• Vacancies in a Donor Funded (UK/Norway) Health Programme

  • Posted on: 13 June, 2012 Deadline: 22 June, 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 of maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality in the 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 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 the vacant positions as identified below:

    Senior State Programme Officer: States

    The Senior State Programme Officer will be based in one of the programme operating states. The successful candidate will provide support to the State Team Manager at the state levels. 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:

    •          Candidate(s) must hold a post graduate qualification in Public Health, Health Management, Health Economics, Social Development or relevant disciplines.
    •          A minimum of 8 years professional work experience is essential for this position.
    •          S/he must have a good understanding of health delivery systems especially in Northern Nigeria.
    •          Additional skills required for this position include; advocacy, facilitation, planning and organization skills.
    •          Also, a good hands-on computer skill, excellent written and verbal communication skills will be expedient. Ability to communicate fluently in Hausa is essential.

    Programme Officers: States

    This position will be based in one of these programme operating states: Katsina, Zamfara and Yobe. The successful candidate will report directly to the State Team Manager (STM). S/he will provide technical support in either the demand or supply side of programme activities at the state level. Other responsibilities include; planning and coordination, mobilization and advocacy of programme activities 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.

    Qualification: Candidate(s) must hold a degree in Public Health,
    Epidemiology, Social Development, Health Sciences or other
    related disciplines with a minimum of five (5) years' work experience. She must have 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 interpersonal and organizational skills. Previous experience in a similar role and environment will be an added advantage. Familiarity with the region and ability to communicate fluently in Hausa is essential for this position.

    Program Assistant: Kano

    The successful candidate will be based in the Kano office of the Programme. S/he will provide administrative, logistics and technical support to the Programme Advisers in the head office on programme related activities. S/he will assist the Advisers in particular and the office in general in coordinating of workshops, meetings, collating and managing information and documentation of programme activities in relation to the program activity outputs.

    Qualified candidates should possess the following:

    •          The candidate must possess a degree in management, social or health sciences, with a minimum of three (3) years’ postgraduate experience.
    •          S/he must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be proficient in the use of computer. Ability to communicate in Hausa is essential.

    Accountant: Abuja

    The successful candidate will be located in the programme office in Abuja. S/he will report directly to the Finance and Admin Manager for general coordination of programme funds. S/he will ensure a proper maintenance of an effective cash management system. The ideal candidate will maintain good accounting records of all accounting books and prepare monthly and annual financial reports to the head office. S/he will also manage and monitor all office running cost including petty cash disbursements, processing and payment of consultants’ advances, retirements and fees.

    Qualified candidates should possess the following:

    •          Candidate(s) must have a minimum of a first degree or its equivalent in Finance, Accounting, Auditing or any related disciplines.
    •          S/he must have a minimum of 3 years hands-on experience in accounting or auditing in any organization. A strong knowledge and hands-on use of Microsoft spreadsheet (Ms. Excel) and other computerized accounting soft-wares is essential for this position.
    •          The ideal candidate must have good written, inter-personal and communication skills. Previous experience in a similar role and within a donor funded environment will be an added advantage.

    Front Desk Officer

    The ideal candidate will carry out a full range secretarial and reception duties in the state office.  S/he will actively be responsible for all hospitality arrangement and upkeep of the office at all times in order to promote a conducive and effective office environment. Occasionally, s/he will be required to provide support to the logistician in coordinating workshops and meetings that may arise.

    Qualified candidates should possess the following:

    •          Candidate must possess a minimum of HND or related qualification with a least two (2) years’ experience in a similar role.
    •          S/he must be proficient in computer and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to communicate in Hausa is essential.

    Terms of Employment:

    These appointments will be for a contract term of up to twelve (12) months, with an initial 3 months probationary period. The programme offers highly 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 numbers and email address through the link on our website at: www.gridconsulting.net. Closing date for submission of applications is Friday, 22nd June, 2012. Interviews will commence thereafter with a view to successful candidates commencing work immediately. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.
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