiency, including Photoshop, InDesign, CorelDraw
    • Excellent written and verbal English skills required
    • Experience with USAID and/or other donor agencies highly desirable
    • Knowledge of MNCH/FP/RH issues
    Work experience

    Location: Bauchi
    Type: Contract


    The Targeted States High Impact Project (TSHIP) is a five year, USAID-funded project being implemented in all 20 Local Government Areas (LGA) in Bauchi State and 23 LGAs in Sokoto State. Contributing to USAID/Nigeria’s “Investing in People” strategic objective, TSHIP is using a tri-focus approach to improve community engagement, quality of health care services, and health system effectiveness, TSHIP aims to achieve four sub-objectives addressing capacity-building; increased service access and utilization; community mobilization and participation; and strengthened policies and fostering of an enabling environment. TSHIP is being implemented by a consortium of five organizations including the Centre for Education, Development and Population Activities (CEDPA), Futures Group International, LLC (Futures Group), Jhpiego, Management Strategies for Africa (MSA), and JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) as the prime organization.

    Within the past one year of TSHIP program implementation, series of coordination/collaboration issues, challenges/problems were identified both within SMOH and with its Agencies. The establishment of some Agencies in the Health Ministry by bills (law) was and is a welcome idea making them a legal entity. However these Agencies appeared not well coordinated leading to vertical programs implementation/reporting. In addition to this, other partners/donors in the Health sector seems to be operating independently or with minimal interaction with the SMOH and its constituent Agencies. The recently conducted organizational/ Institutional capacity Assessment in the State, LGAs, and HFs reveals very weak Coordination, program development and management, low level of Health Financing, poor data management/information sharing among all the relevant stakeholders.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    1. Analyze the current situation with coordination and collaboration within the heath sector including needs and gaps for achieving improvements.
    2. Document existing contacts, linkages, and partnerships for coordination and collaboration within the health sector
    3. Map all aspects and levels of coordination and collaboration structures, roles and responsibilities, and human resources in the health sector
    4. Obtain and document ideas and perspectives on coordination and collaboration with emphasis on achieving improvements and including their implications and demands (e.g. on human resources)
    5. Make recommendations for improving coordination and collaboration within the health sector
    Skill set     


    • Background in health management and administration, with Public Health working experience for not less than fifteen years.
    • Combined team expertise, experience and background in organization and management development, team building, and good facilitation skills.
    • Prior experience in planning, managing or evaluating coordination, collaboration or partnership projects/activities including intra- and inter-sectoral coordination and collaboration within the health sector).
    • Experience in training for team building and behavioral change, preferably in large or complex organizations involving different professionals.
    • A trained and skilled facilitator with very good public relations
    • Previous experience in conducting such activity is an added advantage.
    • Excellent oral and written communication and analytical skills
    • Strong computer skills including proficiency in Internet research
    Level of Effort

    The consultants will be engaged for a maximum of 20 working days

    For further details on the job description and application process, please visit: http://www.tshipnigeria.org/About/current-vacancies.htm
    JSI is an equal opportunity employer. Please visit our web site www.tshipnigeria.org  for more details on the organization
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