• Vacancies in a Donor Funded Health Programme

  • Posted on: 28 February, 2012 Deadline: 8 March, 2012
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  • The Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) initiative is a 5-year aid programme which operates alongside the PRRINN programme that focuses on strengthening routine immunization in four Northern Nigerian States. The MNCH programme aims to address the unacceptable high rates maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality in selected Northern Nigerian States. The programme is funded by the Norwegian government in partnership with the UK Department for International Development (DFID). It is operated by a consortium of three organizations, namely: Health Partners International UK, Save the Children, UK and GRID Consulting Nigeria.

    The joint programme collaborates with stakeholders in the health sector as well as civil societies to provide quantifiable improvements to the PHC systems in Northern Nigeria. PRRINN/MNCH is managed by a team of internationally recruited professionals. Its programme activities are carried out in Jigawa, Katsina, Yobe and Zamfara with coordination from the programme head office in Kano. The programme has been in operation, but seeks to recruit qualified professionals to fill two vacant positions.

    State Program Officer

    The successful candidate will report directly to the State Team Manager (STM). S/he will provide technical support in either the demand or supply sides of programme activities at the state levels. Some of which include; planning, coordination, mobilization and advocacy at the state and Local Government levels. The Programme Officer will work in close collaboration with other stakeholders in the ministries, health professionals, civil societies and other funding partners to jointly facilitate the planning and implementation of all technical activities aimed at reforming maternal, neonatal and child health and routine immunization services in the state.

    Qualified candidates should possess the following:

    • Candidates must hold a degree in any one of Public Health, Epidemiology, Social Development, Health Sciences or other related disciplines with a minimum of five (5) years working experience.
    • S/he must have a good understanding of operations of health care delivery services; particularly with PHCs in Northern Nigeria.
    • S/he must be an excellent communicator with excellent hands-on knowledge and use of computer Microsoft packages, strong inter-personal and organizational skills. Previous experience in a similar role and environment will be an added advantage. Ability to communicate fluently in Hausa is essential.

    Senior State Program Officer

    The successful candidate will provide support to the Team Manager at the state level. S/he will deputize for the STM on programme management related issues; to facilitate, plan and implement programme activities aimed at reforming maternal, child and newborn health as well as routine immunization. S/he will also provide required support to LGAs, stakeholders, relevant ministries and CSOs, to strengthen and manage health services.

    Qualified candidates should possess the following:

    • Candidates must hold a post-graduate qualification in any one of Public health, Health management, Health economics, social development or other relevant disciplines, with a minimum of 8 years professional work experience.
    • S/he must have a good understanding of health delivery systems especially in Northern Nigeria.
    • Additional skills required for this position include; advocacy skills, excellent facilitator with good hands- on computer skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to communicate fluently in Hausa is essential.

    Terms of Employment
    The appointment will be for a contract term of up to 15 months, with an initial 6 months probationary period. Accordingly the program is offering competitive salary packages. However, local terms and conditions are applicable.

    Method of Application:
    Interested candidates should submit their application and updated CVs to include contact mobile number and email address through the link on our website: www.gridconsulting.net.
    Closing Date for submission is 8th March, 2012.
    Interviews will commence thereafter with a view to successful candidates commencing work immediately.
    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.
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