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  • Posted on: 26 January, 2016 Deadline: 4 February, 2016
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  • Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an International non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in over 99 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs, therefore, strengthening and building the capacity of these partner organizations is fundamental to programs in every country in which CRS operates. CRS re-established presence in Nigeria in 2000 and currently focuses on vulnerable children, agriculture, health and HIV, extractives and governance, and peace building programming.

    We are recruiting to fill the following vacant positions:

    Technical Advisor - Case Management and Referral System

     

    Job Summary

    • The Case Management and Referral System Technical Advisor will focus on strengthening the existing case management systems of PEPFAR OVC Implementing Partners (IPs) and CSOs/CBOs based standardized approaches and tools for identification, assessment, case plan development, service provision or referral, monitoring and case closure.
    • Particular attention will be given to providing technical assistance and support to IPs and CSOs to develop household case plans that focus on graduation and transition and to monitor their implementation as one way to track progress towards graduation.
    • The position will work closely with the Government System Strengthening Technical Advisor to ensure that critical information collected within the case management process is used to inform government strengthening efforts. S/he will also work with the Zonal State Coordinators to ensure appropriate linkages with and information sharing between SACAs, SMWASD and LGAs and the PEPFAR OVC IPs and CSOs.
    • There will be coordination between and information sharing amongst this position, the Organizational Development Technical Advisor and the HES Technical Director, especially as it relates to graduation and transition to ensure that existing or adapted case management approaches, tools and tracking better support households in making progress towards graduation and reduced economic vulnerability.
    • This position will co-lead with the Household Economic Strengthening (HES) Technical Director, training of PEPFAR OVC IPs/CSOs, to assess and track household progress towards graduation based on benchmarks identified in collaboration with IPs/CSOs.
    • In addition, this position will be responsible for overseeing the facility catchment area study, supporting IPs to diagnose gaps in existing bi-directional referral mechanisms, and using this information to refine referral mechanism.
    • S/he will be responsible for providing technical guidance to strengthen referral networks amongst social service providers and between social service providers and health facilities.
    • This will include identification of successful referral models within Nigeria, developing and providing training in relevant guidance, delivery mechanisms, and promising practices.
    • S/he will work closely with 4Children to develop appropriate SoWs and source STTA to strengthen PEPFAR OVC IP case management and referral systems, paying particular attention to strengthening bi-directional referrals and supporting the integration of OVC-centered services into facility settings, where appropriate.
    • This position will maintain regular contact with 4Children staff that are looking at case management and referral mechanisms, globally, and will utilize tools, approaches and promising practices when and where appropriate.

    Specific Responsibilities

    • Provide technical leadership and guidance in the assessment, planning and implementation of capacity strengthening activities to support PEPFAR OVC IPs as they work with CSOs/CBOs in relation strengthening to case management systems and referral networks. Leverage the sustainability planning process to assess the existing case management processes and referral networks; ensure that all costed State and IP sustainability plans incorporate improvements in case management systems and referral networks; participate in National, Zonal/State meetings to support this planning.
    • Coordinate the implementation of and dissemination of findings from the health facility catchment area assessment and mapping exercise to better understand the programmatic implications of the pivot, focus on scale-up LGAs and the ability of clients to access community-based services in collaboration with MEAL Manager and 4Children Core Team.
    • Support the implementation of an organizational network analyses (ONA) in collaboration with STTA, Government System Strengthening Technical Advisor and the Zonal State Coordinators.
    • Develop terms of reference for a technical working group (TWG) for case management and referral networks; solicit membership and support regular meetings and the development of products that support GON Ministries, PEPFAR OVC IPs and their partners to improve case management and referrals.
    • Lead the development and implementation of strategies, approaches and tools to strengthen case management and referral networks among SMWASDs, SACAs, PEPFAR OVC IPs, health facilities and their partner CSO/CBOs. Liaise with FMWASD and TWG to ensure alignment with National guidance and tools.
    • Support the role out and dissemination of updated guidance, standard operating procedures and other job-aids to facilitate case management and referral at the household and community levels to health and social services.
    • Oversee quality improvement initiatives and learning exchanges related to case management and referral networks among GON, PEPFAR OVC IPs and their partners.
    • Develop scopes of work and oversee consultancies and short-term technical assistance as needed in relation to case management and referral networks.
    • Work closely with HES Technical Director, PEPFAR OVC IPs and collaborating CSOs/CBOs to strengthen their case management capacity and develop standardized tools and approaches to increase the ability of volunteers and households to track their own progress towards graduation.
    • Develop household graduation benchmarks in collaboration with the HES Technical Director and PEPFAR OVC IPs and CSOs; ensure a mechanism for assessing and tracking benchmarks towards graduation is integrated into the case management system.
    • Strengthen coordination and networking, linkages and communication among SACAs, SMWASDs, other GON entities, LGAs, and CSOs/CBOs in collaboration with the Government System Strengthening Technical Advisor, Organizational Capacity Strengthening Technical Advisor, Zonal State Coordinators and PEPFAR OVC IPs.
    • Provide technical guidance to strengthen referral networks/mechanisms amongst social service providers and between social service providers and health facilities.
    • Identify successful referral models within Nigeria, developing and providing training in relevant guidance, delivery mechanisms, and promising practices.
    • Conduct monitoring field visits to PEPFAR OVC IPs/CSOs to provide mentoring technical assistance.
    • Provide timely inputs to 4Children Nigeria annual planning, monitoring, reporting and budgeting processes.
    • Ensure a culture of accountability and learning through regular monitoring to project sites, providing oversight of studies and assessments and proper documentation of tools and to contribute to learning and building the evidence around case management and referral networks.
    • Document project results and impacts in various forms, including media stories, promising practices, lessons learned, case studies, client satisfaction, etc.

    Qualifications

    • Advanced university degree required, preferably in medicine or nursing or public health and social work (e.g. Community Health Medical Doctor, dual Master’s degree in Social Work and Public Health).
    • Minimum five years’ experience in an advisory role in relation to HIV care and treatment and/or OVC programming, including expertise in case management system and referral network design, assessment, implementation, monitoring and evaluation; familiarity with the use of organizational network analysis in relation to referral networks a plus.
    • Experience working in both healthcare and community settings.
    • Experience using quality improvement science at the health facility and community levels; ability to lead improvement collaboratives highly desirable.

    Demonstrated ability to design and conduct trainings.

    • Demonstrated ability to develop user-friendly guidance, tools and standard operating procedures for use at the health facility, CSO/CBO and community levels and the ability to provide training, technical assistance and mentoring in their use.
    • Knowledge of GON and PEPFAR programming, process, guidance and frameworks is strongly preferred.
    • Supervisory experience preferred.
    • Experience coordinating assessments, data collection and similar activities preferred.
    • Capacity to work closely with, understand, and support diverse partners including but not limited to State and LGA government actors, PEPFAR OVC IPs, civil society and faith-based organizations as well as healthcare providers and social service providers.
    • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to manage complex and sensitive organizational relationships particularly between health facilities and community-based providers of social services.
    • Strong analytical, negotiation and mentoring skills.
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English.
    • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook; familiarity with network analysis software a plus.

    Qualifications

    • Advanced university Degree required, preferably in Medicine or Nursing or Public Health and Social work (e.g. Community Health Medical Doctor, dual Master's Degree in Social Work and Public Health).
    • Minimum five years’ experience in an advisory role in relation to HIV care and treatment and/or OVC programming, including expertise in case management system and referral network design, assessment, implementation, monitoring and evaluation; familiarity with the use of organizational network analysis in relation to referral networks a plus.
    • Experience working in both healthcare and community settings.
    • Experience using quality improvement science at the health facility and community levels; ability to lead improvement collaboratives highly desirable.
    • Demonstrated ability to design and conduct trainings.
    • Demonstrated ability to develop user-friendly guidance, tools and standard operating procedures for use at the health facility, CSO/CBO and community levels and the ability to provide training, technical assistance and mentoring in their use.
    • Knowledge of GON and PEPFAR programming, process, guidance and frameworks is strongly preferred.
    • Supervisory experience preferred.
    • Experience coordinating assessments, data collection and similar activities preferred.
    • Capacity to work closely with, understand, and support diverse partners including but not limited to State and LGA government actors, PEPFAR OVC IPs, civil society and faith-based organizations as well as healthcare providers and social service providers.
    • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to manage complex and sensitive organizational relationships particularly between health facilities and community-based providers of social services.
    • Strong analytical, negotiation and mentoring skills.
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English.
    • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook; familiarity with network analysis software a plus.

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    Sustainability Coordinator

     

    Job Description

    • The Sustainability Coordinator will provide vision and technical leadership on all aspects of the planning, implementation and evaluation of all graduation/transition and sustainability support provided to PEPFAR Nigeria OVC Implementing Partners (IPs).
    • Initially, the Sustainability Coordinator’s focus will be on sustained-support States to ensure the responsible graduation and transition of OVC and their households and sustainability of select interventions at the State, LGA and community levels.
    • He/She will provide direct supervision to the Organizational Development Technical Advisor, Government System Strengthening Technical Advisor and Advocacy Technical Advisor to ensure coordination and synergy among these positions.
    • This position will collaborate with 4Children HQ and consultants to develop the methodology, guidance and tools for the sustainability planning workshops.
    • He/She will ensure high quality implementation of the workshops and accompaniment of IPs during the regional workshops and as IPs implement their sustainability plans.
    • He/She will also liaise with the FMWASD, NACA, FMOH, UNICEF, and the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) around key issues related to graduation, transition and sustainability at the government and donor levels.

    Specific Responsibilities

    • In collaboration with project staff, provide guidance and technical oversight to PEPFAR OVC IPs, government
    • partners and other collaborating agencies to ensure that objectives around sustainability, graduation/transition are achieved.
    • Liaise with 4Children Core Team to gather lessons learned around sustainability planning, graduation and transition from similar programs (e.g., PEPFAR supported programs, USAID Office of Food for Peace Title II programs, Feed the Future programs) and use this information to inform 4Children Nigeria’s approach to sustainability planning.
    • Lead the conceptualization and implementation of 4Children Nigeria’s harmonized, standardized, and contextualized approach to holistic, costed sustainability planning at the PEPFAR OVC Implementing Partner, government, civil society, community, household and individual levels to support OVC and household graduation/transition and social service system strengthening; ensure alignment with national graduation strategy and criteria.
    • Orient all 4Children Nigeria staff, STTA and consultants to the sustainability planning process and ensure their role in the process is understood.
    • Oversee the design and implementation of sustainability planning workshops; facilitate workshop sessions.
    • Oversee the development of analytical framework to support the analysis of existing organizational and technical capacity assessments to inform sustainability planning as well as any new assessments, as needed.
    • Coordinate all 4Children Nigeria’s efforts around organizational and technical capacity strengthening at the PEPFAR OVC IP, key Government of Nigeria (GON) institutions, LGAs, Networks and civil society organization/community-based organizations (CSO/CBO) levels, ensuring the use of the most appropriate capacity strengthening approaches (e.g., training, accompaniment, exchange visits, on-the-job training, etc.).
    • Coordinate and harmonize capacity building activities and technical assistance provided by the Government System Strengthening, Organizational Capacity Strengthening (CSO), and Advocacy Technical Advisors; ensure appropriate sequencing.
    • Oversee the identification of capacity strengthening needs and provision of high-quality technical assistance to USG OVC IPs, Networks and select Government of Nigeria entities related to household graduation/transition and social service system strengthening.
    • Liaise with Parenting and Youth Technical Advisor, Case Management and Referral Technical Advisors and Household Economic Strengthening Technical Director to ensure alignment of capacity building activities and technical assistance as well as appropriate sequencing.
    • Collaborate with 4Children technical staff (Core team and Nigeria) to identify ways to incorporate sustainability planning, graduation/transition into existing project activities such as social service and health system strengthening, case management and household economic strengthening being implemented by USG IPs.
    • Develop terms of reference for a technical working group (TWG) for sustainability; solicit membership and support regular meetings and the development of products that support GON Ministries, PEPFAR OVC IPs and their partners to sustainability planning, graduation and transition; liaise with FMWASD, NACA and FMOH and TWG to ensure alignment with National guidance and tools.
    • Engage 4Children consortium partners, as appropriate, during key stages in the project cycle for their insights on the appropriateness of program approaches and interventions and for quality assurance.

    Partnership:

    • In collaboration with the Program Director, foster positive collaboration among 4Children Core Team, 4Children Nigeria, CRS Nigeria and USAID/CDC Nigeria.
    • Establish, build and manage effective partnerships with PEPFAR OVC IPs, key Nigerian ministries, institutions, UN agencies, learning institutions, donors, networks and organizations at the National, State and the zonal levels promote local ownership and a HIV-sensitive social service system.
    • Identify opportunities for linkages with other USG-funded and donors supported projects and organizations to support 4Children Nigeria project objectives.

    Human Resources Management:

    • Coordinate and provide support supervision for to the Technical Advisors for: Government System Strengthening, Organizational Capacity Strengthening (CSO), and Advocacy.
    • Provide support to the Government System Strengthening Technical Advisor in relation to the coordination and management of the 10 Zonal State Coordinators.
    • Ensure staff compliance with all CRS administrative and operational procedures and policies, as well as applicable to the donor regulations.
    • Oversee consultants and short-term technical assistance related to sustainability.

    Planning, Monitoring, Reporting & Learning:

    • Ensure project planning, reporting, budgeting and financial management pertaining to the sustainability components of the project area completed in a timely manner.
    • Monitor progress toward sustainability plan benchmarks/indicators and provide frequent progress reports to the Program Director.
    • Identify with support of 4Children Nigeria Technical Advisors opportunities for exchanges through quarterly meetings/visits/webinars/calls among IPs and States for learning around sustainability, capacity strengthening, and graduation/transition.
    • Ensure documentation of the 4Children graduation and sustainability planning model, lessons learned, and case studies.
    • Liaise regularly with 4Children Core Team engaged in similar activities, including a global Community of Practice around sustainability/graduation/transition.

    Supervisory Responsibility:

    • The Sustainability Coordinator directly supervises the Organizational Development Technical Advisor, Government System Strengthening Technical Advisor and the Advocacy Technical Advisor. S/he will also oversee consultants and the provision of short-term technical assistance.

    Qualifications

    • Doctoral or Masters degree in International Development, Public Health, or related field.
    • Minimum of 8 years of senior-level experience in project management and supervision in the context of PEPFAR-supported programs, preferably those targeting orphans and vulnerable children.
    • Experience in the development and implementation of capacity strengthening plans to support sustainability and transition to local ownership.
    • Demonstrated ability to work with and reach consensus among a wide-range of stakeholders including donors, government, PEPFAR Implementing Partners, UN agencies, civil society and faith-based organizations and the private sector.
    • Demonstrated proactive leadership ability, as well as supervisory and personnel management experience.
    • Demonstrated ability to prepare and analyze work plans and budgets.
    • Demonstrated ability in rapid assessment, program analysis, project monitoring and evaluation, partnership, and sustainability issues.
    • Familiarity with USG rules and regulations.
    • Familiarity and understanding of the Nigerian State planning and budgeting processes as well as planning processes of USG IPs.
    • Ability to work effectively in diverse environments and under pressure.
    • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

    Travel:

    • The Sustainability Coordinator will be expected to travel within Nigeria and potentially outside of Nigeria to attend conferences, workshops or other activities related to the project.

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    Program Assistant

     

    Job Summary

    • The Project Assistant will provide logistic and administrative support to the 4Children Nigeria team to ensure project timeline and deliverables are met, in particular provide key support to the Program Director to ensure proper project implementation, achievement of targets, and communication with partners, donor and key stakeholders.
    • The position with liaise with program staff with the goal of providing efficient program and administrative support thereby ensuring timely and efficient program delivery.

    Specific Responsibilities

    • Provide support in the development of project materials, reports, presentations, and webinars.
    • Schedule conference calls, distribute agendas and take meeting notes, track action items, and provide key related analysis, materials, and other supporting resources.
    • Provide administrative and logistical support for technical assistance projects, including development and formatting of resource materials, customization of standardized materials from templates, and posting resources to website.
    • Support technical assistance projects by conducting website user set-up, data entry, data management and upload, and data quality control review processes.
    • Work with other team members to ensure that project-related activities are tracked in work plans and support tracking tools.
    • Ensure program information is uploaded and updated in Gateway on an ongoing basis.
    • Provide input for process improvement in streamlined procedures, accurate data and high quality client service.
    • Support meetings with note taking and minute development and sharing when requested.
    • Build strong, positive relationships with all internal and external project stakeholders for ongoing communication, collaborative planning, and shared problem-solving.
    • Support the development of annual work plan and budget activities as requested.
    • Provide ongoing coordination of program staff travels plans working closely with CRS administration team, procurement and logistics teams including drivers.
    • Provide human resources management functions in coordination with the human resources manager
    • Based on need, the Program Assistant will perform petty cash management role for the office.

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor's degree in International Development, Public Health, Psychology, Sociology or related field.
    • Minimum 2 years in providing administrative support in a similar context.
    • Strong interpersonal, cross -cultural and training/mentoring skills
    • Proficiency in MS Office Applications: Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel
    • Experience providing logistical support and general project support, such as activity tracking, task coordination, and material formatting.
    • Superior attention to detail and the ability to meet stringent deadlines
    • Strong analytical, problem-solving and decision making capabilities
    • Ability to be flexible, multi-task, prioritize, and manage multiple activities simultaneously in a fast-paced, changing environment
    • Strong team player with the ability to take initiative and work well independently
    • Excellent verbal, oral, interpersonal and written communication skills in English
    • Ability to exercise good judgment, discretion, tact, and diplomacy.

    Travel:

    • Regular travel within Nigeria to provide administrative and logistical support at partner planning meetings, trainings, program review workshops and other events as required.

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    Technical Officer - Household Economic Strengthening

     

    Job ID: #1355346

    Job Summary

    • The Household Economic Strengthening Technical Officer (HES TO) will support PEPFAR OVC Implementing Partner (IP) capacity strengthening efforts related to HES by providing training, accompaniment and technical support to PEPFAR OVC IPs with a focus on the implementation and management of savings groups, financial education, market opportunity identification/assessment, entrepreneurship and business development services.
    • S/he will support IPs to liaise with relevant government ministries and programs, other technical experts and agencies and the private sector to support household graduation and transition.
    • The position will also include regular mentoring and visits to the field to review case files and conduct supportive supervision of the CSOs and IPs. This position reports to the HES Technical Director.

    Specific Responsibilities

    • Under the supervision of the HES Technical Director, carry out the 4Children HES activities, working closely with IPs to ensure adherence to accepted technical standards, best practices and donor regulations.
    • Support the HES Technical Director in capacity assessments of IPs around HES.
    • Travel to project areas to monitor program activities and provide support to IP field staff
    • Facilitate orientation to HES concepts and principles to IPs as needed.
    • Facilitate SILC Training of Trainers (ToT) and Financial Education sessions to ensure quality implementation of SILC and Financial Education activities by partners.
    • Facilitate training in market opportunity identification/assessment, entrepreneurship and business development services for IP HES staff.
    • Support IPs to develop linkages with relevant government, civil society/project and private sector actors in within their operational areas.
    • Conduct joint-supervision visits with IP HES staff to provide mentoring as they provide technical support to field agents, SILC/savings group members.
    • Identify promising practices in HES to document and share across OVC IPs.
    • Collaborate with other sector leads, consortium partners and government ministries to ensure effective HES programming and harmonization.

    Qualifications

    • Master's Degree in Development Studies, Agricultural Economics, Economics, Business Administration, International Relations or a closely related field.
    • Three to five years professional field experience in economic strengthening.
    • Experience in savings led microfinance and financial education programming.
    • Experience in developing and implementing strategic plans with diverse teams.
    • Experience working in partnership with both international and local NGO partners.
    • Capacity to work closely with, understand, and support partners both government and faith-based organizations.
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English.
    • Strong interpersonal, cross -cultural and training/facilitation/mentoring skills
    • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, Power-Point and Outlook.
    • Familiarity with using household vulnerability assessment tools and SAVEX a plus.

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    Technical Advisor - Organizational Capacity Strengthening

     

    Job Summary

    • Organizational Capacity Strengthening Technical Advisor (CSO) will support the Sustainability Coordinator to conceptualize and implement the overall strategy and approach to graduation, transition in relation to CSO/CBOs providing OVC services, including child protection networks (CPNs).
    • S/he will lead the design, coordination and implementation of contextualized technical assistance to PEPFAR OVC IPs in order to strengthen the ability of CSO/CBOs to fulfil their mandate as part of a HIV-sensitive social service system.
    • This TA will ensure quality, manage, support and supervise capacity strengthening consultants, STTA and ensure technical and organizational capacity strengthening needs are met.
    • The Organizational Capacity Strengthening Technical Advisor will work closely with the Government System Strengthening Technical Advisor, Agricultural Livelihoods Technical Advisor, the Household Economic Strengthening Technical Director and Officer and MEAL Manager to ensure a harmonized approach to capacity strengthening implementation and monitoring.
    • The position will have change management and capacity strengthening experience.

    Specific Responsibilities

    • Support the conceptualization and implementation of 4Children Nigeria’s harmonized, standardized, and contextualized approach to holistic, costed sustainability planning at the PEPFAR OVC Implementing Partner (IP), government, civil society, community, household and individual levels to support OVC and household graduation/transition and social service system strengthening; ensure alignment with national graduation strategy and criteria and progress towards OVC service delivery standards.
    • Support PEPFAR OVC IPs to carry out baseline organizational capacity assessments and use the results of this (or previous) assessments to develop, implement and track progress on sustainability plans and associated capacity strengthening plans designed to support a HIV-sensitive social service system.
    • Support PEPFAR OVC IPs, Zonal or State costed sustainability planning workshops components related to CSO/CBO and OVC-related networks capacity strengthening; participate in National level sustainability planning workshop.
    • Lead the design, coordination and implementation of contextualized organizational development and technical assistance that PEPFAR OVC IPs can cascade to their CSO/CBO partners and networks.
    • Identify/adapt and promote evidence-based organizational capacity strengthening tools, methods or approaches that PEPFAR OVC IPs can use or improve upon to address identified capacity gaps or areas in need of improvement for CSO/CBO and networks to better support OVC and household graduation/transition and strengthen a HIV-sensitive social service system; liaise closely with 4Children Nigeria Technical Advisors to address gaps.
    • Adapt existing CRS and other tools (i.e., Holistic Organizational Capacity Assessment Instrument (HOCAI) and Sub-Recipient Financial Monitoring tools and UGM OCA tool) to assess CSO/CBO capacity, identify areas in need of improvement and support development of organizational capacity improvement plans.
    • Jointly formulate strategies and action plans for addressing weaknesses or capacity gaps in CSO/CBOs and networks.
    • Provide guidance and technical assistance to PEPFAR OVC IPs on the use and adoption of the latest tools and methodologies to support all aspects of project management related to capacity strengthening and sustainability plan implementation.
    • Establish systems for monitoring and evaluating capacity to measure progress and generate an evidence base for successful and sustainable approaches to organizational capacity strengthening for CSOs/CBOs providing OVC services.
    • Collaborate with and develop scopes of work for specialists and/or external consultants to provide targeted technical assistance and training to CBOs/CSOs and networks informed by capacity strengthening needs identified in the costed sustainability plans.
    • Support Zonal/State level organizational network analyses (ONA) to strengthen referral networks and promote linkages between community, facility and State-level protection and HIV services in collaboration with the Zonal State Coordinator, Case Management and Referral Technical Advisor, States, PEPFAR OVC IPs, health facilities, CSO/CBOs, networks and other aspects of a HIV-sensitive social service system.

    Qualifications

    • Master's degree in Public Administration, Business Administration or Organizational Management or Leadership, or equivalent degree with proven capacity strengthening experience.
    • Five years of experience in organizational development and provision of technical assistance to international non-governmental organizations and/or civil society and faith-based organizations preferably to those engaged in HIV care and treatment and/or OVC services delivery.
    • Demonstrated ability to maintain positive relationships with and accountability towards diverse actors including donors, PEPFAR OVC, government, and civil society partners.
    • Demonstrated ability motivate and inspire teamwork among diverse partners, without direct supervisory responsibilities.
    • Excellent project management skills including the demonstrated ability to conduct assessments, analysis, monitoring, and reporting as well as the ability to develop practical solutions within set deadlines.
    • Experience in quality improvement science, using data to inform decision-making and sustainability planning/monitoring a plus.
    • Excellent negotiation and analytical/problem-solving skills.
    • Strong interpersonal, partnership, and training, facilitation and mentoring skills.
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English.
    • Knowledge of GON OVC service delivery standards and PEPFAR programming, process, guidance and frameworks is strongly preferred.
    • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, Power-Point and Outlook.
    • Experience in organizational network analysis a plus.

    Travel:

    • The Organizational Development Technical Advisor will be expected to travel frequently within Nigeria and potentially outside of Nigeria to attend conference, workshops or other activities related to the project.

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    Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Manager

     

    Job Summary

    • The Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Manager is responsible for the day-to-day tracking and reporting of activities under the 4Children Nigeria program.
    • The role includes but is not limited to the development of standardized data collection tools and database systems; frequent data collection; verification of results reported; analysis and presentation of findings and project progress; implementation of project accountability mechanisms; and the provision of feedback to partners.
    • The MEAL Manager will ensure that systems are in place to measure the project’s impact and progress and that data is readily available to be used as a foundation for programmatic adjustments and evidence-based decision-making.
    • In addition, s/he will take the lead in designing a learning agenda, assessment, and research protocols, receiving institutional review board approval, identifying relevant STTA, overseeing data collection and report writing pertaining to all data collection and operations research conducted under this project in collaboration with subject matter experts.
    • The MEAL Manager will lead writing of project reports in line with donor timelines and regulations.
    • This position will supervise the Database Officer..

    Specific Responsibilities
    MEAL Strategy & Design:

    • Ensure that the 4Children Nigeria MEAL systems are in compliance with both CRS global and regional policies, procedures, standards, and strategic initiatives as well as 4Children core team standards.
    • Support 4Children Nigeria technical staff to design and implement assessments, gender analysis, stakeholder analysis, organizational capacity assessments, and other data collection and analysis activities.
    • Collaborate with 4Children Core Team to develop a protocol for a treatment facility catchment area assessment aligned with relevant USG and Government of Nigeria rules and regulations.
    • Collaborate with Household Economic Strengthening Technical Director to design an assessment of the household vulnerability assessment (HHVA) and develop recommendation for improvement based on the findings of the assessment
    • Support 4Children Nigeria technical staff to develop a learning agenda and design associated operations research.
    • Develop and review Results Frameworks, ProFrames, M&E Plans, and Analysis Plans as needed.
    • Support the documentation of lessons learned, best practices, program data, evaluations, and other information to generate donor communication pieces, success stories, case studies, and other high-quality, results-based documentation.

    Tool Development:

    • Participate in the development and standardization of forms and tools to collect relevant disaggregated data on project monitoring indicators, effects and impacts (Simple Measurement of Indicators for Learning and Evidence-based Reporting, also known as SMILER).
    • Develop tools for treatment facility catchment area studies, preferably within i-Form builder
    • Develop data flows, reporting maps and templates, to ensure the appropriate information arrives to the right program staff in a timely and efficient manner.
    • Support the development tools to track progress on sustainability plans at the organizational/institutional levels and benchmarks for household graduation/transition
    • Assist in developing digital data collection systems, where appropriate
    • Train and support relevant IP and/or CSO/CBO on the use of tools and management of data flow
    • Ensure that all project monitoring arrangements comply with the project and donor agreements and, in particular, ensure that the agreements are concretely operationalized

    Collection, Review, and Analysis of Data:

    • Systematically collect, validate and analyze data and ensure that it is accurate and of the highest quality.
    • Participate in all aspects of realizing studies and evaluations, which includes but is not limited to: scope of work development, consultant identification, planning and arranging logistical arrangements for field research, overseeing sampling strategies, leading the selection of sites to be visited, attending research and tool training workshops, leading quantitative, qualitative and participatory data collection efforts in the field, supervising the execution of field studies and ensuring the reliability and validity of data.
    • Lead the use of technology for monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning.
    • Identify and oversee technical assistance in geographic information systems (GIS) for assessments, other project activities and data-informed decision-making.
    • Ensure participatory analysis of monitoring data gathered through established accountability mechanisms as specified in the MEAL System/Plan/Binder.
    • Prepare reports to support data-informed decision-making by project leadership.
    • Ensure project evaluations (including mid-term, final, after-action reviews or if applicable Real Time Evaluations) are organized and managed in timely and quality manner
    • Ensure evaluation results are used to enhance learning and improve interventions.
    • Ensure project lessons learned are captured and used in future similar projects including uploading and upgrading of program documentation on CRS Gateway.

    Partner Support:

    • Coordinate and ensure appropriate and timely involvement of IPs in MEAL activities.
    • Review relevant data collection systems as implemented by partners, to ensure rigor and appropriateness of practices.
    • Lead formal training events for IP M&E staff to enhance their capacity for sound implementation.

    Qualifications

    • Master's degree in Statistics, Public Health, Economics or other a field related to Monitoring and Evaluation.
    • Minimum five years of experience in monitoring and evaluating, with a focus on capacity strengthening and PEPFAR programs preferred.
    • Demonstrated ability to apply principles and current approaches in program M&E using both quantitative and qualitative methods, especially those of PEPFAR.
    • Significant experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative assessments and surveys (including sound understanding of sampling).
    • Proficiency in database development/management, SPSS, EPI-Info, Access, Excel and skills in analyzing, interpreting and communicating information to various stakeholders.
    • Experience with facilitation, capacity strengthening and partnership building, with the capacity to empower staff through opportunities for growth and development
    • Ability to transfer knowledge through formal and informal trainings
    • Experience using ICT for data collection
    • Familiarity with measures and tools used in household economic strengthening, food security, and agriculture a plus.
    • Familiarity with NOMIS and GIS a plus.
    • Experience using appreciative inquiry and conflict sensitivity techniques a plus.
    • Demonstrated proactive leadership ability, as well as supervisory and personnel management experience.
    • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Excellent organizational skills, team work and ability to prioritize tasks in a timely manner.
    • Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills as well as good judgment and vision.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
    • Sound coordination skills and a demonstrated ability to multi-task.
    • Demonstrates diplomacy, flexibility, and resourcefulness.
    • Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.

    Travel:

    • Extensive travel within Nigeria to provide monitoring and technical support to partners, participation at training and program review workshops. The MEAL Manager may also travel internationally to participate at relevant conferences, communities of practice and learning events.

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    Technical Advisor - Parenting and Youth

     

    Job ID: #1355371

    Job Summary

    • The Parenting and Youth Technical Advisor will provide technical leadership for the 4Children Nigeria project around strengthening parenting and youth programming among current PEPFAR implementing partners (IPs) with a focus on creating opportunities within the existing portfolio to more effectively and holistically address the needs of adolescent girls age 10-18 years.
    • This position identify and work with STTA to conduct evidence-based review, adaptation and consolidation of curricular on parenting with view to come up with common approach to parenting support and development that IPs will use to train CSOs.
    • The focus will be on strengthening the capacity of current IPs in the areas of parenting, especially for adolescents, including those living with HIV, with an emphasis on developing strong communication between caregivers and adolescents. Other opportunities include leveraging child protection networks to identify ways to reduce violence against children and HIV risk for adolescent girls.
    • This position will increase awareness among IPs about principles of adolescent girl programming and support them to adapt them to their context.
    • S/he will liaise closely with the Household Economic Strengthening Technical Director to identify ways to address structural/household economic issues (e.g., pulling girls out of school) that put adolescent girls at risk and support appropriate programmatic response.
    • This position will also work closely with the Case Management and Referral Network Technical Advisor to support IPs to identify opportunities for more robust case management and referral networks to address the needs of this population and create stronger linkages with health services.

    Specific Responsibilities

    • Lead assessments of IP parenting curricula in use in Nigeria ages, stages and special populations (e.g., CLHIV and ALHIV) and make recommendations to address gaps including the identification of STTA as needed.
    • Organize and facilitate training of trainers (TOTs) for IP staff on evidence-based parenting curricula that have been contextually adapted and ready for scale-up.
    • Identify and appropriately adapt evidence-based curricula and guides for training in youth-serving approaches with tools for applying these approaches with a focus on adolescent girls and ALHIV.
    • Collaborate with 4Children Nigeria technical staff to include parenting-related benchmarks into IP and State sustainability plans and household case plans; ensure appropriate benchmarks are identified to monitor household progress.
    • Collaborate with other 4Children Nigeria technical staff to identify opportunities to integrate youth-serving approaches into existing programming with a focus on adolescent girls.
    • Co-facilitate with relevant 4Children Nigeria technical staff TOTs for IP staff for the integration of youth-serving approaches and principles of adolescent girl programming into ongoing activities.
    • Synthesize best practices and develop guidelines and training programs in these areas, and support local IPs to incorporate robust prevention interventions into their programs.
    • Ensure approaches are aligned with CRS policies.

    Qualifications

    • Master's Degree in Social Work, Social Sciences, Education or a closely related field.
    • Five to six years professional field experience in youth and/or parenting programming in an HIV/OVC context.
    • Familiarity with child development and its application in a programming context
    • Familiarity with the development and use of youth-serving programming approaches, tools and strategies.
    • Experience working with local partners and participatory methods for youth integration and promotion of positive parenting.
    • Experience working in consortiums with both international and local NGO partners.
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English
    • Strong interpersonal, cross -cultural and training/mentoring skills
    • Advanced computer literacy

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    Technical Advisor - Advocacy

     

    Job Summary

    • The Advocacy Technical Advisor (ATA) will liaise with and technical experts on issues related to advocacy, policy analysis and the development of an investment case in a sustained OVC-response, including HIV-sensitive social service systems at National, State and LGA levels.
    • This information will be used to support the PEPFAR OVC Implementing Partners (IPs) and their collaborating CSO/CBOs and relevant OVC networks to develop and implement a joint advocacy agenda and strategy to increase Government of Nigeria (GON) commitment towards a sustained OVC-response and a HIV-sensitive social service system.
    • S/he will work closely with short term technical assistance providers and PEFPAR OVC IPs to development a joint advocacy agenda and strategy, ensuring that advocacy messages are clear, evidence-informed whenever possible, and designed according to the specific needs, utilizing contextually appropriate language and delivery methods for the intended audience.
    • The ATA will play a key role in ensuring that the experience and evidence created by the PEPFAR OVC IPs, CSO/CBOs and OVC networks is translated into advocacy evidence and tools to engage, convince and foster better understanding and eventual ownership by other actors such as government, academia and private sector to sustain the Nigerian OVC response and HIV-sensitive social service system.

    Specific Responsibilities

    • Support the conceptualization and implementation of 4Children Nigeria’s harmonized, standardized, and contextualized approach to holistic, costed sustainability planning at the PEPFAR OVC Implementing Partner (IP), government, civil society, networks, community, household and individual levels to support OVC and household graduation/transition and social service system strengthening; ensure there is a component to assess relevant advocacy needs at the State, PEPFAR OVC IP, CSO/CBO and network levels.
    • Support PEPFAR OVC IPs to carry out baseline assessments and use the results of this (or previous) assessments to develop, implement and track progress towards supporting HIV and child sensitive budgeting at the State/LGA levels and the ability of CSO/CBOs and networks to advocate for a sustained OVC-response and a HIV-sensitive social service system; develop measures and tools to hold stakeholders accountable to commitments.
    • Support PEPFAR OVC IPs, Zonal or State costed sustainability planning workshops ensuring advocacy-related activities are incorporated into costed sustainability plans; participate in National level sustainability planning workshop.
    • Design, conduct and/or oversee special studies and policy analysis to inform joint advocacy strategies such as a costing study to inform an investment case in the OVC-response and a HIV-sensitive social service system in collaboration with the 4Children Core Team.
    • Work with PEPFAR OVC IPs/CSOs/CBOs/networks to develop, implement and monitor an evidence-informed joint advocacy agenda, strategies and tactics to increase GON ownership and commitment towards a sustained OVC-response and a HIV-sensitive social service system including but not limited to goal setting, building relationships, problem identification, stakeholder analysis, audience-specific communication strategies (e.g., using data to inform communication, crafting and presenting messages, identifying messengers, message medium, timing etc.), monitoring and reporting.
    • Support the development of teams and coalitions to accomplish advocacy goals, provide mentoring as necessary.
    • Leverage data from other 4Children Nigeria Technical Advisors, MEAL Manager and PEPFAR OVC IPs, CSO/CBOs and networks to inform the design and implementation of the joint advocacy strategy.
    • Explore opportunities to increase ownership and demonstrated commitment to a sustained OVC-response and HIV-sensitive social service system from other stakeholders such as academia and the private sector.
    • Strengthen the leadership capacity of SMWASD and other relevant GON entities to foster greater intragovernmental collaboration to develop child-sensitive budgets that support the OVC-response and a HIV-sensitive social service system aligned with Nigerian frameworks and policies in collaboration with the Government System Strengthening Technical Advisor and Zonal State Coordinators.
    • Represent the 4Children Nigeria consortium at key stakeholder meetings.

    Qualifications

    • Advanced university Degree, preferably in Law or Social Sciences (e.g. International Relations, Political Science, Public Affairs, and/or International Development).
    • Five years professional experience in advocacy with at least three years of experience in advisory roles in development projects preferably focused on HIV care and treatment and/or OVC programming.
    • Advanced technical expertise in advocacy – including planning, tactic selection, policy and political economy analysis, communications, network and coalition-building, etc.
    • Experience conducting high-level advocacy including to government, donors and international organizations (e.g., UN agencies).
    • Proven experience of both coordinating and working within national networks and coalitions.
    • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to manage complex and sensitive organizational relationships.
    • Familiarity with the legislative, planning, budgeting and allocation processes at the LGA, State and Federal levels, particularly as it relates to child-related issues.
    • Familiarity with the use of social auditing tools and network analysis in relation to support advocacy agendas a plus.
    • Knowledge of GON and PEPFAR programming, process, guidance and frameworks is strongly preferred.
    • Strong analytical, negotiation, facilitation / training and mentoring skills.
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English.
    • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook as well as popular social media platforms (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn).

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    Technical Advisor - Agricultural Livelihoods

     

    Job Description

    • The Agricultural Livelihoods Technical Advisor will provide technical leadership, guidance and capacity strengthening to PEPFAR OVC Implementing Partners (IPs) in the areas of agriculture and livelihood security.
    • He/She will focus on technical assistance aimed at improved household food security and resilience and strengthened community-based safety nets such as food banks.
    • He/She will identify (and develop if necessary) strategies, approaches and tools to support and strengthen the implementation of agriculture and livelihood activities being provided by PEPFAR OVC IP civil society/community-based organizations (CSO/CBOs) to support household graduation and transition.
    • Focus areas include crop improvements, crop diversification, value addition, improved storage, producer groups (crop, livestock, and fisheries), agro-enterprise, and collective marketing.
    • This position will work closely with the Household Economic Strengthening Technical Director and Household Economic Strengthening Technical Officer to ensure alignment of strategies and appropriate sequencing.
    • He/She will support IPs to liaise with relevant government ministries, other technical experts and agencies working in the field of on agriculture and livelihoods.
    • The position will also include regular mentoring and visits to the field and conduct supportive supervision of the IPs and CSOs.

    Specific Responsibilities
    Technical Leadership and Assistance:

    • Provide technical leadership and guidance in the assessment, planning and implementation of capacity strengthening activities for PEPFAR OVC IPs related to agriculture, food security, and agricultural livelihoods; in collaboration with PEPFAR OVC IPs, HES Technical Director and Organizational Capacity Strengthening Technical Advisor ensure alignment with PEPFAR guidance and appropriateness for targeted households.
    • Ensure that agriculture/agricultural livelihoods related activities are appropriately planned and costed in all State and IP sustainability plans.
    • Lead the design and development of capacity strengthening of strategies, approaches and tools to support PEPFAR OVC IPs and their partner CSO/CBOs in the area of agricultural livelihoods.
    • Support PEPFAR OVC IPs to identify and/or design growth opportunities and capitalize on market opportunities in the areas of livelihood security.
    • Provide mentorship and technical assistance to relevant PEPFAR OVC IP and CSO/CBO staff in the areas of agricultural livelihoods and value chain development including market opportunity identification, value-addition, strengthening of producer groups for collective marketing (agriculture/livestock/fisheries) and supporting linkages to the private sector including input suppliers, traders, wholesalers and retailers to PEPFAR OVC IP and CSO/CBO staff.
    • Provide technical assistance to PEPFAR OVC IPs to enhance household food security by increasing yields and reducing post-harvest losses. This may include the promotion of improved agricultural techniques, access to improved varieties, crop diversification and introduction of appropriate technology to reduce post-harvest losses.
    • Support PEPFAR OVC IPs in the training of producer groups and organization of seed and tool fairs; as well as the recruitment and training of community animal health workers, as needed.
    • Develop Scopes of Work for short-term technical assistance/consultants in the area of agriculture, food security and agricultural livelihoods; support PEPFAR OVC IPs in the same.

    Partnership:

    • Development and maintain relationships with key stakeholders including ministries at the National, State and LGA levels, research institutions/universities, veterinary services, input suppliers, business development service providers, local entrepreneurs, traders, wholesalers and retailers key government; support PEPFAR OVC IPs to forge relationships with these stakeholders as needed to improve agriculture, food security and agricultural livelihoods programming provided by CSO/CBOs for targeted households.
    • Participate in cluster technical working groups and meetings to ensure technical assistance provided to PEPFAR OVC IPs is up-to-date and aligns with industry standards.
    • Represent 4Children Nigeria to donors and relevant government ministries.

    Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning:

    • Provide guidance and technical assistance to IPs on the use and adoption of the latest tools and methodologies in all aspects of project management related to agriculture and livelihoods, including monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) systems.
    • Document project results and impacts in various forms, including media stories, lessons learned, case studies, client satisfaction, etc.
    • Provide inputs to 4Children Nigeria annual planning, monitoring, reporting and budgeting processes.

    Qualifications

    • Master’s degree in agronomy, agricultural economics, crop/animal science or relevant field or equivalent experience.
    • Minimum 5+ years of experience in management of agriculture production and/or value-chain activities in developing countries, particularly in Nigeria.
    • Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing agriculture projects in rural and peri-urban settings.
    • Demonstrated experience in training design, delivery and mentoring in subject matter relevant to this position.
    • Experience the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of sustainable agriculture, food security, agricultural value-chain development (linking producers to markets) programming.
    • Previous experience carrying out and using the results of technical capacity assessments in the areas of agricultural production, value-chain development, food security and related fields.
    • Knowledge and experience in pastoralist systems, livestock and fisheries management, a plus.
    • Strong team player with the ability to take initiative and work well independently.
    • Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills in English.
    • Ability to exercise good judgment, discretion, tact, and diplomacy.
    • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, Power-Point and Outlook.

    Travel:

    • This position will require significant field travel for regular interactions with the field-based implementing partners relevant government departments and other technical experts and collaborating agencies working in the field of agriculture, agricultural value chains, livelihoods and capacity strengthening.

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    Technical Director, Household Economic Strengthening, 4Children

     

    Background

    • Initiated in September 2014, The Comprehensive, Coordinated Care for Children Project (4Children) is a five �year USAID �funded consortium of organizations led by Catholic Relief Services with partners IntraHealth, Maestral, Pact, Plan and Westat. 4Children designed to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for OVC affected by HIV and AIDS and other adversities.
    • 4Children draws on global evidence, which illustrates that HIV and other adversities are best prevented and addressed when families and children have access to both high quality health and social welfare services.
    • 4Children helps countries to identify practical and appropriate policies, programs and services that reduce the risk of HIV and maltreatment and promote child well-being. It promotes approaches that address the unique needs of each child and family, including strengthening front line social service workforce and case management systems.
    • The United States Government (USG) has made a significant investment in the prevention and response to HIV and AIDS in Nigeria over the past decade. In fiscal year 2015, more than 800,000 children benefited from PEPFAR-supported services. Currently, PEPFAR-funded OVC programming is occurring across the country in approximately 180 local government areas (LGAs).
    • Under PEPFAR 3.0, approaches will focus on the highest impact interventions in key geographic areas where data demonstrate the highest prevalence of HIV. In Nigeria, this has resulted in the identification of 32 Local Government Areas (LGAs) where facilities report the highest prevalence of HIV. These LGAs, also referred to as "scale up" LGAs, will be the focus of intense PEPFAR-funded interventions aimed at significantly decreasing the rate of new HIV infections and successfully treating existing cases and controlling the spread of the disease. Future interventions will have an increased focus on linking OVC and their caregivers to HIV testing and counseling (HTC) and treatment and outreach to adolescent girls to prevent new HIV infections. Through this new focus, it is anticipated that 300,000 OVC will be graduation or transitioned from current programming by end of fiscal year (FY) 2016 and an additional 600,000 OVC by end FY 2017.
    • To achieve these targets, 4Children will implement a two year project focused on the provision of technical assistance to PEPFAR OVC Implementing Partners, Government of Nigeria entities and Networks to graduate and transition OVC households and children from care and support.
    • To support these efforts, the project will strengthen programming around sustainability planning, case management and referral of OVC and vulnerable households to health facilities, household economic strengthening activities parenting, and youth/adolescent girl programming, as well as supporting the development of a HIV-sensitive social service system.

    Job Summary

    • To provide leadership, supervision, and oversight of the graduation and transition processes focusing on the household level.
    • S/he will be responsible for designing an overall HES capacity strengthening approach to meet the contextualized needs PEPFAR OVC implementing partners (IPs) and their local CSO/CBO partners based on assessment results.
    • HES strategies selected will assist families to earn and save income, manage money, and allocate household resources to improve children's wellness outcomes.
    • Approaches will be guided by PEPFAR's Guidance for OVC Programming and focus on strengthening HES activities identified by PEPFAR as core and near core.
    • The HES TD will be responsible for identifying and sourcing short term technical assistance (STTA) from within Nigeria and internationally, particularly as surge capacity in select areas of HES programming such as savings groups and financial education may be necessary.
    • This position will maintain relationships and foster linkages among IPs with key ministries and programs, other food security/economic growth projects and the private sector in an effort to improve access to services to support graduation and transition of households in sustained support LGAs and to strengthen activities in scale up LGAs.
    • The HES TD will work closely with the Sustainability Coordinator, Case Management and Referral Systems Technical Advisor and MEAL Manager to adapt existing case management approaches to better support HES and develop tools and benchmarks to track household progress that are more sensitive to change than the existing Nigerian Household Vulnerability Assessment (HHVA) tool.
    • This position will supervise the Agricultural Livelihoods Technical Advisor and the Household Economic Strengthening Technical Officer and will include regular mentoring and visits to the field to monitor HES capacity strengthening activities, review case files and conduct supportive supervision of the CSOs and IPs.

    Specific Responsibilities

    • Conceptualize and communicate 4Children's approach to household economic strengthening capacity strengthening to staff and implementing partners (IPs), setting forth a vision and plans for achieving project objectives through collaboration with IPs, government ministries, technical partners (such as training and research institutions) CSO/CBOs, and the private sector.
    • Collaborate with the Organizational Capacity Strengthening Technical, HES Technical Officer, Agricultural Livelihoods Technical Advisor to assess IPs, develop and implement capacity strengthening plans for themselves and their collaborating CSO/CBOs in HES.
    • Plan 4Children' project HES activities and set appropriate performance targets ensuring IPs adherence to technical standards, best practices and donor guidelines.
    • Ensure that HES related activities are appropriately planned and costed in all State and IP sustainability plans.
    • Identify technical assistance needs, develop scopes of work (SoW), identify and oversee short-term technical assistance providers
    • Work closely with the Sustainability Coordinator, Case Management and Referral Systems Technical Advisor and MEAL Manager to adapt existing case management approaches to better support HES and develop tools and benchmarks to track household progress that are more sensitive to change than the existing Nigerian Household Vulnerability Assessment (HHVA) tool.
    • Provide capacity strengthening to IP staff through trainings, workshops, facilitated group interactions as well as accompaniment through regular communication via email, telephone and site visits to support the successful implementation of HES project activities across implementing partners.
    • Support IPs to coordinate with government officials at all levels, strengthening appropriate coordination and technical support in implementation and follow-up of HES activities.
    • Support IPs to develop job descriptions and recruit the human resources needed to support quality HES programming at the IP and CSO/CBO levels.
    • Use appropriate project management tools to plan, review and track implementing partners' progress on HES project implementation and use of project resources.
    • Collaborate with other technical advisors and IPs to plan for and ensure an effective, coordinated and harmonized approach to HES programming across IPs
    • Develop and maintain linkages with governments, organizations and projects that can support HES activities supported by IPs
    • Ensure high quality facilitation of training and systematic post-training supportive supervision and mentoring to IP staff.
    • Support IPs and collaborating CSO/CBOs to increase access to well managed financial services preferably through CRS Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) methodology.
    • Ensure that all HES activities of IPs, particularly savings groups and the Savings and Internal Lending Communities Private Sector Provider (SILC PSP) programs adhere to industry and CRS' program quality and implementation standards.
    • Oversee and facilitate Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) and Financial Education Training of Trainer (TOT) sessions with CRS staff to ensure quality implementation of SILC activities by IPs.
    • Oversee and facilitate trainings in in market opportunity identification/assessment, entrepreneurship and business development services for IP HES staff.
    • Develop scopes of work and oversee consultancies and short-term technical assistance relation to HES activities.
    • Ensure a culture of accountability and learning through regular monitoring to project sites, providing oversight of studies and assessments and proper documentation of tools and promising practices to contribute to learning and building the evidence around household graduation, transition and economic strengthening.
    • Document project results and impacts in various forms, including media stories, lessons learned, case studies, client satisfaction, etc.
    • Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff) These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.
      • Serves with Integrity
      • Models Stewardship
      • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
      • Promotes Learning

    Program Manager Competencies

    • These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each Program Manager to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.
    • Sets clear goals and manages toward them
    • Collaborates effectively with staff and stakeholders
    • Manages financial resources with integrity
    • Applies program quality standards to project design and organizational learning

    Supervisory Responsibility:

    • The HES Technical Director will supervise the Agricultural Livelihoods Technical Advisor, the HES Technical Officer, consultants and short-term technical assistance providers.

    Key Working Relationships

    • Internal: 4Children Core Leadership and Technical Advisors; Program Director, Other 4Children Nigeria Technical Advisors, CRS Nigeria Programming, Finance, Procurement, and HR/Admin teams; Department of Program Impact and Quality Assurance Technical Advisors in Microfinance, OVC, Agricultural Livelihoods and Capacity Strengthening, CARO Regional Technical Advisors.
    • External: Donors, 4Children consortium members, government ministries at the National, State and LGA levels, UN agencies, PEPFAR OVC implementing partners, CSO/CBOs, research institutions, relevant private sector entities, local communities, beneficiaries and stakeholders.

    Required Qualifications and Skills

    • Master's Degree in Development Studies, Agricultural Economics, Economics, Business Administration, International Relations or a closely related field, or equivalent work experience.
    • Five to seven years of field experience in economic strengthening, especially within Africa.
    • Experience in programming in economic strengthening/growth such as value-chain development, business development, entrepreneurship, financial services with a focus on vulnerable populations, experience working with the private sector a plus.
    • Demonstrated experience in training design, delivery and mentoring in subject matter relevant to this position
    • Previous experience carrying out technical capacity assessments in the areas of savings-led microfinance, value chain development, and related fields preferred.
    • Experience in savings-led microfinance, with CRS' SILC and fee-for service model preferred.
    • Familiarity with concepts of monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) relevant to this sector, experience designing and using household vulnerability assessment tools and SAVEX a plus.
    • Experience in cash transfer programming and/or social protection a plus.
    • Experience with programming to address conflict sensitivity, gender mainstreaming, inclusion of people with disabilities, and youth.
    • Knowledge and understanding, as well as prior experience, with PEFPAR and/or USAID funded projects.
    • Demonstrated proactive leadership ability, as well as supervisory and personnel management experience.
    • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Excellent organizational skills, team work and ability to prioritize tasks in a timely manner.
    • Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills as well as good judgment and vision.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
    • Sound coordination skills and a demonstrated ability to multi-task.
    • Demonstrates diplomacy, flexibility, and resourcefulness.
    • Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.
    • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
    • Travel: HES Technical Director will travel extensively in Nigeria to support 4Children's HES capacity strengthening activities with IPs, training, program planning and review meetings and partner monitoring, mentoring and accompaniment visits.
    • There will also be occasional international travel to participate at relevant conferences, regional and global learning forums and conferences.

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    Zonal State Coordinator

     

    Job Summary

    • The Zonal State Coordinators will be based in select IP offices and will provide technical assistance and accompaniment to multiple PEPFAR Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Programming Implementing Partners (IPs), SMWASDs, SACAs and other Government of Nigeria (GON) entities related to supporting an HIV-sensitive social service system within their assigned zone.
    • The Zonal State Coordinator’s main role is to promote and support positive changes from within relevant GON structures in order to support a HIV-sensitive social service system.
    • The Zonal State Coordinators will accompany PEPFAR OVC IPs during costed sustainability plan development and implementation as they strengthen key technical and organizational capacities of the GON entities with whom they work.
    • Key areas of focus will be improved leadership, planning, coordination, budgeting and intragovernmental advocacy to increase financial support for a HIV-sensitive social service system to support OVC and their household who have graduated or transitioned.
    • Zonal State Coordinators will support GON entities to develop, implement and monitor costed sustainability plans.
    • S/he will support quality improvement processes and on-the-job training within the select offices of GON entities in their Zone.

    Specific Responsibilities

    • Support the conceptualization and implementation of 4Children Nigeria’s harmonized, standardized, and contextualized approach to holistic, costed sustainability planning at the PEPFAR OVC Implementing Partner, government, civil society, community, household and individual levels to support OVC and household graduation/transition and social service system strengthening; ensure alignment with national graduation strategy and criteria; promote the use of the harmonized Nigerian Organizational Capacity Assessment (OCA) tool to assess and prioritize institutional capacity strengthening efforts, as needed.
    • Support GON entities to carry out baseline organizational capacity assessments and use the results of this (or previous) assessments to develop, implement and track progress on sustainability plans and associated capacity strengthening plans designed to support an HIV-sensitive social service system.
    • Facilitate with PEPFAR OVC IPs, Zonal or State costed sustainability planning workshops; participate in National level sustainability planning workshop.
    • Provide technical assistance and accompaniment to PEPFAR OVC IPs and States to implement and monitor costed sustainability plans.
    • Collaborate with the Advocacy Technical Adviser and PEPFAR OVC IPs to strengthen the ability of key GON entities to conduct intragovernmental advocacy to increase the timely financing of activities that support a HIV-sensitive social service system.
    • Lead Zonal/State level organizational network analyses (ONA) to strengthen referral networks and promote linkages between community, facility and State-level protection and HIV services in collaboration with the Case Management and Referral Technical Advisor, States, PEPFAR OVC IPs, health facilities, networks and CSO/CBOs and other aspects of a HIV-sensitive social service system.
    • Provide technical assistance to States in social service system strengthening including, but not limited to governance/leadership, coordination/networking among OVC service providers, human resources, financing and information management/use.
    • Support States to enhance/introduce systems to improve the planning, coordination and communication among social service system actors across the State and among LGA, State and Federal levels and other sector ministries; support SMWASD to effectively manage all OVC service providers in the State.
    • Implement, with support of PEPFAR OVC IPs, leadership, supervision, and performance improvement processes and training within the SMWASD and SACA offices with the zone.
    • In collaboration with PEPFAR OVC IPs, provide mentoring, coaching and on-the-job training to key State entities to implement effective systems for planning, coordination and monitoring of the OVC response; work with the SMWASD to improve monitoring and evaluation systems that feed into the National-level system.
    • Provide technical assistance to the SMWASD to develop LGA capacity to coordinate community-level OVC interventions.
    • Provide guidance and technical assistance to PEPFAR OVC IPs on the use and adoption of the latest tools and methodologies to support all aspects of project management related to capacity strengthening and sustainability plan implementation.
    • Establish systems for monitoring and evaluating capacity to measure progress and generate an evidence base for successful and sustainable approaches to organizational capacity strengthening for State-level entities involved in the OVC response.
    • Ensure effective data collection of all activities implemented at the State level.
    • Provide timely inputs to 4Children Nigeria annual planning, monitoring, reporting and budgeting processes in their Zone.
    • Document project results and impacts in various forms, including media stories, lessons learned, case studies, client satisfaction, etc.
    • Represent the 4Children Nigeria Project at the State-level, including attending meetings on behalf of 4Children, making presentations at professional meetings and conferences on matters related to the 4Children Nigeria project related to capacity and system strengthening.

    Qualifications

    • Master's Degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, Social Work or equivalent degree with proven partnership and capacity strengthening experience.
    • Minimum of five years’ experience in organizational/institutional development and provision of technical assistance to government entities at the Federal and/or State level(s) and/or international non-governmental organizations or civil society (including faith-based) organizations preferably related to the HIV and/or OVC response.
    • Demonstrated ability to maintain positive relationships with and accountability towards diverse actors including donors, PEPFAR OVC, government, and civil society partners.
    • Demonstrated ability to motivate and inspire teamwork among diverse partners, without direct supervisory responsibilities.
    • Excellent project management skills including the demonstrated ability to conduct assessments, analysis, monitoring, and reporting as well as the ability to develop practical solutions within set deadlines.
    • Experience in quality improvement science, using data to inform decision-making and sustainability planning/monitoring a plus.
    • Excellent negotiation and analytical/problem-solving skills.
    • Strong interpersonal, partnership, and training, facilitation and mentoring skills.
    • Excellent understanding of GON systems and procedures as it relates to planning and budgeting.
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English.
    • Knowledge of GON OVC service delivery standards and PEPFAR programming, process, guidance and frameworks is strongly preferred.
    • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, Power-Point and Outlook.
    • Experience in organizational network analysis a plus.

     

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified candidates should download the CRS Application Form below and send with a detailed 3-page resume in a one-word document to: NG_HR@global.crs.org

    Click here to download the CRS Application Form

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