• Career Opportunities at The Institute of Human Virology (IHVN)

  • Posted on: 27 November, 2015 Deadline: Not Specified
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  • The Institute of Human Virology (IHVN) is a leading and reputable indigenous non-governmental organization implementing a comprehensive family-focused HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment program in partnership with local and international organizations and the different tiers of the Government of Nigeria at national, state, local and site levels.

    We are recruiting to fill the following vacant positions below:

    Program Manager, Prevention and Community DR-TB

     

    Basic Functions of the position

    • The Program Manager provides technical and programmatic support to the implementation of HIV/AIDS prevention activities of the Institute of Human Virology programme, including sexual prevention (HCT, Abstinence, Be faithful [AB] and Condoms and other prevention and Key Affected Population), medical prevention ( injection safety/health care waste management, community based organizations and Community Multi-Drugs Resistant Tuberculosis activities.
    • He/she will supervise and coordinate all relevant activities for all community prevention activities through effective supervision of staff and effective project management to meet program targets.

    Specific Responsibilities

    • Provide sound technical guidance and programmatic support to all IHVN sites and partners to implement high quality HIV/AIDS prevention activities including sexual prevention and bio-medical prevention
    • Contribute to the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting of prevention services
    • Build capacity and ensure delivery of high quality prevention services at all programme sites, using internationally recognized best practices
    • Identify, train, monitor and evaluate community based groups in delivery of program targets
    • Coordinate training of other health and non-health personnel in collaboration with IHVN departments.
    • Oversee and utilize best practices in program-level delivery
    • Help with development of departmental work-plan and community based groups work-plans
    • Develop strategies for the design and implementation of HIV/AIDS prevention, behavior change intervention among most at risk populations i.e. PLHIV, MARPs to reduce sexual transmission
    • Work with the SI Team to develop and update HIV prevention tools, Standard Operating Procedures, and data collection, data quality audits, reporting of indicators etc.
    • Ensure ongoing collaboration with the Government of Nigeria, US Government agencies, support groups of People Living with HIV, collaborating institutions, Non-Governmental Organizations/Community Based Organizations/Faith Based Organizations and other partners in the public and private sectors
    • Ensure the development, supply and distribution of IEC materials
    • Ensure functionality of MDR TB Treatment Supporters and the CBOs
    • Provide oversight functions to all IHVN states/Regional offices on Community DR TB activities
    • Participate actively in the planning, organizing, conducting and evaluation of training for general health care workers in the public sector/DOT Centers in collaboration with the STBLCOs
    • Ensure relevant recording and reporting documents are available and adequately utilized
    • Perform other roles as may be assigned by the HOD Community Health, Regional/States and Program Coordinator.

    Qualifications and Skills

    • A first degree in Medicine, BSc Nursing Science, the Social Sciences or related discipline with a minimum of 10 years proven work experience, design and implementing and monitoring of HIV prevention and MDR TB Community Activities preferably in an international NGO. Possession of a post graduate degree in Public Health will be an advantage
    • Knowledge of DR- TB
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the Nigerian Health System and Social Networks
    • Strong inter-personal and public relations skills
    • Excellent English language, oral and written communication, with proficient in MS office word, excel and outlook.

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    Program Officers - Care and Support (C&S)

     

    Summary/Overview

    • The C&S Program Officer (PO) at the central, regional or state level and to be occupied by staff with a medical and or midwifery background.
    • The C&S PO is also expected to spend 40% of his/her time in the office and 60% on supervisory and advocacy activities.

    Essential Function

    • Assist in the development and adaptation of guidelines, tools and other relevant materials for use in the national scale up of C&S activities in IHVN-supported sites in Nigeria.
    • Assist in development of program strategies, work plans and their implementation for effective operations of the hub and spoke model of scale up.
    • Ensure smooth operations and coordination of C&S activities at the regional and or state offices.
    • Forge and maintain strong relationship with NEPWHAN, and other PLHIV networks
    • Forecast and request for C&S commodities such as care kits and ACTION meals.
    • Co-ordinate, track progress, review results and address C&S challenges
    • Mentor doctors, nurses, support groups, Linkage coordinators, Treatment supporters, mentor mothers to provide quality care to PLHIV.
    • Ensure that the facility operates a functional and efficient client flow system.
    • Identify barriers to C&S and proffer solutions to these challenges.
    • Assist and undertake needs assessments of new sites as required.
    • Facilitate trainings sessions organized for site and community providers.
    • Provide technical assistance to site and community staff through precepting, monitoring and mentoring.
    • Facilitate training of health care workers at all IHVN supported sites in C&S.
    • Facilitate effective linkages within thematic groups and overall community linkages.
    • Report all activities to the Regional and State Managers, Program Area Lead and the Director, Community Medicine
    • Adhere and abide by the ethics and code of conduct of the Institute.

    Qualification
    Education/Experience:

    • RN, RM or BNSc, or a degree in health related course.
    • A post graduate degree in Public Health is a definite advantage with excellent computer skills are required.
    • Also required is at least 3 years working experience with participation in both clinical and community C&S activities.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    • Ability to communicate with a wide range of personalities is necessary.
    • Ability to clearly explain available C&S services.
    • Community outreach and engagement talents.
    • Clear understanding of the health system, PHC structure and HIV/AIDS.
    • Supportive attitude towards processes of strengthening PHCs, local health structures and building local capacities for self-management

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    Senior Program Officer Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH)

     

    Summary/Overview

    • The Senior Program Officer, MNCH will provide administrative, programmatic and logistical support to Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Unit of the Department of Community Medicine, Institute of Human Virology-Nigeria.
    • S/he is also expected to spend about 60% of working hours on supervisory and advocacy activities.

    Essential Functions

    • Assist in the development and adaptation of guidelines, tools and other relevant materials for use in the national scale up of PMTCT activities in IHVN-supported sites in Nigeria.
    • Assist in development of program strategies, work plans and their implementation for effective operations of the hub and spoke model of scale up.
    • Ensure smooth operations and coordination of PMTCT activities at the regional and or state offices.
    • Forecast and request for PMTCT commodities such as care kits and Mama Packs.
    • Co-ordinate, track progress, review results and address PMTCT challenges
    • Mentor doctors, nurses, mentor mothers to provide quality care to HIV+ pregnant women.
    • Create a sustainable PMTCT team that includes Traditional Birth Attendant to deliver overall quality health care to HIV+ pregnant women.
    • Ensure that the facility operates a functional and efficient client flow system.
    • Identify barriers to PMTCT and proffer solutions to these challenges.
    • Assist and undertake needs assessments of new sites as required.
    • Facilitate and coordinate all trainings sessions organized for site health care workers.
    • Provide technical assistance to site and community staff through precepting, monitoring and mentoring.
    • Facilitate and coordinate the activities of Infant Feeding Counseling activities and training of health care workers at all IHVN supported sites in Nigeria.
    • Facilitate effective linkages within thematic groups and overall community linkages.
    • Report all activities to the Program Area Lead and the Director, Community Health department.
    • Adhere and abide by the ethics and code of conduct of the Institute.

    Qualifications

    • MBBS and Postgraduate Medical Fellowship or MBBS/ RN, RM, BNSc. and a Postgraduate Degree in Public Health with a minimum of 7 years proven work experience and expertise in the implementation of public health programs especially Reproductive Health issues
    • Strong inter-personal and public relations skills
    • Excellent English language oral and written communication, with proficiency in MS Office suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook
    • Ability to communicate with a wide range of personalities is necessary.
    • Ability to clearly explain available PMTCT services.
    • Community outreach and engagement talents.
    • Clear understanding of the health system, Primary Health Care structure and HIV/AIDS.
    • Supportive attitude towards processes of strengthening Primary Health Centers, local health structures and building local capacities for self-management.

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    Program Officers - Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH)

     

    Summary/Overview
    The MNCH Program Officer (PO) at the central, regional or state level and to be occupied by staff with a medical and or midwifery background. The MNCH PO is also expected to spend 40% of his/her time in the office and 60% on supervisory and advocacy activities.

    Programmatic support to the implementation of HIV/AIDS prevention activities of the Institute of Human Virology programme, including sexual prevention (HCT, Abstinence, Be faithful [AB] and Condoms and other prevention and Key Affected Population), medical prevention ( injection safety/health care waste management, community based organizations and Community Multi-Drugs Resistant Tuberculosis activities. He/she will supervise and coordinate all relevant activities for all community prevention activities through effective supervision of staff and effective project management to meet program targets.

    Essential Functions

    • Assist in the development and adaptation of guidelines, tools and other relevant materials for use in the national scale up of PMTCT activities in IHVN-supported sites in Nigeria.
    • Assist in development of program strategies, work plans and their implementation for effective operations of the hub and spoke model of scale up.
    • Ensure smooth operations and coordination of PMTCT activities at the regional and or state offices.
    • Forecast and request for PMTCT commodities such as care kits and Mama Packs.
    • Co-ordinate, track progress, review results and address PMTCT challenges
    • Mentor doctors, nurses, mentor mothers to provide quality care to HIV+ pregnant women.
    • Create a sustainable PMTCT team that includes Traditional Birth Attendants to deliver overall quality health care to HIV+ pregnant women.
    • Ensure that the facility operates a functional and efficient client flow system.
    • Identify barriers to PMTCT and proffer solutions to these challenges.
    • Assist and undertake needs assessments of new sites as required.
    • Facilitate and coordinate all trainings sessions organized for site health care workers.
    • Provide technical assistance to site and community staff through precepting, monitoring and mentoring.
    • Facilitate and coordinate the activities of Infant Feeding Counseling activities and training of health care workers at all IHVN supported sites in Nigeria.
    • Facilitate effective linkages within thematic groups and overall community linkages.
    • Report all activities to the Program Area Lead and the Director, Community Health department.
    • Adhere and abide by the ethics and code of conduct of the Institute.

    Qualification
    Education/Experience:

    • MBBS, Basic Midwifery and/or any other post graduate Certificate in Midwifery & Nursing, with excellent computer skills are required.
    • Also required is at least 3 years working experience with participation in both clinical and community PMTCT activities. An MPH will be an added advantage.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    • Ability to communicate with a wide range of personalities is necessary.
    • Ability to clearly explain available PMTCT services.
    • Community outreach and engagement talents.
    • Clear understanding of the health system, PHC structure and HIV/AIDS.
    • Supportive attitude towards processes of strengthening PHCs, local health structures and building local capacities for self-management

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    Senior Program Officer Care and Support (C&S)

     

    Summary/Overview

    • The Senior Program Officer, C&S will provide administrative, programmatic and logistical support to Care and Support Unit of the Department of Community Medicine, Institute of Human Virology-Nigeria.
    • S/he is also expected to spend about 60% of working hours on supervisory and advocacy activities.

    Essential Functions

    • Assist in the development and adaptation of guidelines, tools and other relevant materials for use in the national scale up of C&S activities in IHVN-supported sites in Nigeria.
    • Assist in development of program strategies, work plans and implementation for effective operations of the hub and spoke model of scale up.
    • Ensure smooth operations and coordination of C&S activities at the regional and or state offices.
    • Forge and maintain strong relationship with NEPWHAN and other PLHIV networks
    • Forecast and request for C&S commodities such as care kits and ACTIONmeal.
    • Co-ordinate, track progress, review results and address C&S challenges
    • Mentor doctors, nurses, support groups, Linkage coordinators, Treatment supporters, mentor mothers to provide quality care to PLHIV.
    • Ensure that the facility operates a functional and efficient client flow system.
    • Identify barriers to C&S and proffer solutions to these challenges.
    • Assist and undertake needs assessments of new sites as required.
    • Facilitate trainings sessions organized for site and community providers.
    • Provide technical assistance to site and community staff through precepting, monitoring and mentoring.
    • Facilitate training of health care workers at all IHVN supported sites in C&S.
    • Facilitate effective linkages within thematic groups and overall community linkages.
    • Report all activities to the Program Area Lead and the Director, Community Health department.
    • Adhere and abide by the ethics and code of conduct of the Institute.

    Qualification

    • MBBS and Postgraduate Medical Fellowship or MBBS/ RN, RM, BNSc or Health related Degree and a Postgraduate Degree in Public Health with a minimum of 7 years proven work experience and expertise in the implementation of public health programs especially HIV/AIDS programs
    • Strong inter-personal and public relations skills
    • Excellent English language oral and written communication, with proficiency in MS Office suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook
    • Ability to communicate with a wide range of personalities is necessary and maintain strong relationships with PLHIV networks and support groups.
    • Ability to clearly explain available C&S services.
    • Community outreach and engagement talents.
    • Clear understanding of the health system, Primary Health Care structure and HIV/AIDS.
    • Supportive attitude towards processes of strengthening Primary Health Centers, local health structures and building local capacities for self-management.

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    Laboratory TB Consultant

     

    Basic Functions of the Position

    • Overall, this consultant should be able to provide strategic and technical support to laboratory strengthening efforts.
    • S/he will promote and support implementation of WHO's TB Laboratory technical recommendations including, policy guidance on appropriate TB laboratory technologies, infrastructure and bio-safety, and best-practices.
    • Other functions include: laboratory capacity development, including technology transfer and know-how, monitoring and evaluation, and quality improvement; interface with other laboratory networks to facilitate integration; human resource development, including training and mentoring.

    Key Working Relationships:

    • Associate Director Global Fund Programs (Office of the Chief Executive Officer)
    • Director & Head of Department, Clinical Laboratory Services.

    Specific Responsibilities
    As part of the Terms of Reference, the Laboratory TB Consultant will play leading role in:

    • Developing/updating the TB laboratory component of National Strategic Plan (in support of NTBLCP).
    • Assisting in the development or optimization of national laboratory policies.
    • Promoting interaction and collaboration with laboratory stakeholders at national and zonal levels by serving on National Laboratory Technical Working Groups (TWG).
    • Assisting the National Laboratory TWG to develop a strategy to improve human resources for laboratory management.
    • Ensuring the implementation of Quality Management Systems with the purpose of strengthening of laboratory quality systems including, development of quality manual, safety manual, audits, testing, developing standard operating procedures (SOPs), national documents developed along with NTBLCP Laboratory Team.
    • Working with the TB reference laboratories to attain international laboratory standards towards accreditation using of the Global Laboratory Initiative (GLI) stepwise process towards accreditation with other tools and checklists for implementation of Quality Management Systems.
    • Contributing to development of a National TB Quality Assurance Policy (based on recently introduced National Quality Assurance Policy) including all Quality Assurance/Quality Control pharma (incl. pharmacovigilance) and laboratory areas (incl. External Quality Assurance for all technologies including GeneXpert) in close collaboration with National Laboratory TWG and concerned national agencies like National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN),National Product Supply Chain Management Program (NPSCMP) of the Food and Drugs Services (FDS) etc.
    • Reviewing national guidance on engineering requirement for different risk level TB laboratories.
    • Providing expertise in clinical/laboratory diagnosis of HIV/AIDS-related opportunistic HIV/TB infections.
    • Supporting the development of mechanism on establishing linkages between the National Reference Laboratories and Zonal Reference Laboratories with a view to ensuring linked referral services and timely reporting.
    • Advising and recommending best practices on sample logistics from the peripheral laboratories to testing centers thus ensuring a timely Turnaround time (TAT)
    • Providing guidance for the standardization and selection of vendors for equipment and reagents and following-up on the Biotech unit to ensure all equipment platforms are warrantied and regularly maintained, and to ensure zero downtime.
    • Develop equipment management systems for GeneXpert and other laboratory equipment platforms.
    • Reviewing and advising on equipment and supplies list for zonal and national reference laboratories - logistics and commodity management.
    • Assisting in setting up offline Probe Assay (LPA) and culture laboratories - from site assessment, design, equipment installation, training and mentoring (hands on).
    • Advising and recommending best practices on first-line and second line Drug Susceptibility Testing (DST) for Tuberculosis Reference Laboratories (TRLs) and to ensure they are done.
    • Providing onsite technical support (bench training) to the laboratory network by mentoring of laboratory staff.
    • Capacity building of laboratory staff through trainings, including on-the-job mentoring, peer network development and online support.
    • Formulating research questions and conducting of research to facilitate improved implementation.
    • Contributing to the development of a National GeneXpert laboratory management plan with concerned stakeholders (National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program (NTBLCP), National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), MLSCN, development partners etc.)
    • Contributing to selection, roll-out and improvement of the National Laboratory Information Management System for DR-TB in an integrated way with Drug Sensitive TB (DS -TB) where possible.
    • Considering all laboratory IMS needs linked to GxAlert, e-TB Manager, HIV/TB integration etc. and developing a system to track laboratory commodity consumption and avoid expiries and stock-outs.
    • Supporting the rollout of Gx Alert or similar remote monitoring system for GeneXpert and preparing quarterly reports on WHO recommended indicators.

    Qualifications and Skills

    • B.Sc. in Medical Laboratory Sciences or Medical Microbiology but preferably a Master's degree in Medical Microbiology
    • At least 10 years of experience in TB microbiology.
    • The candidate is also expected to be a practitioner licensed by the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) or with professional membership acceptable to MLSCN.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified candidates should send a detailed resume and a one page cover letter as one MS Word document saved with applicants name in the following format e.g. Adamu Maduka Manager Prevention and Community MDR-TB explaining suitability to: Associate Director, Human Resources through this email address: careers@ihvnigeria.org

    Note

    • Application must explicitly state the position and location applied for in the subject of the email e.g. Manager HIV Prevention and Community MDR TB. Candidates are advised to provide three professional referees with functional email addresses and telephone numbers.
    • Only applications sent in the required format will be considered and only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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