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  • Posted on: 13 October, 2015 Deadline: 20 October, 2015
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    The Maternal Newborn and Child health Programme (MNCH2) is a country led programme which aims to reduce maternal and child mortality in Northern Nigeria and it is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID). The MNCH programme is being implemented in six states in northern Nigeria: Jigawa, Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Yobe and Zamfara States.

    We are recruiting to fill the position of:

    Accountability Coordinator


    Job Description

    • Options Consultancy Services Limited is seeking for an Accountability Coordinator to be based in Jigawa State to contribute and work within a dynamic five (5) year programme called MNCH2.

    Key Responsibilities
    The Accountability Coordinator in Jigawa will be responsible, under the guidance of the Accountability and Advocacy Advisor and their State Team Leader (STL), for ensuring that accountability mechanisms are strengthened, ensuring government and service providers deliver quality MNCH services through active public and broader stakeholder engagement.

    Specific Responsibilities

    The Accountability Coordinator will make sure that:

    • Accountability structures on MNCH will be strengthened and will be the primary means through which resources at facilities and progress on maternal and newborn health care are tracked and acted upon
    • Ensure that Options? successful FHC model will be scaled up significantly, covering all MNCH2 states
    • Ensure on-going monitoring through monthly FHC reports, self-assessment reports and community scoring cards.
    • This includes quality assuring data and reports, highlighting key issues that need to be addressed to ensure good performance of and impact made by FHCs and ensure these are acted upon
    • Provide focused mentoring support, informed by individual FHC needs, both directly to FHCs or via CSOs/consultants who have been contracted to provide mentoring to FHCs
    • Ensure the facility scorecards will be shared through the accountability mechanisms and other forums at state level to facilitate data for decision making, encourage transparency on progress and advocate for improvements in the quality of services
    • Strengthen or establish State level accountability mechanisms including FHCs and existing networks and consisting of members who have the power to influence change beyond just the health sector
    • Liaise with stakeholders, including State and LGA level Government, CSOs, FHCs, civil society coalitions, and representatives of relevant development programmes
    • Ensure close and effective cooperation with other programme staff in their State team to make sure that MNCH2 strategies and approaches are delivered in a coherent and coordinated way, in line with logframe targets.


    • An advanced degree in public health or a relevant field
    • Minimum of 6 years of consulting and/or management experience in international health programmes for key health development partners, including, but not limited to, DFID, USAID, AusAID and the European Union
    • At least 3 years? experience providing expertise in the area of accountability and/or advocacy programmes in Nigeria, with a particular focus on strengthening communities
    • Demonstrated management, programme planning competency and effective communication skills
    • Understanding of accountability and advocacy principles and approaches
    • Experience in mentoring and training for different cadres of staff and partners
    • Excellent written and spoken English and Hausa
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to work to deadlines
    • In depth understanding of the political, social, economic, and cultural context of Northern Nigeria.
    • A commitment to achieving effective and efficient delivery of essential health care for pregnant women, newborns and children, alongside routine immunisation
    • A commitment to ensuring that all Nigerian citizens, including women, the poorest and other marginalized groups, are able to have equal voice and participate in holding government accountable in the delivery of public services.
    • Being both an excellent leader and team player, with excellent interpersonal skills and comfortable working in a multi-disciplinary team.

    In return we offer:

    • A friendly and team-based working environment
    • Opportunity to work with national and international colleagues
    • Vital contribution to improving maternal and newborn services in Northern Nigeria
    • The opportunity to truly "make a difference"
    • A competitive salary with benefits

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    Administrative Assistant


    Job Description

    • We are looking for an outstanding Administrative Assistant for a large, DFID-funded Programme on Maternal, New-born and Child Health in Nigeria.
    • This is a full time position to be based in Yobe State, Nigeria and will report to theFinance and Administration Coordinator- Yobe.

    Key Responsibilities

    • The Administrative Assistant will assist in the office administration and logistics of the MNCH2 at the State level.
    • The Administrative Assistant will support the administrative and facility functions of MNCH2 for timely and effective implementation of project?s work.
    • Support the coordination of MNCH2 transport and logistics services for all project activities at the state level. And will be responsible for booking accommodation for all staff and consultants visiting their state for project activities.

    Specific Responsibilities

    • Follow MNCH2 administrative guidelines and ensure smooth operations at the state office in liaison with MNCH2 Country Office in Kano.
    • Support the review of existing administrative systems and procedures
    • Ensure office equipment and facilities are in good working condition at all times.
    • Ensure inventory quantities are sufficient for needs by coordinating regular inventory checks and through timely ordering of supplies.
    • Alongside with the Finance & Admin Coordinator maintain up-to-date register of preferred suppliers and vendors and solicit periodic evaluation and performance input from main service users.
    • Support the Finance & Admin Coordinator in preparing monthly office running cost analysis.
    • Support in maintenance of fixed assets register by updating asset register, issue of asset movement for signing and approval, outdoor asset repair permission, etc.
    • Provide guidance and direction to Office Assistant and drivers
    • Provide and ensure logistics guidance for delivery of items and facilities as the case may be.
    • Assist in procurement, clarifying specifications, analyzing quotations, and seeking for approval, ensuring purchases are made according to approved specification, price, quantity and quality inclusive.
    • Assist follow-up on contractors to ensure about-to-expire agreements are renewed in a timely manner.
    • Support in preparing monthly progress report which seeks to point out closed, outstanding and new issues for all field offices.
    • Follow-up with Finance & Admin Coordinator/ Technical staff in resolving issues as they come up.
    • Communicate pressing issues to supervisor for technical assistance and further directives.
    • Supervise the office administration and logistics in the absence of the Finance & Admin Coordinator
    • Ensure the proper use, maintenance and repair of facilities and equipment, such as generators, vehicles, communication, computer units and peripherals, video and audio equipment, other office equipment, and air conditioners and heaters.
    • Ensure that temporary duty visitors are received/accompanied at/to the airport, have safe and adequate transportation and accommodations during their stay.
    • Support all local and regional purchases as per defined threshold, and maintain tracking and documentation systems that will facilitate future processing, payment and audit requirements.
    • In collaboration with the Finance & Admin Coordinator maintain rigorous operations ensuring that systems are in place for the proper receipt, rotation and control of program?s materials.
    • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by any staff.


    • University degree preferred.
    • Significant office management experience.
    • Experience managing DFID-funded activities and thorough knowledge of applicable regulations and requirements, preferred.
    • Excellent cross-cultural communication and interpersonal skills demonstrated by ability to interact professionally with culturally and linguistically diverse staff, clients and consultants.
    • Strong leadership, analytical and organizational skills; demonstrated ability to work both independently and within a team, assess priorities, and manage a variety of activities with attention to detail.
    • Prior supervisory experience preferred.
    • Expert skills in Excel Spreadsheets, similar accounting software, as well as Word; comfortable in a Windows PC environment.

    In return we offer:

    • A friendly and team-based working environment
    • Opportunity to work with national and international colleagues
    • Vital contribution to improving maternal and newborn services in Northern Nigeria
    • The opportunity to truly "make a difference"
    • A competitive salary with benefits

    Method of Application

    Interested and suitably qualified candidates should visit MNCH2 Career Page on Palladium

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