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  • Posted on: 19 January, 2012 Deadline: 31 January, 2012
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  • The USAID-funded Nigeria Malaria Action Plan for States (MAPS) Project is seeking qualified and candidates to fill the positions of Technical Assistant and BCC Officer within its Abuja office as well as Monitoring and Evaluation Officers within the following six states: Nasarawa, Benue, Zamfara, Ebonyi, Oyo, and Cross River.â  MAPS supports the Nigeria National Malaria Strategic Plan and National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) and works to increase the quality, access and uptake of specific malaria control interventions, including ITNs, ACTs, RDTs, and IPTp to pregnant women.

    The positions descriptions are as follows:

    Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (MEO)

    Job Functions

    • Provide technical support to health facilities to ensure that data are accurately captured, analyzed on monthly basis, used for decision making and reported to the LGA according to set guidelines. Also support the LGA and State Malaria Control Programme (SMCP) in ensuring that data from health facilities are accurately collated and reported according to set guidelines.
    • Facilitate training and supportive supervision of data officers in the states and LGAs on the use of the data collection tools, data quality assurance and the DHIS and provide technical support and mentoring in the use and trouble shooting of DHIS at the LGAs (as applicable) and SMCP.
    • Conduct quarterly data quality assurance (DQA) in selected health facilities in collaboration with the LGA focal persons and SMCP officer while supporting data management during LLIN campaigns and providing technical assistant on LLIN data tracking and reporting system.
    • Work closely with other MAPS state officers in collation and storage of data and reports of MAPS activities.
    • Actively participate in the state monthly M&E meeting and ensure meeting objectives are met.
    • Participate in operational research and scientific documentation as applicable in the state under the guidance of the country office team.

    Qualifications and Skills

    • Degree in any of the social sciences; a postgraduate degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Statistics, or Demography is preferred.
    • Three years relevant working experience in M&E and application of DHIS for data management is required.
    • Excellent communication skills and experience working in monitoring and evaluation of malaria control programmes.
    • Excellent computer skills, including the use of Microsoft Office applications and information technology.
    • Knowledge of statistical software preferred.
    • Knowledge of USAID monitoring and evaluation application.

    Technical Assistant (TA) to the Chief of Party

    Job Functions

    • Assist the Chief of Party to ensure and facilitate the smooth planning, management, and implementation of all MAPS activities.
    • Assist the Chief of Party in providing expert support on crosscutting issues, and supervising the State MAPS teams in tandem with Abuja team.
    • Assist the Chief of Party in assuring the cohesion of approach in the focal states and their conformity with the national strategies and policies in tandem with the MAPS team.
    • Assist the Chief of Party to support policy development, training, and other initiatives to ensure all are conducted in a professional and appropriate manner in other MAPS locations (as assigned).
    • Assist the Chief of Party in assuring that the annual work plans, procurement plans, disbursement plans, financial reports, and progress reports of the MAPS Project are of high quality and follow their implementation as appropriate.

    Qualifications and Skills

    • Degree or Higher National Diploma in any of the social sciences or health related field and a minimum of seven years solid relevant working experience. Alternatively, a Master's degree in a health related field with a minimum of five years of relevant work experience.
    • Seven years (with Bsc or HND) or five years (with Msc) relevant experience working experience in a donor-funded environment. Experience working on a malaria control programme will be an added advantage.
    • The TA must be fluent in spoken and written English, able to write clear reports.
    • Excellent computer skills, including the use of Microsoft Office applications.
    • Possesses good communication, interpersonal , and administrative skills.

    BCC Officer, Advocacy and Interventions

    Job Functions

    • Contribute to the development and implementation of MAPS' innovative and robust Behavior Change Communication (BCC) approaches.
    • Work with the BCCA Advisor (BCCA) to coordinate the development of BCCâ programs for the states and also work closely with the local CBOs and other implementing agencies (IAs) to design and deliver communications interventions for behavior change to target groups across the focal states.
    • Manage and monitor the implementation of MAPS' school-based malaria interventions.
    • Support project leads to produce reports as required to be submitted to donors and dissemination to wider public.
    • Facilitate the availability of evidence-based programming and review of evidence from national surveys and studies at national and sub-national levels to inform BCC programming.
    • Under the technical direction of the BCC Advisor, participate in the monitoring and coordination of the implementation of MAPCOL (communications platform). Work with the BCCA, and other technical and program staff to conduct BCC needs assessment and assist with designing, pre-testing, and finalizing drafts of BCC materials.

    Qualifications and Skills

    • Bachelor's degree in social sciences or arts/humanities.
    • At least five years post-National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) experience, some of which should be in malaria program management, advocacy, and community-based interventions.
    • Experience in long lasting insecticide-treated net (LLIN) campaign planning and implementation.
    • Excellent editorial and analytical report writing skills.
    • Ability to multitask and ensure proper documentation.â 
    • Excellent working knowledge of Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
    • Fluency in spoken and written English language.
    • Excellent planning and prioritization skills.
    • Self motivated person able to work without close supervision.

    Application Guidelines

    Only qualified applicants who meet the above requirements are asked to send a cover letter and resume to pshi@fhi360.org by January 31, 2011. Kindly indicate the position applied for in the cover letter and in the subject of your email. For the M&E position, also indicate which state applied. All other positions are Abuja-based.

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